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Christel Van den Eynden is a partner in the Corporate and Finance Practice Group. She advises international and national clients (both listed and non-listed companies) on (cross-border) mergers & acquisitions and private equity investments and has considerable experience with project financed transactions, PPP and complex industrial projects, particularly in the infrastructure, (renewable) energy and logistics sectors.
Christel advises clients in a wide range of sectors, including logistics and port operations, retail, the food industry, automotive, energy and green energy, (petro)chemicals, biotechnology and life sciences, financial and payment services, IT and high-tech, the hotel sector and entertainment. She has particular expertise in cross-border acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures and infrastructure projects. She also advises clients on corporate governance, directors' liability and general corporate law.
Christel holds a law degree from the University of Antwerp (UA 1987) (magna cum laude) and also obtained a Master of Arts in Advanced International Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University (Bologna, Italy and Washington D.C.), for which she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship. She was also for several years a member of the selection committee of the Fulbright Exchange Commission between the United States and Belgium, which awards grants to Master's students in law.
Christel joined Liedekerke in 1999. For several years, Christel assumed the mandate as a member of the Board of Directors and is currently a member of Liedekerke's International Committee and Remuneration Committee. Christel also served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Lex Mundi, the international organization of which Liedekerke is a member for Belgium.
The Johns Hopkins University (Master of Arts in Advanced International Studies) 1989
University of Antwerp (Law degree - Magna Cum Laude) 1987
Assistance to a Dutch wholesale chain in connection with two strategic acquisitions in Belgium in the food sector;
Representation of a Swedish listed car distribution company in the acquisition of two Belgian car dealers based in Flanders;
Acquisition of a multinational company active in software integration on behalf of the largest telecommunications company in Belgium;
Representation of a US subsidiary of a listed Japanese company for the acquisition of a Belgian-based power tool distributor with subsidiaries in 11 countries;
Representation of an independent music publisher in the context of the acquisition of a Belgian company which owns a list of music rights and which is also active via subsidiaries on the French and British markets;
Assistance to a securities market operator under Belgian law for the acquisition of a 66% stake in the second largest electricity market in Europe, offering trading, clearing, settlement and related services on the intra-day and day-ahead physical markets in 14 European countries, notably in the Nordic and Baltic regions ;
Assistance to the Belgian subsidiary of a listed French waste management company in various cross-border transactions;
Advising Belgium's largest telecommunications company on the acquisition of a French company specialising in real-time traffic information for car navigation systems;
Managing the acquisition of a Belgian software development company on behalf of a Dutch ERP software company.
Chapter for Belgium, Corporate & M&A Practice Guide, Chambers & Partners, 2019
Chapter for Belgium, Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Legal Insights, 2018, 7th Edition;
Chapter for Belgium, “Practical Law: Doing Business In...Global Guide”, Thomson Reuters, 2019;
Chapter for Belgium, Public Private Partnership Review, LBR, 2019
“Joint Ventures in Belgium” in Joint Ventures in Europe, 3e editie, door M. Mankabady (ed), 2008
Report on the European Company, Lexis Nexis – online publicaties, 2007 Lexis Nexis
Corporate governance in Belgium, Global Corporate Governance Guide – Best Practice in the Boardroom, Consulting ed., 2004
Christel Van den Eynden is ranked in Band 4 – Chambers Global, 2022
Christel Van den Eynden is ranked in Tier 2 – Legal 500, 2022
Christel Van den Eynden is ranked as “Leading Individual” in the practice area of Corporate and M&A – Legal 500, 2021
A client notes that "Availability, practicality and attention to client expectations and desired outcomes. Christel Van den Eynden is exceptionally available" Legal 500, 2021
Christel Van den Eynden is ranked in Band 4 – Chambers Global, 2021
Christel Van den Eynden is ranked as “Leading Individuals” in the practice area of Corporate and M&A – Legal 500, 2020
Christel is ranked in Band 4 – Chambers Global, 2020
A client notes that "She has extensive M&A experience and commercial acumen. She has the ability to clearly articulate key legal risks, cut through the issues and provide solutions."- Chambers Global 2020
A client notes that "she excels in negotiations, where she really protects client interests," and another interviewee values her "commercial awareness, quick responses and fluent feedback," and praises her "technical knowledge." – Chambers Global, 2019 (Band 4)
Christel Van den Eynden is ranked as Expert - Who’s Who Legal Merger & Acquisition and Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders Global Elite, 2019
She is ranked as Leading Individual in Corporate and M&A – Legal 500, 2019
She is ranked in Band 4 – Chambers Global, 2018
Board Member, Liedekerke
Former Lex Mundi Board, Executive Audit Committees Member
Chair Emeritus Lex Mundi cross border transactions practice group
Member of Women on Board
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