Jaap is a corporate partner and specialises in M&A, venture capital, capital markets and corporate governance. He has advised on numerous (friendly and hostile) public offers and strategic M&A deals and has been involved in most of the largest Dutch venture capital funding rounds. He has also assisted various issuers in Dutch IPOs and regularly advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters (including board structures, fiduciary duties, disclosure obligations and activist shareholders).

Jaap has been ranked as 'Next Generation Partner' by Legal500 in both Corporate/M&A and Equity Capital Markets.

Jaap is a noted expert in company law. He holds the position of Professor of Legal Aspects of Corporate Transactions at the University of Groningen, has authored numerous publications on corporate law and M&A, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Jaap's recent work includes advising:

  • DataSnipper and its founders on the USD 100mn Series B funding round at a USD 1bn valuation (2024)
  • Hydratec Industries on the recommended public cash or share offer by Ten Cate Investeringsmaatschappij (2024)
  • Accsys on its relationship agreement with Teslin and De Engh as part of its equity raise (2023)
  • Beter Bed on the recommended all-cash public offer by Torqx Capital Partners (2023)
  • SMART Photonics on attracting EUR 100mn in additional funding (2023)
  • Heineken N.V. on its participation in the EUR 3.7bn (second) FEMSA selldown (2023)
  • DataSnipper and its founders on the Series A funding round (2022)
  • Backbase on its EUR 120mn Series A funding round at a EUR 2.5bn valuation (2022)
  • Stonepeak and EQT on their acquisition of Delta Fiber (2021)
  • Mollie on its EUR 665mn Blackstone Growth-led Series C funding round at a EUR 5.4bn valuation (2021)
  • CTP on its EUR 850mn IPO on Euronext Amsterdam (2021)
  • Philips on its dual track EUR 3.7bn IPO/sale of Domestic Appliances (2021)
  • The Dutch State in its joint venture with FMO, and their subsequent launch of Invest International (2021)
  • Bergson Holdings on the EUR 384mn public offer for Hunter Douglas (2020)
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on its USD 50bn cross-border merger with PSA Groupe (2019)
  • Pfizer on its USD 20bn spin-off of its Upjohn business and merger with Mylan (2019)
  • CB&I on its USD 6bn combination with McDermott (2018)
  • Q-Park shareholders on their EUR 3bn sale to KKR (2017)
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals on its unsolicited EUR 40bn offer for Mylan (2015)

Jaap Barneveld combines in-depth knowledge on all relevant legal and other aspects with a pragmatic mindset and is always focused on finding the best possible solution for the client.

Legal500 EMEA 2023


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the bar in the Netherlands in 2014

  • Languages

    Dutch, English

  • Education

    University of Amsterdam (PhD cum laude)

    Yale Law School

    Columbia University

  • Additional positions

    Professor of Legal Aspects of Corporate Transactions at the University of Groningen

    Editor of the Dutch Corporate Law Monthly Review (Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht)

    Seconded to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in 2018 and 2019

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