www.finance-monthly.com 44 FINANCE MONTHLY DEAL MAKER AWARDS 2020 MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS FREEK HAERKENS Founder at TREBLE corporate | compliance | contracts FIRM PROFILE TREBLE is a recently founded 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’s therefore enables its clients to have an unique one stop shopping for transactions that have to be reported (filed with) the competition authorities. 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, Natascha Linssen and Pieter van der Schee, three committed, driven and goal-oriented 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 sector-specific regulation (telecom, postal 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 competion authority ACM and mid-sized and large law firms (Bird&Bird, Van Iersel Luchtman and Dirkzwager). Pieter has been active in corporate law for over 15 years as a transaction lawyer with a focus on supervising mergers and acquisitions, setting up collaborations, participations and governance structures. Pieter previously worked at mid-sized and large law firms (HVG, NautaDutilh and Van Iersel Luchtman) after completing his dissertation ‘Regulation of issuers and investor protection in the US and the EU’ in 2011. Notable Deals & Transactions TREBLE acts on both buy and sell side for SME’s, corporates and investors in national and cross border transactions. Since its inception in March 2019 the TREBLE team has amongst others assisted in: • the sale of a majority stake in Schellevis to Gilde Equity Management • the sale of a majority stake in Platinum to Committed Capital • the acquisition by Van Mossel Automotive Groep of Automotions dealer, lease and car repair companies • the acquisition by Tzorg of Amaris’ home care service activities TREBLE has also advised on a number of transactions that have not (yet) been publicly disclosed. Awarded for his involvement in the following transaction: Gilde Equity Management acquires Schellevis CONTACT TREBLE Emmasingel 33 5611AZ Eindhoven (NL) T: +31 (0)40 231 01 38 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Freek Haerkens E: email@example.com Natascha Linssen E: firstname.lastname@example.org Pieter van der Schee E: email@example.com ABOUT FREEK HAERKENS Freek Haerkens is attorney- at-law and founder of TREBLE. Freek has over 20 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.