Michiel Visser

Partner, New York

Biography

“A superstar M&A specialist… a go-to lawyer”
The Legal 500

Overview

Michiel Visser is a Corporate/M&A partner resident in the New York office of White & Case LLP. He regularly represents sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, private equity funds, and corporations in an array of transactions, including mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, and other corporate matters.

Michiel co-led the White & Case team on the $12.5 billion dollar merger of UASC, a global container shipping business, with the German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, an award-winning M&A deal with a number of highly innovative features. Chambers & Partners has praised him as "an excellent lawyer on M&A transactions" and "highly recommended". Michiel's background is truly global, with extensive experience advising on cross-border matters.

Michiel joined the New York office of White & Case in 2004 and became a partner in 2012. He has also gained experience working in the Middle East and in the Paris office of White & Case. He gained management experience by serving as an Office Executive Partner and is currently head of the Firm's Netherlands country practice.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
Solicitor of England and Wales
Education
LLM
Harvard Law School
MPhil
Magdalen College, Oxford University
LLB
Leiden University
Languages
Dutch
English
German
French

Experience

Noteworthy transactions include the representation of:

UASC, a global container shipping business, on its US$12.5 billion merger with German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, an award-winning transaction with many innovative features.

A sovereign wealth fund on a number of complex joint ventures with American and European industrial companies.

Certares, a New York-based private equity fund, on a number of transactions in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

QP on the integration of its subsidiaries QatarGas and RasGas, a merger which created the largest LNG company in the world.

Kingdom Holding of Saudi Arabia and QIA on the US$2.9 billion sale of their interest in Fairmont-Raffles, the global luxury hotel operator, to French publicly listed Accor SA.

International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, on its subscription for 23 percent of the shares of UNIT Investment NV, a developer of power plants across Turkey, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in a transaction which raised US$365 million for Unit.

Labregah and Barwa on the US$2.1 billion acquisition by Labregah of the entire share capital in Barwa City Company and the US$2.5 billion acquisition of 95% of Barwa Commercial Avenue Company.

Katara Hospitality in the purchase of a portfolio of the InterContinental Carlton Cannes, InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam, InterContinental Madrid, InterContinental Frankfurt and the leasehold interest on the InterContinental De La Ville Rome.

Qatar Holding LLC in its US$500 million investment in VTB, Russia's second-largest bank, on its purchase of US$2.719 billion bonds issued by Banco Santander, the largest bank in Spain, and their subsequent exchange for 5 percent of the shares of Banco Santander (Brasil), one of the largest banks in Brazil, and on its acquisition of a significant equity stake in US-based media and entertainment company The Chernin Group.

QIA on its joint venture with Credit Suisse to form asset management company Aventicum Capital Management.

Nordic Capital in connection with its US$4.1 billion acquisition of the ConvaTec division of Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Royal Ahold, the supermarket operator, on its US$7.1 billion sale of broad-line food distributor U.S. Foodservice to an affiliate of private equity firms Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co. and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

ABB Ltd., one of the world's leading power and automation technology companies, in the sale of its Lummus global upstream petrochemical business for US$950 million. 

Publications

Qatar, Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers (Kluwer Law International - 2nd edition, 2014), (co-author, with C. Abou Charaf)

Awards and Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global 2014
Corporate/ Commercial - Qatar

Chambers Global, 2014
"Practice head Michiel Visser is identified as an excellent lawyer on M&A transactions. Sources say: 'He's confident and smart, knows the culture very well and is knowledgeable about what he does.'"

Recommended Lawyer , The Legal 500, 2013, 2014
Qatar

A world-class lawyer, The Legal 500, 2013