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Vincent Dirckx

Partner

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

Vincent started his career in New York working for Kelley Drye & Warren and then Baker & McKenzie. He then joined Freshfields’ Belgian practice and worked mostly in Brussels but also from London. From 2003 to 2009, he was a corporate and finance partner at Lydian.

In 2009, Vincent became a partner at CMS. In addition to sitting on the Corporate/M&A Management Committee of CMS, Vincent heads CMS Belgium’s M&A department. Vincent’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital in connection with both private and public transactions, whether cross-border or domestic, essentially on behalf of large Belgian and non-Belgian corporates and investment funds.

Vincent is ranked and recommended in Chambers Europe.

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"Thanks so much Vincent (...), I couldn’t be happier with the outcome or with the level of service provided by you and your colleagues at CMS."

Lisa Giles-Klein, Burger King

"I value the fact that Vincent specializes not only in M&A, but also in corporate. For an international group like Delhaize it is crucial to be able to rely on the expertise and swift availability of CMS. Vincent and his colleagues understand the dynamics of international business and the Delhaize way of working. This is of vital importance to us."

Philippe Dechamps, (former) General Counsel Delhaize Group

Relevant experience

  • Norkring | Advising Ancala Partners, a UK-based infrastructure investment manager, in connection with their acquisition of 75 % of the equity of Norkring Belgium, a subsidiary of Norkring AS from Norway, which is a leading player in the field of wireless distribution and transport of digital Television, radio and other data applications.
  • Centrica | Advising Centrica in connection with its acquisition of the Belgian company REstore NV, Europe’s leading demand response aggregator.
  • Ahold Delhaize | Advising Ahold Delhaize, the Dutch new parent company of the Belgian Delhaize Group following their recent 10.6 billion merger, in connection with a range of equity transactions both in Belgium and in the US
  • Delhaize Group | Assisting Delhaize Group, Belgium’s largest retail chain, in connection with the 1 billion acquisition of a competitor across eight European jurisdictions.
  • Burger King | Advising Burger King on the acquisition (including due diligence, share purchase agreement and merger control analysis and advice with regard to franchise aspects) of Quick Restaurants (Belgium's largest fast food chain) operated in French overseas territories with the help of CMS Luxembourg and CMS France.
  • Korys | Assisting Korys in connection with various investments in the equity Belgian and non-Belgian companies active in the energy sector.
  • Bakkavor | Assisting in the sale of Bakkavor Limited’s Belgian business (ready meals) to Culinor, a well-known Belgian player in the same sector.
  • Delhaize | Assisting Delhaize in the sale of its brand Tom&Co, the specialist store chain for pet food and care, to investment group PetSerCo.
  • Deutsche Bahn | Assisting Deutsche Bahn with the restructuring of their Belgian operations
  • Marsh | Assisting Marsh, the worldwide leader in insurance brokerage, in connection with the acquisition of a Belgian market leader in the same sector.
  • Johnson & Johnson | Advising the American multinational consumer products company in connection with a range of divestments through asset transactions.
  • Assisting large and mid-cap listed companies in connection with both debt and equity public and private issuings of up to EUR 900 million, as well as on a range of corporate governance and market abuse issues.
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Publications

  • V. DIRCKX, "Les acquisitions vont-elles résister au virus ?", L’Echo, 01/04/2020
  • Vincent is the author of various publications in French and English in connection with public take-over bids and M&A transactions. He has also spoken at conferences on topics that relate to his practice areas, including directors’ liability.
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Education

  • 1995 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 1991 - University of Louvain, UCLouvain (Law Degree)
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20/06/2017
Share­hold­er Act­iv­ism: A European Per­spect­ive
In re­cent years, there has been sig­ni­fic­ant growth in share­hold­er act­iv­ism. These “act­iv­ist share­hold­ers” are fund man­agers (typ­ic­ally hedge funds) who usu­ally ac­quire minor­ity in­terests in lis­ted...

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29/09/2022
Boom & Gloom? CMS European M&A Out­look 2023
We are pleased to share with you the 2023 edi­tion of the European M&A Out­look pub­lished by CMS in as­so­ci­ation with Mer­ger­mar­ket.
22/09/2022
Deal­makers bullish des­pite chal­len­ging mar­ket con­di­tions
M&A ex­pect­a­tions run high: Al­most all re­spond­ents (88%) are cur­rently con­sid­er­ing M&A.Un­der­val­ued tar­gets and dis­tressed sales to drive activ­ity: The biggest buy-side driver of M&A is ex­pec­ted to be the...
23/03/2022
CMS: European M&A bounced back to pre-pan­dem­ic levels, with a re­turn to...
Multi-year ana­lys­is by CMS re­veals that ‘nor­mal ser­vice’ had re­sumed in European deal­mak­ing as fa­mil­i­ar pat­terns in deal met­rics re­turnPrimary deal driver for trans­ac­tions is buy­ers en­ter­ing a new...
15/11/2021
CMS Bel­gi­um and CMS France ad­vised Gryphon In­vestors on their ac­quis­i­tion...
CMS Bel­gi­um and CMS France suc­cess­fully ad­vised, along­side Kirk­land & El­lis, Gryphon In­vestors (“Gryphon”), a lead­ing middle-mar­ket private equity firm, on the Bel­gian and French as­pects of Gryphon’s...
14/09/2021
The Road to Re­cov­ery: European M&A Out­look 2022
71% of deal­makers agree that private equity (PE) firms are bet­ter placed than cor­por­ates to take ad­vant­age of buy­ing op­por­tun­it­ies presen­ted by COV­ID-19, ac­cord­ing to the ninth edi­tion of the European...
28/05/2021
CMS ad­vises World­line on as­set di­vest­ments in Aus­tria, Bel­gi­um and Lux­em­bourg
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised long­stand­ing cli­ent, World­line, a lead­ing European play­er in pay­ment ser­vices, on its di­vest­ment of busi­ness as­sets in Aus­tria, to buy­er, Glob­al Pay­ments s.r.o...
24/03/2021
CMS European M&A Study 2021: Europe pivots to be­come more ‘buy­er-friendly’...
Europe has re­turned to a ‘buy­er-friendly’ en­vir­on­ment, sim­il­ar to the US where more ‘buy­er-friendly’ po­s­i­tions are com­mon, after the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic cre­ated more risk-averse at­ti­tudes. As a...
10/03/2021
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised on the sale of the Scaldis Group to Elis
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised the share­hold­ers of Scaldis Group on the sale of their group to Elis, the French stock-lis­ted com­pany. Scaldis is a ma­jor European play­er in the "Clean­room" sec­tor (work­wear for sec­tors...
12/01/2021
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Ec­cle­sia Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of Kegels & Van An­t­wer­pen
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Ec­cle­sia Group, the Ger­man par­ent com­pany of Con­cor­dia, on the ac­quis­i­tion of An­t­werp based in­sur­ance broker Kegels & Van An­t­wer­pen. Through this ac­quis­i­tion Ec­cle­sia be­comes the fifth...
16/12/2020
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted Korys and ETF Part­ners with a second €6 mil­lion in­vest­ment...
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted Korys, to­geth­er with ETF Part­ners and Urb­antz' share­hold­ers, in con­nec­tion with a second €6 mil­lion in­vest­ment round in Urb­antz, a lead­ing European SaaS com­pany aim­ing to in­crease...
22/09/2020
Who dares wins: European M&A Out­look 2020
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has taken a heavy toll on European deal­mak­ing activ­ity. However, op­por­tun­it­ies re­main for those will­ing to take risks, ac­cord­ing to the eighth edi­tion of the European M&A Out­look...
14/09/2020
CMS as­sisted Cely­ad On­co­logy in the struc­tur­ing and im­ple­ment­a­tion of its...
CMS Bel­gi­um, to­geth­er with Har­vest Law, as­sisted Cely­ad On­co­logy, a Bel­gian bi­otech com­pany lis­ted on Euronext Brus­sels/Par­is and on the Nas­daq Glob­al Mar­ket, in the struc­tur­ing and im­ple­ment­a­tion of...