About us

Osborne Clarke Belgium, one of 25 of international locations, regularly advises Belgian and international companies on their multi-service and cross-border matters. With expertise across a broad range of practices, we have particular experience in advising clients in the Life Sciences, Digital Business, Retail & Real Estate, and Financial institutions sectors. We provide legal advice across numerous service lines including Commercial, Competition/Regulatory, Corporate, Employment, IT/IP/Data Protection, Tax, and Payments and Financial Regulations.

Our corporate team in Belgium, mirroring the expertise of the firm as a whole, has considerable experience acting on behalf of advanced technology companies, especially in the digital business and Life Sciences & Healthcare sectors. We advise clients on all company law aspects of their business including public and private M&A transactions, venture capital, PE and capital market transactions, joint venture and partnership structures, corporate aspects of employee incentive plans, questions on directors’ or shareholders’ liabilities, corporate governance, and reorganisations and liquidations.

The team also has specialist expertise in assisting start-up and scale-up companies and projects, including advice on setting up, development, financing and ongoing corporate compliance. As part of an international firm focused on meeting company needs, our team in Belgium liaises with partners around to globe to ensure seamless advice for any cross-border business.

Our experience with listed companies includes:

  • Advising bidders and targets in connection with public takeover bids
  • Capital raisings and listings of new shares
  • Drafting of prospectuses and registration documents
  • Initial public offerings on Euronext Brussels and Nasdaq
  • Convertible bond issuances and subscription rights
  • Advising on MAR requirements and sanctions
  • Queries concerning American Depositary Shares issued by Belgian listed issuers
  • Public capital raisings by cooperative companies

Our capital and profit distributions experience includes:

  • distribution of annual, intermediary and interim dividends and an analysis of potential tax consequence
  • accession and withdrawal of shareholders
  • capital raisings and reduction