Jan Willem de Groot

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Jan Willem leidt de Litigation & Arbitration praktijk van Houthoff en is lid van onze International Board.

Hij is gespecialiseerd in corporate en commercial litigation, met focus op transactiegerelateerde geschillen, geschillen na een openbaar bod, aandeelhoudersgeschillen, Ondernemingskamerprocedures en aansprakelijkheidsclaims. Hij vertegenwoordigt ondernemingen en nationale en internationale investeringsmaatschappijen in complexe procedures waarbij vaak meerdere jurisdicties betrokken zijn. Jan Willem leidde Houthoff's litigation teams onder meer in het miljardenovernamegeschil Elliott/AkzoNobel, Sligro's EUR 83 miljoen overnamegeschil met Jumbo en de omvangrijke Altice-geschillen over het openbaar bod van de meerderheidsaandeelhouder voor de Amsterdamse Ondernemingskamer. Ook leidde Jan Willem het litigation team in het belangrijke corporate governance geschil van Novamedia voor de Ondernemingskamer met een minderheidsaandeelhouder. 

Jan Willem maakt ook deel uit van een multidisciplinair team met deskundigen op het gebied van corporate governance, toezicht en corporate litigation, dat governance stresstests uitvoert om governance praktijken te verbeteren en te versterken.

Hij doceert advocaten aan verschillende instellingen zoals de Law Firm School (LFS) en de Academie van de Rechtspraktijk, en is lid van de Vereniging Corporate Litigation en de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Procesrecht. Jan Willem publiceert en spreekt ook regelmatig over onderwerpen gerelateerd aan corporate litigation.

  • Ranked in Tier 2
    Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution (2024 Edition)
  • “A client mentioned that 'Jan Willem has the ability to make complex matters manageable. He is quick and resourceful and well connected in the field'.”
    Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution (2024 Edition)
  • "A client says: 'He is a great lawyer who is calm under stress and has impressive courtroom skills'."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2023 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2023 Edition)
  • "One client said: ‘Jan Willem de Groot is leading his team by example. He is very knowledgeable, and a strategic thinker'."
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2023 Edition)
  • "One client mentioned: ‘Jan Willem de Groot and Marjolein Heuten are exceptional'."
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2023 Edition)
  • “One interviewee reports that he is ‘creative, very dedicated to the client and the client's interest, and highly responsive and proactive’.”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2022 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2022 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2022 Edition)
  • “Jan Willem de Groot is a superb advocate and very assured and prepared in court.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2022 Edition)
  • “He is creative and a very good pleader.’”
    Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution (2021 Edition)
  • “Clients also highlight his ‘strategic thinking and analytical skills.’”
    Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution (2021 Edition)
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: commercial litigation (2021 Edition)
  • “Clients describe De Groot as ‘smart, down to earth, pragmatic and committed.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2020 Edition)

Opleidingen

  • Lex Mundi Cross-Border Dispute Resolution
  • Lex Mundi Foundation Management
  • Grotius Academie specialisatieopleiding Corporate Structures
  • Privaatrecht (Universiteit Groningen)
  • Advised OLA Electric on the acquisition of electric scooter company Etergo B.V.
  • Advised OSX Brasil S.A. and its Dutch subsidiaries. on the restructuring of their consolidated debt of over US$ 2.5 billion, including representing the OSX companies in various litigation matters in the Netherlands as well as coordinating litigation abroad. The team worked also on the debt restructuring of OSX 3, the USD 450 million bond structure and the syndicated debt of USD 850 million.
  • Assisted Elliott in inquiry proceedings at the Enterprise Chamber against the paints and chemical group AkzoNobel. Elliott was one of AkzoNobel’s largest shareholders, with an interest in AkzoNobel of more than 5%.
  • Represented Swiss/Spanish Teka Group in inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber in Amsterdam. Teka is in dispute with a cluster of minority shareholders. In the action before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, they alleged that Teka has been mismanaged on a number of issues. The court of appeal denied all claims against Teka.
  • Represented Danube Logistics in a significant litigation matter in the Netherlands against several Dutch and Moldovan parties regarding Danube's acquisition of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port in Moldova, including its oil and cargo/container terminals. In this massive international litigation, on behalf of the Danube Logistics group of companies, Houthoff successfully lodged a claim in 2015 before the Amsterdam Court. Opposite parties launched an appeal.
  • Advised Vi Holding, the largest shareholder of aluminum multinational Vimetco N.V. on several proceedings in the Netherlands and the UK relating to a transaction with regard to a significant minority stake in Vimetco. Disputes arose with respect to certain obligations under this transaction, and also a third party initiated proceedings in both the UK and the Netherlands following it.

  • Advised Aurelius, through its investment vehicle Capricorn, in lodging several claims in the Netherlands, relating to, among others, (a) the voidance of several intercompany transactions of the Oi Group which have been to the detriment of the group's creditors and (b) to prevent the ailing Brazilian parent company from borrowing any more money from one its Dutch subsidiaries.
  • V&D was a landmark brand of high street located department stores (63 stores) in the Netherlands and was founded in 1887. Houthoff advised the company in a wide array of matters, including the restructuring of its debt, and representing the company in several high profile litigation matters related to real estate and labour law.
  • Advised Ballast Nedam on an appeal case against Max Bögl, a former joint venture partner. Ballast Nedam wins court of appeal case against Max Bögl. The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in cassation, lodged by Max Bögl. For Ballast Nedam this ruling means an elimination of a risk of over 9 million euros, without further financial impact. Ballast Nedam brought action in 2003 against Max Bögl for breach of contract in the tendering stage of three underground stations on the North-South Line.