Our expertise in the manufacturing sector
We are seeing more and more mergers between chemical companies, in a bid to remain competitive. They are familiar with Houthoff's extensive international M&A expertise and engage our specialists for assistance and advice. When environmental due diligence services are also required, our Manufacturing Team works closely with our health, safety & environment specialists.
Large manufacturers are regularly involved in damages actions relating to alleged cartel formation and often major interests are at stake. This requires practical and well-considered advice. Our experienced litigators represent large manufacturers in legal proceedings.
Our Manufacturing Team has an international focus, which is essential for the manufacturing industry. Emerging economies like Asia, Latin America and Africa, and opportunities to outsource parts of production to low-wage countries necessitate a broader perspective. Together with our specialists in environmental law, intellectual property law, product liability, outsourcing and tax matters, the Manufacturing Team helps our clients move forward.
Houthoff assisted Kyocera Corporation with the acquisition of Van Aerden Group B.V. by its American subsidiary Kyocera Senco Industrial Tools, Inc. The purchase agreement was signed on 1 February 2019, and on 1 March 2019, the shares were transferred. Van Aerden Group B.V. has been renamed Kyocera Aerfast Europe B.V.
Houthoff represented the shareholders of Boal in the sale of a majority stake in Boal Group to Equistone Partners Europe. Headquartered in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, BOAL Group has 48 years of experience in designing and manufacturing aluminium roofing and sidewall systems for greenhouses and holds a market leading position in the horticultural greenhouse industry. It also supplies the construction, engineering, and transport sectors with aluminium extrusions. The production of its high-performance products is underpinned by its in-house experience, know-how, innovation and aluminium extrusion capabilities across its sites in the Netherlands (‘s-Gravenzande, Maasdijk, De Lier) and the UK(Shepshed). BOAL Group currently employs c.370 people and generated revenues of c.€155m in 2017.
Advising and representing Tata Steel, one of Europe's largest steel plants, on their most important environmental permits and enforcement procedures.