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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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"Arnaud Van Oekel is reachable, deal- and client-oriented, responsive and has deep knowledge of the market."

Feedback from a client - Legal 500, 2021


Feedback from a client - Legal 500, 2021

"Arnaud is deal- and client-oriented, and always finds the most efficient way to resolve any issue. He is great at co-ordinating the work of associates from multiple offices of the firm. He also has deep knowledge of the market and examines the context of every transaction and the specifics of each client’s business very carefully"

Client testimony - Legal 500, 2020

"Outstanding lawyer"

Legal 500, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Assisting Société Générale in connection with the sale to ABN AMRO of its wealth management and private banking activities in Belgium
  • Assisting French group Boulanger in connection with acquisition of Krëfel group, the domestic and electrical appliances retailer active in both Belgium and Luxembourg 
  • Assisting Proximus in connection with the strategic partnership entered into with Eurofiber, regarding the rolling out of the extensive fiber network in Wallonia 
  • Assisting Biogroup, one of the French leaders in laboratory services and medical diagnostics, in connection with the acquisition of CMA Medina Group, leading laboratory services provider in Flanders
  • Assisting the logistic division of SNCF Group in the acquisition of Railtraxx group, an independant Belgian railway group companies operating freight transport throughout Europe
  • Assisting Houston-based Excelerate Energy in the acquisition from Exmar of Belgian LNG gas-carrier vessel companies 
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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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  • 2000 - Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB (Law Degree)
  • 2000 - Bar admission
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