Cherlene Blankson

Cherlene Blankson

Advocaat | Associate

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English

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Cherlene specialises in national and international mergers and acquisitions (including company acquisitions, joint ventures and other types of partnerships) and represents both private equity and strategic parties.

Qualifications & Experience 

  • LL.M. European Law School (Maastricht University)
  • LL.M. Dutch Private Law (Maastricht University)
  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Boal in the sale of a majority stake in Boal Group to Equistone Partners Europe. Headquartered in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, BOAL Group has 48 years of experience in designing and manufacturing aluminium roofing and sidewall systems for greenhouses and holds a market leading position in the horticultural greenhouse industry. It also supplies the construction, engineering, and transport sectors with aluminium extrusions. The production of its high-performance products is underpinned by its in-house experience, know-how, innovation and aluminium extrusion capabilities across its sites in the Netherlands (‘s-Gravenzande, Maasdijk, De Lier) and the UK(Shepshed). BOAL Group currently employs c.370 people and generated revenues of c.€155m in 2017.

  • Headquartered in the Netherlands and with more than 75 years of towbar expertise, the Brink Group works closely with OEMs on various programs and also serves the Aftermarket segment of the towing and trailering industry. The Brink Group produces nearly one million towbars annually, and the Brink Group’s products can be found on approximately 25 million vehicles worldwide. The Brink Group currently operates nine facilities in eight countries around the globe.
     
    With annual revenue of approximately $150 million, the Brink Group’s addition to the Horizon Global portfolio will support the Company’s industry-leading manufacturing and product innovation capabilities. After the acquisition, Horizon Global will be well positioned to provide a robust and respected product portfolio that will more effectively serve its global customers across the OEM, OES, Aftermarket and Retail channels.

    The parties expect to complete the transaction by the end of the second quarter 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.
     
  • Houthoff represented Argos Soditic in the acquisition of the Future Group, consisting of the following four business groups operating in the public and financial sector: the Talenter group, PLANgroep, Human Capital Group and Future Communication. This matter is particularly significant for Argos Soditic as it signifies Argos Soditic's first presence in the Netherlands.
  • Houthoff 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 establish itself as a global leader in Calla breeding.
  • Paul, Weiss together with Houthoff advised Apollo Global Investment in the 80.1% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components and automotive lighting. Philips will retain the remaining 19.9% interest in Lumileds.
  • Houthoff advised investment firm H2 Equity Partners on the acquisition of an interest in shrimp processing market leader Klaas Puul. The firm has its head office in the Netherlands and has production locations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Morocco. Together with the founders, the Mooijer family, and the management, H2 Equity Partners aims at realising Klaas Puul's improvement and growth potential.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of Olij Roses International and Olij Breeding. This integration will enable Dümmen Orange to expand its assortment within the roses product group, giving it access to a wider sales network. Olij’s activities in the field of breeding, propagation and production of plant material in South America, Africa and the Netherlands offer opportunities to achieve maximum customer value and bring more innovations into the market for growers.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of Hobaho from FloraHolland. Hobaho specializes in auction, brokerage and breeding of flower bulbs. The addition of Hobaho broadens the offering of products within the Dümmen Orange assortment via existing sales channels.
  • 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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