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  1. Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Femke Bierman - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Ben Fox - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Mark Huddlestone - Clifford Chance
    • Walter Schellekens - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

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Regarded as one of the ‘best in the industry’, Allen & Overy LLP’s practice counts banks such as ING and ABN Amro among its client base. Recent highlights include acting for Rabobank as lender on Cobepa’s acquisition of HG. Aroen Kuitenbrouwer led advice to ING as lender on the provision of two credit facilities valued at €64m and €100m, respectively, arising from Outdoor Life Group’s buyout by NPM Capital. Headed by Femke Bierman, the practice includes Ben Fox, Andrew Thomas and Niels de Ru.

Regarded as ‘one of the favourites’ in the market, Clifford Chance’s ‘extremely professional’ group has notable strength in assisting lenders with outbound transactions. Mark Huddlestone and Hein Tonnaer advised ING on an export credit facility agreement for the Ministry of Finance of Angola regarding the financing of a dredging and land reclamation project undertaken by Dutch contractor Van Oord. Angela McEwan, David Woolmer and Jackie Jones advised a syndicate involving ABN Amro on a $1bn secured revolving facility for Noble Group across ten jurisdictions. Group head Titus de Vries and Jelle Hofland are also recommended.

The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘highly rated’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has significant experience in handling cross-border financing transactions. Practice head Thijs Flokstra led advice to Rabobank as lender on the $250m bridge financing of TBG Group and on the corporate lending side he assisted ABN Amro, Bank of China and Rabobank with a €600m borrowing base financing for Tip Trailer Group. Clients also recommend ‘very experienced’ senior associate Max Mayer.

Linklaters’ team has considerable experience in acting for private equity sponsors, financial institutions and alternative credit providers on high-value transactions. Group head Paul Kuipers advised a six-strong syndicate of banks (Crédit Agricole CIB, Banca IMI, KfW IPEX-Bank, BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank and SEB) as the lenders on the €770m acquisition financing of Koole Terminals from EQT Infrastructure by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Mees Roelofs acted for ABN Amro as bridge lender regarding Stedin’s bid for Enduris. Other clients include ING, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank.

Considered a ‘go-to firm’, NautaDutilh’s ‘outstanding’ group has particular strength in cross-border lending transactions for international financial institutions, as well as in corporate lending. The ‘exemplaryElizabeth van Schilfgaarde led advice to Citibank as the lenders on the $3bn financing of FMC Corporation’s acquisition of certain businesses of DuPont and vice versa. David Viëtor acted for White Oak, Permira Debt Managers and H.I.G. WhiteHorse on the €220m financing of Bottega InvestCo’s acquisition of Getronics from Aurelius. Practice head Arjan Pors and Jaco Belder are also recommended.

In addition to acting for traditional lenders, Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ practice has seen an increase in work for alternative lenders such as private equity firms and is assisting China Minsheng Bank with an $800m loan to JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital to finance their acquisition of the standard products unit of NXP Semiconductors. The team includes Philippe Steffens, who heads the wider banking and finance department, and highly recommended counsel Fedor Tanke. Marcel Janssen joined Dentons Boekel.

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent’ finance and projects group is noted for its ‘great cross-border transactions expertise’. The ‘pragmaticGerard Kneppers, who ‘smoothly coordinates negotiations’, is advising ING, Rabobank and ABN Amro on a secured financing for Trading Company Rotterdam. The practice is headed by the ‘reliableLex Oosterling, who is ‘a true dealmaker’. Other clients include RBS, Amsterdam Trade Bank and Aareal Bank.

Houthoff’s ‘responsive’, ‘high-quality team’ is often instructed by major Dutch and international banks on high-value financings. Group head Loet Venrooy is acting for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Neuberger Berman on a shari’ah-based financing, as well as restructuring matters. Jessica Terpstra is a name to note.

At Loyens & Loeff, the ‘excellent’, ‘very responsive’ department regularly represents financial institutions and corporations in domestic and international financing matters. Sietske van ‘t Hooft has particular expertise in asset-based lending and financing transactions. The team, which is headed by Kitty Lieverse, includes Gianluca Kreuze.

Rated by clients as ‘consistent’ and ‘good to work with’, boutique firm Stek often handles corporate lending, healthcare financings and project financings. Recent highlights include advising ABN Amro on a number of bilateral acquisition financings. Key names include Maarten van der Graaf, Jeroen Timmermans and Sharon Kaufmann.

Stibbe’s ‘flexible’ and ‘responsive’ multi-disciplinary group has experience in handling cross-border financings across a broad range of sectors. Co-head Rein van Helden, Jaap Willeumier and Joannes de Bont led advice to European Investment Bank on a financing package of €350m for Schiphol Airport regarding an expansion. Maarten de Bruin is the practice co-head.

CMS’ well-regarded practice has experience in financing transactions across a broad range of sectors, including real estate, leisure and energy. It is headed by Eduard Scheenstra, who often acts for lenders, as well as for corporations in the hotel and leisure sectors.

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is jointly led by Wouter Jongen, who has particular expertise in acquisition financing and debt capital market transactions, and Robert Masman, who specialises in asset-backed structured and real estate financing matters. Jongen acted for Goldman Sachs on the refinancing of US private equity firm Paine Schwartz Partners’ acquisition of Suba Seeds Group. Other clients include ING, ABN Amro and Rabobank.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has considerable experience in acting for Dutch and international financial institutions as lenders on cross-border transactions. Practice head Wouter Hertzberger and Gijs van Leeuwen advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on an asset-based loan to Hudson Bay regarding its acquisition of Galeria Holding. The team also includes Paul Vine and Berend Crans.

Boutique firm Orange Clover Law often acts for financial institutions on cross-border financings across various sectors, including real estate and energy. Group head Kees Hooft advised ING on the financing of Assala Energy’s acquisition of Gabon from Shell. Hooft also acted for BNG Bank on its financing of an onshore wind farm. Other clients include Triodos Bank, Natixis and Wells Fargo.

At Simmons & Simmons LLP, the group is noted for handling a broad range of financing matters, including real estate financing. It is jointly headed by Marieke Driessen, who is ‘a key asset’, Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen and counsel Frédérique Jacobse.

Rated for its ‘good market knowledge’, Van Doorne’s multidisciplinary practice primarily handles real estate financing, corporate lending, restructuring and leveraged financing matters. Co-head Stefan van Rossum led advice to Rabobank as lender on a bridge facility for a number of dairy farmers following new Dutch legislation. Co-head Angelique Thiele is also highly recommended.

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