Muriel Alhadeff | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Muriel Alhadeff
Muriel Alhadeff

Muriel Alhadeff

Partner, Brussels

Overview

Muriel Alhadeff has strong experience in corporate and mergers and acquisitions matters, with a particular focus on cross-border transactions. She represents institutional investors (in both investment and funding transactions) and private and publicly traded companies in both national and cross-border transactions. She is recommended as an M&A lawyer by Legal 500 (2017).

She also has strong experience in banking, structured finance and insolvency related matters. She advises many banks on securitizations, asset back lending, factoring schemes and acquisition finance.

Muriel Alhadeff has advised numerous companies on the purchase of debtors facing financial difficulties and assets of insolvent companies, either during formal insolvency proceedings or through out-of-court proceedings. She is also the author of various publications in the field of bankruptcy, and has been recognised as a Next Generation lawyer in insolvency and restructuring by Chambers (2017). She is recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2018 for corporate and M&A transactions and is ranked as a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer by PLC Which Lawyer and Expert Guides (Euromoney).

Bars and Courts

  • Brussels Bar

Education

  • Degree in Business Law, Vrije Universiteit van Brussel
  • Degree in Law, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French

Experience

Advising all shareholders of Belgian clinical-stage drug discovery company Ogeda on the sale of all their shares to Astellas Pharma Inc., a listed Japanese pharmaceutical company.

Advising Zetes Industries, a Belgian company listed on Euronext Brussels, on the sale by its key shareholders of a controlling participation in Zetes to Panasonic Group.  Zetes is the European leader in automatic identification solutions for goods and people.  Panasonic will become the majority shareholder upon closing and be required to launch a mandatory tender offer on all remaining Zetes shares.

Advising cooperative French banking group Crédit Mutuel Arkéa on its exclusive negotiations to acquire Keytrade Bank, the leader in online trading in Belgium for 15 years, offering a wide range of financial products and services

Advising Faurecia, one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers, on the proposed sale of its Automotive Exteriors business to Plastic Omnium, for a transaction worth €665 million (based on enterprise value).

Representing Cobepa, one of the leading Belgian Private Equity firms, on the acquisition of a minority stake of 30% in PQ Licensing (PQL), the owner of the service marks and trademarks "Le Pain Quotidien". 

Advising the privately-owned investment and private banking institution Bank Degroof on its merger with the independent investment firm Petercam. The transaction was one of the highest profile mergers of 2015 in the Belgian market and resulted in Belgium’s first independent private bank, with €42 billion of assets under management and 1,400 employees.

Advising E-merge, a Brussels-based venture capital fund dedicated to internet and technology related businesses, on the sale of 100% of their shares in Voxbone, a worldwide leading provider of international VoIP origination traffic, to private equity fund Vitruvian Partners.

Advising Belgian investment company Cobepa with respect to the £384 million acquisition, including its financing of Socotec, a leading provider of risk management and performance enhancement services based in France with presence in 40 countries and a turnover of EUR 475 million.

Representation of listed company Hamon & Cie on a number of transactions, including on the investment made by Sogepa in their share capital.

Representation of Medica, the French-listed company and leading provider of long and short term dependency care, on the acquisition, including its financing, of Senior Living Group, provider of long term care in Belgium with a projected turnover of EUR 183 million.

Advising SGG Holdings a Luxembourg-based group of companies active in the trust, family office and domiciliation business, with respect to the acquisition, including its financing, of ANT, the 4th larger player in the Netherlands. Although ANT is a private company, the acquisition was implemented through a voluntary public bid due to the large number of shareholders worldwide.

Representation of Callataÿ & Wouters, a Belgian-based provider of software and IT services with a turnover exceeding EUR 87 million, with respect to the sale of more than 70 percent of its shares to a subsidiary of Sopra Group (NYSE Euronext: SOP). The deal entailed the creation of a new company that will become one of the major European players in banking software.

Representation of a group of shareholders of leading pan-European provider of online payment services Ogone, including the founders and the original financial sponsors, with respect to the sale of their shares to Summit Partners and the subsequently to global market leader Ingenico.

Publications

  • Belgian Chapter of "European Insolvency Regulations", Reuters/Aranzadi, 2010, (co-author with Thierry Bosly)
  • Overview of the Insolvency in Belgium, European Insolvency: the European regulation enforcement, Thomson Reuters/Aranzadi, 2010
  • L'obligation de retenue imposée par l'ONSS en exécution de l'article 30bis de la loi du 27 juin 1969: codébition ou mesure d'exécution forcée?, Revue du Droit Commercial belge, Larcier, 2010
  • Belgium: Legislation brings flexibility, Crediflux, December 2009, (co-author with Thierry Bosly)
  • Les nouvelles règles applicables à la procédure de vérification des créances en cas de faillite, Journal des Tribunaux, 2006, (co-author)