Eric Blomme

Eric Blomme

Partner
Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL

Biography

Eric Blomme is a partner in the Banking & Finance Practice Group in the Brussels office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2015, after having acquired extensive experience in another international law firm. He is a recognised professional in the Legal 500 and IFLR 1000 legal directories.

Practice Focus

Eric advises both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of domestic and cross-border lending transactions. He focuses on acquisition finance, export finance / ECA-backed lending (with a particular focus on francophone Africa), trade and commodity finance, asset-backed finance / borrowing base lending and real estate finance. He is also an experienced adviser on restructurings and insolvencies.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for Eurocontrol, the European organisation for the safety of Air Navigation, on its EUR 272,000,000 term loan facility co-arranged by HSBC, KBC and KfW Ipex Bank.

  • Acted for Luxembourg commodities trader and merchant Traxys on their USD 1,287,000,000 flagship multicurrency syndicated borrowing base credit facilities.

  • Acted for ING Belgium SA/NV and KBC Bank NV as lenders on the restructuring of the Le Pain Quotidien restaurant group.

  • Acted for ING and CACIB on a Credendo (the Belgian Export Credit Agency) backed financing to the ministry of finance of Ivory Coast.

  • Acted for Caisse d'Epargne et de Prévoyance Hauts de France as arranger, agent and security agent in connection with the financing of the acquisition by Tikehau Capital of a 30,000 m² mixed-use real estate portfolio in the heart of Brussels.

  • Acted for Spanish tour operator Wamos SA on the bankruptcy and restructuring aspects of its purchase of two thirds of Thomas Cook Retail Belgium’s travel agent shops.

  • Acted for BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV and KBC Bank NV as senior lenders on the senior facilities for MashCo NV to buy marshmallows producer Mr Mallo.

  • Acted for private equity firm Ergon on the financing of the acquisition of tech talent company TMC.

  • Acted for potato product producer Agristo on their capex financing.

  • Acted for the lenders on the financing of the acquisition of ski resort operator SnowWorld by Alychlo, the investment company of Marc Coucke.

Admissions

  • New York~United States (2008)
  • Brussels~Belgium (2007)

Education

  • New York University School of Law (LLM Fulbright scholar and Honorary BAEF fellow) (2007)
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Law Degree summa cum laude) (2006)

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French