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Michael Heene

Michael Heene


Michael Heene practices in the field of corporate law, with a particular focus on cross-border public and private M&A, private equity, corporate venture capital, venture capital and equity capital markets.

His clients include financial institutions, corporates and private equity funds. He is Co-Head of the Financial Services M&A group at DLA Piper International.

Professional QualificationsAdvocaat registered with the Orde van Advocaten te Antwerpen


  • Advising a leading Belgian financial institution on the sale of its in-house IT department to a global IT outsourcing company, the set-up of an asset management joint venture with a global asset manager and a strategic partnership with a leading Belgian telecom company
  • Advising a leading Belgian financial institution on the sale of a banking subsidiary, the sale of an insurance company, the acquisition of a leading bank in Bulgaria, the set-up of a blockchain consortium with nine other banks, the incorporation of a payments joint venture with five other BeNe banks, two corporate venture investment and the potential investment in a payments business
  • Advising a Chinese investment company on the acquisition of a leading Luxembourg bank
  • Advising a Dutch private equity fund on its investment in the Belgian leader in port fumigation services and the add-on acquisition of the Dutch leader in port fumigation services
  • Advising a US private equity fund on its investment in various soccer clubs in Belgium, France and Denmark
  • Advising a multinational in outdoor lighting on its acquisition of two businesses in Australia
  • Advising the shareholders of a European leader in salesforce implementation services on the sale of the company to a global leader in IT services
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • KU Leuven, Postgraduate Degree in Corporate Finance, Magna Cum Laude, 2011
  • Université Paris 1 - Panthéon - La Sorbonne - LL.M. de droit européen et de droit français, 2005
  • Ghent University, Master in Laws, Magna Cum Laude, 2004


Michael Heene is ranked as a next generation partner in The Legal 500 for Corporate, M&A and Commercial in Private Equity and he is a ranked Fintech lawyer.

  • "Michael Heene offers a fresh wind at DLA Piper in Belgium; he is young, eager to deliver and perform." Legal 500, 2020
  • "Michaël Heene is an outstanding lawyer that operates with a rare deal-making attitude. He represents his clients well and with his can-do mentality he quickly gains the trust of all parties involved." Legal 500, 2020
  • "Michaël Heene is a young and dynamic partner with ability to deliver this approach to private equity clients." Legal 500, 2020


Regular speaker at Wolters Kluwer M&D Seminars on M&A, joint ventures and general company law.

Prior Experience

From Associate to Managing Associate in a leading global firm 2005 - 2019

Additional qualifications

Assistant Professor in Company Law 2014 - Present

Memberships And Affiliations

Member of the Antwerp bar 2008



+32 32872844
(Work, Antwerp)
+32 476643408
(Work, Brussels)