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  Jan Louis Burggraaf



Jan Louis is part of the Amsterdam corporate team which provides comprehensive legal services to clients covering all aspects of company, corporate finance and commercial law. The corporate practice is recognised as the leading practice in these areas in the Netherlands.

He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, including public bids and has been involved in a large number of mergers and acquisitions of listed and non-listed companies. Jan Louis advises on both Dutch and cross-border transactions and counsels a large number of Euronext-listed companies on aspects of corporate governance and compliance. His clients include Advent, DE Master Blenders, Delta Lloyd, Jumbo, KPN, Mediq, Nuon, De Persgroep, Randstad, SHV, TNT Express, TomTom and Wolters Kluwer. He graduated cum laude from the University of Utrecht in Dutch law and International law. Jan Louis also studied at the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh and Harvard Law School. In 1998 and 1999 he worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. He lectures regularly on mergers and acquisitions, including at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam, Nyenrode Business University and Grotius Academy.

Over the past few years he has advised multiple large companies, banks and government institutions on leading transactions including Mediq on its acquisition by Advent, Advent on its public takeover of Unit4 and acquisition of Mondo Minerals, SHV on its public takeover of Nutreco, De Persgroep on the acquisition of Mecom, DEMB on its public takeover by JAB, KPN on the sale of E-Plus and the aborted public takeover by America Movil, Brand Loyalty on its 60% acquisition by Alliance Data Systems, Jumbo on its acquisition of Super de Boer and C1000, Mexichem on its public takeover of Wavin, TNT Express on its acquisition by FedEx and Delta Lloyd on its public takeover by NN Group.

Awards & recognitions

Jan Louis was labelled one of the six most promising lawyers in the Netherlands in 2000. Between 2004 and 2012 he received the award for the best M&A lawyer in the Netherlands eight times and for dealmaker in 2008 and 2015.

The 2017 edition of Chambers Global ranks Jan Louis a Band 1 lawyer. Sources describe him as follows:

"He is extremely good. He has strong commercial and business sense and is very dedicated to the client."

"Very well known in the market for his transactional work."

"He lived up to expectations - he was dedicated, committed and completely involved."

"He gets the picture very quickly; he knows what the critical issues in the process are, not only the legal issues, but he also understands the relationships and situations involved."

Professional qualifications

Exempt european lawyer, England and Wales, 1995

Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, 1995

Academic qualifications

Universiteit Utrecht, 1991

Published work

Co-author of the publication "Maatschappelijke Onderneming" for, amongst others, the Scientific Institute of the Christian Democratic Party (2004)

Co-author of the report "Towards a sustainable financial sector, involvement, responsibility and moderation", which was written in collaboration with the Scientific Institute for the CDA and the CDA parliamentary group in the Dutch Lower House (2012)

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