Houthoff Buruma is advising the (public) shareholder of Delta N.V. (Province of Zeeland e.a.) on the restructuring and split of Delta N.V., including nuclear, wholesale, retail and grid operating business.
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.
Hitachi Capital Corporation acquired all the shares in the capital of Noordlease Holding B.V., a Groningen based company that provides high quality auto lease solutions for both private and business clients. The total car park of Noordlease exists out of more than 10.000 cars. The transaction is part of Hitachi's strategy to expand its vehicle solution business in continental Europe.
Houthoff Buruma advised the international asset management company Fidelity International on its entrance in the Dutch pension market. In collaboration with i-Pension Solutions Fidelity International recently started offering a pension product under the name Fidelity Future Wise.
Houthoff Buruma was involved in the drafting of the various agreements. Additionally Houthoff Buruma assisted Fidelity International in obtaining a license as a financial services provider from the AFM. The latter was necessary because extensive consultation with the AFM showed that the existing licenses of Fidelity International were not sufficient for the provision of this particular product (premium pension claims) in the Netherlands. It is reported that Fidelity International is the first party that has been granted a license specifically for this purpose.
Houthoff Buruma advised Dümmen Orange on its acquisition of Max Roots and Quick Plug, a global supplier of various concepts for growers and propagators.
Houthoff Buruma advised H2 Equity Partners on its investment in TB&C Investments B.V. and TB&C Holding GmbH (“TB&C”), a global supplier of hybrid components for automotive sunroofs.
Houthoff Buruma advised Stichting Bedrijfspensioenfonds voor het Bakkersbedrijf ("Bpf Bakkers"), a Dutch pension fund with assets under management of approximately € 3.5 billion, on the appointment of NN Investment Partners as their new integrated (fiduciary) asset manager. This transaction included the preparation of, and negotiations about, a Dutch law fiduciary management agreement based on Bpf Bakker's own template.
Houthoff Buruma as local counsel, jointly with Morrison Foerster, advised Tencent Holdings Ltd on a transaction whereby Tencent, together with Navinfo and Rocco Ventures, plans to buy a 10% stake in Netherlands-based HERE International B.V., the Open Location Platform company and a leading global online mapping and navigation provider.
Houthoff advised Bank Insinger de Beaufort in the process whereby Bank Insinger de Beaufort was acquired by KBL European Private Bankers. KBL intends to merge Bank Insinger de Beaufort with its subsidiary Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers. The merger will create a new private bank with more than EUR 20 billion of assets under management.
Houthoff Buruma represented Vitol and Helios Investment Partners, jointly with Vinson & Elkins on its acquisition of Shell’s 20% shareholding in Amsterdam-baesd Vivo Energy for USD 250m. On completion, Vivo will be owned 100% by Vitol and Helios, although Vivo will continue to operate under the Shell brand.
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