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Lennart Crain

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Lennart Crain is an Amsterdam-based partner in the firm's Corporate group, focusing on M&A and private equity. He specializes in public and private M&A transactions, including auctions, public bids (tender offers), complex disentanglements and leveraged buyouts. He has ample experience in transactions for financial institutions, in the TMT sector and with private equity.

Before joining AKD Lennart was with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, where he advised on both domestic and cross-border deals. He regularly works with leading international law firms on multi-jurisdictional mandates.


In New York Lennart obtained an MBA in Finance at Columbia Business School. His financial knowledge allows him to translate financial aspects to the legal negotiations and transaction documents.


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Transport, technology, agribusiness and healthcare are sectors of particular expertise for AKD’s practice. Lennart Crain arrived from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2017; he and Zabdaj Pollen acted for IOI on its sale of a 70% stake in IOI Loders Croklaan to Bunge for €297m plus $595m. Erwin Rademakers, Nathalie van Woerkom and practice head Carlos Pita Cao are also recommended.

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Private equity

Within: Private equity

The team at AKD is led by Nathalie van Woerkom, who acted for De Hoge Dennen Capital PE on the sale of Temployment Participaties to Pay For People. François Koppenol is also recommended. Financial institutions expert Lennart Crain joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2017.

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  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD