Jan Louis Burggraaf


Allen & Overy LLP
Apollolaan 15
1077 AB Amsterdam

Tel: +31 20 674 1543
Fax: +31 20 674 1111

Email: janlouis.burggraaf@allenovery.com
Web: www.allenovery.com

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, Mediq, KPN, TNT Express, Jumbo, de Persgroep, SHV, DE Master Blenders, Nuon, Randstad, TomTom and Wolters Kluwer. He was labelled one of the six most promising lawyers in the Netherlands in 2000 and received the award for the best M&A lawyer in the Netherlands in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and for dealmaker in 2008.

He graduated 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 and the Law Firm School.

Over the past few years he has advised various large companies, banks and government institutions on leading transactions including Mediq on its acquisition by Advent, Advent on the take private 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 and Mexichem on its public takeover of Wavin.

We advise across the broad spectrum of corporate work including public takeovers, private M&A, ECM, complex joint ventures, disposals and corporate restructurings, as well as general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.

Recognised as a leading adviser on M&A and other corporate transactions we are able to combine exceptional transactional skills with specialist expertise including antitrust, employment and benefits, environmental, intellectual property and tax. This enables us to handle the numerous issues that can arise in a single corporate transaction. We have an exceptional track record in every sector and particular strengths in highly regulated industries.

Allen & Overy is a truly global adviser and we boast an enviable geographic footprint. Our corporate team spans all of our offices and works seamlessly with a global community of relationship law firms giving us access to a further 118 countries. This platform provides our clients with the confidence that they will receive the highest quality advice in both their domestic markets and as they expand into new territories.

Cross-border work is where we excel and the majority of our transactions have a multi-jurisdictional focus. Strong teamwork and efficient working practices and uniform approaches enable us to manage cross-border deals effectively and seamlessly.

At a time of huge change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have throughout our 83-year history.

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 46 offices in 32 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

So when we talk about global coverage, we’re not just talking about having offices in some important cities around the world. We mean being able to combine our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

“Jan Louis Burggraaf continues to attract immense praise and recognition for his extensive experience of M&A mandates. “He is creative and proactive, with enormous drive to get the deal done,” enthuse sources. He acted for D.E Master Blenders on the public offering made by Joh. A. Benckiser. “
Chambers & Partners, 2015