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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
Wel­come to the sixth edi­tion of the CMS European M&A Out­look, pub­lished in as­so­ci­ation with Mer­ger­mar­ket.560340ht­tps://me­dia.cmsleg­al.com/me­dia/em­bed?key=359d53310ff19bdc048fb1438aec07d0&unique_key=40f0ab7fd6ab47cd40a6d4555ce3a7f8&width=720&height=40
10 ques­tions about the new Bel­gian se­cur­ity in­terests re­gime
The re­form of the leg­al frame­work of se­cur­ity in­terests over mov­able as­sets was seen as long over­due. The trans­ition from the pre­vi­ous sys­tem, based on the dis­pos­ses­sion of the pledged as­sets, to a new dis­pos­ses­sion-free sys­tem based on on­line re­gist


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Who dares wins: European M&A Out­look 2020
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Art­icle in L'Echo
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SRL ou SA, com­ment choisir le stat­ut de ma so­ciété?
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