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. 

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    “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)
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    “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)
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    Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
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    “Houthoff is appreciated for providing ‘excellent, on the spot, informed advice at every stage.’”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2019 Edition)
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    "Clients admire the 'very knowledgeable and motivated team' for being 'capable of executing very complex deal structures', in addition to its 'good international experience and very good breadth'."
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2018 Edition)
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    "The corporate team knows our company very well and is able to provide commercially smart and practical advice."
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2018 Edition)
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    "Houthoff’s ‘reliable, diligent’ practice provides ‘sound, pragmatic advice, fast’."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2018 Edition)
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    Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A (2017 Edition)
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    "A client describes the practice as 'progressive and very client-centric. They have quality people with sound, sophisticated advice. I found their thoroughness and energy refreshing'."
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2017 Edition)
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    "The team is 'truly client-oriented', has 'top professionals with a personal touch' and that it is 'practical, commercial and able to comply with deadlines'."
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2017 Edition)
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    "The diligent, talented team at Houthoff Buruma does excellent work every time."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2017 Edition)
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    Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A (2016 Edition)
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    "The team handled our work well. The lawyers are really hands-on."
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2016 Edition)
  • recommendation people shaking hands
    "The members of the team have very different but complementary skills that are highly effective in deals."
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A (2016 Edition)
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    "The 'solution-oriented' team at Houthoff Buruma is praised for its 'practical approach and proactive communication'."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2016 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.

  • Houthoff advised Navitas Capital on the sale and transfer of Partou to KidsFoundation. The owner of KidsFoundation – the English private equity firm Onex – will become the new owner of Partou, together with the Dutch private equity firm Waterland. Partou and KidsFoundation both provide child and toddler care services in the Netherlands, including day care, after-school care and pre-school/early childhood education facilities. They operate several child care centres. Partou and KidsFoundation will jointly provide day care services to approximately 60,000 children in the Netherlands. Together, they will employ 8,000 employees and operate 650 child day care centres throughout the Netherlands. This will give Partou and KidsFoundation a market share of 8% in the child care services business. On 4 April 2019, Partou and KidsFoundation informed the competition authorities and their respective works councils and relevant trade unions of the transaction.
  • Houthoff – together with Sidley Austin LLP – represented Wex Inc., a leading financial technology service provider, in connection with its planned acquisition of EG Group Limited’s GO Fuel Card business. The Go Fuel Card business is headquartered in Breda, Netherlands with approximately 200,000 proprietary cards in circulation across the Netherlands, France, Belgium and Luxembourg. Go Fuel Card operates on an independent proprietary card network with acceptance at over 5,000 retail sites. The planned acquisition is subject to completion of employee information and consultation processes, and other approvals.

  • Advised Vivo Energy on a transaction with Engen which adds operations in eight new countries and 230 Engen-branded service stations to Vivo Energy's network.

  • Houthoff assisted Kyocera Corporation with the acquisition of Van Aerden Group B.V. by its American subsidiary Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, Inc. The purchase agreement was signed on 1 February 2019, and on 1 March 2019, the shares were transferred. Van Aerden Group B.V. has been renamed Kyocera Aerfast Europe B.V.
  • Advised Sandd in the sale and transfer of Sandd to PostNL for an amount of EUR 130 million. This transaction resulted in the acquisition of almost the entire postal market by PostNL.

  • Advised Vitol on its agreement with IFM Investors to acquire Buckeye Partners' 50% equity interest in VTTI, the leading global independent provider of energy storage. After completion, VTTI will be owned 50% by IFM Investors and 50% by Vitol.
  • Houthoff advised Latour Capital and Bpifrance (Banque publique d’investissement), together with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, in connection with their consortium acquisition of Plastic Omnium Environment BV, the environment division of Plastic Omnium. The purchase price amounts to €220 million.

  • Houthoff advised Telia Company, together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, in connection with the divestment of its holding in Kcell and the dissolution of its Fintur partnership with Turkcell. Telia Company and Fintur Holdings B.V., which is jointly owned by Telia Company and Turkcell, have agreed to sell their 75% stake in the leading Kazakhstani telecommunications operator Kcell JSC to the telecom operator Kazakhtelecom JSC for USD 446 million. Telia Company has also signed an agreement to acquire Turkcell's 41.45% stake in Fintur, which will make it Fintur's sole shareholder.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 advised the shareholders (Waterland Private Equity and management) on the sale of the Infradata group to IK Investment Partners
  • Houthoff advised Nuclear Research Group (NRG) on the sale of its dosimetry services division to Mirion Technologies.

  • Houthoff represented IQ V-Tech B.V., a Quadrum Capital portfolio company, in entering into a strategic partnership with Alois Kober GmbH and mother company Dexcko Global through the sale of a 37.5% indirect interest in the VB-Airsuspension and its group companies.
  • Houthoff represented The Datacenter Group in the acquisition of two data centers from Rabo Bouwfonds Communication Infrastructure Fund and the refinancing of The Datacenter Group.

  • Houthoff 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.
  • Houthoff advised the shareholders of Marvesa on the sale of the Marvesa oils & Fats business to private equity fund Parcom Capital. Marvesa is a supplier of components (oils and fats) for animal compound feed and supplies biomass products for the production of energy.

  • Houthoff represented Paypal in their acquisition of iZettle, a Swedish payment platform and supplier of mobile credit card readers for $2.2 billion in a successful process lead by Roschier.

  • Houthoff advised the sellers on the sale of Mendix to Siemens. Mendix was founded in Rotterdam (2005) by, amongst others, Derek Roos and Derckjan Kruit and offers a low-code software platform for the development and implementation of applications. 
  • Houthoff advised Nobia on the acquisition of Bribus Holding B.V., a Dutch kitchen supplier with annual sales of approximately EUR 65 million. Bribus was founded 90 years ago and is acquired from Bernhard ten Brinke, who remains in the company. 
Michiel Pannekoek

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+31 10 217 24 33
+31 6 5152 8751
Alexander Kaarls

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+31 20 605 61 10
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Jacques Kröner

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+31 10 217 25 44
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Willem de Nijs Bik

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+31 20 605 61 66
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Michiel Wesseling

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+31 10 217 24 50
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Philip König

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Notaris | Partner
+31 10 217 25 19
+31 6 5118 7392
Martine Bijkerk

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Notaris | Partner
+31 20 605 65 03
+31 6 2266 0269
Paul de Vries

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Kandidaat-notaris | Associate Partner
+31 10 217 29 20
+31 6 4155 7508
Bram Caudri

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Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 24 75
+31 6 5161 7840
Maurits de Haan

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+31 10 217 29 21
+31 6 4314 2993