Guillette van Grinsven
Guillette specialises in mergers and acquisitions that involve private acquisitions, management buy-outs, restructurings and joint ventures. Her work also involves advising on Dutch company law and corporate governance. Guillette works for clients in various sectors, including private equity funds, institutional investors and strategic parties. In 2016, Guillette won the Best Young Professionals Law Award, and was one of the founders of Rot.Jong (a network for young professionals). In 2018, Guillette was seconded to the Private Equity Team of Sidley Austin LLP in London.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
- Grotius Academy specialist course on Company Law & Business Law (cum laude)
- Law Firm School (cum laude)
- LL.M. Company Law (cum laude) (Utrecht University)
- LL.B. Law (Utrecht University)
Houthoff advised Söderberg & Partners with the acquisition of a minority stake in Kröller Boom Assurantiën B.V. Kröller Boom, founded in 2005, has an annual turnover of EUR 5 million and employs 20 employees. The insurance broker offers insurances against fire, liability and cybercrime to medium-sized companies. The transaction is still subject to AFM approval.
Houthoff assisted Söderberg & Partners with the acquisition of a minority stake in Herenvest Groep Beheer B.V. Herenvest Group consists of four advisory companies: Herenvest, Herenvest Corporate, Expat Mortgages and Inside Case Management. Herenvest is an independent financial advisory firm, specialised in the business market. The transaction is still subject to AFM approval.
Houthoff advised a.s.r., a large Dutch insurance company, on the acquisition of VvAA Levensverzekeringen, the life insurance business of VvAA Groep. The life insurance portfolio comprises approximately 18,000 policies. The annual premium income is EUR 28m, and the technical provisions amount to EUR 430m. In addition to a multi-year life insurance partnership, VvAA and a.s.r. also intend to further expand the services to VvAA members.
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 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 – 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.