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. 

  • “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)
  • 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)

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 European private equity firm CastikCapital on the acquisition of TBAuctions, a leading European online auction platform.
  • Advised CGN Europe Energy SAS on its sale of all shares in Windpark De Hondtocht B.V. and Oldebroekertocht B.V. to the group companies of Pure Energie B.V.
  • Advised PO Söderberg & Partner Aktiebolag on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Summa Holding B.V.
  • Advised Sportfondsen on the acquisition of Laco. The organisations are focused on managing and operating multifunctional sports, recreation and welfare facilities.
  • Advised Barentz International, a leading global life science ingredients distributor, together with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, on an agreement to acquire a majority stake in the distribution activities of Gangwal Chemicals Private Limited.
  • Advised CSC on the conditional agreement of a recommended public offer for all shares of Intertrust for EUR 20 (cum dividend) in cash per share.
  • Advising Platinum Equity Advisors LLC on the acquisition of Continental Bakeries.
  • Advised and represented Argos Wityu on the acquisition of Schenk Tanktransport.
  • Advised HqO, together with Goodwin Procter LLP, on the acquisition of Office App. Office App is a leading European tenant and employee engagement platform.
  • Advised the publicly traded software company Bentley Systems Inc. on the acquisition of Oxplus B.V.
  • Advised Bosch Rexroth on the sale of its Large Projects business to Van Halteren Group. Bosch Rexroth is an internationally operating group specialized in mechanical and installation engineering solutions using advanced technologies and extensive industry knowledge.
  • Advised Stellantis N.V. on the legal merger between Peugeot Nederland N.V., Citroën Nederland B.V. and Opel Nederland B.V.
  • Houthoff advised the New York based private equity firm Crestview Partners, together with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, on the acquisition of TenCate Grass from Royal TenCate.
  • Houthoff advised BlueAlp in respect of the acquisition by Shell Ventures B.V. of a 21.25% minority stake in BlueAlp Holding B.V., as well as regarding the commercial partnership entered into between BlueAlp and Shell Ventures B.V., including the cooperation to build two new conversion plants in the Netherlands.
  • Houthoff advised and represented Egeria on the sale of Dutch Bakery Group B.V. to investment manager 3i Group PLC.
  • Advising Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, on its acquisition of Talend, a leader in data integration and data integrity and Nasdaq listed, by means of a cash tender offer at approximately USD 2.4 billion.
  • Advised Siemens with its acquisition of Sqills, a leading provider in the provision of cloud-based inventory management, reservation, and ticketing software to public transport operators around the world. The agreed purchase price is EUR 550 million plus an earn out.
  • Advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Brink Group. Brink has more than 100 years of expertise in the manufacturing industry. The company’s product portfolio includes fixed, detachable, retractable and next generation towbars.
  • Advised Orkla with the purchase of 75% of shares in New York Pizza. New York Pizza is one of the leading pizza chains in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Platinum Equity on Landal GreenParks' sale to Roompot.

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Michiel Pannekoek

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Jacques Kröner

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Willem de Nijs Bik

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Michiel Wesseling

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Philip König

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Paul de Vries

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Bram Caudri

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Maurits de Haan

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