As a corporate/M&A specialist, Klaas is the trusted adviser to a number of listed companies, large multinationals and private equity firms on a wide range of issues. These include public and private M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate law, corporate governance and listing rules in the Netherlands and abroad. Klaas has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, assisting clients in their transactions outside their home country. In 2019 and 2020, Klaas was one of the six nominees for "Best M&A Lawyer"at the annual Dutch M&A Awards.

Klaas’s recent work includes advising:

  • Egeria on its takeover of Fletcher Hotels from NIBC and Xead
  • NN Group on its acquisition of Dutch insurance broker Heinenoord
  • ICT Group on the recommended public offer by NPM Capital

  • Just Eat Takeaway on the acquisition of Grubhub
  • Royal Ahold Delhaize on the acquisition of DEEN Supermarkets
  • on its merger with Just Eat
  • GrandVision in connection with the transfer of 76.62% of GrandVision’s shares from HAL to EssilorLuxottica
  • on the acquisition of Delivery Hero’s German food delivery operations and on the acquisition of the Israeli B2B food delivery platform 10bis
  • Ramphastos on the acquisition of HEMA from Lion Capital
  • Intergamma on the buy-out of its largest franchisee CRH/Van Neerbos
  • ING Group on the acquisition of a 75% stake in Payvision
  • HAL Investments on the acquisition of Van Wijnen, the acquistion of Deli Building Supplies, the sale of AudioNova to Sonova, and the acquisition of a 25% stake in Dutch Mortgage Funding Company
  • NN Group on the sale of Mandema & Partners
  • Grontmij on the recommended public offer by Sweco
  • Klépierre on the recommended public exchange offer for Corio
  • Royal Ahold Delhaize on the acquisition of SPAR’s Czech business and the divestment of its Slovakian activities
  • Royal Ahold Delhaize on its acquisition of online retailer
  • Egeria on the divestment of NRC Media to Mediahuis Nederland and AXENT NabestaandenZorg to a.s.r.
  • RELX on a number of divestments including Elsevier and various other publishing activities

Klaas de Vries undertakes high-stakes mergers and sales, including those of a cross-border nature. Clients value his solution-oriented style, one calling him a "deal maker," before elaborating: "He can be extremely convincing when he's in discussions.

Chambers Global 2021


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 2003

  • Languages

    Dutch, English

  • Education

    University of Groningen

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