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Rankings Banking & Finance

  • Legal 500

    Within our Banking, Finance and Capital Markets practice, Lydian is ranked in Tier 3. Tom Geudens and Caroline Hoste are mentioned. 

    Lydian is a strong choice for mid-market domestic and international banks and financial institutions, advising on a wide range of lending facilities, including asset and acquisition finance, project financing, and trade & export financing. The firm also plays a key role in complex cross-border arrangements involving major international names, alongside bonds issues and investment fund structuring and regulatory issues. 'Sharp and astute' practice head Tom Geudens has a strong record in financing transactions, capital markets work, alongside regulatory issues and debt restructuring, with counsel Caroline Hoste focusing on acquisition finance, syndicated lending, and securitisation.

    Testimonials from peers and/or clients

    ‘Lydian’s team lead, Tom Geudens, is a very knowledgeable and skilled lawyer and a pleasure to work with.‘

    ‘For sheer responsiveness and user-friendliness, the team at Lydian are second to none.’

    ‘Tom Geudens – Very sharp and astute. Diligent and attentive. Always crystal clear in his advice, delivered in a crisp user-friendly style. He has been my go-to lawyer for banking and finance matters in Belgium for many years.’

    ‘The practice is unique for its technical expertise which they combine with practical solutions for the clients. This helps the clients to do their transactions swiftly and smoothly.’

    ‘They are pleasant to work with, dedicated and very approachable. They are very hands-on which gives you comfort that their part of the project will be dealt with in a practical and solutions based manner.’

    ‘Tom Geudens is a strong capable lawyer.’

    ‘They are very flexible, available at any time, meet deadlines, very friendly and competent, and bill quickly and fairly.’

    ’‘Tom Geudens and Caroline Hoste, both outstanding collaboration and break-through negotiation skills.’

  • 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 Lydian is a strong domestic firm acting primarily for lenders, including domestic and international banks and private equity houses. The team's expertise includes advising on acquisition financing and credit facility agreements, as well as significant experience in real estate financing matters. The law firm also maintains a solid presence in financial regulatory matters, often assisting clients from the insurance sector.

    Strengths
    One client reports that the team is "very well informed and is able to help us assess our risks in putting something into practice because the lawyers know what the rest of the market does."

    Work highlights
    Assisted Equistone Partners Europe with the EUR105 million financing for its acquisition of the Amadys Group.

    Chambers Europe and Global states: Tom Geudens has a broad financing practice, including advising both lenders and borrowers on acquisition and real estate financing mandates, as well as on amendments to existing credit facilities.

  • IFLR1000

    Lydian is ranked in Tier 3 and our Partner Tom Geudens has been ranked as "Highly Regarded" by IFLR1000 in May 2021. As IFLR1000 explains, this ranking rewards lawyers who are "highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong transactional record and positive client feedback". 

  • Leaders League

    Lydian, together with Tom Geudens and Peter De Ryck, is ranked as "Excellent" in the category Baking & Finance - Capital Markets and as "Highly recommended" in the category Banking & Finance: Financial services: regulatory & litigation (with Tom Geudens) in the Leaders League ranking 2021.