Jan Willem specialises in international corporate finance with a focus on cross-border equity capital markets transactions. He advises corporates and financial institutions close to home and far afield. His regulatory practice ranges from buy-back programmes to cross-border clearing and settlement, and from block trades to insider trading issues.

For over a decade, Chambers and Legal 500 have consistently ranked Jan Willem in Tier 1 for equity capital markets, with Legal 500 welcoming him into their Equity Capital Markets Hall of Fame for the Netherlands. Clients describe him as “thorough, hands-on and practical.” Sources add: “He really digs into the detail and is likeable and easy to communicate with.”

Jan Willem’s work includes advising

  • FrieslandCampina on the restructuring of its member financing
  • Van Lanschot Kempen on the simplification of its group structure
  • Royal Philips on the dual track IPO/M&A process for its domestic appliances business
  • Stellantis on its listing in relation to the EUR 50 billion merger between Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot
  • Fugro on its EUR 250 million rights offering and the abolition of its depositary receipts
  • the underwriters on the aborted 3.5 billion Unibail-Rodamco rights offering
  • on its listing on Euronext Amsterdam through a business combination with a SPAC
  • on the capital market aspects of its merger with Just Eat, including its listing on the LSE
  • Topicus and its founders on their strategic direction leading to a business combination and listing in Canada
  • on the dual track process and ultimate IPO of Philips Lighting
  • LeasePlan on its proposed IPO
  • ABN AMRO Group on its IPO
  • Royal BAM Group on its convertible bond
  • IMCD on its IPO and subsequent ABB offerings
  • Prosensa on its listing on Nasdaq and its subsequent take-private
  • Organon BioSciences on its proposed IPO

An 'outstanding adviser' and an out-of-the-box thinker

Legal 500


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the bar in the Netherlands in 2000, admitted to the New York bar in 1990

  • Languages

    Dutch, English, French, German

  • Education

    University of Leiden

    Harvard Law School (LL.M)

  • Additional positions

    Regularly lectures on Dutch securities law subjects, to audiences at home and abroad

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