Mark is an associate in the Corporate/M&A department where he advises large corporates, investors and private equity firms in a variety of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions, general corporate law and commercial contracts. Mark is a member of the Bar in Rotterdam.
Qualifications & Experience
- Corporate Law and Business Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Houthoff advised the sellers on the sale of Mendix to Siemens. Mendix was founded in Rotterdam (2005) by, amongst others, Derek Roos and Derckjan Kruit and offers a low-code software platform for the development and implementation of applications.
Houthoff advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Reparenco, a Dutch paper and recycling business, to Smurfit Kappa Group plc for a cash consideration of approximately €460 million. Smurfit Kappa Group plc is one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas.
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. This matter is particularly significant/complex because of the multi cross border VDD exercise which Houthoff coordinated for the Landal part of the transaction with multiple park concepts and the very significant real estate component due to the large number of parks operated by Landal over the various jurisdiction (85 in total). We further advised on the competition aspects of various bidders and coordinate and advise on the Dutch works council advice procedure. The client is a NY stock exchange-listed American hospitality company.
Houthoff Buruma advised founders Eelko van Kooten and Roger de Graaf in the sale of record label Spinnin' Records to Warner Music Group.
Spinnin' Records was founded in 1999 and found fame with artists such as Armand van Helden, Fedde le Grand, Afrojack and Martin Solveigh.
Houthoff represented Bregal Freshstream LLP, a UK-based private equity fund of Bregal Investments LLP, on the acquisition of a minority stake in Euro-Caps Holding B.V., a Netherlands-based company engaged in the manufacturing of private label coffee capsules.
Houthoff advised Wide-Angle Management on the sale of all shares in Orlaco to Stoneridge Inc. Orlaco is a leading supplier of vehicle camera solutions.
Since July 2015, Orlaco and Stoneridge have jointly developed the MirrorEye mirror replacement system, which is the industry-leading solution to improve the safety and fuel economy of commercial vehicles.
Houthoff advised Yealink Network Technology Corp Ltd on the Dutch law aspects of its successful IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Founded in 2001, Yealink is a leading global unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider that primarily offers video conferencing systems and voice communication solutions.