Anne Alkemade

Anne Alkemade

Advocaat | Senior Associate

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Dutch
English

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Anne specialises in financial transactions, in particular in relation to asset-based and acquisition financing. She advises large Dutch and international companies on a broad range of company law and financing-related matters in a cross-border context.

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Company Law (Leiden University)
  • LL.B. Civil Law (Leiden University)

  • Houthoff advised Hannover Leasing on the acquisition of the property 'The Cloud' in Amsterdam by means of a share deal. The transfer took place on 15 December 2017. The building was redeveloped recently and is leased to Uber, Amazon, Spaces and @Leisure. 
  • Houthoff recently advised on the acquisition of the shares in the IEF portfolio by a consortium led by CBRE Global Investors (three institutional investors from the Netherlands, plus CBRE Dutch Retail Fund). IEF is a joint venture formed by Bouwfonds Investment Management and IEF Capital. The portfolio consists of 31 Dutch retail properties (mostly flagship stores), including the well-known Dutch retail chains HEMA and de Bijenkorf. The deal was valued at more than one billion euros. As well as overseeing the share purchase, Houthoff was also hired to advise on the financial arrangements by the banks financing the deal: ING, ABN AMRO and BerlinHyp. In all, Houthoff had a team of more than 50 staff working on the deal.

  • Houthoff 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 iBOOD.com.
  • Houthoff advised a Dutch media company and publisher of daily newspapers and its shareholders in respect of its debt restructuring and subsequent buy out.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised Kuiken Groep in respect of the refinancing of its credit facilities.
  • Houthoff 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.
  • 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.
  • Royal IHC has acquired SAS Offshore, which is based in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. SAS Offshore is specialised in designing and manufacturing high quality deck equipment for the offshore oil and gas market. This acquisition enables IHC to further secure its position as a supplier of reliable integrated offshore systems and integrated vessels in this sector.
    Royal IHC furthermore acquired a majority stake in Brastec Technologies, based in Brazil. Brastec Technologies designs and builds value-added, tailor-made production lines for the production of umbilicals and flexible pipes. This transaction fulfils two important elements of IHC business strategy: a foothold in the important Brazilian market; and the acquisition of Dutch-based SAS Offshore, which was fully owned by Brastec Technologies.

    Houthoff advised IHC on this transaction, together with a team from Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice.
  • Advised BC Partners on a senior facilities agreement arranged by Royal Bank of Canada and UBS in connection with the acquisition of Dümmen Orange.
  • Advised Petrobras Global Trading B.V. in respect of various finance transactions, including USD5 billion term loan facility with China Development Bank Corporation.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised Petrobras Global Trading B.V. on various financial transactions which include 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..
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised Xinhuanet.com in all Dutch-law aspects in connection with its successful IPO at the Shanghai stock exchange. Established in 1997, Xinhuanet.com is a comprehensive news and information service-oriented website with Xinhua News Agency as its sponsor.
  • Houthoff advised Yealink Network Technology Corp Ltd on the Dutch law aspects of its successful IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Founded in 2001, Yealink is a leading global unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider that primarily offers video conferencing systems and voice communication solutions.

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