The Corporate/M&A practice of Pels Rijcken has a long-standing track record in corporate transactions in the public domain, such as privatizations and public-private partnerships. Over the past years we have expanded our services to a wide range of corporate clients and financial institutions, both nationally and internationally. At Pels Rijcken we recognize that our clients face complex challenges and require integrated solutions. We combine in depth legal knowledge with our understanding of business needs and are always sensitive to the interests of other stakeholders that might affect our client’s position. We aim to build long term relationships with our clients, based on mutual trust.



The Corporate/M&A practice group has vast M&A capabilities, but our expertise also extends to joint ventures, restructurings, (private equity) investments and corporate governance matters. Our professionals work closely together with our in house civil law notaries, competition experts and, if required, with specialists from other practice or industry groups within Pels Rijcken. Our firm has a leading position in some of the regulated markets (like Energy, Telecom and Healthcare) which also gives our Corporate/M&A practice group a competitive edge. Pels Rijcken is a fully independent law firm; we are used to teaming up with other advisors and foreign lawyers of choice.


Harm Uittien

Harm Uittien | Corporate/M&A | Counsel

+31 70 515 32 44 |

Harm Uittien has built up an extensive track record in various fields and at both private and listed companies in the area of complex (cross border) acquisitions, investments and restructuring, leveraged buy-outs, corporate governance and boardroom counseling. Chambers Europe on Harm: “Highly capable, calm and willing to stand his ground. He takes the strategy that delivers the best result.”. This is a accurate description of Harm: he is a steadfast, passionate lawyer who operates pragmatically and pro-actively with a keen eye for commercial interests. Harm regularly publishes in professional magazines.

Luc Defaix

Luc Defaix | Corporate/M&A | Partner

+31 70 515 32 35 | |

Luc Defaix has a track record in (inter)national M&A deals and related auction processes. He also advises on (cross boarder) joint ventures, restructurings, investments and governance issues. His clients include corporates, family owned businesses, private equity firms and groups of informal investors. Some years ago, Luc made a side step to the private equity. As managing partner, Luc was primarily responsible for the investments and divestments of the private equity firm. He also gained operational experience in the various industrial portfolio companies. It is such broad experience that Luc’s clients recognize and appreciate so much.


Carel van Swaay | Corporate/M&A

+31 70 5153 272 | |

Carel van Swaay is an experienced M&A lawyer. He advises companies in the corporate middle market segment and parties in the public domain with respect to mergers and takeovers, joint ventures and corporate governance.