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. 

  • "A client states that one of the main strengths of the team is: 'To remain pragmatic at all times and keep an eye on what's commercially important or relevant and what is not'."
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2023 Edition)
  • "A client experienced that 'Houthoff's team is very knowledgeable but also understands the deal making, being fast and pragmatic'."
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2023 Edition)
  • "One client said: ‘The core Houthoff M&A team consists of driven, pragmatic, and diverse individuals. Great availability, coordination skills and a pragmatic approach are some of the team’s strengths and key capabilities.’"
     
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2023 Edition)
  • "Another client mentioned: ‘The Houthoff lawyers are smart and practical, with a great understanding of cross-border transactions. They invest time, effort and energy into learning our business, which better enables them to advise our company.’"
     
    Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (2023 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)
  • “A client appreciates the ‘hands-on involvement from the partners’.”
    Chambers Europe, Corporate/M&A High-end Capability (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability (2022 Edition)
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “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 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 ‘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 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)

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 LLP SunMed on its acquisition of Vyaire Medical’s (“Vyaire”) business unit that manufactures and markets respiratory and anesthesia consumables. Houthoff acted alongside Goodwin Procter on this deal advised on the Dutch elements of the transaction. 
  • Advised Atlas on its sale of Aludium, a leading aluminum rolled products business with operations across three locations in Europe.
  • Advised Severfield plc with the acquisition of Voortman Steel Construction Holding B.V. and with the Dutch law aspects of the financing of the transaction.
  • Advised Hydro Energi on its Series A investment in E-Magy B.V., a Dutch silicon battery scale-up.

  • Advised Authentix Inc on the acquisition of Koninklijke Joh. Enschedé.
  • Advised Bridgepoint Advisers II Limited on its acquisition of the DataExpert group, a leading provider of products and services to combat cybercrime and fraud and deliver forensic and incident response solutions.
  • Assisted Dutch insurer De Goudse in its proposed acquisition of a 35% stake in glass insurer Midglas. Midglas is market leader in this niche market. A part of the proposed acquisition is also a 35% stake in De Glaslijn, a facility service provider.
  • Advised Loyalty Ventures Inc. and the BrandLoyalty Group on the sale of BrandLoyalty to Opportunity Partners.
  • Advised Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance Nederland on the carve-out of Findio (a provider of car finance products) out of the CACF Nederland group and the sale of Findio to FCA Bank.
  • Advised VARO Energy BV on its acquisition of 80% of the shares in Bio Energy Coevorden BV, one of the largest biogas manufacturers in Europe.
  • Advised Corus Europe B.V., a leading laboratory group active in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France and Portugal in expanding their dental laboratories in the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Advised Sligro Food Group on the acquisition of the majority of wholesaler Metro’s activities in Belgium

  • Advised Alliander N.V.'s shareholders regarding reaching consensus on the 'Framework of Agreements on Capital Requirements of Regional Grid Operators'.
  • Advised De Agostini on the EUR 7.2 billion business combination of Pegasus Entrepreneurs with FL Entertainment. Awarded Best ECM Deal 2022 by M&A Community
  • Advised Dusseldorp Automotive B.V., a Dutch BMW- and MINI dealer, on the acquisition of the VMD Group from Autobinck Group.
  • Advised Lumileds, a global leader in innovative lighting solutions, in its comprehensive financial restructuring. Lumileds emerged from a Chapter 11, resulting in a leadership transition and a funded debt reduction of approximately USD 1.4 billion.
  • Assisted global semiconductor player Nexperia with its acquisition of Netherlands-based Nowi Energy
  • Advised Apax Partners on the sale of a majority stake in Boasso Global to KKR.
  • Advised a subsidiary of DCC plc on its acquisition of all the shares in PVO International B.V. (PVO).

  • Advised Ariston Holding N.V on the acquisition of CENTROTEC Climate Systems GmbH.

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