Bastiaan Kout advises public and private companies primarily with respect to complex cross-border M&A, joint ventures, corporate real estate 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; Highbrook Investors on the acquisition of listed Groothandelsgebouwen N.V. and the subsequent sale to Jamestown, LP for €289 million; 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.
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.
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- Leiden University (J.D. in Dutch Corporate Law 2002; J.D. in International Public Law 2002)
- Netherlands Bar
The Lawyer Awards 2015 — Winner, Corporate Team of the Year
Recognized in the The Legal 500 EMEA for M&A (2018) and private equity (2018-2019), where clients say he is a "stand-out name," "dedicated, strategic," "very skilled," and "always keeps his calm"
- Dutch, English