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Michiel Pannekoek

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Michiel specialises in mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. He has a particular focus on advising in the context of international acquisitions, management buy-outs and joint ventures. Michiel is one of the most prominent corporate and private equity lawyers in the Netherlands. He represents both listed and unlisted companies, and venture capital firms in an array of Dutch and cross-border transactions, transactions with restructuring elements, and large-scale projects.

Michiel served on Houthoff's Executive Committee until 2018. Between 2010 and 2014, he headed the Corporate/M&A Team. Michiel is currently responsible for the international strategy and activities of the firm. He is also a board member of Lex Mundi, the world’s largest and most prestigious network of independent law firms. Houthoff is the Netherlands only member of this leading professional services network.


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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Private equity

Within: Private equity

Houthoff fields 'a very smart and capable team' that is 'bright and easy to work with'. The group advised TMF on its ultimately abandoned IPO and eventual entire share sale to CVC Capital Partners. Counsel and energy sector specialist Kristen Berger was a new arrival from Stibbe. Bram Caudri and Michiel Pannekoek are also noted. Jan-Paul van der Hoek left the firm.

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