Transport Logistics

Transport & Logistics

The growing consumer market, the arrival of large European distribution centres and rising demand in the construction sector are all contributing to a greater demand for physical goods flows, and with it a growing need for transport. This brings both opportunities and challenges for all kinds of businesses in the sector. The highly regarded Transport & Logistics Team at Houthoff knows all the ins and outs of the transport sector and fully understands the challenges that these businesses face. Challenges like foreign competition, an increasing complexity in the transport chain and more stringent environmental regulation. Our transport specialists represent national and international goods hauliers and passenger transport companies that use rail, road and water, as well as airlines, airports, vehicle suppliers and financiers.

Examples of our expertise within the transport sector

There is an ever-growing need within the goods transport sector for an increase in scale. One way for transport companies to achieve this is by entering into strategic cooperation agreements with one other, using our Transport & Logistics Team's M&A expertise to assist them. Good transport and insurance agreements are essential for facilitating transport effectively. Our transport specialists will draft these for you in clear and accessible language. In cases of damage or loss, either to or caused by transport, transport companies and insurers can rely on the far-reaching knowledge and experience of our lawyers. Our experts can advise and support clients in national and international legal disputes and arbitration. Tighter environmental regulations require more efficient and sustainable transport methods. Clients often use our firm as a sparring partner to develop ideas on innovative solutions, like moving conveyor systems in cities, electric transport, delivery services by drone and other smart mobility solutions. Our specialists are also frequently involved in the process of drafting and awarding transport concessions.

The specialists in our Transport & Logistics Team come from a variety of backgrounds, from transport law and M&A to procedural, environmental, liability and insurance law. Thanks to their integrated approach and detailed knowledge of the sector, they are able to offer well-thought-out and practical solutions.

  • Houthoff advised Siemens to found a joint venture with Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE) for the servicing and maintenance of locomotives. The company will be headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and be named Locomotive Workshop Rotterdam (LWR). The location of the new workshop in the port of Rotterdam will enable rail operators to optimize their long-term planning of necessary service stops for locomotives on their routes. The port is an ideal location for servicing locomotives arriving from throughout Europe, and will eliminate long service transfer runs. As the biggest seaport in Europe, Rotterdam is a key logistics hub in the European rail network. Each week, there are more than 250 intermodal rail connections in the port. The workshop will handle inspections, preventive and corrective maintenance work, which also can include simple repairs and upgrades. Founding of the company, pending approval of antitrust authorities, is expected to be completed in the first half of calendar year 2018.

  • Houthoff represented Sandd in the acquisition of Van Straaten Post from its previous owners. The combined group is able to service the 24-, 48- and 72- hours postal market throughout the work week with national coverage. The acquisition is part of Sandd’s strategy to become a real alternative on the Dutch postal market.

  • Houthoff, jointly with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, assisted Global Logistic Properties in the acquisition of the European logistics business IDI Gazeley. Global Logistic Properties, a Singapore-listed investor, acquired IDI Gazeley from Brookfield Asset Management, the world's second-largest real estate fund manager. The transaction value amounts to approx USD 2,8 billion.

    The Dutch real estate consisted of 15 logistics warehouses. Our works were focussed on the due diligence research of the Dutch real estate and the Dutch corporate and financing aspects. 

    The Houthoff team was led by Herman Lohman. 

  • Houthoff represented the selling shareholders in the acquisition of PS Nachtdistributie by PostNL. PS Nachtdistributie is active in the field of overnight distribution in the Benelux.
  • Advised Xiamen Airlines on the setting up of its Amsterdam office. It is an important milestone for its international development as the Xiamen - Amsterdam route is the first intercontinental route for Xiamen Airlines.


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