Jean-Philippe Smeets

Jean-Philippe is a Senior Manager in the Corporate department of PwC Legal.

His practice focuses mainly on national and international mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions and general corporate work, including under Belgian law.

He further developed a considerable expertise in corporate and commercial law litigation, with particular emphasis on shareholders’ litigations, post-acquisition disputes and directors’ liability proceedings before the Belgian courts.

Jean-Philippe wrote a number of articles in corporate law, including on earn-out provisions (R.D.C., 2016/5, p.450-462), contemplated modernisation of the Belgian Companies Code (R.G.F.C.P., 2016/3, p. 24-34) and Belgian pricaf
privées (R.D.C., 2009/5, p.463-473).

Before joining PwC Legal, Jean-Philippe practised for fifteen years in reputable US and Belgian independent law firms based in Brussels and specialized in business law.

BAR ADMISSION

Member of the Luxembourg Bar, 2016 (Avocat Liste IV)

Member of the Brussels Bar, 2005

Education

  • Executive Master in Finance, Solvay Brussels School (Belgium), 2015
  • Postgraduate degree in business law, Free University of Brussels (Belgium), 2000
  • Law degree, Free University of Brussels (Belgium), 1999

Recent Transactions

Jean-Philippe has recently worked on the following high profile transactions:

  • the shareholders of a Belgian industrial group with subsidiaries located in Europe, United-States, South-America and Asia in connection with the sale of such group to the US leading supplier of value-added, technology-based products and services for rail, transit and other global industries;
  • a French private equity fund in connection with the subscription to a minority interest of €5 MM in a Belgian company specialized in big data (including the negotiation of the related shareholders’ agreement);
  • a Belgian retail Bank in connection with the acquisition of a €150 MM mortgage and business loans portfolio from another Belgian retail Bank;
  • a Luxembourg holding in connection with a public takeover bid, followed by a squeeze-out, on a Belgian company listed on Alternext;
  • the shareholders of a Luxembourg holding in connection with the sale of its European and US subsidiaries active in the web industry to the French global leader in marketing, communication and business transformation;
  • a French group active in the food industry in connection with the acquisition of a majority participation in a German trading company for an enterprise value of €40 MM (including the negotiation of the related
    shareholders’ agreement).

Hobbies

Jean-Philippe enjoys sport as swimming, running and biking.

He has a passion for young and old-timer cars and a keen interest in design, with focus on the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s furniture designers.