Merel Zwankhuizen

Kandidaat-notaris | Counsel


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Merel specialises in corporate law. She advises on areas such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, restructurings, joint ventures and management and employee participation. Merel also has experience with equity capital markets and advises listed and unlisted clients on corporate governance. She advises a range of international and national clients, in different sectors and has extensive experience with cross-border transactions.

Before joining Houthoff in 2015, Merel worked for the Amsterdam office of Allen & Overy LLP for eight years. She regularly teaches in on an array of company law subjects, including on the Professional Training Course for Civil-law Notaries. Merel is a member of the Royal Dutch Association of Civil-law Notaries.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Grotius Academy specialisation course on Company Law and Business Law (cum laude)
  • LL.M. Notarial Law (Leiden University)
  • Houthoff advised Albert Westerman Groep B.V. and the management of State of Art on the sale of a majority stake in State of Art to Quadrum Capital. State of Art, with a rich history dating back to 1936, is headquartered in Lichtenvoorde. The company has 40 retail stores and more than 600 official dealers. The transaction was completed on 23 September 2019.


  • Houthoff advised Strik Bedrijven Beheer B.V. on the sale of 75% of the shares in Innovative Taste B.V. to Barentz International B.V.

  • Houthoff assisted Exact Group B.V. with the acquisition of the construction software company Bouw7 B.V.

  • 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 advised the sellers on the sale of Mendix to Siemens. Mendix was founded in Rotterdam (2005) by, amongst others, Derek Roos and Derckjan Kruit and offers a low-code software platform for the development and implementation of applications. 
  • Houthoff as local counsel, jointly with Morrison Foerster, advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Halex Holding GmbH and its subsidiaries to Bencis Capital Partners.

    Houthoff's team was led by Bram Caudri and included among others Daphne van Boxtel, Merel Zwankhuizen, Sjoerd van der Meer.