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Luc Houben
Senior Advisor


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  • Columbia University (LL.M. 1980); Centre Européen Universitaire of Nancy, France ("Certificat" in EEC Law 1977); Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium ("License en Notariat" with honors 1977; J.D. with honors 1976)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, Brussels, and registered with the Amsterdam Bar as a European lawyer


  • Intern, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR (1979); Stagiaire, Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (1978)

Luc Houben is an experienced corporate lawyer focused primarily on cross-border transactions. He has played a leading advisory role in various acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and significant real estate and commercial projects for several U.S., Japanese, and European companies. Luc previously practiced in Tokyo and New York.

Representative M&A transactions include Toyota Motor Corporation's $1.3 billion joint venture with PSA Peugeot Citroën; various transactions for Bridgestone, including the acquisition of a minority interest in Nokian Tyres; various acquisitions for Sumitomo Bakelite Co., including the acquisition of Vyncolit (U.S. and Europe); and the $750 million acquisition by PepsiCo of the remaining interest in Snack Ventures Europe from its joint venture partner General Mills.

Other companies Luc has advised include Aleris, Base, British Land, Daihatsu Motor Company, Ferro Corporation, Hino, Mitsui Chemicals, MasterCard, Purac, RHJI, RIM, Van Hool, and Yum! Restaurants International.

Honors & Distinctions

  • "He takes a balanced approach, is compromise-oriented and has great international exposure over Europe and the US" (Chambers 2016)

    "He is knowledgeable and able to handle any tough and challenging situations; his style of negotiation is persuasive, reasonable and reliable, and clients are supported by his solution-oriented advice" (Chambers 2015)


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