'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.'
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).
Arnaud has advised on a wide range of major corporate transactions. These include advising:
- Ardian on the disposal of Trustteam to Rivean Capital
- Groupement Les Mousquetaires – Intermarché on its acquisition of supermarket group Mestdagh
- AKKA Technologies on its € 2bn business combination with the Adecco Group (including a mandatory takeover bid)
- Greiner AG on its acquisition of a reference shareholding in Recticel, followed by a non-solicited takeover bid
- ENGIE on the disposal of four coal-fired power plants in Germany and the Netherlands (including coal optimisation business) to Riverstone Holdings
- 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
- 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
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.
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.