Allen & Overy LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding corporate practice acting for Dutch and international clients on highly complex transactional mandates. Advises multinational companies, Dutch-listed entities and private equity houses, and of late added LyondellBasell and IK Investment Partners to the firm's extensive client portfolio. Offers extensive experience advising both bidders and targets on public M&A and regularly assists private equity clients with cross-border and domestic transactions.

Strengths Clients value the team's "dedication and focus on solutions," adding: "They are unrivalled in experience, knowledge, creativity and pragmatism."

Another client regards the department as "the best lawyers in the Netherlands for private equity transactions," noting: "Their execution power is unique in the Dutch market due to a combination of the sharpness of their partners and the Allen & Overy machine working alongside them."

Other clients highlight the firm's credentials in terms of cross-border transactions: "They have an international mindset, are very efficient and have strong partners who are very experienced and mature in their roles."

Work highlights Advised Gemalto on its EUR4.75 billion acquisition by Thales.

Notable practitioners

Annelies van der Pauw is "very practical, knows what she wants and will stand for it," according to clients, who also describe her as "very service-orientated." She advises on a range of M&A mandates and is particularly active on private equity. She acted for Bencis Capital Partners on the sale of PitPoint to Total.

Charles Honée acts on public and private M&A deals. Clients describe him as a "creative legal adviser" and appreciate that he is "very strong in giving opinions." He advised Parcom Capital on the sale of MAIN Energie to Audax Energía.

Christiaan de Brauw focuses on public M&A and advised TMG on its EUR278 million public takeover by Mediahuis and VP Exploitatie. Clients describe him as "a savvy deal maker" and "a very skilled negotiator" who is "fully dedicated to getting the deal done."

Justin Steer acts on multi-jurisdictional transactions. He advised Indorama Ventures on a number of cross-border M&A deals, including the acquisition of DuPont Teijin Films. Steer is qualified in South Africa and a key contact for the firm's South African clients.

Widely seen as an "indisputable star" in the Dutch private equity market, Karine Kodde is described by clients as "smart, hard-working and diligent." Kodde offers vast experience with respect to high-end international private equity, and acted for NPM Capital on the EUR1.2 billion sale of Vanderlande to Toyota Industries Corporation.

Tim Stevens is experienced in public M&A and additionally advises on equity capital markets. Recognised by clients as a "seasoned" corporate lawyer, he is described as a "very pleasant person with a broad view." He acted for Refresco on its USD1.25 billion acquisition of the bottling activities of Cott.