Private equity in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

As a key name in the market for prominent Benelux private equity houses, Allen & Overy LLP’s private equity practice also acts for a broad range of international private equity clients including EQT, Bain Capital and Equistone. Recent highlights include advising PAI Partners on the sale of PAI Roompot Group and acting for 3i on the sale of equity stakes in Action by Partners Group to Hellman & Friedman. Karine Kodde is praised as ‘top-of-the-class’ by clients and leads the practice, which also includes Jasper de Jong and corporate group head Annelies van der Pauw.

Practice head(s):

Karine Kodde

Other key lawyers:

Jasper de Jong; Annelies van der Pauw

Testimonials

‘One of the strongest players in the Dutch market, able to leverage their international reach and full service offering in a very efficient manner. At the same time, Allen & Overy has also kept a local profile enabling them to do domestic PE-deals like any other local firm.’

‘Karine Kodde is top-of-the-class, excellent and a very hands-on lawyer.’

Key clients

3i

Avedon Capital Partners

Bencis Capital Partners

Egeria

EQT

Equistone

Exponent Private Equity

IK Investment Partners

NPM Capital

PAI Partners

Parcom Capital

Strikwerda Investments

Bain Capital

Perusa

Opportunity Partners

Volpi Capital

Riverside Company

Life Sciences Partners (LSP)

Work highlights

  • Advised PAI Partners on the sale of PAI Roompot Group, a provider of holiday parks in Western Europe.
  • Advised 3i on the sale of equity stakes in Action by Partners Group to Hellman & Friedman and by 3i Eurofund to 3i managed vehicles.
  • Advised Egeria on the acquisition of a majority interest in Tuindeco Group, a Dutch garden wood products maker, wholesaler and e-retailer.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance handles the full spectrum of private equity mandates with key expertise in the financial services, retail, industrial, chemical and TMT sectors. The group regularly leverages the firm’s wider global network to collaborate on big-ticket cross-border transactions; in a recent highlight, the team advised Blackstone on its acquisition of CRH Europe Distribution. Mark-Jan Arends leads the practice, which includes Hans Beerlage, who ‘has a strong commercial awareness’, cross-border specialist Gregory Crookes and Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier, who is experienced in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Thijs Alexander retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mark-Jan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Hans Beerlage; Gregory Crookes; Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier; Hansuya Reddy

Testimonials

‘High quality team with very experienced partners and all legal niches in-house.’

‘Jeroen Thijssen – highly experienced senior partner, deals very well with complex and multi-faceted situations. Low ego and focused on getting deals done.’

‘Hansuya Reddy – highly capable associate, responsive, accurate and very smart, real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Partners Group

Cinven

Gilde

Egeria

KKR

EQT Partners

Apax Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Blackstone Group

Equistone

Work highlights

  • 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 IK Investment Partners on the acquisition of Infradata, a Netherlands-based provider of security and cloud networking solutions and services, from Waterland Private Equity Investment.
  • Acted for KKR portfolio company Q-Park on the disposal of Q-Park Operations B.V., a Netherlands-based company engaged in operating parking facilities in Sweden, Norway and Finland, to Sumitomo Corporation.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Led by Lennard Keijzer, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department advises Dutch and international private equity houses on the buy-side and sell-side of high-profile and complex transactions. Notable recent mandates include advising Triton Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Royal Reesink and acting for Parcom Capital on its acquisition of Euramax Coated Products. Corporate group head Arne Grimme, M&A specialist Klaas de Vries and cross-border expert Pete Lawley also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lennard Keijzer

Other key lawyers:

Arne Grimme; Klaas de Vries; Pete Lawley

Key clients

Advent International

Apollo

Bain Capital

BC Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Fortino Capital Partners

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Mollie

Nordion Capital Partners

Parcom Capital

Pon Holdings

Ramphastos Investments

Silverfleet Capital Partners

Summa Equity

Summit Partners

Triton Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Parcom Capital, which reached an agreement to acquire Euramax Coated Products from its American parent company, OmniMax International.
  • Advised Triton Partners, which reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Royal  Reesink B.V. from Gilde Buy Out Partners and co-investors.
  • Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners, which signed an agreement to become a significant shareholder in the Eichholtz Group, alongside the founder and management.

Houthoff

Houthoff’s ‘excellent’ private equity practice sits within the firm’s corporate and M&A team, and counts international private equity houses, Dutch private equity funds and family-owned private equity groups on its client roster. The group is also highly active in the technology sector and is increasing its presence in the Asian market. Alexander Kaarls heads the team, which also counts Michiel Pannekoek, Maurits de Haan and Bram Caudri as key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Pannekoek; Maurits de Haan; Bram Caudri 

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 the shareholders of Dept Holding B.V., including Waterland, on the sale of Dept Agency to The Carlyle Group and the roll-over of certain sellers.
  • Advised Navitas Capital on the sale and transfer of Partou to KidsFoundation, owned by Waterland and Canadian investment company Onex.
  • Acted for Active Capital Company B.V. on the purchase of an interest in Technobis Group B.V. and its group companies, while management further (re)-invests in the company.

Lexence

Lexence ‘works like clockwork’ for a client roster of private equity houses and private equity-backed corporates including Waterland Private Equity, Egeria and Triton Partners. The group is particularly experienced in mid-market transactions and recently advised Egeria on the sale of Vendor to CWS. Key practitioners include Michiel van Schooten, Luc Habets, Joost Kolkman and Wouter Helder, who ‘all share the same values, mentality and ambitions’.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The firm works like clockwork. All partners share the same values, mentality and ambitions.’

‘Joost Kolkman and Diederick de Boer are very responsive and always find pragmatic solutions to complex problems.’

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

Work highlights

  • Assisted Egeria on the sale of Vendor to CWS.
  • Acted for Synergia Capital partners on its acquisition of For Ever Bulbs.
  • Advised Waterland Private Equity on its acquisition of Best Global Logistics (BGL) and Marinetrans.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff’s private equity group, which is jointly led by Harmen Holtrop and Herman Kaemingk, encompasses a private equity transactions team and a private equity fund formation group. The practice handles the full range of private equity work and is notably active in matters in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Antoinette van der Hauw, Freek Hilberdink and Roel Fluit are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Harmen Holtrop; Herman Kaemingk

Other key lawyers:

Antoinette van der Hauw; Freek Hilberdink; Roel Fluit

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

  • Advised Torqx on all aspects of its acquisition of the cable connectivity business of Twentsche Kabel Holding N.V.
  • Advised Enovation and Main Capital Partners on the acquisition of patient referral, patient file transfer and healthcare communication solutions developer and supplier Point.
  • Acted for Nordian Capital Partners, a Netherlands-based private equity company, on the disposal of a majority stake in Open Line B.V. to Capital A Investment Partners.

NautaDutilh

As ‘one of the strongest players in the Dutch mid-market private equity sector’, NautaDutilh’s ‘very practical and commercial team’ has a ‘super savvy and client-friendly approach’ to transactions across the Benelux region. The group handles mandates across the full private equity life cycle for a client list of international and local private equity sponsors. Joost den Engelsman and Gaike Dalenoord lead the team from Rotterdam and Amsterdam respectively.

Practice head(s):

Joost den Engelsman; Gaike Dalenoord

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Baks; Jeroen Preller

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and commercial team of PE lawyers supported by top industry specialists. Key strength is their senior partner involvement and availability. They have excellent market knowledge and know what issues matter and how they should be resolved.’

‘Joost den Engelsman is excellent and probably the best PE lawyer in the Dutch market. He is on top of his game and not afraid to get his hands dirty. Always available and focused to make sure his team delivers top quality advice.’

‘Olaf Baks is a strong associate and one to watch going forward. He is to the point and provides excellent legal and commercial advice. ’

‘Super savvy and client friendly approach to providing legal services. Smart and practical.’

‘Joost den Engelsman is very experienced and knows the market and the protagonists well. He gives clear advice and is a valuable sounding board.’

‘One of the strongest players in the Dutch mid-market PE sector. A lot of available lawyers and a very strong notarial practice combined. Proper full service offering, able to handle all types of PE-deals.’

‘Jeroen Preller stands out amongst his peers. He is a very seasoned and hands on lawyer with in depth legal knowledge and a very practical and pleasant approach. He blends in to our PE-firm as if he was a part of it.’

Key clients

Apollo

Apax Partners (France)

Astorg

Bain Capital

Bay Grove Capital

CapVest

Capvis

The Carlyle Group

Centerbridge Partners

CPP Investment Board

HAL Investments

Keensight Capital

iCON Infrastructure

Lion Capital

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

NPM Capital

Oakley Capital

Ramphastos Investments

Smile Invest

TA Associates

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted funds advised by Astorg, a European Private Equity group, with the acquisition of a majority stake in Normec Holdings B.V.
  • Assisted Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Europe with its acquisition of SiPM Group.
  • Advised a bidding consortium led by Advent, Cinven and the RAG-Stiftung (RAG foundation) on the acquisition of the elevator division of thyssenkrupp AG.

Stibbe

Stibbe regularly acts for international private equity houses on complex cross-border transactions including investments, acquisitions and exits; in a recent highlight, the team advised Apax Partners on the acquisition of Destiny from Mentha Capital. Group head Björn van der Klip also counts Apollo, Bain Capital and Providence Equity Partners as clients. Hans Witteveen, who divides his time between Amsterdam and London, and Duco de Boer are also highly active in the space.

Practice head(s):

Björn van der Klip

Other key lawyers:

Hans Witteveen; Duco de Boer

Testimonials

‘Very service-oriented, attention to detail and quickly acquainted with the case at hand.’

Key clients

American Industrial Partners

Apax Partners

Apollo

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

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

The Carlyle Group

Unitas Capital

Vision Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Advised Apax Partners on the acquisition of Destiny from Mentha Capital, the acquisition of Polymer Logistics NV., and the acquisition of Contraload.
  • Advised KPS Capital Partners on the $490m acquisition of the fitness business of Brunswick Corporation, the acquisition of Howden from Colfax Corporation and the sale of its Dutch portfolio company Chassis Brakes International B.V. to Hitachi Automotive Systems.
  • Advised Partners Group on the sale of its stake in Action, Europe’s leading non-food discount retailer, to Hellman & Friedman.

AKD

Clients recommend AKD ‘without hesitation’ for mid-market transactions in the Benelux region; the team is also increasingly active in sustainable investment mandates and governance work. The group’s client base of Dutch private equity funds, single family offices, Dutch ventures and international clients include Inkef Capital, Health Innovation Fund and Newion Investments. Nathalie van Woerkom leads the team, which includes Lennart Crain, who handles controlled auctions, public offers and leveraged buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie van Woerkom

Other key lawyers:

Lennart Crain; Carlos Pita Cao

Testimonials

‘We have had very good experiences with AKD. Well acquainted with the rules of the game, reasonable negotiators.’

‘AKD’s private equity practice is certainly one of the ones that I would recommend without hesitation in the Netherlands. Specifically Carlos Pita Cao has proven to be key in the resolution of difficult deadlocks between parties always showing the great command of complex legal topics.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao grasps complex legal issues quickly and always provides creative solutions to both sides of the deal, even in situations of stress and tense negotiations. He has a strong command of the Dutch legal system but goes beyond and tries to accommodate the commercial needs of his client. Certainly an individual worth considering in international complex transactions.’

‘I was happy with the knowledge within the company concerning several aspects of the sales process. Not only legal knowledge but also tax skills and others where available.’

‘AKD supported us with a multidisciplinary team to cover all potential pitfalls in the process. In communication there were always clear lines and no needless inefficiencies arose from the multidisciplinarity. Advisory well up to standard.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom – great lawyer, and very good with numbers!’

‘Perfect customer service. Timely response. Partner involvement. All disciplines collaborate. Pro-active attitude.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom is an outstanding lawyer. I have been working with her for decades to my fullest satisfaction.’

Key clients

Health Innovation Fund

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

Main Incubator

Alpha Private Equity

FB Oranjewoud Participaties

Work highlights

  • Advised CWS-boco International GmbH on the acquisition of Vendor from Egeria’s Evergreen Private Equity Fund.
  • Advised on the sale of a real estate management business and related portfolio of offices converted into apartments to the new €500m fund of global PE firm Round Hill Capital and its co-investor, a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund.
  • Acted for LSP, INKEF and Health Innovations Fund on their investment into ViCentra.

Jones Day

Jones Day’s roster of domestic and international clients are spread across a variety of sectors with notable strength in the TMT, healthcare and chemicals industries; in a recent highlight, the team advised Aurelius Equity Opportunities on the controlled auction of Solidus Solutions Group to funds managed by Centerbridge Partners. Group head Floris Pierik is a key name for cross-border mandates, while Ton Schutte acts for Dutch and global corporates, private equity houses and other financial sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Floris Pierik

Other key lawyers:

Ton Schutte

Key clients

Aurelius Equity Opportunities

Gimv

Aurora Resurgence

Creadev / Mobilis (Mulliez Family)

HighBrook Investors

Smile Invest

Arsenal Capital Partners

Xio

Work highlights

  • Advised pan-European investment fund 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 L.P., a leading New York private equity fund.
  • Advised Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad on its acquisition of a 100% stake in Da Vinci Group B.V. from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163m.
  • Advised HighBrook on the €289m sale of its 100% interest in Groothandelsgebouwen, the largest multi-tenant property in the Netherlands, to Jamestown, LP, an Atlanta-based real estate investment and management company.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons acts for clients on matters involving the full spectrum of the funding cycle, leveraging its expertise in the asset management and investment funds, real estate, banking, TMT, energy and life sciences sectors. The group also works closely with the firm’s London, Frankfurt and Paris offices on cross-border issues. Leo Verhoeff leads the practice and is also head of the firm’s international private equity group. Corporate group head Rob Hendriks and newly promoted partner Gijs ter Braak also contribute.

Practice head(s):

Leo Verhoeff

Other key lawyers:

Rob Hendriks; Gijs ter Braak

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Gilde Equity Management in connection with the acquisition of HC Groep.
  • Advised Visma on the acquisition of the yuki company.
  • Advised the minority shareholders and management of TMC on their sale and subsequent reinvestment in TMC.

Stek

Stek ‘proves to be a good sparring partner’ for mid-market transactions, acting for Dutch private equity funds, portfolio companies and management teams as well as international funds. The group also receives a variety of cross-border instructions from notable international firms. Key practitioners include Eelco Bijkerk, who handles private equity and venture capital matters, co-founder Maarten van der Graaf and the ‘extremely knowledgeableRuben Tros.

Practice head(s):

Eelco Bijkerk; Ruben Tros; Maarten van der Graaf

Testimonials

‘The Stek team is very pleasant to work with and proves to be a good sparring partner for us as M&A advisers in all deals we work on with them. Good quality of work, proactive, strong partner in negotiations.’

‘Ruben Tros of Stek is an extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and pleasant person. He finds the right balance between being a tough negotiator and a pleasant person to work with. Therefore both his clients and the opposite side like to work with him. Always a pleasure to be on the same team with him for a client.’

‘The team led by Maarten van der Graaf has an excellent knowledge of both legal requirements and industry standards.’

‘Maarten is very involved and even though his team is excellent and can certainly be trusted, he remains very connected and available.’

Key clients

Bencis Capital Partners

NIBC Mezzanine & Equity Partners

Egeria

Capital A (former ABN AMRO Participaties)

3i Infrastructure

Imker Capital Partners

Dynamica

Rotterdam Port Fund

Maas Capital Renewables

Oaktree Capital

Silverfleet Capital

Velocity Capital Fintech Ventures

Bancroft Private Equity

Panta Holdings

The Amsterdam Climate & Energy Fund (AKEF)

Paragon Partners

Cape Investment Partners

AtlasInvest

Harbour Capital

Simpel

Corendon

Work highlights

  • Advised 3i Infrastructure and its portfolio company Joulz on the acquisition of Joulz Laadoplossingen B.V.
  • Advised private equity fund Egeria and its portfolio company Ilionx on the acquisition of ICTZ Group.
  • Advised Rotterdam Port Fund on its investment in Fleet Cleaner.

Van Doorne

With expertise in mid-market work, Van Doorne’s ‘undoubtedly very competent practice’ is a go-to name for management teams involved in large private and public private equity transactions. The team’s sector approach spans the healthcare, finance, real estate and retail industries; Meltem Koning-Gungormez’s recruitment from Kennedy Van der Laan also expanded the firm’s technology and media sector experience. Other key practitioners include practice head Jeroen Sombezki, Onno Boerstra and Friso Foppes.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Sombezki

Other key lawyers:

Meltem Koning-Gungormez; Onno Boerstra; Friso Foppes; Emmy van Hengel; Dimitri van Hoewijk

Testimonials

‘This is undoubtedly a very competent practice, strong on M&A and with an excellent Healthcare specialist team that were quite crucial to us in completing our transaction.’

‘Partner Onno Boerstra provides knowledgeable and pragmatic legal advice.

‘Collaboration between team members is excellent.’

‘Jeroen Sombezki has in-depth knowledge on start-up and scale-up funding and thus is able to provide practical and valuable insight in both structuring and negotiation of the deal.’

‘Down to earth. Able to connect with multiple types of parties at the table. Always delivers, even under immense time pressure. Fair fees for the quality delivered.’

‘I regularly worked with Jeroen Sombezki (Partner) and Emmy van Hengel (Associate). With Jeroen I very much like the responsibility that he gives his team, which enables them to clearly advice a client rather than execute the partner’s advice only. In addition, Jeroen is very likeable and able to connect with entrepreneur’s which enables him to ‘bridge’ views from an investor point of view with the entrepreneur. As for Emmy I do think she is a great talent in the office. She clearly unburdens Jeroen in much of his work and puts forward her advice on many occasions.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Ventures

Altor Capital

Atomico Ventures

Aurelius Invest

Bencis

CRH plc

Deutsche Private Equity

EQT Ventures

Karmijn Kapitaal

Nordic Capital

NPM Healthcare

Oakley Capital

TPG Sixth Street Partners

York Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Eichholz group on the sale of a majority stake to Gilde Buy-Out Fund.
  • Advised the management of RP Group with respect to their participation in the buy-out of the company by KKR.
  • Advised Terra Payment Services (Netherlands) BV on its sale by Mahindra Comviva to an investors’ consortium (IFC, Prime Ventures and Partech) and the subsequent investment round.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s private equity team excels at cross-border deals, advising on the full range of mandates for private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, portfolio companies and management teams. Mohammed Almarini heads up the practice and is active in the media, technology, agrifood and automotive sectors. Legal director Koen Bos is the key name at the junior level. Casper Banz left to start his own consultancy.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Almarini

Other key lawyers:

Koen Bos

Key clients

Wagram Equity Partners

Egeria Capital

Ergon Capital

Bluegem Capital

FSN Capital

Ufenau Capital Partners

Audax

RB Family Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Dutch investment company Wagram Equity Partners on the acquisition of the Creamy Creation Business from FrieslandCampina.
  • Acted for the shareholders and management of Nijhuis Industries in connection with the sale of Nijhuis Industries to Saur (held by EQT).
  • Advised the Belgian private equity firm Ergon Capital Partners on the acquisition of TMC from Gilde Buy Out Partners.

BarentsKrans

Under the leadership of Harry Rek, BarentsKrans handles domestic private equity and venture capital work for clients in the technology, biotechnology, safety and security industries. The team is also a key name for international private equity funds involved in cross-border inbound mandates, and regularly acts for regional development companies. Rhamsey Croes is also active in the space.

Practice head(s):

Harry Rek

Other key lawyers:

Rhamsey Croes

Key clients

InnovationQuarter

ENERGIIQ

ROM Utrecht

Foreman Capital B.V.

Bonichestone B.V.

Borealis Hotel Group

Dearnova

MVGM Vastgoedmanagement B.V.

Wagram Private Equity (shareholder of MVGM)

Work highlights

  • Advised regional development company InnovationQuarter with respect to the Corona loans provided by the Dutch government for the purpose of making emergency loans to start-ups in the province of South Holland.
  • Advised Energiiq, an investment fund owned by the Province of South Holland and managed by InnovationQuarter, on various investment transactions in the renewable energy sector.
  • Advised Borealis Hotel Group in connection with the provision of growth capital by UK private equity investment fund Three Hills Capital Partners.

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten

Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten focuses on cross-border transactions, acting for Dutch and foreign private equity houses, companies and investors; key examples include Waterland Private Equity, Slingshot Ventures and Standard Investment. Rutger Jansen and Quirijn Biesheuvel jointly lead the practice, which also fields Wouter Brugma and Babette Waltman.

Practice head(s):

Rutger Jansen; Quirijn Biesheuvel

Other key lawyers:

Wouter Brugma; Babette Waltman

Key clients

8xInvestments

Ace & Tate

Boldking

Credo Ventures

Health Innovations

Holland Capital

Horizons Ventures

Ice Lake Capital

KKA Partners

Philips Ventures (subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips N.V.)

Siilo

Slingshot Ventures

Standard Investment

Synerkine

Tiqets

Trigentis

Vesalius Biocapital Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Philips Ventures, Vesalius Biocapital Partners and Health Innovations on extended Series A equity investments in DEARhealth.
  • Advised Tiqets on its recent €53m Series C round led by AirBnB.
  • Advised a group of shareholders on the sale of shares in Barentz International to Cinven.

deBreij

The ‘very solid and reliable’ team at deBreij is active in mid-market work and has gained multiple new private equity funds as clients including Opportunity Partners; other clients include Capital A, Mantha Capital and Newport Capital. Noteworthy practitioners include Laura Overes, Dennis de Breij, Wytse Huidekoper, Gaston Freijser and Maurice Dudink.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘Wytse Huidekoper – good sense of commercial viability of legal items, strong commitment to success, strong understanding of aspects outside legal scope.’

‘Strong legal skillset Very strong communication and negotiation Customer intimacy.’

‘Wytse Huidekoper is the best lawyer I know. He combines legal and M&A skills with a very pleasant down to earth personality and good negotiation skills.’

‘The team at De Breij is very solid and reliable. They are always available when needed, respond quickly and are flexible with planning and timing. Our business can be quite unpredictable, the team at De Breij is always willing to think along and adjust. I very much appreciate their ability to consider the needs and perspectives of different parties involved in a transaction. Their work is always thorough and flawless.’

‘I enjoy working with Laura Overes who is always able to point out the one thing that I did not see or had missed. It gives me and our business a great sense of comfort knowing that our legal documentation has been drafted or reviewed by Laura.’

‘Laura Overes is always available and gives me the feeling that we are in control of the overall process so that I don’t have to worry about the legal aspects of an M&A deal.’

Key clients

Reggeborgh Group

NewPort Capital

Nobel Capital

Active Capital

Bolster Investments

Intersaction

CNBB Venture Partners

Opportunity Partners

Capital A

Walvis Participaties

Mentha Capital

Gate Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Committed Capital on its acquisition of a stake in MR Marine Group.
  • Advised NewPort Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Bliston, a Dutch packaging company.
  • Advised Mentha Capital on its acquisition of Blijwerkt from Gilde Healthcare.

Dentons

Dentons’ growing private equity practice advises on private equity buyouts and high and mid-market mandates; the team is also experienced in assisting with tax-driven structures, management issues and fund establishments. Kuif Klein Wassink leads on the buyout side of the practice, while fellow co-head Marnix Veldhuijzen handles the private equity tax work.

Practice head(s):

Kuif Klein Wassink; Marnix Veldhuijzen

Key clients

Bluefield Partners

Cathay Investments

CBRE Global Investors

CLSA

Kohlberg & Company

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Opportunity Partners

TINC

Triacta

Vendis Capital

DIF Capital Partners

XiO Group

Optima Investments

InfraRed Capital

AP Moller Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised XIO Group on the $1.2bn sale of the 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 NV (UPP) 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 S.A.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s cross-departmental group is jointly led by corporate partner Casper Hamersma, and Max Mayer and Lex Oosterling, who are members of the firm’s finance, projects and restructuring department. Alongside it’s increasing domestic expertise, the firm’s global network also enhances the group’s international work. The practice handles buy and sell-side transactions and management mandates. Jochem Beurskens also focuses on private equity work, acting for private equity sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Casper Hamersma; Max Mayer; Lex Oosterling

Other key lawyers:

Jochem Beurskens; Stefan Spaans

Testimonials

‘The DLA team stands out in its ability to connect with the counter side, both the client as well as their lawyers. We find this extremely important to achieve the best possible outcome for us.’

‘Casper Hamersma and Stefan Spaans were able to connect to the other side, both to the clients as well as their lawyers on the project we worked on, which has helped us to win the transaction at the best possible outcome.’

‘Smart, practical and realistic team with a good hands on approach. Not in the business of overcomplicating matters.’

‘Casper Hamersma is a seasoned professional with a practical hands on approach and a good team around him.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Waterland Private Equity

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Synergia Capital Partners

NewPort Capital

Ergon Capital

IK Invest

Avedon Capital Partners

NPM Capital

Ploeger Oxbo Group (part of the NPM Capital portfolio)

Rabo Investment

Vivo Capital LLC

Global Transport Solutions

Larendael Investments

IDinvest

EQT Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advising The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of a majority stake in Dept, a leading independent digital agency based in Amsterdam, from Waterland Private Equity.
  • Advising The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of HSO Group B.V.
  • Advising the shareholders of the Marinetrans Group and Best Global Logistics on the corporate restructuring and combination into one group, involving 7 jurisdictions (US, Japan, Korea, Germany, Singapore, Norway, the Netherlands) with a view to the MBO of Marinetrans Group and Best Global Logistics by Waterland Private Equity.

Linklaters

At Linklaters, national managing partner Jan Willem de Boer is the key contact for private equity work. The group counts Dutch and international clients on its roster, which it advises on funds issues, buyouts and restructurings.

Other key lawyers:

Jan Willem de Boer

Orange Clover Law

Boutique firm Orange Clover Law handles the full range of transactional and regulatory private equity work for private equity houses, funds and portfolio companies. Key examples include Gilde Buy Out Partners, Waterland Private Equity and Fortino Capital. Pien van Veersen leads the practice, which also counts Machiel Galjaart, Mark Loefs and Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen as noteworthy practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Pien van Veersen

Other key lawyers:

Machiel Galjaart; Mark Loefs; Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen

Key clients

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Fortino Capital

Capital A Investment Partners

Avedon Capital Partners

PAI Partners

Ponooc

Borski Fund

Evonik Industries

NorthC Data Center

NIBC Bank

Triton

Sunweb

APG

Linamar Corporation

Nimbus

Oaktree Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Waterland Private Equity and its portfolio company EuroParcs on the acquisition of Droomparken.
  • Advised Gilde Buy Out Partners on its joint venture in Gundlach Automotive Corporation with Pon Group.
  • Advised Triton and its portfolio company Sunweb on the acquisition of the tour operating business of Corendon, including its airline.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing’s private equity offering was recently bolstered by the arrival of the ‘meticulous, diligent and forthrightSelma Baouch from AKD in early 2020. Baouch has notable expertise in the technology sector and leverages the firm’s international network to advise on cross-border mandates. Clients include Five Arrows Principal Investments and Inflexion Private Equity Partners.

Practice head(s):

Selma Baouch

Testimonials

‘We found Selma to be meticulous, diligent and forthright. She was an asset to our team and we are happy to work with her in the future.’

‘I would like to say that Selma has done a very successful job both with her open and sincere approach and her professionalism in managing the whole transaction process.’

‘During the entire process Selma proved to be quick in resolving upcoming legal matters with her counterparts and in drafting additional legal documents where needed. During the final contract negotiations she made a real difference by being strict while fair on key SPA items, all to great satisfaction of the seller.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP on its acquisition of Calco Group B.V.
  • Advising Five Arrows Principal Investments on its acquisition of insurance-company Voogd & Voogd Group B.V.

Vriman M&A Lawyers

Boutique firm Vriman M&A Lawyers is a recently established Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer spin-off, which primarily acts for Dutch and international work in the healthcare, and IT outsourcing industries; the group is also increasing its work for family office clients. Key contacts include Menno Verboom, Jan Vriesendorp, Marius Ankum and Bas Mees.

Practice head(s):

Menno Verboom; Jan Vriesendorp; Marius Ankum; Bas Mees

Key clients

IK Investment Partners

Vitruvian Partners

Three Hills Capital Partners

Rabo Corporate Investments

NPM Capital

Gate Invest

Foreman Capital

Value Enhancement Partners

Green Park Investment Partners

O2 Capital Partners

Parcom Capital

Karmijn Kapitaal

Tendris

Gimv

Equistone

Nordian Capital

DOEN Participaties

Anders Invest

HPE Growth

Strikwerda Investments

Standard Investment

Work highlights

  • Advised Value Enhancement Partners on its acquisition of EQIN from Stork, a FLUOR company.
  • Advised Rabobank Corporate Investments on its participation in Oatly.
  • Advised IK Investment Partners on the sale of Doedijns International.