Jaap specialises in M&A, capital markets and corporate governance. He has participated in friendly and hostile takeover bids, worked on innovative cross-border deal structures, and advised on IPOs. He also regularly advises clients on a wide range of corporate matters (including board structures, fiduciary duties, disclosure obligations and activist shareholders), and works on complex private M&A transactions and venture capital financing rounds.

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

Jaap's recent work includes advising:

  • Beter Bed on the recommended all-cash public offer by Torqx Capital Partners
  • SMART Photonics on attracting EUR 100 million in additional funding
  • Heineken N.V. on its participation in the EUR 3.7b (second) FEMSA selldown
  • DataSnipper's shareholders on the company's Series A funding round
  • Backbase on its EUR 120 million Series A funding round, at a EUR 2.5 billion valuation
  • Stonepeak and EQT on their acquisition of Delta Fiber
  • Mollie on its EUR 665 million Blackstone Growth-led Series C funding round
  • CTP on its EUR 850 million IPO on Euronext Amsterdam
  • Philips on its dual track IPO/sale of Domestic Appliances
  • Bergson Holdings on the EUR 384 million public offer for Hunter Douglas
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on its USD 50 billion cross-border merger with PSA Groupe
  • Pfizer on its USD 20 billion spin-off of its Upjohn business and merger with Mylan
  • CB&I on its USD 6 billion combination with McDermott
  • Q-Park shareholders on their EUR 3 billion sale to KK
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals on its unsolicited EUR 40 billion offer for Mylan


  • 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

    Board member of the Dutch Commercial Law Association (Koninklijke Vereeniging Handelsrecht)

    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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