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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 department is led by Arne Grimme, who according to some clients is β€˜the best dealmaker in the Netherlands’. He and Reinier Kleipool acted for NXP Semiconductors on its $47bn acquisition by Qualcomm. Michael Schouten advised Unilever on its €450m offering of preference shares to NN Investment Partners and ASR Nederland. β€˜Calm problem-solver’ Paul Cronheim is β€˜remarkable’; Bernard Roelvink, Ton Schutte and Klaas de Vries are also recommended.

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

Noted for its β€˜exceptionally strong’ contentious capabilities, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s team also advises on construction projects. Nicolien van den Biggelaar and practice head Bommel van der Bend advised TenneT on its connection of 3,500MW-worth of wind power to the Dutch electricity grid. Senior associate Stefan Derksen frequently handles construction litigation and arbitration.

Next generation lawyers

Stefan Derksen - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Noted for its β€˜great business acumen and industry knowledge’, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s competition and regulation department handles all aspects of EU and competition law, including enforcement activities, cartels and damages litigation. The β€˜solid and creative’ Martijn Snoep has been assisting ASML with merger clearance issues arising from its public bid for Taiwan-listed company HMI across a number of jurisdictions, including Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. The β€˜practical’ Jolling de Pree and Daan Beenders have been defending Otis and United Technologies against damages claims brought by EWD concerning an elevator cartel. Other clients include Philips, AkzoNobel and Rabobank. Stefan Molin is now at The Hague Court of Appeal; Erik Pijnacker Hordijk joined Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV.

Leading individuals

Martijn Snoep - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Holland Casino, Rabobank and KlΓ©pierre are among the clients of De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s full-service department. β€˜Outstanding professional’ Stefan Sagel is β€˜a real authority’ with β€˜a great sense of humour’; he represented Shell in litigation concerning a new pension scheme for new hires. The β€˜very senior’ Barbara Kloppert is β€˜a great coach’; Evert-Jan Henrichs and Harro Knijff are also recommended.

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

The β€˜friendly, accessible and very knowledgeable’ Nicolien van den Biggelaar heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice jointly with counsel Arjan Kleinhout, who is β€˜a flexible, service-minded, very strong analyst’. They acted for TenneT on the zoning aspects of the Interconnector Doetinchem-Wesel.

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

The β€˜market-leading’ regulatory and criminal enforcement practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek primarily acts for Dutch companies on matters with international aspects. Together with IT expert Richard van Staden ten Brink, co-heads Patrick Ploeger and Marnix Somsen, whom clients β€˜single out’ for his β€˜detail-oriented analytical prowess’, are assisting Rabobank with a number of regulatory and criminal investigations regarding LIBOR. Ploeger and Rick van β€˜t Hullenaar advised Benelux IT integrator Ordina on an internal investigation regarding public tenders. Roan Lamp is also recommended.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Dennis Horeman is the key partner at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; he β€˜oversees complex litigation holistically’. Anja Mutsaers and the New York-based Pierre Nijnens advised Achmea on various corporate and regulatory matters. The β€˜outstanding, friendly’ Mariken van Loopik is β€˜extremely knowledgeable’; Eelco Meerdink is also recommended.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

With strong cross-border capabilities and β€˜superb industry knowledge’, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice is β€˜outstanding’. The β€˜superb’ Kees Groffen, who has β€˜excellent regulatory knowledge and connections’, β€˜never errs on complex matters’; he assisted Avedon Capital Partners with setting up its third growth capital private equity fund. Tax expert Wiebe Dijkstra is also recommended.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The β€˜very knowledgeable’ team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek counts Gilde Buy Out Partners and Parcom Capital as clients. The β€˜very sharp, creative’ Arne Grimme advised the shareholders of Q-Park on their over €2.9bn sale of the company to KKR Infrastructure. Klaas de Vries and Lennard Keijzer co-head the department.

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

Noted for its β€˜outstanding legal expertise’, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is β€˜superbly responsive’. Menno Stoffer, who heads the practice jointly with Bommel van der Bend, assisted BAM with refinancing several of its PPP projects, including the N33 motorway and the Supreme Court building.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s group head Mark Rebergen is noted for his β€˜very solid technical know-how’ and his β€˜practical perspective’. He and Arne Grimme assisted a syndicate of institutional investors on its multibillion-euro sale of Q-Park. Dieter Wolff advised Anbang on its €558m purchase of an office portfolio from Blackstone Group.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s team, which is led by Ruud Hermans, is recommended for β€˜complex or publicly sensitive matters’. The β€˜vastly knowledgeable and experienced’ Reinout Vriesendorp assisted Grupo Isolux CorsΓ‘n with its global restructuring. β€˜Experienced tactician’ Berto Winters is also recommended. Rob van den Sigtenhorst,formerly a senior associate with the firm, is now with Florent.

Leading individuals

Reinout Vriesendorp - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The β€˜business-oriented and creative’ department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has considerable experience in transactional and contentious tax matters. Frank PΓΆtgens represented HunkemΓΆller in litigation concerning the deductibility of the interest in a number of loans arising from the acquisition of a Dutch resident company by a private equity fund. The department, which is led by the well-regarded Paul Sleurink, was strengthened by the arrival of Maarten van der Weijden from Loyens & Loeff. It includes senior associate Henk van Ravenhorst.

Leading individuals

Maarten van der Weijden - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Next generation lawyers

Henk van Ravenhorst - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Asset finance expert Menno Stoffer is the name to note at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; senior associate Tom Abeln is an aircraft finance specialist.

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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

Part of the firm’s wider finance and restructuring department, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s team covers all types of asset finance and structured finance transactions, including lease financing and securitisations. Co-head Menno Stoffer advised Dutch electricity transmission system operator TenneT Holding on its issuance of green hybrid bonds. Stoffer also assisted Dutch Railways with the €1bn lease financing of a number of new train vehicles. The group is jointly led by Ferdinand Hengst and Niek Biegman.

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

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜leading’ practice β€˜always delivers top notch advice’ and is regarded for its β€˜in-depth knowledge, experience and hands-on pragmatism’. Co-head Menno Stoffer acted for Bosal Nederland on a €110m financing regarding the client’s transformation process and anticipated sale of its tow bar business. Ferdinand Hengst, who was promoted to partner, advised Philips on a €1bn senior unsecured credit facility agreement. Niek Biegman jointly heads the practice from the firm’s London office. Other clients include NXP Semiconductors, Royal BAM Group and Akzo Nobel.

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Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Clients praise the financial markets regulatory practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for β€˜combining excellent legal advice with in-depth knowledge of clients’ strategic challenges and needs’. Co-head Mariken van Loopik, who has β€˜extensive knowledge’, and the β€˜very experienced’ Jan Willem Hoevers advised ABN Amro on the regulatory aspects of the approximately €1.5bn sale of its shares by shareholder NLFI on behalf of the Dutch state. Co-head Ernest Meyer Swantee and Kees Groffen are names to note. Francine Schlingmann has left the practice.

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

Particularly active on the issuer side, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice is led by Niek Biegman, who splits his time between London and Amsterdam. Menno Stoffer advised RELX on the establishment of a $2bn note programme. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ Ferdinand Hengst assisted Royal Schiphol Group with various issuances from its €3bn note programme. Jan Marten van Dijk retired in September 2017.

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

The full-service practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is headed by Jan Willem Hoevers, who acted for Koninklijke Philips on its sale of shares in Philips Lighting in an accelerated book-build, with the latter repurchasing 3.5 million of its own shares. Niek Biegman advised Takeaway.com on its €378m IPO, and advised Fugro on its placement of €190m-worth of convertible bonds.

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

Part of the firm’s wider litigation department, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜attentive’ arbitration group is known for its β€˜strong technical expertise’, with particular strength in international matters. β€˜Unmatched’ co-head Marnix Leijten and β€˜absolute star’ Albert Marsman are acting for Achmea in a precedent-setting matter brought before the European Court of Justice regarding the compatibility of intra-EU investment treaties. Co-head Eelco Meerdink is representing Tiffany in an appeal brought by Swatch before the Supreme Court arising from the annulment of an arbitration award issued against Tiffany in 2013. Bommel van der Bend is also a name to note.

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

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department β€˜combines excellent legal advice with in-depth knowledge of clients’ strategic challenges and needs’. Well-regarded group head Eelco Meerdink is acting for Yukos Oil in proceedings regarding the preservation and recovery of assets. The β€˜very agile’ Marnix Leijten, the β€˜first-class’ Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk and Nicolien van den Biggelaar are acting for NAM in various mass tort claims arising from allegations that property damage in Groningen was caused by NAM’s gas production activities. Bregje Korthals Altes-van Dijk and senior associate Stefan Derksen are also recommended.

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: Energy

Regulatory
Energy: Regulatory - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The β€˜friendly, knowledgeable and convincing’ Nicolien van den Biggelaar heads the practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which handles regulatory matters involving oil, gas, nuclear and renewable energy. β€˜Flexible, service-minded’ counsel Arjan Kleinhout has β€˜very strong analytical skills and business knowledge’; he and the Brussels-based Jaap de Keijzer represented Gasunie and TenneT in proceedings regarding their tariffs.

Leading individuals

Nicolien van den Biggelaar - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Next generation lawyers

Arjan Kleinhout - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Transactional
Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Frequently involved in international energy transactions, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜proactive, very committed’ department is headed by the β€˜practical’ Anja Mutsaers, who advised Vopak on its purchase of Exmar’s FSRU business. TenneT, Enel and GasTerra are additional clients.

Leading individuals

Anja Mutsaers - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Patent litigator and β€˜excellent strategist’ Gertjan Kuipers heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜effective’ practice, which provides β€˜value for money on high-profile cases’. The team also handles M&A and commercial litigation for clients including AkzoNobel. Other clients include Biogen, Merck Sharp & Dohme and Ferring.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Data protection expert Richard van Staden ten Brink heads De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜prompt, knowledgeable’ practice; he counts Ahold Delhaize, Heineken, Tesla and Rabobank among his clients. Bart van Reeken left to join Van Doorne in October 2017.

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€˜Decisive’ IP specialist Tobias Cohen Jehoram heads the group at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which provides β€˜swift, thorough advice’ and has β€˜top-level knowledge and an international perspective’. Clients include RELX and the Dutch Broadcasting Organisation. Senior associate Vivien RΓΆrsch is a recommended litigator.

Leading individuals

Tobias Cohen Jehoram - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Telecoms
Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Competition specialist Jolling de Pree and commercial litigator Daan Beenders head the team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; de Pree splits his time between Amsterdam and Brussels. Clients include Ericsson, Nokia and Vodafone.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is headed by β€˜strategic, effective communicator’ Gertjan Kuipers, who continued to advise Ferring on patent litigation, opposition proceedings and IP agreements. β€˜Dedicated, proactive, creative’ technology expert and senior associate Tjibbe Douma is β€˜an excellent analyst’.

Leading individuals

Gertjan Kuipers - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s β€˜top-shelf team’ is noted for its β€˜intellectual firepower, practical experience and delicate diplomatic skills’. β€˜Absolute legend’ Tobias Cohen Jehoram, who heads the group, represented Royal Dutch Shell and NXP in trade mark infringement proceedings. Koen Limperg stands out for β€˜his broad-based knowledge’ and β€˜sophisticated judgement’.

Leading individuals

Tobias Cohen Jehoram - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

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