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Gijs Linse



Gijs Linse



Gijs has experience in a wide range of private M&A transactions and related commercial agreements. His focus is on managing major complex, carve-out and cross border transactions.

Gijs' work includes advising clients on private acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, private equity deals, distressed acquisitions and disposals and restructurings. Gijs has a diverse client base including large corporates (Jumbo Supermarkten, Royal KPN, Wolters Kluwer), private equity (Avedon Capital Partners) and family offices (Infestos, Strikwerda Investments).

Noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • Van Gansewinkel on its EUR482m merger with Renewi.
  • Royal KPN on various transactions, including the EUR5 billion sale of its German mobile unit E-Plus to Telefonica Deutschland, the EUR1.3 billion sale of BASE Company to Telenet and the sale of the US-based subsidiary iBasis Inc. to Tofane Global.
  • Strikwerda Investments on various transactions, including on a combination of acquisitions to create Total Webhosting Solutions, acquisitions to create Total Hosting Solutions and the acquisition of S-P-S International.
  • Avedon Capital Partners on various transactions, including the acquisition of Brand Masters, the sale of Robidus to Aegon, the divestment of VanRiet to Material Handling Systems, Inc. and the acquisitions of VisionsConnected and Viju to create Kinly.
  • Foppen Holding on its sale to H2 Equity Partners.
  • The family shareholders of Royal Agio Cigars on the EUR210m sale to Scandinavian Tobacco Group.
  • Telegraaf Media Groep on its strategic partnership with Talpa on radio, TV and OTT and the setting up of the joint venture to combine their radio activities.

News & insights

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Publications: 07 MAY 2021

Foreign subsidies under the EU microscope

On 5 May 2021, the European Commission (EC) published a draft Regulation aimed at remedying distortions in the EU single market caused by companies receiving subsidies from non-EU entities.

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Blog Post: 07 MAY 2021

How protected are your drug formulations in your transactions?

Drug formulations are incredibly valuable to pharmaceutical businesses; however, they often get overlooked during transactions.  This can create risk for both the seller and buyer of the assets. For…

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Luxembourg Case Law Briefing

Publications: 06 MAY 2021

Luxembourg Case Law Briefing Corporate Law - Highlights

2021 Edition We are very pleased to present our first Luxembourg corporate law focused case law briefing.

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News: 05 MAY 2021

A&O advising TripActions on its acquisition of Reed & Mackay

Lawyers from Allen & Overy’s M&A team are advising Sillicon Valley-based TripActions on its acquisition of high-end travel, meetings and events business Reed & Mackay.  

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Corporate and M&A



Allen & Overy LLP
Apollolaan 15
1077 AB Amsterdam

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Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, 2005.

Listed in the register of legal practice areas of the Dutch Bar Association for Ondernemingsrecht (Company law).


Dutch Law, Leiden University, 2005

Pro-bono experience

  • Advising the non-profit foundation Text-to-Change on the equity funding obtained from ABN Amro Social Impact Fund B.V.
  • Advising a number of Dutch development organisations to set up Connect4Change, a consortium of IICD, Akvo, Cordaid, Edukans and ICCO, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Experience highlights

Published work

  • Author of ‘Naar beste weten van verkoper’ in garantiebepalingen’ (‘To the best of Seller’s knowledge’ in warranty clauses) in Vennootschap en Onderneming 2009, nr. 6.
  • Author of ‘De mogelijkheden en onmogelijkheden van 334t-aansprakelijkheid’ (The (im)possibilities of 334t-liability) in Vennootschap en Onderneming 2013, nr. 2.