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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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