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    Jan-Paul van der Hoek

    Jan-Paul van der Hoek


    Jan-Paul van der Hoek is the head of the corporate department at Houthoff. He specialises in (cross border) M&A, specifically in leveraged and management buy-outs, private equity investments, and joint ventures. His clients include domestic and foreign private equity firms, family offices, management teams, institutional investors, financial institutions, and a variety of industrial and technology driven companies.

    Jan-Paul was born in the UK and having completed part of his studies in Cambridge, joined Houthoff Buruma in November 1995 and became partner in 2004. During 1999-2000, he worked at a large UK firm in London.

    Jan-Paul regularly lectures on corporate law at the University of Amsterdam (ASRE) and Nijmegen (CPO) and is the firm's premier liaison for the Chinese market in Houthoff Buruma's China Team. In 2013 Jan-Paul was awarded the "Gouden Zandloper" as best M&A lawyer 2013 (by SDU Uitgevers, the biggest Dutch legal publisher).

    Recent transactions in May/June 2015 on which Jan-Paul led the team included for example: assisting the shareholders of Argos Group on its merger with Varo Energy (held by Vitol and Carlyle), creating a major independent oil company, assisting Reggeborgh and Doughty Hanson on the EUR 875mio sale of Eurofiber to Antin IP, assisting Lion Capital with the sale of frozen food producer Van Geloven to Towerbrook and assisting ABNAMRO’ Participaties on the sale of Kuiken Group to the Belgian trade company SMT Group.

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    Recent Matters

    • Sep 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised founders Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf in the sale of record label Spinnin' Records to Warner Chappell Music GroupMidden Golf (MIGO) B.V.

      Spinnin' Records was founded in 1999 and found fame with artists such as Armand van Helden, Fedde le Grand, Afrojack and Martin Solveigh.

    • Jul 2017

      Houthoff advised Media Markt – Saturn on the establishment of a joint venture with Talpa, Juke Nederland B.V. Juke has launched an online on-demand music streaming service offering unlimited access to songs, playlists and radio content.

    • Jul 2017

      Houthoff Buruma represented Bregal Freshstream LLP, a UK-based private equity fund of Bregal Investments LLP, on the acquisition of a minority stake in Euro-Caps Holding B.V., a Netherlands-based company engaged in the manufacturing of private label coffee capsules.

    • Jun 2017

      Houthoff Buruma represented Varo Energy in the acquisition of  United Fuel Groep BV, which resulted  in the expansion of Varo Energy's retail network with 22 retail service stations in the Eastern Netherlands and wholesale and lubricants business activities.

    • May 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised Reggeborgh on the IPO of Koninklijke VolkerWessels on Euronext Amsterdam and advised both Reggeborgh and Koninklijke VolkerWessels on all governance-related matters. This included the preparation of the articles of association, the rules of the management board, the supervisory board and its committees, policies, the relationship agreement and the IPO decision-making. VolkerWessels is a market leading construction company operating primarily in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and North America. Reggeborgh, which is wholly owned by the Wessels family, is still a majority shareholder. The Wessels family intends to become a long-term minority shareholder of VolkerWessels over time. VolkerWessels was listed on Euronext on 12 May 2017. Reggeborgh sold 25 million shares (31.25%), valuing the company at EUR 1.84 billion. This IPO was the largest in Europe to date in 2017 (outside of technology listings).

    • May 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised Active Capital Company on the acquisition of a 70% majority stake in the capital of Arnold Suhr, the world's second largest trader in quinine. Arnold Suhr supplies quinine to soda producers such as Coca Cola and Schweppes for the production of tonic. In addition to quinine, Arnold Suhr is a worldwide trader in raw materials such as stevia and iodine for the food and beverage, sport nutrition and pharmaceutical industry.

    • Apr 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised Active Capital Company on its acquisition of all shares in the capital of Codi Group B.V. (previously Cogitandum B.V.), a producer and distributor of nonwovens for personal care, household and the medical industry also known as 'wet-wipes'.

    • Feb 2017

      Houthoff Buruma advised Wide-Angle Management on the sale of all shares in Orlaco to Stoneridge Inc. Orlaco is a leading supplier of vehicle camera solutions.
      Since July 2015, Orlaco and Stoneridge have jointly developed the MirrorEye mirror replacement system, which is the industry-leading solution to improve the safety and fuel economy of commercial vehicles.

    • Dec 2016

      Houthoff Buruma assisted Varo Energy in their sale of its shares in Hydrocarbon Hotel B.V. (and de facto their oil and gas storage terminal in the Amsterdam port) to GPS Group.

    • Sep 2015

      Advised Troostwijk Auctions & Valuations and its shareholders on the strategic partnership with the Hartenlust Group. Troostwijk Auctions & Valuations is the biggest industrial auctioneer and valuer in Europe focusing (primarily) on industrial goods and machinery. Hartenlust is an independent investment company which has acquired a 30% stake in Troostwijk Auctions & Valuations.

    • Jul 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT), a global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries, on its acquisition of Stork Food & Dairy Systems B.V. for a consideration of € 47 million. Stork Food & Dairy Systems B.V. is a Netherlands based company focused on developing, producing and supplying integrated aseptic sterilization and filling systems to the beverage and food processing industries. The transaction was finalized on July 31, 2015.

    • Jun 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised ABN Amro Participaties on the sale of the Kuiken Groep to the Belgian trade company SMT Group. Kuiken Groep is a Dutch distributor of earthmoving machines and cranes.

    • Jun 2015

      Argos Group and Varo Energy merge, creating a major independent oil company in North West Europe with a workforce of over 1,500 employees and an expected total annual throughput of 16 million m3. Houthoff Buruma assisted Argos Group and its shareholders Reggeborgh and Atlas Invest in the envisaged merger with Varo Energy. Following the merger the joint company will be owned in equal parts by three parties: the current shareholders of Argos, i.e. private investment companies Reggeborgh and Atlas Invest; Carlyle International Energy Partners, an advisory fund which is part of the global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group; and international energy and commodities company Vitol. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015.

    • May 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised, together with Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Doughty Hanson and Reggeborgh on the sale of Eurofiber to Antin Infrastructure Partners for €875 million.

    • Apr 2015

      Advised Media-Saturn-Group, Europe’s number one consumer electronics retailer, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Dutch flash sales and live shopping platform

    • Apr 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised Active Capital Company (ACC) on the acquisition, together with COO Martin den Ottolander, of Lantor, a company producing non-wovens for the cable and composite industry, from British IPT Group.

    • Mar 2015

      Advised the sellers, including Lion Capital and Avedon Capital Partners, on the sale of Van Geloven, a Netherlands-based frozen food producer with leading positions in the Netherlands and Belgium, to TowerBrook Capital Partners and the management of Van Geloven.

    • Mar 2015

      Houthoff Buruma advised Novasol Group, the Danish part of the NYSE listed Wyndham Worldwide, on the acquisition of Happy Home International. Happy Home International rents out holiday homes and is headquartered in the Netherlands. Novasol is market leader in the field of renting holiday homes in Europe and welcomes over 1,5 million guests yearly. With this acquisition, Novasol expands its rental portfolio to some 42.000 vacation houses located in 29 European countries.

    • Feb 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised Active Capital Company on the setting up of a new Dutch private equity fund called "Active Capital Company Fund II CV". The Fund is formed as a Dutch CV (commanditaire vennootschap) and will invest in small and medium sized Dutch resident companies with revenues between €5 million – €80 million, which are active in industrial goods & services and (technical) wholesale. The Fund will target both Dutch and non-Dutch retail and institutional investors.

    • Nov 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised Active Capital Company (ACC) on the acquisition of Food Technology Noord-Oost Nederland (FTNON), a privately held food engineering and equipment manufacturer based in the Netherlands.

    • Jun 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised Eurofiber, the owner of one of the largest independent fiber networks in the Netherlands, and its major shareholder Doughty Hanson on the acquisition of Isilinx and IsiConneXion, two connected telecom infrastructure providers in the Dutch Limburg province.

    • May 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised Eurofiber, the owner of one of the largest independent fiber networks in the Netherlands, and its major shareholder Doughty Hanson on the acquisition of Netherlands based UNET, fiber network owner and supplier of information and communications services through broadband connections.

    • Apr 2013

      Houthoff Buruma advised Hendrik Veder Group on the acquisition of the oldest family business in the Netherlands, Touwfabriek G. van der Lee. Touwfabriek G. van der Lee has been established in 1545 and was the oldest family business in the Netherlands until the transaction. Touwfabriek G. van der Lee produces high quality natural and synthetical fiber ropes for usage in offshore and shipping. Hendrik Veder Group supplies steel cables and other hoisting and towing materials for both onshore and offshore use.

    • Nov 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advises Argos Group Holding B.V., the largest independent player on the North-West European downstream oil market, and its shareholders on the proposed sale of Argos Group Holding to Sistema, the largest publicly-traded diversified holding company in Russia and the CIS.

    • Oct 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised investment firm Reggeborgh on acquiring a controlling interest in VolkerWessels, one of the leading construction groups in The Netherlands. By acquiring a 17,5% stake from private equity firm CVC Capital, Reggeborgh now holds 60% of VolkerWessels.

    • Oct 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised Cefetra, the leading agricultural European supply chain manager, and its shareholders on the acquisition by Baywa, Germany's largest farm cooperative.

    • Sep 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised Landal Greenparks on its takeover of the operations of the prestigious holiday park ‘Hof van Saksen’. This transaction ensures the continuity of the Hof van Saksen park, that has recently been declared bankrupt.

    • Aug 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised Van Diermen Holding on the acquisition of Bakery Diermen from Boboli International, one of the largest U.S. producers of Italian specialties. Bakery Van Diermen is one of the largest producers of fresh and frozen pastry products in the Netherlands.

    • Jul 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised the founders of the Netherlands based Nedis Group, Europe’s number two wholesaler of consumer electronics accessories, on the sale of Nedis Group to Datwyler, an international multi-niche player dedicated to industrial supply and distribution.

    • May 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised Shipmate and its shareholders on the sale of the group to Faber Group NV. As a result of this transaction, Faber Flags consolidates its position as the Netherland's leading event and city dressing supplier.

    • May 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised on the acquisition of Trinicom, a leading specialist in multi-channel customer interaction software, by Kana. KANA Software is a global leader in customer service solutions.

    • Mar 2012

      Houthoff Buruma advised Attractie- & vakantiepark Slagharen’s shareholders in the sale and transfer of their shareholdings to Parques Reunidos Group, the second largest leisure park operator in Europe and the fourth largest leisure operator worldwide.

    • Nov 2011

      Houthoff Buruma assists Lion Capital on the merger between Ad van Geloven, an investment of Lion Capital, and Royaan, an investment of NPM Capital. Ad van Geloven is the leading producer of frozen snacks in the Benelux and owner of the Mora brand, and Royaan is the owner of premium snack brands such as Van Dobben and Kwekkeboom. By combining the two leading brand and product portfolios a new company will reach accumulated sales of € 246 million and have almost 1100 employees. The envisaged transaction is subject to further negotiation and currently in the anti-trust approval procedures. The relevant works councils have been requested to render their advice.

    • Oct 2011

      Energy suppliers North Sea Group and Argos Oil complete their merger. The merged entity becomes the largest independent player on the North-West European market, with more than 850 employees, a combined tank storage capacity of over 1.5 million m3 and annual turnover of approximately € 10 billion.

    • Jul 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised Total on the sale of Cray Valley to Arkema SA, the French chemical concern. Cray Valley is the largest producer of gel coats in the world. The total turnover of the sold activities represent € 850 million.

    • Feb 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised Attero, the Dutch waste company formerly held by the Dutch energy group Essent, on the acquisition of Dutch peer VAR Holding. With this, Attero, which already held close to 20% stake in VAR, becomes its only and complete owner.

    • Jan 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised Philips spin-off Liquavista, active in electronic display technology for mobile devices, on its acquisition by Samsung.

    • Jan 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised Active Capital Company on the setting up and the first investment in Smit Ovens.

    • Jan 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on the setting up of its first branch in the Netherlands, including advice on related regulatory matters.

    • Nov 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised AAC Capital Partners and its founder Albert Hartog on the sale of CleanLeaseFortex, a company specialising in integrated textile management, to Egeria.

    • Jun 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised Anteryon on the strategic investment in Anteryon as part of a European investment fund by Qualcomm (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services.

    • May 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised WorldwideWorker, a global leader in recruitment for the energy industry, on its acquisition by Dice Holdings (listed on NYSE: DHX), a leading provider of specialized career websites for professional communities. 

    • Oct 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised Fortis Private Equity Netherlands on the acquisition of SNT Netherlands and SNT Belgium from KPN.

    • Sep 2009

      Houthoff Buruma acted for Anteryon International and its shareholders on equity investment by BNP Paribas Private Equity and Mentha Capital. Value: $ 10 million.

    • Aug 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised Reggeborgh Groep on the sale of its stake in Vistra Group (Vistra), to IK Investment Partners, a Pan-European investment company. Vistra is a fast growing international trust and corporate service provider and has a network of offices in 12 jurisdictions. Vistra serves its clients with cross-border solutions including trustee and fiduciary services, corporate services, business services and outsourcing, specialised services and fund services.

    • Aug 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised XEMC Group, one of the largest manufacturing complexes in China, on the acquisition of Darwind, the innovative Dutch developer of offshore wind turbines, which was part of the former Econcern group.

    • Aug 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised the DA Retailgroep, the service and retail organisation behind the chain of DA chemist stores, and its shareholders, Aletra Capital and Wagram Equity Partners, on the acquisition of the chemist stores division of Brocacef, which has its own chemist stores Uw Eigen Drogisterij (UED) and provides three hundred independent chemists with supplies all over the Netherlands. With this transaction DA expands its distribution network from 400 to 800 chemist stores in the Netherlands.

    • Mar 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised Anteryon on the transaction regarding the participation of BNP Paribas Private Equity, a leading European venture capital firm headquartered in Paris, in Anteryon International BV, a leading optical solutions company in the Netherlands. Originally formed as a business unit of Philips, Anteryon was spun off in 2006 as a fully independent entity focused on hybrid replicated lenses and laser modules for, amongst other, cameras in mobile phones.

    • Aug 2008

      Houthoff Buruma advised the shareholders of Frisol on its merger with Van der Sluijs. Both companies are involved in trading, selling, storing and transporting (over land and water) mineral oils.

    • Nov 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised Chinamex, Schipol Airport, and ING on the development of a big European trade centre in Schiphol. Value: EUR 180 million

    • Sep 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised Anteryon International B.V. on the acquisition of Anteryon B.V. shares from Koninklijke Phillips Electronics N.V.

    • Jul 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised Bank of China on the setting up of its first branch in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    • Jun 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised Halder on the acquisition of a majority stake in Operator Groep Delft together with current management.

    • Apr 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised Aletra Capital Partners on the acquisition of the well-known Dutch chemist chain DA, with stores nationwide

    • Mar 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised together with Slaughter & May on the sale of BOC Edwards from Linde group (a leading producer of vacuum materials) to CCMP Capital. Value: EUR 685 million.

    • Feb 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised KAS Bank on the sale by controlled auction of its private banking activities to Nachenius, Tjeenk & Co. Value: EUR 750 million.

    • Nov 2006

      Houthoff Buruma advised Reggeborgh on the acquisition of Eurofiber from investors (including ABN AMRO Ventures)

    • Nov 2006

      Houthoff Buruma advised Reggeborgh on the acquisition of Lijbrandt Telecom

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    Chambers Europe & Global (2017 Edition)

    Clients say he "clearly stood out for his pragmatism and professionalism; he was also very quick in coming up with solutions."

    "He has outstanding technical knowledge, is solid in negotiations and is a creative thinker."

    Legal 500 (2017 Edition)


    IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)

    Recommended as a "Leading Lawyer in practice areas Private equity and M&A".

    Chambers Europe (2016 Edition)

    Jan-Paul van der Hoek has experience assisting clients with a wide range of corporate and M&A transactions. Clients appreciate his "good understanding of corporate deals." (on his Corporate/M&A practice)

    Jan-Paul van der Hoek has extensive experience in leveraged and management buyouts, and joint ventures, and has been particularly active in mergers and sales. Clients describe him as "likeable but tough when required; he knows what is important, and is knowledgeable on all aspects." (on his Private Equity practice).

    Chambers Global (2016 Edition)

    "Jan-Paul van der Hoek has experience assisting clients with a wide range of corporate and M&A transactions. Clients appreciate his 'good understanding of corporate deals'."

    Legal 500 (2016 Edition)

    "Jan-Paul van der Hoek is recommended in both Corporate M&A and Private Equity practice area."

    "Jan-Paul is ‘very hands-on and experienced’."

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