Géraldine Bourguignon’s practice focuses on corporate law, capital markets, financial regulation, and litigation.

She advises companies on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, including governance, disclosure, and market abuse matters. She regularly advises issuers, underwriters, and other transaction participants in equity and debt offerings. Géraldine represented financial institutions in matters related to the financial crisis and also represents various clients in litigation matters. Géraldine also helps clients on sustainability and ESG matters, including sustainable finance, governance, and disclosure.

Géraldine joined the firm in 2006 and became counsel in 2014. From 2008 to 2009, she was resident in the New York office. Prior to joining the firm, she spent three years as an associate in another major international law firm in Brussels.

Notable Experience


  • Representation of issuers and underwriters in:

    • IPOs. The initial public offerings of:
      - Ontex
      - Celyad
      - Nyrstar
      - bpost
      - RHJI
    • Rights issues and other equity offerings. Follow-on equity offerings by:
      - Befimmo (2007, 2009 and 2016)
      - Nyrstar (2011, 2014, 2016)
      - Hamon (2006)
      - Dexia (2000)
    • ABBs. Multiple primary and secondary accelerated bookbuilt placements of shares, including by:
      - Umicore
      - Ontex
      - Nyrstar
      - Dexia
    • Equity-linked. Convertible bond issues by:
      - Bekaert
      - Nyrstar (2009, 2011, 2013, 2016)
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  • Public M&A

    • F&I’s in its bid for Spadel
    • bpost in its proposed bid on PostNL
  • FIG M&A

    • Dexia in multiple transactions including:
      - its 2008 €6 billion recapitalization
      - the sale of Financial Security Assurance to Assured Guaranty
      - the 2011/2012 orderly resolution plan
      - the €4 billion sale of Dexia Banque Belgique (now Belfius) to the Belgian State
      - its €5.5 billion recapitalization in 2012
    • Petercam and its shareholders in the Petercam / Degroof merger
    • BNP Paribas in the sale of Cetelem Belgium to Apax
  • Other M&A

    • Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding (OTMT) in the sale of Mobile Services to Orange
    • Aviapartner and its shareholders in the sale of Aviapartner to 3i
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  • BNP Paribas in shareholder litigation in connection with the purchase of Fortis Bank

  • BNP Paribas Fortis in prospectus liability litigation in connection with the Fortis 2007 rights issue

  • The Republic of Argentina in litigation against attachments by hold-out creditors on assets located in Belgium

  • An international company in follow-on damages litigation in Belgium

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