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Sophie Rutten



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Sophie Rutten



Sophie specialises in corporate law and has broad experience in equity and debt capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights issues, private placements and block trades.

Noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • J.P. Morgan Securities, BNP, Société Générale, HSBC and Kempen, as underwriters on the IPO of Shurgard Self Storage Europe SA and listing of its shares on Euronext Brussels.
  • BNPP and HSBC, as underwriters on the initial public offering of X-Fab and listing of its shares on Euronext Brussels and Euronext Paris.
  • Sipef, a Belgian agro-industrial company listed on Euronext Brussels, on the USD100m acquisition of a 36.84% stake in Agro Muko from Evans group and the equity financing thereof through a rights issue.
  • Allfin on its merger with Immobel, the listed Belgium-based real estate developer. This transaction created the largest listed real-estate development group in Belgium.
  • Bone Therapeutics, a Belgian biotechnology company, on its IPO on Euronext Brussels and Paris.
  • Celyad, the Belgian biotechnology company, on its IPO on Euronext Brussels and Paris and on the EU aspects of its subsequent IPO on NASDAQ. 

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Publications: 28 July 2022

Equity capital markets in 2022: Europe cools, the Middle East heats up. What next?

The equity capital markets have faced challenging conditions in H1 2022. European markets cooled, the Middle East boomed.

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Publications: 21 December 2021

Are you preparing for the new Whistleblowing rules?

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Publications: 17 December 2021

Equity capital markets in 2021: recovery and reformation

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Publications: 29 April 2020

Related Party Transactions: What's new?

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Stagiair, Belgium, 1994

Admitted as advocate, Belgium, 1998


Law Degree, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), 1993

LLM, New York University, 1994

Published work

  • De impact (vennootschapsrechtelijk en fiscaal) van 'corporate actions' op warrants, Tijdschrift voor rechtspersoon & vennootschap, trv nr 2007/5, August 2007, Patrick Smet and Sophie Rutten
  • Kan een naamloze vennootschap automatisch converteerbare obligaties en omgekeerd converteerbare obligaties uitgeven en wat is de bescherming van de houder van die effecten? Tijdschrift Financieel Recht, T.Fin.R. 2006/2, Pascal Weerts and Sophie Rutten
  • Europese Corporate Governance aanbevelingen inzake bestuurdersvergoedingen (over fat cats en rewards for failure), Tijdschrift voor rechtspersoon & vennootschap, trv nr 2004/5, Dirk Meeus and Sophie Rutten
  • Het lot van werknemersopties bij openbaar overnamebod en uitkoopbod Bank, Tijdschrift Financieel Recht, T.Fin.R. 2004/1, Johan Bohets and Sophie Rutten