Ellen Soenen


Ellen advises on a wide range of general corporate matters, including complex (cross-border) mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and capital markets transactions.


Representative matters

Waterland, shareholder of UP Holding, on the sale of the United Petfood group to a new holding vehicle controlled by Waterland and the founders.

Ackermans & van Haaren, the Maas family and management on their disposal of the Manuchar group, a leading Antwerp-headquartered distributor of chemical products in emerging markets, to US private equity firm Lone Star Funds.

Kartesia, a leading European specialist provider of capital solutions for small and mid-sized companies, on the sale of its stake in the Sales Performance International group, to Truelink Capital.

The port of Zeebrugge, on its merger with the port of Antwerp.

Gimv on its acquisition of a 30% stake in the Picot Group, a leading producer of gates and fencing.

Fund +, an open-ended Fund for long term equity investment, on venture capital investment in Indigo Diabetes, a young high-tech medical device company that develops medical solutions using nanophotonics.

Fluxys Belgium, a Euronext listed infrastructure group and operator of the Belgian gas network, in establishing "Fluxys c-grid" (a joint effort with Pipelink, Socofe and SFPIM), a CO2 network operator in an effort to meet the Belgian CO2 climate targets.

Andera Partners, a French private Equity, on the sale of a majority stake in Infra Group, a Belgian specialist in controlled drilling for water, gas, electricity, sewerage, industrial piping, telecoms and cable television, to ICG.

Quintet Private Bank, a Luxembourg-based private bank, on the creation of a single business unit, known as Quintet Europe, by way of cross-border merge of several of its European subsidiaries: Puilaetco in Belgium, Merck Fink in Germany and InsingerGilissen in the Netherlands.

Pro bono

Being the main contact person within A&O Shearman for providing legal advice to Toekomstatelierdelavenir (TADA), a non-profit organisation providing supplementary education for children from underprivileged neighbourhoods in Brussels, as well as being a frequent volunteer for this organisation by teaching introductory law classes to children.

Published Work

  • Soenen E., (2018) “Vergelijkende reclame en gesponsorde koppelingen”, Mechelen: Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad



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A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.