LaurentVercauteren

Counsel

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Laurent Vercauteren advises banks, financial institutions, and corporate borrowers on leveraged cross-border acquisition finance, syndicated loans, secured financing, project finance, and refinancing transactions. He also has experience in capital markets and banking and financial regulation.

Laurent has represented clients such as Belfius, BNP Paribas, BTMU, European Investment Bank, ING, KBC, Rabobank, SMBC, Société Générale, and other local and international lenders in some of Belgium's recent high-profile acquisition finance and project finance transactions. His experience includes advising large consortiums of lenders with respect to the provision of financing offshore wind farms in Belgium and abroad.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2016, Laurent worked for a U.S. law firm in Brussels and London and was seconded to a multinational electric utility company where he was a member of the legal finance team that was involved in drafting and negotiating project finance documents.

Experience

  • KBC Bank finances acquisition of ElaN Group by Andera PartnersJones Day acted as legal counsel to KBC Bank NV in connection with the financing of the acquisition of the ElaN Group by Andera Partners.
  • BNP Paribas Fortis, ING Belgium, and KBC Bank finance acquisition of Group Claes and Weidelco Foodpartners by SofindevJones Day acted as legal counsel to BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA, ING Belgium NV/SA, and KBC Bank NV in connection with the financing of the acquisition of Group Claes and Weidelco Foodpartners by Sofindev.
  • Biobest obtains financing for acquisition of Plant ProductsJones Day advised the Biobest Group on the financing of its acquisition of the Canadian company, Morse Leasing Inc. (Plant Products), by means of a Belgian law governed loan agreement entered into by Biobest Group NV as borrower, and the issuance of notes due February 23, 2032 by Biobest Canada Ltd, as issuer.
  • Buysse & Partners obtains financing for acquisition of Balak Industries NVJones Day acted as legal counsel to Buysse & Partners in connection with the financing by a syndicate of senior lenders of the acquisition of Balak Industries NV and its subsidiaries.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners' portfolio company Fenzi Holdings acquires Advanced Glass Technologies business of Johnson Matthey PLCJones Day represented Arsenal Capital Partners' portfolio company, Fenzi Holdings SPV S.p.A., in the acquisition and financing of the Advanced Glass Technologies business of Johnson Matthey PLC, which manufactures advanced glass enamels, precious metal pastes and conductive inks for use in automotive glass and other industry applications.
  • Buysse & Partners refinances Copus GroupJones Day acted as legal counsel to Buysse & Partners in connection with the global refinancing of one of its portfolio companies, the Copus Group, a group of HR agencies operating under different brands (such as Vivaldis, Seal Jobs, Heads & Hunters, Primus, Bennet, Eniteq, and Smart Solutions) followed by the add-on and accession of a Belgian company and two German entities as obligors.
  • BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA and KBC Bank NV provide acquisition financing of Planet Group by CreafundJones Day acted as legal counsel to BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA and KBC Bank NV in connection with the financing of the acquisition of the Planet Group by Creafund.
  • Belfius Bank, BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA, and KBC Bank provide acquisition financing of Varo group by IndufinJones Day acted as legal counsel to Belfius Bank NV/SA, BNP Paribas Fortis NV/SA, and KBC Bank NV in connection with the financing of the acquisition of the Varo group by Indufin.
  • KBC Bank and BNP Paribas provide financing to WVT group, a Sofindev portfolio company, for acquisition of Chemtec ChemicalsJones Day assisted the consortium of lenders, consisting of KBC Bank NV/SA and BNP Paribas Fortis, in connection with financing of the acquisition of Chemtec Chemicals GmbH by the WVT Group, a portfolio company of Sofindev.
  • Milliken & Company completes Senior Notes offeringJones Day represented Milliken & Company, an industrial manufacturer that is active in a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering, performance, and protective textile materials, in connection with its private placement of Senior Notes and revolving credit facility.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Seal for Life acquires CanusaJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company, Seal For Life Industries, of the Canusa-CPS and Dhatec businesses from Shawcor.
  • 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.