Irene H.Vermeeren-Keijzers


Amsterdam + 31.20.305.4251

Irene Vermeeren has more than 20 years of experience counselling and representing employers on employment and employee benefits issues, with a strong focus on Dutch and European pension law. Her experience includes involvement in several international pension redesign processes, M&A transactions and benefits harmonization and integration processes, pension disputes, and landmark cases in pension litigation. She has arranged and participated in international compensation benefits projects as well as conducted and advised on several worldwide pension restructurings for multinational clients. Irene has significant experience representing clients in consultation and negotiation procedures with unions and works councils. She also has broad experience on buy-in and buy-out of pension benefits and European pension vehicles (IORPS).

Irene has published widely on matters involving pension law and lectures on ethics and compliance. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars and lectures at Nyenrode University. She is active in NIMF, IPEBLA, KPS, and the Association of Pension Lawyers. Irene is chair of the Pension Advisory Committee of the Dutch Bar Association and board member of VIIP, a professional network for women in financial (pension) institutions.


  • JBS to acquire ViveraJones Day is advising Brazilian JBS S.A., the world's largest protein company and second-largest food producer, in its acquisition of Vivera, Europe’s third-largest manufacturer of plant-based food, for an enterprise value of €341 million.
  • Solmax acquires TenCate GeosyntheticsJones Day is advising Groupe Solmax Inc., the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ (FSTQ)), in connection with Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V. (TCGS), a global provider of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics, from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (Royal Ten Cate, the Netherlands).
  • Cardinal Health to sell its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman for approximately $1 billionJones Day is advising Cardinal Health on the divestiture of its Cordis business to Hellman & Friedman for approximately $1 billion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Careerbuilder sold Textkernel to Main Capital PartnersJones Day advised Careerbuilder, LLC in the sale of AI technology provider Textkernel to Main Capital Partners.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gimv invests in Coolworld RentalsJones Day advised Gimv in its acquisition of a majority shareholding in fast-growing Coolworld Rentals, a full-service renter of cooling and heating equipment.
  • Garmin® acquires Tacx, the leading manufacturer of indoor bike trainersJones Day advised Garmin Ltd. in its acquisition of the Tacx group, a Dutch family business that designs and manufactures high end indoor bike trainers, tools and accessories, as well as indoor training software and applications.
  • Cortec Group sells WU Holdco to The Carlyle Group and TA AssociatesJones Day advised the Cortec Group in the sale of WU Holdco, Inc., the holding company for Weiman Products, LLC and Urnex Brands, LLC, which are leading developers, manufacturers, and distributors of specialty cleaning products for the consumer and commercial markets, to The Carlyle Group and TA Associates.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • PolyOne acquires Fiber-Line for $120 millionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions, in its $120 million acquisition of Fiber-Line, a global leader in customized engineered fibers and composite materials.
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • RPM acquires leading Dutch coatings company, SPS GroupJones Day advised RPM International Inc. in its acquisition of SPS Group, a Dutch decorative and specialty coatings company.
  • Additional Publications

    Publications Prior to Jones Day

    November 2015
    Pension and Care & Mortages, Pensioen Pro / Financieel Dagblad

    October 2015
    APF (General Pension Fund), Pensioen Pro / Financieel Dagblad

    June 2015
    The future of pensions, Financial Investigator

    June 2015
    EC's say-on-pay proposal is flawed, International Financial Law Review

    May 2015
    Vision on European pension, Investments & Pensions Europe (IPE)

    June 2014
    Publication book on 'Joint venture & Pension Funds'

    Pension Advisory Committee of Dutch Bar Association

    April 2016
    Publication advice "Pension & Dutch works Council Act"

    September 2015
    Publication advice 'APF & Joint venture'

    March 2015
    Publication advice 'Legislative proposal works council and pension'

    February 2015
    Publication advice 'Collective & Individual transfer of pension rights & benefits'

    January 2015
    Publication advice 'Legislative proposal Communication'

    December 2014
    Publication advice 'Legislative proposal APF'

    Speaking Engagements

    • September 28, 2017
      Client Roundtable Series: Litigation, Pensions and Employment. The legal framework and recent developments in directors' liability
    • 18 mai 2017
      Conférence Droit du Travail en Europe - 2017
    • June 30, 2016
      Client Pensions & Benefits Roundtable Series

    Speaking Engagements Prior to Jones Day

    April 2016
    Pension & Compliance, Nyenrode University Pension Executive Program

    February 2016
    Consolidation Dutch Pension Fund, Investments & Pensions Europe (IPE)

    March 2015
    Pension & Compliance, Nyenrode University Pension Executive Program

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