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Asset finance and structured finance

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  1. Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Gerard Kastelein - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Mandeep Lotay - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Michaëla Ulrici - NautaDutilh
    • Pieter van Welzen - Clifford Chance

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Allen & Overy LLP’s expertise in derivatives – where it has Dutch and English law capabilities – is a differentiator in the market. It also maintains a busy practice advising on a range of structured finance and asset finance transactions. A team that included Gerard Kastelein advised Nationale-Nederlanden Bank on the bank’s first two residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) transactions. Niels de Ru is recommended.

Clifford Chance is a strong brand both locally and internationally for finance and capital markets transactions. In the aviation finance space, a team which included Hein Tonnaer recently advised DBS Bank as lead arranger and original lender on the financing of a Boeing 777-200. Frank Graaf heads the financial regulatory and derivatives practice.

The securitisation team at NautaDutilh is led by Arjan Scheltema and has had a hand in several of the most significant and innovative RMBS transactions in the market. It also has experience in asset portfolio acquisitions and transfers. Michaëla Ulrici attracts strong praise.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. maintains a broad structured finance practice, where it acts for traditional lenders, alternative lenders and other players. Corinne Schot recently advised a leading bank on its derivatives contracts offered to clients in several jurisdictions. The team, which is led by Schot and Philippe Steffens, has a particularly good track record advising international banks on entering the Dutch mortgage market.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Mandeep Lotay is a key figure for structured finance and securitisation work, having years of experience and English law capabilities. He continues to be involved in the most high-profile securitisation transactions in the market, and recently advised J.P. Morgan as arranger and lead manager of Obvion’s €2bn RMBS.

Loyens & Loeff’s multidisciplinary teams of finance and real estate experts frequently work together on high-value property finance transactions. RMBS deals are also mainstays for the team, which is led by Mariëtte van ‘t Westeinde; recent highlights include acting as transaction counsel to the vendor, Obvion, in three RMBS transactions. Asset finance expert Gianluca Kreuze is also recommended.

Stibbe’s clients include domestic and international financial institutions and corporates, which turn to it in a range of asset finance and securitisation transactions in the Benelux region. Jaap Willeumier heads the department; Rogier Raas is recommended.

Asset finance is a key area of strength within the banking and finance department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which has a large number of borrower-side clients. Structured finance deals also feature. Menno Stofer is recommended.

Houthoff has a broad finance practice, which in recent months has seen an uptick in asset finance deals. Real estate finance is a particular area of strength, where Aart Barkey Wolf is a key name. Loet Venrooy recently advised a client on the acquisition of a distressed loan portfolio.

Norton Rose Fulbright has longstanding expertise in the transport sector and regularly handles ship and aviation financing. The department also continued to see an increase in asset-based lending deals involving North American lenders. Wouter Hertzberger is the key figure in the team.

Derivatives specialist Rezah Stegeman is a key contact at Simmons & Simmons LLP and is highly recommended. The team’s ancillary expertise in tax and regulatory matters stands it in good stead for structured finance transactions. Clients include Rabobank and Citibank.

Real estate finance is a sweet spot for the banking practice at Van Doorne, and is a key component of recommended partner Angelique Thiele’s practice. The firm has niche expertise in hospital financing, where Roel Botter is the name to note.


Borrower side

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  1. Banking and finance: borrower side
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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Aside from its top tier financial institution clients, Allen & Overy LLP has a strong record acting on the borrower side of large finance transactions. In 2016, practice head Femke Bierman advising Delta Lloyd on a €600m club credit facility. Ongoing mandates include Niels de Ru and senior associate Erik-Jan Wagenvoort’s advice to Nidera on $900m unsecured revolving credit facilities. Ben Fox is another key member of the team.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s longstanding corporate clients turn to it for high-value and complex financing needs. A team of London and Amsterdam-based lawyers recently advised Fugro on a €500m syndicated revolving credit facility. Practice head Menno Stoffer advised NS Groep (Dutch Railways) on its €300m loan with the European Investment Bank to finance the purchase of next-generation Sprinter trains. Philips, AkzoNobel and Achmea are also clients.

The ‘very responsive, fast and hardworking’ finance group at Clifford Chance has notable borrower-side clients in addition to its strong banking client portfolio. The ‘extremely dedicated’ Jelle Hofland advised Sundio Group on its unitranche financing. Mark Huddlestone heads the department.

Loyens & Loeff provides an ‘excellent level of service’ to its corporate clients in a range of financing transactions, with recent mandates including acquisition finance, real estate finance and refinancings. A multidisciplinary team that included Sietske van ‘t Hooft advised Patrizia Immobilien on the financing of its purchase of two real estate portfolios.

David Viёtor heads the ‘fantastic’ team at NautaDutilh, which gives ‘practical and to-the-point advice’ and has ‘deep familiarity with products across banking and acquisition financing’. The multi-office practice includes Arjan Pors in London and Rotterdam-based Walter Schellekens.

Stek’s ‘outstanding’ team has a strong presence in mid-market borrowing. The sizeable team continues to expand at the associate level and Sharon Kaufmann was promoted to counsel in 2015. Jeroen Timmermans is also recommended.

Stibbe advises its corporate clients on high-value financing matters and recently picked up several new mandates in the healthcare and real estate sectors. A team which included Jaap Willeumier advised Intertrust on its €515m and $100 term and revolving facilities agreement in the context of its IPO. Maarten de Bruin is also recommended and Rein van Helden made partner in 2016.

Vincent Bettonville heads the team at AKD, which represents borrowers in a range of acquisition finance, project finance and structured finance transactions. Clients include CBRE, Benson Elliot and Seaway Heavy Lifting.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. represents major domestic and international companies in large transactions, often with cross-border elements. In one recent example, a multi-office team which included Marcel Janssen advised Acibadem Healthcare Group on the financing of its purchase of two hospital operators.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘professional team’ handles a range of real estate finance, acquisition finance and corporate lending transactions for private equity firms and corporate clients. Thijs Flokstra recently advised a telecoms company on its debut debt financing provided by two Dutch banks. Senior associate Max Mayer is well regarded.

Loet Venrooy heads the ‘lean and very dedicated’ banking team at Houthoff, which has resources in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London and New York, making it well placed to assist in multi-jurisdictional matters. Project finance is a particular area of expertise. Jessica Terpstra is recommended.

Key figures in Linklaters’ Amsterdam finance department are practice head Paul Kuipers, recently promoted partner Mees Roelofs and managing associate Andrei Babiy. Its borrower-side clients include large companies and private equity firms.

Lexence acts for borrowers across a broad spectrum of financing, refinancing and restructuring transactions. Practice head Charles Destrée is ‘hands-on and sensible’, with ‘a pragmatic approach’.

With a strong office network, Simmons & Simmons LLP is well placed to act in cross-border transactions. Marieke Driessen recently advised a global food and beverages company on a €75m syndicated credit facility to be used in part for an acquisition of a Belgian company.

Van Doorne excels at real estate finance and hospital finance. In one highlight, Angelique Thiele advised McArthurGlen on the refinancing of loans totalling almost €293m for the development of a major outlet centre. Roel Botter and Stefan van Rossum are other key figures.


Lender or arranger side

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  1. Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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Allen & Overy LLP’s longstanding position in the Dutch market combined with its strong office network ensures a steady stream of domestic and cross-border finance transactions for major Dutch and international banks. ABN AMRO is among its key clients; a team led by Ben Fox recently advised the bank on the extension of existing facilities for Allseas Group, which involved a US private placement and a European syndicated loan facility. Femke Bierman heads the ‘solution-oriented’ department. Aroen Kuitenbrouwer is also recommended.

A ‘go-to firm’ in the banking and finance space, Clifford Chance is noted for its ‘fast response times’ and ability to ‘use knowledge from other offices and colleagues’. It retains strong relationships with leading Dutch banks, which it advises in their capacity as lenders in high-value deals and – increasingly – in a range of advisory and other corporate transactions. Practice head Mark Huddlestone advised Citibank as original lender and arranger of the financing of two cruise vessels for Carnival. Also recommended are ‘excellent attorney’ Angela McEwan, ‘very flexible and pragmatic partner’ Jelle Hofland and Titus de Vries, who ‘thinks outside of the box’.

The lean and experienced team at Linklaters leverages its strong office network to work on high-value, multi-jurisdictional financings and refinancings. Paul Kuipers and colleagues recently advised the senior lenders on the amendment and extension of existing facilities for a retail group and Mees Roelofs acted for ABN AMRO on the renewal of a Dutch company’s €1bn senior unsecured multi-currency revolving credit facility.

The ‘highly professional’ banking department at NautaDutilh has a longstanding reputation in the market and can leverage its offices in London and New York on cross-border transactions. Jaco Belder recently advised ING and ABN AMRO on a €240m senior secured term loan facility for Merin. David Viëtor heads the ‘reliable and efficent’ team, which includes the ‘very responsive, flexible and focused’ Arjan Pors.

DLA Piper’s clients include some of the key players in the Dutch financial services market, which it assists with a range of real estate, project and acquisition finance transactions and restructurings. Gerard Kneppers advised ING on the financing of the acquisition by Avedon Capital Partners of Robidus Participaties. ‘Good negotiatorLex Oosterling is noted for his ‘dedicated client focus’. The team continues to grow organically, with several new hires at the junior level.

Thijs Flokstra’s team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides Dutch and English law services to domestic and international financial institutions. In the trade, commodity and export finance space, a team led by Mandeep Lotay advised Rabobank on the financing of Ukrainian grain producer, OJSC Myronivsky Hliboproduct, in a deal which encourages trade between the Netherlands and Ukraine. Senior associate Max Mayer is recommended.

The financial markets practice group at Houthoff is one of the firm’s cornerstone departments; project finance, real estate finance and real estate loan transfer transactions are among its areas of expertise. In one standout deal, Loet Venrooy advised 15 banks on the $4.4bn project financing provided to Oyu Tolgoi. Jessica Terpstra is another key figure in the team.

The ‘hands-on and solution-oriented’ banking group at Loyens & Loeff regularly acts for financial institutions and, in 2016, a team led by Sietske van ‘t Hooft advised JPMorgan Chase as arranger of an asset-based lending facility for GoPro. Kitty Lieverse heads the practice, which includes the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and ‘deal-driven’ Gianluca Kreuze.

Stek’s key attributes are its ‘commercial outlook’ and ‘proactive approach’. The firm often receives work from major Dutch banks and referrals from international law firms. It recently advised ABN AMRO, ING, NIBC and Rabobank on the financing of a Dutch company. Maarten van der Graaf and Jeroen Timmermans are recommended.

Jaap Willeumier heads the ‘very efficient’ and ‘professional’ team at Stibbe, in which recently promoted partner Rein van Helden advised Deutsche Bank on the debt financing provided to Cision for its acquisition of PR Newswire.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.’s broad office network ensures a strong flow of cross-border transactions for the Amsterdam finance group, which is led by Marcel Janssen. Janssen and a multi-office team advised three Dutch banks on a $90m borrowing base facility for the European subsidiary of a Latin American company.

CMS has a strong specialism in real estate financing, where it is regularly instructed by financial institutions as lenders. Eduard Scheenstra recently advised Deutsche Hypothekenbank on the financing of Patrizia Immobilien’s acquisition of a premium property portfolio. Hotel finance transactions also feature.

Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to establish itself as a notable player in the Dutch finance market, with a good track record of advising domestic and international financial institutions. It has developed a particular specialism in the unitranche financing market and recently advised European Capital and ABN AMRO on the unitranche acquisition financing of Xendo; Wouter Jongen led the advice.

The ‘very experienced’ team at Norton Rose Fulbrightgoes the extra mile’ for its clients. It has a particularly active practice advising on the financing of transportation assets and projects, with recent highlights including Wouter Hertzberger’s advice to Crédit Agricole and Société Générale on a financing of railway stock. Paul Vine is ‘a very flexible and innovative partner’.

Simmons & Simmons LLP handles a range of transactions for domestic and international banks and is noted for its ability to ‘deliver under great time pressure’. Marieke Driessen heads the team, which notably hired asset-backed finance transaction specialist Jeroen Bos from Allen & Overy LLP.

Van Doorne receives plaudits for its ‘very practical and commercially oriented advice’ and ‘fast response times’. Recent mandates include Angelique Thiele advising NIBC Bank on the financing of a student housing construction project and Stefan van Rossum acting for Rabobank and FGH Bank on term loans made available to Ballast Nedam in the context of its debt restructuring and takeover.


Regulatory

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  1. Banking and finance: regulatory
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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The success of NautaDutilh’s busy bank regulatory practice is thanks in large part to highly regarded practice head Larissa Silverentand, who has devoted several years to the financial regulatory field, both in practice and academia. The team is a popular choice among major Dutch and international financial institutions, many of which it is currently advising on the implementation of MiFID II. Recently promoted partner Frans van der Eerden is praised as showing ‘flexibility’ and ‘an open mind’.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a strong name in the market, with a dedicated team focusing on the financial regulatory field. It regularly represents domestic and multinational banks, investment firms and insurance companies in regulatory matters in the context of major transactions. Francine Schlingmann is a key figure in the department; Mariken van Loopik and Kees Groffen are also recommended.

A broad range of banks, investment funds, pension funds and insurance companies turn to the experienced regulatory department at Loyens & Loeff. The well-regarded Kitty Lieverse heads the department, which includes recommended of counsel Bart Joosen and ‘a strong team of junior associates’, as well as the ‘excellent’ Martijn Schoonewille, who made partner in 2017.

The dedicated regulatory practice at Simmons & Simmons LLP is led by Rezah Stegeman, who is ‘very accessible and reachable, and always ahead of the latest developments in banking regulations’. He has been advising numerous Dutch banks on complex issues surrounding Capital Requirements Directive IV (CRD IV). Aside from domestic banks, the team is regularly instructed by major international players in the financial services sector.

Very knowledgeable and clear in its advice and expertise’, the team at Stibbe handles a range of advisory and transaction-related regulatory work and enforcement. Practice head Rogier Raas is ‘an excellent lawyer, litigator and adviser’. He is currently representing a European insurance company in regulatory litigation against the Dutch Central Bank.

A niche law firm with a dedicated team, that delivers in terms of quality, response time and availability’, Finnius has a broad workload that includes regulatory advisory, enforcement and litigation. Casper Riekerk is noted for his ‘practical and workable solutions’; Bart Bierman combines ‘accuracy’ and ‘good knowledge of the industry’. Rosemarijn Labeur and Andries Doets also attract praise.

Since its establishment in 2011, Hart advocaten N.V. has built up a strong practice focusing on contentious and non-contentious financial regulatory matters, where it represents leading Dutch banks and insurance companies. Frank ’t Hart has ‘a lot of experience in the financial sector’ and Noëlle Wijnstekers is ‘excellent in litigation’.


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