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 and intellectual property law. This way we can provide you with customized services. The team focuses on the sectors technology and health care. The team serves a broad range of clients, ranging from Dutch family businesses to listed multinationals and from business angels to large investment companies.
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 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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