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AKD’s ‘extremely efficient’ department, which is headed by Haco van der Houven van Oordt and Jos van der Meché, has excellent strength in depth. Clients include Royal Boskalis, TT Club and Royal Huisman Shipyard. Transport specialist Annemieke Spijker made partner in June 2016.

Van Traa Advocaten’s department has experience in a variety of transport sectors, and excels in related insurance and trade matters. ‘Very practical, effective’ practice head Vincent Pool and Leendert van Hee have ‘great knowledge’ and are ‘wonderful sparring partners’. Aviation expert Robert Pessers is also recommended.

Regulatory expert and litigator Peter Eijsvoogel and transport specialist Ben Fox lead Allen & Overy LLP’s team. Clients on the contentious side include KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and BARIN; other clients include APM Terminals and Heerema Marine Contractors.

Boonk Van Leeuwen is known for its contentious capabilities in trade and transport as well as in related construction and insolvency matters. Maritime experts Herman Boonk and Michiel van Leeuwen are the key figures.

Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten is strong in cargo claims, liability, contract drafting and trade disputes. Clients include insurers, logistics companies and P&I players. Carlijn ten Bruggencate and Joeri Cox head the practice.

The ‘business-oriented’ practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is led by finance experts Berend Crans and Menno Stoffer. The ‘very experienced’ Crans assisted China Aircraft Leasing Group with the €100m financing of its acquisition of two Airbus aircraft. Senior associate and aviation specialist Tom Abeln ‘knows the industry perfectly’.

The ‘practical, client-focused, problem-solving’ team at Loyens & Loeff has ‘a deep knowledge of the transport sector and its international legal context’. EU and competition specialist Maurice Essers heads the practice, with support from ‘smart, highly commercial’ finance expert Gianluca Kreuze.

Noted for its excellent notarial team, NautaDutilh’s ‘well-prepared, organised and focused’ department is strong in shipbuilding, ship financing and maritime asset transactions. Erik Geerling heads the practice; senior associate Jesler Hartman Kok is recommended.

Clients of transport and insurance boutique Smallegange N.V. include P&I clubs, insurers, shipping companies and railway companies. Jan van der Stelt is ‘a maritime expert’, ‘good communicator’ Richard Latten is ‘knowledgeable and precise’, and recently promoted partner Julian van de Velde is ‘quick and tenacious’.

Wiersma Mensonides handles a variety of work in the transport sector, including related finance, litigation, arbitration and contractual matters. Trade and ship finance expert Aram Vos leads the team, with support from litigators Taco Wiersma and Reinier van Campen.

Finance specialist Hein Tonnaer heads the practice at Clifford Chance, with support from senior associate Krishna van Zundert, who is an aircraft and ship finance expert and civil law notary. Clients include Delta Lloyd, Airbus and Allseas.

Jitteke Blussé van Oud-Alblas is Kneppelhout & Korthals Advocaten’s key contact for transport, logistics and maritime matters. Marc Padberg, Jordy Oord and Christopher van Wulfften Palthe are recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice head Wouter Hertzberger is strong in ship finance. Tax experts Bart Le Blanc and Remco Smorenburg and asset finance specialist Gijs van Leeuwen are also recommended.

Aviation transations are the key strength of Stek’s department, which is led by Jeroen Timmermans with support from senior associate Laetitia Kunst-den Teuling. Clients include Mass Jet Lease and Next Generation Aircraft.

A member of several Dutch maritime trade associations, Zwartbol Advocaten has a strong maritime disputes practice. Bas Ort and shipbuilding contracts expert Danny Berlijn are the key partners.

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