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I. IOI Corp (Corporate/M&A)

AKD advised IOI Corp. of Malaysia, a sustainable palm oil player that is listed at the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange, in the divestment of a 70% controlling stake in its IOI Loders Croklaan division for EUR 297 million plus USD 595 million to Bunge (NYSE: BG), a leading global agribusiness and food company with Dutch heritage dating back to 1818.

Bunge is one of the four players that together form the so-called ABCD quartet of Archer-Daniels-Midland, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus that dominates the global agri-trade business. This transaction values the entire Loders Croklaan division at EUR 425 million plus USD 850 million. The transaction is expected to close within the next 12 months, subject to regulatory and other customary approvals which include the approval of a majority of IOI's shareholders.

After the transaction Loders will, in combination with Bunge, be part of a global agri-food company with differentiated and comprehensive product offerings based on both tropical and seed oils, and world-class formulation and application capabilities. Loders will continue its focus on being a leading specialty edible-oils solution provider with premier formulation and application capabilities, backed by a traceable and sustainable supply chain in tropical oils, particularly palm oil.

AKD advised IOI Corp. on all aspects of this transaction, including M&A, tax and worldwide anti-trust matters.

II. Municipality of Kampen (Public Law)

We helped the municipality of Kampen out of an impasse after the Council of State rejected a zoning plan to develop a recreational area, a yacht harbour and 1300 luxury villas for local and regional housing needs. We investigated the long time contractual and political agreements with the Province and the capital of the province regarding the project and helped the municipality back on track by investigating the legal possibilities to correct the plans and to formulate legal arguments to help the other administrations involved to go ahead as well.

Following that, AKD assisted the municipal board on renegotiating the project with the other administrations involved, worked towards the new zoning plan and advises on the issues at hand, especially issues regarding nature and wildlife protection. By doing so, we got the plans back on track that otherwise would have cost some 20 million euro’s as investments of the municipality of Kampen in properties in the area.

We combined our knowledge of planning and environmental law with knowledge of administrative contracts and contractual enforcement issues, in a highly political relevant case. Having succeeded, we helped the municipality to regain control over the other administrations involved and assisted in the municipal political process to continue the project and to start a new zoning plan. Regarding the zoning plan, AKD advises on the difficult nature and wildlife protection aspects and new proceedings before the Council of State.

III. The Ocean Cleanup (Transport & Energy)

AKD assists The Ocean Cleanup in the development process of a floating installation that can remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years' time. Issues addressed by AKD include whether the floating installation may be considered a vessel, and which laws and regulations are applicable to the installation from a Dutch and international public law perspective.

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organisation, developing advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. It was founded by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat at age 18.

Visit the website of The Ocean Cleanup for more information on this project.

AKD's team consists of Taco van der Valk and Vivian van der Kuil.

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