Liedekerke’s capital markets practice boasts over 50 years of experience in securities law advisory, encompassing both domestic and international transactions. With a dedicated and energetic group of partners committed to staying at the vanguard of financial regulatory changes, we are emerging as one of the most dynamic and innovative practices in the market today.

Our capital markets practice assists issuers and underwriters on debt, equity, and equity-linked transactions (through public offerings as well as private placements), and on structured finance and security processes. In addition, we regularly advise on an array of securities law matters, including periodic disclosures, transparency rules, market abuse regulation (MAR), and corporate governance questions.

Our practice is committed to keeping clients informed and involved in all processes. We partner with a client firm’s financial services, banking, and tax teams, using a single point of contact to provide one streamlined solution.

Key Strengths:

  • Established presence: Liedekerke has been advising major financial clients for decades. As a result, we offer incomparable industry experience across a range of diversified sectors.

  • Multidisciplinary expertise: We possess in-depth knowledge of the Capital Markets sector. Our specialists collaborate daily with colleagues from other departments so as to have the right experts involved in all aspects of the disclosure process.

  • National coverage: Liedekerke’s Capital Markets team serves clients in all Belgium’s regions, offering multilingual practitioners and in-depth understanding of cultural differences across the country.

  • Pragmatic approach: We work strategically and efficiently to deliver clear, practical, value-driving solutions.

Our Services

We assist clients on the following types of transactions:

  • Public offerings (IPOs and secondary offerings)

  • Private placements

  • Rights issues

  • Offerings by REITs

  • ABBs

  • Retail bond issue

  • High-yield offerings

  • EMTN programs or other debt programs

  • Covered bonds

  • Convertible bond placements

  • Securitization transactions

  • Tender offers & liability management transactions

We provide our clients with services including:

  • Pre-deal structuring

  • Due diligence

  • Drafting disclosure documents

  • Drafting and negotiating contractual documentation

  • Assisting with listing

  • Interaction with regulators and stock exchanges

  • Preparing and reviewing marketing materials

  • Advising on ongoing disclosure and periodic reporting obligations

  • Advising on corporate governance questions

  • Advising on tax aspects

Our Clients

Liedekerke’s clients are movers and shakers in a wide range of industries, operating both domestically and internationally. We advise stakeholders on either side of the negotiating table; our clientele includes leading investment banks and individual issuers. We are proud of our integrated, cross-practice approach. We not only assist our clients on the capital markets-focused aspects of deals, but also advise them on any other legal questions that arise during a transaction.

Our Team

Liedekerke combines extensive legal knowledge with deep transactional experience to advise players across all industries, globally and domestically. Our expert team includes a deep roster of “home-grown” talent, as well as emerging legal experts who have been trained at top international law firms in Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Our Relevant Experience

  • Assisting Belfius Bank in the retail bond offering of MG Real Estate (2021)

  • Assisting Bekaert on several retail bond offerings (2019 & 2020)

  • Assisting Belfius Bank in several secondary private placements (2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022)

  • Assisting Belfius Bank and BNP Paribas Fortis on the EMTN Program of Codic (2021)

  • Assisting Maxim Group on the US private placement of shares of Bone Therapeutics (2020)

  • Assisting Belfius Bank and Petercam Degroof on a private placement of bonds (2022)

  • Assisting Global Graphics in connection with the listing of new shares on Euronext Brussels

  • Assisting a leading Belgian financial institution as sole coordinator of a private placement transaction of bonds for an engineering group

  • Advising a financial institution on an issuer-substitution process

  • Assisting a London Stock Exchange-listed company on the Belgian aspects of a £60M international rights issue

  • Advising several international issuers on the Belgian law aspects of the migration of their shares to the Euroclear settlement system post-Brexit (2020 & 2021)

Awards & Recognition

Clients stress that the team is "commercial, hands-on and to the point."

– Chambers Europe, 2022, Band 4

‘‘The team is a hidden gem on the Belgian market, in particular with respect to capital markets.’

‘I really love working with Wim Dedecker. He offers the quality you would expect to receive from the major US and UK firms, and is at the same time very dedicated, available and passionate.’

‘Wim Dedecker is highly involved, pragmatic, solution driven.’

‘Very strong, dynamic and talented team.

‘The attorneys at Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick that we have worked with are all experienced in both legal and business matters, so they are able to provide “next level” guidance that is quite valuable to us as a business client. All of their partners and associates are extremely responsive and flexible.’

‘The team is responsible, knowledgeable, flexible and extremely reactive.’

‘Freya Mareels has a deep knowledge of the subject area, expertise through having significant experience in the sector. Also she has a good understanding on the commercial issues in general.’

Freya Mareels and Wim Dedecker are recognised as ‘Next Generation Partners’.

– Legal 500, 2022, Tier 3

Liedekerke’s Capital Market’s team is recognised as “Excellent”, with Wim Dedecker being recommended.

- Leaders League, 2022

"The cooperation was very efficient. The lawyers we worked with were extremely helpful and very kind, and the services rendered were excellent and provided perfectly on time."

– Chambers Europe, 2021, Band 4

‘They are pragmatic, result oriented, and available‘.

‘Very much engaged in trying to obtain the best result for the client‘.

‘The team is very well organized; they communicate effectively, are always planned and organized, and always deliver‘.

‘Very pragmatic, easy to communicate with, clear communication‘.

– Legal 500, 2021, Tier 3

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