Willem advises listed companies and financial sponsors on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and general governance matters.

He has particular experience in bilateral and auction sale processes, public-to-private transactions (both recommended and hostile takeovers), and shareholder activism issues. His practice also includes advising clients on the fiduciary duties of boards, equity investments, stock market disclosure rules, and takeover defences.

Before joining the firm’s Corporate/M&A practice, Willem formed part of De Brauw's Corporate Litigation practice.


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 2012

  • Languages

    Dutch, English

  • Education

    University of Utrecht LL.M.

    University of Utrecht LL.M.

    University of Utrecht LL.B.

  • Additional positions

    Co-author The Shareholder Rights and Activism Review (2016-2021)

    Seconded to Slaughter and May (London) in 2019 and 2020

    Seconded to ABN AMRO (Amsterdam) in 2014

Personal Assistant


Anja Mutsaers

Practice Partner