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.

  • Advised BC Partners on the acquisition of Keesing Media Group from Ergon Capital and Mediahuis.
  • Houthoff advised Wingtech Technology on its acquisition of a 23.77% stake in Nexperia for USD 893 million. Houthoff previously advised Wingtech Technology on an initial acquisition of a 75.86% controlling stake in Nexperia for USD 3.6 billion, which was completed at the end of 2019.
  • Advisering Keizerskroon Beheer B.V. bij de verkoop van een meerderheidsbelang in Easy Sanitary Solutions B.V. (ESS) aan Hansgrohe SE.
  • Assisted Söderberg & Partners with the acquisition of a minority stake in Van Loon. The group companies of Van Loon provide advisory and administrative services concerning insurances and other financial products to individuals and companies.
  • Houthoff has advised Siemens with its acquisition of Culgi. Culgi provides expertise and develops software solutions for multiscale chemistry simulation, from quantum chemistry to molecular dynamics.
  • Houthoff advised Castik Capital S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based private equity firm, in its acquisition of a majority stake in Customs Support Group (CSG).
  • Houthoff assisted Trustbridge Partners with a USD 200 million follow-on investment in WeWork China.
  • Advised publicly traded Swedish company XVIVO Perfusion AB on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Organ Assist BV for a purchase price of EUR 24 million. Organ Assist’s business focuses on developing machines and disposable components for liver and kidney perfusion.
  • Houthoff assisted IK Investment Partners in the acquisition of a majority stake in You Sure Investments B.V.
  • Houthoff, together with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, advised Atlas Holdings LLC on the acquisition of the Permasteelisa Group from LIXIL Group Corporations (Japan).
  • Houthoff assisted the Salvation Army in setting up the investment fund 'Stichting Leger des Heils WoonVermogen' for construction projects that make a social impact. The 'Stichting Leger des Heils WoonVermogen' is funded by private investors and aims to build 250 residences for vulnerable people in the coming years.
  • Houthoff advised together with Renzenbrink & Partner, the svt Group, a leading supplier of passive fire protection products and systems with the acquisition of Flamepro. The svt Group is an Ergon Capital portfolio company.
  • Houthoff advised the shareholders of ControlPay on the sale of the shares in ControlPay to Transporeon.
  • 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 123jaloezie.nl, plissegordijn.nl and rolgordijnland.nl).
  • 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.
Michiel Pannekoek

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Michiel Wesseling

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Philip König

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Notaris | Partner
+31 10 217 25 19
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Paul de Vries

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Bram Caudri

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Maurits de Haan

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