Senior Advisor

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Luc Houben is an experienced corporate lawyer focused primarily on cross-border transactions. He has played a leading advisory role in various acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and significant real estate and commercial projects for several U.S., Japanese, and European companies. Luc previously practiced in Tokyo and New York.

Representative M&A transactions include Toyota Motor Corporation's $1.3 billion joint venture with PSA Peugeot Citroën; various transactions for Bridgestone, including the acquisition of a minority interest in Nokian Tyres; various acquisitions for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., including the acquisition of Vyncolit (U.S. and Europe); and the $750 million acquisition by PepsiCo of the remaining interest in Snack Ventures Europe from its joint venture partner General Mills.

Other companies Luc has advised include Aleris, Base, British Land, Daihatsu Motor Company, Ferro Corporation, Hino, Mitsui Chemicals, MasterCard, Purac, RHJI, RIM, Van Hool, and Yum! Restaurants International.


  • HRH Prince Abdullah and DCA NV take over Belgian Proximus League Football Club Beerschot-WilrijkJones Day advised HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud in his joint investment with Belgian construction company DCA NV in the Belgian Proximus League Football Club Beerschot-Wilrijk.
  • Bridgestone sells Mecamold to New Mold InternationalJones Day represented Bridgestone Europe in connection with its sale of Mecamold S.A., a Herstal, Belgium-based tire mold manufacturer, to New Mold International SAS.
  • J.M. Huber sells Silica business to Evonik for $630 millionJones Day advised J.M. Huber Corporation in the sale of its Silica business unit of Huber Engineered Materials to Evonik Industries AG for $630 million.
  • Ferro acquires Cappelle PigmentsJones Day advised Ferro Corporation in connection with the acquisition of all the shares of Belgium-based Cappelle Pigments NV.
  • Bridgestone acquires Speedy FranceJones Day advised Bridgestone EMEA in its acquisition of Speedy France, a leading car service retail company and one of the most important tyre networks in France.
  • Bunge and Solazyme expand joint venture to make oils from renewable sources using microbesJones Day assisted Bunge Global Innovation, LLC in renegotiating its joint venture agreements with Solazyme, Inc. in the Netherlands and Brazil to, among other things, expand the products to be made and the geographies and manner in which all such products will be sold.
  • Suez Environnement and Itochu Corporation receive advice as joint bidders in auction processJones Day provided merger, acquisition, and antitrust assistance to Suez Environnement Company SA and Itochu Corporation as joint bidders in the auction process for the acquisition of the Belgian target company, Indaver NV.
  • Barco sells Defense & Aerospace division to U.S.-based Esterline Corporation for €150 million (US$175 million)Jones Day advised Barco NV in the sale of its Defense & Aerospace division to U.S.-based Esterline Corporation for €150 million (US$175 million).
  • Procter & Gamble sells European pet care business to Spectrum BrandsJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company in the sale of its European pet care business, including its IAMS® and EUKANUBA® brands, to Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.
  • Sumitomo Bakelite acquires Vaupell Holdings for $269 millionJones Day advised Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. in the $269 million acquisition of Vaupell Holdings, Inc., a global leader in highly engineered thermoplastic and composite products for the aerospace, defense, medical and commercial markets, from Miami-based private equity fund H.I.G. Capital.
  • Procter & Gamble sells Pringles snacks business to Kellogg for $2.7 billionJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company in the sale of its Pringles snacks business to The Kellogg Company in a $2.7 billion all-cash transaction.
  • MasterCard forms Brazilian joint venture with TelefónicaJones Day advised MasterCard International in the formation of a joint venture with Telefónica to offer mobile financial solutions for 65 million Vivo consumers in Brazil.
  • De Neef Conchem acquired by Grace Construction ProductsJones Day advised De Neef Conchem Group in its acquisition by Grace Construction Products, an operating segment of W. R. Grace & Co.
  • MasterCard acquires 50% stake in Mobile Financial Services HoldingJones Day advised MasterCard International in its acquisition through Belgian subsidiary MasterCard Jupiter Investments Sprl of a 50% stake in Mobile Financial Services Holding Sprl, a Belgian joint venture with Telefónica to provide mobile financial services in 12 countries in Latin America, where Telefonica is present through its Movistar brand.
  • Bridgestone sells 100% of shares of Bridgestone's Italian and Chinese steel cord manufacturing subsidiaries to Belgian-based NV Bekaert SAJones Day advised Bridgestone Corporation ("Bridgestone") in the sale of 100% of the shares of Bridgestone's Italian and Chinese steel cord manufacturing subsidiaries to Belgian-based NV Bekaert SA ("Bekaert").
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Drew Marine Business unit from AshlandJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company in its $120 million acquisition of the Drew Marine Business, a global leader in providing technical solutions, high-value products and services to the marine industry, of Ashland Inc., a Fortune 500 diversified chemical company.
  • RHJ International completes Honsel financial restructuringJones Day advised Honsel International Technologies SA, a subsidiary of RHJ International SA, in connection with the restructuring of the Honsel group, including a €50 million (US$63.6 million) investment by RHJ International in exchange for a controlling 51% stake.
  • RHJ International SA acquires Tafime SAJones Day advised RHJ International SA in its acquisition, through Honsel GmbH & Co. KG, of Tafime SA.
  • Hexagon acquires IONIC Software and IONIC EnterpriseJones Day represented Hexagon AB in its acquisition of IONIC Software SA and IONIC Enterprise Inc.
    • December 01, 2004
      Fundamentals of Business Contracts Under U.S. Law, with Howard Liebman, IFE Benelux, EFE Group Seminar English and American Contract & Company Law: Adapt Your Way of Thinking to a Law Without a Civil Code