Commercial, corporate and M&a in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘outstanding Dutch M&A team’ is ‘highly capable of translating complex legal problems into practical solutions’ on high-end M&A mandates for a high-profile list of local and international clients; the group is a key name for financial sector clients and counts NCOI Holding and Anbang on its roster. Joyce Leemrijse heads up the department and handles the notarial elements of corporate work. Other key names include Charles Honée, corporate and securities law expert Tim Stevens, public M&A specialist Christiaan de Brauw and Annelies van der Pauw, who is head of corporate and the firm's co-head of global corporate social responsibility. Karine Kodde is also singled out for her private equity expertise.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Leemrijse

Other key lawyers:

Charles Honée; Tim Stevens; Christiaan de Brauw; Annelies van der Pauw; Karine Kodde


‘We have worked closely with the M&A team at A&O in the Netherlands since 2015 and consistently experienced excellent advice in all aspects of our projects from contract negotiations, property through to competition clearance. No hesitation in recommending them.’

‘Great knowledge and experience in corporate law and M&A.’

‘Gijs Linse has a lot experience in corporate law and M&A. He advises pragmatically, is dedicated and very knowledgeable.’

‘They are very pragmatic and strategic, giving very good advice on deals regarding tactics. They always get the work done on time and never let you down.’

‘Outstanding Dutch M&A team. It is notable that this team is highly capable of translating complex legal problems to practical solutions that are suitable and understandable also for non-legal persons involved.’

‘Gijs Linse invested lots of time in becoming familiar with the dynamics between corporate bodies involved, which results in practical solutions that actually work for our entire organisation.’

‘Max van Merrienboer is a brilliant associate. Has great sense for dynamics in negotiating sessions and gets the deal done. Partner to be.’

Key clients


Dutch Star Companies One

NCOI Holding

NIBC Holding

Royal Agio Cigars

Atrium European Real Estate

Reinsurance Group of America

Wolters Kluwer


Royal IHC Merwede

Davide Campari Milano



Work highlights

  • Advised Anbang on the sale of Vivat to Athora, a Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance group, and the related sale by Athora of Vivat’s non-life activities to NN Group.
  • Assisted NIBC Holding with its €1.4bn public takeover by Blackstone.
  • Advised Reggeborgh Holding on its proposed €1.7bn public offer for VolkerWessels.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is praised as a corporate powerhouse in the Dutch market, and regularly acts on high-end M&A, divestments or regulatory matters. Alongside a notable international client base, the practice also assists a variety of Dutch companies including Heineken, Gilde Buy Out Partners and Royal Philips. The sizeable team includes highly regarded practice head Arne Grimme, Michael Schouten, equity capital markets specialist Gaby Smeenk, Reinier Kleipool and corporate governance expert Sven Dumoulin, who joined from an in-house position. Klaas de Vries is also highly active in this space and recently advised on its merger with Just Eat.

Practice head(s):

Arne Grimme

Other key lawyers:

Michael Schouten; Gaby Smeenk; Reinier Kleipool; Sven Dumoulin; Klaas de Vries


‘Klaas de Vries is excellent, particularly for private M&A.’

Key clients

Royal Philips



NXP Semiconductors

Ahold Delhaize

Just Eat

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Boels Rental

Parcom Capital

Beter Bed Holding

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Madison Industries

Silverfleet Capital

Synthon Holding


Triton Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Just Eat on its acquisition of Grubhub.
  • Advised GrandVision on the sale of HAL Optical Investments’ 77% stake in the client to EssilorLuxottica.
  • Advised Eneco’s shareholders’ committee on the sale of Eneco to a consortium including Mitsubishi Corporation and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc for an equity value of €4.1bn.


As ‘one of the best teams in the market’, NautaDutilh is highly regarded for its expertise in regulated markets, leveraging the firm’s finance, insurance, energy and life sciences experience. The team is also a go-to name for public M&A and fields a distinct public M&A team led by Leo Groothuis, which recently advised Mylan on its combination with Pfizer’s Upjohn division and assisted HAL Holding with the sale of a 77% interest in GrandVision to EssilorLuxottica. Lieke van der Velden is global head of the firm’s corporate M&A group, which also fields Joost den Engelsman, energy sector expert Jaap Jan Trommel and Stefan Wissing.

Practice head(s):

Lieke van der Velden

Other key lawyers:

Leo Groothuis; Joost den Engelsman; Jaap Jan Trommel; Stefan Wissing; Ruud Smits; Marieke Pols


‘On top of things, proactive, in depth knowledge, speed and great personalities.’

‘Ruud Smits: outstanding client engagement, proactivity, negotiation skills and great personality.’

‘Marieke Pols: highly qualified, efficient, proactive. An eye for details and for the big picture.’

‘ Highly skilled team, with extreme high level of service, result driven, very experienced. One of the best teams in the market.’

Key clients


HAL Investments

Basic Fit




Mirage Retail Group


Liberty Mutual

Work highlights

  • Advised Hal Holding on the €5.5bn sale of its 77% interest in GrandVision to EssilorLuxottica.
  • Assisted Thermo Fisher with its €11bn public offer for QIAGEN.
  • Acted for Mylan on its merger with Pfizer’s UpJohn division to create a new $22bn global pharmaceuticals company.


Stibbe’s ‘very reliable’ team is ‘not afraid of engaging in creative structuring and execution of projects to meet client objectives’, while providing ‘solid legal advice’. With substantial expertise in high-profile cross-border transactions, recent work includes advising Peugeot on its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and acting for EssilorLuxottica on its acquisition of a stake in GrandVision. Heleen Kersten is a key name for M&A and corporate governance work; Björn van der Klip leads the private equity practice; and Duco de Boer focuses on M&A, private equity and restructuring mandates. Eva Das is also recommended and returned to the firm’s Amsterdam office in 2019 after a period in its New York base. Allard Metzelaar retired but remains as an adviser to the firm.

Other key lawyers:

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


‘I’ve worked with the Stibbe team on a number of different projects over the years. Very reliable, solid legal advice. Not afraid of engaging in creative structuring and execution of projects to meet client objectives. Highly ethical. One of the best teams in the market.’

Key clients



Apax Partners



Audax Private Equity



Clayton, Dubilier & Rice


Delivery Hero

Dutch State




NN Group



Monument Re

Work highlights

  • Advised EssilorLuxottica on its intended €7bn acquisition of the 77% ownership interest in GrandVision.
  • Advised Peugeot on its €40bn 50/50 cross-border merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
  • Advised Eneco on the sale of all shares in Eneco to a consortium led by Mitsubishi Corporation for a total equity value of €4.1bn.

Clifford Chance

The ‘high-quality team of very experienced partners’ at Clifford Chance is led by Mark-Jan Arends, who ‘adapts quickly to the needs of the client’ and handles corporate and corporate finance matters, as well as the related notarial issues. The group’s extensive sector expertise is notably prominent in the financial services and banking sectors, with clients including ABN AMRO, Rabobank and KKR. The team also leverages the firm’s one-Europe approach and wider global network to excel in cross-border transactions; most notably, Blackstone’s acquisition of CRH Europe Distribution. Other key practitioners include Hans Beerlage, Gregory Crookes and Jeroen Thijssen. Thijs Alexander retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mark-Jan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Hans Beerlage; Gregory Crookes; Jeroen Thijssen; Hansuya Reddy


‘It is a very comprehensive team. They have short internal lines and work well together. Compared to others I really see a very good hands-on mentality.’

‘The individuals that work at the firm are very pragmatic and always willing to go the extra mile. They will reach out to partners across the globe to provide you with the best possible solution.’

‘High quality team, very experienced partners and expertise on all legal niches available in-house.’

‘Jeroen Thijssen: a highly experienced partner, very good in complex and multi-faceted transactions. Low ego, focused on getting the deal done.’

‘Hansuya Reddy: a very strong associate, responsive, accurate, very good subject matter expertise. Real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients


Blackstone Group



Gilde Buy Out Partners



Mitsubishi Corporation

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Royal DSM

Partners Group


Work highlights

  • Advised IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of Infradata, the Netherland-based provider of security and cloud networking solutions and services, from Waterland Private Equity Investment.
  • Advised Blackstone on the acquisition of CRH Europe Distribution, the third-largest building materials distribution platform in continental Europe, from FTSE 100 global building materials group CRH plc for an enterprise value of €1.64bn.
  • Advised Sanoma on its divestment of the strategic business unit Sanoma Media Netherlands to DPG Media, the leading Dutch and Belgian cross-media company.


Houthoff is increasingly instructed on high-value M&A deals, having recently advised on Stryker’s takeover bid for Wright Medical Group as well as assisted Wingtech Technology with its acquisition of a majority stake in Nexperia. Group head Alexander Kaarls handles corporate, M&A and equity capital markets transactions and Rotterdam-based Michiel Pannekoek is highly regarded, while Willem de Nijs Bik and Maurits de Haan focus on international strategic M&A. The team also has notable private equity experience and has seen expansion in the technology sector and an increased client base of companies in Asia.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Pannekoek; Willem de Nijs Bik; Maurits de Haan

Key clients

General Motors





Invista / Koch Industries





Media Markt Saturn Group

Hearst Corporation

China Investment Corporation

Van Oord


Tesla Motors


Apollo Global Management

BC Partners

Navitas Capital

Active Capital Company

Equity Europe

Torqx Capital Partners

H2 Trading

Work highlights

  • Advised Stryker on its takeover bid for all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Wright Medical Group.
  • Assisted Chinese Wingtech Technology Co. Ltd with the acquisition of a majority stake in Nexperia.
  • Assisted Heimstaden with the indirect acquisition and financing of over 9500 residential units in The Netherlands for €1.4bn.


Linklaters handles a range of M&A, corporate advisory and corporate governance mandates for an increasingly varied roster of Dutch and international clients; examples include Centerbridge Partners Europe, Just Eat and Nestlé. Managing partner and energy, infrastructure and industrial sector expert Jan Willem de Boer heads up the department, which acts on high-end mandates and utilises the firm’s notarial services and banking, capital markets and litigation practices. Guido Portier is also recommended for equity capital markets work and counsel Gijs Smit focuses on energy sector work.

Practice head(s):

Jan Willem de Boer

Other key lawyers:

Guido Portier; Gijs Smit

Key clients

Koninklijke VolkerWessels

OYO Rooms

Centerbridge Partners Europe

Henderson Park Capital Partners UK

Just Eat

CapitaLand Commercial Trust Management

Dela Holding

Charoen Pokphand Group Co.


First State Investments

China Merchants Port Holdings Company


Diamond Generating Asia

KAZ Minerals Services

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Work highlights

  • Advised Koninklijke VolkerWessels on a recommended cash offer by Reggeborgh Holding for its issued and outstanding ordinary shares.
  • Advised OYO Rooms on the acquisition of @Leisure Holding from, amongst others, Axel Springer Digital Classifieds Holding.
  • Advising Centerbridge Partners Europe on its €330m leveraged buy-out of Solidus Solutions Solid Board, Aurelius Ypsilon Invest and Solidus Solutions Belgium from Aurelius Equity Opportunities.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff ‘works at the top of the market in The Netherlands and remains very pragmatic and deal-driven’ for clients across the Benelux region, handling high-end and mid-market mandates and working closely with the firm’s tax practice. While the group has expertise across all strands of the market, it is notably active in the private equity, energy, real estate, transport and healthcare sectors. Harmen Holtrop and Bastiaan Cornelisse jointly lead the team from Amsterdam and Rotterdam respectively; other key names include ‘truly gifted deal lawyerHerman Kaemingk, who regularly handles management and leveraged buyouts, Antoinette van der Hauw and newly promoted partner Freek Hilberdink.

Practice head(s):

Harmen Holtrop; Bastiaan Cornelisse

Other key lawyers:

Herman Kaemingk; Antoinette van der Hauw; Freek Hilberdink; Lisanne Bakker


‘The Loyens team works at the top of the market in The Netherlands, but remains very pragmatic and deal driven. They do not allow academic, dogmatic issues to derail a process.’

‘Lisanne Bakker: an excellent communicator and superior matter management. Remains calm at all times and is always available to address issues.’

‘Herman Kaemingk: takes a diplomatic/mediator approach rather than a fighting dog approach to have parties reach a reasonable agreement.’

‘Herman Kaemingk is a truly gifted deal lawyer. None better-full stop.’

Key clients

DPG Media Belgium

NCOI Opleidingen

B&S Group





Westmont Hospitality Group

Lucas Bols


Alliander and Annexis Group


Work highlights

  • Advised DPG Media Belgium on its acquisition of Sanoma Media Netherlands.
  • Advised Amshwa on the disposal of Pop Vriend Seeds, the Netherlands-based seed breeding company, to KWS Vegetables.
  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation on the joint acquisition of a 30% stake in Dutch-based Here Technologies.


Fielding ‘a tremendous team with a strong bench and great expertise’, AKD is a key name in the market for Dutch and Benelux mid-market work. The team has notable expertise in the financial services, private equity, real estate, energy, technology and transport sectors; clients include Ballymore Group, Sumitomo Corporation and Inkef Capital. The substantial team includes practice head Carlos Pita Cao, who attracts praise as ‘an outstanding deal captain and strategic adviser’; Nathalie van Woerkom and François Koppenol.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pita Cao

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie van Woerkom; François Koppenol; Lennart Crain


‘AKD is well-acquainted with the rules of the game, reasonable negotiators and at realistic level fees.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao is certainly easy to work with. Very responsive with great command of complex legal matters. He always makes sure to get the best available resources within the firm and closely follows all mandates to its full execution. He understands a client’s commercial needs and is capable of compromising with counterparties in a rather constructive way.’

‘Very hands-on and pragmatic approach of AKD partners and associates throughout the due diligence process and preparation of legal documentation. Quality of output is very high and review of documents is made very easy.’

‘Lennart Crain’s flexibility to adapt to changing deadlines was very much appreciated. The team was very devoted and delivered all materials in a very timely manner even under tight deadlines.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao of AKD is an outstanding deal captain and strategic advisor.’

‘All team members are reliable, down-to-earth and have great communication skills. Combined with outstanding knowledge and experience they are providing great added value to M&A projects.’

‘Lennart Crain provides solutions without making it complex. He is a good listener, proactive and is eager to bring parties together.’

‘A tremendous team with a strong bench and great expertise across a range of sectors. On hospitality, transportation and energy deals, they are always responsive, proactive and collegiate in their approach. For an in-house team lawyer the team at AKD are prepared to get into the trenches with you.’

Key clients


Seaway Heavy Lifting

Inkef Capital

Ballymore Group

Brian Beheer


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



Work highlights

  • Advised INKEF (as shareholder of OneFit) with the sale of OneFit, a Dutch sports and fitness platform, to Urban Sports Club, a German sports and fitness platform.
  • Defended a client against an unsolicited public takeover offer.
  • Advised the CWS Group on the acquisition of Vendor from private equity firm Egeria.

Baker McKenzie

As an international firm with a substantial local presence, Baker McKenzie excels across private M&A, private equity transactions and public M&A at a domestic and global level. The group also utilises the firm's legal project management functions in the Amsterdam office to handle complex, cross-border mandates. Key sector strengths for the team encompass the technology, financial services, industrial, private equity and insurance sectors; clients include One Equity Partners, Egeria and Ergon Capital Partners. Kim Tan leads the practice, which also includes Mohammed Almarini. Casper Benz left in 2020 to start his own consultancy firm.

Practice head(s):

Kim Tan

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Almarini

Key clients

One Equity Partners


Shareholders of 2getthere

Tencent Holdings Limited

Ergon Capital Partners

Wagram Equity Partners

Hultafors Group

Waard Verzekeringen

Mirage Holdings


Koolen Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised One Equity Partners, a leading middle market private equity firm, on the sale of its portfolio company Sonneborn Refined Products to HollyFrontier.
  • Advised Egeria, an Amsterdam-based private equity company, on its acquisition of a majority interest in the Irish-headquartered MAAS Aviation Group.
  • Advised the shareholders of 2getthere, a Netherlands-based provider of complete automated transport systems, on the sale of a 60% stake to the German conglomerate ZF Friedrichshafen.


At deBreij, the team ‘goes the extra mile to build personal relationships’ and ‘asks the right questions to get to the point in a pragmatic way’. With a notable presence in mid-market transactions, the team acts for a range of clients across the technology, finance, retail and healthcare sectors including Novamedia, ArgenX and Dr Oetker. Laura Overes, Dennis de Breij, Wytse Huidekoper, Gaston Freijser and newly promoted partner Maurice Dudink are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Laura Overes; Dennis de Breij; Wytse Huidekoper; Gaston Freijser; Maurice Dudink

Other key lawyers:

Joël van Wijk


‘The team at deBreij really invests time and effort to get to know and understand the client’s business. They go the extra mile to build personal relationships, which makes working with them a real pleasure. Their ability to separate real legal problems from side-issues and “nice-to-haves” allows them to really add value to negotiations, to be a business partner who removes barriers instead of creating them.’

‘Maurice Dudink’s knowledge of capital market transactions as well as the way he can apply it to simplify matters instead of complicating them, makes him stand out compared to other advisors in this field.’

‘Very pragmatic and entrepreneurial approach and, at the same time, excellent knowledge of the law and market standards. Compared to other law firms of this size, even more efficient and very swift and on the point turnaround.’

‘Gaston Freijser has the ability to explain very complex structures and issues in simple words, outstanding coordination and deal management, keeping not just his client but all involved parties in the loop and aware of next steps and to dos, listens very carefully and only raises his voice in case he has something important to say.’

‘Both Dennis de Breij and Maurice Dudink were a great help and support during the process. Especially during the negotiations and in the wording and the explanation on certain issues.’

‘Ability to apply knowledge regarding legal matters within a leading business context instead of taking legal outlines as a starting point. Asking the right questions to get there in a pragmatic way.’

‘Laura Overes and Joël van Wijk are genuinely interested in what we do and how they can contribute. Pragmatic. Responsive. Proactive. Experienced with similar companies in our industry and maturity, and the challenges ahead.’

‘Maurice Dudink is clearly a very experienced, knowledgeable (also internationally) and good transactional lawyer. Dennis de Breij the same. And very good that both are able to also understand and manage the human side involved in any deal.’

Key clients



ING Corporate Investments

Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize

Onyx Investments

Bergman Clinics

Pols Potten

Coöperatie danobat


Dr August Oetker


Tata Steel Netherlands

Football Club Utrecht

Universal Music Netherlands


Eurocept Groep

Work highlights

  • Advised Bergman Clinics, a Dutch company focused on specialised clinics, on its acquisition of Memira Eyecare Clinics, a Scandinavian chain of eye clinics, from Patricia Industries, an American private equity firm.
  • Advised the shareholders of Hostnet on its sale to
  • Advised Mentha Capital on the sale of shares in the capital of Ardena, a Belgium independent bioanalytical laboratory, to GHO Capital Partners LLP, a specialist healthcare investor based in London.


With 'a willingness to listen to clients and understand their needs', Dentons is a key name in the market for private equity transactions and cross-border mandates. The group also has notable expertise in the energy, real estate and insurance sectors; clients include AIG, Noble Energy and InfraRed. Casper Haket heads up the department, which also includes Kuif Klein Wassink – who is co-head of the firm's European private equity group – and civil law notary Jan-Mathijs HermansDavid Shearer was promoted to the partnership in early 2020, and David Griston moved in-house.

Practice head(s):

Casper Haket

Other key lawyers:

Kuif Klein Wassink; Jan-Mathijs Hermans; David Shearer; Nick de Rooij


‘Quality and timely advice. Willingness to listen to clients and understand their needs. High-quality end product.’

‘Kuif Wassink is a stand-out individual and counsel and has been highly beneficial throughout our engagement with him.’

‘Clients strongly benefit from the size, expertise and cross-border capabilities of the team. They are driven and committed to their work. They have a natural resources sector-focused team which works seamlessly across the borders. They have a very deep understanding of the industry and the market from a legal, commercial and technical point of view. They are well-organised within the team, and listen to our needs and demands. They are hands-on and go the extra mile to deliver top-notch tailored solutions.’

‘David Shearer has a very practical way of dealing with issues and he is open and honest in his communications. He has a broad international practice experience and is not afraid to encounter into non-standard transactions.’

‘Kuif Klein Wassink: knowledgeable, likeable, informal, efficient and pragmatic lawyer. He is very pleasant to work with.’

‘Nick de Rooij: associate that is “one to watch”, being very senior for his age, intelligent and a good sense for the needs of people.’

‘David Shearer’s out-of-box thinking was of great help.’

Key clients





Noble Energy

Eurus Energy

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Kohlberg & Co.

Spectrum Brands

TKH Group



Work highlights

  • Advised London-based private equity firm XIO Group on the $1.2bn sale of Israel-based medical and aesthetic laser company Lumenis to private equity firm Baring Private Equity Asia.
  • Advised Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. on the reorganisation and divestment of its European pet food business to United Petfood Producers, owned by Waterland Private Equity Investments.
  • Advising Optima Investments Limited, an affiliate of the National Bank of Hungary, on the acquisition from Lone Star Funds of a Netherlands-held investment of 61% in Globe Trade Centre.

DLA Piper

The ‘practical and to-the-point’ team at DLA Piper leverages the firm’s wider global network to handle key cross-border high-end and mid-market transactions across the full spectrum of corporate issues. The practice is led by Daphne Bens, a technology sector specialist, and also fields chemical and energy expert Richard Fens and Pieter Paul Terpstra, who focuses on clients in the energy or insurance industries. Henk Arnold Sijnja is also a key name to note for life sciences and financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

Daphne Bens

Other key lawyers:

Richard Fens; Pieter Paul Terpstra; Henk Arnold Sijnja


‘Less formal, very capable, practical and to the point.’

‘Knowledge and team work in the law firm. Good bedside manners.’

Key clients

NewPort Capital

IMF Bentham Limited

Algeco Holdings

Elliott Advisors (UK)

Qargo Packers

Alphacomm Digital Commerce


Sykes Seafood

Global Petro Storage

The Financial Times Group Limited


ID&T Holding

Jindal/JPF Netherlands

M3 self-storage

The Carlyle Group

Ergon Capital Partners

Global Transport Solutions

Best Global Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised litigation and disputes funder IMF Bentham Limited on the legal and M&A aspects of its acquisition of Omni Bridgeway Holding.
  • Advised the Algeco Group on its acquisition of several Dutch BUKO entities, including BUKO Huisvesting and BUKO Bouw & Winkels.
  • Advising Saur SAS on its acquisition of a 75% majority stake in the Econvert and Ecor group.

Jones Day

With a team of ‘very responsive, business-minded and practical advisers’, Jones Day ‘does not lose sight of the business objectives while carrying out the legal work’, advising on global, European and Dutch M&A. The practice also takes a notable sector approach to corporate work with key areas of expertise spanning the TMT, healthcare, consumer products, automotive and energy sectors. Notable practitioners include Mike Jansen, ‘hands-on and pragmatic lawyerFloris Pierik, Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen and Ton Schutte; clients also praise counsel Bastiaan Kout.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Bastiaan Kout


‘Mike Jansen and his associate, Bastiaan Kout, are equal parts lawyers and business men. They do not lose sight of the business objectives while carrying out the legal work. As a result, their advice is always sound and practical. Moreover, they have proven time and time again that they will go above and beyond to deliver the necessary legal work. They have literally worked around the clock, through weekends and holidays, to deliver high quality work.’

‘Mike Jansen’s unflappable demeanour at the negotiating table is a tremendous advantage to have. He is able to win the respect of counter-parties with his mastery of the subject matter, direct style, and follow-through on promises. His skill allows me the freedom to concentrate on the client’s needs and key issues without having to be concerned that all the other legal work that needs to be done for a project is being accomplished at a very high level.’

‘Very responsive, business-minded and practical advisors.’

‘Floris Pierik: hands-on, pragmatic lawyer who is extremely responsive, practical, and does not over-lawyer a matter. Good in the trenches. If there is a Dutch M&A, he is who you want.’

‘What makes the practice unique is their full suite of capabilities to offer legal advice and counsel regarding a wide variety of legal practices with global expertise.’

‘Floris Pierik showed a lot of energy, business sense and creativity to get the deal done. Understands the market practices in other jurisdictions allowing him to bridge gaps in expectations and getting parties together. I would definitely hire Floris again for a follow-up deal.’

Key clients



Aurelius Equity Opportunities


HighBrook Investors


RPM International




Work highlights

  • Advised Aurelius Equity Opportunities on the full shop-controlled auction of leading European fibre-based packaging solutions producer Solidus Solutions Group to funds managed by Centerbridge Partners.
  • Advised Alcoa Corporation and its subsidiaries Suralco and Alcoa Minerals of Suriname on the transfer of the Afobaka Hydroelectric Works to the Republic of Suriname.
  • Advised Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad on its acquisition of a 100% stake in Da Vinci Group from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163m.


Providing ‘practical and well-thought-out advice’, Lexence focuses on mid-market M&A transactions in the Netherlands and also has notable strength in private equity deals and cross-border work. The team’s high-profile client roster includes Post NL, ABN AMRO and Avantium. Luc Habets heads up the department, which also includes Michiel van Schooten, Joost Kolkman and Wouter Helder, while clients also single out Mathijs van Doormalen as someone who is ‘to the point, quick to respond and engaged in the deals he is involved in’.

Practice head(s):

Luc Habets

Other key lawyers:

Michiel van Schooten; Joost Kolkman; Wouter Helder; Mathijs van Doormalen


‘Hands-on team that understands the complexities and practicalities of day-to-day business operations. Their work is almost always ‘right first time right’ and their advice is both practical and well-thought out.’

‘Mathijs is almost always directly available, and is to the point, quick to respond and engaged in the deals he is involved in.’

Key clients

Post NL



Waterland Private Equity

Synergia Capital


Endeit Capital

A-Ware Food Group

Modern Dental Group

RTL Netherlands

Hibernia Worldwide Hotels


Agro Merchants Netherlands



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



Work highlights

  • Assisted Egeria with the sale of Vendor to CWS.
  • Advised Driepuntnul on the (controlled) sale of 100% of the shares in the capital of Kofschip to private equity firm Capital A.
  • Advising PCI Nederland and its shareholders (backed by private equity firm including Capital A), in connection with the acquisitions of Printec Office Solutions, Witteveen Groep, Veeka Finance and ICT Spirit.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice ‘delivers on every transaction it handles’ with a mid-market focus. The group’s sector-specific approach encompasses the TMT, real estate, consumer goods and retail areas; the Dutch team also acts for a substantial roster of private equity clients. Jeroen Sombezki leads the department, which also includes a distinct restructuring and distressed M&A team. Onno Boerstra, Hugo Reumkens and Friso Foppes are other key names to note, along with newly promoted partner Steffen Alleman and Meltem Koning-Gungormez, who joined with her team from Kennedy Van der Laan in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Sombezki

Other key lawyers:

Onno Boerstra; Hugo Reumkens; Friso Foppes; Steffen Alleman; Meltem Koning-Gungormez; Rein Bressers; Dimitri van Hoewijk


‘Strong focus on PE related (governance) issues. High calibre of people. Content-wise, very strong as well as on interpersonal skills.’

‘Hugo Reumkens stands out because of his deep knowledge on governance issues.’

‘In depth expertise, passionate, accurate and fast.’

‘Rein Bressers (associate) and Jeroen Sombezki (partner) are not only very capable but also accurate, fast and, on a personal level, a pleasure to work with.’

‘Experienced and hands-on team for large and smaller complex deals at competitive prices.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki stands out as an experienced and hands-on trusted adviser, able to anticipate and tailor deals to clients’ needs.’

‘Excellent team that delivers on every transaction.’

‘Steffen Alleman is the best M&A lawyer I have worked with in my 15+ years experience in M&A and private equity. Always committed to get the best deal done for his client and able to close transactions in challenging situations.’

Key clients

Altor Equity Partners

Artic Terminals

Aurelius Invest


Digital Decisions

Eden Springs

Eichholtz Group





Imagency Holding

Ingka (IKEA) Invest


La Perla fashion Holding

MediaXplain/ServicePlan (House of Communications Amsterdam)


Olympia Group


Puma Eneergy



Stella Fietsen

Stern Group

Yarden uitvaartzorg

Work highlights

  • Advised Scandinavian Tobacco Group on the acquisition of the Royal Agio Cigars group.
  • Advised Altor Capital and its portfolio company Trioplast on the acquisition of Apeldoorn Flexible Packaging.
  • Advised Eichholtz Group on the sale of a majority stake to Gilde Buy-Out Partners.


Roman Tarlavski leads the practice at CMS, which advises national and global companies, financial institutions and private equity funds on a range of transactions. The group takes a sector approach to corporate work, focusing on the financial services, energy, life sciences, consumer products, technology, and hotel and leisure industries. Reinout Slot has notable expertise handling deals in highly regulated spaces, Cecilia van der Weijden leads on energy work, and Pieter van Duijvenvoorde specialises in M&A.

Practice head(s):

Roman Tarlavski

Other key lawyers:

Reinout Slot; Cecilia van der Weijden; Pieter van Duijvenvoorde


‘The team is hands-on, practical and keen. Also they work fast and always call back.’

‘Pieter van Duijvenvoorde: quick at M&A, always has the overview in mind and knows what to keep and what to get rid of.’

Key clients

Oaktree Capital

FD Media Group



Springer Nature


Crossroads Capital Management


GEA Group Aktiengeselschaft

Essent / Innogy






Work highlights

  • Advised Immatics on its business combination with Arya Sciences Acquisition Corporation and listing on NASDAQ.
  • Advised Essent on the acquisition of renewable energy supply company Vandebron.
  • Advised Green Giraffe on its joint venture with Daiwa Securities.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.

At Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V., group head Tom van Wijingaarden handles the full spectrum of corporate transactions alongside private equity and capital markets work, with a notable focus on the life sciences and healthcare sector. The team fields Miriam van Ee, who advises on renewable energy and sustainability issues; Jeroen Hoekstra, who primarily acts for US and European multinationals; and Elmer Veenman, who specialises in technology transactions and corporate carve-outs. The practice also leverages the firm’s global network to assist with cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tom van Wijngaarden

Other key lawyers:

Miriam van Ee; Jeroen Hoekstra; Elmer Veenman

Key clients

Westrock Plc


Kwik Lok Corporation



Assa Abloy

Ib vogt GmbH

Solarfields Projecten

Bright Horizons Family Solution

Tinsa/Troostwijk Groep

Motion Picture Solutions

Aveva Group Plc


Vanguard Healthcare Solutions


Argent Energy



Intrum AB


Kindergarden Nederland

Owens & Minor

Work highlights

  • Advised G4S on the $860m sale of its cash handling operations in 17 countries to The Brink’s Company, an American private security and protection company.
  • Advised Owens & Minor on its divestment of Movianto Group, a third-party logistics provider, to French logistics company European Healthcare Distribution Holding Group.
  • Advised Bystronic Laser on the acquisition of Weber Laserservice, a Dutch machining manufacturer.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP ‘delivers state-of-the art assistance from strategy to negotiation and to contractual implementation’ for a client roster of Dutch and global companies. The group handles the full range of corporate work at a national and international level, including public and private M&A, private equity deals, governance issues, restructurings and joint ventures. Bas Vletter and Herald Jongen jointly lead the team, which also includes Martijn Hermus and Thédoor Melchers.

Practice head(s):

Bas Vletter; Herald Jongen

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Hermus; Thédoor Melchers


‘The team is characterised by personal involvement and expertise. Projects are managed in a pleasant and professional manner and with respect for the current business.’

‘Streetwise, working together, entrepreneurial, pragmatic and solution-oriented with respect for the business. Good feeling for which approach is desired at any time. Not standard lawyers.’

‘The team displayed outstanding examples of team work: although of course each team member has his/her field of expertise, the members of the team are excellently positioned to always provide top-notch advice on all aspects of the deal and the deal process. In addition, each team member had a detailed understanding of our business as well as our approach to both our market and the transaction at hand. Irrespective of what the challenge was and who was on point to address it, we always received immediate and practical advice with a clear focus on our interests.’

‘Bas Vletter has a willingness to learn about the business, listen and share his expertise, was able to bridge the gap between various business cultures. This made it so much easier to close the transaction.’

‘Martijn Hermus is a lawyer to trust and count on. He has given advice which is accurate, thoughtful, intelligent, and showed deep understanding of our business and the challenges we are facing. Even in the difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic, where everyone was in lockdown and the regulations changed rapidly, Martijn was a huge help. Coherent, responsive.’

‘Bas Vletter is one of the best lawyers I have met. Bas is smart, sophisticated, forward thinking and very commercial. He uses his vast knowledge and experience to highlight the other side’s position and analyse it to the point in order to achieve the best result in negotiations.’

Key clients



OTB Ventures

Round Hill Capital

Amundi Real Estate


EHM Group

Bunzl plc


Dream Global REIT

Heitman International LLC


Work highlights

  • Advised InterXion as lead counsel on its $8.4bn combination with Digital Realty.
  • Assisting the State of the Netherlands with negotiations to make the use of Microsoft’s online products GDPR compliant.
  • Advised the shareholders of Pop Vriend Seeds on the sale of shares to the German company KWS for a deal value over €400m.

Heussen B.V.

As a key name for cross-border corporate work among mid-sized firms, Heussen B.V. fields a ‘team of seasoned lawyers’ led by ‘go-to partnerStan Robbers. The group leverages its international desks, focused on mandates in China, Germany, Japan, North America, Spain and Latin America, and Sweden, and also has a dedicated notarial department. Other key practitioners include Martijn Koot, who co-leads the North America desk with Tim Schreuders, and civil law notary Juliëtte Schueler.

Practice head(s):

Stan Robbers

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Koot; Tim Schreuders; Juliëtte Schueler; Suzanne Beijersbergen


‘A corporate and HR boutique with a seasoned team of lawyers providing efficient transaction work.’

‘Stan Robbers offers smart and constructive advice on complex transactions, supported by an efficient team of lawyers.’

‘High level of expertise and experience. Quick responsiveness. Accurate.’

‘Juliëtte Schueler has enormous expertise and experience, still down-to-earth though.’

‘Young team led by Suzanne Beijersbergen (senior associate) dedicated to our SME buy and build strategy. Feels like they are part of an in-house M&A team. Very responsive and puts the client first.’

‘Suzanne Beijersbergen continues to deliver very quick turnaround of all documents and is very pragmatic.’

‘Heussen and Stan Robbers are always very responsive and deliver top quality advice at reasonable prices.’

‘Stan Robbers is very knowledgeable about European-Chinese relations and a great corporate lawyer. Stan is very focused on responsiveness, and is great in terms of doing joint business development.’

‘Internationally oriented law firm. What makes them unique is their international desks. The team is very responsive and meet their deadlines. Excellent partner involvement, hands-on approach.’

‘Stan Robbers is the go-to partner for M&A and corporate work. I consider him a very good corporate lawyer with an impressive international practice.’

Key clients

China Eastern

Yamana Gold

Denham Capital

Agnico Eagle Mines


China Cosco Shipping




Chervon HK

Beijing Konggang Hongyuan Logistics Co.

Jiangsu Goodwe Power Supply Technology Co.

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

Enerpac Tool Group (fka Actuant Corporation)


ZetaDisplay AB

SAIC Motor

Work highlights

  • Acted as Dutch counsel to Yamana on the sale of its Dutch subsidiary indirectly owning the Chapada mine in Brazil to Lundin Mining Corporation.
  • Advised Enerpac (formerly Actuant) on the sale of its Engineered Components & Systems to a subsidiary of One Rock Capital Partners.
  • Advised KidsFoundation in connection with various acquisitions.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP combines expertise in public and private M&A and corporate restructuring work with notable experience in the financial services, TMT and life sciences sectors. In a recent highlight, the team advised Endemol Shine Group on its acquisition by Banijay for over €2bn; other clients include Resolution Life and Nasdaq. Victor de Vlaam leads the group, which also includes Jan de Snaijer and counsel Johan Kleyn.

Practice head(s):

Victor de Vlaam

Other key lawyers:

Jan de Snaijer; Johan Kleyn


‘Hogan has excellent lawyers in offices around the world. Truly world class.’

‘The lawyers at Hogan with whom I’ve worked are excellent. In particular, Victor de Vlaam assisted us on a deal in the Netherlands and he was excellent. Great to work with and provided invaluable guidance on Dutch law and practices.’

Key clients

Resolution Life

Endemol Shine


Reinsurance Group of America (RGA)


PPG Industries



BNP Paribas

Henry Schein

HERE International

Work highlights

  • Advised Endemol Shine Group on its multi-billion acquisition by Banijay, creating the largest international player in content production and distribution.
  • Advised Resolution Life Group, a leading long-term manager of legacy life insurance portfolios, on Project Vincent, the bid for Vivat.
  • Advised HERE International and its shareholders on a multi-billion co-investment by Mitsubishi Corporation and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright handles the full spread of corporate mandates including M&A, disposals, joint ventures and private equity transactions for a wide range of clients with particular expertise in the energy, insurance, infrastructure, food and agribusiness industries. Group head Saskia Blokland has notable experience in food, agriculture, energy and infrastructure projects, while Heimon Smits advises on private equity matters and cross-border work; Ep Hannema is the key contact for insurance companies and other financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Blokland

Other key lawyers:

Heimon Smits; Ep Hannema

Key clients



Alcami Wisconsin Corporation




Atlantic Methanol (AMPCO)


Ballast Nedam




Canadian Tire Corporation

CBOE Global Markets, Inc

Clear Channel


Darling Ingredients



European Investment Bank

Emerald Kalama Chemical



Frasers Centrepoint Limited

Gate Group (deSter)

General Motors


Hunter Douglas Europe BV




Ingram Micro

Kerry group

Louis Dreyfus Commodities



Monaghan Mushrooms




Plus Retail B.V.

PricewaterhouseCoopers CEE

Regal Beloit





Tages capital



Tokyo Electron Limited

United Rentals

Vallourec S.A.

Vodacom Group Limited

VWR International

Warner Media, LLC


Work highlights

  • Advised DNV GL on the sale of its Power TIC Business, consisting of the Kema Laboratories (formerly known from the Kema quality mark) to CESI in a controlled auction process.
  • Advised Alcami Wisconsin Corporation on the divestment of its operations in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Technip on the share acquisition and refinancing by Technip FMC PLC of Ocyan’s 50% share in two PLSVs (Pipe Laying Supply Vessels) operating in Brazil, including tax structuring advice.


The ‘no-nonsense, pragmatic and highly knowledgeable’ team at Ploum offers firms in Amsterdam stiff competition’ from its Rotterdam base. The mid-sized firm has a substantial focus on the energy sector and counts Eneco, Engie Services and GroenLeven as clients; it has also expanded its expertise in the transport and logistics industry. Tom Ensink leads the practice, which also includes transport and logistics group head Albert Wiggers, energy expert Stephan Sluijters and Jeroen Terstegge.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ensink

Other key lawyers:

Albert Wiggers; Stephan Sluijters; Jeroen Terstegge


‘The team is very much no-nonsense, pragmatic, highly knowledgeable and generally very pleasant to work with or to have act as opposing counsel. The firm is based in Rotterdam and is proud to offer firms in Amsterdam stiff competition.’

‘Tom Ensink is an overall outstanding transactional lawyer, who has evidently more than mastered all phases and all aspects of an M&A transaction. He superbly handles cross-border transactions involving many parties, with different interests, be it (strategic) buyers/sellers, investors, banks, borrowers or partners. In addition, he is very down-to-earth, very accessible, always available.’

‘The Ploum team is very hands-on with a can-do mentality. They have an entrepreneurial spirit and are always busy with getting the deal done.’

‘Stephan Sluijters is one of the best lawyers I know. He is really part of our business and a trustworthy partner.’

‘Jeroen Terstegge  provides the best of both worlds; a friendly, personal service combined with dedication, in-depth knowledge of the sector and cleverness. He provides excellent analysis and solutions in addition to flagging issues quickly. Next to being a real dealmaker he is able to zoom in to the detail to solve extremely difficult issues – always there when you need him.’

Key clients


ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund

BayWa r.e. renewable energy



Transports Vervaeke

Equinix inc.

Dura Vermeer




Engie Services




One-Dyas Holdings

Matrans Holding

Renewable Factory

Ecclesia Gruppe

Enghouse systems


Active Capital


CED Holding

Eszet Bedrijven

Work highlights

  • Advised BayWa r.e., through its joint venture GroenLeven, on the divestment of in total 7 Solar Parks to Encavis.
  • Assisted Matrans Holding, a Dutch logistics company, with acquiring SCA Logistics, a Rotterdam-based logistic company, which operates a container and bulk stevedoring terminal in Rotterdam from SCA, a Swedish paper products company.
  • Advised the shareholders of Renewable Energy Factory on the sale of a project company, which develops windfarms, to a German WEC manufacturer.

Simmons & Simmons

According to clients, Simmons & Simmons has ‘unique creativity, problem-solving and good communication skills’, which it uses to advise clients in the asset management and investment funds, energy, infrastructure, life sciences and TMT sectors. The group’s mid-market expertise also encompasses M&A, corporate governance work, restructurings and cross-border issues. Rob Hendriks and Leo Verhoeff jointly lead the team and Gijs ter Braak handles notarial work.

Practice head(s):

Rob Hendriks; Leo Verhoeff

Other key lawyers:

Gijs ter Braak


‘Unique creativity, problem solving skills and good communication skills are the key capabilities.’

‘Leo Verhoeff, Rob Hendriks and team managed the whole process in every aspect with a calm approach and dedication.’

Key clients

Gilde Equity Management (GEM) Benelux


ING Corporate Investments

Oakley Capital Partners






Warner Bros.

Ramphastos Investments

Meijer Realty Partners/MeyerBergman


Plukon Food Group


Arcus Infrastructure


Fletcher Hotels


Groupe Gorgé

ABN Amro

DMK (Deutsche MilchKontor)


SAS Atream

Savills Investment Management

Ergon capital/TMC


ZF Friedrichshafen


AHV International


Work highlights

  • Advised Gilde Equity Management’s portfolio company Avinty on the acquisition of Karify, a Dutch e-health platform provider.
  • Advised Hines, a US-privately owned global real estate investor, on a major real estate transaction in the Netherlands.
  • Advised the shareholders of Dutch company Fellowmind on its sale to Swedish private equity fund FSN Capital.


Stek handles a variety of corporate mandates involving M&A for private equity houses, issues with strategic elements, leasing matters in the energy sector, and cross-border corporate work. The group is also able to assist clients with the competition and finance elements of various transactions. Key practitioners include Eelco Bijkerk, Dierik Cras and Maarten van der Graaf.

Other key lawyers:

Eleco Bijkerk; Dierik Cras; Maarten van der Graaf

Key clients


Zenith Energy




Kuehne + Nagel


PVH/Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein




Brabant Water

SK FireSafety Group

Wrist Ship Supply

Direct Result



Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures

Axel Springer & Porsche (APX)


Abacus Medicine A/S

Work highlights

  • Advising grid operator Stedin on the process of obtaining long-term financing through the issuance of equity instruments to its public shareholders.
  • Advising De Heus Animal Nutrition on the acquisition of the compound feed operations of Neovia Indonesia.
  • Advising Corendon and its shareholders on the sale of the company to Sunweb, a portfolio company of the Swedish investment firm Triton.


BarentsKrans ‘handles complex projects very professionally while being very close to the client and managing expectations at all times’. The practice is increasingly involved in cross-border mandates and advises a client roster of Dutch corporates, foreign multinationals and private equity houses. Rhamsey Croes leads the team, which also includes managing partner Michiel Martin and civil law notary Lisanne Vissers.

Practice head(s):

Rhamsey Croes

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Martin; Lisanne Vissers; Harry Rek


‘Strong technical skills paired with pragmatic business acumen. Senior involvement with technical skill but especially interpersonal skills in getting things done in the interest of clients.’

‘Harry Rek, senior partner, is especially experienced and has top rate people skills in guiding his client to sensible decisions. Provides specific guidance as to what clients should do rather than merely pointing out options and risks, hence providing true advice.’

‘Rhamsey Croes and Lisanne Vissers are really brilliant, we praise in particular their out-of-box thinking.’

‘This is a team that handles a complex project very professionally while being very close to the client and managing client expectations at all times.’

‘Rhamsey Croes is down-to-earth, very pragmatic and able to handle international projects with ease.’

‘Rhamsey Croes is the corporate/M&A partner to go to. Though being of the firm’s younger partner generation, he is already highly experienced and has a well of in-depth knowledge of the M&A market. He takes the extra step to satisfy his client’s needs.’

‘Flexible mind and honest about what they think. Give a route and solution not a number of options. They dare to commit.’

‘Michiel Martin and his team are very dedicated. You can easily contact them, they are very flexible and also will advise if required.’

Key clients





Borealis Hotel Group



Vekoma Rides

Urban Gym Group

Rotla (Central Point)

Zwanenberg Food Group

King & Spalding

Addtech Nordic

BMW Nederland

Huisman Equipment



Boehringer Ingelheim


Work highlights

  • Assisted Zwanenberg Food Group with the acquisition of Struik Foods Europe.
  • Assisted Quintes Holding with its acquisition of more than 5 insurance companies in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted Addtech with a takeover and multiple subsequent acquisitions.

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten

Led by Quirijn Biesheuvel and Wouter Brugma, Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten’s transactions team focuses on complex cross-border mandates. Clients range from Dutch corporates and investors to global public companies; key examples include Engie, Philips and HeadFirst Source Group. Babette Waltman is also singled out for her expertise in international M&A.

Practice head(s):

Quirijn Biesheuvel; Wouter Brugma

Other key lawyers:

Babette Waltman

Key clients

Ace & Tate

Advanced Lightweight Engineering Holding

ALSO Holding

Barentz International



Burger King Netherlands

Cellnex Telecom




ENGIE LNG Solutions

Expereo International

Guidon Nederland

HeadFirst Source Group

Holland Capital

Horizons Ventures

Ice Lake Capital


Koninklijke Philips




Philips Healthtech Ventures




Slingshot Ventures

Synerkine Pharma


Waterland Investments

Windpark Koningspleij

Zonnepark Broekstraat

Work highlights

  • Advised a group of shareholders on the sale of their shares in Barentz International to Cinven.
  • Advised Mirage Retail Group (owner of Blokker, Big Bazar. Intertoys and MaxiToys) on the disposal of Blokker Belgium and Luxembourg.
  • Advised Corrosion shareholders and management on the disposal of Corrosion to Nordian Capital, a Dutch private equity house.

Bird & Bird

The 'intensely deal-driven' practice at Bird & Bird takes a sector-focused approach to its corporate work, specialising in the technology and communications, energy, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. The group also leverages the firm's global network on cross-border mandates, including M&A, joint ventures and private equity deals. Group head Pauline Vos is praised for her 'relentless energy'; other key names include energy practice head Sophie Dingenen, civil law notary René Rieter and life sciences expert Michiel Wurfbain.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Vos

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Dingenen; René Rieter; Michiel Wurfbain


‘A lot of practical experience even in relatively junior members of the firm, which shows that this is a learning organisation where the firm ensures that the experience present in the firm gets distributed even among the junior members of the firm. Very much to the point, no nonsense, pragmatic and efficient.’

‘The practice is intensely deal-driven. They have proven to be able to effectively deal with completing the legal discussions with a complex set of counter parties and effectively manage our interest in that process.’

‘We mostly worked with Pauline Vos (partner). The key qualities she brings to the table are (legal) negotiation experience, creativity in finding solutions for issues, providing a good understanding of potential risks and relentless energy.’

Key clients

Groupe Avril

Comviva Technologies

Connecting Europe Broadband Fund

Ibérica Partners Sucesión

Financial Transaction services

Borealis Group

Canadian Solar

Trio Investment

Enercon Group

BayWa re

Kiadis Pharma




Daher Aerospace

T3L Holding

Sapienza Consulting

Tronox Group

Shiloh Industries

Aduro Biotech

ImmunoPrecise Antibodies

Gamma Telecommunications

Lagerwey Group

EURUS Energy Europe

Unisun Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Group Avril, France’s fourth-largest agro-industrial group, on its joint venture with Royal DSM, creating Olatein, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living.
  • Assisting Comviva Technologies, a global leader in mobility solutions and part of the Tech Mahindra Group, with the sale of Terra Payment Services (Netherlands), which provides global payment infrastructure services.
  • Advising Kiadis Pharma, a Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels-listed biopharmaceutical company, on a €12m equity raising and private placement with a US biotech investor, and a €5m equity raising and private placement with leading biotech investor Life Sciences Partners.


With a team spread across its Amsterdam and The Hague offices, Buren also leverages its Beijing, Luxembourg and Shanghai bases to advise on international mandates with notable expertise in Asia-related work. The group primarily acts for mid-sized corporates and is increasingly instructed by listed companies. Pieter van den Berg and Steven van der Waal are the key names in The Hague, while Paul Deloo and Paul Josephus Jitta lead in Amsterdam. Li Jiao made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Li Jiao; Cees-Frans Greeven


‘Paul Jitta is commercial (deal-driven), very responsive and committed.’

‘Buren are my “go-to” counsel in the Netherlands. They are always responsive, commercially minded and solution oriented.’

‘Cees-Frans Greeven is extremely responsive and a real pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

ABC Westland

RTL (Nederland Holding)

Planon Group


VoloAgri Group

Park Plaza

Atterbury Group

Olin Corporation

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

SF Express

Synergy/ Route4Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Atterbury Europe on the sale of 25% of its shares to Pareto Limited and BVI.
  • Advised Greenco Holding  and Greenco Wieringermeer Vastgoed on the sale of its Wieringermeer cultivation location to Agro Care WP7 Vastgoed B.V.
  • Advised the venture subsidiary of listed RTL Group on selling its stake in Dutch leading e-Health medical advice platform Solvo to Etos.


HVG Law LLP ‘has unique capabilities to really understand the character of the business deal and to structure the transaction accordingly’. Key names include Rotterdam-based corporate and M&A group head Sijmen de Lange, Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld in Utrecht and Rutger Lambriex in Amsterdam. Alongside its corporate expertise, the team also utilises an alliance with EY Tax on cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Sijmen de Lange

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld; Rutger Lambriex


‘The HVG team is a real partner. They think with the client to get to the envisaged goal. Even in case of sudden hurdles they will keep momentum to drive the project home, creative and practical.’

‘The HVG team has unique capabilities to really understand the character of the business deal and to structure the transaction accordingly. All necessary skills are present in the team. Professional, service oriented and likable!’

‘Always available when needed and interested in all angles instead of narrow legal view to ensure that the project will practically work for the client.’

‘The whole HVG team is very professional and easy to work with. No delays but concrete actions. No hesitation to go to court if necessary. A special mention to the HVG partner Sijmen de Lange for his management of out HVG team.’

Key clients

Anywhere365 / Bregal Milestone

Mentha Capital / Van Vulpen

Q-Park / P1

Remondis / Baetsen

EW Facility / Bencis


Office Centre


XXL Horeca


Cire Invest


Work highlights

  • Advised Q-Park on the acquisition of parking operator P1.
  • Acted as legal adviser to Fonterra on the sale of its 50% share in DFE Pharma to CVC Capital Partners for NZ$633m.
  • Advised the shareholders of Maximum on the sale of all shares in the capital of Maximum to TMP Worldwide, a Gemspring Capital backed company.

Osborne Clarke

Osborne Clarke fields ‘an amazing team, which is reactive and straight to the point’ led by Cristine Brinkman, who focuses on complex M&A mandates. Clients also praise ‘strong negotiatorHerke van Hulst, who excels in the life sciences and digital business sectors. The team is growing a roster of international clients alongside its list of local mid-market companies.

Practice head(s):

Cristine Brinkman

Other key lawyers:

Herke van Hulst


‘Herke van Hulst personally was uniquely good.’

‘Very engaged team coming up with creative solutions.’

‘The Osborne Clarke team offer a highly experienced “one-stop” shop, which is very important for quickly evolving start-up companies.’

‘They are an amazing team reactive and straight to the point.’

‘Herke van Hulst has been exceptional in giving business-oriented advice from all angles, based on her long experience in investment projects.’

‘Herke Van Hulst was fabulous. She remembers so many important historical points which should be taken into consideration in the negotiation for acquisition. And her advice as to negotiation is really practical and helpful.’

‘Herke van Hulst attracted us initially to Osborne Clarke and continues to deliver. She is a very strong negotiator with a huge amount of experience in fundraising. This came across very strongly during discussions with existing investors, where she held her position but managed to find creative solutions to most issues faced during fundraising.’

‘A wealth of experience leading to better solutions.’

Key clients


Fintage House

Breath Therapeutics

Wireless Logic Group



Gilde Healthcare

ViroClinics Biosciences

Ebiquity plc

Inkef Capital

Ysios Capital

DSM Ventures

Summit Partners



Work highlights

  • Advised FUGA, music distribution and marketing services provider, on its sale to Downtown Music Holdings.
  • Acted for Breath and existing shareholders (GIMV, Sofinnova Partners, Gilde Healthcare) as well as the founders on the sale of Breath Therapeutics to Zambon for up to a total of €500m.
  • Advised ViroClinics Biosciences, a leading virology contract research organisation backed by the American private equity company Summit Partners, on the acquisition of DDL Diagnostic Laboratory.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

The ‘hands-on, practically orientated and flexible’ team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV acts for large corporates, private equity houses and family-owned businesses at a local and global level on corporate and M&A transactions. The group is also praised for its expertise in regulated sectors including the energy, financial, healthcare and telecoms industries. Luc Defaix leads the practice, which also counts René van de Klashorst and Cees de Zeeuw as notable individuals.

Practice head(s):

Luc Defaix

Other key lawyers:

René van de Klashorst; Cees de Zeeuw 


‘The commercial, corporate and M&A practice is hands on, very practically orientated, very flexible and a good partner for collaboration between independent law firms in different countries, certainly for mid-size matters.’

‘Very practice and solution-oriented.’

‘The team has a solution-oriented mindset and an impeccable availability which brings value to our projects.’

Key clients

Municipality of Amsterdam

Human Capital Scan

Aalberts Investments

Sporthorse Medical Diagnostic Centre (SMDC)

Harbour Group

Municipality of Rotterdam

Guerrero Ventures Inc. /Nomad Royalty Company Ltd

Kardex Holding A.G.


Ministry of Economic Affairs

TU Delft

Igea Pharma

Ecart Invest 1

Navitas/Vinke Amsterdam

Brabant Startup Fonds

Work highlights

  • Advised the Municipality of Amsterdam on the financial and corporate restructuring of Amsterdam Energie Bedrijf (AEB) and the intended sale of the shares of the AEB through a public controlled auction process.
  • Advised Kardex AG on its purchase and acquisition of 50%+1 shares in the share capital of Robomotive.
  • Acting as adviser to the ministry of Economic Affairs of the Dutch State on exploring the options regarding investments and shareholding by Germany and The Netherlands in TenneT and to develop a joint approach to strengthen the capital base of TenneT.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing’s corporate M&A team encompasses the firm’s private equity practice, private capital and corporate finance team, and its corporate technology group. The department handles a full range of corporate work and leverages the firm’s global network to advise on international transactions. Key names include Evert-Jan Osnabrugge and Jeroen Louwers in Eindhoven, and Maja Bolè and Selma Baouch in Amsterdam; private equity specialist Baouch joined from AKD in early 2020. Corporate and M&A, and capital markets team head Zabdaj Pollen also joined the group from AKD in early 2021, expanding the firm's international transaction work.

Practice head(s):

Zabdaj Pollen

Other key lawyers:

Evert-Jan Osnabrugge; Jeroen Louwers; Maja Bolè; Selma Baouch

Key clients

HolidayCheck Group

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Euro-Rijn Group


Cell Signaling Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Five Arrows Principal Investments, the private equity arm of Rothschild & Co, on its acquisition of SUCSEZ Groep from private equity firm Capital A.
  • Advised a VC-fund on setting up and investing in a joint-venture, backed by various other VC-funds, in the field of media data analytics.
  • Advised AMCS on the acquisition of PieterBas Automatisering.

Vriman M&A Lawyers

Corporate and M&A boutique Vriman M&A Lawyers fields ‘a professional and nimble team’ of ‘hands-on, solution-focused and well-prepared’ individuals, who left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to establish the firm in 2015. It is particularly prominent on mid-market deals, often with an international element, and also has notable expertise in the private equity, renewables, healthcare and technology sectors. Key practitioners include Menno Verboom, Jan Vriesendorp, Marius Ankum and Bas Mees.

Practice head(s):

Menno Verboom; Jan Vriesendorp; Marius Ankum; Bas Mees

Other key lawyers:

Marieke van der Lande


‘The Vriman team is very knowledgeable, hands-on and fully dedicated to their clients. The level of all partners is high and they really try to get the best deal done for their client. Vriman is operating at the same quality level as the big, well-known firms. In addition, it is fun to work with Vriman.’

‘Vriman is fully dedicated to M&A and thus not only possess outstanding skills in the legal details of a deal but also in the understanding of the commercial, financial and tax parts of a transaction. In addition the team is a very strong negotiation partner.’

‘Professional, nimble boutique with good access to senior team.’

‘Marius Ankum (partner) is a very experienced lawyer for all types of M&A transactions. He gives high quality and to-the-point advice. He remains calm also when the stakes are high and gets the best possible deal negotiated. Marius always keeps the big picture in mind during a transaction. Jan Vriesendorp (partner) is really involved in any transaction he leads. He definitely adds value in negotiations. Jan is very responsive, quick, clear when advising.’

‘Menno Verboom stands out for his unique analysis skills and translates difficult topics into simple solutions, bridging the interests of parties involved.’

‘Bas Mees is very involved in all transactions and works closely together with his team. His has good knowledge and skills. Marieke van der Lande is a great associate. She works closely with Bas and is very involved and hands-on. She has in-depth knowledge of our field of work. Very structured approach and good communication.’

Key clients

IK Investment Partners

Vitruvian Partners

Three Hills Capital Partners



NPM Capital



Suss Microtec


ADG Dienstengroep


Varo Energy

Koole Terminals

EBS public transportation



Young Capital

Gate Invest

Optimum Group



Signature Foods


Chefs Culinar

Krüger Group


Foreman Capital

Value Enhancement Partners

Green Park Investment Partners

O2 Capital Partners


Nordian Capital

DOEN Participaties

Anders Invest

HPE Growth

Solar Energy Works

Rabo Ventures

Strikwerda Investments

Standard Investment

Work highlights

  • Advised Etergo on its sale to OLA Electric.
  • Advised Rabobank Corporate Investments on its participation in Oatly.
  • Advised IK Investment Partners on the sale of Doedijns International.

Boels Zanders Advocaten

The practice at Boels Zanders Advocaten is jointly led by Luuk Hendriks and managing partner Jeroen Oehlen, in Maastrict and Venlo, respectively. The group has experience in mid-market local and European M&A, shareholder issues, joint ventures and company law, and handles mandates in the industry, IT, media, consumer products and pharmaceuticals sectors. Janou Briaire is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Luuk Hendriks; Jeroen Oehlen

Other key lawyers:

Janou Briaire


‘The perfect combination of individual knowledge, team strength and yet a strong personal commitment. In this combination they rise above others.’

‘I see the strength in them acting as a team and the team balance. It is striking that they all genuinely empathise with the case and their client. Their curiosity improves the knowledge of their customer, so that they always look the same way as their customer.’

‘Janou Briaire is the partner I work with most of the time. She is knowledgeable, easy to contact and always on the search for a solution. She uses her network to connect me to others and in meetings she combines her professionalism with her charm and humour.’

‘The team helped me enormously when selling the shares in my company to a competitor: sharp thinkers, forward thinking, critical, motivated, hard on the ball, going up against a top legal firm and getting things done. Result-oriented.’

‘Jeroen Oehlen was my personal contact. Of course, he has an entire team behind him, but it actually felt as he alone was my personal lawyer. I found that tremendously reassuring. He was on my case, knew all ins and outs, took the lead, gave me all the options with an explanation and still enquires now and then how things are going.’

‘Thorough professional knowledge, a good understanding of the company and its goals, good quality in-house service.’

‘Accessible, always available, demonstrable willingness to provide the best possible service.’

‘Boels Zanders has specialists for every legal aspect. Their size is big enough for these specialists, but the company is small enough to provide a high level of service and advise fitting to our company.’

Key clients

Ebrex Business Solutions Limited

Devonton Limited

Bonita Holding

Inter Primo A/S

Huisman Transport

Telegraaf Media groep

Dohmen Transport

3W projects

NV Limburgs Instituut voor Ontwikkeling en Financiering (LIOF)

Brightlands Agri Fund

Chemelot Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised Ebrex Business Solutions Limited and its shareholders on the sale of 85% of the shares to Denmark based logistic services provider NTG Nordic Transport Group A/S.
  • Advised Aurora Benelux on the sale of H.L. Barentz.
  • Advised Bonita Holding on the sale of Leyhoeve Tilburg to Heitman.

BOLT Advocaten

From its base in Utrecht, BOLT Advocaten handles a range of M&A, buy-out transactions, private equity deals and venture capital mandates. The group also draws on the expertise of the firm's employment, technology and IP departments to provide integrated advice to clients encompassing transactional, advisory and contentious work. Mark EisingRogier Dahmen and Bart Bendel jointly lead the team.


Florent’s ‘very hands-on and commercial’ team is ‘able to navigate mid-market transactions very well’ for a roster of local and international clients across a wide range of sectors. The group specialises in M&A, private equity work, joint ventures, commercial contract issues, reorganisations and corporate governance matters. Key names include Pieter van den Brink, Matthijs Brons and Pieter van Uchelen; van Uchelen joined from Simmons & Simmons in late 2019.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van den Brink; Matthijs Brons; Pieter van Uchelen

Other key lawyers:

Michiel van Lieshout


‘Very hands on and commercial. Able to navigate mid-market transactions very well.’

‘Highly ambitious, but very open and informal. In depth knowledge on their areas of expertise (from the younger employees already) and experience.’

‘Florent has seasoned experts who can advise on a strategic level but also have a very good eye for detail. And they do it at a fair price.’

‘Pieter van den Brink: very experienced, good adviser, eye for detail, fast. Michiel van Lieshout: very thorough with eye for details.’

‘Pieter van den Brink, not only punctual and professional, but also someone to trust 100% and I follow his advice without hesitation.’

‘Pieter van Uchelen (partner) is a well experienced partner; he knows what the client wants (technical approach/solution-driven approach etc) in specific situations.’

‘Full dedication and willing to go the extra extra mile’

‘Matthijs Brons is a very good lawyer with superb knowledge of the important details in the M&A process. An outstanding leader of the team.’

Key clients

Tony’s Chocolonely

New York Pizza

PHIT Holding


RH Marine group

Quadrum Capital

Crowd Mobile Ltd.


WPG Uitgevers

Spring Investment Management


The Correspondent

Victus Participations

Kings of Indigo


Plukon Food Group

Arcus Infrastructure Fund


Work highlights

  • Advising Plukon Food Group on the acquisition of 51% in Fresh-Care Convenience from Staay Food Group.
  • Advising VanMoof and its founders on the legal aspects of an investment round by Balderton Capital and VanMoof’s Taiwanese assembly partner SINBON Electronics.
  • Advised Tony’s Chocolonely on the investment made into the share capital of Tony’s Chocolonely by Verlinvest S.A. and an investment vehicle of JamJar Investments LLP.

Kemperink Maarschalkerweerd Wouters N.V.

Boutique corporate firm Kemperink Maarschalkerweerd Wouters N.V. has a notable roster of international clients including Yandex, SkyTeam and CB. Alongside its corporate expertise, the group is also a key name for corporate governance mandates and public M&A work. Name partners Guus Kemperink, Sander Maarschalkerweerd and Rob Wouters are the key individuals to note.

Practice head(s):

Guus Kemperink; Sander Maarschalkerweerd; Rob Wouters


‘This firm feels like a real legal boutique where the senior partners are fully hands-on and pay a lot of attention to your matter and are available 24/7.’

‘Guus Kemperink is a star partner who is always there to help you. He is very approachable and is very fast in giving very helpful and actionable advice.’

‘Rob Wouters and Sander van Maarschalkerweerd stand out. Strategic thinkers with good client skills.’

‘Their knowledge, experience and insights, combined with a practical and flexible approach strengthens the client’s position. Also, a willingness to get relevant outside experience on board, proactive advice.’

‘Guus Kemperink is a seasoned advisor, stays calm, steady and consistent. Deep and broad experience in corporate governance. Willingness to listen with an ability to challenge without being confrontational. Rob Wouters is complimentary to Guus; fast, practical. Jointly they make a good team.’

‘Guus Kemperink and Rob Wouters are always on it, they are very friendly, they create a personal connection but they keep it 100% professional. They challenge the customer if the way of thinking is not helping the situation, very much appreciated. They understand the thin line between good and perfect.’

‘A very experienced and knowledgeable team, that really thinks with you and stands side by side in the legal challenges. We have come to know KMW as approachable, proactive and pragmatic, which makes them come across (at least) as skilled as a large firm but with the agility of a small boutique that we appreciate.’

‘We have worked with Sander Maarschalkerweerd and Rob Wouters. Sander stands out in his responsiveness, approachability and ability to explain and advise in the language of the client, rather than reverting to strictly legal language. Rob has vast knowledge and experience on corporate governance and was able to relate our situations and questions not only to the relevant laws and regulations, but also to multiple real life cases that he had dealt with, thereby proving the practical workability of the discussed propositions.’

Key clients





(Management of) OBAM

Südzucker AG

Wärtsilä Corporation

InfiNet Wireless Holdings


Stichting Continuïteit Ahold Delhaize

Teslin Capital Management

United Soft Drinks

Work highlights

  • Advised Special Committee of Yandex on complex and novel restructuring of its corporate governance.
  • Advised CB on a 40% participation by PostNL in the healthcare business of CB.
  • Advised the management of OBAM NV on the transaction through which the management of OBAM’s assets has become independent from BNP Paribas.

Orange Clover Law

Orange Clover Law’s team of ‘great lawyers is super-responsive, highly commercial and business-focused’ and excels in the private equity, financial, investment management, energy, IT and manufacturing sectors. Noteworthy individuals at the boutique firm include group head Machiel Galjaart, the experienced Pien van Veersen, private equity specialist Mark Loefs and the ‘very knowledgeableMarcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen.

Practice head(s):

Machiel Galjaart

Other key lawyers:

Pien van Veersen; Mark Loefs; Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen


‘I think Orange Clover has put together an A team of partners. I have worked with most of them and feel they are of equal strength in their chosen fields. They are great lawyers, super responsive and highly commercial and business focused.’

‘I have worked most closely with Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen and Machiel Galjaart. I thought they both stood out for their responsiveness and highly commercial approach.’

‘The team is highly responsive and provides high quality legal advice. Compared to other firms, they manage tight deadlines in a better manner and their work products are of a higher quality.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen is very knowledgeable and provides ad-hoc advice on all aspects of M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Fortino Capital

Capital A Investment Partners

Korian SA

Avedon Capital Partners

PAI Partners


Borski Fund

Royal Ten Cate

Evonik Industries

ICE Endex

NorthC Data Center

Manutan International





Aalberts Industries

Global University Systems

De Lage Landen

Endemol Shine

Linamar Corporation


Oaktree Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Waterland Private Equity and its portfolio company EuroParcs on the acquisition of Droomparken.
  • Advised Korian on the acquisition of various elderly care organisations (with multiple care homes) in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Triton and its portfolio company Sunweb on the acquisition of the tour operating business of Corendon, including its airline.


With ‘a powerful no-nonsense mentality’, Vestius handles mid-market transactions for a client roster of venture capital and private equity funds, energy companies, e-businesses and transport and logistics companies. Clients praise group co-head Helger Kamerman as ‘invaluable’ and fellow co-head Henk Brat as ‘committed and friendly’. Contract specialist Sander Pieroelie and energy expert Daan Van Noord are also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Helger Kamerman; Henk Brat

Other key lawyers:

Sander Pieroelie; Daan Van Noord


‘Sharp and quick analysis, solutions that work.’

‘Helger Kamerman is outstanding in corporate law and M&A. He is able to oversee complex matters in no time.’

‘Helger Kamerman is a very pleasant person to work with. As partner, he surveys the deals he works on with his team and decides the strategies to get the best results for his clients. He has a very extensive experience and accurate knowledge in his field of expertise.’

‘Good personal contact and easy to communicate. The team is very practical and when necessary creative thinking.’

‘I worked mostly with Helger Kamerman and Daan van Noord. Both are very knowledgeable, calm under pressure and good negotiators. Both Helger Kamerman and Daan van Noord have proven themselves exceptionally qualified in managing our interests. Helger Kamerman stands out as a highly dedicated and resourceful lawyer.’

‘A powerful no-nonsense mentality. Courteous, business-like and hard as nails when it comes to it.’

‘Henk Brat and Helger Kamerman: committed, able, friendly, strict and fair.’

‘Helger Kamerman (partner corporate law) is a highly experienced lawyer, easy to talk with, pragmatic and efficient. He delivers, what he promises. Sander Pierolie (partner contract law) worked all night, right before an anticipated closing to take place the next day, as the counterparty proposed many last minute changes in the contracts throughout the entire evening and night, so that the closing could take place.’

Key clients




Vereniging Veronica/V-Ventures


SGI Aviation

GIGA Storage


DTG (currently Youvia)




Montae & Partners


The Rent Company



Work highlights

  • Advised GreenFlux with regard to the sale of its charge point operator (CPO) and e-mobility service provider (eMSP) division to Joulz.
  • Advised DTG Holding with regard to the sale of the entire share capital of Suurland Outdoor to SOOOH Venture.
  • Advised the founding shareholders of HBM Machines with regard to the sale of three quarters of the shares of the company to RB Family Capital.