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Allen & Overy LLP’s practice has ‘in-depth experience and a strong reputation’ for handling high-value issuances, loan portfolio transactions and complex securitisation. ‘Loyal, knowledgeable and well-regarded’ practice head Gerard Kastelein and senior associate Jonathan Heeringa acted for Nationale Nederlanden Bank on the establishment of its €3bn debt issuance programme. Other clients include ING Bank and KPN.

Clients of the ‘quick, accurate’ team at Clifford Chance include issuers such as Deutsche Telekom and Volkswagen as well as underwriters and arrangers such as UniCredit Bank. The ‘ever-accessible’ Jurgen van der Meer, who ‘always goes the extra mile’, advised Rabobank on the establishment of a €30bn note programme. Pieter van Welzen, Frank Graaf, senior counsel Tineke Kothe and senior associate Esther Griffioen are also recommended.

Particularly active on the issuer side, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice is led by Niek Biegman, who splits his time between London and Amsterdam. Menno Stoffer advised RELX on the establishment of a $2bn note programme. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Ferdinand Hengst assisted Royal Schiphol Group with various issuances from its €3bn note programme. Jan Marten van Dijk retired in September 2017.

Noted for its regulatory expertise and its handling of complex debt products, Linklaters’ team counts J.P. Morgan, Rabobank and Unilever among its clients. Department head Pim Horsten and highly active managing associate Menno Baks acted for ING Groep on its issuance of $1bn-worth of convertible securities, and advised a group of managers including Deutsche Bank on the establishment of a €3bn note programme.

NautaDutilh’s ‘very experienced’ team is ‘quick to react, always available’ and benefits from having firm offices in London and New York. Antonia Netiv, who ‘understands both business and regulations’, and department head Petra Zijp advised Van Lanschot on the update of its €2bn structured notes programme. Arjan Scheltema is ‘knowledgeable and clear-thinking’.

Counting tax, structuring and regulatory expertise as key strengths, Loyens & Loeff’s ‘high-level, very client-oriented’ department acts for clients including J.P. Morgan, HSBC and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. ‘Experienced, hands-on and humorous’ practice head Martijn Schoonewille, who made partner in January 2017, acted for Mondelēz International Holdings Netherlands on various note issuances worth over $3.7bn in total.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘fast, high-quality’ team is ‘always approachable’ and ‘very good at making complex subjects comprehensible’. It is noted for its international capabilities: practice head Peter Voorhees is US-qualified. The ‘hands-on, personable’ Marieke Driessen is well known for her regulatory knowledge and structured finance expertise. Clients include ING Bank, RBS and the Dutch Ministry of Finance.

Especially active in acting for global corporates on note issuances, Stibbe’s practice also handles debt instrument restructuring. Rein van Helden and Jaap Willeumier assisted British American Tobacco with its approximately $17.2bn bond issuance, while Pieter Schütte advised Steinhoff International on an €800m bond issuance, constituting the company’s debut on the European bond market.

The key partners at Baker McKenzie are Philippe Steffens, who acted for Arrow Global Group on a £220m high-yield bond issuance, and derivatives expert Corinne Schot. Regulatory advice and bond restructuring are also key strengths of the department, clients of which include Nyrstar and Metinvest.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team provides ‘prompt’ advice and stands out for its knowledge of the market; the practice counts structured finance and securitisation among its strengths. Mandeep Lotay acted for NN Group on its issuance of €900m-worth of notes, and assisted Wereldhave with establishing its €2bn EMTN programme. Associate Tim Elkerbout is highly recommended.

The ‘dedicated, precise’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP has cross-border capabilities, and acts mostly for financial institutions. Robert Masman, who is ‘easy to work with’ and has ‘good market understanding’, leads the team jointly with Wouter Jongen; Masman advised ABN Amro and HSBC as joint lead managers on a €574m securitisation by LeasePlan Nederland.

Houthoff’s practice is active on the issuer and the investor side. Jessica Terpstra advised J.P. Morgan Securities as the initial purchasers on RCS & RDS’ €350m note issuance; Samvardhana Motherson Group is an issuer client. Alexander Kaarls heads the practice, and André de Neve, who splits his time between Rotterdam and New York, is also recommended.

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