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Benoît Vandervelde


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

Benoît specializes in banking and finance law as well as in regulatory insurance law. He mainly advises lenders and borrowers on financial transactions, including acquisition finance, syndicated loans, real estate finance, debt restructuring, etc.
Benoît also advises financial institutions (banks, investment funds, investment firms, insurance undertakings, pension funds, payment institutions) and public authorities, both in the performance of their day-to-day activities (securitization, capital market transactions, investment products, liability of financial institutions) and in their relationships with the regulatory authorities (licensing, prudential requirements, merger and acquisition).

He is regularly consulted by regulated entities on regulatory compliance matters. Benoît also developed an in-depth knowledge in advising insurance undertakings with their operations in Belgium in the context of Brexit.

He was seconded to the banking and finance team of CMS London.

Benoît is praised for being "really pragmatic," adding that "he understands immediately what clients need and helps out straight away." He has been mentioned as “up and coming” in Chambers [2019].

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"Benoît Vandervelde is praised by one client for his "strength not only in the legal regulatory aspect, but also in a commercial and practical sense." The same client also appreciates that he "makes sure things are completed on time." He has a wide range of expertise, assisting borrowers with financing issues, as well as advising public sector clients on COVID-19 support measures. He also acts for financial institutions on regulatory matters."

Chambers Global, 2022

"Benoît Vandervelde is a very efficient and pleasant partner with great know-how in legal finance matters allowing a great work for our bank."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

"Benoit knows about the business and its needs. He is very pragmatic in his approach."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

"Benoît Vandervelde is an excellent finance lawyer. Benoit is very competent and knowledgeable. He is responsive and adds value by giving succinct legal advice with a keen commercial view."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

"Benoit Vandervelde is hands on and thus provides advice which can be applied by companies."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

"Benoit Vandervelde is easy to reach, giving short to the point advice and pleasant to work with."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

"Benoît Vandervelde is a very efficient and pleasant partner with excellent know-how in real estate matters."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

"Benoît Vandervelde is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and collaborative. He takes time to explain complex issues and breaks them down in a way that makes it easy to digest and share with internal stakeholders. We have found him to be extremely helpful on a number of key issues relating to our Belgian entity and European business activities."

Feedback from a client, Legal 500, 2022

Relevant experience

  • Regularly acting for lenders or borrowers on cross-border LMA transactions, i.e. drafting and negotiating LMA credit facility, intercreditor agreement and security documentation (upstream guarantee with limitation wording, business pledge, receivables pledge, bank account pledge, shares pledge, etc.), including the issuance of legal opinions
  • Advising several UK insurance intermediaries in the development of their Brexit plan and the implementation thereof, i.e. assisting with the application for license with the FSMA
  • Advising Aedifica with a debt capital market transaction (€150 Mio treasury note program) arranged by Belfius Bank and BNP Paribas Fortis. The program was structured as a mix of short term and medium-term treasury notes
  • Advising a Belgian Fintech acting as liquidity provider for cryptocurrencies market. We assisted the Fintech in the drafting and negotiation of several cryptocurrencies loan agreement, taking into account the specificities and features of this new category of currency (escrow wallet, smart contract, etc)
  • Assisting one of the largest private banking institution of Switzerland in the setting up and marketing of a platform centralizing offering to 100,000 different investment funds, to be used by professional investors and local distributors around the world, for their own purpose or for the purpose of repackaging in fund of funds or unit linked policies. Our assistance related to complex investment services (MIFID) advice interrelated to alternative investment funds regulations
  • Advising a Belgian Bank during four separate securitization programmes arranged for two of the largest steel groups worldwide (EUR 150,000,000 and EUR 140,000,000), a worldwide cement group (EUR 250,000,000) and a worldwide group of maritime container transporters (EUR 51,000,000)
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  • B. VANDERVELDE & V. DIRCKX, « Equity line transactions : une nouvelle technique de financement pour les sociétés cotées ? », Droit Bancaire et Financier, 2015/III, p.187
  • B. VANDERVELDE, « Fusions de banques et cessions d’activités bancaires », in 20 ans de Loi bancaire, Anthémis, 2013
  • B. VANDERVELDE & G. CHUFFART, Pensions complémentaires, (aspects réglementaires et assurance-vie)  Salaires, Kluwer, 2011, 106 pages
  • B. VANDERVELDE, « L’offre conjointe et les services financiers », in La nouvelle loi relative aux pratiques du marché et à la protection du consommateur : tout sur l’ancien et le nouveau régime, Larcier, 2010
  • B. VANDERVELDE & A. VAN OEKEL, « La conversion de dette en capital : un remède dans le cadre des restructurations de crédit », Forum Financier/Droit bancaire et financier, 2009/06
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  • 2004 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 2004 - University of Louvain, UC Louvain (Law Degree)
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