FerdinandBrughmans

Partner

Brussels + 32.2.645.14.80

Ferdinand Brughmans has represented local and international lenders, other key financiers, and corporate borrowers in many of Belgium's recent high-profile project finance and acquisition finance transactions. His practice is focused on domestic and international projects (primarily related to energy and infrastructure ventures) and leveraged and acquisition finance.

Ferdinand advises banks, financial institutions, institutional lenders, private equity funds and corporate borrowers (including arrangers), and senior and mezzanine debt providers on project finance, PPP, syndicated loan, secured financing, leveraged cross-border acquisition finance, and refinancing transactions. In addition, he has considerable experience in general banking and finance, M&A, private equity, public offerings, and corporate law. He has worked on numerous financing transactions in Europe and South America as well as on international equity and debt offerings and listings.

Ferdinand also advises financial institutions and corporations in connection with hostile and friendly public takeover bids and on private equity transactions.

Experience

  • Belfius Bank and KBC Bank provide financing for acquisition of Moortgat Mometal BV and its direct subsidiariesJones Day represented a syndicate of banks consisting of Belfius Bank SA/NV and KBC Bank NV as lenders in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Moortgat Mometal BV and its direct subsidiaries by, amongst other, Creafund.
  • Consortium of senior creditors reprices €950 million of debt of Norther's offshore wind farmJones Day advised the consortium of senior creditors consisting of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Belfius Bank SA/NV, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., La Banque Postale, Nippon Life Insurance Company, SGBTCI, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited (London Branch), European Investment Bank, and EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit, in connection with the repricing of €950 million of debt, and the conversion, of Norther's offshore wind farm located approximately 50 kilometers off the Belgian coast.
  • ING Belgium, Belfius Bank, and Global Loan Agency Services Limited finance acquisition of Grandeco Wallfashion GroupJones Day acted as legal counsel to ING Belgium SA/NV and Belfius Bank SA/NV, as lenders, and Global Loan Agency Services Limited, as agent, in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Grandeco Wallfashion Group - Belgium NV, a leading wallpaper producer, and its direct and indirect subsidiaries by, amongst others, Down2Earth Capital II CommV and Gimv NV.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • Buysse & Partners obtains financing for acquisition of Netherlands-based Spitters groupJones Day represented Buysse & Partners and the ESAS group in connection with the financing of the acquisition by the ESAS group of the Netherlands-based Spitters group and the global refinancing of the ESAS group by various Tikehau lending entities.
  • Belfius Bank and KBC Bank provide financing for acquisition of Haldu groupJones Day represented a syndicate of banks consisting of Belfius Bank SA/NV and KBC Bank NV in connection with the financing for the acquisition of the Haldu group, specialized in the recruitment and selection of professionals to work in the construction, automotive, and engineering industries, by Gimv.
  • BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV arranges financing for SD WorxJones Day advised syndicate members BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV and ING Belgium NV/SA in the repayment of the financing by SD Worx Staffing & Career Solutions - Holding NV and the release of the security interests related thereto; and the amendment of the financing by BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV and Belfius Bank SA/NV of SD Worx Holding NV and the accession of two SD Worx group entities, as guarantor.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires HistoGeneX and Caprion BiosciencesJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on major investments in HistoGeneX and Caprion Biosciences and the subsequent combination of the two businesses.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Belfius Bank and KBC Bank provide financing for acquisition of Alro groupJones Day represented a syndicate of banks consisting of Belfius Bank SA/NV and KBC Bank NV in connection with the financing for the acquisition of the Alro group, specialized in industrial coating of plastic and metal parts for the automotive and truck industry, by Gimv.
  • Syndicate consisting of Belfius Bank, BNP Paribas Fortis, ING, and KBC Bank provide credit facility to Mediahuis for acquisition of Independent News & MediaJones Day represented a syndicate of banks consisting of Belfius Bank SA/NV, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, ING Belgium SA/NV, and KBC Bank NV in connection with a credit facility provided to Mediahuis, a Belgian newspaper publishing and broadcast media company, to finance the acquisition of Independent News & Media PLC, a media company located in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
  • Gimv invests in Coolworld RentalsJones Day advised Gimv in its acquisition of a majority shareholding in fast-growing Coolworld Rentals, a full-service renter of cooling and heating equipment.
  • Consortium of senior creditors finance €230 million project on roads of Walloon Region in BelgiumJones Day represented a consortium of senior creditors with the financing of a €230 million (US$260.1 million) project consisting of the design, modernization/replacement, financing, maintenance and operation of the public lighting on the roads of the Walloon Region in Belgium.
  • ING Belgium and KBC Bank provide credit facility to Ardian for acquisition of stake in TrustteamJones Day represented a syndicate of banks consisting of ING Belgium NV/SA and KBC Bank NV in connection with a credit facility provided to Ardian, a French private equity firm, to finance the acquisition of a majority stake in Trustteam, a Belgian IT-service provider.
  • Consortium of senior creditors provide €700 million to Northwester 2 for development of Belgian offshore wind farmJones Day advised the consortium of senior creditors consisting of Belfius Bank SA/NV, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., De Volksbank N.V. trading as ASN Bank, ING Belgium SA/NV, KBC Bank NV, Société Générale, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Brussels Branch, Triodos Bank, the European Investment Bank, and EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit, in the financing of Northwester 2's €700 million (US$804.8 million) total required investment for the development and construction of a 218.5 megawatt offshore wind farm to be located approximately 50 kilometers off the Belgian coast.
  • Smile Invest acquires SmartSDJones Day represented Smile Invest Management Company in connection with its acquisition of SmartSD, a distributor of products and services in the area of video surveillance, burglary and fire protection and access control for the professional market.
  • Syndicate of banks provide €470 million to Nobelwind for refinancing of North Sea offshore wind farmJones Day advised the consortium of senior creditors consisting of Belfius Bank SA/NV, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., De Volksbank N.V. trading as ASN Bank, KBC Bank NV, Nippon Life Insurance Company, Shinsei Bank, Société Générale, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Brussels Branch in connection with a €470 million (US$543 million) term loan and revolving facility provided to Nobelwind NV for the refinancing of a 165 megawatt operational offshore wind farm located 47 km off the Belgian coast.
  • Parkwind acquires offshore wind project in German Baltic SeaJones Day advised Parkwind NV, a leading offshore wind company headquartered in Leuven (Belgium), on its acquisition of KNK Wind GmbH from WV Energie AG, Bad Vilbel, and Stadtwerke Bad Vilbel GmbH.
  • KBC Bank, Belfius Bank, and ING Belgium amend and restate credit facility for ContraloadJones Day represented a syndicate of banks consisting of KBC Bank NV, Belfius Bank NV/SA, and ING Belgium NV/SA in connection with an amendment and restatement of a credit facility provided to Contraload, a leading logistics pooling company located in Belgium, to finance the acquisition of Packaging Logistics Services, a UK-based provider of high-quality pooling solutions for reusable plastic load carriers.
  • ING Belgium and KBC Bank provide credit facility to AAC Capital for acquisition of majority stake in SavacoJones Day represented a syndicate of banks consisting of ING Belgium NV/SA and KBC Bank NV in connection with a credit facility provided to AAC Capital, a Benelux private equity firm, to finance the acquisition of a majority stake in Savaco, a Belgian IT-service provider.
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