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Mark Ziekman

Partner
Advocaat

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

Mark Ziekman is the chair of our global Consumer Products Sector Group and a member of our firm's Corporate / M&A 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. ​

He is recommended in the 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 IFLR1000 as leading lawyer - highly regarded for M&A. Ranked in the 2018 Legal 500 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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Mark Ziekman is recommended.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

"He is a lawyer with great sector expertise. He is able to transfer the business demands into practical and excellent business solutions."

IFLR1000, 2020

"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

Relevant experience

  • Assisted Boluda on the acquisition of all shares in Kotug Smit, becoming one of the biggest companies in Europe for Harbor Towage.
  • Assisted PKP Cargo on obtaining all shares from the other shareholder in JV company Advanced World Transport.
  • Assisted Latvian energy company on incorporation of Dutch HoldCo and structuring of transaction.
  • Advised Sucres et Denrees on its acquisition of Nedcofffee with activities in Europe, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Singapore.
  • Assisted the Sellers on the sale of Gunters & Meuser to Grafton.
  • 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.
  • Assisted American private equity company investing in infra and energy projects on incorporating Dutch HoldCo and structuring transaction.
  • Acted for Oaktree Capital on the sale of Dental Clinics to Nordic Capital.
  • Assisted Broekhuis Holding on its acquisition of automotive company Heron Automotive, from the listed company Stern.
  • 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 the Sellers on its sale of Misco by Computacenter.
  • Acting for the seller on the sale of its shares in Parkmobile to BMW.
  • Acquisition of the largest corporate real estate portfolio in Netherlands’ history (acting for purchaser). 
  • Assisted Galaren Invest on the acquisition of the operational business for thirteen hotels in the Netherlands and Germany.
  • Acted for Exter in the acquisition of a food ingredients division from H.J. Heinz
  • Acted for Volkswagen Pon Financial Services on the acquisition of several lease portfolio's.
  • Advised the Indian company Apollo Tyres Ltd. on the acquisition of Vredestein Banden B.V. from parent company Amtel-Vredestein N.V.
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Education

  • 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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Memberships

  • Head of China Desk
  • Corporate Litigation Association
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09 July 2020
Prom­ising signs that European M&A activ­ity will pick up the pace in Q3
24 September 2020
We­bin­ar War­ranty & In­dem­nity in­sur­ance | Claim Chal­lenges
Ap­pet­ite for war­ranty and in­dem­nity in­sur­ance (W&I in­sur­ance) has seen a mar­ket wide in­crease in re­cent years and that trend con­tin­ues. This is seep­ing through in­to an in­creased amount of claims un­der W&I in­sur­ance policies on the Dutch mar­ket.
9 June 2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on European M&A activ­ity
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group teamed up with in­vest­ment bank Cred­it Suisse to ana­lyse the fin­an­cial and leg­al im­plic­a­tions of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on M&A trans­ac­tions in West­ern Europe.
19/05/2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on M&A trans­ac­tions
15 April 2020
Top rank­ings CMS in Leg­al 500 EMEA 2020
18 June 2019
An­nu­al Re­view 2018 – 2019
Cross­ing bor­ders is both the theme of this year’s CMS An­nu­al Re­view and a guid­ing idea that we had when we es­tab­lished CMS 20 years ago. At that time, we de­cided to cre­ate a high-qual­ity, ex­pert and mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al law firm. This Re­view shows what we’ve achieved over the last year in pur­suit of this goal.Since 1999, work­ing across bor­ders has be­come a daily task for all our law­yers. We are one of the most in­ter­na­tion­al law firms, with more than 70 of­fices in over 40 coun­tries. Our 4,800 leg­al ex­perts world­wide work as one team across jur­is­dic­tions, prac­tice areas and sec­tors to en­sure that you get clear, ac­tion­able and busi­ness-fo­cused ad­vice. You can read about our mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al sup­port for cli­ents in the stor­ies through­out this An­nu­al Re­view. For ex­ample: an in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team ad­vised Ad­vance / Ne­w­house Part­ner­ship on its pur­chase of Stage En­ter­tain­ment, one of the world’s largest theatre pro­du­cers and own­ers. Our law­yers spe­cial­ising in cor­por­ate, me­dia, real es­tate, tax, em­ploy­ment, IP, com­pet­i­tion and bank­ing all worked on the trans­ac­tion.Glob­al­isa­tion con­tin­ues to im­pact the busi­ness en­vir­on­ment pro­foundly, as do the key is­sues on the glob­al agenda such as the US trade talks with China, Brexit and the con­sequences of cli­mate change. With our glob­al firm struc­ture and mind­set, we help you an­ti­cip­ate the prob­lems you face in your daily op­er­a­tions. On page 28, you can read what some of our part­ners around the world have told us about the chal­lenges their cli­ents are cur­rently fa­cing.An­oth­er ma­jor factor shap­ing our daily work is the im­pact of tech­no­logy on all busi­nesses. This year, our an­nu­al event in Da­v­os on the oc­ca­sion of the World Eco­nom­ic For­um (see page 18) fo­cused on how in­creased di­git­al­isa­tion is af­fect­ing con­ven­tion­al busi­ness mod­els.Today, in­tro­du­cing more ad­vanced tech­no­lo­gic­al tools in­to leg­al prac­tice is a must in or­der to meet cli­ents’ qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency ex­pect­a­tions. For CMS, it is about more than just us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence soft­ware or di­git­al tools. To us, in­nov­a­tion means de­vel­op­ing tech­no­logy to of­fer our cli­ents new high-qual­ity ser­vices and to provide new ways of de­liv­er­ing all our leg­al of­fer­ings. Our scale and pres­ence across many jur­is­dic­tions, coupled with our deep un­der­stand­ing of cli­ent needs in their loc­a­tions, means that we are very well qual­i­fied to de­vise such solu­tions. On page 16, some of our key in­nov­at­ors de­scribe the ways in which our tech­no­logy is be­ne­fit­ting cli­ents.I hope you find some in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing stor­ies in this year’s An­nu­al Re­view and wish you an en­joy­able read. My col­leagues in the CMS ex­ec­ut­ive team and I are al­ways happy to hear from you if you have any com­ments or ques­tions.Cor­neli­us Brandi, Ex­ec­ut­ive Chair­man
17/06/2019
Private Equity & Ven­ture Cap­it­al: Volat­il­ity in Valu­ations?
Pod­cast
17/05/2019
Be­ne­lux Private Equity Break­fast: Volat­il­ity in Valu­ations?
14/05/2019
AB In­Bev hit with a EUR 200 mil­lion fine for re­stric­tion of cross-bor­der...
11/04/2019
Top rank­ings CMS in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2019
17/04/2018
CMS rank­ings in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2018
15 December 2017
CMS ad­vises Broekhuis on ac­quis­i­tion of all shares in Mar­tin Schilder