Michel Bonne focuses on corporate M&A.

He has advised a wide range of listed and privately held corporate, private equity and financial companies on Belgian and cross-border M&A transactions, including restructuring, private M&A, capital markets (IPOs, secondary offerings and take-over bids), private equity and venture capital placements, real estate transactions, privatisations, mergers, joint ventures and reorganisations.

His experience covers a broad range of sectors, including energy, media, financial services, telecom, IT, retail, real estate, life sciences, aviation and biotech.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Michel worked in the Brussels and London offices of two international firms. He was also a trainee at the European Commission, DG Competition.

He regularly lectures and writes on M&A matters.


Dutch, English, French, Spanish


  • Chambers Global and Chambers Europe for Corporate/M&A
  • Chambers Europe – ‘Leaders In Their Field’ (Corporate/M&A)
  • PLC for Corporate/M&A
  • Legal 500 for Corporate/M&A
  • IFLR1000 for M&A
  • Who's Who Legal


  • Universities of Brussels (KUB) and Leuven, Master of Corporate Law, 2004
  • University of Madrid, Master of European Law, 1999
  • Universities of Leuven, Copenhagen and Namur, Master of Laws, 1998

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Notable assignments

  • The Legal 500

    Representing Cartagenia, a technological spin-off of the University of Leuven, and its shareholders in its acquisition by Agilent Technologies Inc, a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets

  • Representing Tecteo in the acquisition of the Electrawinds group under a judicial reorganisation procedure in one of the most publicised deals in Belgium.

  • Representing Canon in its public take-over bid for I.R.I.S., an NYSE Euronext listed company.

  • Representing a Chinese private equity fund, New Horizon Capital, in its investment in Punch Powertrain, a gearbox manufacturer with production facilities in Belgium and China.

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