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NautaDutilh’s ‘excellent, quick and pragmatic’ department is highly regarded by clients for its ‘in-depth knowledge’. Department head Larissa Silverentand, who is ‘outstanding’ and ‘to the point’, has been advising the Dutch Banking Association on drawing up the Code of Conduct for financing SMEs. Frans van der Eerden assisted ASR Nederland with documentation and regulatory issues regarding the establishment of the ASR Mortgage Fund for institutional investors. The team includes of counsel Pim Rank.

At Allen & Overy LLP, the well-regarded financial services regulatory practice often acts for financial institutions and major companies across a broad range of regulatory matters, including M&A regulatory work. Brechje van der Velden advised Dutch Central Bank on various regulatory issues arising from the transfer of shares in Conservatrix to Eli Global. The group is headed by Gerard Kastelein and includes counsel Bas Jennen.

Clients praise the financial markets regulatory practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for ‘combining excellent legal advice with in-depth knowledge of clients’ strategic challenges and needs’. Co-head Mariken van Loopik, who has ‘extensive knowledge’, and the ‘very experienced’ Jan Willem Hoevers advised ABN Amro on the regulatory aspects of the approximately €1.5bn sale of its shares by shareholder NLFI on behalf of the Dutch state. Co-head Ernest Meyer Swantee and Kees Groffen are names to note. Francine Schlingmann has left the practice.

The ‘practical and responsive’ team at Loyens & Loeff has considerable experience in acting for investment funds, pension funds and insurers. Practice head Kitty Lieverse led advice to BlackFin Capital Partners on the regulatory issues regarding its acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares in Buckaroo from Intrum Justitia. The ‘experienced, hands-on’ Martijn Schoonewille was instructed by Stichting Continuïteit Delta Lloyd on the regulatory aspects of its sale of shares to NN Group, as well as obtaining a declaration of no-objection from the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and European Central Bank. Of counsel Bart Joosen is also recommended.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘pragmatic’ and ‘very friendly’ team has been increasingly active in Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) matters. Group head Rezah Stegeman, who is ‘a real expert’, is assisting a number of clients such as Rabobank, BNG Bank and asset manager Actiam with the implementation of MiFID II rules. Stegeman also advised LeasePlan on compliance with collateral rules under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Minke Hoekstra as of counsel from Shell Asset Management Company.

Known for its ‘industry expertise’, Stibbe’s group often works closely with the firm’s Brussels office to handle Benelux-related regulatory and compliance work, and has been increasingly busy in fintech matters. ‘Proactive’ group head Rogier Raas is representing ING in all cases arising from allegations of misselling interest rate swaps to SMEs. The team includes of counsel Steven Hijink.

Baker McKenzie’s team is known for its strong international capabilities. Recent highlights include advising on the regulatory aspects of Daimler Financial Services’ €1.1bn acquisition of Athlon Car Lease International. The team is headed by the ‘highly intelligentCorinne Schot.

Clifford Chance’s practice acts for a diverse client base that includes Dutch and international banks, corporates and private equity houses. Marian Scheele advised Blue Sky Group on various regulatory matters, including a restructuring compliant with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and MiFID II. Titus de Vries heads the group.

Jointly led by Paul Hopman and associate Juliët de Graaf, DLA Piper’s department has strong cross-border capabilities. De Graaf is advising Rabobank on the regulatory issues regarding a derivatives misselling matter. Other clients include ING, MS Amlin and Ares Management.

Known for its ‘no-nonsense, practical advice’, Dentons Boekel’s team has experience in handling regulatory issues for banks and international companies. Citco, Cathay Investments and Deutsche Postbank are among the firm’s clients. The team is jointly led by the ‘knowledgeableJeroen den Hamer and the ‘very sharpJan-Mathijs Hermans.

Finnius’ ‘excellent’ practice often advises financial institutions on EU regulatory issues and enforcement matters. The highly recommended Bart Bierman successfully advised Mastercard on a license application with the DNB, and continues to be instructed on ongoing issues. Andries Doets assisted Tele2 with obtaining a license from the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets as a credit provider. Casper Riekerk, Rosemarijn Labeur and Andries Doets are also names to note.

Clients regard the team at Hart advocaten N.V. as ‘very knowledgeable when it comes to regulatory law and duty-of-care issues’. It is jointly headed by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Frank ’t Hart and Noëlle Wijnstekers, who are rated for their ‘outstanding’ litigation expertise.

Linklaters’s well-regarded group has considerable experience in acting for international financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory matters. Managing associate Jan Jans was instructed by equensWorldline on the implementation of a clearing system for instant payments. Pim Horsten leads the group.

The integrated team at Norton Rose Fulbright often assists multinational companies and international financial institutions with matters involving Dutch regulators. Practice head Floortje Nagelkerke advised Frasers Centrepoint on the regulatory issues arising from its €316m acquisition of an 87% stake in Geneba Properties from Catalyst RE Coöperatief. Gijs van Leeuwen and Paul Vine are key names.

Excellent’ boutique firm Orange Clover Law has considerable experience in advising multinational companies on Dutch regulatory matters. ‘Knowledgeable, prompt’ practice head Alex Gonzalez has been advising on licensing issues involving Dutch regulators. Other clients include the New York Stock Exchange, Credit Suisse and Hansard.

Van Doorne’s team acts for a broad range of clients in the financial services sector, including banks, insurance companies and payment service providers, with ‘significant achievements in the fintech sector’. Group head Arno Voerman advised Intrum Justitia on regulatory issues arising from the sale of its interest in Buckaroo to BlackFin Capital Partners. Other clients include Travelex, European Merchant Services and International Card Services.

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