Willem Liedenbaum

Advocaat | Partner

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Willem works in the Corporate/M&A practice group. He has extensive experience in complex cross-border M&A and capital markets transactions and is often involved in acquisitions of listed companies. He also advises both companies and investors on corporate governance, joint ventures, securities law compliance and general cross-border matters.

Willem has co-authored articles published in such journals as The International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions, Global Legal Insights: Mergers & Acquisitions and SDU Commentary on Corporate Law. 

Willem received his master's degree in Corporate Law from Radboud University in Nijmegen in 2012. That same year he joined Houthoff and the Amsterdam Bar. In 2017, Willem worked as legal counsel in the Capital Markets/M&A department of Rabobank. From September 2021 - May 2022, Willem was seconded to Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. He has been recognised by Legal 500 as a Rising Star within Capital Markets: Equity. 

Qualifications & Experience

  • LL.M. Corporate Law (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • LL.B. Law (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Rising Star
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2024 Edition)
  • 'A client mentioned: ‘Exceptional lawyers within their team are partner Jetty Tukker and counsel Willem Liedenbaum. They are very responsive and very deal-driven’."
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2024 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2023 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2022 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Capital Markets: Equity (2021 Edition)
  • Advised DP Eurasia N.V. on the unsolicited public offer by Jubilant Foodworks and the recommendation of the public offer by DP Eurasia board.
  • Advised Parkland N.V. and Magnus I B.V. on the take private transaction of GeoJunxion through the acquisition of all shares in GeoJunxion B.V. from GeoJunxion N.V. 
  • Advised, together with Van Bael & Bellis, Sopra Steria Group SA (Euronext Paris), a European Tech leader recognised for its consulting, digital services and software development, on its recommended public offer for all ordinary shares in the capital of Ordina N.V. (Euronext Amsterdam), a Benelux-based consulting and IT services provider.
  • Advised European Healthcare Acquisition & Growth Company B.V., a Euronext Amsterdam-listed special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), on entering into a business combination with Croma-Pharma GmbH.

  • Advised Alliander N.V.'s shareholders regarding reaching consensus on the 'Framework of Agreements on Capital Requirements of Regional Grid Operators'.
  • Advised Lumileds, a global leader in innovative lighting solutions, in its comprehensive financial restructuring. Lumileds emerged from a Chapter 11, resulting in a leadership transition and a funded debt reduction of approximately USD 1.4 billion.
  • Advised WeTransfer (The Creative Productivity Company), provider of an ecosystem of creative productivity tools, with its intended initial public offering and admission to listing and trading of its ordinary shares on Euronext Amsterdam.
  • Advising Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, on its acquisition of Talend, a leader in data integration and data integrity and Nasdaq listed, by means of a cash tender offer at approximately USD 2.4 billion.
  • Advised Black Diamond Capital Management, LLC in connection with the acquisition, jointly with InvestIndustrial, of the Phenolic Specialty Resins division and European forest products resins division from Hexion Inc.
  • Advised L Catterton on the acquisition of a majority stake in the BIRKENSTOCK Group. Houthoff worked jointly with Kirkland & Ellis on this transaction.
  • Advised Castik Capital S.à r.l., a Luxembourg-based private equity firm, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Customs Support Group (CSG).
  • Houthoff, together with Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, advised Atlas Holdings LLC on the acquisition of the Permasteelisa Group from LIXIL Group Corporations (Japan).
  • Advised Doughty Hanson on the sale of Zobele Group to Knowlton Development Corporation. Zobele Group is a world leader in the business segments of Air Care and Pest Control and a global player in Health & Personal Care and Fabric & Laundry Care.
  • Advised Stryker Corporation on its USD 5.4 billion acquisition of Wright Medical Group N.V.
  • Advised Hexaware Technologies Ltd on the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity provides digital consulting services for the world’s leading brands, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka. Houthoff worked jointly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on this transaction.

  • Assisted Van Gelder Groep in the acquisition of W. van den Heuvel en Zoon Infra, a company specialising in Lightrail construction. W. van den Heuvel en Zoon Infra will continue operating as a stand-alone business, whereby one of the selling shareholders will act as the business manager.
  • Represented Simadan in the sale of its businesses to Parcom Capital and John Swire & Sons. Parcom Capital will acquire the businesses Noba and Rotie. John Swire & Sons will acquire Biodiesel Amsterdam, Tankstorage Amsterdam and Cleaning & Services Amsterdam, a cleaning terminal for (bulk) trucks. The transactions are subject to Dutch and UK antitrust clearance.
  • 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.

  • Advised Intel Corporation on its tender offer to acquire Mobileye N.V., which has its headquarters and main operations in Israel. Mobileye N.V. is incorporated under Dutch law and listed on the New York Stock Exchange (MBLY.N). The tender offer was announced on 13 March 2017 and valued Mobileye at USD 15.3 billion.
  • Advised Freescale Semiconductor, Ltd. (NYSE: FSL) on its USD 40 billion merger with NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI).
  • 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%.

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