Corporate M&A

Corporate/M&A

Favourable market developments have led to growth in the worldwide merger and acquisition market, both in the number of transactions and in the scope of the deals. At the same time, competition authorities are exercising strict supervision. Working in this environment requires extensive sector knowledge and solution-oriented legal assistance.

Houthoff is one of the most esteemed market leaders within the M&A market. This is confirmed by our top rankings in legal guides like the Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe.

Our Corporate/M&A Team assists multinationals, listed companies and other large companies, government bodies and private equity parties. Clients engage our Corporate/M&A Team for pragmatic advice on matters such as national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Our specialists have gained an important position within the food, energy and other sectors. 

  • “A client highlights the firm's ‘very pragmatic, highly tailored approach, which is suited to the most complex transactions’.”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2022 Edition)
  • “A client appreciates the ‘hands-on involvement from the partners’.”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2022 Edition)
  • “Collaboration spirit, ability to put in place the right atmosphere with a foreign client so that you feel like you have been working with them for years!”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2022 Edition)
  • “The team has excellent knowledge in this area, but also has a practical approach, thinks along with the customer. Furthermore, the team is fast, available and easy to reach.”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2022 Edition)
  • “Houthoff is a business partner with economics intelligence and technical skills reducing risks for the clients in running business.”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2022 Edition)
  • “Dutch efficiency, good value for money for high quality output. Diverse team.”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2022 Edition)
  • “Clients value the firm for its willingness to take the initiative, one describing it as ‘a really good resource for us.’”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2021 Edition)
  • “The team is very proactive in making sure we are aware of developments in the Netherlands.”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2021 Edition)
  • “A client recommends the team for its holistic style, relaying how the lawyers ‘don't just advise on the legal things but give more general advice throughout the process, something which is really appreciated.’”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2021 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2020 Edition)
  • “The team ‘has been there before, so is able to talk us through complex and unusual sets of circumstances.’”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2020 Edition)
  • “The lawyers have knowledge of the market and are able to give you the pragmatic advice needed.”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2020 Edition)
  • “The team is very hands-on and service oriented. The partner is well aware what needs to be done, who is doing what and what the status is, while the rest of the team is working on proper delivery. So, very efficient and effective with a focus on our ball.”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2020 Edition)
  • “The team was the right mix of partner and competent senior associates on the transaction. The senior associates did much of the work with oversight from the partner, and partner involvement on the most challenging issues. Quality service, and advice.”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2020 Edition)
  • “Great team, top professionals, excellent technical skills and above that perfect people skills.”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2020 Edition)
  • “One client highlights the ‘combination of their excellent legal practice and the highly motivated deal team’ as a major selling point.”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • “An interviewee describes the team as ‘friendly, hands-on and quick,’ and appreciates that ‘they are very co-operative and let the process run smoothly.’”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2019 Edition)

Our expertise in Corporate/M&A

M&A transactions in the innovative energy sector often have complex structures. Clients ask our Corporate/M&A Team for assistance, from conducting effective due diligence, negotiating competitive commercial conditions and setting these out in clear share purchase agreements (SPAs) to closing the transaction swiftly with the help of our notarial department. More and more Chinese investors are entering the Dutch agrifood market, who require specialised legal assistance. That is why they like to engage Houthoff as their trusted partner for advice.

Our multi-disciplinary Corporate/M&A Team comprises no less than 89 specialists. We can scale our teams up to any desired size and can work on multiple large transactions at the same time. We combine our expertise in the area of mergers and acquisitions with our knowledge of insurance, financial institutions, IT, energy, agrifood, manufacturing and other sectors. Thanks to our comprehensive sector approach, we are able to offer clients the highest level of service within the most important sectors. Houthoff is also a member of Lex Mundi, the most exclusive global network of law firms, which means that in cross-border transactions we only work with the best lawyers.

  • Advised Alliander N.V.'s shareholders regarding reaching consensus on the 'Framework of Agreements on Capital Requirements of Regional Grid Operators'.
  • Advised Dusseldorp Automotive B.V., a Dutch BMW- and MINI dealer, on the acquisition of the VMD Group from Autobinck Group.
  • Assisted global semiconductor player Nexperia with its acquisition of Netherlands-based Nowi Energy
  • Advised Apax Partners on the sale of a majority stake in Boasso Global to KKR.
  • Advised a subsidiary of DCC plc on its acquisition of all the shares in PVO International B.V. (PVO).

  • Advised Ariston Holding N.V on the proposed acquisition of CENTROTEC Climate Systems GmbH.
  • Advised Atlas Holdings LLC and her group entities ACR II Global Holdings Coöperatief U.A. and ACR II Glass Holding B.V. with the acquisition of Carlex Glass America LLC and its subsidiary, Carlex Glass Luxembourg SA from Central Glass Co. Ltd.
  • Advised Exact, a leading provider of business and accounting software, on the acquisition of weclapp from 3U Holding.
  • Advised a consortium of sellers, including Van Oord Offshore Wind B.V., Investri Offshore B.V. and Green Tower B.V., on the sale of their shares in the Borssele V wind farm to Octopus Energy Generation.
  • Advised and represented Lindab AB, subsidiary of the Swedish listed company Lindab International AB, on the acquisition of R-Vent Netherlands B.V.
  • Advised TBAuctions, a Dutch online auction platform on its acquisition of Klaravik, a Swedish online auction platform.
  • Houthoff and Goodwin Protector advised Cennox, a portfolio company of York Capital Management's private equity group, on its acquisition of Lincsafe, Merlin, Cashtester and Secusystems.
  • Advised Provincie Zeeland on the carve-out out of PZEM of 50% of Evides.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Core Limited on entering into a joint venture agreement with NTT Global Data Centers EMEA GmbH with respect to the ownership, operation and management of certain data centres in the Netherlands. 
  • Advised De Agostini on the EUR 7.2 billion business combination of Pegasus Entrepreneurs with FL Entertainment
  • Advised Fimalac in connection with the business combination between Pegasus Entrepreneurs, a Euronext Amsterdam listed SPAC, and FL Entertainment, a global leader in independent content production and the fastest-growing online sports betting platform in Europe.
  • Advised Signadens Europe B.V, a leading laboratory group in the Netherlands and Belgium, on its agreement to consolidate its business with Corus, one of the largest dental laboratory groups in Spain, France and Portugal.
  • Advised a.s.r. on the acquisition of Sweco Capital Consultants.
  • Advised Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) on the acquisition of all shares in Tendeka B.V. from Shell.
  • Advised WeTransfer (The Creative Productivity Company), provider of an ecosystem of creative productivity tools, with its intended initial public offering and admission to listing and trading of its ordinary shares on Euronext Amsterdam.

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Michiel Pannekoek

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Willem de Nijs Bik

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Philip König

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Paul de Vries

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