Michael Schouten


Office location
Direct number
+31 20 577 1958
Direct fax
+31 20 577 1775
Mobile number
+31 6 1045 6752

Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in 2004
Public offers, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law
Dutch, English, French
University of Amsterdam (PhD, cum laude), Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Columbia Law School, Cambridge University

Michael specialises in public and private M&A and has acted for a number of listed companies and private multinationals. On the public side, Michael has been involved in friendly as well as hostile takeover bids. He regularly advises clients on takeover regulation and the role and responsibilities of boards. On the private side, Michael has particular expertise in shareholder agreements and has been involved in various private equity deals and controlled auctions.

Michael regularly advises clients on governance issues and recent developments in corporate law as well as securities law and disclosure obligations.

Before joining De Brauw’s M&A team, Michael gained expertise in De Brauw’s corporate litigation practice group.

Michael’s publishes regularly on shareholder activism and corporate law, and he lectures on corporate governance.

Michael’s recent work includes advising:

  • 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
  • Royal Philips on the divestment of its LED components business and the IPO of its Lighting business
  • Rabobank on the divestment of investment management business, and the sale by its communication infrastructure fund of CAIW to EQT
  • Schiphol Airport on the JV to operate the airside retail business, and its consortium bid for Rio Airport
  • VPE on its mandatory offer for Batenburg Beheer
  • Avedon Capital Partners on the acquisitions of various portfolio companies