Charles de Kerchove

Experience

Charles is a Senior Manager in the Corporate team at MNKS. He previously worked with several first class law firms in Singapore, Brussels and Luxembourg, advising major international groups on restructuring and refinancing deals.

Charles is specifically involved in transactional and intra-group corporate law, advising domestic and international clients on refinancing, restructuring, corporate governance and joint-ventures cross-borders transactions and acquisitions.

In particular, he is often requested to assist in transactions involving “hybrid” instruments such as profit participating loans, convertible and non-convertible preferred equity certificates, etc.

Charles has produced several publications mainly focused on Luxembourg investment companies in risk capital and securitization matters, and a specific paper (in Dutch) on the procedural aspects of State aid issues under EU law, co-authored by a former Commissioner for EU competition.

Bar Admission

Member of the Luxembourg Bar, 2006 Member of the Brussels Bar (Belgium), 2000

Education

Postgraduate diploma in European and International law (in Dutch), Vrije Universiteit Brussels (Belgium), 2000

Hobbies

Charles enjoys playing golf all year long as well as tennis on clay during the summer months.

He is also a fan of cycling trips around Europe and cycled from New-Delhi to Singapore in three months just after obtaining his legal diploma.

Recent Transactions

  • Assisting a major Russian client in establishing the tax residence of various companies in Luxembourg and restructuring the shareholding structure with implementation of a cash exit planning;
  • Acting as Luxembourg counsel for a US bank in numerous restructuring projects to facilitate the financing of the whole group which involved dual UK / Luxembourg companies;
  • Assisting a leading UK company active in the publishing sector with the restructuring of its intra-group financing activities, including the issuance of equity convertible debt instruments for a global value exceeding GBP 800,000,000;
  • Assisting a global visual media company listed on the NYSE with the incorporation of a Luxembourg special purpose vehicle and the issuance of debt financing instruments by such SPV;
  • Assisting a privately held banking institution with the implementation of a Luxembourg corporate two-tier structure which involved the migration to Luxembourg of the effective place of management of an Irish company of the group; and
  • Assisting a financial services company over the course of several months in relation to various acquisition projects, particularly in relation to the refinancing of part the group through a USD 375,000,000 capital distribution and the re-financing process of the Luxembourg group companies in view of the acquisition of a foreign company for USD 245,000,000.