Viotta Law - Dirk de Waard

Dirk graduated from VU University of Amsterdam (LLB, LLM) and from Cornell Law School (LLM) where he specialized in Corporate, Finance and Securities law. Dirk started practicing practicing law with DeWaardSinke Advocaten in 2014 and was one of the founding partners at VIOTTA Advocaten in October 2018.

Expertise

Dirk specializes in corporate law, advising on corporate law issues, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments (private equity and venture capital), commercial contracts and start-up companies. Most of his practice consists of advising in the commercial law practice and for mergers & acquisitions. Dirk advises medium and large-sized companies, as well as investors and start-ups.

Previous positions.

  • Dirk was a committee member of the Anglo-Dutch Exchange 2016; and
  • board member and President of the Board of the Young Bar Association of Amsterdam from 2016 to 2018.

Dirk de Waard.

Recent cases.

Dirk de Waard.

Articles.

05 / 04 2022

One-tier board or two-tier board: an explanation of both governance models

The introduction of the one-tier board in a public limited liability company or private limited company was part of the Simplification and Flexibility of Private Limited Companies.

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29 / 03 2022

The investment climate in the Netherlands: tax adjustments are needed

In this article, corporate law attorney Dirk de Waard discusses the current scheme in the Netherlands and the adjustment of the tax scheme for share option rights, which tries to make Dutch startups more attractive to talented employees. In addition, a comparison is made with the regulations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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10 / 01 2022

5 million blunder at PICNIC by SAR

With the preparation of the annual figures, supermarket chain Picnic once again plunged into the red: it made a loss of 45 million in the 2020 financial year.

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05 / 01 2022

The purchase price adjustments in company acquisitions

In most transactions, the purchase price is based on the value of the company on the day the shares or assets/liabilities are delivered by seller to buyer. This value can be derived from the company's financial statements on the same transfer date. 

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05 / 01 2022

The different phases of a SPAC

The purpose of the founders of a SPAC, called “sponsors”, is to raise capital through an issuance of shares and warrants that are listed on a stock exchange, called “units” combined.

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15 / 11 2021

Stock Appreciation Rights: alternative reward for employees

With SAR, the employee does not receive shares, but a receivable on the value development of a share in a company. Viotta lawyer Dirk de Waard explains.

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15 / 11 2021

Alternative and simple financing instruments for early-stage investments: SAFE, KISS and EPOS

An alternative to the convertible loan agreement are the US-originated SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) and KISS (Keep it Simple Security). The Dutch variant is the EPOS (Easy Pre-payment on Shares). These are already widely used outside the Netherlands by Angel or venture capital investors.

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23 / 08 2021

Legal opinions on mergers and acquisitions (M&A)

Legal Opinions play an important role in Dutch legal practice, especially in international transaction and financing practices. Nevertheless, the average lawyer does not know much about opinions, nor about their backgrounds, set-up, scope and limitations.

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02 / 12 2020

Duty of care banks

It is alreaIt is already generally accepted that, because of the special function they hold, banks have a duty of care. This duty of care aims to protect individuals and companies against light financial decisions.

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