Jacques Kröner

Advocaat | Partner

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Jacques is a corporate lawyer specialising in corporate transactions, corporate governance and ESG regulation from a corporate perspective. He has extensive experience in M&A transactions (drafting and negotiating various corporate agreements, and managing due diligence procedures and auction processes). As Co-Head of Houthoff's ESG team, Jacques sets up governance structures and advises on the implementation of the corporate sustainability reporting directive (CSRD) and other ESG-related matters. He works for large EU and international companies and investors, and Dutch government bodies.

Jacques is head lecturer in corporate law of the Dutch Law Firm School (LFS). He is a regular guest lecturer in the mergers and acquisitions module at Erasmus University Rotterdam and gives courses on corporate governance to management board members and supervisory board members. Jacques has contributed to the book on company takeovers Bedrijfsovername (2023), edited and published under the lead of corporate law professors at Leiden University. He also regularly publishes on ESG regulatory topics.

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    Legal 500, Energy: Transactional (2024 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Energy: transactional (2023 Edition)
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    Legal 500, Energy: transactional (2022 Edition)
  • “Jacques Kröner is a great support to our business in complicated transactions.”
    Legal 500, Energy: transactional (2021 Edition)
  • “Jacques Kröner has a pragmatic approach and is also very pleasant to work with.”
    Legal 500, Energy: transactional (2021 Edition)
  • “Jacques Kröner is devoted, pragmatic and has a great understanding of our business.”
    Legal 500, Energy: transactional (2021 Edition)
  • “Jacques Kröner is a very service minded and pragmatic lawyer who brings great value to the table for a legal knowledge as well as negotiation perspective. He has a very good sense for tactics/emotions and is very capable to find the compromise that gets a deal over the line.”
    Legal 500, Energy: Regulatory (2020 Edition)

Qualifications & Experience

  • Continued Education (McGill University Montreal, Canada)
  • LL.M. Civil and Business Law (Leiden University)

  • Advised Severfield plc with the acquisition of Voortman Steel Construction Holding B.V. and with the Dutch law aspects of the financing of the transaction.
  • Advised Alliander N.V.'s shareholders regarding reaching consensus on the 'Framework of Agreements on Capital Requirements of Regional Grid Operators'.
  • Advised Provincie Zeeland on the carve-out out of PZEM of 50% of Evides.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Core Limited on entering into a joint venture agreement with NTT Global Data Centers EMEA GmbH with respect to the ownership, operation and management of certain data centres in the Netherlands. 
  • Advised Provincie Zeeland on the unbundling of Evides B.V. from PZEM N.V. and the related sale of the shares held by PZEM N.V. in Evides N.V. to GBE Aqua B.V. and the financing thereof by BNG.
  • Advised ZWIN B.V., Aletschwald B.V., Michel Kerres Management B.V. and KERAM OG B.V. on the sale of the Limburg BMW dealer group Keram (K2M Holding B.V. and its affiliates) and the real estate property owned by the group to Emil Frey (Ekris).
  • Advised and represented Finqus B.V. and DSB Bank N.V. (in bankruptcy) on the sale of Finqus' loan portfolio with a purchase price of approx. EUR 1.5 billion to NIBC Bank N.V.
  • Advised Platinum Equity on Landal GreenParks' sale to Roompot.
  • Advised Novasol A/S on the acquisition of StrandBergen B.V., an intermediary in the rental of holiday homes primarily located in the Bergen aan Zee region.
  • Advised Landal GreenParks Holding B.V. on the acquisition of Vakantiemakelaar B.V., the largest specialist in the brokerage of recreational real estate.
  • Advised GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, on the joint venture agreement with Equinix for more than USD 1 billion to develop and operate hyperscale data centres in Europe. The joint venture will acquire two operational data centres in London and Paris and plans to futher develop data centres in Amsterdam, Frankfurt (two sites) and London. Houthoff was co-counsel to Kirkland & Ellis on this transaction.
  • Represented Oceanco in the acquisition of the Heerema Fabrication Group's facilities located at the Noordweg, Zwijndrecht. Oceanco is a world-class builder of custom superyachts in the 80-140 meters range. This acquisition enables Oceanco to further expand its shipyard activities in the Netherlands.

  • Houthoff represented Ease2pay in its acquisition of the business of MyOrder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the major Dutch bank Rabobank. The acquisition combines the mobile fueling- and parking solutions of both companies, resulting in a combined network of over 600 fueling stations and 116 cities where customers can pay with one mobile app for their fuel and street parking.

  • 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.
  • Houthoff (co-counsel to Kirkland&Ellis and Dechert LLP, M&A, VDD) advised Wyndham Worldwide Corp on the sale of its European vacation rental business (Landal part) to private equity firm Platinum Equity for approximately USD1.3 billion.
  • Houthoff represented the shareholders of Makelaarsland B.V. and Above Holding B.V. in the sale and transfer of 90% of the shares in these companies to ING.