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Freshfields advises Apax and Warburg Pincus on acquisition of T-Mobile Netherlands

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) is advising WP/AP Telecom Holdings IV B.V., an entity jointly controlled by funds advised by Apax Partners LLP and Warburg Pincus LLC, on the acquisition of T-Mobile Netherlands, the Dutch fixed and mobile communication services business, for an enterprise value of 5.1 billion euros. The sellers are Deutsche Telekom and Tele2 of Sweden.

Closing of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approvals and consultation with employee representatives.

Both Apax and Warburg Pincus have extensive experience in communications services and the broader telecommunications, media and technology (‘TMT’) sector and have invested in numerous companies in the sector globally.

The international Freshfields team operated out of Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Vienna. It is led by partners Markus Paul and Shawn der Kinderen and associates Carsten Haak and Christopher Yarrow and included Charlotte Kriekaard, Maximilian Hobuß, Tijn Mandema, Mirjam Meyer, Marlies de Wilde, Mark Maarschalkerweerd, Fabienne Tichelmann and Melissa Aldershof. Philipp Dohnke, Philipp Lehmann, Jan-Jaap Koningsveld, Hiske Roos and Philipp Simon advised on separation, IP and data matters. Regulatory advice was provided by Igor Dovgaliouk, Felix Roscam Abbing, Marcus Brabers, Max Immerzeel, Sharon Sloof, Tim van Helfteren and Bart Verheijen. Brechje Nollen, Babette Koning and Julia van Heusden advised on employment law aspects and Bob van Kasteren and Erisa Nuku on tax matters. Sanctions and compliance advice was provided by Stephan Denk, Lukas Pomaroli and Iris Hammerschmidt.