The Mergers and Acquisitions team of Kennedy Van der Laan is internationally acknowledged by leading handbooks such as Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, the European Legal 500 and the Global Counsel 3000. The team handles the broad spectrum of corporate transactions:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Joint ventures
- Management buy-ins and buy-outs
- Business restructuring
- Private equity
- Venture capital
Customized Advice and Solutions
The Mergers and Acquisitions team consists of attorneys and civil-law notaries fully devoted to the transactions practice. Other teams of Kennedy Van der Laan support the Mergers and Acquisitions team in sub-areas like employment law or intellectual property law. This way we can provide you with customized services. The team is mostly active in the technology, energy, healthcare and real estate sectors. Our clients are national, international and often listed enterprises, as well as investors, both formal and informal.
Specialized in Private Equity
The Mergers and Acquisitions team has extensive experience in supporting private equity funds in new investments, venture capital, the restructuring of existing investments, and exits. Furthermore, the team provides guidance to target companies, their incorporators and management teams in attracting private equity funding. We help you to consider your problems not only from a legal and technical perspective, but also strategically and pragmatically.
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.
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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