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 Euricom on its acquisition of Marbour Food's dry rice business; Aurora Resurgence on its sale of the Alltub Group to OEP; Arsenal Capital Partners on the sale of IGM Resins to Astorg; HighBrook Investors on a series of transactions in the Netherlands, including the acquisition of listed Groothandelsgebouwen N.V.; and The Timken Company on its acquisition of Groeneveld Group ($280 million).

Bastiaan also has advised CreditAccess Asia, a micro-finance institution active primarily in India and SEA, on a complex €95.4 million (US$102.8 million) multi-investor investment round; Hermes Microvision on its sale to ASML Holding ($3.1 billion); 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 subsequent delisting ($265 million); NEP Group in a series of acquisitions throughout Europe; 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 been working on several high-profile litigation matters, including advising expropriated SNS Reaal bondholders seeking compensation from the Dutch State in connection with the nationalization of Dutch bancassurer SNS and advising a number of related investment funds in a dispute before the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal concerning a dilutive rights offering by Delta Lloyd N.V.

Experience

  • SUEZ to sell its SUEZ Recycling & Recovery operations to PreZeroJones Day advised the French listed company SUEZ SA in its contemplated 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, as part of exclusive negotiations.
  • 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.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Family Investment Group acquires controlling interest in Propex Furnishing SolutionsJones Day advised the Family Investment Group in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Propex Operating Company LLC’s European operations, which will be renamed Propex Furnishing Solutions.
  • Euricom acquires 100% of Marbour Group's European dry rice divisionJones Day advised Euricom S.p.A. on the acquisition of the private label dry rice business of Marbour Foods S.A.S. located in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands.
  • NEP acquires Facility HouseJones Day advised NEP The Netherlands (NEP) in its acquisition of Facility House Broadcast Group, a full-service broadcast services company and the third largest provider in the Dutch TV broadcast market.
  • UPL acquires Arysta LifeScience from Platform Specialty Products Corporation for $4.2 billionJones Day advised UPL Limited ("UPL"), a leading global generic agrochemical company based in India, in connection with its subsidiary, UPL Corporation Limited’s, US$4.2 billion acquisition and related $3 billion term financing of Arysta Lifescience Inc. (“Arysta”), a global provider of crop protection solutions, including bio-solutions and seed treatment, from NYSE listed Platform Specialty Products Corporation (“Platform”).
  • INVISTA sells Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment HoldingJones Day advised INVISTA, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., in its sale of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business to Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding.
  • Huadong Medicine announces £169 million (US$222 million) takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma PlcJones Day advised Huadong Medicine Co. Ltd. ("HMC") and its subsidiary, Huadong Medicine Aesthetics Investment (HongKong) Limited ("Huadong"), on Huadong's takeover offer for and acquisition of Sinclair Pharma Plc with a total value of approximately £169 million (US$222 million).
  • Aurora Resurgence sells Alltub Group to One Equity PartnersJones Day advised Aurora Resurgence in the sale of portfolio company Alltub Group to One Equity Partners.
  • Timken sells Groeneveld ICT Solutions to VehcoJones Day advised The Timken Company in its sale of Groeneveld ICT Solutions to Vehco AB.
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