Our extensive work in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg reflects the importance of these jurisdictions in the structuring of many cross border transactions. Our relationships in all three countries date back many years and we are delighted to have a strong track record with leading firms in each of the jurisdictions, including De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in the Netherlands.

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Key experience

Our key experience includes advising:

Eni, the Italian integrated energy company on the acquisition from Suez-Tractebel of a 57.24% shareholding in Distrigas, a Belgian energy company listed on the Euronext Brussels Stock Exchange.

Akzo Nobel, the multi-national manufacturing corporation based in The Netherlands, on its offer for ICI.

De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) in successfully maintaining in the Court of Appeal the challenge to the jurisdiction of the English Court in respect of a defamation claim brought by the Grovits (of Turner v Grovit) against DNB.

Palamon Capital Partners on its acquisition of a significant stake in D&D Media Group from KBC Private Equity and its founders and managers Mark Dullaert and Paul Dumas.

Shell on the proposed unification of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies under a single parent company, Royal Dutch Shell plc, and on changes to the management and governance structure of the Group.

COLT Telecom Group in relation to a number of proposals relating to the re-domiciliation of the company from England to Luxembourg, a £304 million equity offer, termination of its ADR programme and de-listing from NASDAQ.

Recent Work