Bram Caudri

Bram Caudri

Advocaat | Partner

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+31 10 217 24 75
+31 6 5161 7840

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Dutch
English
French
German
Hungarian
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Bram specialises in mergers and acquisitions (including corporate takeovers, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, and other types of collaborations). His work focuses on M&A transactions with an international dimension. He represents both domestic and foreign private equity and venture capital investors and strategic parties. In 2018, Bram won the M&A Award for Best M&A Lawyer Midmarket from Alex van Groningen, a leading M&A community in the Netherlands. He is a member of the International Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers.

  • “A client appreciates that ‘he is highly involved’ and ‘manages to walk alongside the client, highlighting the legal matters and how things can be solved.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • “Bram Caudri is described by clients as ‘analytical, clear and concise.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2019 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2019 Edition)
  • Best M&A Lawyer Midmarket
    M&A Awards 2018, Alex van Groningen
  • "'He is always mindful of our ultimate interest,' adding: 'He really goes the extra mile to become part of our team on a transaction, rather than just be an adviser'."
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2018 Edition)
  • "Bram Caudri is 'very knowledgeable, very clear'."
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2018 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2018 Edition)
  • "Private equity expert Bram Caudri is ‘someone you want on your side’."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2018 Edition)
  • Recognised Practitioner
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • "Bram Caudri is a ‘great negotiator, and creative in his solutions’." 
     
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • "Recommended as a 'Rising star in the practice area M&A'."
    IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • Dutch Law (Leiden University)
  • European and International Law (Leiden University / Università di Bologna)
  • Houthoff has advised Torqx Capital Partners on its acquisition of the majority of the shares in Sonic International (Hong Kong) Limited. Sonic International (Hong Kong) Limited and its subsidiaries are active in the business of development, marketing, sale and distribution of professional hand tools and storage solutions systems.
  • Houthoff advised Albert Westerman Groep B.V. and the management of State of Art on the sale of a majority stake in State of Art to Quadrum Capital. State of Art, with a rich history dating back to 1936, is headquartered in Lichtenvoorde. The company has 40 retail stores and more than 600 official dealers. The transaction was completed on 23 September 2019.

     


  • Houthoff assisted the shareholders of The Datacenter Group Nederland Holding B.V. (TDCG) with the sale of a majority stake in TDCG to investment institution DWS.

  • Houthoff, together with Valther, assisted Actual Leader Group, an important provider on the French flexible labour market, in acquiring a stake in the Dutch employment agency Flex Factory. This is an important step in the growth strategy of Actual Leader Group which envisages to grow 20% in its foreign activities on the European market.
  • Houthoff assisted Royal IHC in the sale of its subsidiary Vremac Cylinders to Vydraulics. Vremac Cylinders is a modern designer and manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders, swivels and piston accumulators. Its products are designed to operate in harsh conditions in the dredging, offshore, civil engineering (bridges and lock gates) and heavy machinery markets.

  • Houthoff advised Strik Bedrijven Beheer B.V. on the sale of 75% of the shares in Innovative Taste B.V. to Barentz International B.V.

  • Houthoff assisted Exact Group B.V. with the acquisition of the construction software company Bouw7 B.V.

  • Houthoff assisted Heimstaden AB with the indirect acquisition and financing of 9,544 residential units in the Netherlands at a purchase price of EUR 1.4 billion. Through this acquisition, Heimstaden has become the third largest private residential property owner in the Netherlands. This is the largest real estate transaction ever in the Netherlands in terms of the number of housing units.

  • Houthoff – together with Sidley Austin LLP – represented Wex Inc., a leading financial technology service provider, in connection with its planned acquisition of EG Group Limited’s GO Fuel Card business. The Go Fuel Card business is headquartered in Breda, Netherlands with approximately 200,000 proprietary cards in circulation across the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Luxembourg.

  • Houthoff assisted Kyocera Corporation with the acquisition of Van Aerden Group B.V. by its American subsidiary Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, Inc. The purchase agreement was signed on 1 February 2019, and on 1 March 2019, the shares were transferred. Van Aerden Group B.V. has been renamed Kyocera Aerfast Europe B.V.
  • Houthoff, together with Nishimura & Asahi, represented OAT Agrio Co. Ltd. ("OAT") in the acquisition of Blue Wave Holding B.V., the holding company of Chrysal International. Chrysal is engaged in the field of producing, selling and distributing branded and private label post-harvest flower care and nutrient products.

  • Houthoff has advised IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in 2Connect and its (indirect) Romanian and China based subsidiaries from its founder.

  • Houthoff advised Nuclear Research Group (NRG) on the sale of its dosimetry services division to Mirion Technologies.

  • Houthoff advised the shareholders (Waterland Private Equity and management) on the sale of the Infradata group to IK Investment Partners
  • Houthoff represented Simadan in the sale of its businesses to Parcom Capital and John Swire & Sons. Parcom Capital will acquire the businesses Noba and Rotie. John Swire & Sons will acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam, Tankstorage Amsterdam and Cleaning & Services Amsterdam, a cleaning terminal for (bulk) trucks. The transactions are subject to Dutch and UK antitrust clearance.
  • Houthoff represented Klaas Puul in its merger with Foppen Groep. Both Foppen and Klaas Puul are well known business in the salmon and shrimp processing industry and have long histories as family owned businesses in the food industry. The businesses have been in existence for respectively 100 and 50 years.

  • Houthoff advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Reparenco, a Dutch paper and recycling business, to Smurfit Kappa Group plc for a cash consideration of approximately €460 million. Smurfit Kappa Group plc is one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas.

  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Boal in the sale of a majority stake in Boal Group to Equistone Partners Europe. Headquartered in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, BOAL Group has 48 years of experience in designing and manufacturing aluminium roofing and sidewall systems for greenhouses and holds a market leading position in the horticultural greenhouse industry. It also supplies the construction, engineering, and transport sectors with aluminium extrusions.
  • Houthoff advises Tofane Global on the acquisition of iBasis from KPN. This acquisition is the first milestone in the intended strategy of the Paris-based company. By means of acquisitions and digital transitions, Tofane Global aims to become the market leader in worldwide telephone services. After the completion of the acquisition, Tofane Global and iBasis will continue to work with KPN as strategic partners.
  • 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.
  • Advising H2 Equity partners on the sale of its majority stake in its portfolio company Dümmen Orange to BC Partners. Dümmen Orange is a leading breeder of cut flowers and potted plants with production in Europe, Central America and East Africa. The transaction is a subject to regulatory approvals and it is expected to be closed in the coming months.
  • 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.

  • Houthoff advised JAC Capital, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned investment company JIC, and Wise Road Capital, as lead counsel on the USD 2.75 billion acquisition of the Standard Products business from NXP Semiconductors, one of the semiconductor market leaders worldwide. The transaction is waiting for approval from amongst others of the European Commission, Federal Trade Commission (US), CFIUS and the Chinese Ministry of Trade.
  • Houthoff advised ABN Amro Participaties on the sale of the Kuiken Groep to the Belgian trade company SMT Group. Kuiken Groep is a Dutch distributor of earthmoving machines and cranes.

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