Jan-Paul van der Hoek

Advocaat | Partner



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Jan-Paul specialises in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, in particular leveraged and management buy-outs, private equity investments and joint ventures. He also advises on complex joint ventures and corporate governance. His clients include large multinationals, private equity firms, family offices, institutional investors, major financial institutions and industrial and technology-driven companies, both listed and unlisted. He was named one of the most active M&A lawyers in the Netherlands and was recently named the best M&A lawyer in the Netherlands (by the largest Dutch publisher: SDU). Jan-Paul was born in England, where he completed part of his studies at Cambridge. He joined Houthoff at the end of 1995 and was made a partner in 2004. From 1999 to 2000 he was seconded to the Project Finance department of a large firm in London. Jan-Paul regularly lectures on company law (including at the VU Law Academy and Radboud University Nijmegen). He has been the head of the Corporate & M&A practice group since 2014. 

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    "He is very practical, smart and knows how to work as part of a team. He is very accessible and provides excellent counsel throughout the deal."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end capability (2018 edition)
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    "Clients regard him as a 'seasoned corporate and M&A lawyer with wide-ranging transactional skills'."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end capability & Private Equity (2018 edition)
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    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2018 Edition)
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    "Clients say he 'clearly stood out for his pragmatism and professionalism; he was also very quick in coming up with solutions'."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2017 Edition)
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    "He has outstanding technical knowledge, is solid in negotiations and is a creative thinker." 
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
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    Recommended as a 'Leading Lawyer in practice areas Private equity and M&A'.
    IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate & M&A (2017 Edition)
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    "Jan-Paul van der Hoek has experience assisting clients with a wide range of corporate and M&A transactions. Clients appreciate his 'good understanding of corporate deals'." 
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A (2016 Edition)
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    "Clients describe him as 'likeable but tough when required; he knows what is important, and is knowledgeable on all aspects'."
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2016 Edition)
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    "Jan-Paul is ‘very hands-on and experienced’."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate & M&A (2016 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Private Equity (2016 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge,
  • Business Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Private Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Houthoff represented The Datacenter Group in the acquisition of two data centers from Rabo Bouwfonds Communication Infrastructure Fund and the refinancing of The Datacenter Group.

  • Houthoff advised the shareholders of Marvesa on the sale of the Marvesa oils & Fats business to private equity fund Parcom Capital. Marvesa is a supplier of components (oils and fats) for animal compound feed and supplies biomass products for the production of energy.

  • Houthoff represented Active Capital Company in the sale of FTNON, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of food processing equipment specialized for the fresh cut and thermal treatment of fruit and vegetables, to JBT Corporation, a US-based leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food processing and air transportation industries. FTNON's USA and China based subsidiaries were, as part of this transaction, sold directly to JBT.

  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Plaxinvest B.V. on the sale of their interest in Plaxinvest B.V. to Bentley Systems, Inc. Plaxinvest is the parent company of the Plaxis Group, the leading provider of geotechnical software. This strategic acquisition by Bentley, leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, serves to make Bentley a complete source for geotechnical professionals.

  • Houthoff represented Odin Groep B.V. in the acquisition of Winvision Holding B.V., an IT service provider with a focus on health care, local government, education and infrastructure companies, from its previous founders.

  • Houthoff represented Mr Perridon and current management of Trust, a consumer electronics manufacturer, on the sale to Egeria. Trust's current board of directors will maintain its active role within the company.

  • Houthoff represented Active Capital Company in their acquisition of Lumat International from their previous owners. Lumat is a supplier of High Tenacity Yarn, Polyester, Polyamide, (Nylon), Aramide and Synthetic continuous filament yarn.

  • 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. This matter is particularly significant/complex because of the multi cross border VDD exercise which Houthoff coordinated for the Landal part of the transaction with multiple park concepts and the very significant real estate component due to the large number of parks operated by Landal over the various jurisdiction (85 in total). We further advised on the competition aspects of various bidders and coordinate and advise on the Dutch works council advice procedure. The client is a NY stock exchange-listed American hospitality company.

  • Houthoff Buruma advised founders Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf in the sale of record label Spinnin' Records to Warner Music Group.

    Spinnin' Records was founded in 1999 and found fame with artists such as Armand van Helden, Fedde le Grand, Afrojack and Martin Solveigh.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff represented Bregal Freshstream LLP, a UK-based private equity fund of Bregal Investments LLP, on the acquisition of a minority stake in Euro-Caps Holding B.V., a Netherlands-based company engaged in the manufacturing of private label coffee capsules.
  • Houthoff advised Active Capital Company on its acquisition of all shares in the capital of Codi Group B.V. (previously Cogitandum B.V.), a producer and distributor of nonwovens for personal care, household and the medical industry also known as 'wet-wipes'.
  • Houthoff advised Active Capital Company on the acquisition of a 70% majority stake in the capital of Arnold Suhr, the world's second largest trader in quinine. Arnold Suhr supplies quinine to soda producers such as Coca Cola and Schweppes for the production of tonic. In addition to quinine, Arnold Suhr is a worldwide trader in raw materials such as stevia and iodine for the food and beverage, sport nutrition and pharmaceutical industry.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised Reggeborgh on the IPO of Koninklijke VolkerWessels on Euronext Amsterdam and advised both Reggeborgh and Koninklijke VolkerWessels on all governance-related matters. This included the preparation of the articles of association, the rules of the management board, the supervisory board and its committees, policies, the relationship agreement and the IPO decision-making. VolkerWessels is a market leading construction company operating primarily in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and North America. Reggeborgh, which is wholly owned by the Wessels family, is still a majority shareholder. The Wessels family intends to become a long-term minority shareholder of VolkerWessels over time. VolkerWessels was listed on Euronext on 12 May 2017. Reggeborgh sold 25 million shares (31.25%), valuing the company at EUR 1.84 billion. This IPO was the largest in Europe to date in 2017 (outside of technology listings).
  • 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 JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT), a global technology solutions provider to the food processing and air transportation industries, on its acquisition of Stork Food & Dairy Systems B.V. for a consideration of EUR 47 million. Stork Food & Dairy Systems B.V. is a Netherlands based company focused on developing, producing and supplying integrated aseptic sterilization and filling systems to the beverage and food processing industries. The transaction was finalized on July 31, 2015.
  • Houthoff advised Active Capital Company (ACC) on the acquisition, together with COO Martin den Ottolander, of Lantor, a company producing non-wovens for the cable and composite industry, from British IPT Group.
  • Advised Media-Saturn-Group, Europe’s number one consumer electronics retailer, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Dutch flash sales and live shopping platform iBOOD.com.
  • Houthoff advised, together with Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Doughty Hanson and Reggeborgh on the sale of Eurofiber to Antin Infrastructure Partners for EUR 875 million.
  • Argos Group and Varo Energy merge, creating a major independent oil company in North West Europe with a workforce of over 1,500 employees and an expected total annual throughput of 16 million m3. Houthoff assisted Argos Group and its shareholders Reggeborgh and Atlas Invest in the envisaged merger with Varo Energy. Following the merger the joint company will be owned in equal parts by three parties: the current shareholders of Argos, i.e. private investment companies Reggeborgh and Atlas Invest; Carlyle International Energy Partners, an advisory fund which is part of the global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group; and international energy and commodities company Vitol. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Advised Troostwijk Auctions & Valuations and its shareholders on the strategic partnership with the Hartenlust Group. Troostwijk Auctions & Valuations is the biggest industrial auctioneer and valuer in Europe focusing (primarily) on industrial goods and machinery. Hartenlust is an independent investment company which has acquired a 30% stake in Troostwijk Auctions & Valuations.
  • Houthoff advised Novasol Group, the Danish part of the NYSE listed Wyndham Worldwide, on the acquisition of Happy Home International. Happy Home International rents out holiday homes and is headquartered in the Netherlands. Novasol is market leader in the field of renting holiday homes in Europe and welcomes over 1,5 million guests yearly. With this acquisition, Novasol expands its rental portfolio to some 42.000 vacation houses located in 29 European countries.
  • Advised the sellers, including Lion Capital and Avedon Capital Partners, on the sale of Van Geloven, a Netherlands-based frozen food producer with leading positions in the Netherlands and Belgium, to TowerBrook Capital Partners and the management of Van Geloven.
  • Houthoff assisted Varo Energy in their sale of its shares in Hydrocarbon Hotel B.V. (and de facto their oil and gas storage terminal in the Amsterdam port) to GPS Group.
  • Houthoff advised Wide-Angle Management on the sale of all shares in Orlaco to Stoneridge Inc. Orlaco is a leading supplier of vehicle camera solutions.

    Since July 2015, Orlaco and Stoneridge have jointly developed the MirrorEye mirror replacement system, which is the industry-leading solution to improve the safety and fuel economy of commercial vehicles.