Richard Witvliet

Richard Witvliet

Advocaat | Counsel


+31 10 217 25 82
+31 6 4387 5195




Richard specialises in mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience in a variety of sectors, assisting both corporate and private equity clients. Richard also advises on management buy-outs, private equity investments and joint ventures. Having obtained a business degree from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Richard advises clients using an interdisciplinary approach to law and financial economics. He is known for his hands-on commercial approach. From 2016 to 2017, Richard was seconded to Herbert Smith Freehills in London. In 2018, He won the M&A Award for Best Young M&A Lawyer from Alex van Groningen, a leading M&A community in the Netherlands.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Houthoff assisted CDL Hospitality Trusts (CDL) in a transaction where CDL took a majority interest in the four-star hotel 'MGallery by Sofitel' in Florence, Italy. Houthoff worked on this transaction with Allen & Gledhill (Singapore), Shooklin & Bok (Singapore) and Chiomenti (Italy). 

  • Houthoff advised BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. on all Dutch-law aspects in connection with its successful IPO at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. BGI is a leading gene sequencing firm, offering a wide portfolio of genetic testing products across major diseases, enabling medical providers and patients worldwide to realise the promise of genomics-based diagnostics and personalised healthcare.
  • Houthoff advised in all Dutch-law aspects in connection with its successful IPO at the Shanghai stock exchange. Established in 1997, is a comprehensive news and information service-oriented website with Xinhua News Agency as its sponsor.