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Carlos is Head of AKD’s Corporate M&A practice. With two decades of experience, Carlos advises on complex cross-border transactions, on - both domestic and international – strategic and private equity acquisitions, participations, divestments and exits, buyouts, joint ventures, and corporate restructurings, as well as on corporate law issues and critical contracting matters. Carlos is a trusted advisor to many of his clients. He counts among his extensive and diverse client base, entrepreneurs and large quoted and private companies, based in the Netherlands and overseas, as well as a number of private equity firms. Carlos’ work spans a wide range of industries and sectors, including transport & logistics, energy, food, manufacturing, technology and leisure. Clients benefit from his responsive, pragmatic approach and his ability to focus on his clients' principal deal objectives. Spain and Latin America are a particular focus for Carlos’ practice and over the years he has advised in relation to strategic investments by numerous Spanish and Latin American companies in the Benelux. Carlos also heads our firm's Spanish Desk. The Spanish Desk is further comprised of native Spanish speaking lawyers and tax advisors and services Spanish and Latin American clients with their investments and operations in the Benelux, as well as liaising with partner firms in Spain and Latin America to advise internationally operating clients investing in Spain or Latin America. Leveraging their language skills and international legal expertise, the team acts in cross-border matters for major Spanish and Latin American companies. As a member of our AKD’s International Strategy Committee, he is one of the main contacts of our firm for international relations and dealings with partner firms abroad. Carlos has been repeatedly recognised as a leader in his field, and continues to be recognised as a leading Corporate M&A Lawyer by all legal directories, including Chambers & Partners, Legal 500 and IFRL 1000, with clients and peers praising him for his "extensive knowledge and solid commercial awareness in combination with strong negotiation skills" (Chambers Global 2019). Legal 500 qualifies Carlos as a ‘Key Individual’ and states “Carlos Pita Cao is praised for his business acumen and down-to-earth attitude”. IFLR1000, identifies Carlos as a leading lawyer in his field and quotes a client: "Carlos Pita Cao is excellent, very good, and superb, [...]. [He is] very responsive understands the pressures of clients and gives excellent advice. The main thing that impressed [...] was the way he picks up the vital parts in legal documentation to understand how to achieve the commercial end." His accolades further include winning the prestigious Iberian Lawyer 40 under Forty Awards in 2015, being the only lawyer distinguished with this Award practicing outside of Spain or Portugal to date. Carlos is fluent in Dutch, English and Spanish. Specialization and expertise • Mergers & Acquisitions • Private Equity • Corporate Law • Restructurings Memberships • Admitted to the Rotterdam Bar • International Bar Association (IBA) Education: • AKD MBA, Nyenrode Business University • Grotius Law Academy, “Corporate Transactions” (cum laude) • Compulsory Professional Education Programme of the Netherlands Bar Association and subsequent Bar Exam • EC Competition Law, King’s College London (with distinction) • MA European and International Law, Catholic University of Tilburg, the Netherlands (with honours) Miscellaneous: • Exclusively recommended by the Spanish Embassy in the Netherlands for commercial and corporate matters

Carlos Pita Cao

Carlos Pita Cao




Pita Cao

Lawyer; Partner

+31 88 253 5575


+31 6 11 38 00 42




Corporate / M&A; Private Equity; Corporate / Structuring








Corporate / M&A

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Iberian Lawyer 40 under Forty award for Carlos Pita Cao

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AKD advises Strömma & Sjöfart

Stockholm-based sightseeing operator Strömma Turism & Sjöfart AB (Strömma) has acquired a majority interest in its Dutch counterpart Canal Company, effective from June 7, 2016.

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