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The key partners at Allen & Overy LLP’s team are real estate specialists Leon Hoppenbrouwers and Henry van Geen and public M&A expert Tim Stevens. Competition partner Yvo de Vries defended Jumbo and CBL in proceedings brought by Ageviewers regarding alleged anti-competitive behaviour. Other clients include Naspers, La Place and Ahold Delhaize.

Dentons Boekel’s ‘practical, hands-on’ department ‘really knows its stuff’. Litigator and group head Sonja van der Kamp is a retail leasing specialist; she advised Multi, ASR Property Fund and Syntrus Achmea on the termination of lease agreements with the tenants of Forum Rotterdam shopping centre. Real estate expert Wendela Raas and leasing specialist and senior associate Anique Bergers-Kemp are also recommended.

Though particularly active in real estate investments, counting Klépierre, Blackstone and CBRE Global Investors among its clients, Loyens & Loeff’s team also acts for retail companies such as Coolblue, Converse, Ikea and Group head Bram Linnartz acted for Goldman Sachs on its €151m acquisition of a portfolio of 16 shopping centres from NSI. The practice’s tax capabilities are widely recommended.

Seen by clients as ‘one of the top players in the market’, NautaDutilh’s practice is headed by corporate and M&A experts Teska van Vuren and Jaap Stoop. Stoop acted for Ikea Centres on its €900m sale of 25 pan-Europe shopping centres to Pradera. David van Dijk advised Media Markt Saturn on all real estate and leasing matters.

Van Doorne’s ‘outstanding’ full-service department is ‘very fast and very reliable’. Group head Lisette Bieleveld advised Superunie on contract negotiations with Unilever, and Onno Boerstra acted for Eyes Holdco on its sale of Hans Anders Group to 3i. In the real estate space, Ariën van Heesen assisted M7 Real Estate with all aspects of its €175m purchase of retail properties for its EREIP funds.

Real estate and franchise agreements are the core pillars of Fort Advocaten’s department, which is also active in insolvency. Katinka Verdurmen is the key contact; she assists clients with real estate transactions, leasing issues, and franchise agreements and disputes. Associate Maaike Boomsma is also recommended.

Best known for franchising, distribution and commercial contracts, Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice has cross-border capabilities, and is ‘particularly knowledgeable about e-commerce’. Group head Martine de Koningcombines great commercial, legal and competition law knowledge’. Fenna van Dijk advised Planetree on a healthcare licensing dispute with former licensee Creative Power. Ahold Delhaize is another client.

Real estate, employment and commercial contracts are the core pillars of Osborne Clarke’s department. It also has strong contentious capabilities, especially regarding franchises, supply chains and product liability. Commercial litigator and group head Jeroen Bedaux successfully defended Starbucks in two cases regarding the termination of a food service licence agreement. Hema, Jumbo Supermarkten and Deckers Benelux are also clients.

The team at Russell Advocaten B.V. is particularly active in advising fashion companies and luxury brands; it handles corporate and commercial work, employment, leasing matters and regulatory litigation. Jan Dop and managing partner Reinier Russell head the group.

Based across Amsterdam and Utrecht, CMS’ department is headed by corporate expert Mark Ziekman, who assisted Gunters en Meuser with its purchase by Grafton Holdings Netherlands. On the IP side, counsels Marcoline van der Dussen and Rogier de Vrey acted for Birkenstock in a copyright infringement case brought against Big Bazar.

As well as handling IP, Leeway’s team assists clients with commercial matters, including supply chain issues, franchising, partnership agreements, regulatory compliance, pricing and product recalls. ‘Great tactician’ Marga Verwoert has ‘impeccable judgement’ and is ‘reassuringly calm under great pressure’; she heads the practice jointly with IP experts Remco van Leeuwen and Michiel Odink, who is ‘pragmatic and personable’. Hema is a client.

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