Gerrit Oosterhuis

Gerrit Oosterhuis

Advocaat | Partner

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+32 2 507 98 13
+32 4 7394 8686

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Dutch
French
English
German

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Gerrit practices both Dutch and EU competition law, with an emphasis on merger notifications, cartel investigations, distribution practices and cases concerning abuse of dominance. He has a particular focus on the food sector.

Gerrit represents clients from a wide range of sectors, specifically food, consumer products, private equity and automotive. He also advises on compliance in relation to complex forms of cooperation, joint ventures and distribution systems, as well as preventing gun jumping. He has considerable experience with notifications of complex transactions to the competition authorities, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets and the European Commission, and coordinating such notifications in multiple jurisdictions. He is involved in all aspects of the notification process, which not only entails gaining a swift and accurate understanding of how the sector functions but also consistently taking into account the client’s interests and sensitivities of the competition authorities.

In relation to EU law, he handles cases on matters that are relevant for the agriculture and food sectors, such as the rules of origin and labelling.

  • “Clients highlight his ‘technical knowledge and commercial awareness,’ and describe him as ‘client-orientated, effective and pragmatic.’”
    Chambers Europe, Competition / European Law: Lawyers Based Abroad Netherlands (2019 Edition)
  • “Gerrit Oosterhuis, has ‘a solid legal knowledge combined with a very pragmatic and hands-on approach.’”
    Legal 500, EU and Competition (2019 Edition)

As regards notifications to the European Commission, Gerrit is part of the Houthoff team that in phase two of the process secured unconditional approval for TomTom’s acquisition of TeleAtlas. He also obtained approval for the establishment of a leading joint venture to lay submarine cables with Royal Boskalis and VSMC. A team he led recently obtained approval, following limited rememdies, from the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets for the acquisition of Bakkersland by Borgesius – creating the largest industrial baker in the Netherlands – and for the acquisition by Zwanenberg Food Group of a large Unilever production plant.

Gerrit regularly publishes in the Dutch law journal on EU law, the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Europees Recht, and the European Competition Journal. He is a member of the Dutch Competition Law Association, the Dutch Food Law Association and the International Bar Association. Gerrit is also a member of both the Amsterdam Bar Association and the Brussels Bar Association (EU list).

  • Houthoff advised the sole shareholder of the LOI, one the largest private educational institutions in the Netherlands, on the sale of the nearly 100-year-old family business to the NCOI, one of its close competitors.
  • 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 advised Sligro Food Group N.V. with the proposed acquisition of the shares in Exploitatiemaatschappij Wheere B.V. by Sligro Food Group Nederland B.V. This will include the activities of Vroegop Ruhe & Co B.V., consisting of food wholesaler De Kweker, Vroegop AGF and freight company L.A.J. Duncker.
  • Houthoff advised Navitas Capital on the sale and transfer of Partou to KidsFoundation. The owner of KidsFoundation – the English private equity firm Onex – will become the new owner of Partou, together with the Dutch private equity firm Waterland. Partou and KidsFoundation both provide child and toddler care services in the Netherlands, including day care, after-school care and pre-school/early childhood education facilities.
  • Advised Sandd in the sale and transfer of Sandd to PostNL for an amount of EUR 130 million. This transaction resulted in the acquisition of almost the entire postal market by PostNL.

  • 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 Sligro before the Rotterdam District Court in a procedure in which Sligro's competitors (through Maxxam) challenged the ACM's clearance of the acquisition by Sligro of a part of Heineken's wholesale activities. This matter concerns a rare appeal of a merger clearance decision, in which Maxxam challenged the methodology applied by the ACM. The District Court sided with the ACM and Sligro.
  • 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 (co-counsel to Kirkland&Ellis and Dechert LLP, M&A, VDD) advised Wyndham Worldwide Corp on the sale of its European vacation rental business (Landal part) to private equity firm Platinum Equity for approximately USD1.3 billion.
  • Houthoff represented Sandd in the acquisition of Van Straaten Post from its previous owners. The combined group is able to service the 24-, 48- and 72- hours postal market throughout the work week with national coverage. The acquisition is part of Sandd’s strategy to become a real alternative on the Dutch postal market.

  • 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 assisted the AMC and VUmc hospitals in obtaining the required approval from the Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) for an administrative merger. The approval enables the two Amsterdam-based university medical centres to cooperate on patient care, research, education and training without limitation. This will create the biggest university medical centre in the Netherlands.
  • Houthoff represented Varo Energy in the acquisition of United Fuel Groep BV, which resulted in the expansion of Varo Energy's retail network with 22 retail service stations in the Eastern Netherlands and wholesale and lubricants business activities.
  • A team from Houthoff led by Gerrit Oosterhuis secured clearance for the acquisition of an important production facility of Unilever by Zwanenberg, one of the leading Dutch producers of meat products.
  • 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.

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. International Law (cum laude) (Utrecht University)
  • LL.M. Dutch Law (cum laude) (Utrecht University)
  • Diploma (University College London)
  • Diploma EU Competition Law (King's College London)