Bram Caudri

Bram Caudri

Advocaat | Partner

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+31 10 217 24 75
+31 6 5161 7840

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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 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.
  • Houthoff assisted the three shareholders of the food ingredients supplier Acatris with the sale of 100% of the shares in Acatris Beheer B.V. to Caldic Ingredients B.V. This creates the opportunity for Acatris to geographically expand its own ingredient blends via the international Caldic distribution channels.
  • 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.
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, acquired Phenom-World, a leader in desktop scanning electron microscopy (SEM) solutions. Thermo Fisher will integrate the business into Thermo Fisher's Analytical Instruments segment. Based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Phenom-World delivers desktop SEMs, and imaging and analysis packages, for research and industrial markets. The addition of Phenom World's leading desktop SEM platform strengthens Thermo Fisher's leadership in electron microscopy.
  • Houthoff represented Argos Soditic in the acquisition of the Future Group, consisting of the following four business groups operating in the public and financial sector: the Talenter group, PLANgroep, Human Capital Group and Future Communication. This matter is particularly significant for Argos Soditic as it signifies Argos Soditic's first presence in the Netherlands.
  • Houthoff advised DeepOcean in the acquisition of the Searov Offshore SAS. Searov, established in 2008, is an agile and cost effective Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) service provider with a strong focus on West Africa. The company owns and operates ROVs from its operating bases in Pointe Noire, Congo and Port Gentil, Gabon.
  • Houthoff advised Media Markt – Saturn on the establishment of a joint venture with Talpa, Juke Nederland B.V. Juke has launched an online on-demand music streaming service offering unlimited access to songs, playlists and radio content.
  • Advised Parcom Capital, leader in a consortium with Pon Holdings, on the acquisition of Imtech Marine. Imtech Marine is specialised in installation work in the shipbuilding industry. Imtech Marine is part of Royal Imtech, a listed technical solutions company with an annual turnover of EUR 4 billion that went bankrupt in August 2015.
  • Advised H2 Equity Partners in the acquisition of a number of industry leaders

    In the past 12 months our team advised H2 Equity Partners:
    - on the acquisition of a majority stake in Myler, a market leading, rapidly growing online staffing platform for highly educated, independent (IT) professionals. (June 2015)
    - on the acquisition of Jenrick, a staffing company of independent professionals focused on the IT segment. (June 2015)
    - on the acquisition on the Brink Group B.V., one of the global market leaders in towing systems in all major Western European aftermarkets and internationally to all major car manufacturers, from Nordic Capital. (June 2015)
    - advised Dümmen Orange, a portfolio company of H2 Equity Partners, on the acquisition of Florexpo, a leading specialist in the production of perennials, herbs and annuals. (July 2015)
  • Advised Symphony Technology Group on the sale of quCare Solutions to NEXUS.
  • Royal IHC has acquired SAS Offshore, which is based in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. SAS Offshore is specialised in designing and manufacturing high quality deck equipment for the offshore oil and gas market. This acquisition enables IHC to further secure its position as a supplier of reliable integrated offshore systems and integrated vessels in this sector.
  • Houthoff assisted Alcogroup, Vanden Avenne Commodities and Vandema in the purchase of the bio-ethanol factory of Abengoa Bioenergy Netherlands in Rotterdam, which was declared bankrupt earlier this year due to financial problems of the Spanish parent company Abengoa S.A. The transaction is subject to permission being granted by the relevant competition authorities.
  • Houthoff advised H2 Equity Partners on the EUR 91.5 million sale of its portfolio company Isero to merchanting and DIY group Grafton, an Irish company listed on the London Stock Exchange. The acquisition is the group’s largest to date in continental Europe. Isero is a specialist distributor of tools and fixings in the Netherlands, and trades from 38 branches under the Gerritse, Breur Ceintuurbaan and Van der Winkel brands.
  • 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 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 investment firm H2 Equity Partners on the acquisition of an interest in shrimp processing market leader Klaas Puul. The firm has its head office in the Netherlands and has production locations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Morocco. Together with the founders, the Mooijer family, and the management, H2 Equity Partners aims at realising Klaas Puul's improvement and growth potential.
  • 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, together with Alston & Bird, advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture, a US-based wholesale plant brokerage firms, to fulfil its strategic ambition for enhanced distribution and customer reach. 
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised JAC Capital, a subsidiary of JIC Capital - a Chinese state-owned investment company, as a lead counsel on the USD 1.8 billion acquisition of the RF Power Business (radio frequency power amplifiers), from NXP Semiconductors, a Dutch semiconductor manufacturer and one of the semiconductor sales leaders worldwide. The transaction is waiting for their approval of The European Commission, The Federal Trade Commission (US) and Chinese Ministry of Trade.
  • 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 assisted the sellers (among whom, H2 Equity Partners and ABN AMRO Participaties) in the sale of Evenementenhal to Artexis Easyfairs.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the Phalaenopsis young plant business of SOGO Team Co. Ltd. SOGO is a Phalaenopsis young plant supplier located in Taiwan delivering plants to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa employing around 250 workers.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the Calla business of Golden State Bulb Growers Inc. and G. Geerlings & Zonen B.V. and the Calla breeding Sande companies. Pursuant to this series of acquisitions, Dümmen Orange was able to establish itself as a global leader in Calla breeding.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the business of Grow-Tech LLC, a world wide developer and manufacturer of grow plugs and microgreen growing media.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of De Eeuwige Lente B.V. The target company specialises in breeding, propagation through cuttings and rooting. Over the years the company has specialised increasingly in Saintpaulia, with Euphorbia Milii a relatively recent addition to its product range.
  • Houthoff advised, together with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, TeliaSonera in connection with the divestment of its interest in the Nepalese operator Ncell to Axiata for USD 1,030 million on a cash and debt free basis. At the same time, TeliaSonera will dissolve its economic interests in the 20 percent local ownership and receives approximately USD 48 million. The transactions are conditional on each other and subject to regulatory approval.
  • 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 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 is serving as local counsel to Tencent Holdings Ltd which, together with Navinfo and Rocco Ventures, plans to buy a 10% stake in Netherlands-based HERE International B.V. The target company offers the HERE Open Location Platform and is a leading provider of global online mapping and navigation services. Houthoff is working in tandem with Morrison Foerster on this case.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on its acquisition of Max Roots and Quick Plug. Quick Plug is a global supplier of various concepts for growers and propagators within the horticulture sector.

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