Willem Calkoen specialises in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) work - both public offers and private transactions – and in securities law and corporate governance. Willem has been involved in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, representing clients such as AT&T, General Electric, 3I, ICI, Knight Vinke and CalPERS, Perfetti Van Melle, Rexam, Smit Internationale, South African Paper Industries and Stork.
Willem graduated from Utrecht University in 1970 and served as a naval reserve officer until 1972, when he joined NautaDutilh. He became a partner in 1980. He was chairman of the Company Law Committee of the Section on Business Law (‘SBL’) of the International Bar Association from 1988 to 1992; an officer of the SBL from 1993 to 1998 and chairman of the SBL from 1997 to 1998.
Willem publishes regularly on topics such as joint ventures and corporate governance. He has been identified as highly recommended in Pritchard's European Legal 500 of 2004 and listed in Who's Who Legal for the Netherlands under M&A and corporate governance. He is acknowledged by European Legal Experts 2005 as a corporate and commercial expert.