QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
Houthoff acted as Dutch counsel in connection with the preparation and implementation of the settlement plan relating to the Agrokor group. Agrokor entered into an insolvency process in 2017 under 'Lex Agrokor', a law passed in Croatia aimed at the restructuring of Agrokor in view of its systemic importance for the Croatian economy. The business has been transferred to the Fortenova Group.
Houthoff, together with Nishimura & Asahi, represented OAT Agrio Co. Ltd. ("OAT") in the acquisition of Blue Wave Holding B.V., the holding company of Chrysal International. Chrysal is engaged in the field of producing, selling and distributing branded and private label post-harvest flower care and nutrient products.
Houthoff has advised IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in 2Connect and its (indirect) Romanian and China based subsidiaries from its founder.
Houthoff represented Argos Soditic in the acquisition of the Future Group, consisting of the following four business groups operating in the public and financial sector: the Talenter group, PLANgroep, Human Capital Group and Future Communication. This matter is particularly significant for Argos Soditic as it signifies Argos Soditic's first presence in the Netherlands.
Houthoff recently advised on the acquisition of the shares in the IEF portfolio by a consortium led by CBRE Global Investors (three institutional investors from the Netherlands, plus CBRE Dutch Retail Fund). IEF is a joint venture formed by Bouwfonds Investment Management and IEF Capital. The portfolio consists of 31 Dutch retail properties (mostly flagship stores), including the well-known Dutch retail chains HEMA and de Bijenkorf. The deal was valued at more than one billion euros. As well as overseeing the share purchase, Houthoff was also hired to advise on the financial arrangements by the banks financing the deal: ING, ABN AMRO and BerlinHyp. In all, Houthoff had a team of more than 50 staff working on the deal.
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 Apax Partners and Boasso Global III B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quality Distribution, Inc., in its acquisition of Den Hartogh’s European depot and tank cleaning services business.
Houthoff collaborated with BBC Bouwmanagement, Basis Bedrijfshuisvesting and Biltmore Vastgoed Consultants to assist Patrizia Immobilien with the purchase of 164 apartments under the name Oranjekwartier from Bouwconsulting Beheer. The purchase price of the complex was EUR 66 million.
Oranjekwartier, which is located on the Koningin Wilhelminaplein in Amsterdam, consists of three residential buildings and has been fully let. Patrizia had purchased the residential complex under instruction from two institutional investors who wish to retain the units in the long term. Oranjekwartier's developer Bouwconsulting Beheer handed over the complex in 2009.
Oranjekwartier has a total surface area of 18,000 m2, divided into three buildings. Buildings A and C have a retail area, a restaurant and a crèche on the ground floor. The apartments range between 90 and 150 m2 and feature fully equipped kitchens. The residential towers are situated next to the Westlandgracht and close to Oud-Zuid.