Shawn is a corporate partner in Amsterdam.
Shawn’s practice is focused on cross-border M&A and private equity. He has an international background and experience that are ideally suited to that environment.
He regularly advises clients on big-ticket M&A that involves co-ordinating teams in multiple jurisdictions. As a result, he knows how to run a global cross-practice transaction and manage teams in dozens of jurisdictions.
He works with clients in the energy sector, multinational consumer product groups and some of the international banks. He also regularly acts for both Dutch and international private equity clients and investment funds.
Shawn originally qualified as a South African lawyer and leads the firm’s activities and presence in sub-Saharan Africa, including countries such as South Africa. Namibia, Angola and Zambia. His background means that he understands the importance of cultural differences and how they may impact on ways of doing business.
One of Shawn's areas of focus is South Africa. Clients interested in South Africa and South African companies investing abroad will benefit from his understanding of this market.
‘Shawn der Kinderen is a corporate and private equity specialist. Peers sing his praises, saying: “He is efficient, finds solutions quickly and produces very high-quality work”.’
Chambers Europe 2011
‘Clients describe him as “thoughtful in presenting alternatives and finding solutions” while peers single him out as one of the best names for private equity work.’
Chambers Europe 2010
- Essent, the largest Dutch utility, on the €9.3bn sale of its production, trading and supply business to RWE AG and on the resolution of its ongoing dispute with Delta Energy regarding the nuclear power plant in Borssele, the Netherlands.
- Sara Lee on the disposal of its household and body care business, including transactions with Unilever, Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, Spotless and Godrej.
- Lanxess on the acquisition of the elastomer (a synthetic rubber) business of the Royal DSM NV.
Career to date
Shawn was educated at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. In 1999, he moved to the Netherlands to work with Loeff Claeys Verbeke, before joining our Amsterdam office in 2000.
Qualifications and education
European Advocate in the Netherlands
Solicitor in England and Wales
Attorney in South Africa
Dutch, English and Afrikaans