Tom Swinnen graduated from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 2006 and subsequently obtained a Master (D.E.S.) in Economic Law from the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2007, a Master in Corporate Law from the University of Leuven (KUL) and the University of Brussels (ULB) in 2010 and a Postgraduate in Corporate Finance from the University of Leuven (KUL) in 2012.
Tom is a partner in the Corporate M&A and Capital Markets department of Simont Braun. He advises both international and national (incl. family-owned) clients on corporate and M&A matters. He and his team regularly act as lead legal counsel in complex inbound or outbound cross-border deals and reorganisations. Tom also acts as a ‘trusted advisor’ for a number of key Belgian clients and families, and is highly regarded for his service-minded and client-oriented style. He regularly speaks at conferences on matters of corporate law and M&A.
Tom is recommended for Corporate and M&A by Legal 500: he is appreciated by clients for the added value he brings to the negotiation table « due to his competence and emphatic behaviour » and is praised as a « pro-active and good listening partner for international M&A deals ». He is rated as “Highly regarded” by IFLR1000 for M&A in Belgium.
Tom is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) chairing the Legal Subcommittee, and is a steering member of the Belgian Equestrian Quality (BEQ) cluster powered by Agoria.
In addition to his practice as Corporate M&A lawyer, Tom has developed a niche practice focusing on equine law, representing the world’s leading equestrians and equine entrepreneurs established in Belgium.
Prior to joining Simont Braun, Tom headed the M&A/Transaction law department of the big4 law firm EY Law, and worked with Van Bael & Bellis and Thompson Hine LLP.