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Alexander Kaarls

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Alexander Kaarls’ practice focuses on corporate and securities laws, with a particular focus on cross-border mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, joint venture, securities laws compliance, and general cross-border matters. Alexander has been ranked as the Netherlands’ ‘leading M&A lawyer’ by the predominant Dutch M&A website and database OverFusies several times (based on total deal value).

Alexander has authored and co-authored articles published in, among others, the International Financial Law Review, the International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions, the International Law Practicum, the European Lawyer, Advocatenblad (the Netherlands Bar periodical) and Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht (a leading Dutch periodical on contract law).

Alexander is a member of the Netherlands Bar (since 1993) and the California Bar (since 2002). He joined Houthoff in 2004, after spending ten years practicing with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in London, Brussels and Palo Alto (California).


Capital markets: equity

Within: Capital markets: equity

Houthoff's team stands out for its 'combination of great in-depth knowledge and the ability to connect to clients'. It is a key name for cross-border ECM work and, in a recent example of its strength in this area, practice co-heads Jetty Tukker and Alexander Kaarls ('an exceptional professional with proven skills in any important legal field') acted for Vitol Group and affiliates and the underwriters on Dutch law aspects of the IPO of Vivo Energy on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Willem Liedenbaum was promoted to senior associate in 2018.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a

Houthoff is appreciated for providing 'excellent, on the spot, informed advice at every stage'. This well-established team is headed by Alexander Kaarls whose broad expertise serves clients ranging from multinationals and private equity houses to institutional investors. He advised Wyndham Worldwide on the sale of its European vacation rental business which involved assets in numerous countries, to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3bn. Other key members of the team include Michiel Pannekoek, Willem de Nijs Bik, Bram Caudri and Maurits de Haan. Its clients include, eBay, Kellogg, and EQT. Jan-Paul van der Hoek left the firm.

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Within: Tax

Houthoff’s ‘excellent, professional’ tax team is experienced in a variety of cross-border tax matters. Group lead Sylvia Dikmans, who is praised for her ‘unique business acumen’, and Alexander Kaarls advised Intel on its tender offer to acquire Mobileye, valued at $15.3bn. Recently recruited partner Paulus Merks joined from DLA Piper and is 'a fantastic catch’ according to one client. He advised Uber as the lead partner on the client's $3.7bn merger with Yandex. Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk and Rob Havenga are other key names.

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