• Pragmatic, efficient and personal

    CorporateWise is a corporate consultancy firm located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We are experienced professionals in the field of corporate law, with a focus on M&A transactions. In addition to drafting and negotiating legal transaction documentation, we offer hands-on assistance for making your business exit-ready. If required, we provide our services at your offices as project in-house counsel.

Legal Consultancy

CorporateWise advises on all legal aspects of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and restructurings. We prepare and negotiate all relevant legal documentation. In addition, we also advise on wide range of other legal issues, such as corporate governance and commercial contracting.

Transactions: advise on sale and transfer agreements (share or asset deals), shareholders agreements and related documentation like management and loan agreements. In addition, we advise on legal structuring, review of related notarial documentation and coordination of the entire transaction.

Corporate governance: advise on management structures, division of responsibilities and authorities, including drafting of authority matrixes. We also advise on setting up and maintaining a practical system for governance related documentation.

Commercial contracting: advise on various commercial contracts, including cooperation agreements and service level agreements.

CorporateWise has an established network of tax advisors, civil-law notaries and other specialists in order to provide clients with a full range of legal advice.

  • Funding round WeTransfer

    CorporateWise advised co-founder Nalden on WeTransfer’s secondary funding round, in which HPE Growth acquired a participation from some existing shareholders.

  • Acquisition of Autowereld

    CorporateWise advised Automotive Mediaventions (joint venture of De Persgroep and TMG) on the acquisition of Autowereld.nl.

  • Sale of Ohpen

    CorporateWise advised Amerborgh on the sale of a stake of 35% in Ohpen to NPM.

  • Sale of Eurojob

    CorporateWise advised the shareholders of Eurojob on the sale of Eurojob to Covebo Uitzendgroep (part of House of HR).

  • Buy and build Evidensia (EQT portfolio)

    CorporateWise advises Evidensia, a portfolio company of EQT, on various acquisitions as part of its buy and build strategy.

Transaction Management

A transaction process often requires additional legal support due to an internal lack of relevant expertise or capacity constraints. CorporateWise provides this expertise and capacity and acts as legal counsel during a transaction. In this role CorporateWise directly coordinates with corporate finance advisors and lawyers. This support can be provided to sellers and purchasers, but is especially relevant for the company that is being sold or listed. We offer the following support to such a target company:

Phase 1 Preparation data room

During the first phase we advise the target company on the preparation of the virtual data room. CorporateWise prepares a tailor-made index and supports the target company with the collection of relevant documentation. During this process, we can perform a legal sanity check and correct any inconsistencies. A “clean” data room gives a potential purchaser the comfort that the target company is in control and will accelerate the transaction process. In addition, we also support management with all other legal aspects of the transaction and advise for example on possible carve-out issues.

Phase 2 Support (vendor) due diligence and transaction process

In the second phase advisors are provided access to the virtual data room for the preparation of their (vendor) due diligence reports or a prospectus. We support the target company during the Q&A and disclosure process, advise on the relevant transaction documentation, including a disclosure letter.

  • Eneco

    CorporateWise advised Eneco on the preparation of the data room and the Q&A process for the sale to Mitsubishi.

  • Interxion

    CorporateWise advised Interxion on the preparation of the virtual data room and the disclosure/Q&A process for its combination with Digital Realty.

  • Vendor

    CorporateWise advised Vendor on the preparation of the virtual data room and the Q&A process for the sale by Egeria to CWS.

  • MediaMonks

    CorporateWise advised MediaMonks on the preparation of the data room and the Q&A process for the transaction between Bencis Capital Partners, various shareholders and Sir Martin Sorrell (S4)

  • Vanderlande

    CorporateWise advised Vanderlande Industries on the preparation of the virtual data room and the Q&A process for the sale by NPM to Toyota Industries Corporation.

Our team

Maaike Janssen

Maaike Janssen

Legal Consultant

T: +31 6 4697 7620
E: maaike.janssen@corporatewise.nl

About Maaike

Maaike started CorporateWise in 2014 together with Valérie. Before that, Maaike worked as lawyer for more than 10 years with Allen & Overy (Amsterdam and New York) and De Breij Evers Boon.

She has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions (public and private), private equity, venture capital, restructuring, corporate law and contracting law.

Maaike combines excellent legal advice with a personal, no-nonsense approach. She has an affinity with non-profit initiatives. With her strong focus on analyses and efficient process management, Maaike is known for “getting the deal done”. Maaike is a passionate, dynamic professional with a pragmatic way of working, always solution-driven.

Valérie Staal

Valérie Staal

Legal Consultant

T: +31 6 4993 0160
E: valerie.staal@corporatewise.nl

About Valérie

Valérie started CorporateWise in 2014 together with Maaike. Before that, Valérie worked as lawyer for more than 8 years with Allen & Overy (Amsterdam and London) and as in-house counsel with Citibank and Rabobank.

She has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions (national and international), private equity, restructuring, corporate and contracting law. She also holds a master in Business Administration.

Valérie provides high quality advice in combination with pragmatic solutions. She has a strong focus on providing structure and is highly effective in managing complicated processes. Valérie is an energetic, flexible professional who quickly finds her way within every organisation.

Jelle Menalda van Schouwenburg

Jelle Menalda van Schouwenburg

Legal Consultant

T: +31 6 5278 1092
E: jelle.menalda@corporatewise.nl

About Jelle

Jelle started with CorporateWise in 2015. Before that, Jelle worked for 9 years as lawyer with Allen & Overy and as Senior Legal Counsel M&A with VimpelCom, an international telecom provider listed on the NASDAQ.

His expertise relates to mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate law and contracting law. He also has (in-house) experience with internal, often complex processes in a company during a transaction.

Jelle provides to the point legal advice while keeping an eye on commercial interests at all times. He is able to efficiently manage complex transactions and provides practical solutions throughout the process. Jelle is an enthusiastic and flexible professional who is focused on the end result.

Koen Schrama

Koen Schrama

Legal Consultant

T: +31 6 8356 8930
E: koen.schrama@corporatewise.nl

About Koen

Koen joined CorporateWise in 2019. Before that, Koen worked as lawyer with Allen & Overy for over 7 years. Koen spent the last 2 years in Dublin, working as legal M&A consultant and setting up an innovative app-based platform for health and fitness.

He specialises in corporate law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital.

Koen is a solution minded legal consultant who drives complex processes with efficiency and pragmatism. His entrepreneurial experience makes that he is able to look beyond legal parameters and truly focus on business needs.




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