Information provider Wolters Kluwer was named the most active strategic investor in the Dutch mergers and acquisitions market over the past six years by M&A specialist Mena.nl.
With 18 M&A transactions on its belt over the six years, Wolters Kluwer was followed by chemicals group DSM (12 deals) and flower bulb concern Dümmen Orange with 11. Mena published its list of the 20 most active buyers between 2012 and June 2018 on Friday. Only transactions valued at €5m or more were included in the survey.
Wolters Kluwer, most often advised by Allen & Overy and PwC, was involved largely in companies ‘not related to core activities’ or invested in technology firms, Mena said.
Heineken and KPN were other Amsterdam bourse-listed companies which made the list. The top 20 was rounded up by ING which is known mostly for its role as M&A adviser. Among ING’s acquisitions was online residential property site Makelaarsland.