Risto can offer assistance in the following areas:
- Shareholder disputes & corporate disputes
- Boardroom issues
- Mergers & acquisitions (e.g. MBO/MBI and private equity)
- Post-closing disputes
- Restructuring projects
- Corporate law
- Shareholder alliances (such as participation, joint venture and shareholders' agreements)
Recent cases handled by Risto
Sale of maritime insurer RaetsMarine to Amlin
The director/majority shareholder of maritime insurance and claim handling specialist RaetsMarine sought Risto's assistance during the company's sale to Amlin, a UK insurer listed on the London Stock Exchange. RaetsMarine has offices in the Netherlands, France, United Kingdom and Singapore. The acquisition price was paid in both cash and Amlin shares. An earn-out agreement was also reached. Risto oversaw negotiations with the UK buyer, from the conclusion of the initial agreement of intent through to the official transfer at the civil-law notary.
Schmidt Zeevis to continue operations independently
Risto supervised the Schmidt Zeevis Board during a management buy-out. The management acquired the entire Schmidt Zeevis Rotterdam B.V. share capital from Kennemervis Groep. The acquisition was prompted by Board members' desire to engage in entrepreneurial activities after having managed the company for many years.
Family business TNA Australia PTY ltd. acquires Florigo International
Risto advised Australian family business TNA Australia PTY ltd. during their acquisition of Dutch company Florigo International. Florigo is one of two global leaders in the design, construction and installation of full production lines for the potato processing industry.
'In my experience, Risto has always been highly committed and interested in the ins and outs of our operations without immediately prioritising the commercial aspect. He also has the ability to be objective: he knows his own strengths and has no problem leaving certain aspects to more qualified colleagues at DVAN or his international network. In summary, Risto puts the client's interests first – which is highly appreciated!'
Cees Boer, owner of Van Beest
'Risto and his team have served as our in-house legal team since 2001, covering aspects such as employees, competition, commercial contracts, deeds of incorporation and even aspects such as land boundaries. Our short lines of communication with Risto and his clearly-worded, concise recommendations – which regularly prompt me to change my approach – have contributed to our commercial success.'
Paul Geuvers, owner of Sympafix
'After DVAN had assisted me previously during a management buyout, in 2014 I had no shadow of a doubt as to who should assist me and my business partner in the sale of our companies Isoper and Primat. During a process that I personally experienced as very hectic, we were always able to count on Risto. He is very adept at gauging what really matters to the customer. DVAN ensures a combination of professionalism and empathy. It is partly because of this that I can look back on the negotiations, and the result we achieved, with great satisfaction.'
Rob Boender, Managing Director and Majority Shareholder at Isoper
- Specialised Corporate and Business Law programme at the Grotius Academy
- Dutch Corporate Finance Association (DCFA)
- Private Equity and Venture Capital Association of the Netherlands (NVP)
- Employers' organisation VNO-NCW