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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.

Experience highlights

News & insights

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News: 19 OCTOBER 2021

A&O advising Zopa on its USD300 million fundraising led by Softbank Vision Fund 2

Allen & Overy is advising digital bank Zopa on its latest round of fundraising. The bank, which was the world’s first peer-to-peer lender and is one of the UK’s newest digital banks, has raised…

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News: 15 OCTOBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises OEP’s Spanish portfolio company VASS on its merger with German IT consulting firm Ecenta AG

Allen & Overy has advised VASS Consultoría de Sistemas S.L., the Madrid-based portfolio company of US private equity investor One Equity Partners (OEP) which specialises in Customer Experience…

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Publications: 14 OCTOBER 2021

Podcast: Annual Reports and AGMs: What’s new for the upcoming season

In our latest podcast our team of A&O experts bring you up to speed with the key issues companies secretaries and their teams need to think about when preparing for their next Annual Report and AGM.

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News: 11 OCTOBER 2021

Success continues for A&O in Q3 2021 M&A league tables

A&O has completed Q3 2021 with a good performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a significant number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets,…

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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

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.

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.