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Dirk Meeus

Partner and Global Co-Head, Corporate

Brussels

Meeus Dirk
Dirk Meeus

Partner and Global Co-Head, Corporate

Brussels

Dirk is Managing Partner of Allen & Overy Belgium and Co-Head of the Global Corporate practice. He specialises in mergers & acquisitions, private equity and equity capital markets. Dirk is admitted to both the Brussels Bar and New York Bar.

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  •  AAC Capital Partners, the international private equity company, the initial founders and the management investors on the auction sale of the Desotec group, an international leading manufacturer and provider of activated carbon solutions, to the EQT VII fund.
  • Balta as issuer, and a global private equity firm, as selling shareholder, on Balta’s EUR500 million initial public offering and listing of its shares on the Euronext Brussels. This was the largest IPO on Euronext since bpost in 2013.
  • Cera and KBC Ancora, the largest shareholders in the KBC Group, on the Group's EUR1.25 billion capital increase.
  • Delta Lloyd Groep on the EUR219 million sale of its Belgian banking business to Anbang Group Holdings a Chinese insurance group.
  • Gilde Buy Out Partners, the Netherlands-based private equity firm, on the acquisition of Oystershell, a Belgian based OTC company with headquarters in Ghent.
  • KBC Group on several transactions including the EUR1.05bn sale of KBL to Precision Capital, a Luxembourg vehicle owned by Qatari investors and the EUR884m sale of its minority stake in Bank Zachodni WBK, the Polish bank, through a private placement; the EUR770m sale of TUiR WARTA, its Polish insurance subsidiary, to Talanx International, the German insurance company.
  • KPN, the Dutch Telecom incumbent, on the EUR1.325bn sale of Base, the Belgian mobile operator to Telenet.
  • Recticel, a Belgian manufacturer of polyurethane foam products, on its capital increase with preferential rights of EUR75.9m.
  • Roularta Media Group, the media company listed on the Brussels stock exchange, on sale of its 50% stake in the audio-visual enterprise Medialaan (TV channels vtm, Q2, Vitaya, CAZ, Radio stations Q music and Joe, Mobile Vikings … ) to the co-shareholder De Persgroep. Additionally, Roularta buys half of the Mediafin shares, currently owned by De Persgroep.
  • Sipef, a Belgian agro-industrial company listed on Euronext Brussels, on the USD 100m acquisition of a 36,84% stake in Agro Muko from Evans group and the equity financing thereof through a rights issue.
  • Trafigura, one of the world’s largest commodities trading firms, on the subscription for shares in Nyrstar for up to EUR125m of the EUR250 – 275m rights offering announced by Nyrstar, a leading metals business specialising in zinc.
  • Umicore on the carve-out and auction sale of its building products activities “VMZINC” to Fedrus International, a Belgian-based producer and distributor of building materials. The transaction was co-ordinated by our leading tier 1 Belgian M&A practice that was able to draw on the expertise of A&O's M&A experts and full-service teams in 14 out of the 17 jurisdictions in which VmZinc is active.
  • X-Fab on its initial public offering and listing of its shares on Euronext Brussels and Euronext Paris.

Experience highlights

Office

Brussels

Allen & Overy (Belgium) LLP
Tervurenlaan 268A avenue de Tervueren
Brussels
1150

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Qualifications

Professional

Stagiair, Belgium, 1991

Admitted to the bar, State of New York, USA, 1994

Admitted as advocaat, Belgium, 1995

Exempt European lawyer, England and Wales, 2004

Academic

LLM, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991

Law Degree, FNBP Namur and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), 1990

Heidelberg University – Erasmus - 1989

Recognition

Published work

  • Van Gervan. D, Meeus. D, (1992) "Environmental law - Introduction of criminal liability for companies requires amendment of Criminal Code", I.C.C.L.R.,C - 161.
  • Van Gerven, Meeus. D, (1992) "Convertible Bonds and Warrants under Belgian Company Law", I.C.C.L.R., 282.
  • Hinnekens. P, Meeus. D, (1993) "Herkwalificatie van het inkomen van een bestuurder natuurlijke persoon : attractiebeginsel", A.F.T., 137.
  • Meeus. D, "Protecting Minority Shareholders, the Belgian Perspective", Center For International Legal Studies, Salzburg, Austria.
  • Meeus. D, Corporate Governance in Nederland : het Rapport Peters, een aanzet tot verandering en een uitnodiging tot discussie, Vennootschapsrecht & Fiscaliteit, april 1997.
  • Meeus. D, De Recente Belgische aanbevelingen inzake Corporate Governance, Vennootschap en Fiscaliteit, 1998, nummer 2.
  • Meeus. D, Het instituut voor Bestuurders, Vennootschap en Fiscaliteit, 1997, nummer 1.
  • Meeus. D, Corporate Governance, Het Belgisch Perspectief, Het Instituut voor Bestuurders, Intersentia Rechtswetenschappen, 1998.

News & insights

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Publications: 07 OCTOBER 2020

Global M&A market resets - will there be a change in investor confidence?

The devastating impact of Covid-19 on global M&A transactions, following a collapse in activity in Q2, is plain to see in the latest data. With the exception of Asia, where deal value has risen 23% in…

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News: 05 OCTOBER 2020

Strong performance by A&O in Q3 2020 M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q3 2020 with a strong performance in the M&A league tables; the result of our cutting edge market insights, technical excellence and global network that gives us the ability…

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Publications: 20 FEBRUARY 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus: points to consider on M&A transactions

As coronavirus (Covid-19), spreads across the world, it has been widely reported that some companies are looking to suspend or terminate their contractual commitments. Factory closures, port and…

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Publications: 04 OCTOBER 2019

Outstanding performance by A&O in global M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q3 2019 with an outstanding performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and…

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