Private equity in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP supports some of the largest international and Benelux private equity players on the full array of structuring, establishment and investment mandates. The practice is comprised of M&A, corporate, banking, funds and tax expertise and is closely integrated with the firm’s far-reaching international network, spread across 40 offices in 30 different countries. Karine Kodde, who previously practised in New York, combines her private equity expertise with an in-depth knowledge of the energy sector; she co-leads the practice alongside Jasper de Jong, who is particularly accomplished within the upper mid-market. Gijs Linse has acquisition, disposal, distressed transaction and restructuring expertise while at the more junior end, associate Kayleigh Sanders is 'always on top of everything.'

Practice head(s):

Karine Kodde; Jasper de Jong

Other key lawyers:

Gijs Linse; Kayleigh Sanders

Testimonials

‘The team were extremely responsive, pragmatic and capable. We were particularly impressed with their ability to get to grips with a complex transaction, in multiple jurisdictions, within an extremely tight timeline. Their advice and approach were excellent throughout and they were a significant part of why we were able to win and complete the deal.’

‘Karine Kodde – Great partner role, knew all the players and provided well timed advice to reach good conclusions on points’.

‘Kayleigh Sanders – Great team leader, always on top of everything and very responsive.’

Key clients

3i

Avedon Capital Partners

Bencis Capital Partners

Egeria

Apax Partners

PAI Partners

Parcom Capital

Exponent Private Equity

IK Investment Partners

NPM Capital

EQT

Equistone

Strikwerda Investments

Bain Capital

Perusa

Opportunity Partners

Volpi Capital

Riverside Company

Life Sciences Partners (LSP)

CVC

Blackstone

Bridgepoint

Work highlights

  • Advised IK Investment Partners on the sale of Signature Foods to Pamplona Capital Management.
  • Advised Equistone Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in Kusters Beheer.
  • Advised Parcom and former CEO Robert Hoogstra on the partial sale of Royal Euroma, a major Dutch producer of herbs and spices, with the intention to become 100% shareholder in due course, to Marubeni Corporation, a major Japanese integrated trading and investment business conglomerate.

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, the team is especially active on the cross-border front, leveraging its international network to serve a global client base; its private equity team is geared to support on the full array of transactions, combining tax, employment, antitrust, regulatory and finance expertise, among other areas. Practice head Mark Jan Arends focuses on the establishment of acquisition structures, multijurisdictional deals, asset purchases and divestitures; he is supported by Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier, who is forging a prominent reputation for tech, energy and infrastructure-related deals. Other sectors of particular expertise include financial services, retail, industrial, TMT, life sciences and chemicals. Hans Beerlage left the firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Mark-Jan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier; Gregory Crookes; Jeroen Thijssen

Key clients

KKR

Blackstone Group

Partners Group

PGGM

Cinven

Parcom

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Teslin

Waterland

CVC Capital Partners

Nordic Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Partners Group on the strategic growth buyout of enterprise cloud software company Unit4 by private equity firm TA Associates for over $2 billion.
  • Supported Blackstone on the public offer for NIBC, valuing NIBC at approximately €1.03bn.
  • Acted for Parcom on the acquisition of nationwide retailer HEMA B.V.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek fields a private equity team which is able to draw on the firm’s wider prowess in acquisition finance, corporate advisory, tax, capital markets, fund structuring, competition and financial regulatory. Practice head Lennard Keijzer handles buy and sell-side transactions, W&I insurance, management participation schemes, shareholder arrangements and minority investments; his team includes Arne Grimme whose core strengths include both public and private transactions, as well as leveraged buy-outs. The practice has noted a significant uptick in its inbound work for US and UK-based private equity firms over recent years, particularly within the technology, FIG and healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lennard Keijzer

Other key lawyers:

Arne Grimme; Klaas de Vries; Pete Lawley

Testimonials

The team members continue to be the same which is great as they understand our business.

Availability (almost 24/7), hands on, knowledgeable and take a legally compliant though pragmatic approach.

Key clients

Advent International

Amber Infrastructure Group

Apax Partners

BC Partners

Bridgepoint

Egeria

Gilde Buy Out Partners

HEMA

Kloosterboer Family

Shareholders of Kusters Beheer

Mollie

Nordian Capital Partners

Otrium

Parcom

TPG

Triton

Waterland Private Equity

Advent International

Amber Infrastructure Group

Apax Partners

BC Partners

Bridgepoint

Egeria

Gilde Buy Out Partners

HEMA

Kloosterboer Family

Shareholders of Kusters Beheer

Mollie

Nordian Capital Partners

Otrium

Parcom

TPG

Triton

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Parcom on several private equity transactions.
  • Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on the acquisition of a majority of the shares in EDCO and Muon, a portfolio company of Gilde Buy Out Partners on the acquisition of LouwersHanique.
  • Advised Advent International and its (former) portfolio company Unit4 on several private equity and M&A transactions.

Houthoff

At Houthoff, the private equity department forms a piece of the larger corporate group and is home to several lawyers who devote over half of their practice to the area. The practice is active across a wealth of sectors though has developed an especially strong reputation in the technology industry. Led by Alexander Kaarls, the team has notably strong ties to the Asian market, particularly Tokyo and Singapore, and also reaps the benefits of the firm’s overseas offices in New York, London and Brussels, among other locations. Key names include international transaction, management buy-outs and restructuring expert, Michiel Pannekoek, as well as Bram Caudri, well-regarded by a number of leading private equity houses, both domestic and international.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Pannekoek; Bram Caudri; Maurits de Haan

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

BC Partners

Waterland

Navitas Capital

Active Capital Company B.V.

Equity Europe B.V.

Torqx Capital Partners B.V.

H2 Trading B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Torqx Capital Partners on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Fabory and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised BC Partners on the acquisition of Keesing Media Group from Ergon Capital and Mediahuis.
  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners and Eurofiber as legal counsel on Antin’s sale of a substantial minority stake in Eurofiber to PGGM.

Loyens & Loeff

Present in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, in addition to New York, Hong Kong, Brussels and London, Loyens & LoeffComparative Guides promotional icon fields a team adept in all facets of private equity, from fund structuring and formation through to deal structuring, buy-out work and fund liquidation. Herman Kaemingk is particularly well-versed in management and leveraged buy-outs; he co-leads the practice alongside Harmen Holtrop, who supports private equity firms, in addition to other financial investors, on the full array of investment and exit mandates.

Practice head(s):

Harmen Holtrop; Herman Kaemingk

Other key lawyers:

Roel Fluit; Freek Hilberdink

Key clients

Barings

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Pai Partners

Nordian Capital

Astorg

NPM Capital

AAC Capital Partners

EQT

Nimbus

Holland Capital

Torqx Capital Partners

Gimv

KKR

Summit Partners

Sun Capital Partners

The Carlyle Group

ING Corporate Investments

BlackFin Capital Partners

Towerbrook Capital Partners

Marlin Equity Partners

3i Group

Westmont Hospitality Group

Eurazeo Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to the Malenstein Family and NPM Capital on the investment by Triton in Bergman Clinics.
  • Acted for Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH on the acquisition of BauWatch from Nordian Capital.
  • Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners and Vivera on the sale of Vivera for an enterprise value of €341m.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘super strong’ private equity team brings together a combination of corporate, finance, tax and civil law notary expertise. The practice, which is active on local, Benelux, pan-European and global transactions, includes the ‘first-classJoost Den Engelsman, who has considerable recent experience of auction sale processes; he co-heads the practice from Rotterdam alongside Gaike Dalenoord whose strength in cross-border deals is complemented by the years he spent practising in London and Asia. Beyond partner level, senior associate Olaf Baks is hailed as a 'rising star', notably acting for a number of UK and US-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Joost den Engelsman; Gaike Dalenoord

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen Preller

Testimonials

‘Super strong team with a broad range of clients. Equally adept at being local counsel as they are at being the lead lawyers. First class.’

‘Joost den Engelsman – first class operator. Smart, savvy and gets to the point. Real stand out.’

‘The team has really improved their private equity offering and with Joost den Engelsman have one of the strongest private equity partners in the market. They now have a very good market share of the larger deals.’

‘Joost den Engelsman is a star partner. He is hands on, commercial and always available. He also has a team of top associates that work with him on all PE deals. Olaf Baks especially is very good and a rising star.’

Key clients

Advent

Apax Partners (France)

Apollo

Astorg

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bay Grove Capital

BC Partners

Blackstone

Bridgepoint

CapVest

Capvis

Centerbridge Partners

Cinven

CPP Investment Board

Findos Investor

HAL Investments

iCON Infrastructure

Keensight Capital

KLAR Partners

Leonard Green & Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

MBK Partners

NPM Capital

One Rock

Ramphastos Investments

Silver Lake

SHV

TA Associates

The Carlyle Group

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted as lead counsel NPMCapital N.V. with its acquisition of Infinitas Learning Holding B.V.
  • Assisted as lead counsel Levine Leichtman Capital Partners with five private equity transactions in the Dutch market with as a highlight Levine Leichtman Capital Partners’ successful sale of Futurewhiz B.V. by way of international auction sale to NPM Capital N.V.
  • Acted for Keensight Capital on its first two direct investments in the Dutch market whereby Keensight Capital acquired (i) RAMInfotechnology and (ii) Symeres.

Stibbe

With offices in London, New York and the Benelux region, Stibbe serves as lead counsel in both local and cross-border private equity transactions, acting on an array of investment, acquisition and exit transactions. Practice head Björn van der Klip, a specialist in company takeover and equity capital market deals, is routinely instructed on cross-border M&A, leveraging his experience of practising in the US and UK in the process.

Practice head(s):

Björn van der Klip

Key clients

Apax Partners

Apollo

Ardian

Avedon Capital Partners

Audax Private Equity

Avista Capital Partners

Aquiline Capital Partners

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Blackstone

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Dasym Investment Strategies

Egeria

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking

General Atlantic

H.I.G. Capital

HPE Growth Capital

Insight Venture Partners

Investcorp

Investindustrial

KKR

KPS Capital Partners

Lone Star

Lindsay Goldberg

Montagu Private Equity

OMERS Private Equity

PAI Partners

Partners Group

Providence Equity Partners

Quadrant Capital Advisors

Rhône Group

Silver Lake Partners

TCV

The Carlyle Group

Unitas Capital

Vision Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Warburg Pincus

AKD

AKD is predominantly active in the mid-market though is also frequently instructed on transactions valued over €500m. The practice takes the lead on domestic and cross-border deals and is also frequently sought out by UK and US law firms to support with the Dutch law aspects of global transactions. Nathalie Van Woerkom heads the practice and is noted for both her transactional and finance expertise; her team has noted an uptick in terms of sustainable investment and good governance matters of late.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie van Woerkom

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Pita Cao; Lennart Crain

Testimonials

‘Local team, small and efficient team, ownership of the partner involved.’

‘I was impressed with the efficiency, the moderate costs, the partner involvement and the result.’

‘Good on diversity; Nathalie van Woerkom often fields a team largely consisting of women. With most firms it is the other way rounds, so diversity definitely is a plus.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom is an exceptionally good M&A lawyer. Very hands-on, good value for money.’

‘Very good in keeping the process on track.’

‘Good eye for details and good in representing the interests of the client.’

‘Pragmatic team, great empowerment at all levels.’

‘Down to earth. Pick the right battles.’

Key clients

Alpha Private Equity

BioGeneration Ventures

Inkef Capital

De Hoge Dennen Capital

LSP

Newion Investments

Value Enhancement Partners

Shareholders of Augusta Benelux B.V.

West Frisia Vastgoed B.V.

17Capital

CWS

FB Oranjewoud Participaties

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of one of FB Oranjewoud Participaties’ largest portfolio companies.
  • Sole legal counsel to Neways on a hostile public takeover offer by VDL, and the subsequent recommended public offer by private equity firm Infestos.

Jones Day

Jones Day fields a team of over 100 dedicated private equity lawyers across 17 countries, an offering supplemented by the firm’s 300 global M&A practitioners; its Amsterdam team is naturally extremely active on the cross-border front, handling transactions including MBOs, MBIs, LBOs, exits and takeovers. Practice head Floris Pierik is often active on deals with a significant European or US component and is especially strong in the chemicals, retail, consumer goods, fintech, e-commerce, manufacturing and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Floris Pierik

Other key lawyers:

Ton Schutte; Josephine Cleyndert

Testimonials

‘The grasp of detail across a highly complex project, the partner attention and involvement, the strength of the supporting team, dedication to the project,’

‘Floris Pierik is very hands on, in the detail and is highly commercial. He thinks strategically around the deal issues and anticipates problems well in advance.’

‘Best law firm in the Netherlands, and one of the best in Europe for private equity clients. Developing solutions for almost every problem, good negotiator, getting complex transactions done. Very responsive, working relentlessly.’

‘Floris Pierik: best M&A lawyer in the Netherlands. Josephine Cleyndert: associate in control of things, getting them done in a friendly, competent and if necessary assertive way.’

Key clients

Gimv N.V.

Smile Invest

SHV Energy

Groupe Solmax Inc. (CDPQ and Fonds de solidarité FTQ)

Irving Place Capital

Arsenal Capital Partners

ACE Management (Tikehau)

Creadev (Mulliez Family)

AGIC

Aurora Resurgence

Gimv N.V.

Smile Invest

SHV Energy

Groupe Solmax Inc. (CDPQ and Fonds de solidarité FTQ)

Irving Place Capital

Arsenal Capital Partners

ACE Management (Tikehau)

Creadev (Mulliez Family)

AGIC

Aurora Resurgence

Work highlights

  • Advised Solmax 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 leading 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

Lexence is principally focused on mid-market transactions, often acting on deals within the €10m to €500m range. Luc Habets acts for a number of private equity firms on both the buy- and sell-side transactions and Michiel van Schooten is a TMT sector specialist with significant exposure to management buy-outs and buy-ins; the pair co-lead the practice alongside Joost Kolkman, who has a track record handling food and beverage, education and IT deals, as well as Wouter Helder, often active on real estate and manufacturing-related deals.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The team is very reactive and finds the right specialist for every question immediately. They share the same dynamism.’

‘Joost Kolkman is reactive, understands the issue very quickly and finds creative solutions.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

Endeit Capital

Dutch Greentech Fund

Synergia Capital

Standard Investments

Antea Participaties

Avedon Capital Partners

Keen Venture Partners

Sirius Venture Partners

ING Bank

Capital A

Triton Partners

DM Equity Partners

Fortino Capital

Connected Capital

Tiin Capital

Egeria

Gryphion Capital

Aegon growth Capital

Slingshot

Bolster Investments

HB Capital

Stek

Stek utilises its corporate, competition and regulated markets, finance and dispute resolution teams to support private equity players and their portfolio companies on investments, acquisitions and commercial issues. The group is particularly strong in cross-border deals and is regularly engaged as local counsel by international law firms. Eelco Bijkerk, Ruben Tros and Maarten van der Graaf jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Eelco Bijkerk; Ruben Tros; Maarten van der Graaf

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

Bencis Capital Partners

BlackFin Capital Partners

Dynamica

EGERIA

Indufin

Paragon

Partech

Simpel/Parcom Capital

Sony Start-up Acceleration Program Europe

TowerBrook Capital Partners

Velocity Capital Fintech Ventures

Whitehelm Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Egeria’s Evergreen Fund on the acquisition of its new portfolio company Social Blue.
  • Advising TowerBrook Capital Partners and its portfolio company The Learning Network on the acquisition of Klik Onderwijs, a service provider for educational institutions.
  • Advised 3i Infrastructure and its portfolio company Joulz on its acquisition of Zonel Energy.

Baker McKenzie

Multinational firm Baker McKenzie is geared to support on the entire spectrum of private equity transactions including MBOs, secondary transactions, expansion capital, exit planning and fund reviews. Mohammed Almarini, a media, technology, automotive and agri-food sector specialist, leads the team which acts for private equity and sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, portfolio companies and management teams, among others.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Almarini

Other key lawyers:

Koen Bos; Joost Polman

Testimonials

‘Strong team that fully answers needs of private equity clients in terms of advice on SPA negotiations, shareholder discussions and due diligence projects.’

‘Mohammed Almarini: very competent, solution-oriented, dedicated proactive and dynamic partner that is extremely reachable and hard working. Joost Polman: very knowledgeable and commercially minded senior associate that is constructive in negotiations.’

‘They contribute to the deal, look for solutions rather then problems and issues. Are able to make a distinction between need and nice to have.’

‘Mohammed Almarini: Excellent quality, contributes to the deal, is able to take the heat away in the discussions without giving away to much. Pleasant person to work with.’

‘Joost Polman, Sharp, fast and very good availability. Pleasant person to work with’

Key clients

Hotmart

Ergon Capital

Ufenau Capital Partners

KeBeK

Qmulus Invest

Wagram Equity Partners

Egeria

Bluegem Capital Partners

APG Asset Management

Arcus Infrastructure Partner

Work highlights

  • Acted for APG on its joint venture with KPN which will speed up the process of the rollout of fibre and faster digitalization across the Netherlands.
  • Advised Hotmart on a USD 130 million investment round.
  • Advised Ergon Capital on the sale of Keesing Media Group to BC Partners.

BarentsKrans

BarentsKrans is noted for its work for regional development companies targeting start-ups and innovative SMEs. The practice also represents a number of international private equity funds, often in respect of inbound investments, and is especially well-versed in industries including technology, biotech, safety and security. Harry Rek is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Harry Rek

Other key lawyers:

Rhamsey Croes

Testimonials

‘Senior partner dedication, sector expertise and technical skill.’

‘Senior but down to earth and hands-on involved.’

Harry Rek is especially skilled.’

‘Partner involvement, all areas in-house, professional juniors.’

‘Partner involvement and commercial focus/ negotiating. Our partner Rhamsey Croes always helps us evaluating things and is not just merely a lawyer but a commercial partner.’

‘They have a perfect size set up, big enough with all practices and international network and still small enough for personal attention.’

‘They are always there when you need them, especially Rhamsey Croes.’

‘Profound knowledge. Pragmatic approach. Pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

InnovationQuarter

ENERGIIQ

ROM Utrecht

Foreman Capital B.V.

Bonichestone B.V.

MVGM Vastgoedmanagement B.V.

Wagram Private Equity (shareholder of MVGM)

Vehold B.V.

JHM Capital B.V.

Quintes Holding B.V.

New Compliance B.V.

Kimo B.V.

Cryptomatica B.V.

Skyberate Investment B.V.,

Work highlights

  • Advising state-funded renewable energy investment company Energiiq in connection with various investments.
  • Advising JHM Capital in connection with the sale of digital strategy agency Burst Mothership B.V. to Intracto (a portfolio company of PE firm Waterland).
  • Advised investment company Vehold in connection with its acquisition of 100% of shares in carriage builder Burgers Carrosserie B.V. from Chinese conglomerate CIMC.

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten

Boutique firm Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten displays the ‘utmost experience and dedication’ when acting on private equity matters. Rutger Jansen and Quirijn Biesheuvel jointly head the practice which is especially well-placed to represent foreign investors, owing to the fact that all of its lawyers have spent time practising abroad, particularly in the UK and US.

Practice head(s):

Rutger Jansen; Quirijn Biesheuvel

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Beijersbergen

Testimonials

‘Easy to reach, highly creative teams with utmost experience and dedication.’

‘Extremely accessible team with a lot of senior (partner) attention. This helps move things forward swiftly.’

‘Rutger Jansen is our go-to guy for our larger transactions. He is extremely pragmatic and really understands his client’s wishes. As such he goes out and gets you the best result at minimal interaction with ourselves. I sometimes say, that Rutger can do 95% of a deal without us, all we need to do is discuss and agree some final commercial terms and sign the paperwork.’

‘We met BJTK as advisor during an acquisition. The moment BJTK was hired by the target the complete dynamics changed. After this acquisition we asked BJTK to work on our side of the table. The team gives very valuable advice. During the acquisitions we did with BJTK they played a pivotal role during the negotiations. Without their balanced advice we would not have realized the transaction in a good manner.’

‘We worked mainly with Quirijn Biesheuvel. He has a strong presence in the room. Blowing other lawyers away with: content knowledge, verbal skills and non verbal.’

Key clients

Ace & Tate

Barentz International

Capital T

Cheflix

Credo Ventures

Energie Fonds Overijssel

Globitas Investments

Harver

Holland Capital

Horizons Ventures

Mr Marvis

Philips Healthtech Ventures

Slingshot Ventures

Standard Investment

Tiqets

Trigentis

Winter Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Globitas on the acquisition of CASA from the Blokker family.
  • Advised Capital T on several investments, including in Wizenoze, Seyo and Vaayu.
  • Advised Viqtor Davis on its merger with Waterland’s portfolio companies Valcon and First Consulting.

deBreij

deBreij is a boutique which exclusively focuses on M&A, private equity, venture capital and capital markets mandates; its team, which is noted for its ‘on the ball knowledge’ and ‘proactive approach’, is jointly led by Laura Overes, Wytse Huidekoper, Gaston Freijser and Maurice Dudink.

Practice head(s):

Laura Overes; Wytse Huidekoper; Gaston Freijser; Maurice Dudink

Testimonials

‘On the ball, knowledgeable about the case, knowing what is relevant and what is not. Straightforward fees including risk sharing, pleasant people to work with.’

‘Wytse Huidekoper: fast thinker, sharp as a knife, most parties on the other side of the table want to work with him after our deal.’

‘Their in-depth knowledge of the field they are working in together with their social skills and their ability to think outside the box.’

‘Dedicated team, proactive approach to the client, constructive approach to the transaction at hand.’

‘Maurice Dudink and his team are quick, responsive and available when needed. Furthermore, they show a keen interest in the situation at hand and look for solutions instead of problems.’

‘Pragmatic and have a view for the commercial side of a deal as well. Really think along with their clients. Don’t go into legal arguments for the sake of legal arguments.’

‘It’s a pleasure to work with Maurice Dudink, as he is easy going and pragmatic. Besides, he is supportive, reliable and efficient.’

‘Teams are partner-led, with significant hands-on partner involvement. No waste by playing the leverage game, straightforward and direct processing, makes them highly efficient and highly effective. Entrepreneurial mindset and relation focused. Not only excellent lawyers, also great people and personalities.’

‘Boutique, young team, energy & drive.’

Key clients

Newport Capital

Nobel Capital Partners

ActiveCapital

Bolster Investment Partners

Intersaction

Mentha Capital

Opportunity Partners

CNBB Venture Partners

Capital A

Walvis Participaties

Gate Invest

AUCTUS Capital Partners

Quadrum Capital

Committed Capital

Rhampastos

BioGeneration Ventures

Innovation Industries

Gimv

NIBC Mezzanine & Equity Partners

Karmijn

Work highlights

  • Advised Mentha Capital, a Dutch private equity firm, and BLOS, a provider of childcare services in the Netherlands, on the sale to Babilou Family, a French early education network.
  • Advised Ramphastos Investments, a venture capital and private equity firm, on the sale of VHZ Group to Gilde Equity Management, a Dutch private equity firm.
  • Advised Bolster Investment Partners, a Dutch private equity firm, on the acquisition of a 25% stake in Oceanwide Expeditions.

Dentons

At Dentons, the ‘excellent‘ practice is often instructed on deals with a US or pan-European component, particularly those within the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Kuif Klein Wassink  and Marnix Veldhuijzen  jointly head the practice which has considerable expertise in respect of tax-driven private equity insurance and W&I insurance.

Practice head(s):

Kuif Klein Wassink; Marnix Veldhuijzen

Other key lawyers:

Casper Haket

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘Excellent level of pragmatism and commitment’

Key clients

5CS Capital Partners

Egeria

Franklin Templeton

Gilde

KKR

Lighthouse Capital

Torqx Capital Partners

TriWest Capital Partners

Vendis Capital

Volpi Capital

Montana Capital Partners

Capita

Work highlights

  • Advised Egeria, a Dutch investment company, in connection with a transaction that saw Egeria combine its combine garden wood businesses, Tuindeco Group and Outdoor Life Group, with that of Parcom Capital, another private equity firm, to build a large European platform.
  • Advised Torqx Capital Partners, and its portfolio company, Powersports Distribution Group, of Motorcycle Storehouse, from current shareholders, Nedvest, and management – creating a leading European motorcycle parts group.
  • Acted on a US$7.3bn international deal with Dentons working alongside Kirkland & Ellis to provide multi-jurisdictional advice to Alight as part of a SPAC-led public listing.

DLA Piper

Global firm DLA Piper serves as a one-stop shop, handling deals of all sizes across a number of markets; it combines corporate, finance and tax services and supports at all stages of the private equity lifecycle, from fundraising, investments and buy-outs through to management equity arrangements, portfolio transactions and exits. Casper Hamersma  is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Casper Hamersma

Other key lawyers:

Jochem Beurskens

Testimonials

‘Broad and deep team, able to act as seamless one-stop shop across various legal disciplines and a wide range of countries. Able to deal with complex cross-border transactions and integrate legal and fiscal support. Regular and detailed fee updates avoid large surprises at the end of projects. Frequent and detailed internal communication across lawyers from different disciplines makes sure the entire team is aligned and able to support a client to the best of their abilities. Acceptable relation between price and quality. Dedicated to provide 5-star service (but not always required) and willing to go the extra mile for clients whenever required.’

‘Jochem Beurskens – Focused on delivering high-quality service to clients, 24/7 availability and high level of responsiveness, able to keep a high-level overview of all key parts of a transaction, good process management, eager and more than willing to go the extra mile, firm in negotiations and only moving in the direction of the other party after client consents.’

Key clients

Bencis Capital Partners

Egeria Private Equity

EMK Capital

Ergon Capital Partners

Fortissimo Capital

Sun Capital Partners

Synergia Capital Partners

The Carlyle Group

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised EMK Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in VDK Group, a group of electrotechnical and mechanical installation and maintenance companies that is based and active in the Netherlands from its founding shareholder who has reinvested alongside EMK Capital.
  • Advised Waterland Private Equity on the acquisition of the Celestia Group, a group of high-tech space technology companies across Europe (active in 8 jurisdictions) and subsequent re-invesment of the founder of the Celestia Group into the new holding structure.
  • Advised Bencis Capital Partners on the acquisition of Pe-Pe Parts.

HSA Lawyers B.V.

Boutique firm HSA Lawyers B.V. is exclusively focused on M&A, private equity, venture capital and business law, largely operating within the mid-market field. Gert-Jan van Dalen and Harm van Efferink jointly lead the practice which is active on investments, joint ventures, buy-out and management incentive plans, especially those within the TMT sector.

Practice head(s):

Gert-Jan van Dalen; Harm van Efferink

Key clients

Main Capital Partners

Holland Capital

Pride Capital Partners

De Goede Ree

Wortell

valantic

GoconnectIT

Exxellence

mnyneva

eKomi

Work highlights

  • Acted for Exxellence, backed by its majority shareholder Main Capital on the buy- and build strategy of Exxellence and acted as lead counsel in the acquisitions by Exxellence of (i) Tercera, (ii) 4Value, (iii) Pronexus, (iv) Juricas, and (v) The Pebbles Group.
  • Assisted Holland Capital with the acquisition of a majority stake in Magnus from its shareholders (effectively the partner group).
  • Acted for Deutsche PE-backed valantic on the acquisition of ISM (Innovative Solutions in Media) from its shareholders.

Orange Clover Law

Orange Clover Law supports on the full array of transactional and advisory mandates, having been particularly busy in the technology sector recently. Practice head Pien Van Veersen combines her transactional capabilities with expertise in corporate and shareholder disputes, management participation and W&I insurance.

Practice head(s):

Pien van Veersen

Other key lawyers:

Machiel Galjaart; Mark Loefs; Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen

Testimonials

‘Very quick turnaround, pragmatic and commercially driven.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen; extremely responsive and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Andlinger & Company

Fortino Capital

Capital A Investment Partners

Avedon Capital Partners

Ludgate

Gimv

Orthogon Partners

PAI Partners

Ponooc

Borski Fund

Royal Ten Cate

Evonik Industries

NorthC Data Center

NIBC Bank

Triton Partners

Sunweb

APG

Nimbus

Oaktree Capital

Gilde Healthcare

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 Nimbus on multiple cross-border acquisitions and divestments.
  • Advised Fortino Capital on multiple cross-border acquisitions and add-ons.

Simmons & Simmons

The team at Simmons & Simmons is knowledgeable of all stages of the private equity funding cycle, from fund establishment and deal structuring through to due diligence and tax considerations. Leo Verhoeff leads both the local and international practices, often working in close collaboration with the firm’s Paris, Frankfurt and London offices. Its recent workload includes advice on LBOs, MBOs, MBIs, takeover bids, private acquisitions and exits, from industries as diverse as real estate, financial services, TMT, life sciences, energy and infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Leo Verhoeff

Other key lawyers:

Rob Hendriks; Gijs ter Braak; Robbert Jansen

Key clients

Gilde Equity Management (GEM) Benelux

Nimbus

Qualium Investissements

NIBC

Hines Global Income Trust

ING Corporate Investments

Kempen & Co

BlackRock

Atream SAS

L’Etoile Properties

Ramphastos Investments

Audacia Capital

SEDCO

Fidelity Investments

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

90 North Real Estate Partners

Savills Investment Management

Sidra Capital

Certitudo Capital

NIBC Equity Partners

ProVast

Eurus Energy

Visma

Platinum Equity

Morningside Ventures

Icelake Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Gilde Equity Management on inter alia its new fund (v)’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 HG Capital owned Visma on acquiring Advitrae, Khonraad, and Ecare.
  • Advised Arcus on the acquisition of Peacock, a tank container leasing company and, later, the acquisition of bolt-on assets for the same company.

Van Doorne

At Van Doorne, the ‘excellent’ private equity team has specialist knowledge of the healthcare, life sciences, financial services, TMT, real estate, construction and retail sectors among others; the bulk of its activities are within the €50 to €250m range. The team is led by Jeroen Sombezki, who has ‘extensive knowledge‘ of MBO, MBI, M&A and public takeover transactions, in addition to corporate governance and restructuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Sombezki

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, deep knowledge of the Dutch Private Equity market and swift execution of complex transactions.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki is well connected in the Dutch private equity world and well known for his extensive knowledge of the specific PE related deal components. First class delivery by Jeroen and his team.’

‘Super nice team, very capable and hard working.’

‘Nice and positive people.’

‘Very complementary team of 3 working on our case. Very efficient process and great advice for a pragmatic and constructive approach.’

‘Meltem Koning-Gungormez has been heading the team working on the case. Great management of her teams and appreciated involvement in the discussions. Enjoyed the mix of high level vision of where to take the discussions and ability to deep dive on specific issues and resolve them.’

‘They remain one of the leading teams in the field, and have always impressed with their knowledge, practical attitude and ability to get the deal done. They can move extremely quickly when required, and still maintain the highest standard while doing so. They not only make sure the details are taken care of, but do so without jeopardizing the flow of the deal and the contact with the other parties.’

Key clients

Atomico

Aurelius Invest

Blue Horizon Ventures

EasyPark

Getir

Mediamonks

Mediq

Morningstar, Inc.

Olympia Group

Invest-NL

Fidelio Capital

Beringea Capital

Target Global

Singular Capital Partners S.A.S.

Section32

BOM Brabant Ventures

Expereo International

Yard Energy Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising EasyPark (active in 20 countries), a Vitruvian and Verdane portfolio company, on its cross-border acquisition of ParkNow Group (active in 11 countries) from BMW and Daimler.
  • Advising Getir on its $550m Series D fundraising at a $7.5bn valuation backed by large private equity and technology investment funds included Silver Lake Capital, DisruptAD, Mubadala, Winter Capital Partners, and existing investors Tiger Global and Sequoia Capital.
  • Advised bung Holding B.V. on the €193m Series A investment in the capital of bunq bank by Pollen Street Capital.