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Roel Meers

Biography

Roel Meers is a partner in the Corporate Finance Practice Group of Baker McKenzie's Brussels office.  He is mentioned in leading legal directories such as Chambers and Legal 500.

Practice Focus

Mr. Meers advises clients on corporate finance, covering public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, as well as security offerings, listings and other capital market transactions. He also advises on complex corporate restructurings and corporate governance matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised Nyrstar, a multi-metals company (listed on Euronext Brussels), on several capital markets transactions since its IPO, including a EUR274 million rights offering in 2016 that was fully underwritten by Trafigura and a consortium of underwriters, a EUR600 million comprehensive financing in 2014 that consisted of a high yield bond offering, rights offering, and tender offer on outstanding retail bonds, a EUR490 million rights offering and a EUR525 million fixed rate bonds issue in 2011, and a EUR115 million and EUR120 million convertible bond offering in 2016 and 2012.

  • Advised Biocartis, a molecular diagnostics company (listed on Euronext Brussels), on its EUR115 million initial public offering.

  • Advised the underwriters of TINC, an infrastructure company (listed on Euronext Brussels), on its EUR110 million initial public offering.

  • Advised Piper Jaffray and Credit Suisse on the USD110 million initial public offering of Materialise NV, a 3D printing specialist, with listing on NASDAQ.

  • Advised EDF Luminus, an energy producer, on its proposed initial public offering (transaction was ultimately aborted).

  • Advised MDxHealth, a diagnostics company (listed on Euronext Brussels), on its acquisition of NovioGendix, a privately held molecular diagnostics company in The Netherlands.

  • Advised ActoGenix in the USD60 million sale of all of its shares and profit shares to Intrexon Corporation, a company active in synthetic biology.

  • Advised the independent directors of Telenet Group Holding (listed on Euronext Brussels) on the EUR2 billion tender offer bid by Liberty Global on Telenet Group Holding.

  • Advised KBC on the EUR1.5 billion sale of Antwerp Diamond Bank to Yinren, a Shanghai based real estate group.

  • Advised China Merchants on its EUR400 million acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Terminal Link, with assets in Belgium.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Brussels Bar (Dutch language section) - Member

Admissions

  • Brussels~Belgium (1997)

Education

  • Oxford University (Magister Iuris) (1997)
  • Catholic University of Leuven (Law Degree) (1996)

Languages

  • Dutch
  • English
  • French