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, BNP Paribas, and ING Belgium provide acquisition financing of Bontexgeo group by WaterlandJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank NV/SA, BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA, and ING Belgium NV/SA in connection with the acquisition financing of the Bontexgeo group by Waterland.
  • Belfius Bank, ING Belgium, and Global Loan Agency Services Limited provide financing for acquisition of Wall!Supply by Grandeco Wallfashion GroupJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank SA/NV and ING Belgium SA/NV, as lenders, and Global Loan Agency Services Limited, as agent, in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Wall!Supply by the Grandeco Wallfashion Group.
  • Belfius Bank, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, and CBC Banque provide financing for acquisition of Decoscent SA and its subsidiariesJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank SA/NV, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, and CBC Banque SA, as lenders, in connection with the acquisition financing of Decoscent SA and its subsidiaries, including Baobab Collection SA, by Baltisse.
  • Parkwind obtains financing for 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farmJones Day advised Parkwind NV, an independent green energy company that develops, finances, and operates offshore wind farms, on the financing of the 257 MW Arcadis Ost 1 offshore wind farm.
  • EIC acquires assets of CG Power Systems BelgiumJones Day advised Electrical Industries Company (EIC) in the acquisition of the production activities from the assets of the bankrupt estate of CG Power Systems Belgium.
  • ING Belgium and KBC Bank provide acquisition financing of Dematra group by WaterlandJones Day acted as legal counsel to ING Belgium NV/SA and KBC Bank NV in connection with the acquisition financing of the Dematra group by Waterland.
  • ING Belgium and Belfius Bank provide acquisition financing of Belgian companies Stover BV and Technics & Applications BV by WaterlandJones Day acted as legal counsel to ING Belgium NV/SA and Belfius Bank NV/SA in connection with the acquisition financing of the Belgian companies Stover BV and Technics & Applications BV by Waterland.
  • Northwester 2's offshore wind farm located off Belgian coast reaches operating phaseJones Day advised the consortium of senior creditors, represented by BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV as intercreditor agent and security agent, in connection with the project completion and conversion of Northwester 2's offshore wind farm located approximately 50 kilometers off the Belgian coast, whereby the project successfully enters into its operating phase.
  • Belfius Bank, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, ING Belgium, and KBC Bank provide financing to Batopin NVJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank SA/NV, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, ING Belgium NV/SA, and KBC Bank NV, as lenders, in connection with the contemplated financing provided to Batopin NV, a modern ATM service managed by four Belgian banks.
  • Belfius Bank, Caisse d'Epargne et de Prévoyance Hauts de France, ING Belgium, and KBC Bank amend and restate facilities agreement for acquisition of Accent Etiketten by WaterlandJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank SA/NV, Caisse d'Epargne et de Prévoyance Hauts de France, ING Belgium SA/NV, and KBC Bank NV in connection with the amendment and restatement of a facilities agreement which was, in part, set up for the acquisition of Accent Etiketten, a manufacturer of self-adhesive labels, by Waterland.
  • Biobest Group obtains financing for acquisitionsJones Day assisted Biobest Group NV, one of the world's leading companies in biological control of pests and diseases & natural pollination, in connection with the financing of acquisitions.
  • Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies provides financing to Weerts Group for acquisition and development of warehouse in Bury St EdmundsJones Day represented Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies in connection with a senior secured facility provided to Weerts Group to finance the acquisition and development of an 870,000 sq ft warehouse at Suffolk Park in Bury St Edmunds.
  • 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.