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The ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic, hands-on’ team at Allen & Overy LLP is ‘highly responsive, day and night’. The ‘very well connected’ Jan Louis Burggraaf acted for TNT Express on FedEx’s €4.4bn public offer to buy the company. Annelies van der Pauw and ‘tough negotiator’ Charles Honée lead the practice, which also includes Christiaan de Brauw, who joined from NautaDutilh in May 2016, and the ‘very pragmatic’ Tim Stevens.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘outstanding, extremely knowledgeable’ team is headed by Arne Grimme, who advised Rabobank on its €1.1bn sale of Athlon Car Lease International to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Nederland. Bernard Roelvink is ‘a very practical problem-solver’, and Reinier Kleipool has ‘a thorough legal mind’.

NautaDutilh is commended for its cross-border capabilities, including its ‘very helpful’ New York office. Lieke van der Velden acted for NLFI on one of the largest domestic deals of the year: the Dutch state’s €895m sale of Propertize to Lone Star and JPMorgan Chase. Teska van Vuren heads the department.

Stibbe’s ‘excellent’ practice is led by Allard Metzelaar, who advised Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division on the buyout of Vurense Snack Industrie and Continental Bakeries from NPM Capital. Corporate clients include Sonova, Qorvo and Panasonic Healthcare. Duco de Boer and Björn van der Klip are recommended.

Henk Arnold Sijnja leads the ‘very good, friendly’ team at Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V., for which recent clients include Daimler, Medtronic and Macquarie. Personnel changes saw senior associate Jason van de Pol hired from Loyens & Loeff, with Mike Jansen moving to Jones Day and Sophie Dingenen joining Bird & Bird LLP.

Clifford Chance’s ‘top-notch’ department gives ‘pragmatic, carefully tailored’ advice. The team advised ABN AMRO on the merger of the financial processing businesses of its subsidiary, Equens, with that of Worldline to form Equens Worldline Company. Gregory Crookes is ‘highly technically skilled’, and Hans Beerlage and energy specialist David Griston is also recommended.

McCain Foods, AstraZeneca and Hewlett-Packard are among the clients of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘very client-focused, highly dependable’ team, which advised AB InBev on its sale of Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime to Asahi Group Holdings. Practice head and civil law notary Dirk-Jan Smit combines ‘technical knowledge with a practical, commercial approach’.

The ‘diligent, talented’ team at Houthoff Buruma does ‘excellent work every time’. Alexander Kaarls acted for Freescale Semiconductor on its €14.27bn merger with NXP Semiconductors, the largest-ever transaction in the semiconductor industry. Jan-Paul van der Hoek heads the practice, which also includes the ‘pragmaticWillem de Nijs Bik, who has ‘good negotiation skills’.

Linklaters’ Pieter Riemer and practice head Bart Jan Kuck advised Equens on its €72m merger with Worldline. In other work, Jan Willem de Boer assisted Recruit Holdings Co with its €1.42bn tender offer for USG People. Other clients include Unilever and Steinhoff. Guido Portier joined from Loyens & Loeff.

Loyens & Loeff’s practice is headed by Harmen Holtrop, who recently advised Van Oers United on its sale to Agrial. Freek Jonkhart acted for Volkswagen AG and Global Mobility Holding on their disposal of LeasePlan Corporation to a consortium of Dutch and Danish funds.

At Dentons Boekel, the ‘strategic, approachableMarc Elshof leads the commercial team while Casper Haket is head of corporate and M&A; clients include General Electric and Johnson Controls. ‘Very knowledgeable’ notary Jan-Mathijs Hermans joined from Simmons & Simmons LLP in January 2016 and Ines van Dijk, the country’s youngest civil law notary, is now a partner.

DLA Piper’s ‘outstanding’ practice, which is led by Daphne Bens, is ‘good value for money’. Clients include NN Hotels and Dentsu AEGIS Network. Barbara van Hussen and Richard Fens are particularly active. ‘Great deal managerPieter Paul Terpstra is ‘a very personable, professional’ senior associate.

The ‘efficient’ team at De Breij Evers Boon provides ‘plenty of senior involvement at a very competitive rate’. ‘Pragmatic, creative problem-solverDennis de Breij assisted Aalberts Industries with its sale of Overeem to Hadley Group. Laura Overes is ‘well prepared and communicative’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s clients include Honeywell, Fluor, RGA and SAB Miller. Victor de Vlaam advised PPG on the sale of its European fibreglass manufacturing operations to Nippon Electric Glass Co. Johannes Buntjer heads the practice.

Mike Jansen now leads Jones Day’s ‘very responsive, high-end’ practice, having joined from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.. The ‘outstandingMarc Rijkaart van Cappellen recently advised Hermes Microvision on its €2.8bn sale to ASML. Floris Pierik is recommended.

The ‘brilliant’ department at Simmons & Simmons LLP is led by Leo Verhoeff, who is noted for his ‘knowledge, speed and high-quality advice’. Rob Hendriks advised Bavaria on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Palm Belgian Craft Brewers. Oscar Hoefnagels was promoted to partner.

Arnout Stroeve heads Van Doorne’s ‘respected, well-informed’ practice, which gives ‘in-depth, focused’ advice. ABN AMRO, Karl Lagerfeld Group and Solera are clients. Jeroen Sombezki and healthcare and life sciences specialist Dimitri van Hoewijk made partner in January 2016.

Bird & Bird LLP’s team has ‘many industry experts that can answer sector-specific questions’. ‘Reliable, decisive’ practice head Pauline Vos is ‘a pleasure to work with’. ‘Communicative, approachable’ energy expert Sophie Dingenen joined from Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. in June 2016.

CMS’ lawyers are commended for their ‘efficiency and shared knowledge’. Practice head Roman Tarlavski acted for AutoScout24 Nederland on its €28m purchase of all of European AutoTrader’s capital from Sanoma Media Netherlands. Pieter van Duijvenvoorde and Reinout Slot are recommended.

The team at Eversheds Sutherland B.V. is jointly led by Miriam van Ee, Rob Faasen, Jan ter Horst and Tom van Wijngaarden, who is a life sciences expert and ‘a pragmatic, tough negotiator’. Van Ee advised Agro-Invest Brinky on the sale of one of its Russian poultry businesses to CPF Netherlands.

Lexence’s ‘trustworthy’ department provides a ‘seamless service’ for its clients, which include VolkerWessels, RTL Netherlands and Takeaway.com. Joost Houtman and ‘excellent negotiatorLuc Habets lead the team, which recently hired civil law notary Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst from DLA Piper.

At Norton Rose Fulbright, ‘incredible’ practice head Saskia Blokland has ‘an amazing grasp of detail and project management’. She advised CAE on its purchase of Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training from Lockheed Martin Corporation. The team’s other clients include AmTrust Financial Services and Ingram Micro.

At Stek, the ‘very responsive, friendlyMaarten van der Graaf and the ‘pragmatic, hands-onEelco Bijkerk assisted Duvel Moortgat with its acquisition of a stake in Brouwerij ‘t IJ. Senior associate Michaël Rijnja joined from Allen & Overy LLP in May 2016.

AKD’s ‘extremely professional, knowledgeable and no-nonsense’ practice is led by Erwin Rademakers. Carlos Pita Cao is ‘always available and easy to work with’, and is particularly good in cross-border matters: he advised Royal Imtech’s bankruptcy trustees on their disposal of Imtech España MMI to Springwater Capital.

Jan Schouten heads Kennedy Van der Laan’s department; he is noted for his ‘broad experience in cross-border matters’. The ‘very responsive, pragmaticLouis Bouchez advised Unique Group on its purchase of Oceanwide Safety At Sea.

Tom Ensink’s practice at Ploum Lodder Princen is ‘good value for money’. The ‘very pleasant and fast-thinkingStephan Sluijters advised BP Nederland on the sale of its Amsterdam Terminal assets to Zenith Energy. Duco Lodder is ‘a strong negotiator’.

Robert-Jan Zwaan leads the ‘responsive, considerate’ team at BarentsKrans, which counts Total Specific Solutions, UNIIQ and Clingendael Institute among its clients. The ‘fantastic, commercialMichiel Martin acted for Infotheek on its acquisition of 4Launch from 4Launch’s shareholders.

At Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten, department head Quirijn Biesheuvel acted for Spliethoff on its acquisition of Bore from Rettig Group. Inge Timmerman is ‘pragmatic and hands-on’. Senior associate and energy expert Joeke Arnoldus was previously in-house at Markeur Holding.

Pieter van den Berg and Paul Deloo are the partners to contact at Buren, which is noted for its tax capabilities. The department’s clients include Olam International, Sharp, PPHE Hotel Group and Nippon Suisan.

The practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP is jointly headed by Jan Kees Brandse, Martijn Hermus and Thédoor Melchers, who has ‘vast corporate knowledge’ and is an innovative thinker. Clients include Nuon and Andlinger & Company. Since research concluded, Harro Schulz has left the firm.

Heussen’s ‘very experienced’, ‘efficient’ and ‘technically impeccable’ department head Paul Josephus Jitta acted for Play World’s primary Dutch shareholders on its sale to Löwen Play. Other clients of the team include Casio Benelux and Peabody Energy. Deputy civil law notary Juliëtte Schueler is now a partner.

Paul Jongen is the key contact at Höcker Advocaten. Matthijs Brons is now with newly established firm Florent.

Lexsigma Advocatenalways delivers quickly, even at short notice’, and has notable experience in the healthcare and IT sectors. ‘Fierce negotiator’ and department head Henk Brat advised Skeye and Skycap on establishing a joint venture. Monique Aykaz and senior associate Paul Hendriks are also recommended

Corporate boutique Orange Clover Law’s ‘no-nonsense’ practice is led by the ‘practical, very client-oriented’ Machiel Galjaart, who assisted Vivendi with its purchase of a 64% stake in Radionomy. Pien van Veersen recently joined from Loyens & Loeff.

Highly talented, pragmatic’ healthcare and life sciences expert Herke van Hulst joined Osborne Clarke from Clifford Chance in December 2015. Practice head Cristine Brinkman is ‘highly capable, very creative and solution-driven’, and has ‘great acumen’. Clients include Terumo Corporation and Gilde Healthcare.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV advised KPN on its buyout of Dekatel; other recent clients variously include Total and the Municipality of Rotterdam. Practice head Luc Defaix joined the firm from AKD in June 2016; Frank Oranje and Cees de Zeeuw are also key figures.

Russell Advocaten’s department head Reinier Russell is supported by Paul Russell and Jan Dop. The practice is particularly strong in the retail, fashion and hospitality sectors.

The team at Schaap Advocaten Notarissen provides ‘a high level of service’; clients include Centric and Dutch Flower Group. Xander Blokzijl and Cor Kooi are the key figures and civil law notaries; Michel Schroots is also recommended.

Vestius’ practice is led by the ‘focused, commercial and experiencedHelger Kamerman, a ‘sharp negotiator’ who ‘keeps cool in times of stress’. He assisted the founding shareholder of The Rent Company with selling the majority of the company’s shares to BB Capital.

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