Private Equity

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Expertise across the full lifecycle of private equity matters

The fast-changing nature of private equity transactions requires an agile full-service private equity practice. From fundraising and initial investments to exit transactions and closing down of the fund, and everything else that arises en route - our clients can count on strategic thinkers who offer creative solutions, and who understand their financial and commercial interests. This perspective, combined with our extensive experience, global presence and cross-practice approach with experts in all relevant areas, enables us to deliver appreciable added value for our clients.

We advise private equity funds, venture capital funds and other investment funds, limited partners, management teams and senior debt and mezzanine providers on their domestic and international transactions, and their legal and tax structuring.

We have in-depth knowledge in:

  • private equity transactions ranging from private acquisitions to public-to-private transactions and from complex cross-border leveraged buy-outs to venture or growth capital investments, including advice on management participation schemes and on the tax and financing aspects of those transactions; and
  • the formation and regulation of domestic and overseas private equity funds.

Recent Matters

24 January 2023

Waterland funds reach final close of EUR 4bn in aggregate

De Brauw assisted Waterland Private Equity Investments (Waterland) as Dutch legal and regulatory counsel in relation to the closing of Waterland's ninth institutional flagship fund, Waterland Private Equity Fund IX ("WPEF IX") at EUR 3.5 billion, alongside Waterland Partnership Fund I ( "WPF I") at EUR 500 million. The funds closed at their respective hard caps four months after initial launch. WPEF IX will focus on investments in medium-sized companies in fragmented growth markets in Europe to finance organic and acquisitive growth. WPF I is the first fund of its kind under management of Waterland a natural extension of the Waterland platform. WPF I expects to make minority investments in a very select number of Waterland portfolio companies when these are exited.Interesting features comprised a stapled structure of multiple limited partnerships (CV's) under Dutch law and the use of feeder vehicles under Irish law. In addition to acting as Dutch legal and regulatory counsel, De Brauw also took on a coordinating role via its legal project management and data science department, with DocuSign and interactive subscription tools being used to make the fundraising process more efficient and streamlined.
16 January 2023

Rivean Capital to acquire CED Group from BlackFin Capital Partners

De Brauw is advising Rivean Capital on its planned acquisition of the CED Group. The CED Group is a Dutch headquartered company and offers its clients a full range of claims management services, ranging from risk taxation and inspection to emergency assistance, together with (injury) claim loss adjustment and handling, repair in kind and recourse. CED is active in the Property, Mobility and Vitality domains and has a strong cross-border claims organisation. Besides the Netherlands, the CED Group is active in France, Belgium and Spain and has offices in 8 other countries for cross-border claims activities.
3 January 2023

Scheybeeck sells a majority stake in BUKO Infrasupport and BUKO Waakt to Equistone

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The highly motivated team, with prominence in the private equity sphere, has made it a go-to firm for both domestic and international private equity clients.

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