Michel Bonne

Belgium needs a dedicated organisation that helps people to achieve their restructuring goals and policy makers to understand the needs of the market
Partner, Restructuring and refinancing, M&A
Law firm of Van Bael & Bellis (VBB)


Michel has more than 20 years of experience in restructuring, refinancing and M&A transactions. Well aware of the strict timing constraints of distressed transactions, he is very hands-on and has a keen eye on the strategic needs of the various actors, coming up with practical and innovative solutions.

He has assisted a host of Belgian and multinational companies in distress, ensuring their successful turnaround and restructuring. He also assisted a wide range of listed and privately held corporate, private equity and financial clients on Belgian and cross-border distressed acquisitions, including in relation to the take-over of assets and personnel. He typically negotiates with banks, institutional creditors, personnel representatives and other stakeholders within the framework of distressed restructurings or acquisitions. His team has large experience with coordinating distressed restructurings and acquisitions, in Belgium and abroad.


  • Lawyer – private practice
  • Distressed acquisitions
  • Restructuring (including judicial reorganisations)
  • Refinancing
  • Negotiations with banks, creditors, personnel