Het Private Equity Team van Houthoff heeft ruim 20 jaar ervaring in het begeleiden van private-equityspelers bij transacties en de samenhangende structureringsvraagstukken. Van de initiële acquisitie van een nieuwe portfoliomaatschappij, inclusief de vaak complexe financierings- en structureringskwesties die daarbij spelen, tot en met de "exit".

Onze specialisten hebben een grondig begrip van de "drivers" achter de transacties die we begeleiden en weten wat er speelt in de nationale en internationale markt. Zij zijn daarom niet alleen op juridisch vlak, maar ook op strategisch, commercieel en economisch vlak een echte sparringpartner voor cliënten. 

  • "A client mentions: ‘The team excels at being pragmatic while giving comfort on key legal points and always with a smile – very pleasant and effective collaboration’."
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2024 edition)
  • "One client said: 'The Houthoff PE team are excellent legal advisers, helping us manage the legal and commercial aspects of our acquisitions. They understand the peculiar needs and interests of PE-backed companies and have great international experience with all aspects of transactions, whether on the buy-side or the sell-side. They are exceptional transaction lawyers.’"
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2023 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Private Equity (2023 Edition)
  • “The Houthoff M&A team is extremely dedicated. They are a full extention of the deal team in many aspects. Of course, they provide top-quality legal advise, and they do this in a pragmatic and effective way. They are very effective negotiators to win key points in the deal. And they are a great team to work with.”
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2020 Edition)
  • “One of the Netherlands’ leading PE teams – and deservedly so. Responsive, hands-on, creative and solution-oriented.”
    Legal 500, Private Equity (2020 Edition)
Door de jaren heen is ons Private Equity Team uitgegroeid tot de vaste "go to" adviseur voor een groot aantal gerenommeerde private-equity cliënten, waaronder lokale private-equityfondsen die zich vooral richten op de Nederlandse markt, investeringsmaatschappijen van families ("family offices") en grote internationale private-equityfondsen. Het team is inmiddels internationaal erkend als uiterst efficiënte dealmaker met een ongeëvenaard track record.

Cliënten schakelen onze private-equityspecialisten in vanwege hun "deal-driven" benadering en hun gebruik van duidelijke, toegankelijke taal in transactiedocumentatie. Onze specialisten begrijpen dat cliënten doordacht advies nodig hebben, maar dan wel op een manier die voor hen werkt – praktisch, begrijpelijk en efficiënt. Ons multidisciplinair Private Equity Team werkt nauw samen met onze experts op alle voor transacties relevante gebieden.
  • 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.
  • Advised European private equity firm CastikCapital on the acquisition of TBAuctions, a leading European online auction platform.
  • Advising Platinum Equity Advisors LLC on the acquisition of Continental Bakeries.
  • Advised and represented Argos Wityu on the acquisition of Schenk Tanktransport.
  • Advising Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, on its acquisition of Talend, a leader in data integration and data integrity and Nasdaq listed, by means of a cash tender offer at approximately USD 2.4 billion.
  • Represented Xebia, a portfolio company of Waterland Private Equity, in connection with the acquisition of Oblivion Cloud Control.
  • 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 Powersports Distribution Group B.V. on the acquisition of the shares in Motovest Beheer B.V., a leading European player with the largest selection of leading brands in niche aftermarket motorcycle parts.

  • Advised L Catterton on the acquisition of a majority stake in the BIRKENSTOCK Group. Houthoff worked jointly with Kirkland & Ellis on this transaction.
  • Advised Castik Capital S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based private equity firm, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Customs Support Group (CSG).
  • Assisted Trustbridge Partners with a USD 200 million follow-on investment in WeWork China.
  • Houthoff, together with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, advised Atlas Holdings LLC on the acquisition of the Permasteelisa Group from LIXIL Group Corporations (Japan).
  • Advised Doughty Hanson on the sale of Zobele Group to Knowlton Development Corporation. Zobele Group is a world leader in the business segments of Air Care and Pest Control and a global player in Health & Personal Care and Fabric & Laundry Care.
  • 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.

Key Contact

Advocaat | Partner

Key Contact

Advocaat | Partner | Head of International