Carlo Meert is the Brussels office Executive Partner and a partner in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice.
Carlo advises private equity firms and corporates on cross-border transactions, particularly mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance transactions, as well as advising on general corporate matters. He handles major strategic deals in a variety of industries including energy, industrial and financial institutions.
Over the past years, Carlo has advised on some of the most significant cross-border M&A and private equity transactions. Clients describe him as "technically world class and as responsive as it can get", "meticulous in his attention to detail, while maintaining a constructive, solution-oriented approach". He is ranked as 'Up and Coming' by Chambers Europe 2023 and Chambers Global 2023 for Corporate/M&A in Belgium and is a ranked as "Rising star partner" by IFLR1000 for M&A in Belgium.
A consortium of lead investors including Hy24, Altor, GIC and Just Climate on their landmark approximately €1.5 billion investment in H2 Green Steel, Europe's leading green steel start-up, to finance the construction of the world's first large-scale renewable hydrogen-based steel plant in Boden, Sweden
Cobepa SA on its acquisition of Ned Stevens from AVALT
Ackermans & van Haaren in several projects, including (i) the legal demerger of one of its portfolio companies, Aannemingsmaatschappij CFE NV, a Belgian company listed on Euronext Brussels, and the subsequent listing of the spin-off entity, DEME Group NV, on Euronext Brussels, and, (ii) its investment in AgroSavfe and the establishment of its “Max Green” joint venture project with Electrabel for the production of biomass based renewable energy*
COSUCRA, a Belgian natural ingredients processor, on its capital increase subscribed by Sofiprotéol, Wallonie Entreprendre and the Société Fédérale de Participations et d'Investissement (SFPIM)
Cobepa in relation to the auction process for Ipcom, a pan-European group specialised in the distribution and conversion of thermal, high temperature, passive fire protection and noise control insulation solutions
CVC in several projects, including its acquisition and recent exit-sale of Continental Foods, the European activities of the Campbell Soup Company*
Alstom on corporate aspects of its divestitures in relation to the proposed combination with Siemens’ mobility business*
3M in the sale of its Belgian diamond and CBN precision grinding tools business*
Altus Capital Partners in the acquisition of MGC Diagnostics Corporation*
General Motors Co. (GM) in the sale of its Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations to PSA Group*
Umicore in its sale of its zinc chemicals business*
State Grid in its proposed subscription of a 14% stake in Eandis Assets*
Several energy-related matters, including counsel to a large U.S. multinational in a potential investment in an off-take arrangement with a greenfield biomass energy project in Belgium*
Anbang Insurance Group in its acquisition of Delta Lloyd Bank Belgique and in its ultimately unsuccessful bid for Novo Banco, Portugal’s fourth-largest bank*
BNP Paribas and Fortis Bank in the combination of Fortis Bank’s assets and activities with BNP Paribas' global franchise in over 25 jurisdictions (including North America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland and Türkiye)*
Engie/Electrabel in its joint venture with Blue Sky, a consortium of leading industrial companies, with aim to invest in new electricity generation capacity*
Dexia in its sale of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg to Precision Capital and the Luxembourg State and in its 2008 €6 billion recapitalization and related State support measures*
Infrabel, the infrastructure manager of the Belgian railway network (SNCB/NMBS), in the landmark PPP financing of the Diabolo high-speed railway link to Brussels airport*
*Matters handled prior to joining White & Case.
Belgium’s Response to Mitigate the Effects of COVID-19
'Up and Coming' for Corporate/M&A in Belgium (Chambers Europe, 2021 and Chambers Global, 2021)
'Rising Star' for M&A in Belgium (IFLR1000)