Mergers & Aquisitions


Mergers & Aquisitions

National and cross-border mergers

Successful mergers are based upon a deep understanding of industry dynamics, the nature of the merging entities and well thought-out integration plans. In today’s globalized world, many deals occur cross-border and call for multijurisdictional coordination. A clear understanding of specific legislative requirements and commercial issues in the respective countries is required. Deloitte Legal assists companies with:

  • Designing suitable structures for the transaction
  • Jurisdiction choice
  • Identification of legal issues arising as a result of a merger
  • Review of contracts that could be affected by the merger
  • Drafting of documentation for the formalization and execution of the transaction

Deloitte Legal works closely with colleagues in other Deloitte business specializations such as tax, consulting, accounting and financial advisory in multiple jurisdictions to address and smooth the complexities that naturally arise from transactions. We are well qualified to assist with national and cross-border mergers in a variety of industries.

Acquisitions, divestures and joint-ventures

In today's global business environment, expansion strategies, alliances and divestitures often give rise to a wide range of legal, tax, regulatory, and other issues which may impact the overall success or failure of a transaction. Deloitte Legal advises business throughout every stage of a transaction, from negotiation through to execution. We provide advice on suitable structures as well as drafting of relevant agreements and ancillary documents.
Deloitte Legal has extensive experience in cross-border deals in a variety of industries. Deloitte Legal professionals work closely with their Deloitte colleagues around the world who have strong foundations in the business community which they serve. This is a valuable asset if and when cross border complexities arise.

Private equity and venture capital

In today's global business environment, expansion processes, alliances and divestitures present a wide range of legal, tax, regulatory, and other issues which may lead to the success or the failure of the investment.
Deloitte Legal provides advice at all stages of a private equity (PE) or venture capital (VC) transaction, from legal review of the target to the design of the most suitable structure (MBO, LBO, MBI, BIMBO) and drafting of the documents to reflect the commercial objectives of the business and execute the transaction and advising on legal negotiating strategies.
Clients benefit from Deloitte Legal’s deep experience within corporate and mergers and acquisitions, our understanding of the PE/VC markets and industries, and our close collaboration with our colleagues in other disciplines within the Deloitte global network of member firms.

Legal purchaser and vendor due diligence

Appropriate assessment of the risks associated with a target company or a projected transaction can be the difference between the success and failure of the deal. Deloitte Legal assists businesses with legal purchase and vendor due diligence including review of any required aspects of the target company, identifying contingencies and risks that may arise as a result of the sale or purchase of an entity, highlighting legal considerations and drafting of the relevant diligence reports. Deloitte Legal also helps companies with the tactical aspects of the transaction such as the negotiation strategies and drafting and execution of the required documents.
Companies benefit from Deloitte Legal's deep experience within corporate and mergers and acquisitions, our understanding of local and global markets and our close collaboration with colleagues in other Deloitte business disciplines such as tax, consulting, audit and financial advisory. Deloitte Legal's international presence and capabilities stand out from those of a traditional law firm.

Post-merger integration activities and legal entity reduction

Finding the right merger candidate and negotiating a deal are only the first steps in the path to deriving value from a transaction. Once a deal closes, it is essential to effectively integrate the businesses and structures of the entities in order to realize the intended benefits of the merger.
Deloitte Legal helps companies rationalize and simplify corporate structures and internal proceedings for the integrated group. We have a solid understanding of and experience in a wide variety of industries and sectors. Our lawyers work closely with other Deloitte professionals from tax, consulting, and financial advisory to help ensure businesses consider multiple perspectives and business impacts prior to making strategic decisions.


Kris Ruijters

Kris Ruijters


Kris is sinds 2013 partner bij Deloitte Legal en gespecialiseerd in het juridisch begeleiden van fusies, overnames en joint ventures. Kris heeft meer dan 20 jaar ervaring in de Mid Market en heeft tra... Meer

Gert-Jan van Dalen

Gert-Jan van Dalen


Gert-Jan has been active in M&A for over 16 years. Gert-Jan is specialised in M&A (due diligence), joint ventures, general (Dutch) corporate law and commercial contracting in an international context.... Meer