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


Michel is recommended by all leading directories. Clients describe him as “very quick, very precise and very effective”. "He is a high-profile M&A lawyer who produces high-quality work. He is well regarded in both the legal and business community and is good at finding solutions and making people come together". They also say: “He's very smart, he goes directly to the main point, he's very direct and he's a good negotiator”. "He gave us fresh perspectives, highlighted cultural differences, and had presence and poise when dealing with the other side". He is "very sharp, calm and pleasant, and has an excellent team". He is a "frontrunner" in the market whose "expertise is unrivalled". He is "user-friendly" and "incredibly smart".

  • 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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