Mergers & Acquisitions

Klaas de VriesMichael Schouten + 75 other experts

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 advise on public and private and 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.

Our legal advice focuses 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 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.

'Extremely smart and commercially-minded lawyers who understand how to get cross-border deals done'.... another client commends 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'.

Chambers Europe2021


29 February 2024

EU revises Market Definition Notice: shaping and re-shaping digital markets

In the ever-evolving digital markets landscape, the European Commission has continually refined its approach to defining relevant markets, especially concerning multi-sided platforms and digital ecosystems. The Commission's release of the Revised Market Definition Notice in February 2024 marks another significant step in this ongoing process, aiming to adapt to the dynamics of these fast-moving markets. In this article, we explore the key updates outlined in the notice and its implications for defining relevant markets in the context of multi-sided platforms and digital ecosystems, drawing insights from pertinent cases.
29 February 2024

EU plans revamp of FDI rules: what you need to know

The European Commission unveiled a proposal on 24 January 2024 aimed at revamping the current European framework for screening foreign direct investments (FDI), signalling new requirements for member states. The initiative is part of a package of five measures seeking to strengthen the EU's economic security at a time of growing geopolitical tensions and profound technological shifts. The Proposed FDI Screening Regulation is in a more advanced stage than the remaining four initiatives. These include white papers – on export controls, outbound investment and enhancing R&D support for technologies with dual-use potential – and a proposal for a Council recommendation on enhancing research security. Businesses and investors entering or expanding in the EU market must take heed of the rapidly changing regulatory environment, especially regarding investments in critical infrastructure, sensitive technology and other areas that are important to the EU's economic security.
27 February 2024

Dutch AG: dynamic incorporation clause passes to new owner after transfer of undertaking

In a case pending before the Dutch Supreme Court, Advocate General Hartlief has issued an important opinion on what happens to dynamic incorporation clauses in employment agreements in the case of a transfer of undertaking (TUPE). The European Court of Justice previously ruled that these clauses pass to the transferee, subject to certain strict conditions.