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Jeroen Smets

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Jeroen Smets is a partner in the firm’s Brussels office. He concentrates his practice on corporate, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, structured and leveraged finance matters with a particular emphasis on management buy outs and acquisition finance.

Mr. Smets advises Belgian and foreign corporates and financial institutions on a wide range of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets work, private equity and venture capital transactions as well as general corporate advisory work. He focuses in banking and finance related transactions including real estate and acquisition finance and structured finance, senior and mezzanine lending, security packages, and provides advice on regulatory and general banking law. He has extensive experience with coordination of cross-border transactions and the negotiation and structuring of complex leveraged buy-outs and both share- and asset deals and has acted on some of the landmark private equity deals in Belgium, including the first ever public to private transaction in the market. His client base is diverse and encompasses Belgian companies, multi-national corporations, long-established private companies and new ventures and Belgian and foreign financial institutions.

Mr. Smets has extensive international experience and has lived and worked in Brussels, Moscow and New York.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Smets was head of the corporate and finance department at another international firm in Brussels.

Mr. Smets has written on corporate and finance issues, including “Corporate Interest under Belgian law – a practical approach”, Bank- en Financieel recht / Droit Bancaire et Financier, Larcier, Brussels, 2008, “Taalgebruik in het bedrijfsleven”, Maklu, 2010.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member of the Brussels Bar 
  • Member of De Warande
  • Member of ELSA Law Society
  • Acting for private equity funds in relation to substantial buy out transactions involving Belgian and foreign targets;
  • Acting for a consumer electronics company on the disposal of a chain of companies in Belgium;
  • Acting for a venture capital fund in relation to the setting up of a Belgian dedicated fund specialized in the leisure industry;
  • Acting for a US private equity fund in relation to the European wide acquisition of a branded car dealership;
  • Acting for various banks in relation to real estate finance and general acquisition finance transactions;
  • Acting for venture capital funds in first and second round financing;
  • Acting for hotel companies in relation to the acquisition and disposals of (groups of) hotels;
  • Acting for a consumer goods company on the internal reorganization of the group after a take over.