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Isabelle De Smedt

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Isabelle De Smedt is a partner in the firm's Brussels office. She focuses her practice on corporate, mergers & acquisitions, complex litigation and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and related anti-corruption matters.

She has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and the negotiation and structuring of complex share and asset deals, joint ventures, business reorganizations and restructurings, involving Belgian companies and multinational corporations. With respect to commercial litigation, Isabelle’s experience includes complex contracts, corporate and finance disputes.

Isabelle also has extensive experience in advising multinational clients in connection with the FCPA and related anti-corruption and fraud matters. She leads anti-corruption compliance investigations with regard to prospective and existing foreign agents and business partners and with evaluations of the anti-corruption risks associated with potential mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures around the world. Isabelle regularly assists clients in preparing and strengthening global business compliance policies and procedures, provides training sessions in various countries, and has conducted internal investigations, risk assessments, and due diligence reviews in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. De Smedt practiced as an associate at another international firm in Brussels.

Speaking Engagements

  • EU Anti-Corruption Compliance: Meeting the Complex and Evolving Requirements, Mitigating Legal Risks, Strafford Publishing Teleconference (April 2014)