Cherlene Blankson

Cherlene Blankson

Advocaat | Senior Associate


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Cherlene specializes in Dutch and cross-border private M&A transactions. She represents both private equity companies and strategic parties in corporate take-overs, restructurings,  joint ventures and management participations. Her work mainly involves drafting and negotiating transaction documents and coordinating M&A deals with an international angle. Cherlene spent part of 2018 in residency at Houthoff's Brussels office, and Houthoff's New York office in 2021. Cherlene has previously gained experience in the Litigation & Arbitration department in 2014 – 2016 and was seconded to Houthoff's corporate litigation team in 2020/2021.

Cherlene is a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), as well as a member of Houthoff's Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee.

Qualifications & Experience 

  • LL.M. European Law School (Cum laude) (Maastricht University)
  • LL.M. Dutch Private Law (Maastricht University)
  • Advised Boasso Global, leading provider of ISO tankcontainer depot, maintenance and cleaning, on the acquisition of four Mainport Tankcontainer Services companies.
  • Advised in collaboration with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK), TBAuctions Netherlands B.V. on its acquisition of Epic Auctions. 
  • 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 H2 Equity Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Dutch Seafood Company, trading as ''Foppen'', to the listed company Hilton Food Group. 
  • Advised and represented Argos Wityu on the acquisition of Schenk Tanktransport.
  • 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 Plain Vanilla Investments (PVI) with the purchase of the shares in the capital of the Begra group. The Begra group (re)sells warehousing storage solutions and products for warehouse installations, both new and second-hand products, and including providing ancillary services (such as inspections).
  • Houthoff assisted D-Labs Holding B.V. and its private equity investor Plain Vanilla Investments in the sale of DDL Diagnostic Laboratory to ViroClinics Biosciences. DDL Diagnostic Laboratory focuses on the development of advanced molecular diagnostic tests on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and clinical laboratories.
  • Houthoff has advised Torqx Capital Partners on its acquisition of the majority of the shares in Sonic International (Hong Kong) Limited. Sonic International (Hong Kong) Limited and its subsidiaries are active in the business of development, marketing, sale and distribution of professional hand tools and storage solutions systems.
  • Houthoff assisted Royal IHC in the sale of its subsidiary Vremac Cylinders to Vydraulics. Vremac Cylinders is a modern designer and manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders, swivels and piston accumulators. Its products are designed to operate in harsh conditions in the dredging, offshore, civil engineering (bridges and lock gates) and heavy machinery markets.

  • Advised Strik Bedrijven Beheer B.V. on the sale of 75% of the shares in Innovative Taste B.V. to Barentz International B.V.

  • Houthoff represented IQ V-Tech B.V., a Quadrum Capital portfolio company, in entering into a strategic partnership with Alois Kober GmbH and mother company Dexcko Global through the sale of a 37.5% indirect interest in the VB-Airsuspension and its group companies.
  • 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.