Private Equity

Private Equity

Houthoff’s Private Equity Team has more than 20 years of experience in assisting private equity players with transactions and the associated structuring issues – from the initial acquisition of a new portfolio company (including the often complex financing and structuring issues involved in this) to the exit.

Our specialists have a thorough understanding of the drivers behind the transactions we assist with, and know what is happening on the national and international markets. This makes them an effective sparring partner for our clients – not only on a legal level, but also on a strategic, commercial and economic level.

  • “Houthoff fields ‘a very smart and capable team’ that is ‘bright and easy to work with.’”
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2018 Edition)
  • ‘"Excellent in all respects’, Houthoff’s ‘responsive, flexible’ department has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘an understanding of potential political difficulties and sensitivities’."
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2018 Edition)
  • "The team's 'key difference is that they are result-oriented and focus on getting the deal done'."
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • "The lawyers are willing to go the extra mile; they are hands-on and very effective in getting the deal across the line."
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • "We had the best possible impressions of Houthoff. We work together with law firms on a regular basis and it happens very rarely that the level of service is as high as it was with Houthoff."
    Chambers Europe, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2017 Edition)
Over the years, our Private Equity Team has become the go-to adviser for many reputable private equity clients, including local private equity funds that focus mainly on the Dutch market, family offices and large international private equity funds. The team is now internationally recognised as a highly effective dealmaker with an unrivalled track record.

Clients engage our private equity specialists for their deal-driven approach and use of clear, accessible language in transaction documents. Our specialists understand that clients need carefully considered advice, but in a way that works for them: practical, understandable and efficient. Our multi-disciplinary Private Equity Team works closely with our experts in all of the areas that are relevant for transactions.

  • Advising H2 Equity partners on the sale of its majority stake in its portfolio company Dümmen Orange to BC Partners. Dümmen Orange is a leading breeder of cut flowers and potted plants with production in Europe, Central America and East Africa. The transaction is a subject to regulatory approvals and it is expected to be closed in the coming months.
  • Advised Equistone Partners Europe Ltd., (former Barclays Private Equity) on the acquisition of all shares of the Unlimited Footwear Group, a group of companies consisting of Shoes Unlimited, Trend Design and Star Collections. Equistone’s investment in Unlimited Footwear Group represents an attractive opportunity for new partnerships with third-party brands and scope to increase further market penetration in North America as well as Central and Southern Europe.
  • Houthoff advised ABN Amro Participaties on the sale of the Kuiken Groep to the Belgian trade company SMT Group. Kuiken Groep is a Dutch distributor of earthmoving machines and cranes.
Bram Caudri

Key Contact

Rotterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 24 75
+31 6 5161 7840
Michiel Wesseling

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Rotterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 24 50
+31 6 5115 9204
Michiel Pannekoek

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Rotterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 24 33
+31 6 5152 8751
Maurits de Haan

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