Tom Swinnen

Executive Director

Practice Area

Tom heads the transactions / M&A department of EY Law. He advises both international and national (incl. family-owned and medium sized) clients within the framework of high-level M&A matters. He and his team regularly act as lead counsel in complex inbound or outbound cross-border deals. Tom acts as ‘trusted advisor’ for a number of key clients both in corporate and commercial matters, and is highly regarded for his service-minded and client-oriented style.

Expertise Area

Tom has expertise, amongst other things, in the following matters:
  • public and private M&A transactions (incl. buy- or sell side legal due diligence, contract drafting and negotiation);
  • private equity and venture capital placements;
  • management buy-outs and buy-ins;
  • corporate governance and shareholders’ disputes;
  • insolvency and restructuring work (distressed M&A);
  • cross-border deals;
  • real estate transactions;
  • joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements;
  • acquisition finance and finance structures; and
  • corporate law issue in general.

Additional Info

Tom obtained his Master in Law at the University of Leuven (KUL 2006). He also obtained a Master in Economic Law at the University of Brussels (ULB 2007), a Master in Company Law at the University of Brussels/Leuven (HUB-KUB 2010) and a Postgraduate in Corporate Finance at the University of Leuven (KUL 2012). Tom is a member of the Brussels Bar since 2007. Prior to joining EY Law, Tom worked with the transactions department of a leading independent Belgian boutique law firm and an international US Law firm. Tom is recommended for Corporate/M&A by all leading legal directories. In addition, Tom is a researcher at the Financial Law Institute of the Ghent University (UGent), focusing on corporate law, and regularly lectures on corporate/M&A and company law matters. Tom is a Dutch native speaker and has professional working proficiency in English and French.