Sanne specialises in banking and financing transactions, and acts for both Dutch and foreign borrowers and lenders. She has been closely involved in the successful closing of different national and cross-border financing transactions, including acquisitions, project financing and asset-based financing, high-yielding notes and bond issues.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Grotius Academy specialist course on Financing & Securities (Leiden University)
Houthoff advised Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de Bouwnijverheid (BpfBOUW), the fourth largest pension fund in the Netherlands, managing assets of approximately EUR 55 billion, on several legal matters concerning its relationship with APG. The advice pertained to, among other things, the legal documentation of the asset management, fund management and fiduciary and other advisory services provided by APG to BpfBOUW on an ongoing basis. The advice also covered the negotiations on a new Dutch law fiduciary management agreement with APG.
Advised the OpenIJ consortium, consisting of BAM, Volker Wessels, DIF and PGGM, on the EUR480 million+ financing of its successful bid for the new sealocks at IJmuiden.
This matter is particularly significant because when completed, these will be the largest sealocks in the world. Also, the IJmond project is the first large ‘wet’ infrastructure PPP project in the Netherlands to reach financial close. The IJmond project won Project Finance International (PFI)’s Europe PPP Deal of the Year 2015.
Advised LM Wind Power on its additional issuance of NOK475 million senior secured floating rate due 2020 and its credit facilities. These notes were issued in addition to it EUR130 million notes due March 2019.
Advised Cicerone Fund on the acquisition of the long-term leasehold of the Waterstones flagship store located in Piccadilly, London for GBP 92 million from Meyer Bergman. The transaction has been undertaken by Cicerone Holding BV, which is the fully-owned Dutch subsidiary of the fund.
Advised Goodyear on its EUR 250 million eight year high yield senior unsecured notes issuance. Goodyear is a market leader in the manufacture, distribution and sale of tires for global distribution markets and engages in automotive, vehicle parts, rubber and polymer-related businesses.
Advised Entertainment One on its GBP285 million senior secured notes issuance and amended credit and guaranty facility. Entertainment One is a leading international entertainment company specialising in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content.
Houthoff advised investment firm H2 Equity Partners on the acquisition of an interest in fixed base flight simulator producer Multi Pilot Simulations B.V. The company has its head office in the Netherlands with a production location in Germany. H2 will support the existing MPS management team in its growth plans.