Charles-Henri Bernard

Charles-Henri Bernard

Senior Associate

Email [email protected]​

Phone +32 2 505 0961

Fax +32 2 505 0996

LanguagesFrench, English, Dutch

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Charles-Henri Bernard is a senior associate in our Brussels office, advising on Belgian and EU financial services law and regulation.  He advises credit institutions and banking groups, payment and e-money institutions, (re)insurance companies and intermediaries as well as (alternative) investment funds and their managers on a wide range of banking, finance and regulatory issues.

Charles-Henri is regularly involved in financial institutions restructuring and transactions.  Over the past years, he assisted various financial institutions in acquisitions and disposals (assets, shares, branches, business units, portfolios).  His financial services practice frequently involves negotiations with the Belgian Financial Services and Market Authority (FSMA), the National Bank of Belgium (NBB), Belgian ministry offices (Finance, Economy) and the European Central Bank (ECB).

Awards and recognitions


Recommended in the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets category
Legal 500


Recommended in the EU Regulatory – Financial services category
Legal 500

Education and admissions


Certificate of Advanced Studies; Banking & Finance, Université Catholique de Louvain, 2015

Master of Law, Université Catholique de Louvain, 2013

Study Abroad, University College Dublin, Ireland, 2013

Bachelor of Law, Université Saint-Louis, 2011

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Advised clients on the establishment of several new AIF managers and payment / e-money institutions.*

Advised clients in the set up and update of their EMTN programmes.

Assisted a Belgian film financing boutique in the preparation, update and approval of its prospectus.

Advised several fund sponsors and management companies on the establishment of numerous alternative investment funds.

Assisted clients on the implementation and ongoing impact of the Second Payment Services Directive and Regulations.*

Assisted a US private equity house in the regulatory due diligence and acquisition process of a Belgian bank part of an Italian banking group.*

Assisted a Dutch global banking group in the regulatory due diligence and acquisition process of a Belgian private bank part of a French global banking group.*

Assisted a UK fund manager in the structuring and establishment of a Belgian REIF and subsequent acquisition of a €1bn+ Belgian office building.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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