Finance Monthly - Deal Maker Awards 2022

Finance Monthly Deal Maker Awards 2022. Nether l ands 25 Freek Haerkens Founder Freek Haerkens is attorney-at-law and founder of TREBLE. Freek has over 25 years of experience in supervising mergers and acquisitions, setting up collaborations, participations and governance structures. Freek has previously worked at mid-sized and large law firms (Baker McKenzie, Rassers and Van Iersel Luchtman) and in business as legal counsel at Royal Cosun and most recently as Director of Operations & Compliance at Van Mossel Automotive Groep. Treble TREBLE is a boutique law firm residing in Brainport Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Europe’s leading innovative region. In the south of the Netherlands it is the only firm that combines profound expertise in the field of M&A and competition law. TREBLE therefore enables its clients to have an unique one stop shopping for transactions that have to be filed with the competition authorities or that need specific guidance related to competition law issues. TREBLE focuses on: Corporate - full legal support in M&A transactions Compliance – advise and litigation on competition law, market regulation and privacy law Contracts - drafting, checking and negotiating commercial contracts The TREBLE team consists of its founders Freek Haerkens and Natascha Linssen, committed, driven and goaloriented team players with fun in their profession. Reliable specialists who will advise their clients quickly and without fuss. Who are good at what they do and efficiently add value. Natascha specialises in competition law and sectorspecific regulation (telecom, transport (mobility services), healthcare and consumer regulations). For more than 15 years, she has successfully assisted companies in obtaining competition clearance for their transactions. Natascha has previously worked for the Dutch competition authority ACM and mid-sized and large law firms (Bird&Bird, Van Iersel Luchtman and Dirkzwager). Notable Deals & Transactions TREBLE acts on both buy and sell side for SME’s, corporates and investors in national and cross border transactions. In 2021, TREBLE has been involved in more than 30 transactions, representing an aggregate deal value in excess of EUR 250,000,000. In 2021 the TREBLE team has amongst others assisted in: • the investment in Nord Lommerse Flower Bulb Group by Smart Impact Investment • the investment in Dimensys by Holland Capital • the sale of Verbufa to the Handtmann Group • the sale of Gripp to Exact • the investment in Capitalmind by Investec • the acquisition of Van Lente Systeemintegratie by Van Doren Engineers • the sale of Odysseus to Deloitte Consulting Automotive expertise TREBLE has considerable experience in the execution of transactions in the automotive sector. And like no other, TREBLE knows the way to the ACM (the Dutch competition authority) for merger notifications in this sector. In 2021, TREBLE has amongst others assisted in • the sale by Auto Smolders of its Hyundai, Mazda and Suzuki dealer activities to (respectively) Content Autogroep, Louwman Groep and Autobedrijf Winters • the management participation in M. de Koning Autobedrijven • the formation of a new Steza joint venture by Nissan dealers Beltman, Aben en van de Schelde en Auto Lesscher • the acquisition by Noteboom (AutoBinck Group) of Citroën/DS dealer activities in Rotterdam and Capelle a/d/ IJssel • the buy out by Van Mossel Automotive Group of its partner in the Renault/Nissan/Dacia joint venture Van Mossel VKV • the sale by Zijm of its VAG dealer activities to Vallei Auto Groep and its leasing activities to VPWFS

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