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Corporate specialists Tim Stevens and Jan Louis Burggraaf and real estate expert Henry van Geen are the key partners at Allen & Overy LLP. The team recently advised Jumbo on its acquisition of La Place from V&D, and acted for PAI Partners on divesting Hunkemöller to Carlyle. The ‘proactive, communicative’ Sigrid Jansen assisted Macintosh Retail Group with its restructuring.

The main focus of Dentons Boekel’s retail group is real estate, in addition to which it also has been active in areas such as IP and restructuring. Sonja van der Kamp heads the team, which includes Wendela Raas and Paul Wanders, who are ‘pragmatic and friendly’; Raas advised Unibail-Rodamco on the €300m redevelopment of Leidsenhage shopping centre and Wanders assisted Plaza West Haarlem with its €43m purchase of land from Cobraspen Beheer. Ahold is also a client.

Loyens & Loeff’s department ‘provides pragmatic solutions, mitigates risks and thinks outside of the box’. Real estate specialist Bram Linnartz heads the practice and recently acted for Union Investment Real Estate on its €118m purchase of De Klanderij shopping centre in Enschede; Sofidy is another real estate client. Herman Kaemingk advised Coolblue on selling 20% of its shares to HAL Investments.

Jaap Stoop and the ‘seasoned, practical’ Jeroen Preller lead the team at NautaDutilh, which mainly handles corporate work. The practice advised The Carlyle Group on its buyout of Hunkemöller from PAI Partners and assisted HAL Investments with its purchase of a 20% stake in Coolblue. Anne-Marie Klijn acted for Decathlon and VolkerWessels Vastgoed on a contentious zoning matter. Other clients of the practice include HEMA and MediaMarkt-Saturn.

Van Doorne’s ‘well-informed, focused’ practice regularly handles a range of retail matters. It advised third parties CBR Fashion Group and CB on V&D’s insolvency, while real estate mandates included advising Hornbach on its planned €75m expansion; Hunkemöller International and Karl Lagerfeld are clients for IP work. Lisette Bieleveld heads the seven-partner team, which also handles litigation and arbitration.

Commercial and competition specialist Martine de Koning leads Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice; she is particularly strong in cross-border franchising, distribution, procurement and commercial contracts. Recent work includes representing Albert Heijn in proceedings against Pollemans regarding the latter’s desired implementation of an age-verification system. The department advised Nike Europe on various contentious and non-contentious matters.

Russell Advocaten has a strong retail focus, particularly in fashion and luxury goods. Its client base includes local and international companies; practice co-heads Reinier Russell and Jan Dop advise clients on issues such as real estate, employment, commercial contracts and insurance.

CMS’ multidisciplinary practice is ‘available 24/7 and very reliable’. M&A specialist Mark Ziekman heads the team, in which Rogier de Vrey acted for Fossil Group and Royal Auping in several trade mark and anti-counterfeiting matters. Other clients include Prochamp, Ogilvy Groep, Beauté Prestige International, Adidas and Ahrend.

Osborne Clarke’s ‘very pragmatic’ team is ‘great to work with’. Clients include HEMA, Foot Locker Retail, Esprit Europe and new client Jumbo Supermarkten. Senior associate Paul Brouwer is a ‘strong’ litigator. Commercial litigation specialist Jeroen Bedaux has extensive experience in the retail sector. Michiel Odink left to establish his own boutique.

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