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Mergers & Acquisitions (M&As) – Corporate Restructuring

Acquisitions and disposals, mergers and demergers, joint ventures and restructuring are all key strategic options for groups, companies, financial institutions, private equity investors and shareholders.

Our fields of expertise


Our team guides national and international clients through these options, providing assistance at all stages of the preparation, negotiation and completion of their domestic and cross-border transactions, notably thanks to the solid and relationships we have established with top-tier independent law firms located abroad.

Simont Braun has extensive experience in:

  • Drafting non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), letters of intent (LOIs), heads of terms (HOTs), non-binding and binding offers, etc.

  • Advising on data room processes and carrying out due diligence for the purchaser or for the seller (VDD).

  • Drafting share purchase agreements (SPAs), asset transfer agreements (ATAs), joint venture agreements (JVAs), shareholders agreements (SHAs), subscription agreements, etc.

  • Drafting documentation on merger, demerger or contribution of assets: (de)merger proposals, special reports, board and shareholders’ minutes, etc.


Our Corporate/M&A team works closely with the firm’s other teams (such as Tax, Labour Law and Real Estate) to provide integrated solutions for our clients facing issues in the context of corporate transactions.

Our clients include large Belgian and foreign companies, international groups, SMEs, financial institutions, insurance companies, start-ups, private equity investors, shareholders and (foreign) public entities.

Some recent projects


 

  • Advising one of the most important Belgian insurance groups at all stages of various M&A transactions in Belgium and Luxembourg, covering both the corporate and regulatory aspects applicable to insurance businesses;

  • Assisting a Belgian group (and it shareholders) specialising in event-driven online sales during the acquisition of a majority stake bya French group operating in the same sector. In addition to negotiating the share purchase agreement and the shareholders agreement, we also negotiated the commercialisation contract between the two entities;

  • Assisting one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory groups in structuring the acquisition of 100% of the shares of a Belgian company which was a subsidiary of a major Italian financial advisory group. Our integrated offer was essential to the client as we were able to provide legal advice and assistance on regulatory questions, Belgian competition issues, and tax, employment and corporate matters;

  • Advising the shareholders of a company active in the design and manufacturing of microwave detectors and equipment for vehicle counting, classification and speed measurement, in the sale of their shares to a world-leading Canadian highway traffic management group, operating internationally in the ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) industry;

  • Advising a leading automotive manufacturing company specialising in spare parts for the automotive and transportation industries on the creation of a strategic joint venture in Belgium with another major player in the automotive industry. We worked as deal counsel for the incorporation of the joint venture and assisted our client in the negotiation of the shareholders agreement.

  • Advising one of the largest Belgian insurance groups in connection with all stages of various M&A transactions in Belgium and Luxembourg, covering both the corporate and regulatory aspects applicable to insurance businesses.