Jessica den Dekker

Jessica den Dekker

Advocaat | Associate


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+31 6 4224 0039

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Jessica specialises in Dutch and cross-border mergers and acquisitions (including corporate takeovers, joint ventures and other types of collaboration) and advises both private equity and strategic parties. Her work mainly involves drafting and negotiating transaction documents and coordinating M&A deals.

Jessica is a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and is part of the Houthoff Incubator Team, a programme that offers reduced-rate legal advice to a select group of promising start-ups.

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. International and European Public Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • LL.M. Business Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • 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. They operate several child care centres. Partou and KidsFoundation will jointly provide day care services to approximately 60,000 children in the Netherlands. Together, they will employ 8,000 employees and operate 650 child day care centres throughout the Netherlands. This will give Partou and KidsFoundation a market share of 8% in the child care services business. On 4 April 2019, Partou and KidsFoundation informed the competition authorities and their respective works councils and relevant trade unions of the transaction.
  • 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. Go Fuel Card operates on an independent proprietary card network with acceptance at over 5,000 retail sites. The planned acquisition is subject to completion of employee information and consultation processes, and other approvals.

  • Houthoff advised the shareholders (Waterland Private Equity and management) on the sale of the Infradata group to IK Investment Partners
  • Houthoff represented Sligro Food Group in the strategic, long-term partnership with Heineken Netherlands for beer and cider logistics in the Netherlands, and the sale of other parts of the Heineken beverages wholesaler to Sligro Food Group. The partnership makes Heineken Sligro’s number one partner for beer and cider.

  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the Calla business of Golden State Bulb Growers Inc. and G. Geerlings & Zonen B.V. and the Calla breeding Sande companies. Pursuant to this series of acquisitions, Dümmen Orange was able to establish itself as a global leader in Calla breeding.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the business of Grow-Tech LLC, a world wide developer and manufacturer of grow plugs and microgreen growing media.
  • Houthoff advised DeepOcean in the acquisition of the Searov Offshore SAS. Searov, established in 2008, is an agile and cost effective Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) service provider with a strong focus on West Africa. The company owns and operates ROVs from its operating bases in Pointe Noire, Congo and Port Gentil, Gabon.
  • 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.