An-Sofie Van Hootegem

An-Sofie Van Hootegem

Partner, Brussels

“I assist national and international clients across a wide range of sectors with all aspects of their M&A transactions, both in Belgium and abroad. I am the trusted advisor of several private equity houses assisting them throughout the various phases of the buy-out value chain.” 

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

An-Sofie is a partner in our Brussels Corporate and Finance group. She advises national and international clients on their M&A transactions, with particular expertise in private equity. She represented many private equity houses throughout the various aspects of the investment lifecycle (from acquisition, to add-ons and exit). She also specialises in management equity packages in the context of buy-outs, where she advised both sponsors and management. 

She has extensive experience advising corporate and institutional clients on their M&A, carve-outs, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.

She is highly regarded by clients for her solution-oriented and hands-on approach, project management and technical knowledge.

Work highlights

An-Sofie’s recent experience includes advising:

  • Sofina on (i) the acquisition of a minority stake in Salto Systems, a leading manufacturer of specialist electronic access control solutions; (ii) its investment in the French based manufacturer and distributor of cosmetic products Nuxe and (iii) its investment in Drylock Technologies.
  • SiegCo (Verlinvest): advising on the sale of Valtech to BC Partners.
  • Proximus on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital in BICS following the buy-out of its joint venture partners MTN and Swisscom.
  • Gimv and Cube Infrastructure Fund on the sale of Hansea, leading independent private bus operator in Belgium, to DWS.
  • Hg on its investment in Silverfin, a cloud accounting software developer.
  • Cobepa and Verlinvest on the sale of Carrières du Hainaut to Sigmaroc plc.
  • Mediahuis on the acquisition of Saint-Paul Luxembourg S.A., a leading media group in Luxembourg.
  • Gen II (Cobepa) on its acquisition of the Luxembourg-based provider of private equity and real estate administration services, Quilvest Services Luxembourg.

Professional experience

2021 –  to date: Partner, Linklaters LLP, Brussels
2019 – 2021: Counsel, Linklaters LLP, Brussels
2015 – 2018: Senior Associate, Allen & Overy LLP, Brussels
2008 – 2015: Associate, Allen & Overy LLP, Brussels 

Education and qualifications

An-Sofie holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Ghent, an LL.M in Corporate and Financial Law from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in Notary Studies from the University of Brussels.

She speaks Dutch, English and French.