ARGO LAW

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Managing Partners: Nico Goossens, senior partner

Number of partners: 6

Number of lawyers: 40

Languages: Dutch, English, French


Firm Overview:

Argo is a fully integrated transaction and advisory boutique offering transactional support including assistance on tax structuring and financing, as well as procedural support, with a team of 40 lawyers.


Since its establishment in 2013, Argo became very well reputed in the Belgian market for the in-depth knowledge of the private equity industry of its corporate team, as well their extensive experience in M&A (both public and private) and capital markets work (IPO, debt and equity offerings and public takeover bids). Argo’s tax team has a vast experience in assisting private equity and other investment funds in their structuring, regulatory matters and management investment schemes, next to general corporate tax advice and tax aspects of corporate transactions. With its banking and finance team, the firm brings, among others, extensive experience in debt finance transactions, asset-backed finance schemes, insolvency and financial regulatory work. Furthermore, Argo has a highly appreciated dispute resolution team, handling litigation and (international) arbitration cases primarily focused on financial law matters, corporate claims and commercial matters. The practice has special expertise representing clients in post-acquisition disputes and shareholder conflicts, insolvency litigation, contract disputes and private enforcement claims. Argo’s private clients practice advises on the optimal planning, structuring and management of their clients’ wealth, covering both domestic and cross-border matters.


Offering a one stop shop for investments, sales of enterprises, tax structuring, private wealth planning as well as litigation and arbitration, Argo’s offering is unique in the Belgian market.


Argo’s clients include private equity funds and managers, listed and privately held companies, financial institutions and private clients.


The firm’s style is pragmatic, down to earth and personal, bringing excelling service and value. Intellectual challenges, the ability to bring added value and fulfilling human connections are at Argo’s core.


Main Areas of Practice:


Corporate & M&A:

3 partners, 3 counsels, 21 fee earners


Work highlights:

  • Counsel to Euronav, the largest independent crude oil tanker company in the world, on its NYSE IPO and dual listing on NYSE and Euronext Brussels
  • Representation of Down2Earth Capital on its investment in Contraload, followed by the partial sale of its stake to Gimv and ultimately the representation of Down2Earth Capital and Gimv on their joint exit and sale to Tosca, an APAX portfolio company. This investment cycle by Down2Earth entailed numerous restatements of Contraload’s banking arrangements and several management investment schemes that allowed Argo to advise the client also on banking and tax matters and thus fully employ its areas of expertise
  • Representation of DPG Media on its exchange deal with Roularta Media whereby DPG Media acquired exclusive control over Medialaan and Roularta Media became the sole shareholder of Mediafin (De Tijd)
  • Counsel to Saverco, the controlling shareholder of maritime group CMB, on the public takeover bid on all shares in CMB, ultimately taking the company private Key Clients: Aedifica, Baltisse, Bencis, CMB, Club Brugge, Down2Earth Capital, DPG Media, Euronav, Gimv, Fortino Capital, Senior Living Group, Sofindev, TINC, Vectis Private Equity, VGP, Waterland Private Equity


Contact: Nico Goossens, Bert Van Ingelghem and Kris Verdoodt

Email: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]


Banking & Finance:

1 partner, 3 fee earners


Work highlights:

  • Lender counsel to the banking syndicate coordinated by ING Belgium (with KBC, BNP, Rabobank and Belfius) for United Petfood Producers (a Waterland Private Equity portfolio company) over EUR 300 million credit facilities, with substantial acquisitions in Spain (Bynsa), Romania, UK (Cambrian) and the Netherlands (IAMS and Jonker), where Argo took the lead in structuring the foreign security package
  • Assisting Goldman Sachs Intl. on a EUR 100 million emergency Covid-funding in early Spring 2020 for the Flemish government via a Schuldschein programme
  • Counsel to AlphaCredit (Belgium’s largest car financing company, part of BNP Paribas) in the structuring and regulatory work relating to the dealer finance schemes for Volvo, Opel, Kia, etc.


Key Clients: AlphaCredit, Alphabet Belgium, BMW AG, BMW Financial Services Belgium, ING, Waterland Private Equity

Contact: Pieter Bogaerts

Email: [email protected]


Tax:

1 partner, 4 fee earners


Work highlights: confidential


Key Clients: CMB, Down2Earth Capital, Hummingbird Ventures

Contact: Philippe Rens

Email: [email protected]


Litigation & Arbitration:

1 partner, 1 counsel, 5 fee earners


Work highlights: confidential

Key Clients: Buy-Out Fund, DPG Media, NHV Holding, Waterland Private Equity

Contact: Nico Goossens

Email: [email protected]


Private Clients:

1 partner, 4 fee earners


Work highlights:

  • Assisting a Belgian family (net worth exceeding EUR 2 billion) in the corporate restructuring of their holding companies controlling a Belgian listed company, including the set-up of a Dutch foundation to organise the majority shareholders’ position, with a subsequent tax-free transfer to the next generation
  • Representation of several members of a Belgian family (net worth exceeding EUR 400 million) in a complex inheritance dispute procedure
  • Assisting a Belgian captain of industry (net worth exceeding EUR 500 million) with the tax and legal structuring of his family wealth, including the acquisition of foreign and domestic real estate investments and the set-up of a family office and a charitable fund


Key Clients: confidential

Contact: Hannes Casier

Email: [email protected]

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Law and Practice

Private Wealth 2020 in Belgium

Authors: Hannes Casier, Philippe Rens

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Bert Van Ingelghem
Band 4
Kris Verdoodt
Band 4
Nico Goossens
Band 2

Tax


Philippe Rens
Band 3

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Nico GoossensCorporate/M&A
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Band 4
Bert Van IngelghemCorporate/M&A
Kris VerdoodtCorporate/M&A

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