Charles-Henri Bernard | Brussels | Hogan Lovells

Charles-Henri Bernard

Senior Associate Corporate & Finance


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Bernard Charles Henri

Charles-Henri Bernard
Bernard Charles Henri
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Charles-Henri Bernard advises on Belgian and EU financial services regulation, assist with restructuring of financial institutions and represents lenders and borrowers in complex financing structures.

Charles-Henri represents credit institutions and banking groups, payment and e-money institutions, (re)insurance companies and intermediaries as well as (alternative) investment funds and corporates on a wide range of banking, finance and regulatory issues. He 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) and represented them in discussions with regulatory authorities.

Charles-Henri is also part-time assistance lecturer in at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in corporate law. 

Representative experience

Assisting a blockchain (tokenisation) consultant and a marketing expert with the structuring and launch of a first art tokenisation project in Belgium (James Ensor painting).

Advised clients on the establishment of regulated entities (AIF managers, payment institution, e-money institution, credit institution, credit providers, banking and insurance intermediaries).

Advised clients in the set up and update of their EMTN and certificate of deposits 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 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 UK fund manager in the structuring and establishment of a Belgian REIF and subsequent acquisition of a €1bn+ Belgian office building.

Assistance to a Belgian private bank and its fund management company in the cross-border merger of two funds (UCITS).

Represented a global payment service provider in relation to its EU hub (established in the context of Brexit restructuring) and the offering of payment services across the EU.

Assistance to numerous private debt fund with respect to Belgian investments.

Assistance to a leading US asset manager on the sale and distribution of retail and non-retail AIF,  UCITS and ETFS in Belgium.


  • 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
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‘Rising star’ in the EU Regulatory – Financial Services category

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Recommended in the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets category

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Recommended in the EU Regulatory - Financial services category

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