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  • Legal 500

    Within Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Lydian is ranked in Tier 3 and Tom Geudens is mentioned.

    Under the leadership of practice head Tom Geudens, Lydian has become a well-established player in the Belgian banking and finance market, as is evidenced by its work for domestic and international financial institutions, corporates and investment funds. In addition to generating work on a standalone basis, the firm also works closely with many international law firms, where it serves as Belgian counsel to both sponsors and lenders. Although the firm covers the full range of transactional work, it is particularly well-known for its strengths in asset-based lending, asset finance, trade and export finance and project finance. Geudens and others recently acted for ING Bank on its €240m asset-based financing to NLMK Plates. The firm also handles both debt and equity capital markets mandates. In addition, the workload is extremely varied on the regulatory side. Recent highlights have included advising clients on the registration, marketing and distribution of UCITS and non-UCITS funds in Belgium, as well as handling regulatory issues associated with payment services and corporate card activities. Pieterjan Van Assche joined BNY Mellon.

    Testimonials from peers and/or clients

    ‘Tom Geudens is our go to Belgian lawyer for banking and finance work. He works across a number of different areas of banking and is aware of what clients in the London market are looking for, and adopts the necessary commercial approach in his advice‘

    ‘They are always very receptive and advice received is always concise, to the point and easy to handle‘

    ‘Tom Geudens is a first-class operator with a deep understanding of the law and the kind of issues which really matter to clients. He is supported by a strong team of associates‘
     

  • Chambers and partners - Europe and Global

    Within Banking & Finance, Lydian is ranked in Band 4 and Tom Geudens is ranked in Band 3.

    What the team is known for Predominantly acts for lenders, including domestic and international banks, and also advises borrowers on a range of financing matters. Acts on acquisition finance and project finance, as well as trade and real estate finance mandates. Also advises on the refinancing of existing facilities. Has a growing presence in financial regulatory advisory matters.

    Strengths Commentators admire the "strong team" for its "sufficient resources to work to tight deadlines." Another source lauds the lawyers' "hands-on, to-the-point advice," in addition to their responsiveness.

    Chambers Europe and Global statesTom Geudens advises banks on acquisition finance and refinancing. Clients say he is "very cost-efficient, commercially minded and easy to deal with."

  • IFLR1000

    Lydian is ranked in Tier 3 and our Partner Tom Geudens has been ranked as "Highly Regarded" by IFLR1000 in September 2019. As IFLR1000 explains, this ranking rewards lawyers who are "highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong transactional record and positive client feedback". 

    The team at Lydian is strongly recognised mostly for its banking and project work in the Belgian market. In terms of sectors, it has a strong presence in the finance space, listing a number of banks and financial services companies as clients.

    The banking and finance team has extensive experience working for the lenders on a range of matters. Recently this has included acquisition, asset and project finance, as well as several corporate matters.

    "Tom Geudens provides prompt, efficient and technically excellent service." 

    “Tom is reliable, responsive and hard working.”

    “Tom is very responsive and knowledgeable about the relevant issues in Belgian law.”

    Client feedback:
    “They have a good practice, particularly Tom Geudens.”
    “Lydian have always been very responsive and thorough in their work on the Belgian law aspects of multijurisdictional financings where we have been involved.”
    “Very hands on and pragmatic approach tailored to the needs of the client.”

  • Leaders League

    Lydian is ranked as "Excellent" in the category Banking and Finance: Capital Markets (with Peter De Ryck) and as "Highly recommended" in the category Banking & Finance: Financial services: regulatory & litigation (with Tom Geudens) in the Leaders League ranking 2020.