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Arnaud Van Oekel


CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, Dutch, English

Arnaud is a key member of the firm’s M&A practice. He has wide experience in handling domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity deals and advising on corporate structuring and financing issues.

Arnaud also acts for major banking institutions in a wide range of matters, especially in connection with financing (acquisition finance, corporate and asset finance) and debt restructuring.

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"Outstanding lawyer"

Legal 500, 2018

"The firm is 'Very proactive, able to move the files on and work at a fast pace to produce clear and helpful advice.'"

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2018 (Banking & Finance)

Relevant experience

  • Acting for an Italian Group on the sale of a 50% interest in 22 steel production facilities in Europe and America to a Russian Group (USD 850,000,000)
  • Acting for a Japanese pharmaceutical group in connection with the purchase of 100% of the shares in the holding company of the European market leader in dietetic foods
  • Assisting a Belgian Bank in connection with the purchase of certain activities (i.e. private banking and Internet accounts) of the Belgian branch of a Luxemburg bank
  • Advising one of the Belgian regional authorities in connection with the acquisition of interests in a major Belgian Bank (EUR 6,000,000,000)
  • Acting for a Belgian group active in the textile industry on the structuring and negotiation of two syndicated loans respectively of EUR 250,000,000 and EUR 50,000,000
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  • 2000 - Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB (Law Degree)
  • 2000 - Bar admission
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  • “SRL ou SA, comment choisir le statut de ma société ?” with M. van der Stegen in L’Écho (27 April 2019).
  • “Een zaak starten? De bv wordt de nieuwe standaard” with M. van der Stegen in De Tijd (27 April 2019).
  • “EU Overview: 2015 M&A European market at a glance” published in the 2016 edition of “Getting the Deal Through: Mergers & Acquisitions”, with Vincent Dirckx and David Prync.
  • “La conversion de dette en capital: un remède dans le cadre des restructurations de crédits” with B. Vandervelde in Droit Bancaire et Financer, 2009/VI, p. 328.
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Sep 2018
CMS European M&A Out­look
Scan­ning the ho­ri­zon: European M&A Out­look 2018
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