Michiel Wesseling

Michiel Wesseling

Advocaat | Partner




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Michiel specialises in domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity. He also advises on company law, joint ventures and management buy-outs. Michiel regularly acts as mediator and adviser in disputes between directors, supervisory directors and shareholders. Since 2004 he has been heading Houthoff's China Team. He is also one of the initiators and supervisor of the Houthoff Incubator Programme. Michiel is a member of the International Bar Association and the Dutch Association for Securities Law. He is also a member of the Guild Fund of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the supervisory board of Child & Youth Finance International.

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Michiel Wesseling was a managing partner of Houthoff from 2001 to 2007. He was also a board member and later chair of Lex Mundi, the world's largest international network of independent law firms (with over 22,000 affiliated lawyers, tax advisers and civil-law notaries).

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Civil Law (Leiden University)
  • 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.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe Ltd., (former Barclays Private Equity) on the acquisition of all shares of the Unlimited Footwear Group, a group of companies consisting of Shoes Unlimited, Trend Design and Star Collections.
    Equistone’s investment in Unlimited Footwear Group represents an attractive opportunity for new partnerships with third-party brands and scope to increase further market penetration in North America as well as Central and Southern Europe.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe Ltd., (former Barclays Private Equity) on the acquisition of all shares of the Unlimited Footwear Group, a group of companies consisting of Shoes Unlimited, Trend Design and Star Collections.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe Ltd. on the sale of MPS Meat Processing Systems, the leading company for the manufacturing of slaughtering machines, to Marel for EUR 382 million.
  • Houthoff advised one of the shareholders groups in Cygne BV on the sale of Nidera Capital NV to Cofco Corporation. Nidera is a major international agribusiness and trading company with annual turnover of USD 18.5 billion in 2015. Nidera has domestic and internal operations in 19 major export and import countries and distributes its products to more than 60 countries in the world.
  • Advised BC Partners on the acquisition of Dümen Orange Group, a leading Dutch global top-3 player in vegetative breeding and propagation of cut flowers, pot plants and bedding plants for an amount of approximately EUR 500 million.
  • Advised Reach Energy Berhad, a large player in the Asian oil and gas industry and listed at the Malasian stock exchange, on the acquisition of a majority stake of 60% in Palaeontol B.V. from MIE Holdings Corporation, a Chinese company listed in Hong Kong for EUR 143 million. The transaction is still subject to closing.
  • Houthoff advised Qingdao Port International (QPI) on the establishment of a joint venture with APM Terminals (part of the Maersk group). Through the joint venture QPI acquires indirectly 9.9% in both of a reefer terminal and a container terminal at the port of Vado Ligure in Italy. QPI is listed in Hong Kong. The joint venture marks QPI’s first step in its expansion into the overseas terminal business.
  • Advised Xiamen Airlines on the setting up of its Amsterdam office. It is an important milestone for its international development as the Xiamen - Amsterdam route is the first intercontinental route for Xiamen Airlines.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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.