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Timothy Speelman heads the corporate practice of AKD’s Brussels office. His practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions (including venture and risk capital), corporate restructurings and advising private and publicly listed companies with respect to corporate governance matters. Timothy assists sellers and buyers in private M&A deals in one-on-one transactions and competitive auction processes led by investment banks or otherwise, and advises management and investment funds on acquisitions, investments and management buy-outs. Timothy is a member of the Brussels Bar. He holds an LLM (with honours) from King’s College London, a master’s degree in law (licentiaat), with distinction, from KU Leuven, and a bachelor’s degree in law (candidat) from the Université de Namur. He speaks Dutch, English and French. Timothy is an active member of the Belgian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. He is recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA in the category ‘Corporate and M&A – Belgium’ where clients praise him for being a ‘natural leader’ (2017 edition), for his ‘sharpness of analysis’ (2016 edition) and for being ‘a good negotiator’ (2015 edition). He is also recommended in the Leaders League (2017, 2016 and 2015 Ranking of the Top Law Firms in Belgium - Mergers and Acquisitions). Representative Cases • Assisting two German based investment funds, with a EUR 2 million series A investment round in a Belgian start-up specialised in automation of customs compliance processes; • Assisting a French based investment fund with a significant investment in a Belgian start-up specialised in the distribution of specialised hair products for professionals; • Advising the corporate investment division of an international bank with respect to the acquisition of a minority participation in a designer and developer of non-paint products (consumables and equipment) for the professional car repair body shop; • Advising a Belgian based stem cell drug discovery & development company, with respect to a various Series A and Series B investment rounds; • Assisting a Belgian based biotech company in a cross-border merger with a German based competitor via a complex semi-public share exchange transaction and subsequent squeeze-out of minority shareholders of the German entity; • Assisting a Belgian chemicals company in the establishment of a strategic partnership (joint venture) with a Belgian-based world-leading nanoelectronics research and development centre, with respect to manufacturing and quality control of EUV lithography materials for the semiconductor industry; • Advising a UK and Netherlands based investment fund with respect to their series A and series B investments in a Belgium based company specializing in restaurant delivery services. • Advising a US listed corporation in the acquisition, through its Dutch subsidiary, of a Liège (Belgium) based supplier of portable X-ray generators for non-destructive testing applications; • Advising a Jacksonville (FL) based manufacturer of electrical distribution and power quality equipment in relation to all aspects of its acquisition of a Liège (Belgium) based rotary uninterrupted power systems business. Publications • Contributor since 2012, "Belgium in the World Bank/IFC Reports", Doing Business - Comparing Regulations in 190 Countries (+ 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017) • Co-author, "New Belgian Crowdfunding Law: Requirements and Tax Benefits", Oxford Business Law Blog (OXBL), 14 February 2017 • Author, "Commercializing financial products to retail clients in Belgium", Lexology, 11 March 2015 • Co-author, "The New EU Accounting Directive and (Non-) Financial Reporting Obligations", Lexology, 18 February 2015

Timothy Speelman

Timothy Speelman

 

Timothy

 

Speelman

Lawyer; Partner

+32 2 629 4254

TSpeelman@akd.eu

 

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Corporate / M&A; Private Equity

 

 

Brussels

 

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1033

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