The manufacturing industry is awash with new technologies and new markets. This shift offers countless opportunities for investment and growth. Houthoff's Manufacturing Team is very familiar with the complexity of the manufacturing industry. Our specialists know what changes are taking place, like the continuous fluctuation in commodity prices, tighter social regulations and increasing requirements relating to sustainable business practices. This knowledge enables Houthoff to offer its clients future-proof solutions. As a strategic sparring partner and adviser, the Manufacturing Team assists manufacturers, chemical companies and industrials.

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.

  • 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 B&C Industrieholding GmbH, together with CERHA HEMPEL, on the acquisition of 80% stake in the Schur Flexibles Group, which has an enterprise value of around EUR 900m and four production sites in the Netherlands.
  • Advised together with Renzenbrink & Partner, the svt Group, a leading supplier of passive fire protection products and systems with the acquisition of Flamepro. The svt Group is an Ergon Capital portfolio company.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Advising and representing Tata Steel, one of Europe's largest steel plants, on their most important environmental permits and enforcement procedures.


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Key Contact

Advocaat | Partner | Head of International