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Martin van Olffen


  • Profession
    Notaris (civil law notary), appointed in 1994
  • Expertise
    Corporate Advisory, Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Languages
    Dutch, English, German
  • Education
    University of Leiden (Ph.D)


Martin is acclaimed in the Netherlands for his expertise in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has advised in virtually all recent contested takeovers in the Netherlands, assisting in developing and implementing defence strategies and negotiating settlement agreements. Martin acts as trusted adviser to one of the Netherlands’ largest retail companies, largest retail banks, and largest industrial companies.


Combined with an active practice, Martin is also professor of law at the University of Nijmegen and a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He has (co-)authored several books and numerous articles on corporate law and is chairman on the Corporate Law Committee of the Netherlands Bar Association and the association of Civil Law Notaries. Martin is also a board member of some (charity) foundations.


Martin’s recent work includes advising:

  • Altice on the spin off of Altice USA
  • Signify on its IPO
  • Heineken Holding on the amendment of its corporate governance, including the abolishment of priority shares
  • AkzoNobel on its demerger of the Specialty Chemicals Business
  • Ahold on its merger with Delhaize
  • ABN AMRO on its IPO
  • Rabobank on the restructuring of more than 100 banks into one Rabobank
  • ING on the amendment of its corporate governance, including the abolishment of depositary receipts for shares
  • Royal Reesink on the recommended public offer by Gilde
  • Ten Cate on the recommended public offer by Gilde

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