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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 Buruma 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.

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