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Noted for its ‘excellent technical and practical advice’, the full-service team at Allen & Overy LLP provides ‘excellent value for money’. Practice head Tim Stevens, who is regarded by some clients as ‘the best in his field in the Netherlands’, advised Veon and VolkerWessels on their listings on Amsterdam Euronext; these IPOs were worth €13.8bn and €575m respectively. Annelies van der Pauw is also recommended.

The full-service practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is headed by Jan Willem Hoevers, who acted for Koninklijke Philips on its sale of shares in Philips Lighting in an accelerated book-build, with the latter repurchasing 3.5 million of its own shares. Niek Biegman advised on its €378m IPO, and advised Fugro on its placement of €190m-worth of convertible bonds.

Managing partner Petra Zijp heads the team at NautaDutilh, which has a strong line in handling foreign listings of Dutch companies. Zijp and Antonia Netiv advised AP Alternative Investments on the $1.1bn IPO of Athene, in which it was the largest shareholder. Netiv and Paul van der Bijl, a notary who specialises in public company work, advised trivago on its NASDAQ listing.

Basic-Fit, PostNL and ABN Amro are among the clients of Stibbe’s practice, which is led by managing partner Derk Lemstra. Pieter Schütte acted for Blackstone on its €186m sale of shares in Intertrust via an accelerated book-build, and assisted Intertrust with a €34m share buyback. He also advised NB Private Equity Partners on a $50m rights issuance.

The ‘hardworking’, ‘knowledgeable and always available’ team at Houthoff handles complex, cross-border ECM work. The ‘very smart, eminently reasonable’ and ‘incredibly knowledgeableJetty Tukker, who is ‘attentive to detail’, heads the group jointly with Alexander Kaarls; the duo acted for DP Eurasia on its £148m IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Tukker also advised Reggeborgh Group as shareholder on VolkerWessels’ €575m IPO.

Though particularly active on the underwriter side, Linklaters’ team counts Steinhoff International Holdings and Unilever among its clients. Department head Alexander Harmse advised financial institutions including ABN Amro and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on VolkerWessels’ €575m IPO; he also acted for Samsung Electronics on the sale of an approximately 50% stake in ASML Holding via a €597m private placement. Joost Dantuma is also recommended.

Clifford Chance assists clients with a broad range of equity capital markets (ECM) work, including IPOs, private placements and institutional offerings. Counsel Han Teerink assisted three major shareholders of Flow Traders with a €186m post-IPO share sell-down, and along with Hans Beerlage acted for J.P. Morgan Securities as bookrunner on NN Group’s €263m share offering.

With ‘in-depth knowledge and very quick turnarounds’, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s practice is ‘well worth the money’, and largely handles cross-border work. ‘Tactful, patient’ group head Dirk-Jan Smit ‘confidently provides highly sensitive advice in untested areas’, and is ‘very plugged in with the regulator’. The team assists clients such as Noxxon Pharma, argenx and Digi Communications with IPOs, share transfers and regulatory work. Hanneke Rothbarth made partner in May 2017.

Loyens & Loeff’s practice is led by Martijn Schoonewille, who advised Veon on selling shareholder Telenor East Holding II’s $259m share offering on Euronext Amsterdam. Nelleke Krol is very active in the space: she advised Avantium on its €103m IPO on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels, and acted for Griffin Premium RE on its PLN508m IPO on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

The key partners at Simmons & Simmons LLP are Marieke Driessen, the US-qualified Peter Voorhees and counsel Michiel Wurfbain, who has longstanding experience on the issuer and the investment bank side. Wurfbain and Voorhees advised Kiadis Pharma on a €5m private placement. Other clients include Intertrust and ABN Amro.

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