Corporate Governance

“Very experienced Corporate Governance team.”

Over the past decade, the Netherlands have seen numerous initiatives, in particular by the government, to amend the rules governing listed and non-listed companies. The financial crisis has spurred the debate, in particular in regulated sectors such as the financial sector. We believe that Corporate Governance will remain a key topic for the corporate practice in all industries. As a result of the implementation of the Dutch Corporate Governance code as well as the promulgation of codes for not-for-profit sectors such as health care and public housing, the challenge for our clients is to comply with these requirements while safeguarding their business interests.

Meanwhile, shareholder activism has grown in the Netherlands, leading to increased corporate litigation. Although the Dutch legislator has recently implemented certain initiatives to curb this development, we believe that this type of litigation will continue to play an important role in resolving all kinds of corporate disputes, in particular with respect of distressed businesses.

This dynamic environment demands the high-end expertise of our Corporate Governance team. We have been instrumental in aiding clients to navigate this environment. For our multinational clients, our Corporate Governance team regularly assists in the worldwide roll-out of a compliance programs. We are proud to have acted for clients that have chosen to “do the right thing” by combining their Corporate Governance obligations with corporate social responsibility. If need be, however, specialists from our dispute resolution team are also ready to assist you in court as well.

Chambers Europe 2015 – Corporate/M&A – Band 5

What the team is known for Focuses primarily on acting for clients from the healthcare and TMT industries. Advises on mid-market M&A and inbound investment into the Dutch market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“Helpful, responsive and available.”

“The lawyers really know about software companies. They make sure they understand the companies they deal with completely.”

Work highlights Acted for Microsoft on the Dutch aspects of its purchase of Nokia’s devices and services business and associated patents and licences.

Advised Viacom on the establishment of a joint venture with Discovery.

Notable practitioners

Louis Bouchez acted for Highwinds on the acquisition of all shares in internet service provider Base IP. “He has an easy-going style but is very much on top of the detail. He gives a very effective service to his client and is very available and responsive,” say clients. 

Significant clients DCC, Nike, ASML, HTM, Port of Amsterdam.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Corporate and M&A – Tier 5

Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘proactive, professional and courteous’ team is well versed in corporate transactions in the TMT and healthcare sectors. Recent standout work includes Louis Bouchez’s advice to Viacom on its joint venture with Discovery. Frans-Jozef Crousen and the ‘well-respected’ Floor Veltman are also recommended.

Chambers Global 2014 – Corporate/M&A

Department head Louis Bouchez is described as “very knowledgeable and able to turn things around quickly.” He recently assisted DCC with its acquisition of BP Gas Nederland.

Foreign Desks This firm’s Germany desk includes a number of German speakers and handles transactional and regulatory issues in areas including real estate, IT and media. Its clients include groups from, or with interests in, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Partner Marcel Willems is a contact for the desk.

Chambers Europe 2014 – Corporate/M&A – Band 5

What the team is known for Growing team with considerable experience supporting foreign companies seeking to enter the Dutch market. Acts as board adviser to clients as well as assisting with transactions.

Work highlights Advised Nike on the Dutch aspects of its partnership with textile company DyeCoo.

Notable practitioners Department head Louis Bouchez is described as “very knowledgeable and able to turn things around quickly.” He recently assisted DCC with its acquisition of BP Gas Nederland.

Significant clients Anteryon International, Port of Amsterdam, PPG.

Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Corporate and M&A – Tier 5

Kennedy Van der Laan advises on inbound transactions, with a focus on the technology and healthcare sectors. Team head Louis Bouchez assisted DCC with its acquisition of BP’s Benelux-based liquid petroleum gas distribution business. The practice also advised VU university medical center and GGZ inGeest on corporate governance.

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Louis Bouchez

Louis Bouchez

Attorney, Partner

  • Louis Bouchez Attorney, Partner +31 20 5506 692
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