Firm Advises Bavaria on Acquisition of Palm Belgian Craft Brewers

11 May 2016

International law firm Simmons & Simmons advised Dutch brewer Bavaria N.V. (‘Bavaria’) on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Palm Belgian Craft Brewers.

The 60% stake Bavaria has acquired will gradually be increased to 100%, full acquisition to be completed in 2021.

Partners Rob Hendriks and Pieter van Uchelen, who led on the deal, commented: "This transaction marks a major step in the execution of Bavaria's clear-cut growth strategy through expansion into the international beer market, more specifically the special beers market. Given the fact that this transaction, being a phased takeover of an essentially Belgian company, required specialist expertise, we benefited from the know-how offered by our Brussels office, proving once again the added value and strength of our firm's international network. Our ample experience in the Foods & Drinks sector has proved advantageous as well. With this transaction, we continue to build on our long-standing relationship with Bavaria."

The financial aspects of the deal were arranged by partner Marieke Driessen and Camilla Molino, who helped Bavaria secure the funding from the Dutch banks.

Other members of the team included Sandra Voet-van de Wijdeven, Valerie Sijberden (both based in the firm’s office in The Netherlands), France Wilmet and Michael Bulckaert (both based in the firm’s Brussels office).


Notes to editors:

1. We are a leading international law firm with fully integrated teams working through offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and bring experienced professionals to some of the most active growth markets today. Our focus on a small number of sectors means we are able to understand and respond to our clients’ needs. Our industry sectors are: Asset Management & Investment Funds, Financial Institutions, Life Sciences and Telecoms, Media & Technology (TMT). We also focus on the E&I market, in particular through our international projects and construction teams. We have a track record for innovation and delivering value to clients through new ways of working.

2. Simmons & Simmons is an international legal practice carried on by Simmons & Simmons LLP and its affiliated practices. Accordingly, references to Simmons & Simmons mean Simmons & Simmons LLP and the other partnerships and other entities or practices authorised to use the name “Simmons & Simmons” or one or more of those practices as the context requires. The word “partner” refers to a member of Simmons & Simmons LLP or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications or to an individual with equivalent status in one of Simmons & Simmons LLP’s affiliated practices. For further information on the international entities and practices, refer to

3. Visit our website at or our award-winning online legal service at

4. For further information, please contact Heather McMaster, Senior Communications & PR Executive on +44 207 825 3962 or at, or Lauryn Mann, Communications & PR Executive on +44 20 7825 3764 or email