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Willem de Nijs Bik

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Willem specialises in company law, corporate governance, and strategic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions between strategic companies, often in the financial and energy sectors. He advises both listed and non-listed companies, financial institutions and government bodies on a broad range of company law matters. He has experience resolving complex situations for directors and supervisory directors, and with hostile takeovers and companies in difficulty. Willem is a lecturer at the Law Firm School and regularly publishes on subjects in his field. He also has a book on corporate governance and the Dutch two-tier board system to his name.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Houthoff’s ‘reliable, diligent’ practice provides ‘sound, pragmatic advice, fast’. Private equity expert Bram Caudri, who made partner in January 2017, is ‘someone you want on your side’; he and Michiel Pannekoek acted for Jac Capital and Wise Road Capital on their over $2.7bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ standard products business unit. ‘Excellent strategistWillem de Nijs Bik is an expert in corporate governance and energy M&A; the ‘high-energyMaurits de Haan has ‘an eye for detail’. Jan-Paul van der Hoek heads the department.

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Netherlands: Energy


Within: Regulatory

Frequently advising on large-scale conventional and renewable energy matters, Houthoff’s practice is headed by counsel Marjolein Dieperink. She, Willem de Nijs Bik and senior associate Marc van Beuge advised Eneco on a wide range of regulatory matters. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce represented Promneftstroy in insolvency litigation. Boskalis is another client.

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Within: Leading individuals

Willem de Nijs Bik - Houthoff

Within: Transactional

Houthoff’s team is ‘fully aware of the commercial implications of regulatory frameworks’. Willem de Nijs Bik is the key contact, while the ‘constructive, flexible’ Jacques Kröner advised Shanks Group on its €482m merger with Van Gansewinkel Group. The shareholders of Delta and Essent are additional clients.

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