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Werner Runge heads the ‘proactive, flexible’ team at Allen & Overy LLP, with support from Zeeger de Jongh, who is ‘very fast-thinking and always available’. Runge acted for a syndicate of lenders including JBIC on the €450m refinancing of the Luchterduinen wind farm. Other clients include Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, EdgeConneX Holding and Macquarie Capital.

Rabobank, ABN AMRO and Dura Vermeer are clients of Clifford Chance’s department, which ‘knows the market very well’ and is headed by Jaap Koster and the ‘practical, approachable’ Hein Tonnaer. The team advised Eneco and Mitsubishi as sponsors on the financing of the Luchterduinen wind farm. Counsels Nanette Rutgers and Liesbeth Buiter are also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice head Wouter Hertzberger has ‘a thorough understanding of finance documents’ and is ‘a good person to work with’. The ‘agile, widely knowledgeable’ and ‘flexibleDaphne Broerse is ‘a good listener to clients’ needs’, who ‘thinks critically about all solutions’. Clients include Ballast Nedam, Fluor Infrastructure, Heijmans Capital and Meridiam.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘enthusiastic, high-quality’ practice advised Macquarie Corporate Holdings on its successful DBMFO bid for the €150m Courthouse Breda project, and acted for Blauwhoed Projectontwikkeling on its €250m-plus development of the Holendrecht Center. Department head Marieke Driessen is supported by the ‘very pragmaticAndrew Petry and the ‘amicable, precise’ Luc Cohen. Counsel Frédérique Jacobse is expected to join from Allen & Overy LLP in February 2017.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘quick, flexible, cost-effective’ department acts for clients such as ABN AMRO, Dutch Infrastructure Fund and the City of Amsterdam. ‘Extremely experienced’ practice head Menno Stoffer assisted Strukton Groep with restructuring its interests and role in the A2 project. Berend Crans and Bommel van der Bend are also recommended.

Linklaters’ ‘cooperative’ team has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and is ‘good value for money’. Paul Kuipers heads the practice, in which managing associate Joris Ravelli can ‘quickly break down legal complexities into decisions to be made’. Clients include BNG.

Erik Geerling heads the ‘friendly, knowledgeable’ team at NautaDutilh, which is ‘good value for money’. The ‘communicative and convincing’ David van Ee is ‘a good listener’; ‘very pleasant, analytical and pragmatic’ associate partner Jaco Belder is also a team player. Clients include BNG, EBRD and European Investment Bank.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice is led by procurement expert Mark Birnage, with support from Maarten van Rijn. Birnage advised the Dutch government on the €750m Zeetoegang IJmond sea lock PPP project, as well as the €300m N18 road project and the €800m Afsluitdijk causeway reconstruction.

VolkerWessels and Ballast Nedam are clients of Stibbe’s ‘very efficient, business-focused’ and ‘always available’ team. David Orobio de Castro, who has ‘significant knowledge and broad experience’, heads the practice alongside Ingmar de Groot, who advised 3i, Heijmans and Fluor on the DBFM aspects of the A27/A1 motorway project.

Mark Moolhuizen and real estate expert Angelique Thiele lead Van Doorne’s team, whose longstanding clients include Berlin Hyp and VolkerWessels. Thiele and civil law notary Ariën van Heesen acted for Deutsche Hypothekenbank on the €55m financing of the acquisition and renovation of a property for use as student housing.

AKD’s ‘solid, helpful’ practice counts Heijmans and the Municipality of Amsterdam among its clients. ‘Intelligent, practical and creative’ department head Marc Wintgens is ‘an outstanding negotiator’ with ‘good market knowledge’. Taco de Lange and Jelle Otten are recommended.

Praised for its response times, knowledge and ‘general service’, Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V.’s team is led by Marcel Janssen, with support from counsel Fedor Tanke. Janssen acted for Rabobank and Atradius Dutch State Business on the financing of two wind farms in western Finland.

HabrakenRutten is a recently established construction and project finance boutique; the ‘skilful, accessible’ team includes Henk Raven and the ‘very practical, solution-focused’ Peter Habraken, both formerly at Houthoff. Clients include Hochtief and Strukton.

Jessica Terpstra and Loet Venrooy are the key contacts at Houthoff, whose clients include Spitzke’s Dutch subsidiary and developer G&S Vastgoed. Terpstra advised Consortium OpenIJ on its €480m financing of the new sea locks at IJmuiden.

ABN AMRO, Bouwbedrijf de Nijs and the Port of Amsterdam are among Kennedy Van der Laan’s clients. Practice head Richard-Jan Roks advised Prinses Maxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie on the procurement and construction aspects of its new €100m building, which totals 50,000sqm.

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