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Bernard Roelvink


  • Expertises
    Mergers and Acquisitions


Bernard specialises in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate litigation, public takeovers, corporate governance and capital markets.


He has advised on numerous national and international public takeovers, disposals and joint ventures, and more recently on a number of contested public takeovers. His practice also includes corporate litigation and acting as regular outside counsel on governance issues to public and private companies in the Netherlands.


Chambers describes him as “a logical thinker with excellent negotiations skills“ and “He is approachable. He doesn’t just know the technicalities around the law, but also the realities, and he guides us well,“ said an interviewee.


Bernard regularly speaks at international and national conferences on takeovers and lectures on public offers and corporate governance in the Netherlands.


Prior to 1998, he was resident partner of De Brauw’s office in Prague and an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He also served on De Brauw’s managing committee as practice head for the Corporate and Finance practices from 2000-2005.


Bernard’s recent work includes advising

  • Grontmij on the EUR 354 million recommended public offer by Sweco
  • VP Exploitatie and Mediahuis N.V on the public offer for Telegraaf Media Groep N.V
  • Nutreco on the EUR 3.5 billion recommended public offer by SHV
  • ABN AMRO on its listing on Euronext Amsterdam
  • Fortis and Banco Santander, as members of the Consortium with Royal Bank of Scotland, on their unsolicited EUR 70 billion public offer for ABN AMRO
  • The Eneco Shareholder Committee on the potential privatisation of Eneco Group N.V
  • The Dutch government and UCN in relation to the participation in URENCO Limited
  • CF Industries on combining with OCI’s European, North American and global distribution businesses
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