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Arnaud Coibion

Partner, Brussels

'I am a versatile corporate lawyer, advising multinational clients on their strategic, cross-border M&A deals throughout Europe and globally, as well as on IPOs. I am the trusted adviser of several listed companies and investment firms assisting with international expansion, group structure, corporate governance and capital raising.'

Overview

Professional experience

Education

Overview

Arnaud specialises in private and public M&A, joint ventures and corporate law, as well as IPOs and equity offerings. He advises corporates, private equity firms and banks on complex cross-border deals in Europe, America and Asia. He has experience of working on deals that have high levels of public, political and market scrutiny.

Arnaud is global co-head of the firm’s Energy & Utilities Group and has deep knowledge of these sectors.

Arnaud spent two periods of secondment to the firm’s London office, in 2002 and in 2008/2009.

Work highlights

Arnaud has advised on a wide range of major corporate transactions. These include advising:

  • a BEL20 listed company on its defence against a hostile takeover bid and on its eventual recommended takeover by a multinational pharma group 

  • a private equity house on its acquisition of a leading perimeter security systems and security services provider
  • a Belgian multinational chemical company on the financing (involving a combination of rights issue, issuance of bonds and hybrid instrument) of its merger with a U.S.-listed company
  • on the Nasdaq IPO of a Euronext-listed Belgian biotech
  • on the IPO of an international textile group on Euronext Brussels
  • a multinational beer and beverage company on its merger with the world’s largest brewer
  • two electricity transmission system operators on a joint venture relating to the construction and operation of an offshore HVDC interconnector
  • a consortium of two natural gas transmission system operators on the acquisition of a Swedish owner and operator of gas transmission grid
  • a listed company on the two-step sale of its worldwide radiopharmaceutical division to a U.S. private equity firm
  • several bank and insurance institutions on the reorganisation and disposal of their joint IT infrastructure platform vehicle to an IT group, combined with an IT infrastructure outsourcing agreement
  • a global energy group on its business combination with a UK-listed international energy group, forming the world’s largest independent power producer
  • a global steel manufacturer on the spin-off of its stainless steel business and on the listing of the spun-off company

Professional experience

Arnaud has written books, articles and papers on numerous subjects on company law and financial law. He is a lecturer on company law and M&A at the Louvain School of Management, the business school of the University of Louvain.

Education

Arnaud studied law at the University of Namur and the University of Louvain and holds a master’s in law from the University of Cambridge (Darwin College).

 

He speaks English, French and Dutch.