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Corporate/M&A

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What the team is known for

Dominant team representing an enviable client base of Dutch listed companies, shareholders' committees and international corporations in acquisitions and share divestments. Also demonstrates expertise in private equity matters, advising both foreign purchasers and Dutch sellers on significant cross-border transactions. Acts for leading financial institutions, as well as clients from the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.

Strengths

The firm's ability in multi-jurisdictional transactions is relayed by clients, with one casting the team as "extremely smart and commercial-minded lawyers who understand how to get cross-border deals done."

Another lauds the firm as the "best overall law firm in the Netherlands," particularly praising the team's "strong combination of flawless legal execution with a strong commercial and business mindset."

Clients also appreciate that the lawyers "don't only focus on legal matters but advise on the bigger picture."

Work highlights

Represented Takeaway.com in its EUR13 billion merger with Just Eat.

Notable practitioners

Arne Grimme acts for renowned Dutch companies on disposals and acquisitions, including those of a cross-border scope. He is particularly well placed to act for clients in the pharmaceutical sector. His adroit handling of deals is emphasised by market commentators, one describing him as "a really good negotiator."

Klaas de Vries undertakes high-stakes mergers and sales, including those of a cross-border nature. He represents clients as diverse as retailers and food delivery platforms. Clients value his solution-oriented style, one calling him a "deal maker," before elaborating: "He can be extremely convincing when he's in discussions."

Lennard Keijzer frequently works on the buy side of deals for Benelux private equity houses. His creativity as a practitioner is highlighted by clients, one praising him as "somebody who can think along known and unknown lines."

Michael Schouten assists financial institutions and investment vehicles with public and private acquisitions. Clients value him for his business understanding, one claiming that "he has a good balance between bringing 'hardcore' legal input to the table and identifying what other matters may be relevant."

Paul Cronheim acts for multinational corporates drawn from the automotive and pharmaceutical sectors on high-stakes mergers, often of a cross-border nature. Market commentators praise him for his scope, one reporting his "good client handling and M&A skills."

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Overview

Our M&A practice is involved in most of the leading M&A deals in the Netherlands. We provide services to a range of corporate clients and financial institutions on a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters. In addition to its mainstream mergers and acquisitions capability, our expertise encompasses private equity, corporate structures and reorganisations as well as corporate litigation.

We continue to manage multi-jurisdictional acquisitions and divestments and we maintain strong working relationships with the leading firms in the United States, Asia and Europe.

We render legal advice with a focus on achieving practical solutions when drafting and negotiating various forms of takeover and joint venture contracts, and undertaking merger control filings while coordinating global in-house and local counsel. We advise on public and private takeovers, public-to-private takeovers, private equity, acquisition finance, and acquisitions and divestments of major Dutch and international corporates and financial institutions active in the Netherlands.



Corporate/M&A

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Location

Claude Debussylaan 80

Amsterdam

North Holland

Netherlands

1082 MD Amsterdam

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Netherlands

Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability


Arne Grimme
Star Individuals
Klaas de Vries
Band 3
Lennard Keijzer
Band 4
Michael Schouten
Up and Coming
Paul Cronheim
Band 4