Martine Bijkerk

Martine Bijkerk

Notaris | Partner


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Martine's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and equity capital markets (ECM) transactions. Her clients include both domestic and international corporations, financial institutions, private equity houses, governments and NGOs. In addition to her M&A and ECM transactional practice, Martine regularly advises clients on a broad range of corporate law matters, including on issues surrounding complex national and cross-border restructurings and joint ventures. Martine is also a deputy justice at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Dutch Law
  • Notarial Law
  • 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 Nobia on the acquisition of Bribus Holding B.V., a Dutch kitchen supplier with annual sales of approximately EUR 65 million. Bribus was founded 90 years ago and is acquired from Bernhard ten Brinke, who remains in the company. 
  • Houthoff, together with Dentons UK, advised and assisted Vimetco N.V. in connection with the delisting of its global depositary receipts ("GDRs") that were listed on the standard segment of the official list and traded on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. 

  • 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. The group offers pizza delivery, takeaway and eat-in facilities at its 571 stores. The IPO comprised both a primary and secondary offering of a total of 74.1 million shares, equating to an offer size of approximately £148 million. This represents 51% of DP Eurasia’s share capital on admission, excluding the over-allotment option (58.6% including full exercise of the over-allotment option). Securities issued by non-UK companies, such as DP Eurasia, cannot be held or transferred electronically (i.e. dematerialised) in the CREST system for a paperless settlement of trades in listed securities and are therefore settled in the form of depositary interests. The admission to the premium listing segment of the Official List of the Financial Conduct Authority and to trading on the main market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange took place on 3 July 2017.
  • Houthoff represented Bregal Freshstream LLP, a UK-based private equity fund of Bregal Investments LLP, on the acquisition of a minority stake in Euro-Caps Holding B.V., a Netherlands-based company engaged in the manufacturing of private label coffee capsules.
  • Houthoff advised Attestor Capital LLP in the purchase of approximately 75 real estate loans from ABN AMRO with a combined nominal value of over EUR 200 million.
  • Houthoff advised, together with Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Doughty Hanson and Reggeborgh on the sale of Eurofiber to Antin Infrastructure Partners for EUR 875 million.
  • Argos Group and Varo Energy merge, creating a major independent oil company in North West Europe with a workforce of over 1,500 employees and an expected total annual throughput of 16 million m3. Houthoff assisted Argos Group and its shareholders Reggeborgh and Atlas Invest in the envisaged merger with Varo Energy. Following the merger the joint company will be owned in equal parts by three parties: the current shareholders of Argos, i.e. private investment companies Reggeborgh and Atlas Invest; Carlyle International Energy Partners, an advisory fund which is part of the global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group; and international energy and commodities company Vitol. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval and scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Assisted the two Amsterdam university hospitals, AMC and VUmc, in obtaining regulatory approval for their anticipated merger from the Dutch health care authority, NZa. The NZa granted its approval on July 14. Following this approval from the NZa, the university hospitals will notify their intended transaction to the Dutch competition authority ACM.
  • Represented Mr. Piero Ferrari, jointly with Pedersoli e Associati, in relation to the Initial Public Offering of Ferrari N.V. This is probably the most anticipated IPO of 2015. Ferrari officially priced its initial public offering at $52 a share, after the market closed on Tuesday. The price is at the top of the previously indicated range of $48 to $52 per share and gives Ferrari a market capitalization of around $9.8 billion. As part of the planned IPO, the carmaker is floating about 17.18 million shares to the public (subject to a further option), representing about 9 percent of the company. The proceeds of the offering amount to nearly $900 million.
  • Houthoff advised Bank Insinger de Beaufort on its acquisition by KBL European Private Bankers. KBL intends to merge Bank Insinger de Beaufort with its subsidiary Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers. The merger will create a new private bank with more than EUR 20 billion of assets under management.
  • Paul, Weiss together with Houthoff advised Apollo Global Investment in the 80.1% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components and automotive lighting. Philips will retain the remaining 19.9% interest in Lumileds.
  • Houthoff is advising Intel Corporation on its tender offer to acquire Mobileye N.V., which has its headquarters and main operations in Israel. Mobileye N.V. is incorporated under Dutch law and listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MBLY.N). The tender offer was announced on 13 March 2017 and valued Mobileye at USD 15.3 billion.
  • Houthoff represented Eli Global, LLC in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix N.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.