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    André de Neve

    André de Neve

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    André de Neve’s practice focuses on (cross-border) corporate and finance transactions, including capital markets and restructurings. André has a specific interest and expertise in the oil & gas sector and in the Americas. André heads Houthoff’s Latin America desk and splits his time between the Rotterdam and the New York offices.

    Recent Matters

    • Jul 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. in all Dutch-law aspects in connection with its successful IPO at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. BGI is a leading gene sequencing firm, offering a wide portfolio of genetic testing products across major diseases, enabling medical providers and patients worldwide to realize the promise of genomics-based diagnostics and personalized healthcare.

    • Jan 2017

      Advised Petrobras Global Trading B.V. in respect of various finance transactions, including: a USD 1 billion loan agreement between Petrobras Global Trading as borrower and the Export-Import Bank of China as Lender and a USD 1.2 billion trade note assignment agreement between Petrobras Global Trading as assignor, Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras as Importer and Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A., Grand Cayman Branch as Lender and Assignee.

    • Dec 2016

      Houthoff Buruma advised CBRE Global Investors (NL) B.V. regarding the acquisition by DRES Master Fund / REI Netherlands of the Project Boompjes 55-58 in Rotterdam, a new real estate development of 344 residential units, parking spaces and commercial space. The seller is First Sponsor (a real estate developer / investor from Singapore) together with Provast (a Dutch real estate developer).

    • Nov 2016

      Advised the Borgesius Group on a term and revolving facilities agreement provided by Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., Deutsche Bank AG, Amsterdam Branch and NIBC Bank N.V. in connection with the acquisition of the Bakkersland group.

    • Sep 2016

      Advised Bregal Freshstream on a senior facilities agreement arranged by CVC Credit Partners Investment Management Limited in connection with the acquisition of the Verwater group entities.

    • Feb 2016

      Advised BC Partners on a senior facilities agreement arranged by Royal Bank of Canada and UBS in connection with the acquisition of Dümmen Orange.

    • Feb 2016

      Assisting Petróleo Brasileiro - Petrobras and its subsidiaries, as well as former directors, in respect of a Dutch class action threatened by the Dutch foundation named Stichting Petrobras Compensation Foundation representing non-US investors in securities issued by Petróleo Brasileiro - Petrobras and Petrobras Global Finance B.V.

    • Dec 2015

      Advised The Blackstone Group L.P., in connection with a EUR182.87 million senior facilities agreement relating to various Dutch retail properties. This matter is particular significant due to the fact that the financing in respect of this acquisition had to be included into an existing facilities agreement.

    • Nov 2015

      Advised Teekay Corporation in connection with an offering of 8.50% Senior Notes due 2020 in a principal amount of USD200 million.

    • Nov 2015

      Advised Petrobras Global Trading B.V. in respect of various finance transactions, including USD5 billion term loan facility with China Development Bank Corporation.

    • Jun 2015

      Advised Petrobras Global Trading B.V. in respect of various finance transactions, including USD600 million offshore trade-related revolving loan and guaranty agreement with Standard Chartered Bank.

    • Jun 2015

      Houthoff Buruma acting as lead counsel advised a leading Dutch producer of dairy products in respect of the international refinancing of its credit facilities, including its asset based and lease facilities.

    • Jun 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised a leading Dutch logistics company in respect of its corporate and financial restructuring, including obtaining new asset based credit facilities.

    • Jun 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised Kuiken Groep in respect of the refinancing of its credit facilities.

    • May 2015

      Advised Petrobras Global Trading B.V. in respect of various finance transactions, including USD500 million loan agreement, between, amongst others, J.P. Morgan Europe Limited as banker, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. London Branch as mandated lead arranger and Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State acting by the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

    • May 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised a Dutch media company and publisher of daily newspapers and its shareholders in respect of its debt restructuring and subsequent buy out.

    • Apr 2015

      Advised Teekay Offshore Partners L.P. in connection with a public offering of up to USD5.75 million 8.50% Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Units.

    • Jan 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised a Swiss bank in respect of the financing of a distressed Dutch real estate investment company.

    • Dec 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised a leading Dutch bank in respect of a debt restructuring of a Dutch real estate development company.

    • Nov 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised Petrogas in respect of the financing of the acquisition of E&P activ-ities in the North Sea from Chevron.

    • Mar 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised investment company ShoppingParks on the sale and transfer of all of its shares in Batavia Stad Outlet Shopping B.V., the company owning Batavia Stad, the first factory outlet centre in the Netherlands.

    • Jan 2014

      Houthoff Buruma jointly with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised Petrobras Global Finance B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleo Brasiliero S.A. - Petrobras in respect of its EUR/GBP 3,8 billion global notes offering in January 2014. The notes are listed at the Lux-embourg stock exchange.

    • Sep 2013

      Houthoff Buruma as lead international transaction counsel advised Petrobras on the sale of Petrobras Colombia Limited to Perenco for USD 380 million.

    • Jul 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised Petrobras on the sale of a 50% stake in Petrobras Oil & Gas BV, a company controlling Petrobras’ E&P operations in Africa, to Brazil's BTG Pactual for $1.53 billion.

    • Jul 2013

      Advising one of the finest yacht builders on its EUR 155,000,000 senior credit facilities for the purpose of refinancing its working capital  as well as the construction of a new dry dock accommodating yachts up to 140 meter in length.

    • May 2013

      Houthoff Buruma jointly with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised Petrobras Global Finance B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleo Brasiliero S.A. - Petrobras in respect of its record breaking USD 11 billion global notes offering in May 2013. The notes are listed on the NYSE.

    • Mar 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised Lion Capital on the recapitalisation of the Ad van Geloven Group, an investment of Lion Capital. Ad van Geloven is the leading producer of frozen snacks in the Benelux and owner of brands such as Mora, Hebro and Van Lieshout Snacks. The recapitalisation has strengthened Ad van Geloven's balance sheet and enables Ad van Geloven to continue its leading position in the retail- and food service market.

    • Jan 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised a leading Dutch private equity firm in respect of the restructuring of various real estate portfolio's.

    • Oct 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised Petrobras Global Finance B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A., on the € 2.5 billion global bond offering and listing on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

    • Jan 2012

      Advising various Dutch subsidiaries of Petroleo Brasileiro S.A.- Petrobras in respect of nu-merous financing transactions, including various asset based financings.

    • Sep 2011

      Houthoff Buruma, together with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP from Canada (lead counsel), Rodriguez, Archila, Castellanos, Solares & Aquilar S.C. from Guatemala and Ogier from British Virgin Islands, advised on acquisition of a stake in the Fenix ferro nickel project of HudBay Minerals Inc. (a Canadian mining company listed on Toronto and New York Stock Exchange) by private equity investor Solway. The aggregate purchase price for the transaction was US$170 million. In this transaction, the investment treaty between the Netherlands and Guatemala played an important role. 

    • Jul 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advises VolkerWessels on its bid for the N33 Motorway PPP project. This PPP project also serves as a pilot to explore the possibilities of financing infrastructure by pensionfunds and other institutional investors, and will involve innovative “inflation-linked” finance structures.

    • Apr 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised a well known fashion design company and its shareholders in respect of its international financial and corporate restructuring and subsequent buy out.

    • Mar 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advises the consortium consisting of VolkerWessels, Facilicom and Sequoia in its bid for the DBFMO contract for a penitentiary institute in Zaanstad, near Amsterdam.

    • Mar 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO), the leading Thai integrated power company in respect of the financing of the acquisition of an additional stake in the Quezon Power project in the Philippines.

    • Dec 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras, the Brazilian state owned oil company, in respect of various joint ventures concering the exploration of the Tupi, Papa-Terra and Guara Brazilian offshore oil fields.

    • Sep 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised OSX 1 Leasing B.V., a Dutch subsidiary of OSX Brasil S.A., a Brazilian oil company listed at the Sao Paulo stock exchange in respect of the USD 420 million financing of a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) to be leased to OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes S.A. The deal has been awarded the “South America Debt Deal of the Year 2010” by Jane’s Transport Finance.

    • Aug 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised Elementis, a UK listed specialty chemicals company with operations worldwide on its USD 225 million syndicated revolving credit facility.

    • Jun 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised Caroli Foods Group, one of the largest Romanian fresh cold cuts companies, and Campofrio Food Group, the leading processed meats company in Europe, in respect of their joint venture for processed meat in Romania and neighboring territories including Bulgaria, republic of Moldova, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey.

    • Jun 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised advised WTS Alliance, a global network of selected tax firms in more than 90 countries, in respect of the structuring of its international network.

    • Apr 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised a Dutch private equity firm in respect of the acquisition and financing of a shopping center in the Czech Republic.

    • Apr 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe’s leading digital cinema company in respect of its corporate restructuring and its EUR 50 million financing deal with Sankaty Advisors, LLC, a leading fixed income and credit investor.

    • Apr 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised WESCO International, Inc., a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company, whose primary operating company is WESCO Distribution, Inc., a leading distributor or electrical construction products and electrical and industrial maintenance, repair and operating supplies in respect of its international restructuring.

    • Dec 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised Royal Bank of Scotland in its capacity as lead arranger in respect of a lender-led takeover of the CPI Group, Europe's leading book printer.

    • Oct 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised Kumba Iron Ore, a leading value-adding supplier of the highest quality iron ore to the global steel industry and member of the Anglo American plc group, in respect of its international corporate restructuring.

    • Dec 2008

      Houthoff Buruma advised AmRest Holdings SE on the relocation of its registered office from Amsterdam to Wroclaw (Poland) which makes them the very first Polish SE.

    • Oct 2008

      Houthoff Buruma advised Ecopetrol S.A., the principal petroleum company in Colombia in respect of its international corporate restructuring.

    • Aug 2008

      Houthoff Buruma advised a consortium of banks led by Royal Bank of Scotland on the EUR 560 million refinancing of CPI Group, one of the leading companies providing book manufacturing services to publishers and corporations across Europe.

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    Legal 500 (2017 Edition)

    André de Neve is 'particularly active' in the field of Capital Markets.


    Recommended IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)

    Recommended as a 'Leading Lawyer in practice areas Asset finance, Banking and M&A'.


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