Bernard Beerens is an equity partner in AKD Luxembourg. He is a lawyer since 2002 and a partner with AKD since 2016. Bernard is currently heading AKD’s Luxembourg office and AKD Luxembourg’s corporate practice group.
Before joining AKD, he worked for a major UK-based law firm then at the Luxembourg office of another leading Dutch law firm, advising clients on various corporate and finance transactions. During 2008 and 2009, he headed the Luxembourg desk of the corporate and finance department of the same firm in New York, mainly serving US and Canadian clients on Luxembourg legal matters. After having established his own firm Beerens & Avocats in 2010 and managed the growth and success of his firm for 6 years, Bernard and his team joined AKD in 2016.
Bernard advises multinational clients, including major private equity firms, hedge funds and non-regulated real estate funds, and high net wealth individuals on structuring and financing of international transactions, formation of joint venture and securitization vehicles, corporate organizations and reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, exit strategies and corporate governance matters.
Bernard resolves complex commercial questions to structure and restructure clients’ businesses. He also provides expert advice on financing activities with a focus on financial, banking, securitization and (re)structuring transactions. He represents lenders and borrowers in all types of financing transactions and advises on collateral arrangements, financial instruments and related transactional documents.
Bernard considers that legal matters demand representation with impeccable credentials, specialized knowledge, a wealth of experience and responsiveness, focused on client service. Bernard focusses on building long-term relationships with his clients by staying true to his commitments and supporting them in the development of their business. His clients value his responsiveness, business-mind, in-depth knowledge of the financial markets and his result-oriented culture with a constant dedication to achieve their commercial objectives.
Bernard holds a Master’s degree in law from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). He has also studied at the Universita Degli Studi di Milano (Italy).
He regularly publishes articles on M&A, corporate and banking and finance topics in legal magazines such as Corporate International, Global Legal Insight, Kluwer and the International Comparative Legal Guide.
Bernard is a member of the Luxembourg Bar. He is also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and American Bar Association (ABA).
AKD is one of the largest law firms in the Netherlands. With a team of 250 committed lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD delivers high quality legal services and tax matters in nearly all legal fields, based on a full-service approach. Our client base varies from very large multinational companies to stock-listed Dutch entities, from large corporates to family owned businesses, from financial institutions to municipalities and hospitals.
Pragmatic Approach & No-Nonsense Culture:
AKD has a pragmatic approach to business issues and provides tailored solutions for a variety of client needs by taking current legal, economic and political reality into account. Recognized for its ability to solve complex legal and tax challenges creatively and successfully and driven by the ambition to consistently seek proactive ways to add value to our legal and tax services, AKD prides itself on professional excellence and dedication to its clients. AKD has an open, no-nonsense culture and seeks to create a transparent and inclusive environment.
AKD is a place where people of all backgrounds, races and cultures work together and thrive. In order to meet the needs of the variety of clients we serve from different backgrounds, our legal team consists of people who speak the same language as our clients and are sensitive to cultural differences in outlook or work processes. AKD has an Asia desk, a Turkish desk, a German desk and an US desk.
AKD is the independent legal and tax advisor for everyone who does business which involves the Benelux countries. With offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, AKD offers integrated, international legal services in stable jurisdictions. Business arrangements, financial structures and digitalization readily transcend international boundaries. But in practicality, there are still numerous legal systems to deal with. This calls for in-depth insight into what is possible, what is permitted and what is obligatory. AKD has top-class specialists who look across borders and beyond the confines of their own disciplines to ensure seamless end-to-end service. Outside the Benelux, AKD partners with an extensive network of highly reputable law firms to form fully integrated teams who comprehensively assist our clients in doing business around the globe.