Michiel Pannekoek

Michiel Pannekoek

Advocaat | Partner

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+31 10 217 24 33
+31 6 5152 8751

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Michiel is a partner in our Corporate group. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He has a particular focus on advising in the context of international acquisitions, management buy-outs and joint ventures. Michiel is one of the most prominent corporate and private equity lawyers in the Netherlands. He represents both listed and unlisted companies, private equity and venture capital firms in an array of Dutch and cross-border transactions, transactions with restructuring elements and large-scale projects.
  • Recommended
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2019 Edition)
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    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2019 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Private Equity (2019 Edition)
  • "He is described as 'extremely smart, effective and tactful' by clients, who praise his 'customer-oriented approach and commercial awareness."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end capability (2018 edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2018 Edition)
  • "Sources describe him as 'very creative and solution-oriented, he thinks very much along with the business without giving in on legal risks and is strong in assessing the alternative scenarios'." 
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2017 Edition)
  • "He is an experienced deal maker with a pragmatic approach. He is focused on closing the deal, acting as a trusted adviser and finding solutions instead of creating barriers." 
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • "Michiel Pannekoek is a 'great negotiator, and creative in his solutions’."
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • "Recommended as a 'Leading Lawyer in practice areas Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A and Private equity'."
    IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)
Michiel served on Houthoff's Executive Committee until 2018. Between 2010 and 2014, he headed the Corporate/M&A Team. Michiel is currently responsible for the international strategy and activities of the firm. He is also a board member of Lex Mundi, the world’s largest and most prestigious network of independent law firms. Houthoff is the Netherlands only member of this leading professional services network.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

  • Law (University of Groningen)
  • Houthoff advised the LOI, one the largest private educational institutions in the Netherlands, on the sale of the nearly 100-year-old family business to the NCOI, one of its close competitors.
  • Advised the on the Toronto Stock Exchange listed WSP Global Inc., one of the world's leading professional services firms providing engineering and design services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power&Energy, Resources and Industry sector as well as offering strategic advisory services, on the acquisition of multidisciplinary consultancy- and engineering firm Lievense

     

  • Houthoff assisted Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co. with its agreement with NXP Semiconductors under which it will acquire all assets of NXP Semiconductors' Voice and Audio Solutions (VAS) for USD 165 million.
  • Houthoff assisted Royal IHC in the sale of its subsidiary Vremac Cylinders to Vydraulics. Vremac Cylinders is a modern designer and manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders, swivels and piston accumulators. Its products are designed to operate in harsh conditions in the dredging, offshore, civil engineering (bridges and lock gates) and heavy machinery markets.

  • 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.
  • Advised Sandd in the sale and transfer of Sandd to PostNL for an amount of EUR 130 million. This transaction resulted in the acquisition of almost the entire postal market by PostNL.

  • 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 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 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.

  • 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.
  • Houthoff represented Sandd in the acquisition of Van Straaten Post from its previous owners. The combined group is able to service the 24-, 48- and 72- hours postal market throughout the work week with national coverage. The acquisition is part of Sandd’s strategy to become a real alternative on the Dutch postal market.

  • Houthoff advises Tofane Global on the acquisition of iBasis from KPN. This acquisition is the first milestone in the intended strategy of the Paris-based company. By means of acquisitions and digital transitions, Tofane Global aims to become the market leader in worldwide telephone services. After the completion of the acquisition, Tofane Global and iBasis will continue to work with KPN as strategic partners.
  • Houthoff represented Sligro Food Group on the sale of its foodretail business EMTÉ to a consortium formed by foodretailers Jumbo and Coop as well as the separate real estate transaction for 27 store locations. The EMTÉ business is integrated into the businesses of Jumbo and Coop respectively.
  • Advising H2 Equity partners on the sale of its majority stake in its portfolio company Dümmen Orange to BC Partners. Dümmen Orange is a leading breeder of cut flowers and potted plants with production in Europe, Central America and East Africa. The transaction is a subject to regulatory approvals and it is expected to be closed in the coming months.
  • Houthoff advised Oerlemans Foods Nederland B.V./H2 on the sale of its frozen potato processing division to Lamb-Weston/Meijer V.O.F. through a sale of all shares in Oerlemans Foods Nederland B.V. to Lamb-Weston/Meijer V.O.F.
  • Houthoff advised JAC Capital, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned investment company JIC, and Wise Road Capital, as lead counsel on the USD 2.75 billion acquisition of the Standard Products business from NXP Semiconductors, one of the semiconductor market leaders worldwide. The transaction is waiting for approval from amongst others of the European Commission, Federal Trade Commission (US), CFIUS and the Chinese Ministry of Trade.