Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&a

Present in Utrecht and Rotterdam, DVAN Advocaten is adept in sell-side, buy-side, MBO and MBI transactions, among others; the team is well-versed in transactions in the €5 to €50m range.
Kennedy Van der Laan recently welcomed Gaby Heere and Jan-Berend Möller; the pair jointly head the corporate and M&A practice which is reputed for its work on mid-market cross-border M&A, particularly within the healthcare and technology fields.
LXA Attorneys' team has considerable experience in relation to mid-market M&A, venture capital and private equity deals.

Commercial, corporate and M&a in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP's team ‘covers the full scope of M&A transactions’ and combines it strong position in the field of M&A with expertise in the banking, energy and infrastructure sectors. The practice, which consists of over 60 lawyers, is jointly headed by Joyce Leemrijse and Charles Honée, who has a track record in acquisitions, disposals and public takeover bids in addition to auction sale and acquisition processes. Katinka Middelkoop 'expertly leads multijurisdictional teams' throughout Europe, the US and Middle East and Jasper de Jong is a standout for his 'experienced, hands-onapproach; the team also includes Karine Kodde, who previously practised in New York, as well as Christiaan De Brauw, who is a go-to for both contested and friendly public M&A deals with further expertise in corporate governance and shareholder activism.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Leemrijse; Charles Honée

Other key lawyers:

Karine Kodde; Christiaan De Brauw; Katinka Middelkoop; Sophie Roozendaal; Jasper de Jong; Gijs Linse

Testimonials

‘Throughout my dealings with the Dutch A&O M&A team over the past year they have proven to be on the ball and very often ahead of the game. Coupled with good availability, quick turnarounds and a can do-will do attitude, this team is the definition of a trusted advisor.’

‘Katinka Middelkoop expertly led a multijurisdictional team. Ms Middelkoop excels both substantively and organizationally and does not grandstand or showcase where this is not required – this makes her very efficient. On top of that Ms Middelkoop is down to earth and practical.’

‘Dedicated team, result-oriented and highly practical lawyers, avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy. Good common sense and able to find creative solutions for almost any problem.’

‘Good team which covers full scope of M&A transactions.’

‘Jasper de Jong – experienced, hands-on, very committed.’

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a market leader for merger, acquisition, divestment and joint venture transactions, often leveraging its overseas offices in Brussels, London, Singapore and Shanghai for multijurisdictional deals. Arne Grimme has a tenacity for public, private, leveraged buy-out and corporate restructuring affairs; he spearheads the practice which is particularly accomplished in the financial services, technology and manufacturing fields. Klaas De Vries combines his proficiency in cross-border deals with knowledge of corporate dispute, advisory and governance matters and Michael Schouten is especially well-versed in the regulatory and board responsibility aspects arising from public offers. Gaby Smeenk handles a mixture of capital markets and M&A work and, owing to her previous role as head of the Shanghai office, is well placed to support on transactions with an Asian component. Frank Hamming is a standout name at senior associate level and demonstrates a tenacity for shareholder activism and hostile takeover bid affairs.

Practice head(s):

Arne Grimme

Other key lawyers:

Klaas De Vries; Michael Schouten; Gaby Smeenk; Lennard Keijzer; Pete Lawley; Yi Duan; Frank Hamming

Testimonials

‘The team is very strong and broad.’

‘Klaas de Vries stands out. He is both practical, pleasant and very knowledgeable.’

‘The way of working and communicating with the team is very pleasant, quick on their responses and with a small team coverage.’

‘Michael Schouten is great in his relation management, very accessible and stands out in performing in both formal and informal settings.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO BANK NV

Mollie

NN Group NV

Bridgepoint

T-Mobile

Otrium

Koninklijke Philips

Unit 4

Hapag-Lloyd

ICT Group N.V

Albert Heijn

Trifleet Group

Ralph Sonnenberg

Royal BAM Group

HEMA

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile

COFRA Holding

Altice Europe

TenneT

AkzoNobel

ABN AMRO BANK NV

Mollie

NN Group NV

Bridgepoint

T-Mobile

Otrium

Koninklijke Philips

Unit 4

Hapag-Lloyd

ICT Group N.V

Albert Heijn

Trifleet Group

Ralph Sonnenberg

Royal BAM Group

HEMA

Deutsche Telekom / T-Mobile

COFRA Holding

Altice Europe

TenneT

AkzoNobel

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Philips on the sale of its domestic appliances business to Hillhouse Capital, a global investment firm focused on helping companies achieve long-term sustainable growth through digital innovation and enablement.
  • Advised Dutch company Mollie, one of the fastest growing payment services providers in Europe, on several venture capital and M&A transactions over the past twelve months, including its Series B and Series C investment rounds.
  • Advised HEMA and its bondholders on HEMA’s restructuring and the sale process.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is a long-established player in the Benelux region with further offices in London and New York. Practice head Lieke Van Der Velden counts M&A, joint venture and general corporate matters among her key strengths; she is particularly prominent in mandates in the financial services sector though the wider group is also adept in a number of other regulated industries, namely insurance, banking and energy. Leo Groothuis takes the lead on public M&A matters, often supporting on transactions with structuring, politically sensitive or potential dispute components. Stefan Wissing is also integral to the sizeable team and has expertise in M&A, joint venture, corporate governance and shareholder activism mandates. At Senior Associate level, Jacqueline Clement is especially knowledgeable of the media, technology, telecom and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lieke van der Velden

Other key lawyers:

Leo Groothuis; Stefan Wissin; Sybren de Beurs; Jacqueline Clement

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations combined with pragmatism and business acumen.’

‘Sybren de Beurs combines dedication and knowledge with client centricity and understanding of the client’s business and priorities. Special notice should be given to senior associate Esther Schreiber who is focused, pro-active and very knowledgeable.’

‘Sybren de Beurs is an outstanding lawyer, highly capable and reliable, with a very good understanding of the local and international VC, PE and M&A market, and the ins and outs of a company alike. He has been an excellent advisor to our company throughout multiple deals, and we retained his services for VC and M&A projects alike. Sybren has been instrumental for the successful closure of the deals and for helping the company scale successfully through these important stages. Besides having an in-depth knowledge of his area of practice, Sybren also has a good understanding of sustainable corporate governance and anchoring impact in investment documentation. He is a great team-player, easy and pleasant to work with.’

‘Large firm legal assistance, with a personal pragmatic touch by Sybren de Beurs. High skill with team members, hard working associates, broad capabilities.’

‘I think Sybren de Beurs is able to find a practical approach. He’s easy to connect with and communicates well.’

‘This team was far above standard expectations in terms of responsiveness and dedication (during nights, weekends, holidays). Even on on short notice, they were able to deliver top quality advice and documents. They were able to obtain results in record time and in spite of unforeseen circumstances’.

‘We have been very pleased by the unrelenting drive, flexibility and coordination capabilities of a very seasoned corporate M&A team in a challenging transaction with multiple potential scenarios, strategies and strict timelines that needed to run in parallel. Having the Nauta corporate team on our side was key to bringing this transaction to a successful conclusion. The corporate M&A team kept the various workstreams and several advisors in check. And in these special times, just a great group of people you know you can trust, with “their feet on the ground” while keeping a sense of humor.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Amsterdam Commodities N.V.

Basic-Fit

Nouryon

Vopak N.V.

HAL Investments

SHV, including NPM

Dutch Ministry of Finance

Lineage

Takeaway.com

RTL

Arvelle

Northsea

Getinge

Mirage Retail Group

Nasdaq

Liberty Mutual

Work highlights

  • Assisted RTL Group in connection with the contemplated combination of RTL Nederland’s and Talpa Network’s.
  • Advised Blackstone Growth (BXG) as lead investor in a $800m Series C funding round for Mollie.
  • Advised the offeror, Next Private B.V., an entity controlled by Altice Europe’s majority shareholder and President Patrick Drahi, in connection with its recommended all cash-offer in respect of all Altice Europe’s listed common shares A and B and the subsequent delisting of Altice Europe and acquisition of full control.

Stibbe

The ‘excellent’ team at Stibbe acts for domestic and international entities on a wealth of corporate, M&A and dispute matters, including takeover and corporate control-related proceedings. Heleen Kersten, who previously practised in the US and UK, is a star name for corporate governance mergers, acquisitions, corporate law and governance affairs; she operates alongside Björn van der Klip, who is particularly well-versed in public company takeovers, and Duco de Boer whose expertise lies in restructuring, M&A and private equity matters. Also of note is Eva Das, a practitioner with a wealth of experience in both public and private transactions, joint ventures, general corporate law and related finance.

Other key lawyers:

Heleen Kersten; Björn van der Klip; Duco de Boer; Eva Das

Testimonials

‘I think that the team was excellent all the way along the complex process we were engaged in. Sizing of the team was perfect, with a collective strong engagement. I do not know about specific innovations behind the scene, but the experience was flawless from an administrative or technology standpoint.’

‘People were excellent in my view because of a mix of top technical skills, knowledge of the market, commitment to the project and more unusually a great sense of pragmatism.’

Key clients

Adevinta

Apax Partners

APG

Apollo

Blackstone

Canon

CitizenM

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Dutch State

Eneco

Heineken

KKR

NN Group

Peugeot

PostNL

Providence Strategic Growth

TCV

Q-Park

Schneider Electric

Work highlights

  • Advised EssilorLuxottica on its highly publicised public takeover of GrandVision.    
  • Advised Apax Partners on the €5.1bn acquisition of T-Mobile Netherlands by a consortium of Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus.
  • Advised Investindustrial Acquistion Corp. on its €3.2bn business combination with luxury clothing group Ermenegildo Zegna.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is engaged on high-end transactions in a range of sectors including retail, financial services, industrials, TMT, life sciences, chemicals and industrials; practice head Mark-Jan Arends focuses on acquisition structures, joint ventures, asset purchases, financings and divestments. Gregory Crookes is often active on the cross-border front, providing both buy- and sell-side representation, meanwhile Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier handles leveraged buyouts, takeovers, mergers and public offers, directing a large amount of his attention to the energy, infrastructure and technology fields. Beyond its transactional prowess, the team thrives in respect of a number of day-to-day commercial and contractual affairs such as outsourcing, e-commerce, licensing, marketing and distribution. Counsel Tim Heerschop is an up-and-coming name with distinct expertise in renewables-related deals. Hans Beerlage left the firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark-Jan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Gregory Crookes; Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier; Jeroen Thijssen; Tim Heerschop

Key clients

KKR

Blackstone Group

Partners Group

ABN AMRO

Royal DSM

PGGM

Cinven

Faber Halbertsma Group

Parcom

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Deutsche Telekom AG

Prosus

ACT

Koninklijke Ten Cate

Heliox

Babilou Family

Heras

Work highlights

  • Advised Blackstone on the public offer for all shares in NIBC, valuing NIBC at approximately €1.03bn.
  • Acted for Parcom on the acquisition of nationwide retailer HEMA B.V.
  • Represented Prosus, one of the largest technology investors in the world, on the acquisition of a majority stake in online corporate training leader GoodHabitz.

Houthoff

Noted for its capacity in ‘complex cross-border transactions’, Houthoff supports on M&A, joint venture and strategic alliance endeavours, especially those within the food, energy, finance and technology sectors. Practice head Alexander Kaarls  is frequently instructed on deals involving publicly traded companies and enjoys a particularly notable reputation among US-based entities; his team also consists of company law, corporate governance and multijurisdictional M&A specialist Willem de Nijs Bik, as well as Maurits de Haan, an up-and-coming partner who stands out for his work on private acquisitions, public takeover bids and MBOs, among other transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Pannekoek; Willem de Nijs Bik; Bram Caudri; Alexander Kaarls; Maurits de Haan

Testimonials

‘Houthoff is a business partner with economics intelligence and technical skills reducing risks for the clients in running business.’

‘Collaboration spirit, ability to put in place the right atmosphere with a foreign client so that you feel like you have been working with them for years!’

‘Dutch efficiency, good value for money for high quality output. Diverse team.’

‘Bram Caudri, efficient quick and fair. A great lawyer always available when you need him even on weekends or holidays.’

‘The team has the ability to listen to what is needed and move the project forward and get it right. I have worked with Houthoff for 12 years and they have always done an excellent job from projects where I call them on Friday night as I unexpectedly need something by Monday morning to much longer projects.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge in this area, but also has a practical approach, thinks along with the customer. Furthermore, the team is fast, available and easy to reach’

‘The corporate team at Houthoff helped on a complex cross border transaction across several European countries and the US. The team has a unique experience of these transactions. They are smart, fast and very professional. And it is a pleasure to work with them! Looking forward to the next deal with them.’

‘Alexander Kaarls has a unique expertise in complex cross border transactions. He has seen many and always knows the best way to navigate these very challenging legal and cultural environments. And he is a remarkably pleasant lawyer to work with.’

Key clients

Siemens

Van Oord

Sligro

Royal IHC

Vitol Group

Eurofiber

Veolia

BC Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Waterland

IK Investment Partners

Hearst

Renewi

KKR

(Robert) Bosch

Work highlights

  • Advised Stryker (NYSE: SYK), together with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, on its takeover bid for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Wright Medical Group N.V. (NASDAQ: WMGI) for $30.75 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $4.0bn and a total enterprise value of approximately $5.4bn (including convertible notes).
  • Advised Altice’s significant minority shareholders on Patrick Drahi’s public offer for all shares in Altice Europe’s capital.
  • Assisted VDL Groep B.V. with its planned public offer for all shares in the capital of Neways Electronics International N.V.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff is often active in multijurisdictional transactions, where it works with the firm's offices across Europe as well as its international teams in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore, among other locations. Bastiaan Cornelisse jointly heads the department with Harmen Holtrop, an M&A, joint venture and general corporate representation specialist. Key points of distinction for their team include its ability to draw from the firm’s market-leading tax expertise, as well as its sector-specific knowledge of the real estate, energy, healthcare, life sciences, transport and technology-driven start-up industries. Antoinette van der Hauw is highly acclaimed for her work on management buyouts, international acquisitions and joint ventures while senior associate Rob Schrooten is noted for his 'considerable knowledge and ability to remain calm under stress'.

Practice head(s):

Harmen Holtrop; Bastiaan Cornelisse

Other key lawyers:

Antoinette van der Hauw; Jan-Willem van Rooij; Roel Fluit; Rob Schrooten

Testimonials

‘Efficient and highest level of knowledge. Able to read a deal and understand the client instantly. Proactive, 24/7 availability with the shortest response time.’

‘Harmen Holtrop: strategically very strong whilst remaining with two feet on the floor. Joy to work with. 24/7 availability. Rob Schrooten: considerable knowledge and ability to remain calm under stress’. 

‘We have worked with many M&A firms. In this specific case it was a transaction under extreme time pressure and with a high degree of complexity due to the many stakeholders and sometimes, conflicting interests. With the help of L&L we have done a delisting, a capital acquisition and an M&A transaction in 12 weeks. They were really good at finding middle ground, keeping total oversight and especially, remaining practical and focused on items that matter.’

‘L&L had a three people core team on this transaction and brought in the necessary experts whenever we needed them. Jan-Willem van Rooij as partner of the firm was always involved personally and was totally aware of details. And found solutions for complex issues.’

‘The team works well together and is always available. There is a good build-up of knowledge and experience within the team.’

‘In general, the employees are best in class and well informed about current insights in their field.’

Key clients

DPG Media Belgium

NCOI Opleidingen

B&S Group

VIVAT

KWS

Aegon

Nouryon

Westmont Hospitality Group

Lucas Bols

Coolblue

Alliander and Annexis Group

TBI

DPG Media Belgium

NCOI Opleidingen

B&S Group

VIVAT

KWS

Aegon

Nouryon

Westmont Hospitality Group

Lucas Bols

Coolblue

Alliander and Annexis Group

TBI

Work highlights

  • Advised Vivendi on its sale of 10% of its shares in Universal Music Group B.V.
  • Advised the selling shareholders on the sale of 100% of the shares of HSF Logistics Group to DFDS.
  • Advised Rotla on the sale of the Centralpoint group to Dustin Group.

AKD

Noted for its capacity in ‘complex cross-border transactions’, AKD is an independent Benelux law firm with expertise in M&A, strategic transactions, restructurings, merger control and regulatory approvals. Carlos Pita Cao heads the team and is knowledgeable of the transport, logistics, energy, food, manufacturing, technology and leisure fields, and leads the firm’s Spanish and Latam desks. Nathalie Van Woerkom is particularly adept in the field of distressed M&A. The practice predominantly focuses on mid-market transactions and often handles deals valued in excess of €500m. 

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pita Cao;

Other key lawyers:

Erwin Rademakers; Lennart Crain; Laura de Jong; Nathalie van Woerkom;

Testimonials

All lawyers we have been in contact with have provided excellent quality and are always on time.

‘1. Quick. 2. Transparent about fees (structures) 3. High quality 4. Partner attention 4. Connected to high quality law firms with established connections in most important jurisdictions 5. In-depth knowledge of many industries.

Erwin Rademakers is mature in understanding the cultural environment of businesses. manages to have a very well organized team around him, apart from being a top performer also a successful managing partner of AKD.

The AKD team expertly handled a very complex cross-border transaction and got the deal over the finish line by resolving difficult Dutch law issues and coordinating with various parties across the world.

The focus and availability of Carlos Pita Cao really sets him apart from competitors across Europe. He managed working across time zones between Europe and the US and never skipped a beat. He had 24-7 coverage, and was able to pull from the depth of his team to quickly address urgent matters.

The AKD team is a very strong team. They are a mix of talent. Aside from the older generation, they have a good, motivated younger class, which is coming up.

Carlos Pita Cao is a hugely talented, gifted M&A lawyer who completes the deal effortlessly and runs his team.

‘It was again a great pleasure to work with the AKD team led by Lennart Crain. They are results driven, pragmatic, down-to-earth and have great communication skills. Combined with outstanding knowledge and experience, they really provide added value to our M&A-project.’

‘Laura de Jong is excellent. Very fine person to work with. Very sharp. Excellent communicator in many languages.’

Key clients

Remia

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Inkef Capital

Ballymore Group

Brian Beheer

Telrol

CWS

ISA Pharmaceuticals

Westway Group

Kerridge Commercial Systems Ltd

K3 Business Technology Group Plc.

Total Produce Plc.

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Facilicom Services Group

IOI Corp

DW Partners

Oranjewoud

PFM

Work highlights

  • Assisting Foodmate with its sale through a competitive auction process in the hands of Global Investment Bank William Blair.
  • Sole legal counsel to Neways on a hostile public takeover offer by VDL, and the subsequent recommended public offer by private equity firm Infestos.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team in Amsterdam brings together a mixture of both locally and internationally qualified lawyers who excel in respect of public and private M&A, in addition to joint ventures, with the majority of the group's caseload encompassing a multijurisdictional element. Kim Tan  previously worked at the firm’s Chicago office and is naturally a go-to for US headquartered multinationals; he leads the practice which includes Mohammed Almarini, a corporate takeover specialist with sector-specific knowhow in the technology, energy, food and manufacturing fields.

Practice head(s):

Kim Tan

Other key lawyers:

Koen Bos; Mohammed Almarini

Testimonials

‘Really good collaboration with the Japan team and Netherlands team. They could solve a lot of issues which we faced difficulties with.’

Key clients

Koch Media

Waard Leven

GATX Corporation

Ellomay Capital

Ergon Capital Partners

Daiwa House Industry

Unilever

Yource/ KeBek

PMB Beheer

Marel

MYT Netherlands Parent

Ufenau Capital Partners

Hotmart

APG Asset Management

Koninklijke De Heus

Egeria

Wagram Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Hotmart on a $130m investment round.
  • Acted for APG in respect of its joint venture with KPN which will speed up the process of rollout of fibre and faster digitalisation across the Netherlands.
  • Advised Koch Media, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Embracer Group, on the sale and purchase of the entire issued share capital of Vertigo Games and its subsidiaries, from its various shareholders.

Dentons

Dentons, one of the largest firms globally, is predominantly active in the middle- and upper-market segment, also occasionally acting on big-ticket transactions. Key points of differentiation for the practice include its strong knowledge of the energy, renewables, real estate and logistics sectors, as well as its integration with the global M&A practice which provides it with particularly strong ties to the Russian, CIS, Chinese, Turkish, African and Latin American markets. Practice head Casper Haket  has knowledge of W&I insurance and oversees an abundance of different deals including M&A, joint ventures and equity investments.

Practice head(s):

Casper Haket

Other key lawyers:

Kuif Klein Wassink; Jan-Mathijs Herman

Testimonials

‘We’ve worked with Dentons on the acquisition of shares in a Dutch company and they have remained the internal legal counsel to the company since then, working on a range of issues including the consolidation of the corporate structure through a merger, implementation of a long term incentive plan and sale & purchase of shares in a series of transactions between the shareholders, including one involving a dispute. I particularly like the fact that they are able to offer quality input in a range of corporate and M&A-related issues. They are very reactive and are available at all hours and work very well under time pressure.’

‘Kuif Wassink is our primary contact at Dentons. He has a good range of expertise in a range of corporate and M&A issues and has been very valuable when navigating some tricky situations, including a dispute among the shareholders.’

‘Familiar with the industry, delivers spot-on advice, strongly solution driven and reliable in meeting agreed deadlines. price is fair for the services rendered.’

Key clients

5CS Capital Partners

AIG

AmRest

Capita

CBRE Global Investors

CTP N.V.

DSV

Icahn Enterprises

Franklin Templeton

InfraRed Capital

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Lighthouse Capital

Montana Capital Partners

Madison International Realty

Optima Investments

PXGEO

Spectrum Brands

TAV Airports

Torqx Capital Partners

TriWest Capital Partners

Shawcor Ltd.

VKR/Velux

Work highlights

  • Advised CTP on the €307m acquisition of Amsterdam Logistic Cityhub.
  • Advised ATAI Life Sciences on the preparation of its IPO on the NASDAQ through a Dutch holding company, valuing the company at about $2.3bn.
  • Advised Vislink (Nasdaq: VISL) on its acquisition of Mobile Viewpoint, a privately-held subsidiary of Triple IT Corporate B.V.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is home to one of the market’s most active global M&A practices; its offering in Amsterdam is characterised by a focus on mid-market merger, acquisition and divestment transactions, including those with a cross-border or multidisciplinary component. Practice head Daphne Bens is an expert in the technology sector and has been directly instructed by several Silicon Valley-based players. Elsewhere, Henk Arnold Sijnja is the key contact for deals in the life sciences and financial services fields and Richard Fens is recognised for his work within the energy and chemical industries. Up-and-coming partner Pieter Paul Terpstra is also a key member of the team and is noted for his ‘no-nonsense commercial approach.’

Practice head(s):

Daphne Bens

Other key lawyers:

Henk Arnold Sijnja; Richard Fens; Pieter Paul Terpstra

Testimonials

‘Dedication, commitment and knowledge.’

Pieter Paul Terpstra is a superstar.’

‘The DLA team gave us the high quality, practical, advice that we needed. Based on their experience, they were well able to tell us what is market and what is clearly not, including from the perspective of a US buyer (with its own requirements). Even though mainly dealing with the transaction team, if so required they had the specialists available to deal with specific topics (such as notarial and IP driven topics). Compared with the team who were sitting on the other side of the table, I much preferred DLA’s agility when dealing with any issue that came up.’

‘Pieter Paul Terpstra is a great person to work with, responsive and good a meeting timescales. Pieter Paul has a no-nonsense commercial approach, never letting our interests out of sight.’

Key clients

ADM Group

Aegon

Algeco

Alphacomm Digital Commerce

Box Inc.

Dustin Group

Elliott Advisors

FOX International Channels / The Walt Disney Company

Global Petro Storage

Global Transport Solutions

ID&T

IMF Bentham Limited

JD Sports

Jindal/JPF Netherlands

M3 self-storage

Qargo Packers

Rheem Manufacturing Company

The Carlyle Group

The Financial Times Group

Waterland Private Equity

Worldline SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Box, Inc., a cloud storage and collaboration giant on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of SignRequest B.V., a cloud-based electronic signature (e-signature) company based in the Netherlands, in a deal worth $55m, partly based in cash partly in shares of Box, Inc.
  • Advised Dustin Group AB on the controlled auction acquisition of Centralpoint Holding B.V.
  • Advised Hunter Douglas N.V. on the public offer by Bergson Holdings B.V. for all outstanding common shares of Hunter Douglas N.V.

Jones Day

Jones Day‘s global M&A team spans over 400 lawyers across 17 countries. The local team in Amsterdam often operates alongside its international colleagues on cross-border transactions, particularly in respect of M&A, public takeover, deal structuring, restructuring, corporate governance and joint venture mandates. The practice is led by Mike Jansen, Floris Pierik, Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen and Ton Schutte, and is active in a range of sectors including TMT, real estate, energy, healthcare and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Mike Jansen; Floris Pierik; Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen; Ton Schutte

Other key lawyers:

Bastiaan Kout

Testimonials

‘Incredible attention to detail and ability to manage highly complex situations across a large number of different work streams. In an industry where legal advisors are generally all highly dedicated to a transaction, their effort goes far beyond what I have ever seen.’

‘Strong dedication, grasp for detail across complex transactions, commercial and practical advice.’

‘Relentlessly working for the client’s needs, developing solutions for almost every problem. Very responsive, thinking ahead, planning well.’

‘A pro-active approach. Jones Day (Amsterdam) have now partnered with us for years to help us ensure that we are on top of local legal requirements and ahead of the curve. They help us to ensure our directors of our Dutch entities are trained on best practice corporate governance. They have helped us to rationalise our legal structures in the Netherlands.’

‘Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen – a pleasure to work with. Responsive. Works hand-in-hand with the JD Amsterdam Tax team to deliver the results we need.

Key clients

Alcoa

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad

Aurelius Equity Opportunities

Gimv N.V.

Scotts Miracle Gro

SHV Energy

FrieslandCampina

Groupe Solmax Inc.

Suez SA

JBS SA

RPM International

Alcoa

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad

Aurelius Equity Opportunities

Gimv N.V.

Scotts Miracle Gro

SHV Energy

FrieslandCampina

Groupe Solmax Inc.

Suez SA

JBS SA

RPM International

Work highlights

  • Advised Solmax, the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ), on Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V., from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (owned by private equity funds Gilde Buy-Out Partners, Parcom and Capital A).
  • Advised JBS S.A on its acquisition of Vivera, Europe’s third-largest manufacturer of plant-based food, from Dutch private equity fund Gilde Buy Out Partners for an enterprise value of €341m.
  • Advised Aurelius Equity Opportunities on the sale of Office Depot Europe, which includes the remaining Viking and Office Depot Europe activities to strategic buyer RAJA Group.

Lexence

At Lexence, a corporate and real estate boutique, the team has an emphasis on mid-market transactions, honing its focus on deals valued between €10m up to €500m. Joost Kolkman, who is particularly active on the cross-border front, is well-established within the food and beverage, retail, IT and education sectors and Michiel van Schooten serves as the group’s go-to for management buy-ins and outs in addition to collaborative agreements; the pair head the practice alongside Luc Habets and TMT specialist, Wouter Helder.

Practice head(s):

Joost Kolkman; Wouter Helder; Luc Habets; Michiel van Schooten

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Beukeveld; Diederick de Boer

Testimonials

‘Skilled professional dedicated team with good communication skills.’

‘Direct professional communication with a dedicated team which knows the specifics of our company and our market.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

Synergia Capital

EBRO Foods

Netcompany

Endeit Capital (Joop van der Ende)

A-Ware Food Group

Baarsma/Cordier

Modern Dental Group

RTL Netherlands

ICT Group

Hibernia Worldwide Hotels)

Intelligent NV

Agro Merchants Netherlands BV

Trescal

Greenlane LLC

Dutch Greentech Fund

Antea Participaties

Truffle Capital

Avedon Capital Partners

Sirius Venture Partners

ING Bank

ABN AMRO Participaties

Triton Partners

International Wellness Resort

DM Equity Partners

Dental Clinics

Normec Group

Carepay International

Hewlett Packard Bank Plc

HSO

Carlyle

Linklaters

Linklaters fields a team with high-end capabilities in M&A, corporate advisory and corporate governance mandates. Practice head Jan Willem De Boer is a key name for prominent deals in the energy, food and agriculture, industrials and infrastructure sectors; he is supported by Guido Portier, who brings over 25 years’ worth of experience in joint venture, buy-out, cross border M&A and financing affairs to the table. Mariken van Esch has expertise in tech, fintech and regulated environment transactions in addition to corporate venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Jan Willem de Boer

Other key lawyers:

Guido Portier; Mariken van Esch

Key clients

Unilever Plc

ENGIE New Business S.A.S.

Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands

Lincoln TopCo Pte Ltd

Dela Holding

Linx Telecommunications

DKM Holding

Mediahuis Groep

Robeco Institutional Asset Management BV

Denso International Europe B.V.

Adapteo Plc

Amundi Transition Energétique

CGG S.A.

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s ‘brilliant’ team covers M&A, public to private and joint venture transactions, placing clear emphasis on the upper mid-market. Practice head Jeroen Sombezki has a track record in TMT-related deals and is supported by Onno Boerstra whose expertise lies in cross-border M&A and buy-out transactions. Other industries of activity include energy, fintech, financial services, healthcare and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Sombezki

Testimonials

‘Excellent delivery, out of the box thinking, very practical approach, strong network, good negotiator.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki is an excellent and highly skilled M&A lawyer in the Dutch market.’

‘Brilliant team, hard working. Great to work with everyone.’

‘Humility – ability to listen and understand the needs – and fun to work with.’

‘The M&A team is very responsive and there is consistent partner availability which is very material in a fast deal schedule where we need to complete projects in a few days. We are a very demanding client in terms of timing and completing tasks in a great pace. The entire team is always ready to accommodate our urgent requests. Partners provide to the point advice and are very business minded and cooperative.’

‘Meltem Koning-Gungormez – constant availability and accessibility. She is directly involved in the projects alongside us in drafting, negotiations and internal discussions. She is ready to assist us and discuss all legal matters at any time of the day during our financing rounds which are always subject to very tight schedules.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki – very good, comes up with innovative solutions.’

‘Steffen Alleman is the best M&A lawyer I have worked with in over 20 years. Recently promoted to partner and miles ahead of his peers. With his unique set of skills, a combination of understanding people and business acumen, Steffen gets deals done and delivers the best result for his clients.’

Key clients

ABP Food Group Unlimited

Assa Abloy

Atomico

Aurelius Invest

Beringea Capital

Blue Horizon Ventures

BOM Brabant Ventures

Charles River Laboratories

Deen

EasyPark

Expereo International

Fidelio Capital

Fortum Oyj

Getir

Invest-NL

Mediamonks

Mediq

Morningstar, Inc.

Olympia Group

Orpea S.A.

Section32

Signicat A.S.

Singular Capital Partners S.A.S.

Stern Group

SunOpta, Inc.

Target Global

VivoPower International Plc

Xior Student Housing N.V.

Yandex N.V.

Yard Energy Investments

ABP Food Group Unlimited

Assa Abloy

Atomico

Aurelius Invest

Beringea Capital

Blue Horizon Ventures

BOM Brabant Ventures

Charles River Laboratories

Deen

EasyPark

Expereo International

Fidelio Capital

Fortum Oyj

Getir

Invest-NL

Mediamonks

Mediq

Morningstar, Inc.

Olympia Group

Orpea S.A.

Section32

Signicat A.S.

Singular Capital Partners S.A.S.

Stern Group

SunOpta, Inc.

Target Global

VivoPower International Plc

Xior Student Housing N.V.

Yandex N.V.

Yard Energy Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising supermarket group Deen on the proposed sale of all 80 of its supermarket store branches to Ahold Delhaize.
  • Advising Fortum on the €800m sale of its Baltics district heating business to Partners Group and the €250m sale of a majority stake in its Nordic wind portfolio to Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners.

CMS

CMS is routinely instructed on M&A, joint venture, commercial agreement, strategic alliance and corporate governance matters. Roman Tarlavski, a TMT, hotels and leisure expert, leads the practice and is especially active in terms of multijurisdictional deals, leveraging the firm’s far-reaching international network in the process. Additional key sectors of focus include financial services, energy, life sciences, healthcare and consumer products.

Practice head(s):

Roman Tarlavski

Other key lawyers:

Reinout Slot; Cecilia van der Weijden; Pieter van Duijvenvoorde; Mark Ziekman; Martika Jonk

Testimonials

‘We have a long lasting relationship with CMS. They are truly experts in the automotive and consumer products sector. They truly understand our business needs and are creative in problem solving. This leads to great cooperation and efficient closing of transactions. CMS uses very up-to-date technology and you can always contact them.’

‘For corporate transactions we use Mark Ziekman. Mark’s availability and commitment is truly exceptional. We consider him to be part of the transaction team and he proactively offers solutions to complicated issues. He does what he promises and he always delivers. He provides consistent high quality advice. He has the unique ability to lead in complex negotiations with hard counterparties. He constructively engages with them, whilst never losing sight of our objectives.

‘All relevant expertise was inhouse at CMS during the M&A process.’

‘Professional and prompt replies from Pieter van Duijvenvoorde.’

Key clients

AEB

Immatics

Mosa Meat

Rabobank

FD Media Group

Kubota

Freudenberg

Ingram Micro

China Mengniu Dairy

Ferrovial

Bynder

Coca Cola

Westfield Health

Oaktree

Work highlights

  • Advised Oaktree Capital Management on the Dutch aspects of the sale of Kadans Science Partner to AXA Investment Managers.
  • Advised US private equity house, Turn/River Capital, on its €314m acquisition of Redwood, an international tech automation solutions group, with operations in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Australia.
  • Advised AEB Holding N.V. on the sale of its 50% share interest in Westpoort Warmte B.V. to the municipality of Amsterdam. The deal value amounts to €73m.

deBreij

Boutique firm deBreij focuses exclusively on corporate transaction and commercial contract mandates. The team is led by Laura Overes, Wytse Huidekoper, Gaston Freijser and recently promoted partner Maurice Dudink, who is particularly well established in the healthcare and finance industries; the group is adept in the full-array of deal types including public and private M&A, private equity, venture capital and capital market matters.

Practice head(s):

Laura Overes; Wytse Huidekoper; Gaston Freijser; Maurice Dudink

Testimonials

‘Efficient way of working, attractive fees and proper quality.’

‘Wytse Huidekoper, always seeking a creative solution working for all parties.’

‘I really enjoy working with the deBreij team. Their approach and style suits our business very well, which is why I think it is such a good match with both our legal team and the company.’

‘We work a lot with Maurice Dudink; his approach is proactive, pragmatic and of good quality.’

‘Very fast reaction times, constant availability, great people.’

‘Personal service, extremely competent. The fees were surprisingly reasonable.’

‘Gaston Freijser is excellent.’

‘Maurice Dudink is a fully energized partner who brings quality of magic circle into a boutique setting.’

Key clients

Argenx

Novamedia

Bergman Clinics

Aalberts Industries

Universal Music Netherlands

Dealergroup Pon

Dr August Oetker

Eurocept Group

Smart2Pay

Lotus Bakeries

Acrisure

Uniserver

Planasa

Exact Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Mentha Capital and Park Ventures on the sale of Customs Support, an independent customs broker, to Catsik Capital, a Luxembourg based private equity firm.
  • Advised Budenheim, a German developer of phosphates foodstuff, drug, water treatment and technical applications, on the acquisition of QolorTech, a Dutch masterbatch producer, from M.O. de Jong Beheer, the holding company of QolorTech.
  • Advised the shareholders of Smart2Pay, a leading Dutch internet payment service provider, on the sale to Nuvei Corporation, a Canadian electronic payment processing company.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP continues to expand its corporate and M&A offering in Amsterdam, recently welcoming a number of new arrivals including transaction specialist Linda Thonen, who joined from Loyens & Loeff. Bas Vletter  and Herald Jongen  jointly head the practice which operates across the full array of relevant mandates including public and private M&A, restructurings, governance affairs and joint ventures; their team has recently been extremely active in the pharma and healthcare and is also well-versed in the retail, finance, technology, food, commodities and hospitality fields.

Practice head(s):

Bas Vletter; Herald Jongen

Other key lawyers:

Thédoor Melchers; Jeroen den Dunnen; Linda Thonen

Key clients

ActivumSG

APi Group Corporation

InterXion

MessageBird Holding B.V.

Oddo BHF

AlpInvest

Schuberg Philis B.V.

The State of the Netherlands

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Justice Netherlands

Bunzl plc

Bencis

Nationale Nederlanden Bank

Rewire

Ohpen

City of Amsterdam

Meijer Realty Partners B.V.

Amarna Theraspeutics B.V.

Dutch Police

Dutch Tax Department

Bidroom B.V.

Bregal Freshstream

Bundesrechtenzentrum GmbH

Dolphin Marine

Fattal (Europe) Properties Ltd

GarantiBank International N.V.

ItaQ

Marvesa Oils & Fats B.V.

Ministry of OCW

OTB Ventures

Pears Global

Province of Groningen

Round Hill Capital

Showbird

Stadt Wien

Stichting Flevoziekenhuis

SURFmarket B.V.

Towerbrook Capital Partners (UK), LLP

Voortman Steel Group

Amundi Real Estate

Andlinger & Company

Averau Beheer

Bender

BEWI Group AB

DFFRNT Media BV

Dream Global REIT

EHM Group

ESKA

Heitman International LLC

Hunter Buildings International

KKR

Pop Vriend Seeds

PTC Inc

Work highlights

  • Represented APi Group Corporation (NYSE: APG) in its acquisition of the international SK FireSafety Group from funds managed by APAX.
  • Represented APi Group Corporation (NYSE: APG) in its acquisition of Chubb Fire & Security Business (“Chubb”) from Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR) for an enterprise value of $3.1bn, a total which is comprised of $2.9bn cash and approximately $200m of assumed liabilities and other adjustments.
  • Assisting Oddo BHF (the Franco – German financial group) on setting up a JV with ABN AMRO Bank for ECM brokering and research.

Heussen B.V.

A firm with offices in Amsterdam, Germany and Italy, Heussen B.V. is particularly active on the cross-border front, with dedicated desks for China, Japan, North America, Spain, Latin America and Sweden. Stan Robbers  counts M&A, joint ventures and reorganisations among his core strengths, overseeing a department which is well-regarded for its capacity in energy, natural resources, health, social care, retail and technology-related deals.

Practice head(s):

Stan Robbers

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Koot; Tim Schreuders; Juliëtte Schueler

Testimonials

‘Not only is the level of legal support comforting, the team’s approach is to be pro-active and advise on improvements to better achieve what is required. Support is also timely in that the required support is provided in advance of when required.’

‘Tim Schreuders knows our group of companies and what we are trying to achieve and appears always available to discuss technical issues as we work through the Dutch legislation and is always willing to advise on a better approach.’

‘Very competent team, and customer-oriented. They know what the client need and always deliver in time with high quality.’

‘Juliëtte Schuler; she materialises the above qualities in person. She is extremely responsive, we often require assistance at fairly short notice, and always receive what we need in time. Her authorisation as notary is highly useful, as we work with quite a number of documentation in foreign countries that are subject to requirements to notarise or legalise. Her advice and assistance in corporate law matters is best in class.’

‘Excellent corporate team, very proactive. Great coverage on China related matters.’

‘Stan Robbers coordinates all our work – he is very hands on and service-minded’

‘Great expertise and experience in corporate related legal matters. Prompt responses with details.’

‘Juliette Schueler – provides advice not only from legal perspectives but also from practical perspectives, great expertise and experience, diligent and cooperative. Martjin Koot is the same.’

Key clients

VodafoneZiggo

China Eastern

Yamana Gold

Enerpac Tool Group

Denham Capital

Agnico Eagle Mines

Belden

China Cosco Shipping

Essity

Anticimex

KidsFoundation

Chevron HK Ltd.

Beijing Konggang Hongyuan Logistics Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Goodwe Power Supply Technology Co., Ltd.

C&J Ned Auto B.V. (China National Machinery Import & Export Corporation and Anhui Jiangqi Investment Co., Ltd.)

Saur S.A.S.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Saur, a French company specialising in water management and leisure management, with the acquisition of Nijhuis Industries from Wega Invest.
  • Assisting KidsFoundation B.V. and its group companies in a series of acquisitions of several small childcare organisations, as a consequence of which KidsFoundation further expanded its position as leading childcare provider in the Netherlands.
  • Acting on behalf of Trioworld Industrier AB, a leading Swedish company in plastic packaging solutions, in connection with the acquisition of Flexoplast, a Dutch producer and developer of premium flexible packaging.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has strength in public and private M&A, in addition to corporate restructuring, with a focus on cross-border mandates, as well as deals within the financial services, TMT and life sciences fields. Led by Victor de Vlaam, the practice has handled a number of data centre-related transactions of late and acts for a client roster of blue chip US, European and Dutch clients in addition to financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Victor de Vlaam

Other key lawyers:

Jan de Snaijer; Danielle du Bois-Buné

Key clients

Endemol Shine

Apollo

Resolution Life

Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)

Fluor

PPG Industries

NASDAQ

Shimano

BNP Paribas

Henry Schein

HERE

Honeywell / Resideo

Mitsubishi

Mitsui

X5 Retail Group

NN Group

Aware Super (formerly known as: FSS Trustee Corporation)

Leidsche Verzekering Maatschappij N.V.

Allianz Group

Total Specific Solutions (TSS) B.V. (Topicus.com) and Vela Software

Ynsect

Turnitin

Work highlights

  • Advising QTS on the sale of QTS to Blackstone in a €9bn transaction as announced in June 2021 together with the Hogan Lovells US team.
  • Advising NN Group (NN) and NN Life on three transactions to transfer the full longevity risk associated with in total approximately €13.5bn of pension liabilities in the Netherlands.  
  • Advised Amsterdam headquartered Dutch multinational, Endemol Shine Group, on the €2+ bn sale by The Walt Disney Company and funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. to Banijay Group.

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the team receives a range of instructions, namely M&A, disposal, buy-out, joint venture, corporate compliance and restructuring matters. Practice head Saskia Blokland  leverages the firm’s extensive international network to oversee a wealth of cross-border mandates, with a particular focus on the food, agriculture, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Blokland

Other key lawyers:

Heimon Smits; Jurriaan Jansen

Key clients

AIG

Airborne International

Alcami Wisconsin Corporation

Allianz Nederland

Ambridge

AmTrust

Anterra Capital

ASR Real Estate

Atlantic Methanol (AMPCO)

Aviva

Ballast Nedam

BBGI

BMW

CAE

Canadian Tire Corporation

CBOE Global Markets, Inc.

CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec)

Clear Channel

Commify

Comparex/SoftwareOne

Darling Ingredients

DeltaMilk

DNV GL

Emerald Kalama Chemical

Energizer

European Investment Bank

Frasers Centrepoint Limited

FTI group

Gate Group (deSter)

General Motors

Graco

Hunter Douglas Europe B.V.

IbVogt

IFC

Ingram Micro

Kerry Group

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Longship

LyondellBasell

Macquarie

McLarens Acquisition Inc.

Monaghan Mushrooms

Nabors

Odfjell

Orascom

Plus Retail (Plus Holding B.V.)

PMV

PricewaterhouseCoopers CEE

Regal Beloit Corporation

Riskpoint

Rotterdam World Gateway

SABIC

Sandvik

SoftwareOne

Stena

Tages capital

Technip

TietoEVRY Oyj

Twinco

United Rentals

Vallourec S.A.

Vodacom Group Limited

VWR International

Warner Media

Westermeerwind

AIG

Airborne International

Alcami Wisconsin Corporation

Allianz Nederland

Ambridge

AmTrust

Anterra Capital

ASR Real Estate

Atlantic Methanol (AMPCO)

Aviva

Ballast Nedam

BBGI

BMW

CAE

Canadian Tire Corporation

CBOE Global Markets, Inc.

CDPQ (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec)

Clear Channel

Commify

Comparex/SoftwareOne

Darling Ingredients

DeltaMilk

DNV GL

Emerald Kalama Chemical

Energizer

European Investment Bank

Frasers Centrepoint Limited

FTI group

Gate Group (deSter)

General Motors

Graco

Hunter Douglas Europe B.V.

IbVogt

IFC

Ingram Micro

Kerry Group

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Longship

LyondellBasell

Macquarie

McLarens Acquisition Inc.

Monaghan Mushrooms

Nabors

Odfjell

Orascom

Plus Retail (Plus Holding B.V.)

PMV

PricewaterhouseCoopers CEE

Regal Beloit Corporation

Riskpoint

Rotterdam World Gateway

SABIC

Sandvik

SoftwareOne

Stena

Tages capital

Technip

TietoEVRY Oyj

Twinco

United Rentals

Vallourec S.A.

Vodacom Group Limited

VWR International

Warner Media

Westermeerwind

Work highlights

  • Advised Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) on its 30% stake in American Tower’s €8.8bn European business.
  • Advised Kerry Group on the €853m acquisition by Kerry Group of the Niacet Group, with a target holding in US but with material operations in The Netherlands as well.
  • Advised Regal Beloit Corporation (Buyer) on the due diligence in The Netherlands and Italy in relation to the US merger by Regal Beloit with the Process & Motion Control Segment business of Rexnord Corporation (Target).

Simmons & Simmons

Lawyers at Simmons & Simmons excel in all stages of the M&A process, from structuring, tax concerns and due diligence through to contract negotiation and post-merger integration. The practice, which predominantly focuses on cross-border and upper mid-market transactions, is recognised for its strength in relation to fund, energy, infrastructure, real estate, life sciences and TMT-related deals; it is fronted by Leo Verhoeff, who is also an expert in joint venture and corporate governance affairs.

Practice head(s):

Leo Verhoeff

Other key lawyers:

Rob Hendriks; Gijs ter Braak; David Shearer

Testimonials

‘Strong negotiation skills, hard working.’

Key clients

Gilde Equity Management

Visma

Fletcher

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

ZF Friedrichshafen

Platinum Equity

Marex Spectron

Monument Re

Morningside Ventures

Surmount Ventures

Icelake Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Gilde Equity Management on inter alia its new fund’s multiple acquisitions of targets active in various jurisdictions, being: Andus Group B.V., DPA Group N.V. (public to private), VHZ Groep and Bruynzeel Storage Group B.V.    
  • Advised Visma on acquiring Advitrae, Khonraad, and Ecare.
  • Advised Arcus on the acquisition of Peacock, a tank container leasing company and the acquisition of bolt-on assets for its portfolio company Peacock.

Stek

An outstanding boutique’, Stek is geared to support with mid-market M&A transactions, including relevant finance and competition law aspects. The team is also well-versed in corporate governance, commercial contract and corporate structuring, particularly as it concerns the energy, private equity, technology and aviation industries. Claudia Beele  recently made partner and is praised for her ‘good sense for the needs of German clients.’

Other key lawyers:

Coen Thomas; Reijnoud Homveld; Maarten van der Graaf; Dierik Cras; Eelco Bijkerk; Claudia Beele; Jasper Stek

Testimonials

‘Stek is an outstanding boutique law firm in the Dutch market which outperforms the traditional large firms both in terms of legal and service quality. You will find high partner attention, a business-focused approach (rather than legal lectures) and last not least a very motivated and likeable team.’

‘Claudia Beele is an outstanding young partner with excellent legal knowledge, outstanding transaction expertise and just a pleasure to work with.

‘With his vast experience, Jasper Stek is always a safe bet to work with.’

‘Good team, easy to reach, gives quick and practical advice.’

‘Claudia Beele – good sense for the needs of German clients. Friendly and down to earth.’

‘Stek run a highly committed team, which in particular is easily accessible for German cross-border matters; a growing boutique firm with professionals from the leading firms in NL.’

‘Claudia Beele as head of the German Desk has proven to be not only an excellent legal professional but also a very client-oriented and very responsive lawyer.’

‘Very efficient team which thinks outside of the box. The team was involved in a very complex global carve-out which involved the transfer of shares and notes. The team is very commercially minded and solution oriented and able to meet even very short notice deadlines of the client.’

Key clients

Airopack

Bluestar Adisseo Nutrition Group Limited

Fluor

FrieslandCampina

HoSt

Iskes

Medsen Ceban

OFX

Parcom Capital

Saab AB

Simpel

Springbok

Stedin

Stork

The Learning Network

Zenith Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Stedin on the €200m cumulative preference shares issuance to its municipal shareholders.
  • Advised Iskes Holding on the sale of its towage and salvage activities in various ports in Europe to Boluda.
  • Advised Simpel and its shareholders on the acquisition of Simpel by T-Mobile.

BarentsKrans

BarentsKrans is predominantly instructed for buy-side representation though it is also proficient in sell-side representation which forms approximately a third of its recent caseload. The practice counts the trade and services, technology, production and construction industries as its most fruitful sectors of activity and is jointly led by Rhamsey Croes, who has considerable experience serving as lead counsel in cross-border deals, and Lisanne Vissers.

Practice head(s):

Rhamsey Croes; Lisanne Vissers

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Martin

Testimonials

‘Mid-sized transaction forums with true senior dedication to the client on transactions. Value for money.’

‘Down to earth and pragmatic, but high technical expertise.’

‘BK delivers high quality and reliable services, a full services firm.’

‘Very business oriented, interesting variety/mix of practices.’

‘Rhamsey Croes: very pragmatic, thinks together and for the client.’

‘Rhamsey Croes is a true expert in his field and always puts the client first.’

‘Rhamsey Croes – fantastic lawyer and partner – very good managerial skills, excellent knowledge of client’s needs, very business oriented advice.’

‘The team is very involved with the customer, knows what is important for the customer.’

Key clients

Quintes

Daily Logistics Group

KPN

Aegon

Borealis Hotel Group

MVGM

Monuta

Angelini Pharma

Vekoma Rides

Urban Gym Group (TrainMore)

Rotla (Centralpoint)

Zwanenberg Food Group

IHS Towers / Centennial Towers

Addtech Nordic

White & Case LLP (referral firm)

BMW

Huisman Equipment

Technolution

Snowworld

Boehringer Ingelheim

Mourik

VanderSat

Indu-Tools Group

P. Van De Velde Group

Foreman Capital

Craftview Software

Horticoop

Work highlights

  • Assisted Zwanenberg Food Group with the acquisition of Struik Foods Europe.
  • Advised Angelini Pharma as local counsel (White & Case LLP acted as lead counsel) on the acquisition of the shares in Arvelle Therapeutics.
  • Acted for Foreman Capital on the takeover of Fixami, a B2B and B2C e-commerce platform that sells tools and hardware in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain.

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten

M&A boutique Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten has a strong emphasis on cross-border work and houses team members who have spent a significant proportion of their career abroad, most notably in the UK and US. Quirijn Biesheuvel is vastly experienced in both inward and outward facing M&A transactions; he serves as practice co-head alongside Wouter Brugma.

Practice head(s):

Quirijn Biesheuvel; Wouter Brugma

Testimonials

‘They have a very senior team and have extensive experience in PE/VC transactions, also on the commercial side of it. They offer more than just legal advice – they fully coordinate and manage transactions which give the company/investors more time to focus on other things. Furthermore, speed is a key word in their approach.’

‘What also really helped us as a fast growing company (in various countries in Europe) is their global network. Because they worked at regional and international firms and regularly act in international transactions their global network is good and they let us benefit from it.’

‘An M&A boutique boasting superb quality. It gets the deal done, but without missing important details even if it is without their core-expertise. Its quality matches that of the large firms.’

‘Quirijn Biesheuvel; commercial, reliable boardroom advisor whose word is not easily disputed.’

‘The practice has a smart pragmatic approach to their service, they think with you on the content, collaborate well with other advisors and counterparts. Always keep the end result and the requirements of the customer at the core of what they do, efficiently and pragmatically getting to an optimal outcome.’

‘Biesheuvel Jansen is a boutique firm with very well seasoned lawyers, with a very practical and client focused approach. They are specialized in M&A and we frequently work with them on the employment side of M&A deals and bring our clients to them in case of M&A/contract law related work.’

‘Quirijn Biesheuvel: very good in smaller/mid size deals (stays always cool, aimed at finding solutions).’

Key clients

Ace & Tate

Advanced Lightweight Engineering Holding

Barentz International

BayWa

Cellnex Telecom

Cheflix

Corrosion

Energie Fonds Overijssel

ENGIE (Euronext: ENGI)

ENGIE LNG Solutions

Expereo International

Globitas Investments

Harver

Holland Capital

Joolz

Koninklijke Philips (NYSE: PHG, Euronext: PHIA)

Lineas

Mirage Retail Group

Mr Marvis

OrangeGas

Philips Healthtech Ventures

Protelindo (Indonesian Stock Exchange IDX:TOWR)

Prowind

Siilo

Slingshot Ventures

Standard Investment

Tiqets

Trigentis

Work highlights

  • Advised Globitas on the acquisition of CASA from the Blokker family.
  • Advised Harver and certain shareholders, including management, on the sale to Outmatch, a US-based company providing tech driven solutions for HR hiring processes.
  • Advised Viqtor Davis on its merger with Waterland’s portfolio companies Valcon and First Consulting.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird has considerable expertise in tech and comms, energy, life sciences and healthcare-related deals. ‘Excellent’ practice head Pauline Vos  acts for Dutch and international clients alike, leveraging the firm’s broad international network where necessary, and has knowledge of M&A, share and asset deal, joint venture and spinoff transactions, among others.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Vos

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Wurfbain; René Rieter; Sophie Dingenen; Roger van Buuren

Testimonials

‘The team is deal driven and shows great flexibility.’

‘The team is deal driven which shows in proactiveness in finding solutions for problems that could potentially derail the deal, good communication while maintaining a good eye for the interests of all including the hiring company.’

‘During our deal the situation changed considerably during the deal. The new required documentation was produced quickly so timelines still were met.’

‘We have worked mostly with Pauline Vos. She is strong in signalling any potential issues that could be a threat to the deal, finding solutions for these issues and is great at explaining more difficult legal situations.’

‘Pauline Vos did an excellent job for us in respect of acquisition-related due diligence.’

Key clients

Cellnex Telecom SA

Eargo, Inc.

RiskPoint

Chinook Therapeutics, Inc

Groupe Avril

Equigy

Hizkia van Kralingen Group

Ibérica Partners Sucesión GCKC SL

Reichmutt & Co Investment Management

Meridiam

Preceyes

Borealis Group

Bonaire Brandstof Terminals

Comviva Technology

Enercon Group

BayWa re

Kiadis Pharma

RoodMicrotec

Envipco

Daher Aerospace SA

Techstars

Sapienza Consulting SA

Shiloh Industries

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies

Gamma Telecommunications

Lagerwey Group

EURUS Energy Europe

Unisun Energy Group

Eurofiber

Guesty

Ellipsis Drive

Webfleet Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellnex Telecom S.A. on the agreement between Cellnex and Deutsche Telecom AG to combine their towers businesses in the Netherlands.
  • Advised infrastructure fund manager Meridiam on its investment in a partnership with pan-African data centre developer Raxio Group for the purpose of deploying a network of data centres across Africa.
  • Advising global leading seed accelerator Techstars on all its investments in start-ups and other companies participating in Techstars’ various accelerator programmes in Europe

Buren

Buren has team members based in Amsterdam and The Hague and is also able to work with its overseas offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Luxembourg. The practice acts for a number of local mid-sized corporates and also serves as a gateway for multinational clients looking to invest into the Netherlands, an offering bolstered by its dedicated Japan, CIS, Russian and Latam desks. Pieter van den Berg , Paul Deloo  and Steven van der Waal  jointly lead the team alongside Paul Josephus Jitta.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van den Berg; Paul Deloo; Steven van der Waal; Paul Josephus Jitta

Other key lawyers:

Cees Frans Greeven; Peter van Dijk; Tjeerd Aghina

Testimonials

‘Good relevant knowledge and experience of M&A practice.’

‘The unique proposition is based on the total picture Buren offer for a fair price. They take time to understand the business, have  connections abroad and are very accurate in documentation. What comforts me most is the experience they had in understanding the strategy the opponent would have.’

‘When you are in a company merger process there is a lot to take care of. The partner involved was helping us in each step in a way we could handle it. Involvement in the process was high. What should be mentioned is the direct reactions and knowledge of the assistant. A lot of matters could be solved immediately that way.’

‘Excellent communication and professional assistance in challenging subjects.’

‘Paul Josephus Jitta kind and professional with the end in mind. This serves the client well. Just a pleasure to do business with.’

‘Swift personal attention, especially strong in interpreting and advising with regard to standard corporate structures and formalities.’

‘Paul Jitta is specialized in advising in corporate structures and formalities.’

‘Pieter Van den Bergh is recommended.’

Key clients

Planon Group

NMT

RTL

Petroserv Marine Inc.

Mitsubishi

VoloAgri Group, Inc.

Nova Resources B.V.

Atterbury Group

Royal Den Hartogh

Bausch Health

Work highlights

  • Advising Planon Group on the strategic investment by Schneider Electric in Planon Group.
  • Acted as legal counsel for Den Hartogh Global Logistics Co., Ltd, the buyer of the transaction.
  • Advised the (indirect) majority shareholder of New York Pizza Management B.V. on the sale of 75% its shares to Norwegian listed Orkla ASA and its reinvestment in the Newco.

Florent

Corporate law boutique Florent is a popular choice for clients from the food and beverage, infrastructure, media and entertainment and technology sectors.  Pieter van den Brink , Matthijs Brons  and Pieter Van Uchelen jointly lead the practice which handles mid-market M&A, joint venture, commercial contract, corporate governance and reorganisation matters, in addition to related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van den Brink; Matthijs Brons; Pieter van Uchelen

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Pierre van Leeuwe; Katharina Bottenberg

Testimonials

‘Flexibility, speed of delivery, pragmatic approach, hands-on, lot of in-practice experience.’

‘Matthijs Brons: high availability, pragmatism. Katharina Bottenberg: much technical knowledge and always up to date on the files.’

‘Very professional and high quality service.’

‘Pieter van der Brink: very high level advice and eye for detail. Understands negotiations dynamics.’

‘We really liked to work with Florent. More specifically with the team of Pieter van den Brink. They are competent, very accurate and very pleasant to work with. They kept their heads cool, and stayed focussed on the goal: Doing the transaction’

‘Florent is a really equipped and skilled entrepreneurial practice. Invoicing is absolutely flawless and fair. The team is up to date, in-depth and proactive experts.’

‘Florent is just the best law firm in Amsterdam. And a bit of a hidden gem.’

‘Matthijs Brons doesn’t think like a regular lawyer. His only goal is to fix issues for entrepreneurs and to get M&A deals done. Which he does well.’

Key clients

Tony’s Chocolonely

New York Pizza

PHIT Holding B.V.

Mosadex

RH Marine group

Quadrum Capital

Crowd Mobile Ltd.

Imbull

WPG Uitgevers

Spring Investment Management

VANMOOF

The Correspondent

Victus Participations

Kings of Indigo

Cegeka

Plukon Food Group

Arcus Infrastructure Fund

Nimbus

Medstone

Urban Arrow

Sanisale

Geodan

Visscher Caravelle

Ancala Partners

O2 Capital Partners

Euro-Caps

Friesland Campina

Vendis Capital

Freshstream

GIMV

Lukoil

E-Fiber

Work highlights

  • Advised Friesland Campina on the sale of its Nutrifeed business to Denkavit.
  • Advising VanMoof on equity investments involving four jurisdictions, 11 different investors and various other stakeholders.
  • Advised New York Pizza, a Dutch pizza delivery chain, on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Orkla.

HVG Law LLP

HVG Law LLP, part of the global EY Law network, operates across M&A, joint venture, restructuring and vendor due diligence mandates in addition to management buy-outs and buy-ins. Rotterdam-based duo Sijmen de Lange and Caspar van der Winden jointly head the practice which notably operates across a broad spectrum of industries, including retail and consumer products, health and life sciences, energy, technology, financial services and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Sijmen de Lange; Caspar van der Winden

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld; Matthijs Driedonks; Bart Wolters; Frank Zandee; Sandra van Loon; Susan ten Haaf; Merel Zwankhuizen; Sander van Leeuwen

Testimonials

‘Organised and efficient. Have taken ownership of, overseen and executed a number of complex reorganisations very well, proposing novel solutions on occasions to help expedite the process.’

‘The most important part for us is that the legal team works as an extension of our legal team and as such the communication is quick and efficient and time and effort and cost is saved. Of the years of working with the legal team of HVG Law this set-up feels fully natural and the added value of the team and their individual members is clear.’

‘The individual members of the team are approachable, even when not convenient for themselves they make time and try to provide us with the best advice possible, even if this is not directly what we want to hear. As such I can highly recommend Sander van Leeuwen.’

‘People collaborate and cooperate very smoothly. Very hands on and very skilled and experienced to do complexed legal work.’

‘Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld, quickly understands the deal essentials and is very focussed on solving difficult issues practically in stead of making things even more complex. Fine negotiating skills.’

‘The HVG team is talented, diverse and highly professional. Their preparation and level of industry knowledge is outstanding.’

‘Sijmen de Lange is undoubtedly the driving force of the team. He is advising our company already for an extensive period of time but is as engaged as when he started.

‘Susan ten Haaf was in the lead. She is a very good listener and oversees the process and above all the people who are involved. As well as on her own team, her corporate finance colleagues and the customer team. In all the negotiations that occurred she prepares us very well and was very persuasive and decisive bringing them to a positive result.’

Key clients

Huuskes Holding B.V.

Netivity

Zein International Childcare Group

Pink Elephant

GoodHabitz

Coop Nederland

Redwood Software

Imkerij de Traaij

New Office Centre Beheer

Lippert

VCSW

De Jong Verpakking

Amathaon Capital & CLAAS

Shareholders JV Produkties B.V.

IBM Corporation / IBM Nederland B.V.

Koninklijke DSM N.V.

CH Robinson

Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics

Capricorn Capital Group B.V.

REMONDIS Nederland

TopigsNorsvin

Cire Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Redwood Software on securing a €315m strategic investment from growth equity firm Turn/River Capital.
  • Assisted IBM Corporation and its Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg subsidiaries in a multi-jurisdictional carve-out project regarding IT and outsourcing agreements; a project closely related to the envisaged global spin-off of IBM’s managed infrastructure business.
  • Assisted the shareholders’ of Huuskes Holding with the exclusive cooperation between the Huuskes group and Chefs Culinar and the sale of a minority share interest in the Huuskes group to Chefs Culinar.

Kemperink Maarschalkerweerd Wouters N.V.

Boutique firm Kemperink Maarschalkerweerd Wouters N.V. operates across an array of corporate law, M&A and corporate governance mandates, acting for a notable number of international companies in the process. Guus Kemperink is a public M&A specialist, routinely instructed by listed companies; he jointly leads the practice with Sander Maarschalkerweerd and Rob Wouters.

Practice head(s):

Guus Kemperink; Sander Maarschalkerweerd; Rob Wouters

Testimonials

‘The team has a great mix of experience, expertise, market knowledge and thoroughness. Their approach, knowledge and the network they bring along is undisputable. The lawyers in this firm are truly dedicated to their clients. And as a long time client, I feel this dedication.’

‘Guus Kemperink is very trustworthy and loyal. Sander Maarschalkerweerd is thorough and dedicated. Rob Wouters is fast to respond, committed, to the point and on the spot. And Guus, Sander and Rob are truly great people to work with.’

‘Small law firm with high quality lawyers. They are very responsive and can be made available at any time if needed. They think in the long term and are able to grasp all possible developments in difficult negotiations.’

‘Specialised in governance, team up with other specialists outside the firm in a seamless way. Proactive and responsive. Great network towards other specialists. Give you the feeling you are truly important.’

‘Combination of having an in depth legal expert focus with a very open mind and attitude. I have collaborated with them in a high stake, highly complex case, with a lot of legal and financial risk involved for the various clients involved. They did this with focus, reflective calmness and very client-orientated. One of the most complex and almost impossible cases, handled and completed very well.’

‘Highly competent in M&A, Corporate at large and in Governance matters.’

‘Guus Kemperink as a senior partner is highly experienced. I have known him for many years now and have referred many clients to him and to his law firm. A very positive point is also his fluency in French which is very important for certain clients (not only French clients). His two younger partners are also first rank lawyers.’

Key clients

CDP Equity

Col-Olint Group

SkyTeam

General Motors

CB

Südzucker Group

FleetMaster

IX Zon

InfiNet Wireless Holdings

KPMG

Stichting Continuïteit Ahold Delhaize

CB Healthcare

PortionPack Europe Holding

United Soft Drinks

Work highlights

  • Advised Italian state owned CDP Equity on its accession as a reference shareholder to Euronext in the context of Euronext acquiring Borsa Italiana from London Stock Exchange Group.
  • Advised a Belgian conglomerate on the sale of a 75% share stake in its largest Dutch subsidiary to a large German group.
  • Advised General Motors on its legal position as holder of equity warrants in Stellantis NV (the global automaker resulting from the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA).

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke’s corporate and M&A practice continues to expand its offering, predominantly acting on deals in the €40m to €100m range. The practice is active on both local and cross-border deals, often in collaboration with its colleagues in the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and Italy, and is headed by Herke Van Hulst, who has considerable experience in healthcare, digital and life sciences-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Herke van Hulst

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Beurskens; Marie-Louise Weeda

Testimonials

‘Generally, the hourly charges are fair, hours spent are reasonable, hence the value of services are well above the amount that is charged.’

‘Herke van Hulst is very experienced and gave us sharp insights into various issues regarding investment and acquisition. She was also very good at organising the team of specialised members in the fields of IP and tax.’

Key clients

Ancora Finance Group and Wellington Partners

Bauhaus Matrixmind Holding BV

DSM Venturing

FAAC

HH Global

Infosys Limited

INKEF Capital

Lava Therapeutics B.V.

Miniclip (UK) Limited

MILabs

Oaky

Phoenix / Ambiente

Terumo Corporation (client for 6 years)

Wireless Logic Group

DKV Mobility

Work highlights

  • Advised Japan-based Terumo Corporation on the €45m acquisition of the remaining 80.1% stake in Quirem Medical B.V.
  • Advised on the acquisition of NaGa Solar and the subsequent creation of a joint venture that will develop at least 4GW of solar projects across the UK, the Netherlands and Germany, creating a €1bn investment opportunity for institutional investors.
  • Assisted the shareholders of Milabs B.V. in the controlled auction sale of the company’s entire issued share capital to Rigaku Corporation.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Adept in both outbound and inbound work, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV handles a broad range of M&A, divestment, corporate restructuring and related finance mandates. The practice is distinguished through its role as principal legal adviser to the Dutch State, a role which sees it engaged on a wealth of transactions, including privatisations, on behalf of Dutch ministries. Carel Van Swaay, who has expertise in national and cross-border controlled auctions, heads the practice which is adept in a number of regulated sectors, namely energy, financial institutions, healthcare and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Carel van Swaay

Other key lawyers:

Cees de Zeeuw; René van de Klashorst; Wouter Admiraal

Testimonials

‘It is a full fledge team that has all we need.’

‘Wouter Admiraal has been solid for many years, he has excellent team members surrounding him.’

‘Great and highly qualified team to work with.’

‘Wouter Admiraal is highly qualified and pleasant in communication.’

‘Hands-on team. Very friendly and accurate to work with.’

‘Wouter Admiraal has a civil law notary expertise on multiple jurisdictions. Very pleasant to work with. Outstanding quality.’

‘Great team which thinks pragmatically and creatively which is important for us.’

‘Benjamin Gideonse wants to really create value for us.’

Key clients

City of Amsterdam

City of Rotterdam

Stenprop Limited

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

Dutch Ministry of Finance

Altano Gruppe

Guerrero Ventures Inc.

Kardex Holding A.G.

Lundin Energy

Login VSI

Igea Pharma NV.

Ecart Invest 1 B.V.

NVM

Navitas/Vinke Amsterdam B.V.

Green Business Certification, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised the Municipality of Amsterdam on the financial and corporate restructuring of AEB and the ongoing privatisation of the Amsterdam Energie Bedrijf (AEB), the largest European waste incineration plant operator, through a public controlled auction process.
  • Advised Green Business Certification, Inc. regarding the acquisition of all shares in the capital of GRESB B.V. by Summit Partners LLP.
  • Acted as adviser to the ministry of Economic Affairs of the Dutch State in the TenneT case.

Ploum

Ploum, a single office firm in Rotterdam, is particularly accomplished in the energy space though has endeavoured to expand its activity in the transport and logistics sectors of late. The practice is also equipped to support on insurance, software, food, media and pharma matters and is co-led by Albert Wiggers, who has a track record of assisting clients, both domestic and international, on business establishment and also provides expertise in M&A and joint venture mandates, and Tom Ensink.

Practice head(s):

Albert Wiggers; Tom Ensink

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Sluijters; Jeroen Terstegge

Testimonials

‘The team has a very strong hands-on approach and progresses deals at great speed not losing time. Strong combination of legal and business sense focussed on deal certainty. Good combination of specialists required to bring a complex transaction over the finish line. Outstanding availability of partners, associates and staff and extremely capable and effective client communications.’

‘Stephan Sluijters has extensive experience in progressing transactions and does not have to show-off his skills and capacities. Always plans ahead in transaction documentation and anticipates on complex matters to come. Impresses by exceptional handling of complex negotiations always focussing on both deal security and quality of the end-product. Great communicator, also in difficult circumstances. Always available and action ready.’

‘Albert Wiggers is reliable, sensible and has an excellent commercial understanding. He is a great partner who really helped us in reaching a better than expected deal.’

‘Tom Ensink, senior partner, provided excellent service. Available, non confrontational to other side but getting points across firmly. Took control of getting things done in a controlled manner. Very impressive.’

‘The team was fun to work with, and that is meaningful in an M&A transaction where a lot of time is spent together. I truly enjoyed each call with Ploum and the manner by which they conducted business. They were attentive, informative, and provided actionable insight’

‘Tom Ensink was informed and very knowledgeable. And, he provided sound advice on best next steps and approach. We couldn’t have done the deal without his knowledge of the local landscape and ability to navigate some tough issues.’

‘Go-to team for a wide array of commercial, corporate and M&A matters. The team is strong in terms of commercial acumen, very responsive and provides clear and pragmatic advice. Excellent team, covering all areas and able to share outstanding insights.’

‘Jeroen Terstegge is a top-notch lawyer. He is a very capable and smart. Always there when you need him. Able to zoom in and out when needed and guide all involved to the preferred outcome. Very impressive performance. Jeroen provides valuable insights on a wide range of aspects and is always very well prepared and pro-active.’

Key clients

Unit4 N.V.

ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund B.V.

Winfarm SA/Vital Concept SAS

International Data Corporation, Inc./International Data Group, Inc.

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

GroenLeven B.V.

Eneco N.V.

Transports Vervaeke N.V.

Equinix inc.

Dura Vermeer

Unilever

Sequint

Peinemann

Engie Services

Hutchinson/ECT

Moodmedia

PointLogic

One-Dyas Holdings B.V.

Matrans Holding N.V.

Renewable Factory B.V.

Ecclesia Gruppe

Enghouse systems Ltd.

ArboUnie

Active Capital

Fields

CED Holding B.V.

Eszet Bedrijven B.V.

Unit4 N.V.

ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund B.V.

Winfarm SA/Vital Concept SAS

International Data Corporation, Inc./International Data Group, Inc.

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

GroenLeven B.V.

Eneco N.V.

Transports Vervaeke N.V.

Equinix inc.

Dura Vermeer

Unilever

Sequint

Peinemann

Engie Services

Hutchinson/ECT

Moodmedia

PointLogic

One-Dyas Holdings B.V.

Matrans Holding N.V.

Renewable Factory B.V.

Ecclesia Gruppe

Enghouse systems Ltd.

ArboUnie

Active Capital

Fields

CED Holding B.V.

Eszet Bedrijven B.V.

Boels Zanders Advocaten

Boels Zanders Advocaten is engaged for M&A, shareholder relation, joint venture and company law mandates. Luuk Hendriks  and Jeroen Oehlen  jointly head the practice which recently welcomed Roald Subnel, who has experience of international transactions, especially those with a competition law aspect. Key sectors include IT, media, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Practice head(s):

Luuk Hendriks; Jeroen Oehlen

Other key lawyers:

Roald Subnel; Janou Briaire

Testimonials

‘In general; understanding what you as a client want to achieve and see to it that this is brought to a successful and correct conclusion.’

‘We have had the pleasure to work with Jeroen Oehlen and his team in a M&A project. The main things you hope to expect are keeping your word and promises, avoid mistakes, be pro-active in support, and going the extra mile to work towards a successful conclusion. All of this was achieved and done with an eye to detail.’

‘Luuk Hendriks is clearly a very experienced, knowledgeable and excellent M&A lawyer.’

‘The people work very well as a team; it is a pleasure to collaborate with them.’

‘The individuals have a great hands on mentality and above all not a 9-5 mentality. They work perfectly towards deadlines.’

‘Clearly knowledgeable team, at the same time acting very practically and down-to-earth.’

‘Team lead Jeroen Oehlen, supported by a limited number of assistants (i.e. easy to determine who to approach for questions & remarks), keeps track of all relevant subjects in a timely and remarkably calm way. Therewith offering comfort and trust to the entire team involved in a deal.’

‘Jeroen Oehlen is extremely pragmatic and quick in his responses and provision of all necessary tailor-made documentation.’

‘Experience, knowing what is worth fighting for and what not. Being available outside regular working hours, positive spirit and able to keep it cool when negotiations get heated.’

Key clients

Shop Apotheke Europe N.V.

Twister Media Group B.V.

NV Limburgs Instituut voor Ontwikkeling

Palion Ingredients B.V.

NRC Media Holding B.V.

Aareon AG

Wienerberger B.V.

MediReva B.V.

Eurohose Holding B.V.

Enfim Investment N.V.

Budé Beheer B.V.

Mulder Beheer B.V.

Nijhof Beheer B.V.

SteWa Holding B.V.

MvH Beheer B.V.

Ortler B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised SA Europe BV on the acquisition of MedApp Holding BV.
  • Advised Mr. Baggerman and Eurohose Holding BV on the sale of the Baggerman Group to the NORRES Group.
  • Advised Aareon AG on the acquisition of the shares of Kolibri Nederland B.V. and Vertilligence II B.V. in BriqVest B.V. and Twinq Holding B.V.

BOLT Advocaten

BOLT Advocaten, noted for its ‘excellent cross-border expertise’, excels in M&A, buy-out transactions, private equity and venture capital mandates. Utrecht-based trio Mark Eising, Rogier Dahmen and Bart Bendel jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Eising; Rogier Dahmen; Bart Bendel

Testimonials

‘The team consistsof only the most professional lawyers in their specific field. They work closely together and therefore more integrated solutions have been created for us as client. Also they are pro active.’

‘Rogier Dahmen guided us and helped us to finalize the merger process in a professional personal manner.’

‘We had a very good experience with Bolt Advocaten on a large M&A process. We liked their personal approach and their in depth knowledge about our industry. On our side we had several individual shareholders with different interests. Bolt managed all parties with a satisfying outcome for all involved.’

‘Excellent cross-border M&A expertise and experience, spanning multiple legal systems and industry sectors. Constructive, pragmatic, efficient and intelligent advice and support. Seamless coverage of transactions despite the relatively small team size. Delivers higher quality work at lower cost and more effectively than larger comparable firms.’

‘Rogier Dahmen: outstandingly responsive; extremely knowledgeable and experienced in cross-border transactions; assured in delivery and always a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Cohedron

VTM Quality Services

Eesysoft

Product League

Vortex

Stantec

Destil

Beetz

Kessels Kramer

Trimble

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cohedron on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Social Value Holdings (Argonaut Advies, Zorg-Lokaal en Toetspraktijk).    
  • Acting for Cohedron on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Oreon (MediFirst, Oreon Advies, Oreon Indicatie en Oreon Projecten).
  • Acting for VTM Quality Services on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Pluimveeverwerking Jan van Ee and the company real estate.

Dirkzwager legal & tax

Dirkzwager has expertise across merger, acquisition and private equity transactions, counting its knowhow in the energy sector, as well as its integration with the TEFLA and USLAW legal networks as points of differentiation. Practice head Claudia van der Most  has strength in M&A deals with complex international and governance components.

Practice head(s):

Claudia van der Most

Other key lawyers:

Maarten Kole; Selma van Ramele; Valerie van Engelenburg-Sijberden

Testimonials

It is a comprehensive high quality pragmatic team with very experienced partners and expertise on all legal niches readily available.

They have short internal lines and work seamlessly together with a very good hands-on mentality.

Efficiently use their partner network across the globe to provide you with the best possible solution.

Claudia van der Most: a highly experienced partner, very good in complex and multi-faceted transactions. Down to earth, Low ego focused on getting the deal done. Real pleasure to work with.

Valerie van Engelenburg-Sijberden: a strong associate, responsive, accurate, excellent subject matter expertise.

Claudia van der Most: Good communicator, great at teaming up with corporate finance team, committed to delivering outstanding client experience.

Quality for a reasonable price. Listening to the clients and knowledgeable about the business. Focused on end result and discussing with client the way to reaching this result.

Availability, professionalism and strong focus on end result. Exceptional soft skills.

Key clients

Rubis Terminal S.A.

Arcadis Nederland B.V.

Bovemij N.V.

Obton A/S

Q-lip/Bactoforce

Vattenfall

Nieuw Nederland

Heuvelman-Gooimeer

Universiteit Wageningen

Mooreast

YAMA

CD20

CADAC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Wes Beheer B.V. with the sale of all shares in the capital of Staffing Enterprises B.V.    
  • Assisted Bovemij N.V. with the purchase of 100% of the shares in Autotrust Holding B.V.
  • Assisted the seller in a transaction where Valori took a majority stake in Omnext.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. directs the bulk of its attention to mid-market M&A deals, also occasionally acting on high-end transactions. Operating in close collaboration with the firm’s global offering across 35 jurisdictions, its Amsterdam offering is fronted by Tom Van Wijingaarden, a lawyer with a strong knowledge of the life sciences and consumer sectors. The team is also reputed for its energy, technology and healthcare expertise and includes Wieger ten Hove, a new arrival from Simmons & Simmons who has a track record in TMT-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tom van Wijngaarden

Other key lawyers:

Miriam van Ee; Jeroen Hoekstra; Wieger ten Hove

Testimonials

‘They are very flexible in putting together the right team for the job. Also if that means lawyers from different offices are working on one file.’

‘Miriam van Ee is an outstanding M&A lawyer with a clear focus on the Energy market.’

Key clients

Westrock Plc

IGM

Kwik Lok Corporation

Infor

Beauparc/Pandagreen

Assa Abloy

Ib vogt GmbH

Solarfields Projecten

Bright Horizons Family Solution

Tinsa/Troostwijk Groep

Motion Picture Solutions

Aveva Group Plc

Livingbridge

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions

Ayano

Argent Energy

Stepan, Inc

Teledyne

Intrum AB

Enerpac

Kindergarden Nederland

Owens & Minor

ATOS

Duravant, LLC

Baird Capital

Sedgwick

BearingPoint

CyrusOne

Allied Hydronics

Avery Dennison

Regin

Reconomy (UK) Ltd.

Norges Bank Investment Management

Orange Clover Law

Orange Clover Law is an Amsterdam boutique with particularly strong ties to the financial services, energy, leisure, IT, industrial, chemicals and manufacturing sectors. The team is geared to support at all stages of public and private M&A transactions and is led by Machiel Galjaart. Areas of specific expertise include joint ventures, strategic transactions, public offers, corporate governance, cross-border structuring and general corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Machiel Galjaart

Other key lawyers:

Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen; Mark Loefs; Machiel Galjaart; Pien van Veersen

Testimonials

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen: professional, responsive, and flexible approach.’

‘Small partner-led teams with very quick turnaround and pragmatism.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen is commercially driven and pragmatic. Very responsive.’

‘Work in small teams which makes communicating on several topics easier.’

‘Pien van Veersen is very strong in getting the deal done.’

‘The team is very accessible, attentive and practical.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen is a very practical, accessible, cooperative and solution focused partner.’

Key clients

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Covestro

Andlinger & Company

Fortino Capital

Capital A Investment Partners

Korian SA

Avedon Capital Partners

Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.

Ludgate

Gimv

Van Aalst Group

Orthogon Partners

PAI Partners

Ponooc

Borski Fund

Royal Ten Cate

Evonik Industries

ICE Endex

NorthC Data Center

Manutan International

NIBC Bank

Triton Partners

Sunweb

APG

Aalberts Industries

Global University Systems

De Lage Landen

Linamar Corporation

Nimbus

Oaktree Capital

Gilde Healthcare

Bitfield

Work highlights

  • Advised Waterland Private Equity and its portfolio company Intracto on the acquisitions of We Are You, Booming, Codezilla, Orangedotcom and We Provide.
  • Advised Korian on the acquisitions of various elderly care organisations (with multiple care homes) in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Fortino Capital on multiple cross-border acquisitions and add-ons.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing recently welcomed Zabdaj Pollen from AKD, a lawyer who arrives with a wealth of experience in buy-side, sell-side, auction and private equity-related M&A matters; he heads the practice which has expertise in demergers, corporate governance, corporate litigation and commercial contract affairs. Cross-border transactions feature prominently in the caseload, owing to the team’s close integration with the firm’s international network, spread across 16 different jurisdictions.

Practice head(s):

Zabdaj Pollen

Other key lawyers:

Maja Bolè; Selma Baouch; Jeroen Louwers

Testimonials

‘Strong (fast) response time which is crucial in M&A projects.’

‘Partner lawyer completely up-to-date of the process (although junior associates are executing the file).’

‘Zabdaj Pollen is always up-to-speed and in control with broad legal knowledge to advise.’

‘Good cooperation within the team roles.’

Key clients

Rubix Group

VINCI Energies

Copaco

Grindstone Capital

Raed Ventures

MAERSK OIL TRADING AND INVESTMENTS A/S

Local Globe

Bessemer Venture Partners

Crane Venture Partners

sennder GmbH

ECFG VC

Five Arrows Principal Investments (FAPI)

Sanko

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rubix Group with the acquisition of Technisch Bureau Magema, a distributor of general maintenance products to key accounts in the Benelux market.
  • Successfully advised Impartner Inc. on the multimillion-euro acquisition of TIE International B.V.
  • Advised sender GmbH on the acquisition of Uber Freight.

Vestius

Vestius is a specialist corporate and employment law firm which caters to a client roster of energy, e-business, IT and media companies. Helger Kamerman is adept at both buyer and seller representation, supporting on all aspects of transactions including structuring, finance and corporate governance; he co-leads the practice alongside Sander Pieroelie, an expert in a wealth of contractual matters including collaboration agreements and service contracts.

Practice head(s):

Helger Kamerman; Sander Pieroelie

Testimonials

‘A lot of knowledge and dedication’

‘Small flexible team with very strong partner management. Partner takes care of communication and seems to check all documents delivered.’

‘Helger Kamerman is the lead partner. The work relation with him is no less than excellent.’

‘The Vestius team combines excellent legal knowledge and experience with a practical common sense approach to legal matters. We use them for contract law and employment law and have been very satisfied with the quality of work, speed of delivery and responsiveness of the team. Small team with a very nice personal approach that makes one feel a truly valued client. Fees are quite reasonable and price/quality ratio is outstanding, certainly when comparing to the big law firms. I would highly recommend Vestius to anyone looking for top quality legal advice.’

‘Vestius is a good law firm with experienced lawyers for M&A and labour issues. They have helped me numerous times with fast and good advice in transactions.’

‘Helger Kamerman and I have worked on numerous transactions over the last twenty years. Helger is a sharp and likable lawyer, who understands the positions of parties but also the atmosphere in a transaction. He then acts swiftly to get that incorporated in the transaction documents.’

‘Vestius assists its clients in all types of corporate matters, such as M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, private equity. I think its a popular choice for local counsel work on international deals.’

‘Helger Kamerman acts for our corporate clients on acquisitions and disposals. He has a very straightforward manner. He is an extremely pragmatic and to-the-point lawyer.’

Key clients

Vereniging Veronica/V-Ventures

GIGA Storage

Youvia

ANP

Nvalue

AFS

European Directories (EDSA)

Rubicon

PropertyEuro

InShoring Pros

Work highlights

  • Advised Optiverder regarding the purchase of ANP from Talpa.
  • Advised Youvia regarding the sale of review platform Klantenvertellen.nl to the feedback company eKomi.
  • Advised the founding shareholders of GreenFlux regarding the sale of their shares to DKV, as part of DKV’s acquisition of the entire company.

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Led by Ep Hannema who has 30+ years of experience in the sector, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh represents a number of major Benelux players, counting its strong knowledge of the environmental, sustainability and IT sectors as a key distinguisher. Its workload includes cross-border and domestic M&A, joint venture and general business advice mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ep Hannema

Other key lawyers:

Peter Goes

Testimonials

What is quite unique for the Windt M&A practice is that they really understand financial flows of deals and calculations of values. Therefore they are a true partner in successful deals.

Their responsiveness and accuracy is quite unique and outstanding compared to other firms.

Their practical approach, their ability to level with shareholders and management to truly be of service is outstanding. If you agree to have draft documents by tomorrow, you will receive them the same day. Moreover, they are innovative in finding solutions in complex situations.

For us in this position it was our “dream team”, they performed exceptionally well.

The team is highly capable to assist their client in a effective and efficient process. Knowledge is shared directly and always available.

High quality of work, always available.

Key clients

Odin Groep

ATS Global

People 2.0

CIP Capital

De Winter Groep

Fortino Capital

Oblivion B.V.

Bam Infra (Royal BAM)

Xolv

Work highlights

  • Advising Oblivion B.V., a leading Dutch IT player, on its sale of the company to Xebia (a portfolio company of Waterland Private Equity.      
  • Advising Odin Groep and its majority shareholder Fortino Capital on the acquisition of Pimarox Ggroup.
  • Acting as Dutch counsel to People 2.0 in the sale of a majority stake in this outsourced human resources and payroll services leader to TPG Capital, and advising on various add-on acquisitions for People 2.0.