Houthoff Buruma advised Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de Bouwnijverheid ("BpfBOUW"), the fourth largest pension fund in the Netherlands with assets under management of approximately € 55 billion, on several legal matters concerning its relationship with APG. The advice pertained to, among other things, the legal documentation of the asset management, fund management and fiduciary and other advisory services provided by APG to BpfBOUW on an ongoing basis. The advice also covered the negotiations on a new Dutch law fiduciary management agreement with APG.
Houthoff Buruma advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the Calla business of Golden State Bulb Growers Inc. and G. Geerlings & Zonen B.V. and the Calla breeding Sande companies. Pursuant to this series of acquisitions, Dümmen Orange was able to create establish a global leader in Calla breeding.
Dassault Systèmes, a developer of 3D design and engineering software, acquired AITAC B.V., which, together with its subsidiaries, develops marine and offshore engineering software.
The acquisition allows Dassault Systèmes to strengthen its marine and offshore portfolio.
Houthoff Buruma advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the business of Grow-Tech LLC, a world wide developer and manufacturer of grow plugs and microgreen growing media.
Houthoff Buruma advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of De Eeuwige Lente B.V. De Eeuwige Lente B.V. specialises in breeding, cuttings propagation and rooting. Over the years the company has specialised increasingly in Saintpaulia, with Euphorbia Milii a relatively recent addition to its product range.
Houthoff Buruma advised the underwriters (Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale, Raiffeisen and WOOD & Company) on the IPO of Netherlands-based Digi Communications N.V. on the Regulated Spot Market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. Digi Communications is the controlling shareholder of RCS & RDS S.A., a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Hungary. The IPO comprised an offer of class B ordinary shares by existing shareholders. Each class B ordinary share confers the right to cast one vote. The company also has class A ordinary shares which did not form part of the offer and which are not admitted to trading. Each class A ordinary share confers the right to cast ten votes. The class B ordinary shares have the same dividend rights to the class A ordinary shares. The shares were admitted to trading on 16 May 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.
Houthoff Buruma advised Reggeborgh on the IPO of Koninklijke VolkerWessels on Euronext Amsterdam and advised both Reggeborgh and Koninklijke VolkerWessels on all governance matters relating thereto, such as 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 his wholly-owned by the Wessels family, is still a majority shareholder. It intends to become a long-term minority shareholder of the company over time. Listing of and first trading in the shares on commenced on Friday 12 May 2017. Reggeborgh sold 25 million shares (31.25%), valuing the company at 1.84 billion. This IPO was the largest in Europe to date in 2017 (other than technical listings).
Houthoff Buruma represented Eli Global, LLC in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix N.V.
Houthoff Buruma advised Active Capital Company on the acquisition of a majority stake of 70% per cent 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. Next 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.
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