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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

CLAUDE DEBUSSYLAAN 80, 1082 MD AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Netherlands

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜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 β€˜a very practical problem-solver’, and Reinier Kleipool has β€˜a thorough legal mind’.

Leading individuals

Arne Grimme - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Next generation lawyers

Reinier Kleipool - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Nicolien van den Biggelaar at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has β€˜market-leading expertise’; she and department head Bommel van der Bend advised TenneT on the development of an offshore power grid in the North Sea.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek demonstrates β€˜deep knowledge of, and vast experience in, competition law both in the EU and in important foreign jurisdictions such as Korea, China and the US’. A significant portion of its instructions involve cartel investigations or merger filings before non-Dutch authorities. Erik Pijnacker Hordijk, Stefan Molin, β€˜great communicator and strategist’ Martijn Snoep and Jolling de Pree – who is β€˜sharp both on substance and on process’ – are recommended.

Leading individuals

Martijn Snoep - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Unilever, Rabobank and Philips are among the clients of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜responsive, knowledgeable and insightful’ practice, whose strengths include multi-jurisdictional outsourcing, Supreme Court litigation and high-profile executive dismissals. Evert-Jan Henrichs, Stefan Sagel and Barbara van Duren-Kloppert are names to note.

Leading individuals

Evert-Jan Henrichs - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Stefan Sagel - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice co-heads Nicolien van den Biggelaar and Arjan Kleinhout provide β€˜useful, practical advice’. TenneT and the Port of Rotterdam are clients on the regulatory side, as is NAM in a high-profile mass tort. High-profile litigation and planning issues concerning large energy and infrastructure projects are particular strengths.

Leading individuals

Nicolien van den Biggelaar - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Next generation lawyers

Arjan Kleinhout - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

β€˜Market leader’ De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has a strong track record representing companies in high-profile enforcement actions brought by Dutch and international authorities. Amsterdam-based Roan Lamp and Patrick Ploeger are recommended. β€˜A corporate investigations superstar in a league of his own’, Marnix Somsen heads the firm’s New York office, from where he represents clients in Dutch enforcement actions and investigations by multiple regulators.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The four-partner department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is headed by the β€˜solution-driven’ Dennis Horeman, who is praised for his β€˜in-depth knowledge, good communication skills and out-of-the-box thinking’. Clients include Aegon.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Soft IP β€˜legend’ Tobias Cohen Jehoram and β€˜stellar’ patent litigator Gertjan Kuipers head De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department, whose clients include AkzoNobel and Heineken. Jan Pieter Hustinx and Koen Limperg are recommended.

Leading individuals

Gertjan Kuipers - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Tobias Cohen Jehoram - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

β€˜Reliable, top-quality’ partner Kees Groffen at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advised Syntrus Achmea Vermogensbeheer and Achmea Beleggingsfondsen Beheer on their merger. Bernard Spoor, pensions specialist RenΓ© Maatman and β€˜swift but thorough’ tax expert Wiebe Dijkstra are also recommended along with Francine Schlingmann, who is β€˜very devoted, skilled and knowledgeable’.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The five-partner department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is β€˜committed, responsive and high-quality’. Ton Schutte, Reinier Kleipool and Arne Grimme lead the team jointly with the β€˜very experienced’ Paul Cronheim and the β€˜mature, knowledgeable and commercial’ Klaas de Vries.

Next generation lawyers

Lennard Keijzer - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜quick, flexible, cost-effective’ department acts for clients such as ABN AMRO, Dutch Infrastructure Fund and the City of Amsterdam. β€˜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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is β€˜fast and high-quality’; strengths include property portfolio transactions, real estate loan refinancing and real estate fund restructuring. Annemieke Wessels and litigator Koos de BlΓ©court are recommended. Clients include Bouwinvest, KlΓ©pierre and Lone Star.

Leading individuals

Annemieke Wessels - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The β€˜service-minded’ department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek β€˜combines legal and practical knowledge’ to implement β€˜creative solutions for multi-jurisdictional matters’. Practice head Ruud Hermans is β€˜a pleasure to work with’. Clients include SNS REEAL, Imtech, Rabobank and Propertize.

Next generation lawyers

Rob van den Sigtenhorst - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The β€˜extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic’ tax team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advises on domestic and international corporate and finance transactions, recently including Shell’s acquisition of BG. The β€˜extremely responsive’ Paul Sleurink is noted for his β€˜breadth of experience’.

Next generation lawyers

Henk van Ravenhorst - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The β€˜business-oriented’ practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is led by finance experts Berend Crans and Menno Stoffer. The β€˜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 β€˜knows the industry perfectly’.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

Asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Asset finance is a key area of strength within the banking and finance department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which has a large number of borrower-side clients. Structured finance deals also feature. Menno Stofer is recommended.

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Borrower side
Banking and finance: borrower side - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s longstanding corporate clients turn to it for high-value and complex financing needs. A team of London and Amsterdam-based lawyers recently advised Fugro on a €500m syndicated revolving credit facility. Practice head Menno Stoffer advised NS Groep (Dutch Railways) on its €300m loan with the European Investment Bank to finance the purchase of next-generation Sprinter trains. Philips, AkzoNobel and Achmea are also clients.

Leading individuals

Jan Marten van Dijk - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Lender or arranger side
Leading individuals

Jan Marten van Dijk - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Regulatory
Banking and finance: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a strong name in the market, with a dedicated team focusing on the financial regulatory field. It regularly represents domestic and multinational banks, investment firms and insurance companies in regulatory matters in the context of major transactions. Francine Schlingmann is a key figure in the department; Mariken van Loopik and Kees Groffen are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Francine Schlingmann - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Jan Marten van Dijk leads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜very responsive, high-quality’ practice, with support from Niek Biegman and Ernest Meyer SwantΓ©e. SwantΓ©e acted for AkzoNobel on a €500m issuance of notes and advised Shell International Finance on numerous billion-dollar note issuances. Other clients of the team include Nomura Europe Finance, Schlumberger Finance and TenneT Holdings.

Leading individuals

Ernest Meyer SwantΓ©e - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has a market-leading issuer-side practice. Team head Jan Willem Hoevers acted for ABN AMRO on its €3.8bn IPO – the Netherlands’ largest deal in 2015. He also advised Royal Philips on its €863m IPO. Other clients include Patheon, Altice and Royal BAM Group.

Leading individuals

Jan Willem Hoevers - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The internationally focused team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek enjoys strong renown, particularly for investment treaty disputes and gas price review arbitrations. Marnix Leijten and Eelco Meerdink jointly head what is one of the largest teams in the market; Bommel van der Bend is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Marnix Leijten - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Eelco Meerdink’s β€˜top-of-class’ department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is active in Dutch and cross-border disputes, and is β€˜particularly equipped to deal with large, multi-faceted litigation cases’. The sizeable team includes numerous β€˜outstanding individuals’, such as Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk, β€˜very good advocate and speaker’ Marnix Leijten, and Bregje Korthals Altes-van Dijk, who is β€˜exceptionally good in litigation strategy and thinks outside of the box’.

Leading individuals

Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Next generation lawyers

Stefan Derksen - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department head Anja Mutsaers is β€˜quick and sharp’. Marnix Leijten and Nicolien van den Biggelaar defended NAM against €1bn-worth of mass tort claims regarding the alleged depreciation of property values in Groningen brought about by NAM’s activities locally. TenneT is a key client.

Leading individuals

Anja Mutsaers - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is led by patent litigators Gertjan Kuipers and Jan Pieter Hustinx, as well as β€˜phenomenal’ soft IP specialist Tobias Cohen Jehoram. The firm recently assisted Teva with M&A.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

β€˜Great negotiator’ Bart van Reeken is De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s outsourcing specialist; he heads the team with privacy and data security expert Richard van Staden ten Brink.

Next generation lawyers

Richard van Staden ten Brink - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

β€˜High-profile expert’ Tobias Cohen Jehoram leads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department; he β€˜knows how to convince a court’, and is β€˜extremely knowledgeable about trade mark issues’. NOS, Engie and Booking.com are clients.

Leading individuals

Tobias Cohen Jehoram - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s multidisciplinary team is headed by competition specialist Jolling de Pree and litigator Daan Beenders. Nokia, Vodafone and Ericsson are clients.

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