PaulVan Hooghten

Of Counsel

Bruxelles + 32.2.645.14.87

Paul Van Hooghten conseille des sociétés de private equity belges et internationales, des sociétés multinationales et des institutions financières sur le droit des sociétés et les restructurations d'entreprises, les fusions-acquisitions internationales et nationales, les joint-ventures, le private equity, les offres publiques d'achat et les offres d'actions. Il a plus de 30 ans d'expérience dans le domaine des fusions et acquisitions et a travaillé en Belgique ainsi qu’à New York.

Paul est l'auteur de plusieurs publications sur le droit des sociétés et le droit commercial, dont le livre « The European Takeover Directive and Its Implementation » publié par Oxford University Press. Il est un conférencier régulier et un professeur invité à l'Université de Bruxelles. Paul est administrateur et dirigeant de la Chambre de commerce américaine en Belgique.

Paul est reconnu comme avocat belge de premier plan en fusions-acquisitions d'entreprises dans de nombreuses publications juridiques, dont Chambers Global.


  • Gilops Group sold to Uhoda GroupJones Day advised the shareholders of the Gilops Group SA in the sale of the company to the Uhoda Group.
  • Bekaert acquires BEXCOJones Day advised NV BEKAERT SA in the €40 million acquisition of BEXCO nv, a leading global player in synthetic ropes for offshore energy production, both conventional and renewable.
  • Biobest acquires BiotropJones Day represented Biobest Group NV, a Belgian developer of biological crop-protection products in its €500 million capital and debt raise for the acquisition of Biotrop Participacoes SA, a provider of biological and natural farming solutions in Brazil, for an enterprise value of about €532 million.
  • JENSEN-GROUP and MIURA create heavy-duty laundry joint venture in JapanJones Day advised JENSEN-GROUP in the formation of a joint venture with MIURA whereby the JENSEN-GROUP acquired 49% of the shares of Inax Corporation, one of the main manufacturing and distribution companies for heavy-duty laundry equipment in Japan and a Japanese wholly owned subsidiary of MIURA, and MIURA took a 20% stake in the JENSEN-GROUP through a combination of 49% of the shares of Inax and an add-on capital increase in cash.
  • Biobest receives capital increase from Sofina and some private investorsJones Day advised Biobest Group NV in its capital increase in an amount of €98.5 million with cancellation of preferential subscription rights, subscribed by Sofina SA and by other private investors.
  • 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.
  • Autres 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
    • June 2018
      European Takeovers - The Art of Acquisition, Globe Law and Business

    • 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