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 several 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:

  • Bridgepoint on its minority investment in ACT, valuing ACT at over EUR 1 billion;
  • AkzoNobel on its competing EUR 1.4 billion public offer for Tikkurilla;
  • Boels on its EUR 614 million 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 (Capital A), the secondary sale of related portfolio interests, and the divestment of its shipping investment business, Maas Capital;
  • Unilever on its EUR 450 million public offer for its preference shares;
  • ASML on the USD 3 billion 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 on the IPO of its Lighting business;
  • Schiphol Airport on the JV to operate the airside retail business, and on 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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