Michael specialises in public and private M&A and has acted for a number of listed companies and private multinationals divesting businesses and acquiring new business domestically and abroad.

He has been involved in a number of public offers over the recent years and regularly advises clients on takeover regulation and the role and responsibilities of boards. He is a trusted advisor on corporate governance, securities law and disclosure matters.

Michael has particular expertise in the regulated energy and financial sectors. He advises a number of state owned enterprises as well as the Dutch state and is often active at the intersection of the public and private sector.

Michael’s recent work includes advising:

  • AkzoNobel on its competing EUR 1.4bn public offer for Tikkurilla
  • Boels on its EUR 614m public offer for Cramo
  • Hapag Lloyd on the acquisition of NileDutch
  • Silverfleet Capital on the acquisition of BOA Coredux
  • ABN AMRO on the spin-out of its private equity business, and the secondary sale of related portfolio interests;
  • Unilever on its EUR 450m public offer for its preference shares;
  • ASML on the USD 3bn acquisition of Hermes Microvision through a public offer, and on its investment in Carl Zeiss SMT;
  • ING on the review of its corporate governance and conversion of depository receipts into shares;
  • Rabobank on the divestment of its investment management business, and the sale by managed funds of CAIW to EQT;
  • Royal Philips on the divestment of its LED components business, and the IPO of its Lighting business;
  • Schiphol Airport on the JV to operate the airside retail business, and its consortium bid for Rio Airport;
  • VP Capital on its mandatory public offer for Batenburg Beheer; and
  • Avedon Capital Partners on the acquisition of various portfolio companies.


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 2004

  • Languages

    Dutch, English, French

  • Education

    University of Amsterdam (PhD cum laude)

    Columbia Law School

    Cambridge University

  • Additional positions

    Frequently publishes on corporate governance; teaches a corporate governance course at the University of Amsterdam; contributor to the Board Academy

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