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What the team is known for

Boutique practice known best for its high-quality niche in venture capital transactions, particularly those involving start-ups and entrepreneurs, with a notable presence in the technology sector. Also handles general corporate transactions and M&A, and advises on corporate fund-raising projects for emerging and growth companies. Attracted an impressive base of new clients recently, including Be Mobile, Intel Capital and Silverfin.

Strengths

Clients appreciate the team's "personal and very hands-on approach" and pinpoint the firm as a strong choice for entrepreneurs: "It is large enough to have different expertise but still small enough to be personal and entrepreneurial. They give confidence to founders and entrepreneurs."

It is also described as a "very strong team with the required technical knowledge and the right commercial feeling to help the client in closing transactions."

Work highlights

Advised Amplidata and its shareholders on its sale to Western Digital. Advised a consortium controlled by PMV on a EUR100 million investment in miDiagnostics.

Significant clients

Autogrill, Sentiance, Aminolabs, Volta Ventures, Fortino Capital.

Notable practitioners

David Dessers is "an outstanding, experienced business lawyer who understands the deal and the deal tactics," says one client, while another highlights his "facilitating of constructive negotiations and efficient decision-making," adding that "his creative input contributes further." He specialises in M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, and recently advised the senior managers of AR Metallizing on the sale of the company through a controlled private auction process.

Pieter Capiau is an up-and-coming young partner who has already amassed strong experience of advising technology companies, venture capital investors and fund management firms. A client says: "Working with him feels like he is truly a part of our internal team; he is a very responsive and smart deal-maker." Another client describes him as a "creative and proactive strategist who excels in complex transactions under high pressure."