Sophie Rutten

Sophie Rutten

Senior Counsel

Sophie specialises in corporate law and securities regulations.

She has over 25 years of experience in equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights issues, private placements, block trades and equity lines. She has extensive experience in public takeovers, delistings, cross-border mergers and restructuring transactions of listed companies. She regularly advises boards on strategic and governance matters, MAR and public company reporting matters. Sophie advises a wide range of clients and sectors, including but not limited to the financial & banking, life sciences and real estate sectors.

Sophie’s high-quality work prompts regular recognition from the top legal directories: “Sophie Rutten's combination of experience, pragmatism and knowledge is stellar.” (Chambers & Partners, 2023)


Representative matters

Exmar on the public takeover by Saverex.

A multinational telecommunications company on the public takeover of Telenet.

DEME Group on its partial demerger from CFE and initial listing on Euronext Brussels.

Elia on its rights issue on Euronext Brussels (underwriters’ counsel).

Published Work

  • De impact (vennootschapsrechtelijk en fiscaal) van 'corporate actions' op warrants, Tijdschrift voor rechtspersoon & vennootschap, trv nr 2007/5, August 2007, Patrick Smet and Sophie Rutten
  • Kan een naamloze vennootschap automatisch converteerbare obligaties en omgekeerd converteerbare obligaties uitgeven en wat is de bescherming van de houder van die effecten? Tijdschrift Financieel Recht, T.Fin.R. 2006/2, Pascal Weerts and Sophie Rutten
  • Europese Corporate Governance aanbevelingen inzake bestuurdersvergoedingen (over fat cats en rewards for failure), Tijdschrift voor rechtspersoon & vennootschap, trv nr 2004/5, Dirk Meeus and Sophie Rutten
  • Het lot van werknemersopties bij openbaar overnamebod en uitkoopbod Bank, Tijdschrift Financieel Recht, T.Fin.R. 2004/1, Johan Bohets and Sophie Rutten



Stagiair, Belgium, 1994

Admitted as advocate, Belgium, 1998


Law Degree, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), 1993

LLM, New York University, 1994


Dutch, English, French
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.