Jasmijn Harms

Jasmijn Harms

Kandidaat-notaris | Associate

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+31 10 217 25 08
+31 6 1315 7203

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Dutch
English

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Jasmijn specialises in advising Dutch and international companies on notarial company law, and in particular on mergers and acquisitions. She also advises companies on setting up corporate structures and joint ventures, corporate governance, and reorganisations.

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. and LL.B. Notarial Law (Utrecht University)

  • Houthoff represented Odin Groep B.V. in the acquisition of Winvision Holding B.V., an IT service provider with a focus on health care, local government, education and infrastructure companies, from its previous founders.

  • Houthoff represented the sellers of Kompas International, a provider of trust and corporate services, in their divestment of Kompas International to Praxis IFM, one of the largest independent and owner-managed financial services groups headquartered in the Channel Islands.

  • Houthoff represented Sandd in the acquisition of Van Straaten Post from its previous owners. The combined group is able to service the 24-, 48- and 72- hours postal market throughout the work week with national coverage. The acquisition is part of Sandd’s strategy to become a real alternative on the Dutch postal market.

  • Houthoff has advised tesa SE on the acquisition of shares in the capital of  Nijkerk-based Polymount International B.V. from its current shareholders. Polymount is active in the business of developing, manufacturing and sale of a producer of self-adhesive ‘twinlock’ sleeves used in printing presses. The new combined infrastructure of Polymount’s Twinlock division and tesa will create opportunities for synergy and growth on a global scale.

  • 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 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.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of De Eeuwige Lente B.V. The target company specialises in breeding, propagation through cuttings 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 founders Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf in the sale of record label Spinnin' Records to Warner Music Group.

    Spinnin' Records was founded in 1999 and found fame with artists such as Armand van Helden, Fedde le Grand, Afrojack and Martin Solveigh.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the Phalaenopsis young plant business of SOGO Team Co. Ltd. SOGO is a Phalaenopsis young plant supplier located in Taiwan delivering plants to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa employing around 250 workers.
  • Houthoff advised, together with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in connection with the dissolution of its global alliance with Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd (Dunlop). Both companies belong to the world's largest tire producers and their alliance, which was formed in 1999, primarily consisted of four joint venture operating companies, one each in North America and Europe (Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe B.V.), and two in Japan. Goodyear agreed to initially pay $271 million to Sumitomo and $55 million for the existing debt in three years’ time.
  • Representing Tele2, together with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, on the creation of a joint venture with Kazakhtelecom that will combine Tele2 Kazakhstan with Altel, Kazakhtelecom’s mobile business and the operator of the country’s only 4G network. Tele2 Kazakhstan and Altel are, respectively, the third and the fourth largest mobile operators in Kazakhstan, and the combined business will have a market share of around 22%. Both operating entities will be owned via a joint venture holding company incorporated in the Netherlands. In the context of the transaction, Tele2 will also purchase Asianet’s existing 49% stake in Tele2 Kazakhstan for an upfront consideration and a future earn-out equivalent to an 18% economic interest in the joint venture. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.
  • Advised China Construction Bank on the setting up of its Amsterdam branch. This Dutch branch of China Construction Bank is under the management of China Construction Bank (Europe) S.A., which is located in Luxembourg.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on its acquisition of Max Roots and Quick Plug. Quick Plug is a global supplier of various concepts for growers and propagators within the horticulture sector.
  • Houthoff advised Reggeborgh on the IPO of Koninklijke VolkerWessels on Euronext Amsterdam and advised both Reggeborgh and Koninklijke VolkerWessels on all governance-related matters. This included 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 is wholly owned by the Wessels family, is still a majority shareholder. The Wessels family intends to become a long-term minority shareholder of VolkerWessels over time. VolkerWessels was listed on Euronext on 12 May 2017. Reggeborgh sold 25 million shares (31.25%), valuing the company at EUR 1.84 billion. This IPO was the largest in Europe to date in 2017 (outside of technology listings).

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