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Edouard Waels

Lawyer - Managing Partner - Paris Bar 2006

Edouard is a founding partner of Ooslo, a firm he created after having been a partner and head of the Private Equity department at Bignon Lebray. He works in the field of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

Edouard assists French and international clients, both start-ups and more mature companies, with small & mid cap transactions. In this capacity, he acts as an advisor to investors (investment funds and family offices in particular) as well as to companies, during fundraising operations, restructurings, external growth or exits, as well as for their more every-day corporate operations.


Edouard is also an expert in management packages and shareholder incentive mechanisms.​


Edouard regularly ranks in various leading legal guides such as IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers, Legal 500 EMEA, or Legal 500 Paris (sic.) Edouard Waels is always very attentive, understands the needs of his clients and offers appropriate solutions". He also ranks in Décideurs Magazine's “Strong Reputation” category.

Ooslo@Edouard, what do you like about this job? 

First of all, I admire entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs who are full of ideas and daring. These same entrepreneurs inspired me to carry out the Ooslo project with Marion and the whole team.

I never forget that clients come to see me to confide their plans to me, their ambitions, their concerns, big or small. The trust placed in you makes you want to get involved, team up, stand up and find solutions together. I have very diverse experiences, always enriched by previous ones. I like to share the successes and failures of my clients, sharing in their entrepreneurial lives which often overlap with their personal lives.

In 17 years I have been able to create special relationships and remarkable friendships.


The human adventure is different each time, but it is always a key factor in the success of a project. Supporting clients fascinates me. I would not have been able to engage in such a demanding and intrusive profession without this human dimension. This aspect is the one I like the most.

Every day, this job teaches me anticipation, method, perseverance, humility, and above all, that you have to know how to put your pride aside to always put the best interests of your client first.

I have a deep attachment to the values of simplicity, respect, mutual aid and humanity that must be cultivated more than ever in this profession. I grew up with my feet in Flemish soil and I never forget it. 


  • CAPA (2005)​ - Law School Competition - Paris

  • HEC / ESCP (2005)​ - Ms Law and International Management

  • EDHEC / Faculty of Law of Lille (2003) - ​Master 2 Practice of Business law

  • University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, (2002) - Master 1 in Business Law




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