ThomasDe Muynck

Partner

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Thomas De Muynck heads the Brussels M&A practice and has 20 years of experience in venture capital (VC), private equity, and corporate transactions. He has extensive experience with Japan-related transactions and start-ups in the life sciences and technology sectors. Thomas is listed as a leading M&A lawyer in Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, and The Legal 500.

He was lead lawyer on Arsenal Capital's acquisition of Histogenex and its combination with Caprion, on Astellas' €800 million acquisition of biotech company Ogeda, and on Hexagon/Intergraph's acquisition of GIMV portfolio company Luciad and acquisition of Bricsys. His 2018 VC representations include Cowboy SA (Tiger and Index), Cashforce (BNPP), and Dobco and PieSync (Fortino). He also has worked on Silverfin, Anytime, Take Eat Easy, Collibra, Textmaster, Odoo, and other leading Belgian start-ups.

Thomas worked in Japan for several years and focuses on representing Japanese clients in cross-border acquisitions. He worked on joint ventures in Europe and South America for Toyota and on EU acquisitions for Astellas, Bridgestone, and Sumitomo Bakelite. Other Japanese clients include Hino Motors, Konica-Minolta, Pioneer, Tokio Marine, and Zeon Corporation.

He represents U.S. corporations, including Aleris, Calgon, Cardinal Health, Diebold, MasterCard, PolyOne, Riverside, and Wabtec, as well as EU clients, such as BNPP, Hexagon AB, SAP, and Total. Belgian representations include BASE, Colruyt/Korys, Fortino, RHJI, and Van Hool and a series of VC-backed companies.

He is a member of the Legal & Tax Committee of the Belgium-Japan Association and of the International Bar Association. Thomas has lived and worked in Brussels, Tokyo, and New York.

Experience

  • Astellas Pharma acquires Ogeda SA for €800 million (US$852 million)Jones Day advised Astellas Pharma Inc., a Japanese leader in the pharma industry, in its €800 million (US$852 million) acquisition of Ogeda SA, a privately owned Belgian drug discovery company.
  • Hexagon acquires Luciad from GIMVJones Day represented Hexagon AB, a global provider of information technologies that drives productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, in connection with its acquisition of Belgian-based Luciad, a leading provider of 5D visualization and analysis solutions, from GIMV.
  • 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.
  • Cardinal Health acquires leading patient product portfolio from Medtronic for $6.1 billionJones Day advised Cardinal Health on the acquisition of Medtronic's Patient Care, Deep Vein Thrombosis and Nutritional Insufficiency businesses for $6.1 billion in cash.
  • Euricom acquires 100 percent of Marbour Group's European dry rice divisionJones Day advised Euricom S.p.A. on the acquisition of the private label dry rice business of Marbour Foods S.A.S. located in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands.
  • Hexagon Intergraph acquires Belgian-based BricsysJones Day advised Hexagon Intergraph AB in its acquisition of Belgian-based Bricsys group, including Chapoo NV and Amelia NV.
  • Fortino Capital invests in PieSyncJones Day represented Fortino Capital Partners NV, as lead investor, in connection with its purchase of Series C Convertible Stock in a private placement by PieSync NV, a two-way intelligent data synchronization platform for organizations.
  • Cowboy raises capital in Series A roundJones Day represented Cowboy SA, a Belgian start-up that developed an innovative electric bike for the modern-day commuter, in connection with its issuance of €10 million (US$11.4 million) of Series A Convertible Preferred stock in a private placement to Tiger Global Management, Index Ventures, and Hardware Club.
  • EMERAM Capital Partners invests in E.careJones Day represented EMERAM Capital Partners GmbH in connection with its investment in E.care bvba, a developer of software supporting patient treatment processes in hospitals.
  • Wabtec acquires Gerken GroupJones Day advised Wabtec Corporation in its acquisition of Gerken Group SA, a leading manufacturer of specialty carbon and graphite products for rail and other industrial applications.
  • Index Ventures invests in CollibraJones Day advised Index Ventures as lead investor in the $23 million Series B financing of Collibra NV, a global data governance provider.
  • Seventure invests in AnytimeJones Day represented Seventure Partners in connection with its €4.3 million (US$4.8 million) investment, in three tranches, in Anytime SA, a Belgian company active in the FinTech sector.
  • Index Ventures invest in SilverfinJones Day advised Index Ventures, as lead investor, in the Series A round of Silverfin NV, a real-time connected accounting platform that unifies businesses' financial data, reporting, and communication.
  • Takeeateasy.be raises capital in Series B roundJones Day represented Takeeateasy.be SA., an integrated technology and delivery service for highly-rated restaurants, in connection with its issuance of €10 million (US$11.1 million) of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock in a private placement to Eight Roads Ventures and existing investors Rocket Internet, DN Capital, and Piton Capital.
  • XAnge Private Equity invests in OdooJones Day represented XAnge Private Equity, S.A. as lead investor in the $10 million Series B financing of Odoo, formerly OpenERP SA, a leading business application software editor.
  • TextMaster raises capital in Series C roundJones Day advised TextMaster SA, a provider of professional translation, web content writing, and proofreading services by native speakers, in connection with its issuance of Series C Preferred Stock in a private placement to Serena Capital and Alven Capital.
  • Takeeateasy.be raises capital in Series A roundJones Day represented Takeeateasy.be SA, an integrated technology and delivery service for highly-rated restaurants, in connection with its issuance of €6 million (US$6.4 million) of Series A Preferred Stock in a private placement to Rocket Internet, DN Capital, and Piton Capital.
  • Platinum Equity acquires MACtac from Bemis CompanyJones Day represented the Belgian counsel to Platinum Equity LLC in its $170 million acquisition of the global Pressure Sensitive Materials business known as MACtac, a manufacturer and distributor of pressure sensitive labels, from Bemis Company, Inc., a supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide.
  • Valmet acquires Metso's Process Automation Systems business for €340 million (US$369.3 million)Jones Day advised Valmet Corporation in its acquisition of Metso's Process Automation Systems business for €340 million (US$369.3 million).
  • 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").
  • RHJ International sells its 77.9% ownership of Niles Co. to Valeo for ¥15.4 billion (€135 million)Jones Day advised RHJ International SA in its sale of its 77.9% interest in Niles Co., Ltd., a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, to Valeo SA, a worldwide leader in the interior controls market, for a total cash consideration of ¥15.4 billion (€135 million).
  • Pohjola Bank purchases 40% interest in Access Capital Partners Group and completes sale of Pohjola Private Equity FundsJones Day represented Pohjola Bank plc in connection with its €28 million purchase of a 40% interest in Access Capital Partners Group SA, a manager and adviser of private equity fund of funds, and its concurrent €16 million sale of Pohjola Private Equity Funds Ltd to Access Capital Partners Group SA.
  • Procter & Gamble acquired Ambi Pur, the air care business of Sara Lee, for $470 millionJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Co. ("P&G") in its purchase of Sara Lee's Ambi Pur Business for EU 320 million ($470 million).
  • Goodman European Logistics Fund completes restatement of increased €767 million credit facilities arranged by Eurohypo Bank AG and The Royal Bank of Scotland plcJones Day advised Goodman European Logistics Fund, a pan-European real estate fund that invests in high-quality industrial and logistics properties, in connection with the restatement of increased €767 million (US$1.1 billion) term and revolving credit facilities arranged by Eurohypo AG, London Branch and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
  • 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.
  • BNP Paribas Personal Finance Belgium represented in merger of FidexixJones Day represented BNP Paribas Personal Finance Belgium ("BNPPPFB") in the second phase of integration of its Belgian consumer credit subsidiaries, and in particular the merger of Fidexis, the Belgian consumer credit institution, into BNPPPFB.
  • International Automotive Components acquires Stankiewicz and GimotiveJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group, LLC in its acquisition of certain operations of Stankiewicz GmbH and Gimotive GmbH from German administration.
  • Platinum Equity acquires Owens Corning fiberglass plantsJones Day advised Platinum Equity LLC in its €155 million ($242 million) acquisition of two fiberglass manufacturing plants (located in Battice, Belgium, and Birkeland, Norway) from Owens Corning.
  • 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.
  • Traxys obtains $550 million credit facilityJones Day counseled Traxys S.A., a metal marketing company, in connection with its $550 million syndicated credit facility guaranteed by various of its EU subsidiaries, provided by a syndicate arranged by Fortis Bank, Commerzbank, Societe Generale and ABN AMRO Bank.
  • EDS sells business unit of A.T. KearneyJones Day advised Electronic Data Systems Corporation in the management buyout of the worldwide consulting business of subsidiary A.T. Kearney, Inc.
  • PepsiCo acquires interest in Snack Ventures Europe for $750 millionJones Day advised PepsiCo, Inc. in the $750 million acquisition of the remaining 40.5% interest in Snack Ventures Europe from joint venture partner General Mills, Inc.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 2012
      Brussels Invest & Export Conference :Legal aspect on investing in Belgium
    • March 2012
      Directors' Liability Seminar & Workshop, Belgian Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Japan
    • November 2011
      日本化学繊維協会セミナー:化学品供給における不可抗力
    • November 2011
      Force Majeure Clauses in Supply Agreements under U.S and EU Law, Japan Chemical Fibers Association
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