LaurentVercauteren

Associate

Brussels + 32.2.645.14.78

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 a large consortium of lenders with respect to the provision of €900 million for the financing of Belgium's largest offshore wind farm (Norther) and advising other large consortiums with respect to the financing and refinancing of other Belgian offshore wind farms, including Belwind and Northwind.

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

  • Consortium of senior creditors amends finance and project documents due to COVID-19 pandemicJones Day advised the consortium of senior creditors, represented by KBC Bank NV as agent and security agent, in connection with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Plan Lumières 4.0 project and the related government measures adopted in response thereto.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • BLACKB sells Darts-ip to Clarivate AnalyticsJones Day represented the various shareholders of BLACKB in the sale of all their shares to the Belgian subsidiary of the U.S. listed company Clarivate Analytics (US) LLC.
  • 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.
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