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  1. Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
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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.

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