Alexander Kaarls

Alexander Kaarls

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Alexander Kaarls is Head of the Corporate and has a particular focus on complex cross-border mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions, with 26 years' experience. He regularly advises clients on corporate governance, joint venture, securities regulatory compliance, and general cross-border matters.

Alexander has authored and co-authored articles published in, among others, the International Financial Law Review, the International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions, the International Law Practicum, the European Lawyer, Advocatenblad (the Netherlands Bar periodical) and Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht (a leading Dutch periodical on contract law).
  • “The ‘excellent’ Alexander Kaarls is lauded by a client for being ‘incredibly smart and analytical,’ and for handling ‘highly complex matters.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2020 Edition)
  • "He is always efficient and great in negotiations."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • “A source describes him as ‘available, responsive and solution-oriented.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • “Alexander Kaarls is ‘an exceptional professional with proven skills in any important legal field.’”
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2019 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2019 Edition)
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    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end capability (2018 edition)
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    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Debt (2018 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2018 Edition)
  • "He's a terrific lawyer, especially for private equity clients. He is wonderful for strategic thinking, he understands private equity really well and is hugely helpful." 
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2017 Edition)
  • "Quick, practical, reliable" practice head Alexander Kaarls is recommended in this years' edition. 
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2017 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate & M&A (2017 Edition)
  • "Recommended as a 'Leading Lawyer in practice areas Capital Markets: Equity and M&A'."
    IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)
Alexander is a member of the Netherlands Bar (since 1993) and the California Bar (since 2002). He joined Houthoff in 2004, after spending ten years practicing with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in London, Brussels and Palo Alto (California). 

Alexander has been ranked as the Netherlands' 'leading M&A lawyer' by the predominant Dutch M&A website and database OverFusies several times (based on total deal value).


  • Law (Leiden University)
  • Houthoff advised Redefine Properties Limited (listed on Johannesburg Stock Exchange) and European Logistics Investment B.V. (ELI) on the sale of 46.5% of the shares in ELI to Madison International Realty and 2% of the shares in ELI to Griffin Real Estate. Houthoff worked in close collaboration with Rymarz Zdort (formerly Weil, Gotshal & Manges) on this matter.
  • Houthoff advised Stryker Corporation on its $5.4 billion acquisition of Wright Medical Group N.V.
  • Advised Vitol on the sale to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) of a 10% interest in VTTI BV, the owner and operator of storage terminals in 14 countries, including amongst others the Netherlands and Belgium, with 60 million barrels of capacity. Vitol and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund will both own a 45% interest in VTTI.
  • Served as legal advisor to ECI Software Solutions, a leader in cloud-based business management solutions. ECI has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Netherlands-based Trivest Beheer B.V., a provider of smart vertical software solutions to the SME manufacturing sector. With this acquisition, Trivest’s nearly 3,000 customers and more than 300 employees will join ECI’s manufacturing division.

  • Houthoff advised Hexaware Technologies Ltd on the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity provides digital consulting services for the world’s leading brands, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka. Houthoff worked jointly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on this transaction.

  • Houthoff advised Hearst with the purchase of The History Channel Iberia from its A+E Networks joint-venture partner Disney. The History Channel Iberia operates Historia, Blaze and Crimen+Investigación, which are distributed in Spain, Portugal, Angola and Mozambique.

  • Advised Vivo Energy on a transaction with Engen which adds operations in eight new countries and 230 Engen-branded service stations to Vivo Energy's network.

  • Advised Vitol on its agreement with IFM Investors to acquire Buckeye Partners' 50% equity interest in VTTI, the leading global independent provider of energy storage. After completion, VTTI will be owned 50% by IFM Investors and 50% by Vitol.
  • Houthoff advised Nobia on the acquisition of Bribus Holding B.V., a Dutch kitchen supplier with annual sales of approximately EUR 65 million. Bribus was founded 90 years ago and is acquired from Bernhard ten Brinke, who remains in the company. 
  • 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 is advising Intel Corporation on its tender offer to acquire Mobileye N.V., which has its headquarters and main operations in Israel. Mobileye N.V. is incorporated under Dutch law and listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MBLY.N). The tender offer was announced on 13 March 2017 and valued Mobileye at USD 15.3 billion.
  • Assisting Elliott in inquiry proceedings at the Enterprise Chamber against the paints and chemical group AkzoNobel. Elliott is one of AkzoNobel’s largest shareholders, with an interest in AkzoNobel of more than 5%.
  • Advised Apollo Global Management, the leading private equity house, on the acquisition of the debt of the Netherlands based, internationally leading TV production firm Endemol, as well as on the subsequent debt-for-equity transaction, and on the combination of Endemol with 21st Century Fox’s TV production assets, and subsequent transactional matters.
  • Houthoff is advising Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) in its $40 Billion Merger with NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI).
  • Houthoff, jointly with Skadden, advised Netherlands-incorporated TMF Group and its shareholders DH Private Equity Partners and management on the (ultimately aborted) IPO of TMF Group on the London Stock Exchange (premium listing segment) and subsequently on the sale of TMF Group to CVC Capital Partners for EUR 1.75 billion.