Mr Alexander Kaarls > Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile



Alexander Kaarls’ practice focuses on corporate and securities laws, with a particular focus on cross-border mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, joint venture, securities laws compliance, and general cross-border matters. Alexander has been ranked as the Netherlands’ ‘leading M&A lawyer’ by the predominant Dutch M&A website and database OverFusies several times (based on total deal value).

Alexander has authored and co-authored articles published in, among others, the International Financial Law Review, the International Comparative Legal Guide to Mergers & Acquisitions, the International Law Practicum, the European Lawyer, Advocatenblad (the Netherlands Bar periodical) and Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht (a leading Dutch periodical on contract law).

Alexander is a member of the Netherlands Bar (since 1993) and the California Bar (since 2002). He joined Houthoff in 2004, after spending ten years practicing with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in London, Brussels and Palo Alto (California).

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a

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

Netherlands > Private equity

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.