Helena Sprenger

Advocaat | Partner


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Helena works at Houthoff's New York office. She advises clients, including large international corporates and financial institutions, on corporate/M&A, corporate finance and international capital market transactions. She also has specific expertise in asset finance and the restructuring of international lease transactions. Helena advises not only on Dutch law, but also on the laws applicable in Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean, including Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. Before joining Houthoff in 2012, she was a partner of a leading global law firm in New York, where for ten years she headed the Dutch and Antilles law practice.

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Qualifications & Experience

  • Law (University of Groningen)
  • Economics (University of Groningen)
  • Together with Skadden Arps we advised ExxonMobil on matters of Suriname law in connection with an offshore oil and gas drilling project in Suriname.
  • Advised Orbimed Advisors, one of the leading debt investors in the life science sector, in a USD 100 Million debt financing of Pharming Group N.V. a Dutch listed company. The proceeds were used to redeem outstanding convertible bonds and an existing senior debt facility with Sillicon Valley Bank. As part of the transaction Pharming issued 9.2 million warrants to Orbimed.
  • Houthoff advised BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. on all Dutch-law aspects in connection with its successful IPO at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. BGI is a leading gene sequencing firm, offering a wide portfolio of genetic testing products across major diseases, enabling medical providers and patients worldwide to realise the promise of genomics-based diagnostics and personalised healthcare.
  • Houthoff represented Eli Global, LLC in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix N.V.
  • Houthoff advised Prime Focus World, a provider of creative and technology services to international film studios, in connection with a secured refinancing arranged by BNP Paribas Fortis and a new mezzanine facility provided by ING Bank.
  • Houthoff advised affiliates of Atrium Innovations, a nutritional health products provider, in connection with entering into an amendment to a USD 740 million first lien credit and guarantee agreement arranged by Royal Bank of Canada. This also included the repayment of a USD 150 million second lien credit and guarantee agreement.
  • Houthoff advised UBS on matters of Curaçao law in connection with a USD 790 million amended and restated term loan agreement entered into with companies belonging to the Citco group. The companies, including several Citco entities, incorporated under Curaçao law as guarantors and security providers.
  • Houthoff, together with White & Case, advised the sponsors in a project finance of a test well. Value in excess of USD 1 billion.
  • Houthoff advised the Fulmer group in an M&A transaction involving the acquisition of BMB Electronics Group.
  • Houthoff advised the borrower on a US$ 100 million secured finance transaction arranged by Wells Fargo.
  • Houthoff, together with Shearman & Sterling, advised JP Morgan and a syndicate of banks on a US$ 1,5 billion refinancing of the acquisition finance relating to the acquisition of AMC Entertainment by Affiliates of J.P. Morgan Partners and Apollo Management.
  • Houthoff advised the seller in a private equity transaction regarding a multi-national industrial ink manufacturer with substantial activities in the Netherlands.
  • Advised CBRE Global Investment Partners, part of one of the world’s premier, full-service commercial real estate services and investment companies, on setting up a Dutch fund targeting European co-investment and joint venture strategies, having raised a total of USD 840 million of equity sourced from six investors.
  • Advised Trafigura LLC on matters of St. Eustatius law in connection with a USD 3 billion credit agreement with, inter alia, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd, secured by certain assets located in St. Eustatius.
  • We advised Bank of America in a USD 150 Million secured finance transaction with a US based multinational chemical corporation. The complex Dutch partnership structure of the borrower created some interesting challenges with respect to the security package to which we found appropriate solutions. We worked together with US co-counsel Shearman & Sterling in this matter.
  • Houthoff advised several US financial institutions in several matters regarding Curaçao securities laws.

  • Houthoff advised a Curaçao corporation on its cross-border conversion into a Spanish corporation.
  • Houthoff, together with Stikeman Elliott LLP, advised Essar Steel Algoma, Inc. and its (Dutch) group companies in respect of a USD 200 million DIP-financing, which was provided by Deutsche Bank AG for the purpose of the voluntary proceedings under (i) the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and (ii) chapter 15 of title 11 of the United States Code.