Thomas is a local partner in our Corporate and Private Equity practice, registered with both the Brussels and Luxembourg (Liste IV) bars and practicing in both jurisdictions.
He advises on all aspects of general corporate law, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and venture capital transactions. He acts on behalf of private equity funds as well as domestic and international companies, both listed and privately held.
Thomas is recognized by Legal 500 as a "Next Generation Partner" in the area of Private Equity (2021), and for his experience handling corporate administration of private equity funds in Belgium and Luxembourg.
His Luxembourg secondment to the Fund Management team of a global private equity firm in 2019, provided him with invaluable insight from an industry perspective. Previously, in 2018, Thomas was also seconded for six months to our Stockholm office.
Thomas has a law degree from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and studied Private Law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam on an Erasmus scholarship. Thomas also holds an LL.M in International Business and Commercial Law from King's College London (University of London).
Thomas has been a teaching assistant in Corporate Law at the Université Libre de Bruxelles since 2014.
Advising, RTL Group, Europe's largest broadcaster on its entry into exclusive negotiations with Groupe TF1, Groupe M6 and Groupe Bouygues to merge the activities of Groupe TF1 and Groupe M6 and create a major French media group.
Representation of Cobepa S.A. in the disposition and reinvestment of a portion of its position in Gen II Fund Services, LLC ("Gen II"), a leading independent private equity fund administrator, to a consortium of investors including General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm, and Hg, a leading global software investor. Cobepa S.A. will continue to hold a minority position in Gen II.
Advising Swedish PE firm Ratos AB and holding company Bonnier Group on the divestment of Bisnode AB to Dun & Bradstreet. Ratos and Bonnier have signed an agreement to sell their entire holdings in Bisnode, excluding its business operations in Belgium, for an approximate enterprise value of SEK 7.2 billion
Advising Hg, a specialist private equity investor focused on software and services businesses, in connection with its investment in smartTrade Technologies, a software dedicated to trading and finance.
Advising global growth equity investor Summit Partners on the acquisition of a stake in CluePoints SA, a Belgian fast-growing provider of clinical trial management software.
Advising DBA, wholly-owned subsidiary of the French aerospace Groupe Industriel Marcel Dassault, on the sale of its entire 96.85 percent shareholding in Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques (SABCA) to a new joint venture company to be established by Sabena Aerospace and SFPI/FPIM. SABCA is a leading multi-technology aerospace supplier, based in Belgium and listed on Euronext Brussels.
Advising ABB on its acquisition of Intrion Group, a Belgium-located system integrator specializing in intralogistics automation solutions for warehouses and distribution, food and beverages and pharmaceuticals.
Advising the shareholders of Ogeda SA, a clinical-stage drug discovery company, on the sale of 100% of their shares to Astellas Pharma Inc., a listed Japanese pharmaceutical company, for an amount of € 800 million.
Advising Hamon & Cie (International) SA, a Belgian company listed on Euronext Brussels and leading player in the engineering and contracting of cooling systems, process heat exchangers, air pollution control (APC) systems and chimneys, in a capital increase with preferential subscription rights.
Advising Zetes Industries SA, a Belgian company listed on Euronext Brussels and European leader in design, development and implementation of integrated automatic identification solutions for goods and people, on the sale by its key shareholders, Cobepa and Zephir Corporation, of a controlling participation in Zetes to Panasonic Group.
Advising Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, a French cooperative banking group, on the cross-border merger between its subsidiary, Arkéa Direct Bank, and Keytrade Bank, a Belgian credit institution, including the regulatory procedures before the European Central Bank as well as the Belgian, French, Luxembourg and Swiss banking and financial regulators.
Advising Keytrade Bank, the Belgian branch of Arkéa Direct Bank and Belgian leader for all online banking activities, on the acquisition of a client portfolio from PSA Bank, the Belgian branch of Banque PSA Finance, a French credit institution.
Advising Crédit Mutuel Arkéa, a French cooperative banking group, on the acquisition from Crelan SA, a Belgian cooperative banking group, of Keytrade Bank and its Luxembourg subsidiary and Swiss Branch, including the regulatory procedures before the European Central Bank as well as the Belgian, French, Luxembourg and Swiss banking and financial regulators.
Advising Cobepa SA, an independent, privately-held investment company, on the increase of its equity share in order to become the majority shareholder in JF Hillebrand Group AG, a German company which offers comprehensive logistics services for the transport of beer, wine and spirits in 88 countries across the world.
Advising Caprion Biosciences Inc., the leading provider of proteomics and immune monitoring services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, on the acquisition of the immune monitoring laboratory assets of ImmuneHealth ASBL.
Advising PQ Licensing SA, the holding company of Le Pain Quotidien, a Belgian bakery-restaurant group founded in Brussels in 1990 that currently operates more than 240 locations worldwide, on a corporate reorganization leading Cobepa to acquire 30 percent of its share capital.
Advising Cobepa SA on its entry into the capital of a Belgian fund investing in IT companies.
The functioning of the board of directors in limited liability companies, Vanham & Vanham Seminar, 26 February 2015, (Le fonctionnement et les compétences du conseil d'administration de la société anonyme) (co-author)