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. 

  • “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)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, 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)
  • “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)
  • “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 De Agostini on the EUR 7.2 billion business combination of Pegasus Entrepreneurs with FL Entertainment
  • 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.
  • Advised NVIDIA, one of the largest chip manufacturers in the world, in the acquisition of Bright Computing.
  • 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.

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Michiel Pannekoek

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鹿特丹
Advocaat | Partner | Head of International
+31 10 217 24 33
+31 6 5152 8751

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阿姆斯特丹
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 61 10
+31 6 5165 9263
Jacques Kröner

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鹿特丹
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 25 44
+31 6 5144 5782
Willem de Nijs Bik

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阿姆斯特丹
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 61 66
+31 6 5356 6533
Philip König

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鹿特丹
Notaris | Partner
+31 10 217 25 19
+31 6 5118 7392
Paul de Vries

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阿姆斯特丹
Notaris | Partner
+31 20 605 61 87
+31 6 4155 7508
Bram Caudri

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

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鹿特丹
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 29 21
+31 6 4314 2993