Willem de Nijs Bik

Willem de Nijs Bik

Advocaat | Partner


+31 20 605 61 66
+31 6 5356 6533

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Willem specialises in company law, corporate governance, and strategic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions between strategic companies, often in the financial and energy sectors. He advises both listed and non-listed companies, financial institutions and government bodies on a broad range of company law matters. He has experience resolving complex situations for directors and supervisory directors, and with hostile takeovers and companies in difficulty. Willem is a lecturer at the Law Firm School and regularly publishes on subjects in his field. He also has a book on corporate governance and the Dutch two-tier board system to his name.

  • “Willem de Nijs Bik is a ‘service-minded and responsive’ lawyer according to clients, who also appreciate that he ‘keeps up to date with the market.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • “He understands what the client wants.”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Energy: transactional (2019 Edition)
  • "Clients say: 'He has very good understanding of strategy, politics and actions to be taken and he's always available'."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end capability (2018 edition)
  • "‘Excellent strategist’ Willem de Nijs Bik is an expert in corporate governance and energy M&A."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2018 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Energy: transactional (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Energy: regulatory (2018 Edition)
  • "He is described by clients as 'thorough, extremely knowledgeable and well versed in the nuances of Dutch corporate governance'."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2017 Edition)
  • "The ‘pragmatic’ Willem de Nijs Bik has ‘good negotiation skills’."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate & M&A (2017 Edition)
  • Leading individual
    Legal 500, Energy (2017 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • Law (Utrecht University)
  • Houthoff has assisted Twence, a waste processing company that produces energy, in the acquisition of Empyro. The Empyro plant produces pyrolysis oil, green steam and electricity from biomass by polygeneration.

  • Tadano Faun GmbH has acquired its Dutch and Belgian distributors (Waterland Trading B.V. and Waterland Trading B.V.B.A.) from Waterland Trading Vastgoed B.V. Tadano Faun GmbH is part of Tadano Global, listed in Japan. Tadano is amongst others involved in the production and sale of cranes. Tadano has approximately 3000 employees worldwide and a net profit of almost 2 billion US dollar. 

    Tadano was advised by Houthoff in this matter, with the assistance of its Belgian Lex Mundi Partner Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick.
  • Represents Ster, a Dutch advertising company for public broadcasting, in the investigation of The Dutch Media Authority (Het Commissariaat voor de Media - CvdM). The public broadcaster NOS has received a penalty of EUR 1 million by modifying their agreements with sports channel Fox Sports. The Dutch Media Authority has determined that NOS has not violated the Media Act. Nevertheless, other parties, such as Ster, will be looked into in order to determine whether they have followed the legal requirements.
  • Houthoff advised Bank Insinger de Beaufort on its acquisition by KBL European Private Bankers. KBL intends to merge Bank Insinger de Beaufort with its subsidiary Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers. The merger will create a new private bank with more than EUR 20 billion of assets under management.
  • Houthoff represented Eli Global, LLC in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix N.V.
  • InsingerGilissen Bankiers N.V. ("InsingerGilissen") and Lombard Odier (Europe) S.A. ("Lombard Odier") have entered into an agreement with regard to the acquisition by InsingerGilissen of Lombard Odier's Dutch private banking business. Upon closing of the transaction, the entire Amsterdam-based Lombard Odier staff will join InsingerGilissen, increasing assets under management by roughly EUR 1 billion.