The Legal 500

Houthoff Buruma

GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 50, 1082 MA AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Work +31 20 605 6000
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Fax +31 20 605 6700
Web:
www.houthoff.com
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Netherlands

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff Buruma

Loet Venrooy leads Houthoff Buruma’s ‘solid’ department, which is praised for its ‘excellent response times and business acumen’. Its clients include ABN Amro, ING Bank and Essar Steel Algoma, and it is advising Motherson and ArdShinBank on respective €100m high-yield notes issuances. The ‘highly regarded’, ‘always availableAlexander Kaarls is ‘pragmatic and result-oriented’. Jessica Terpstra is also recommended.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff Buruma

The ‘solution-oriented’ team at Houthoff Buruma is praised for its ‘practical approach and proactive communication’. Energy and offshore oil and gas are particular areas of specialism; highlights included Jan-Paul van der Hoek’s advice to Argos Group on its merger with Varo Energy and Michiel Pannekoek’s advice to Royal IHC on its acquisition of SAS Offshore. Alexander Kaarls and Willem de Nijs Bik are recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

The team at Houthoff Buruma, led by Peter Habraken, is praised for its ‘very fast’ response times. It is advising Royal BAM Group, VolkerWessels and Dutch Infrastructure Fund on the contract and financial close of the Ijmuiden Sea Locks PPP to replace the country’s largest locks. Jan Michiel Hebly is the ‘primus inter pares’ when it comes to building contracts. Michel Klijn is highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Peter Habraken - Houthoff Buruma

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff Buruma

The ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘easily accessible’ team at Houthoff Buruma is well equipped to handle the full range of competition matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Its current caseload includes its representation of two defendants in damages claims concerning the air cargo cartel. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat and ‘up-and-coming’ senior associate Berend Reuder are highly recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff Buruma

Houthoff Buruma’s department is headed up by Edward de Bock, who is commended for his ‘practical solutions, diplomacy and in-depth knowledge’. The team advises Atos, TMG, ABN Amro, and several international car manufacturers. Rixt de Vries represented V&D in several high-profile labour-related disputes.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

Jan Frans de Groot leads Houthoff Buruma’s department; he and Willem de Nijs Bik advised Eneco and Mitsubishi on the proposed development of the major Q4 offshore wind farm. The team is praised for its value for money. Senior associate Arjen de Snoo is ‘a high-level lawyer with a practical touch’ and ‘a sense of humour’.

Leading individuals

Jan Frans de Groot - Houthoff Buruma

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff Buruma

Houthoff Buruma’s Vincent Affourtit leads the corporate investigations team, which works alongside the firm’s corporate criminal law practice headed by Alexander de Swart; de Swart joined from Sjöcrona van Stigt in 2015.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

Berry Jonk-van Wijk and Hans Londonck Sluijk lead the ‘friendly, skilled and swift’ team at Houthoff Buruma, which advised Nationale-Nederlanden in a multibillion-euro class action relating to millions of allegedly mis-sold unit-linked insurance policies. Senior associate Wiebe de Haan is recommended.

Leading individuals

Berry Jonk-van Wijk - Houthoff Buruma

Hans Londonck Sluijk - Houthoff Buruma

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Houthoff Buruma

Thomas de Weerd runs the team at Houthoff Buruma; he advised the receivers of DSB Bank on the restructuring of the bank’s portfolio of trade marks and domain names. Senior associate Thijs van Aerde is recommended for his ‘profound knowledge’.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff Buruma

Oscar van Angeren heads Houthoff Buruma’s department, which is commended for its ‘excellent service’. Its clients include Man Group, CBRE Global Investors and Candriam. Van Angeren and Daan Horsthuis are praised for their ‘in-depth knowledge and advice’; senior associate Roland de Greef is a ‘knowledgeable, reliable team player’.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff Buruma

Noted for its ‘fast response times’ and ‘pragmatic advice’, Houthoff Buruma is active in Dutch and cross-border transactions. Michiel Pannekoek advised JAC Capital on the acquisition of RF Power Business from NXP. Jan-Paul van der Hoek is ‘very hands-on and experienced’. Bram Caudri is also recommended.

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

Houthoff Buruma

Peter Habraken’s practice at Houthoff Buruma is praised for its value for money and ‘excellent track record’. Habraken and Jessica Terpstra advised sponsors led by Strukton and Hurks on their successful bid for the RIVM DBFMO contract, and sponsors led by Hochtief on their bid for the Breda courthouse DBFMO contract.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

The ‘very experienced’ Jan Cees Kuiken leads Houthoff Buruma’s large, ‘fantastic’ team, which advised CBRE Global Investors on the €240m sale of 14 shopping centres to Blackstone. Other clients include Unibail-Rodamco and Eurindustrial.

Leading individuals

Jan Cees Kuiken - Houthoff Buruma

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

The ‘very responsive, pragmatic, efficient’ practice at Houthoff Buruma is headed by Frédéric Verhoeven; clients include ING, ABN Amro and DSB Bank. Marcel Windt, Rutger Schimmelpenninck and counsel Frauke van der Beek are recommended.

Leading individuals

Rutger Schimmelpenninck - Houthoff Buruma

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff Buruma

Houthoff Buruma is noted for its ‘knowledgeable and commercial advice regarding tax and structuring’. It is frequently instructed to advise on the tax elements of large transactions, both domestic and international. Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk handles tax litigation. Rob Havenga is recommended.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

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

Houthoff Buruma

The team at Houthoff Burumatranslates complex legal issues into clear and comprehensible language’ and provides a ‘swift solution’. Recent work spans international lease transactions and the refinancing of asset-based facilities. Real estate finance expert Aart Barkey Wolf is recommended; he recently advised two German clients on mortgage-backed financing deals in the Netherlands. Counsel Jan Veeningen is also singled out for praise.

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Commercial lending
Banking and finance: commercial lending - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff Buruma

The ‘easy to approach’ team at Houthoff Buruma comprises lawyers based in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London and New York. Counsel Jan Veeningen is recommended for his ‘practical approach and profound knowledge of what is really important for banks’, practice head Loet Venrooy for his ‘excellent knowledge of the market’.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff Buruma

The ‘very impressive’ arbitration department at Houthoff Buruma is seeing ‘increasing market exposure’. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce’s broad practice takes in enforcement proceedings of arbitral awards. The ‘pragmatic’ Dirk Knottenbelt leads the team, which also includes recommended senior associates Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk and Thomas Stouten.

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

Houthoff Buruma

The ‘top-notch’ team at Houthoff Buruma is ‘very skilled both technically and strategically’. Financial services and corporate litigation are mainstays; Bart van der Wiel is representing a leading bank in Supreme Court litigation concerning surplus sharing arrangements. Jan Willem de Groot is a ‘switched-on litigator’ and Marielle Koppenol-Laforce has ‘a very good feeling for what the judges want to hear’.

Leading individuals

Rob Meijer - Houthoff Buruma

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Mediation
Dispute resolution: mediation - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

Business mediation forms a part of Marry de Gaay Fortman’s practice at Houthoff Buruma. Eddie Meijer is recommended.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

Jacques Kröner and senior associate Marc van Beuge of Houthoff Buruma assisted Petrogas International E&P Coöperatief with its acquisition of the outstanding shares of Chevron Exploration and Production Netherlands. The firm is very strong on regulatory and transactional matters. Willem de Nijs Bik leads the team.

Leading individuals

Willem de Nijs Bik - Houthoff Buruma

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Food and beverages
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

Department head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat of Houthoff Buruma secured the lifting of merger remedies on Nordic Capital and Handicare imposed by the ACM. The team also advised Fitland on the acquisition of 19 Achmea health centres.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

Houthoff Buruma’s team is counsel to eBay, PayPal, Erasmus MC and Ryanair, among others. Practice head Thomas de Weerd advised the receivers of DSB Bank on outsourcing the servicing of the bank’s €5bn mortgage portfolio to Quion.

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

Houthoff Buruma

Houthoff Buruma’s practice is headed up by Thomas de Weerd. ‘Very knowledgeable’ senior associate Thijs van Aerde is ‘to the point’, and is praised for his ‘clear mind’; he defended SBS in a case concerning defamation and a settlement agreement breach.

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Telecoms
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff Buruma

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