Kyoko Tollenaar

Kandidaat-notaris | Partner


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Kyoko specialises in corporate law, national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. She is also an expert on corporate governance. She advises both national and international listed and non-listed companies on finding creative and practical legal solutions.

As a member of Houthoff’s Equity Capital Markets team she has recently worked on the IPOs of DP Eurasia , Koninklijke VolkerWessels and Digi Communications and the preparations of the IPO of TMF Group. She also regularly assists public companies, including Kardan and Sligro Food Group, with respect to their annual general meetings and corporate governance.
Kyoko is a member of Houthoff’s Japan Team, which advises Japanese companies on investments and collaborations in the Netherlands. In addition, Kyoko regularly publishes articles in legal journals such as WPNR, gives legal courses, and is a lecturer in Corporate Law at the Law Firm School.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Grotius Academy specialisation course on Corporate Law
  • Notarial Law (Leiden University)

  • Advised Vitol on the sale to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) of a 10% interest in VTTI BV, the owner and operator of storage terminals in 14 countries, including amongst others the Netherlands and Belgium, with 60 million barrels of capacity. Vitol and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund will both own a 45% interest in VTTI.
  • Houthoff advised Hexaware Technologies Ltd on the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity provides digital consulting services for the world’s leading brands, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka. Houthoff worked jointly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on this transaction.

  • Advised Vivo Energy on a transaction with Engen which adds operations in eight new countries and 230 Engen-branded service stations to Vivo Energy's network.

  • Advised Vitol on its agreement with IFM Investors to acquire Buckeye Partners' 50% equity interest in VTTI, the leading global independent provider of energy storage. After completion, VTTI will be owned 50% by IFM Investors and 50% by Vitol.
  • Houthoff advised Poiesz Supermarkten B.V., a chain of supermarkets in the Northern Netherlands, on the acquisition of Zorggroep Friesland B.V., sole shareholder of  Van Smaak B.V.. Van Smaak B.V. delivers meals to healthcare institutions and individual customers and has the whole relating process (including the purchase of the raw materials, processing and logistics) in house.

  • Advised Orbimed Advisors, one of the leading debt investors in the life science sector, in a USD 100 Million debt financing of Pharming Group N.V. a Dutch listed company. The proceeds were used to redeem outstanding convertible bonds and an existing senior debt facility with Sillicon Valley Bank. As part of the transaction Pharming issued 9.2 million warrants to Orbimed.
  • Houthoff advised DP Eurasia N.V. and its shareholders (Turkish Private Equity Fund II L.P. and CEO Aslan Saranga) on the IPO of Netherlands-based DP Eurasia N.V. as premium listed company on the London Stock Exchange. DP Eurasia is the exclusive master franchisee of the Domino's Pizza brand in Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
  • Houthoff advised Vitol and Helios Investment Partners with the acquisition of a 20% interest in Vivo Energy from Shell. Further to the acquisition of Shell’s 20% shareholding in Vivo Energy by Vitol Africa B.V., Helios Investment Partners, acting on behalf of the funds to which it is advisor, and Vitol jointly own 100% of Vivo Energy.
  • Houthoff advised the underwriters (Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale, Raiffeisen and WOOD & Company) on the IPO of Netherlands-based Digi Communications N.V. on the Regulated Spot Market of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. Digi Communications is the controlling shareholder of RCS & RDS S.A., a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Hungary.
  • 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.
  • Houthoff advised Vitol on the acquisition of OMV Petrol Ofisi Holding A. Ş. (Petrol Ofisi) from OMV AG. OMV AG is an international, integrated oil and gas company based in Vienna. The acquisition was announced on 3 March 2017 and is subject to certain conditions precedent and relevant regulatory approvals. Petrol Ofisi is the market leader in fuel products and distribution in Turkey. The firm is working in tandem with Hengeler Mueller on this case.
  • Houthoff advised VTTI B.V., a daughter company of Vitol, on a merger agreement with VTTI Energy Partners LP (VTTI). VTTI will acquire, for cash, all of the outstanding publicly held common units of the partnership, at a price of USD 19.50 per common unit for an aggregate transaction value of approximately USD 481 million. The transaction is to be effected through the merger of the partnership with a wholly owned subsidiary of VTTI B.V..
  • Houthoff, jointly with Skadden, represented TMF and the sellers in relation to both the proposed IPO on the London Stock Exchange and the eventual sale of the entire issued share capital of TMF Group to funds advised by CVC Capital Partners. The enterprise value of the transaction is EUR 1.75 billion, and the transaction is scheduled to close during the first half of 2018 subject to receipt of customary regulatory and competition approvals. Given the sale to CVC Capital Partners, the IPO will no longer proceed.
  • 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 represented Vitol and Helios Investment Partners, jointly with Vinson & Elkins on its acquisition of Shell’s 20% shareholding in Amsterdam-baesd Vivo Energy for USD 250m. On completion, Vivo will be owned 100% by Vitol and Helios, although Vivo will continue to operate under the Shell brand.

  • Dassault Systèmes, a developer of 3D design and engineering software, acquired AITAC B.V., which, together with its subsidiaries, develops marine and offshore engineering software.

    The acquisition allows Dassault Systèmes to strengthen its marine and offshore portfolio.