Jeroen specialises in banking and securities law, with a particular focus on acquisition financing, real estate financing, project financing, syndicated and bilateral loans, and structured loans. He advises clients on drafting and negotiating financing documents in distressed and non-distressed situations. He advises national and international clients, including banks and other financial institutions, private equity firms and other funds.Before joining Houthoff in 2012, Jeroen worked for a major Dutch law firm in Amsterdam and London for eight years. He teaches banking and security law both within the company and at external institutes (including universities and clients). He is an editor for the business law magazine Tijdschrift voor Zakenrecht.
Qualifications & Experience
- Grotius Academy specialisation course on Financing & Securities
- M.Jur. (postgraduate legal course) (University of Oxford)
- LL.M. Civil Law and Business Law (cum laude) (Leiden University)
- International Programme (Sciences Po, Paris)
- Foreign Associate Programme (Slaughter and May, London)
Assisted the Salvation Army in setting up the investment fund 'Stichting Leger des Heils WoonVermogen' for construction projects that make a social impact. The 'Stichting Leger des Heils WoonVermogen' is funded by private investors and aims to build 250 residences for vulnerable people in the coming years.
Houthoff advised PFA Pension on the acquisition of the New Babylon commercial complex in The Hague from Icon Real Estate. The New Babylon has approx. 40,000 m2 of lettable floor area (LFA). Hannover Leasing represented PFA Pension in the transaction.
Houthoff advised Real I.S. on the acquisition and financing of five newly constructed distribution centres with a total area of 115,000 m² in Europoort Rotterdam from DHG for €142 million.
Houthoff advised TH Real Estate on the acquisition and financing of a modern logistics complex in Rotterdam (Maasvlakte II). This is the second acquisition for TH Real Estate's European Logistics Fund. The vendor is selling the property in a sale and long-term leaseback transaction. The property comprises two buildings, dating from 2008 and 2016. It has a total lettable area of 39,500 square metres, most of which is laid out for the storage of hazardous goods.
Advised OSX Brasil S.A. and its Dutch subsidiaries. on the restructuring of their consolidated debt of over US$ 2.5 billion, including representing the OSX companies in various litigation matters in the Netherlands as well as coordinating litigation abroad. The team worked also on the debt restructuring of OSX 3, the USD 450 million bond structure and the syndicated debt of USD 850 million.
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 assisted ShoppingParks N.V., Terzetmus B.V., Kempen & Co N.V. and KBC Securities N.V. with the successful accelerated bookbuild offering of 750,000 shares in the capital of Retail Estates N.V., a Belgian publicly listed real estate company. ShoppingParks N.V. and Terzetmus B.V. are two closed-end Dutch real estate funds managed by Freeland.
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.
Advised CBRE Global Investment Partners, part of one of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services and investment companies, on setting up a Dutch fund targeting European co-investment and joint venture strategies, having raised a total of USD 840 million of equity sourced from six investors.
Houthoff advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Neuberger Berman on a large Sharia based financial restructuring.