Willem Liedenbaum

Advocaat | Counsel

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Willem is a senior associate in the Corporate/M&A practice group and has extensive experience with complex cross-border mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He also regularly advises on corporate governance, joint ventures, securities regulatory compliance and general cross-border matters.

Willem has co-authored articles published in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Legal Insights: Mergers & Acquisitions and SDU Commentaar Ondernemingsrecht (a leading commentary reference work on Dutch corporate law).

Willem graduated from Radboud University Nijmegen with a degree in law in 2012. That same year, he joined Houthoff and was admitted to the Amsterdam Bar. In 2017, Willem worked as a legal counsel in Rabobank's Capital Markets and M&A department.

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Corporate Law (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • LL.B. Law (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2019 Edition)
  • Advising Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, on its acquisition of Talend, a leader in data integration and data integrity and Nasdaq listed, by means of a cash tender offer at approximately USD 2.4 billion.
  • Advised Black Diamond Capital Management, LLC in connection with the acquisition, jointly with InvestIndustrial, of the Phenolic Specialty Resins division and European forest products resins division from Hexion Inc.
  • Advised L Catterton on the acquisition of a majority stake in the BIRKENSTOCK Group. Houthoff worked jointly with Kirkland & Ellis on this transaction.
  • Advised Castik Capital S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based private equity firm, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Customs Support Group (CSG).
  • Houthoff, together with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, advised Atlas Holdings LLC on the acquisition of the Permasteelisa Group from LIXIL Group Corporations (Japan).
  • Advised Doughty Hanson on the sale of Zobele Group to Knowlton Development Corporation. Zobele Group is a world leader in the business segments of Air Care and Pest Control and a global player in Health & Personal Care and Fabric & Laundry Care.
  • Advised Stryker Corporation on its USD 5.4 billion acquisition of Wright Medical Group N.V.
  • Advised Hexaware Technologies Ltd on the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity provides digital consulting services for the world’s leading brands, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka. Houthoff worked jointly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on this transaction.

  • Assisted Van Gelder Groep in the acquisition of W. van den Heuvel en Zoon Infra, a company specialising in Lightrail construction. W. van den Heuvel en Zoon Infra will continue operating as a stand-alone business, whereby one of the selling shareholders will act as the business manager.
  • Represented Simadan in the sale of its businesses to Parcom Capital and John Swire & Sons. Parcom Capital will acquire the businesses Noba and Rotie. John Swire & Sons will acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam, Tankstorage Amsterdam and Cleaning & Services Amsterdam, a cleaning terminal for (bulk) trucks. The transactions are subject to Dutch and UK antitrust clearance.
  • Houthoff represented Ease2pay in its acquisition of the business of MyOrder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the major Dutch bank Rabobank. The acquisition combines the mobile fueling- and parking solutions of both companies, resulting in a combined network of over 600 fueling stations and 116 cities where customers can pay with one mobile app for their fuel and street parking.

  • Assisted Elliott in inquiry proceedings at the Enterprise Chamber against the paints and chemical group AkzoNobel. Elliott was one of AkzoNobel’s largest shareholders, with an interest in AkzoNobel of more than 5%.
  • Advised 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.
  • Advised Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) on its USD 40 billion merger with NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI).