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)
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. (a Brazilian publicly listed oil and gas company) 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. The OSX restructuring was one of largest restructuring cases in Latin America, with several billions of dollars at stake. The Dutch aspects of the matter, and thus the Dutch litigation, were crucial to the OSX global restructuring plan.
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.
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 represented Helios Investment Partners, jointly with Vinson & Elkins, on its acquisition of 100% of Fertilizers and Inputs Holding B.V. which holds Louis Dreyfus Company’s Africa-based fertilizers and inputs operations. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.
Houthoff advised Apax Partners and Boasso Global III B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quality Distribution, Inc., in its acquisition of Den Hartogh’s European depot and tank cleaning services business.
Houthoff advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Neuberger Berman on a large Sharia based financial restructuring.
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.