Before joining Houthoff in 2015, Merel worked for the Amsterdam office of Allen & Overy LLP for eight years. She regularly teaches in on an array of company law subjects, including on the Professional Training Course for Civil-law Notaries. Merel is a member of the Royal Dutch Association of Civil-law Notaries.
Qualifications & Experience
- Grotius Academy specialisation course on Company Law and Business Law (cum laude)
- LL.M. Notarial Law (Leiden University)
Houthoff has advised Smart Holding B.V. in a transaction whereby Smart Holding agreed on the acquisition of all outstanding shares in the capital of Mascot Europe B.V. from its shareholder MagVat Holdings B.V.
Both Smart Holding, via its subsidiary Nedac Sorbo B.V., and Mascot Europe are, together with its respective affiliates, active as wholesalers in consumer goods.
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 H2 Equity Partners on its investment in TB&C Investments B.V. and TB&C Holding GmbH (TB&C). TB&C is a global supplier of hybrid components for automotive sunroofs.
Houthoff advised Hitachi Capital Corporation on the acquisition of 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 fleet of Noordlease consists of more than 10,000 cars. The transaction is part of Hitachi's strategy to expand its vehicle solution business in continental Europe.
Houthoff advised European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) with the exit of Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) and the acquisition of a majority stake in EPA by Spanish international news agency Agencia EFE, S.A.
Houthoff represented Söderberg & Partners in the acquisition of a stake in Floreijn Groep B.V., a Dutch financial service provider. The acquisition marks Söderberg & Partners’ first expansion outside the Nordic region. Söderberg & Partners is a leading independent advisor and provider of insurance and financial products, with one of the largest independent insurance analysis departments in Scandinavia.
Houthoff as local counsel, jointly with Morrison Foerster, advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Halex Holding GmbH and its subsidiaries to Bencis Capital Partners.
Houthoff's team was led by Bram Caudri and included among others Daphne van Boxtel, Merel Zwankhuizen, Sjoerd van der Meer.