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. 

  • 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)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2019 Edition)
  • “Houthoff is appreciated for providing ‘excellent, on the spot, informed advice at every stage.’”
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2019 Edition)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "Houthoff’s ‘reliable, diligent’ practice provides ‘sound, pragmatic advice, fast’."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A (2017 Edition)
  • "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)
  • "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)
  • "The diligent, talented team at Houthoff Buruma does excellent work every time."
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2017 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 Plain Vanilla Investments (PVI) with the purchase of the shares in the capital of the Begra group. The Begra group (re)sells warehousing storage solutions and products for warehouse installations, both new and second-hand products, and including providing ancillary services (such as inspections).
  • Advised ASR Nederland N.V. (a.s.r.) on the acquisition of a 50% interest from Brand New Day in Brand New Day Premiepensioeninstelling N.V. (BND PPI) and the sale of a.s.r.'s 10% interest in Brand New Day Houdstermaatschappij N.V. for a total amount of EUR 51 million.
  • Advised Mzuri Holdings Ltd, owner of amongst others Decora Blind Systems, a European manufacturer and distributor of indoor window coverings on the acquisition of Coolblinds, an online retailer of made to measure blinds (better known as, and
  • Houthoff 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.
  • Houthoff advised OLA Electric on the acquisition of electric scooter company Etergo B.V.
  • Advised symplr, a leading healthcare governance, risk and compliance software-as-a-service platform, on the acquisition of The Patient Safety Company (TPSC) from Main Capital Partners.
  • Houthoff assisted D-Labs Holding B.V. and its private equity investor Plain Vanilla Investments in the sale of DDL Diagnostic Laboratory to ViroClinics Biosciences. DDL Diagnostic Laboratory focuses on the development of advanced molecular diagnostic tests on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and clinical laboratories.
  • Houthoff advised Redefine Properties Limited (listed on Johannesburg Stock Exchange) and European Logistics Investment B.V. (ELI) on the sale of 46.5% of the shares in ELI to Madison International Realty and 2% of the shares in ELI to Griffin Real Estate. Houthoff worked in close collaboration with Rymarz Zdort (formerly Weil, Gotshal & Manges) on this matter.
  • Houthoff assisted NCAB Group, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, with the acquisition of Flatfield. NCAB is a global full-service supplier of PCBs (printed circuit boards) with local presence in 17 countries and sales in 45 countries. Flatfield is one of the leading PCB suppliers in the Benelux region. Outside Benelux, Flatfield also has a broad customer base in Germany. Synergies are expected in the areas of purchasing power and a broader factory base in China. The acquisition is mainly loan financed.
  • Advised the shareholders of Dept Holding B.V. on the sale of the Dept Group to The Carlyle Group. Dept is an international digital agency with a focus on creativity, technology and data.
  • Houthoff advised Dutch online broker DeGiro on its acquisition by German online broker Flatex for a purchase price of EUR 250 million. With the acquisition of DeGiro, Flatex will become the leading pan-European online broker.
  • Advised Yarden, one of the largest funeral service providers in the Netherlands, and its two shareholders (the Vereniging Yarden and the Stichting Yarden) in the sale of Yarden to DELA.
  • Advised the on the Toronto Stock Exchange listed WSP Global Inc., one of the world's leading professional services firms providing engineering and design services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power&Energy, Resources and Industry sector as well as offering strategic advisory services, on the acquisition of multidisciplinary consultancy- and engineering firm Lievense


  • Houthoff advised Albert Westerman Groep B.V. and the management of State of Art on the sale of a majority stake in State of Art to Quadrum Capital. State of Art, with a rich history dating back to 1936, is headquartered in Lichtenvoorde. The company has 40 retail stores and more than 600 official dealers. The transaction was completed on 23 September 2019.


  • Houthoff assisted Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co. with its agreement with NXP Semiconductors under which it will acquire all assets of NXP Semiconductors' Voice and Audio Solutions (VAS) for USD 165 million.
  • Advised Vitol on the sale to the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) of a 10% interest in VTTI BV, the owner and operator of storage terminals in 14 countries, including amongst others the Netherlands and Belgium, with 60 million barrels of capacity. Vitol and the IFM Global Infrastructure Fund will both own a 45% interest in VTTI.
  • Served as legal advisor to ECI Software Solutions, a leader in cloud-based business management solutions. ECI has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Netherlands-based Trivest Beheer B.V., a provider of smart vertical software solutions to the SME manufacturing sector. With this acquisition, Trivest’s nearly 3,000 customers and more than 300 employees will join ECI’s manufacturing division.

  • Houthoff advised a.s.r., a large Dutch insurance company, on the acquisition of VvAA Levensverzekeringen, the life insurance business of VvAA Groep. The life insurance portfolio comprises approximately 18,000 policies. The annual premium income is EUR 28m, and the technical provisions amount to EUR 430m. In addition to a multi-year life insurance partnership, VvAA and a.s.r. also intend to further expand the services to VvAA members.
  • Houthoff assisted the shareholders of The Datacenter Group Nederland Holding B.V. (TDCG) with the sale of a majority stake in TDCG to investment institution DWS.

  • Houthoff, together with Valther, assisted Actual Leader Group, an important provider on the French flexible labour market, in acquiring a stake in the Dutch employment agency Flex Factory. This is an important step in the growth strategy of Actual Leader Group which envisages to grow 20% in its foreign activities on the European market.
Michiel Pannekoek

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+31 10 217 24 33
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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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Michiel Wesseling

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+31 10 217 24 50
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Philip König

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+31 10 217 25 19
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Paul de Vries

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+31 20 605 61 87
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Bram Caudri

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

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+31 10 217 29 21
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