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.


  • Consortium BelGaN Group BV acquires ON Semiconductor Belgium BVJones Day advised the consortium BelGaN Group BV with the acquisition of ON Semiconductor Belgium BV, a subsidiary of Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC, which designs and manufactures semiconductors components.
  • Fragbite acquires Lucky Kat B.V.Jones Day advised Fragbite Group AB, a global esports and gaming company, in the acquisition of Lucky Kat B.V.
  • 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

    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