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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 (listed and non-listed) corporates, private equity firms and banks on complex domestic and 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 in-depth knowledge of these sectors.

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

Work highlights

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

  • ENGIE on the USD 1.4bn business combination between EVBox, a leading global provider of smart charging solutions for electric vehicles, and TPG Pace Beneficial Finance, a SPAC sponsored by TPG
  • Elia, the Belgian electricity transmission system operator, on its strategic reorganisation aimed at ring-fencing its regulated activities in Belgium
  • Ablynx on its defence against a hostile takeover bid and on its eventual EUR 3.9bn recommended takeover by Sanofi
  • The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of Praesidiad, a leading perimeter security systems and security services provider
  • Solvay on the financing (involving a combination of rights issue, issuance of bonds and hybrid instrument) of its merger with Cytec Industries, a U.S.-listed company
  • SABMiller on its GBP 79bn merger with AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer
  • Fluxys and Enagas, two natural gas transmission system operators on the disposal of Swedegas, the Swedish owner and operator of gas transmission grid
  • ENGIE on its business combination with a International Power plc, UK-listed international energy group, forming the world’s largest independent power producer

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.