Advocaat | Associate
Gijs specialises in general insurance law and financial market regulation. He advises clients on the regulations applicable to financial products, investing in the regulated market, and other financial regulatory matters, with a special focus on cases involving the Dutch financial regulators (the AFM and DNB). He also specialises on matters concerning insurer liability. Gijs is also experienced in advising on and coordinating national and international M&A transactions (including private acquisitions, management buy-outs, joint ventures and other strategic partnerships).
Qualifications & Experience
- LL.M. Commercial Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
- LL.B. Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Houthoff 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 advised Active Capital Company on the acquisition of a 70% majority stake 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. In addition 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.
Houthoff advised Active Capital Company on its acquisition of all shares in the capital of Codi Group B.V. (previously Cogitandum B.V.), a producer and distributor of nonwovens for personal care, household and the medical industry also known as 'wet-wipes'.
Houthoff assisted Alcogroup, Vanden Avenne Commodities and Vandema in the purchase of the bio-ethanol factory of Abengoa Bioenergy Netherlands in Rotterdam, which was declared bankrupt earlier this year due to financial problems of the Spanish parent company Abengoa S.A. The transaction is subject to permission being granted by the relevant competition authorities.
Houthoff assisted the sellers (among whom, H2 Equity Partners and ABN AMRO Participaties) in the sale of Evenementenhal to Artexis Easyfairs.