Houthoff Buruma advised DeepOcean in the acquisition of the Searov Offshore SAS. Searov, established in 2008, is an agile and cost effective Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) service provider with a strong focus on West Africa. The company owns and operates ROVs from its operating bases in Pointe Noire, Congo and Port Gentil, Gabon.
Houthoff Buruma represented Helios Investment Partners, jointly with Vinson & Elkins, on its acquisition of 100% of Fertilizers and Inputs Holding B.V. which holds Louis Dreyfus Company’s Africa-based fertilizers and inputs operations.The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.
Houthoff advised Concorde Group, a portfolio company of Bencis Capital Partners, on the acquisition of all shares in the capital of Burrough B.V.
Concorde Group is the largest provider of translation and interpreting services in the Netherlands. Burrough B.V. provides specialised legal translation and interpreting services to law firms and other legal professionals. With the acquisition of Burrough, Concorde Group has strengthened its position within the legal industry and added another discipline to its wide variety of translation and interpreting services.
Advised Orbimed Advisors, one of the leading debt investors in the life science sector, in a USD 100 Million debt financing of Pharming Group N.V. a Dutch listed company. The proceeds were used to redeem outstanding convertible bonds and an existing senior debt facility with Sillicon Valley Bank. As part of the transaction Pharming issued 9.2 million warrants to Orbimed.
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.
Park 20|20 is a Cradle to Cradle-inspired office park in Hoofddorp that is being developed for VolkerWessels and Reggeborgh by the Delta Development Group.
Houthoff Buruma advised Park 20|20 on the turnkey sale of the NOW office building in Hoofddorp to Standard Life Investments. On completion, the office building was leased to Swiss RE, Macaw and Sony. The purchase price for the NOW building was approximately EUR 22 million. SLI was advised by Loyens & Loeff.
Houthoff Buruma successfully represented Nationale Nederlanden (NN) in proceedings that were brought by the foundation Vereniging Woekerpolis.nl in relation to investment-linked insurance offered by NN. The court ruled that generally speaking NN had provided sufficient information on costs and premiums. It thus concurred with NN’s position that the provision of information to customers should be assessed against the regulations and system of standards that applied when the investment-linked insurance was offered. The court dismissed all of Vereniging Woekerpolis’s claims.
Houthoff Buruma advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the Phalaenopsis young plant business of SOGO Team Co. Ltd. SOGO is a Phalaenopsis young plant supplier located in Taiwan delivering plants to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa employing around 250 workers.
Houthoff Buruma advised BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. on 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 realise the promise of genomics-based diagnostics and personalised healthcare.
Houthoff Buruma advised DP Eurasia N.V. and its shareholders (Turkish Private Equity Fund II L.P. and CEO Aslan Saranga) on the IPO of Netherlands-based DP Eurasia N.V. as premium listed company on the London Stock Exchange. DP Eurasia is the exclusive master franchisee of the Domino's Pizza brand in Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The group offers pizza delivery, takeaway and eat-in facilities at its 571 stores. The IPO comprised both a primary and secondary offering of a total of 74.1 million shares, equating to an offer size of approximately £148 million. This represents 51% of DP Eurasia’s share capital on admission, excluding the over-allotment option (58.6% including full exercise of the over-allotment option). Securities issued by non-UK companies, such as DP Eurasia, cannot be held or transferred electronically (i.e. dematerialised) in the CREST system for a paperless settlement of trades in listed securities and are therefore settled in the form of depositary interests. The admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange took place on 3 July 2017.
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