PaulVan Hooghten

Of Counsel

Brussels + 32.2.645.14.87

Paul Van Hooghten advises Belgian and international private equity houses, multinational companies, and financial institutions on all aspects of corporate law, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions (including public takeovers), joint ventures, and private equity. He has more than 30 years of experience and has worked in Belgium and New York City.

Paul is author of several publications on corporate and commercial law, including the book The European Takeover Directive and Its Implementation published by Oxford University Press. He is a regular speaker at conferences and a guest lecturer at the University of Brussels. Paul is also a director and officer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Additional Publications

    • December 2020
      Shareholders’ Agreements following the introduction of the New Belgian Companies and Associations Code (DAOR 2020/4)
    • 2018
      Belgium: the Delaware of Europe - AmCham Bulletin 2018

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    Corporate Governance 2011 in Belgium, the international comparative legal guide to corporate governance


    Paul Van Hooghten and Jan Vandermeersch

    The European Takeover Directive and its implementation,

    Oxford University Press 2009, p. 822 (Editor and Co-author)

    Mergers and acquisitions, useful or not ? "Zin en onzin van fusies en overnames",

    Beleidsnota VKW Metena, nr 8, mei 2005, p. 2-44

    Herman Vantrappen, Koen Dejonckheere, Paul Van Hooghten,

    Directors' Liability "Dossier Millennium : Bestuurder aansprakelijk?"

    VEV Snelbericht nummer 04 / 26 februari 1999, p. 24-25

    Directors' Liability "Bestuurdersaansprakelijkheid in het licht van de millenniumproblematiek",

    Tijdschrift voor ondernemingsrecht (DAOR), 1999, p. 53-63

    How to conduct a crossborder merger and acquisition/financing Due Diligence in Belgium, American Bar Association, section of international law and practice,

    International Practitioners' Workshop Series, Vol. VII, 1995

    Structuring Cross-Border Joint Ventures,

    International Practitioners' Workshop Series, Volume VIII, American Bar Association, 1995

    How to conduct cross border merger and acquisition/financing due diligence in Belgium,

    International Practitioners' Workshop Series, Volume VII, American Bar Association, 1995

    Paul Van Hooghten and Th. Lohest

    Speaking Engagements

    • 25-26 March 2021
      The Conference Board - Legal Council - Topics : Covid-19 impact on companies; Brexit; Legal Tech; Management of legal departments
    • 2020
      The Conference Board - Legal Council - Chair to various sessions
    • November 2020
      Legal aspects of international trade, lectures given at the University of Brussels (VUB)
    • October 10, 2019
      The Net Asset and Liquidity Test under Belgian law, AmCham Seminar
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