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Mark Ziekman

Co-Head of Consumer Products Group CMS

Atrium - Parnassusweg 737
1077 DG Amsterdam
PO Box 94700
1090 GS Amsterdam
Languages German, English, Dutch

Mark Ziekman is a member of our firm's Corporate practice group. He is active in the field of company law and specialises in cross-border mergers and takeovers and joint ventures. He focusses on the Consumer Products industry, as well as on the Insurance industry. Mark is also the chair of our China Desk.

He is recognised in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 IFLR as a leading lawyer for M&A. In the 2018 Legal 500 he is recommended for "Corporate and M&A", "Food and Beverages" and "Retail".Mark belongs to the top 100 M&A lawyers in the Netherlands (source: mena.nl).

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"Corporate specialist Mark Ziekman has a focus on cross-border mergers, takeovers and joint ventures, especially in the insurance and consumer products industries, and is the chair of the firm's consumer products group."

The Legal 500, 2019

CMS’ team is led by corporate expert Mark Ziekman, and is especially active in M&A, competition and IP matters.

The Legal 500, 2018

Based across Amsterdam and Utrecht, CMS’ department is headed by corporate expert Mark Ziekman

The Legal 500, 2018

Relevant experience

  • CMS Amsterdam assisted Citadel Enterprises with the acquisition of Pearl Paint Group from Buurma Bedrijven Beheer. The Pearl Paint Group is specialised in in the field of coatings for indoor and outdoor use, effect paints, high- tech coatings, automotive products, technical liquids, cleaning agents and lubricants.
  • Computacenter has acquired Misco Solutions. Misco Solutions is based in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, and employs around 200 staff and logged revenues of €134m (£120.9m) in 2017.
  • Advising Oaktree on various aspects of its sale of Dental Clinics Nederland and TopOrtho, owners of a combined 88 clinics in the Netherlands, to Nordic Capital
  • Mark Ziekman and his team (CMS Amsterdam) assisted Oaktree Capital together with London based Weil on the sale of Dental Clinics to Nordic Capital.
  • Broekhuis Group is a Dutch leading automotive company in the Netherlands. It has a lease division, car repair shops and dealerships for inter alia BMW, Ford, Land Rover, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen. Broekhuis signed an agreement to acquire all shares in Martin Schilder, except for its lease division.
  • PKP Cargo acquires 100% of the shares in Advanced World Transport from MSE.
  • Advised Heatweed Technologies on the acquisition of the Wave Weed Control portfolio. 
  • Greenbrier-Astra Rail formed in Europe-based merger between Greenbrier Europe and Astra Rail
  • Acting for Ahrend on the acquisition of the school furniture division from Presikhaaf.
  • Advised Sucres et Denrees on its acquisition of Nedcofffee with activities in Europe, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore.
  • Assisted a German investor with the acquisition of Astra Rail Industries SRL in Romania with Dutch structuring of joint venture and financing.
  • Acting for CTS Eventim on the acquisition of the Dutch shares in See Tickets.
  • Assisted Royal Ahrend on the acquisition of Presikhaaf a manufacturer of school and office furniture.
  • Advising a Japanese car producer on setting up a Dutch joint venture company with a Russian joint venture partner, which company acted a s the holding company for the Russian OpCo's.
  • Advised automotive company on Dutch joint venture structure with five other leading automotive companies for activities in USA and Europe.
  • Advised a leading tech company on the participation in its capital by a leading German car manufacturer.
  • Assisted one of the largest Japanese insurance companies with transferring certain activities from its UK to a Dutch and German branches, including all registration and corporate house keeping.
  • Advised private equity investor The Carlyle Group on its acquisition of ADA Group, a leading producer and supplier of hotel cosmetics.
  • Acting for Investors on the sale of the shares in a producer of household appliances.
  • Advised CBL Corporation Limited on the acquisition of Achmea Insurance Ireland Limited (AIIL).
  • Assisting Apollo Vredestein B.V. in the structuring and financing in the context of its pending aquisition of U.S.-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co for approx. USD $2.5 billion.
  • Assisting Scarborough Group with a restructuring of certain international holdings (including China) and a debt refinancing solution with Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Assisted BioMethanol Holding in the participation by Waterland Private Equity in its capital.
  • Advised on the establishment of the Ampere Equity Fund, a €320 million fund aimed at investments in sustainable energy projects throughout Western Europe. Investors include ABP, PGGM and Delta Lloyd.
  • Advised the Indian company Apollo Tyres Ltd. on the acquisition of Vredestein Banden B.V. from parent company Amtel-Vredestein N.V.
  • Acquisition of the largest corporate real estate portfolio in Netherlands’ history (acting for purchaser).
  • Acted for Exter in the acquisition of a food ingredients division from H.J. Heinz.
  • Acted for Oaktree on the sale of Dental Clinics to Nordic.
  • Assisted Broekhuis Holding on its acquisition of automotive company Martin Schilder, including all approvals from inter alia Dutch regulator AFM for the related insurance business.
  • Assisted Gunters en Meuser on its sale to Grafton.
  • Acting for the seller on the sale of its shares in Parkmobile to BMW.
  • Assisted Galaren Invest on the acquisition of the operational business for thirteen hotels in the Netherlands and Germany.
  • Assisted PKP Cargo on obtaining all shares from the other shareholder in JV company Advanced World Transport.
  • Assisted Royal Ahrend on the acquisition of Presikhaaf a manufacturer of school and office furniture.
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  • Dutch Law (Commercial Law), University of Groningen
  • Dutch Law (Private Law), University of Groningen
  • Dutch Law (Social Economic Law), University of Groningen
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  • Head of China Desk
  • Corporate Litigation Association
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