Allen & Overy LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading corporate practice advising on multinational deals in the technology, manufacturing and financial industries. Frequently acts for Dutch and international clients, as well as assisting leading private equity houses with cross-border and domestic transactions. Offers extensive experience advising on both the buy and sell sides of public M&A, and also assisting with strategic partnerships.

Strengths One client enthuses that the firm is "without doubt the market leader for corporate M&A in the Netherlands."

Clients also highlight the firm's international network, reporting that the team is "capable of striking the right balance of international and domestic expertise."

Work highlights Assisted TomTom with the EUR910 million sale of its telematics business to Bridgestone.

Notable practitioners

Annelies van der Pauw acts for clients on multinational transactions, including throughout Europe and the USA. She assists with both sell-side and buy-side transactions, representing private equity houses and international clients.

Clients say that Charles Honée 's "knowledge and experience in corporate law" is "invaluable, and he is the person to go to when I need advice." He represents clients in a range of corporate work including multi-jurisdictional joint venture agreements and advises domestic clients on disposals.

Christiaan de Brauw is praised by one client for "his creativity and pragmatism in crunch time." He advises financial institutions and technology sector clients on public acquisitions and divestments.

One client picks Justin Steer as a "go-to for complex, international deals," noting: "He is really brilliant." Steer advises multinational clients on disposals and joint ventures in the Netherlands. He is qualified to practise in South Africa.

Clients describe the "outstanding" Karine Kodde as "very hard-working, dedicated and technically very strong," adding that she is "always informed about any aspect of a deal and very calm approaching negotiations." Kodde excels at representing private equity houses in acquisition mandates, as well as assisting companies with divestments. She receives further praise as "one of the best private equity lawyers in the Netherlands," because "she is creative and goes beyond the usual solutions."

Tim Stevens represents international and domestic clients in matters relating to strategic partnerships, collaboration agreements and cross-border transactions. He is particularly experienced assisting international investors with inbound investments and partnerships.