Joram van den Berg

Joram van den Berg

Advocaat | Senior Associate

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Joram specialises in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions by both financial and strategic parties. He advises private equity companies and their portfolio companies on aspects ranging from entry and exit to restructuring. His work also focuses on negotiating transaction documents and designing deal structures and governance.
Joram is a member of the Association International des Jeunes Avocats, and in 2017 he worked at Houthoff’s New York office.

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Private Law (Leiden University)
  • LL.B. Private Law (Leiden University)
  • Houthoff represented Klaas Puul in its merger with Foppen Groep. Both Foppen and Klaas Puul are well known business in the salmon and shrimp processing industry and have long histories as family owned businesses in the food industry. The businesses have been in existence for respectively 100 and 50 years.

  • Houthoff advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Reparenco, a Dutch paper and recycling business, to Smurfit Kappa Group plc for a cash consideration of approximately €460 million. Smurfit Kappa Group plc is one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas.

  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Boal in the sale of a majority stake in Boal Group to Equistone Partners Europe. Headquartered in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, BOAL Group has 48 years of experience in designing and manufacturing aluminium roofing and sidewall systems for greenhouses and holds a market leading position in the horticultural greenhouse industry. It also supplies the construction, engineering, and transport sectors with aluminium extrusions. The production of its high-performance products is underpinned by its in-house experience, know-how, innovation and aluminium extrusion capabilities across its sites in the Netherlands (‘s-Gravenzande, Maasdijk, De Lier) and the UK(Shepshed). BOAL Group currently employs c.370 people and generated revenues of c.€155m in 2017.

  • Houthoff advised together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Telia Company in connection with the divestment of its holding in Azertel. Fintur Holdings B.V., jointly owned by Telia Company and Turkcell, has agreed to sell its 51.3% holding in Azertel, sole shareholder of the Azeri telecommunications operator Azercell, to Azintelecom, a company wholly owned by the Republic of Azerbaijan. The agreed price for Fintur’s 51.3 percent in Azertel is EUR 222 million. The transaction is not subject to any conditions, such as regulatory or competition approvals, and has been completed.

  • Houthoff advised together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Telia Company in connection with the divestment of its holding in Geocell. Fintur Holdings B.V., jointly owned by Telia Company and Turkcell, has agreed to sell 100 percent of its holding in Geocell LLC, to the Georgian telecommunications company JSC Silknet, Georgia’s largest fixed network operator, for a transaction price of USD 153 million. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals, and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2018.
  • Headquartered in the Netherlands and with more than 75 years of towbar expertise, the Brink Group works closely with OEMs on various programs and also serves the Aftermarket segment of the towing and trailering industry. The Brink Group produces nearly one million towbars annually, and the Brink Group’s products can be found on approximately 25 million vehicles worldwide. The Brink Group currently operates nine facilities in eight countries around the globe.
     
    With annual revenue of approximately $150 million, the Brink Group’s addition to the Horizon Global portfolio will support the Company’s industry-leading manufacturing and product innovation capabilities. After the acquisition, Horizon Global will be well positioned to provide a robust and respected product portfolio that will more effectively serve its global customers across the OEM, OES, Aftermarket and Retail channels.

    The parties expect to complete the transaction by the end of the second quarter 2018, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals.
     
  • 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 Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of De Eeuwige Lente B.V. The target company specialises in breeding, propagation through cuttings and rooting. Over the years the company has specialised increasingly in Saintpaulia, with Euphorbia Milii a relatively recent addition to its product range.
  • 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 Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of the Phalaenopsis young plant business of SOGO Team Co. Ltd. SOGO is a Phalaenopsis young plant supplier located in Taiwan delivering plants to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa employing around 250 workers.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on its acquisition of Max Roots and Quick Plug. Quick Plug is a global supplier of various concepts for growers and propagators within the horticulture sector.
  • Houthoff advised Björn Borg on the acquisition of Benelux distributor Baseline. Baseline Group operates the Björn Borg business in Benelux, including wholesaling of mainly underwear and sports apparel as well as retail operations of twelve Björn Borg concept and outlet stores in the Netherlands and Belgium. The acquisition of the Benelux operations is an important step in accelerating the vertical integration of the Björn Borg operations and in line with the strategy to get closer to consumers and retailers. The Benelux region is the largest market for Björn Borg, ahead of Sweden, accounting for 26% of total brand sales in 2015. Björn Borg’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.
  • Harbour BioMed, a newly established cancer therapies company based in Shanghai, today announced it has bought Harbour Antibodies BV for cash and an equity stake in Harbour Biomed in order to form a new oncology biotech.

    The acquisition was financed by Harbour BioMed investors, Advantech Capital and Legend Capital, two leading China-focused investors with a particular emphasis on life sciences.

    Harbour BioMed was established in 2016 with an initial financing of USD 50m from Advantech Capital, Legend Capital and the Harbour BioMed founding team. The company is headquartered with R&D operations in Shanghai, business operations in Cambridge, MA, and antibody platform innovation operations in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The company plans to expand its presence in the Boston area by establishing a drug discovery innovation center.

    Houthoff assisted Erasmus MC Holding B.V., Atlas Holding Fund IX Coöperatief U.A. and the other shareholders of Harbour Antibodies B.V.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of Olij Roses International and Olij Breeding. This integration will enable Dümmen Orange to expand its assortment within the roses product group, giving it access to a wider sales network. Olij’s activities in the field of breeding, propagation and production of plant material in South America, Africa and the Netherlands offer opportunities to achieve maximum customer value and bring more innovations into the market for growers.
  • Houthoff advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of Hobaho from FloraHolland. Hobaho specializes in auction, brokerage and breeding of flower bulbs. The addition of Hobaho broadens the offering of products within the Dümmen Orange assortment via existing sales channels.
  • Houthoff advised, together with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Telia Company in connection with the divestment of its 60% interest in Tajik operator Tcell to Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED).
  • Houthoff advised investment firm H2 Equity Partners on the acquisition of an interest in shrimp processing market leader Klaas Puul. The firm has its head office in the Netherlands and has production locations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Morocco. Together with the founders, the Mooijer family, and the management, H2 Equity Partners aims at realising Klaas Puul's improvement and growth potential.
  • Houthoff advised, together with Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, TeliaSonera in connection with the divestment of its interest in the Nepalese operator Ncell to Axiata, one of Asia’s largest telecommunication groups, for USD 1,030 million on a cash and debt free basis. At the same time, TeliaSonera will dissolve its economic interests in the 20 percent local ownership and receives approximately USD 48 million. The transactions are conditional on each other and subject to regulatory approval. TeliaSonera, listed in Stockholm and Helsinki, is the dominant telephone company and mobile network operator in Sweden and Finland.
  • Houthoff, together with Alston & Bird, advised Dümmen Orange on the acquisition of McHutchison and Vaughan’s Horticulture, a US-based wholesale plant brokerage firms, to fulfil its strategic ambition for enhanced distribution and customer reach.