Thomas Vanthournout covers all aspects of banking and finance law, with a particular focus on leveraged acquisition finance, real estate finance, project finance and general corporate lending. During his career he gained extensive experience representing a wide range of international banks and financial institutions, private equity sponsors, real estate developers and corporate borrowers on domestic and cross-border financing transactions.
Thomas holds a law degree from Ghent University (magna cum laude, 2012), and spent a semester at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland as part of an Erasmus exchange program. He further obtained a master of laws (LL.M.) in International Financial Law from King’s College London (2013) and holds a postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance from KU Leuven (summa cum laude, 2021).
Before joining Liedekerke, Thomas worked in the Brussels, Amsterdam and London offices of an international law firm, and has also been seconded as legal counsel to BNP Paribas Fortis in Brussels.
Thomas joined Liedekerke in 2021.
Postgraduate degree in Corporate Finance from KU Leuven (summa cum laude, 2021)
Master of laws (LL.M.) in International Financial Law from King’s College London (2013)
Law degree from Ghent University (magna cum laude, 2012)
Advised Natixis on an investment grade revolving credit facility for Ageas, Belgium’s largest insurance company listed on Euronext.
Advised Sonaca, a Belgian aerospace company, on the syndicated global refinancing of the existing indebtedness of the Sonaca group.
Advised Belfius Bank and BNP Paribas Fortis on the amendment, restatement and increase of a senior facilities agreement for Van Mossel Automotive Groep 4.
Advised Nala Renewables Belgium, a joint venture between Trafigura (one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies) and IFM Investors (a global institutional fund manager) on the project financing for the construction and operation of a battery energy storage system (BESS) in Balen, Belgium.
Advised Argos Wityu, a private equity sponsor, on the refinancing of the indebtedness of the Gantrex group, a global crane and speciality rail systems company.
Advised Postbank, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, on the real estate financing of the acquisition of the ‘BAR 65’ office building located Rue Belliard 65 in Brussels by Real IS, a German real estate investment fund.
Advised One Rock Capital Partners, a private equity sponsor, on the Belgian law aspects of a first lien credit agreement for the financing of the acquisition of the Flexsys group, a global supplier of rubber chemicals and solutions.
Advised Innovatus Capital Partners, a private credit provider, on the Belgian law aspects of the multi-purpose financing of MDxHealth, a multinational healthcare company listed on Euronext and NASDAQ.
Advised Natixis, New York Branch on the financing of the acquisition of Ranger Airshop Holdings, a ULD and cargo products and services company, by Alinda Capital Partners, an infrastructure investment firm.
Advised Shawbrook Bank on the financing of the acquisition of the Idox Compliance group, an EU-based provider of e-learning solutions, by Sponge Group Holdings, a corporate learning platform backed by private equity fund Aliter Capital.
Advised Postbank, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, on the real estate financing of the acquisition of the 'Louise 120' building located Avenue Louise 120 in Brussels by Catella Real Estate, a European property investment firm.
Advised ABN AMRO Bank on the Belgian law aspects of the refinancing of the European logistic real estate portfolio of CBRE, an international real estate services and investment firm.
Advised SCIH Salt Holdings on the Belgian law aspects of the financing of the acquisition of K+S Belgium Holding, holding the North and South American salt business of minerals miner K+S, by Stone Canyon Industries Holdings, a global industrial holding company.
Advised Aterian Investment Partners, a US investment fund, on the Belgian law aspects of the financing of the acquisition of the EverZinc group, a zinc chemicals production company.
Thomas Vanthournout is ranked as a Rising Star in the area of Banking, Finance and Capital Markets by the 2023 edition of The Legal 500.
“He understands very well the position of the lenders, is very reactive and easy to reach. The transaction was burdensome from a legal point of view, yet Mr Vanthournout managed the process very efficiently. He also took the initiative to liaise directly with the company counsel in order to tackle certain issues.” The Legal 500 2023
Thomas Vanthournout is ranked as a key lawyer in the area of banking and finance by the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of The Legal 500.
“Thomas Vanthournout is a good, intelligent and hands-on lawyer.” The Legal 500, 2022
Memberships & Admissions
Member of the Brussels Bar
Member of the Flemish Bar Association