Bastiaan K.Kout

Counsel

Amsterdam + 31.20.305.4200

Bastiaan Kout advises public and private companies primarily with respect to complex cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and capital markets transactions, as well as related corporate litigation matters.

Representative transactions include advising online Catawiki on the €150 million investment led by Permira; SUEZ on the sale of its recycling and recovery operations to Pre-Zero; Alcoa Corporation in the transfer of the Afobaka Hydroelectric Works to the Republic of Suriname; Arsenal Capital Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company, Seal For Life Industries, of the Canusa-CPS and Dhatec businesses from Shawcor; the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group and the sale of IGM Resins to Astorg; and Highbrook Investors on the acquisition of listed Groothandelsgebouwen N.V. and the subsequent sale to Jamestown, LP for €289 million.

Bastiaan also has advised CreditAccess Asia, a micro-finance institution, on a complex €95.4 million (US$102.8 million) multi-investor investment round; Musim Mas Europe on the acquisition of the largest crude glycerin refining unit at a single location in the world; Global City Holdings on its stock repurchase and delisting ($265 million); BioMarin Pharmaceutical on its acquisition of Prosensa ($680 million); and Tokyo Electron on its proposed merger of equals with Applied Materials ($29 billion).

In addition, Bastiaan has worked on high-profile litigation matters, including advising expropriated bondholders seeking compensation from the Dutch State in connection with the nationalization of SNS and advising investment funds in a dispute concerning a dilutive rights offering by Delta Lloyd N.V.

Experience

  • Aurelius sells remaining Office Depot Europe business to strategic buyer RAJA GroupJones Day is advising AURELIUS Equity Opportunities in the sale of Office Depot Europe, which includes the remaining Viking and Office Depot Europe activities to strategic buyer RAJA Group.
  • SUEZ sells its SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations to PreZeroJones Day advised the French listed company SUEZ SA in its largest sale of SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations - excluding plastic recycling and hazardous waste treatment activities - in four continental Europe countries: the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, and Poland to PreZero, the environmental division of Schwarz Group.
  • NEP acquires StoneroosJones Day advised NEP in the acquisition of Stoneroos, a technology firm in the Netherlands that offers interactive TV applications and content discovery services that improve clients' television experience through comprehensive metadata and enriched content.
  • Fortino Capital invests in KaizoJones Day advised Fortino Capital Partners NV as lead investor in the Series Seed-2 Preferred Stock financing of Kaizo, Inc., which provides a unified, actionable and integrated workplace performance management platform for the world's largest remote-working population, customer support.
  • Expropriated SNS Reaal bondholders secure compensation from Dutch StateJones Day successfully assisted SNS Reaal bondholders in obtaining a judgment securing €804 million in compensation from the Dutch State for the nationalization of SNS Reaal NV and SNS Bank NV on February 1, 2013.
  • Catawiki raises €150 million investment led by PermiraJones Day advised Catawiki B.V., Europe's leading curated online marketplace for special objects, on a €150 million investment, led by Permira through its Growth Opportunities Fund.
  • Verint Systems separates into two independent companiesJones Day advised Verint® Systems Inc. ("Verint") in the separation and spin-off of its cyber intelligence business, Cognyte Systems Ltd.
  • Seal for Life acquires CanusaJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners in the acquisition by portfolio company, Seal For Life Industries, of the Canusa-CPS and Dhatec businesses from Shawcor.
  • Ace Management participates in €20 million Series C financing round of EclecticIQJones Day advised Ace Management in connection with its lead participation in the €20 million Series C financing of EclecticIQ, a global threat intelligence, hunting and response technology provider.
  • Micreos teams up with L'Oréal for skin care products containing endolysinsJones Day represented Micreos Human Health B.V. in its license out to L'Oréal of endolysin technology that targets harmful skin bacteria while preserving useful bacteria for L'Oréal's use worldwide in skin care products for cosmetic applications.
  • OmniMax to sell Euramax Coated Products to ParcomJones Day is advising OmniMax International, Inc. in the sale of its Euramax Coated Products Business, a provider of aluminum coil coating services to the architectural products, recreational vehicles, and transportation markets, to Parcom Capital.
  • Alcoa transfers Afobaka Hydroelectric Works to Republic of SurinameJones Day advised Alcoa Corporation in the transfer of the Afobaka Hydroelectric Works to the Republic of Suriname.
  • Seal for Life acquires Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US CoatingsJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners ("ACP") on the four acquisitions by portfolio company Seal for Life of Flame Control Coatings, Highland International, LifeLast, and US Coatings, manufacturers of protective coating technologies.
  • HighBrook Property Fund III sells Groothandelsgebouwen (GHG B.V.) to Jamestown, LP for €289 millionJones Day represented HighBrook Property Fund III and its co-investment vehicle, HighBrook III Investment B ("Highbrook"), as lead counsel, in the sale of its 100% interest in Groothandelsgebouwen (GHG B.V.), the largest multi-tenant property in the Netherlands, to Jamestown, LP, an Atlanta, Georgia based real estate investment and management company, for €289 million.
  • Creadev invests in Kingfish ZeelandJones Day represented Creadev SAS in connection with its investment in Kingfish Zeeland BV, a producer of Yellowtail Kingfish via a proprietary recirculating aquaculture system.
  • Pandox AB purchases two hotel properties in Hanover and The Hague (Netherlands)Jones Day advised Pandox AB on the €83 million purchase of two hotel properties and the respective hotel operations in Hanover and The Hague (Netherlands) from Grape Hospitality.
  • Exporo makes market entry into NetherlandsJones Day advised Exporo AG, a German FinTech company specializing in crowd-investments and blockchain-based real estate (re)financings, as regards Dutch and German law in connection with Exporo's initial offering of a token-based bond issue in the Netherlands and establishing its real estate investment business in the Netherlands.
  • PETRONAS Chemicals acquires Da Vinci Group B.V. for €163 millionJones Day advised PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG) in its acquisition of a 100% stake in Da Vinci Group B.V. from its shareholders including funds managed by Bencis Capital Partners for €163 million.
  • AURELIUS sells Solidus Solutions for €330 million (US$375.6 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the full shop auction sale of the Solidus Solutions group to funds advised by Centerbridge Partners, L.P.
  • StepStone Group forms joint venture with ActivumJones Day advised StepStone Group LP on the formation of a joint venture with Activum SG, an investor in European real estate related sectors, in connection with its investment in four residential and commercial real estate assets located in Spain and Germany.