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Deborah Janssens

Global Co-Head of Industrials

Capital markets | Corporate advisory and governance | ESG and sustainability | Financial services | Industrials | Mergers and acquisitions | Private capital |

One of the best lawyers you can find in the market

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About Deborah Janssens

Deborah is a corporate partner advising Belgian and international corporate clients, private equity funds and financial institutions.

She specialises in cross-border and domestic M&A, finance and capital markets transactions, and provides the full spectrum of corporate and financial law advice, including market abuse, corporate governance and company law.

She works across a variety of sectors, including regulated industries, such as telecom, energy, transportation, financial services and healthcare. She is global co-head of Freshfields’ Industrials sector group, which is responsible for clients in the chemicals, manufacturing, packaging, automotive, defense and other industries. In addition, as a member of the Tech, Media and Telecom (TMT) sector group at Freshfields, she also handles projects requiring tech expertise in a digital transformation context for TMT and industrial clients.

Deborah is fluent in Dutch, French, English and German.



  • Universities of Namur and Leuven, Belgium, and Heidelberg, Germany (law)
  • New York University School of Law, US (LLM)

Professional memberships

  • Brussels and New York Bar

Additional responsibilities

  • Lecturer in corporate law at the University of Leuven, Belgium