Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)
You may decide to alter the structure of your business through a merger or acquisition for many reasons. Every business operates in a competitive market and perhaps you see an opportunity for growth by acquiring another company. Alternatively, you may have decided to re-focus the business and want to divest certain non-core activities either to a third party or in some cases to the existing management.
When you decide to acquire or merge with another company or to sell your business, or a part of your business, a number of key questions need to be answered. The M&A practitioners at DBB advise clients about the most appropriate type of structure, whether through merger or acquisition or a joint venture or partnership, we negotiate on their behalf and review and draft the necessary supporting agreements. The majority of clients will want to minimise the transactional risks by commissioning due diligence investigations of the target company.
The Belgian economy is founded on small and medium sized private companies. DBB’s M&A team advises clients on private acquisition finance. Our transactional partners have recognised strengths in lending to this sector. Apart from our domestic practice inBelgiumwe are increasingly involved in cross-border transactions, including inward investments and cross-border mergers.
Transactional success also involves close collaboration with colleagues practicing competition law, employment and tax law. Members of our team are experienced in notifying qualifying mergers to the competition regulatory authorities acting as both co-ordinating counsel for smaller mergers and as notifying counsel to the EU Commission where a compulsory pre-notification is required for regulatory clearance of a large-scale merger. The M&A transactional group has developed industry specific expertise in diverse sectors including: logistics and distribution networks, real estate, information technology, mining and biotechnology.
The rescue and revival of distressed companies is dealt with under Restructuring and Insolvency.
See also: Competition law, Employment and Tax.