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 and a member of the Firm's Global Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity practice groups. He regularly represents sovereign wealth funds, family offices, private equity funds, and corporations, with more than 17 years' experience advising his clients on mergers, divestitures, acquisitions, joint ventures, co-investments, restructurings, business combinations, corporate governance and other complex corporate matters.

Dual qualified in New York and England, Michiel has extensive experience advising on cross-border matters. Chambers & Partners has praised him as "an excellent lawyer on M&A transactions" and "highly recommended". Michiel is ranked as a "Leading Lawyer" for M&A in the United States by Euromoney (2021), "Highly Regarded" by IFLR1000 (2021), and as "Leading Individual" by Legal500 (2021).

Michiel joined the New York office of White & Case in 2004 and became a partner in 2012. He has also worked in the Firm's offices in Paris, Doha, and Dubai. He has served on the Firm's Lawyers Committee, as Office Executive Partner of the Doha office, and is head of the Firm's Netherlands country practice. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Netherland-America Foundation as Secretary, member of its Executive Committee and member of the Friends Fund subcommittee.

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

Ooredoo Group, a leading international telecommunications company, on the US$6 billion merger of Indosat Ooredoo, an Indonesian subsidiary of Ooredoo Group, with PT Hutchison 3 Indonesia (H3I), an Indonesian subsidiary of CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.

Qatar Holding LLC, an affiliate of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the state of Qatar, on a US$200 million investment in Airtel Mobile Commerce BV, one of Africa's leading mobile money businesses.

United Arab Chemical Carriers, an international shipping company, on its merger with United Overseas Group, the first reverse triangular merger structured under DIFC law which was named as "Middle East M&A Deal of the Year 2021" by IFLR.

A financial investor in the acquisition of minority equity investment into a US-based home health care business from a private equity fund.

Novasep, a provider of services in the field of molecule production and purification for the life science and chemical industries, on the sale of its chromatography process equipment division to the Sartorius Group.

Certares, a New York-based private equity fund, on a number of transactions in the tourism and hospitality sectors including its acquisition of travel business Nirvana.

Antin Infrastructure Partners, a leading private equity firm, on its US$1.25 billion acquisition of the US district energy business from Veolia.

An international investor on its participation as co-investor in a consortium led by Tencent Holdings Ltd. and its affiliate Tencent Music Entertainment Group (NYSE: TME) in the acquisition of a 20 percent stake in Universal Music Group, a leading global music corporation, from Vivendi S.A. for an aggregate purchase price of EUR 6 billion.

A London-based family office on its PIPE investment in connection with the US$1.6 billion deSPAC business combination of Hims, Inc. with Oaktree Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: OAC).

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on its acquisition of a significant stake in Oryx Midstream Services (Oryx), the largest privately held midstream crude operator in the Permian Basin, from an affiliate of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in a US$550 million transaction.

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

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

Qatar Energy on the IPO of Qatar Aluminum Manufacturing Company (Qamco), which owns a 50 percent stake in Qatalum, a joint venture between QP and Norwegian company Hydro.

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, and IFC’s subsequent exit from this investment.

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 US Foodservice to an affiliate of private equity firms Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co. and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, and on its US$310 million sale of the Tops supermarkets to affiliates of Morgan Stanley Private Equity.

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 for M&A and Private Equity in the United States, Euromoney's Expert Guide, 2021

Ranked by Chambers & Partners for nine years running including in Chambers & Partners Global (2022).

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.'"

Leading Individual, Qatar, The Legal 500, 2013-2021

Highly Regarded, IFLR1000, 2021