Business Structuring

“Expert strategic advice on business structuring.”

The structuring of businesses is an essential part of our corporate practice and requires expert legal guidance. Our clients are given expert strategic legal advice about establishing, changing and maintaining their corporate governance structures and business structures. We have all the tools available to implement the advised structures in an efficient and pro-active way in connection with:

Chambers Europe 2016 – Corporate and M&A – Band 5

What the team is known for Highlighted for its M&A expertise in the technology and health sectors. Regularly advises domestic TMT clients on inbound investment matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The quality of work delivered by the firm is very high, and the team involved is very relaxed, hands-on and responsive.”

“The team performed tasks in a precise and timely manner, and the quality of advice was good.”

What’s new? Recent client wins for the firm include Heisterkamp Transport and Westcoast.

Work highlights Assisted Blippar with its acquisition of Layar.

Advised Lifetime Brands on its acquisition of assets of La Cafetière from The Greenfield Group.

Notable practitioners

Louis Bouchez assists foreign clients with inbound investments in the technology sector, and is also active in healthcare M&A transactions. Clients say: “He can give clear answers to questions, which is helpful especially if you are working in a foreign jurisdiction.” Sources also appreciate his “quick turnaround and willingness to put in that extra bit of effort to make things happen.”

Significant clients Anteryon, Nike, DCC Energy, Highwinds, InShared.


Chambers Global 2016 – Corporate and M&A – Band 5

Louis Bouchez assists foreign clients with inbound investments in the technology sector, and is also active on healthcare M&A transactions. Clients say: “He can give clear answers to questions, which is helpful especially if you are working in a foreign jurisdiction.” Sources also appreciate his “quick turnaround and willingness to put in that extra bit of effort to make things happen.”

Foreign Desks

Frans-Jozef Crousen leads the firm’s German desk. The team consists of six fluent German-speakers who advise German clients on corporate transactions and investments into the Netherlands.


Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Commercial, Corporate and M&A – Tier 5

Kennedy Van der Laan retains a focus on the TMT and healthcare sectors, and recently advised Blippar on the acquisition of an augmented reality platform; Fenna Van Dijk led the advice. Frans-Jozef Crousen and Louis Bouchez are recommended.


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.

The Legal 500 Rankings 2017

The Legal 500 has published its rankings for 2017. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, The Legal 500 compiles...

13 april 2017 

Chambers and Partners Europe Rankings 2017

Chambers and Partners has published its rankings for 2017. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, Chambers and...

13 april 2017 

Update Crowdfunding: AFM Demands Improvement Provision of Information

Around the turn of the year, Dutch small and medium-sized businesses appeared to have raised about €170 million by means of crowdfunding. This...

25 january 2017 

Kennedy Van der Laan Only Non-British Firm Nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016

Today, it was announced that Kennedy Van der Laan has been nominated for The Lawyer Business Leadership Awards 2016. With its ‘Alliance Community...

27 june 2016 

Kennedy Van der Laan Appoints Four Counsel

Kennedy Van der Laan has appointed as counsel its attorneys Bart-Adriaan de Ruijter, Christien Wildeman, Floor Veltman and Otto Sleeking as per...

14 january 2016 

Protecting the rights of sellers

Insolvency not only has a serious impact on the debtor, but also on his creditors: the debtor loses the right to freely (within reasonable...

02 october 2015 

The Legal 500 rankings 2015

The Legal 500 has published its rankings for 2015. On the basis of annual extensive research on the market and among clients, The Legal 500 compiles...

16 april 2015 

The importance of paying up issued shares in a Dutch limited liability company

On the first day of October 2012 new legislation with regard to the Dutch limited liability company (“BV”) came into force which provides for...

15 april 2014 

Employee and investor participation

Having a good business idea is always step one. To convert that idea into a successful and commercially viable company is step two and can be a...

06 march 2014 

Making business decisions in a growing company

The process of making business decisions is simple as long if you only have to deal with yourself and your co-founder(s). As soon as your business...

04 november 2013 

More Possibilities for Division of Powers of Shareholders

An interesting change that will perhaps be overlooked at first is the possibility to divide voting rights of shareholders. Such a division is...

23 april 2013 

Adieu Nachgründung: What Now? Important Transitional Arrangements Within the Scope of the New Flex–Wet

Introduction The general transitional rules within the scope of the Flex-Wet are based on the New Civil Code Transition Act of 28 November 1991...

28 march 2013 

Simplified adoption of annual accounts of BV’s may lead to unsolicited consequences for managing directors who are also shareholders of a BV

The simplified procedure for the adoption of annual accounts is intended to lead to a cost reduction in case all shareholders of a private limited...

17 january 2013 

Share Without VotingRights or Depositary Receipts for Shares?

Since the entry into force of the Flexibilization of BV Act (flex-BV Act) as of 1 October 2012, a private company (B.V.) may issue shares without...

17 december 2012 

Attention All Directors and Supervisory Directors: Management and Supervision Act In Force on 1 January 2013!

The Management and Supervision Act ("the Act") will enter into force on 1 January 2013. As a result, the legal position of a director under the...

29 october 2012 

Good riddance? The duty of a managing director to investigate the third party buyer before he sells his subsidiary

Background On January 25, 2012, the District Court of Amsterdam ("Court") ruled on grounds of managing director’s liability towards creditors of...

24 july 2012 

More Possibilities Under New Flexible BV Law

On 12 June 2012 the Senate adopted the bill regarding the Flex BV. This bill makes it easier to incorporate a BV (a Dutch private company) and to...

27 june 2012 

New Corporate Law Legislation

In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil...

28 february 2012 

Employer Has No Case: Excess of 30-Days Term After Sectoral Committee

Court of Appeal of The Hague, 29 November 2011, LJN:BU7160 The Facts On 15 September 2009, the employer requested the Works Council to grant its...

31 january 2012 

One-Tier Board Enacted as of 1 January 2012

On 31 May 2011, the Dutch Senate agreed to the bill about the one-tier board. The new act is expected to enter into force on 1 January 2013 and...

30 june 2011 

Incorporating a BV and NV Made More Simple as of 1 July 2011

As of 1 July 2011 it will no longer be necessary to apply for a ‘certificate of no objection’ when incorporating a BV or an NV. This will put an...

27 may 2011 

Important Changes to Dutch Corporate Law in 2010 (I)

In December 2009 three bills were adopted by the Dutch Lower House of Parliament, which are expected to enter into force on 1 January or 1 July...

16 july 2010 

Representation in a Conflict of Interests Situation

A discussion of the judgment of the Supreme Court dated 21 March 2008, LJN: BC1849, R07/012HR In this judgment of 21 March 2008 the Supreme Court...

23 may 2008 

Breaking Off Negotiations Is Allowed!

A discussion of the judgment of the Supreme Court dated 29 February 2008 (LJN: BC1855) Introduction In its judgment dated 29 February 2008 the...

20 march 2008 

Continuation of the Legal Entity that has been Dissolved in a European Perspective

In this article Jan Schouten shall discuss the various procedures in various Member States for the dissolution of a company and continuation of a...

27 february 2008