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Frederiek Adams


Frederiek has 20 years of experience advising Belgian and international corporate clients and private equity investors.

His focus is on cross-border and domestic M&A, joint ventures and equity capital market transactions. He has represented a large number of local and international clients on both sell and buy-side transactions across a wide range of sectors, such as life sciences and healthcare, (renewable) energy, technology & software and manufacturing and chemicals.

Since more than five years Frederiek is recognized by all major legal directories receiving excellent client feedback “[He is] eager to support his clients…. pragmatic, diligent, trustworthy and very pleasant to work with” (Chambers Global 2023), “one of the best young partners in Belgian M&A. Pleasant, clever, commercial, networked” (Legal 500, 2023).


Representative matters

The founders of Mercier Vanderlinden Asset Management on the sale to Van Lanschot Kempen, creating a Belgian wealth manager with more than EUR 9 billion in assets under management.

Rivean Capital on its acquisition of Trustteam, a Belgian leading IT managed services provider, from Ardian.

IK Partners, the international private equity firm, on the acquisition of Plastiflex, the market-leading global supplier of high-end customised tube system solutions for the healthcare, industrial and appliances markets.

Various local and international investors and project companies on acquisition and JV agreements and capital rounds in relation to the development of new onshore and offshore renewable energy projects.

IK Investment Partners on its sale of Vemedia, a Dutch OTC drugs company, creating a pan-European OTC group with sales of around EUR400m.

A division of a real estate investment trust company on the auction sale of a portfolio of 24 European logistics real estate assets to Blackstone Property Partners Europe.

Ergon Capital Partners on its investment in and sale of De Boeck Education and De Boeck Digital.

Gilde Buy Out Partners on its acquisition of t-groep, a Belgium-based cross-border human resource solutions provider from the Flemish Government.

Sumitomo Corporation on its investment in and disposal of various offshore wind parks in the Belgian North Sea.

Crelan on its highly competitive auction sale of Keytrade, Crelan’s internet bank and broker active in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Omega Pharma on its EUR470m acquisition of a portfolio of leading OTC brands from GlaxoSmithKline.

Selligent on its recapitalisation as a result of which California based private equity firm HGGC acquired a majority stake.

Campbell Soup Company on the EUR400m sale of its business in Europe including four plants.

Baltisse, the family office of Mr Balcaen (former owner of Balta and IVC) on its participation (alongside Waterland) in a private capital increase combined with a public rights issue for an aggregate amount of EUR220m.

Pro bono

Frederiek is engaged in pro bono and community work through his mandate in our Belgian Social Impact Team.
A rising star of the office and one of my favourite lawyers to work with in Belgium.
He is brilliant from a technical point of view and hyper-efficient in negotiations.



Admitted to the Brussels Bar, Belgium, 2006


Master, Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), 2005

LLM, Oxford University, 2006


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