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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 Buruma, 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.

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