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Houthoff

GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 50, 1082 MA AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Netherlands

Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff’s practice is a popular choice for Dutch clients active in a wide range of sectors. Jessica Terpstra advised on the $6bn financing of the merger of CB&I and McDermott. She also assisted Nexperia with refinancing its $800m acquisition financing facility. The practice is headed by the well-regarded Loet Venrooy.

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Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff

Houthoff’s team is led by Bastiaan Siemers, and handles many of the major bankruptcies in the banking sector in the Netherlands. Siemers is advising iptiQ Life, a Swiss Re subsidiary, on its entrance into, and expansion of, its business on the Dutch healthcare insurance market.

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Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

At Houthoff, André de Neve is advising Petrobras Global Trading and Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras on a $5bn term facility agreement entered into between Petrobras and China Development Bank. Practice head Loet Venrooy assisted Van Dalen Dordrecht, a Rotterdam scrap metal company, with its restructuring and sale. Real estate and acquisition financing are other areas of strength.

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff fields 'a hands-on, practical and knowledgeable’ team, which acts for domestic and international banks. Jessica Terpstra is advising Crédit Agricole, as the lender and arranger, on the financing of the merger of CB&I and McDermott, valued at $6bn. Group head Loet Venrooy is another key name.

Leading individuals

Jessica Terpstra - Houthoff

Loet Venrooy - Houthoff

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Capital markets: debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 4

Houthoff

Houthoff‚Äôs practice has a strong issuer and investor client base.¬†Andr√© de Neve¬†advised Teekay Offshore Partners on the offering of $700m aggregate principal amount of senior notes and assisted Teekay LNG with the offering of up to ‚ā¨172.5m series b fixed-to-floating rate cumulative redeemable perpetual units. Jessica Terpstra¬†is also noted.

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Capital markets: equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff's team stands out for its 'combination of great in-depth knowledge and the ability to connect to clients'. It is a key name for cross-border ECM work and, in a recent example of its strength in this area, practice co-heads Jetty Tukker and Alexander Kaarls ('an exceptional professional with proven skills in any important legal field') acted for Vitol Group and affiliates and the underwriters on Dutch law aspects of the IPO of Vivo Energy on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Willem Liedenbaum was promoted to senior associate in 2018.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a
Commercial, corporate and M&a - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff

Houthoff is appreciated for providing 'excellent, on the spot, informed advice at every stage'. This well-established team is headed by Alexander Kaarls whose broad expertise serves clients ranging from multinationals and private equity houses to institutional investors. He advised Wyndham Worldwide on the sale of its European vacation rental business which involved assets in numerous countries, to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3bn. Other key members of the team include Michiel Pannekoek, Willem de Nijs Bik, Bram Caudri and Maurits de Haan. Its clients include Booking.com, eBay, Kellogg, and EQT. Jan-Paul van der Hoek left the firm.

Leading individuals

Willem de Nijs Bik - Houthoff

Next generation lawyers

Maurits de Haan - Houthoff

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff's team and practice head Michel Klijn are highlighted for 'a combination of in-depth knowledge about construction and building projects and legal expertise' and a 'client and results-oriented' approach. The practice, which includes Johan Rijlaarsdam and senior associate Sander van den Boogaart, is backed up by expertise from the real estate, planning, environment, and litigation departments, so offering clients a full service which includes PPPs and financing. The group represents Daimler and Mercedes Benz on the development, construction, and lease of new Dutch headquarters which was complicated due to this being part of a larger project and it is also acting for clients on projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Leading individuals

Michel Klijn - Houthoff

Next generation lawyers

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

Houthoff

The ‚Äėconsistently excellent, very responsive‚Äô team at Houthoff¬†is, according to one client, 'in a class of its own' and its lawyers are 'tactically astute, intellectually great, and very commercial in their approach'. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô Albert Knigge¬†('provides superb client care')¬†and Bart van der Wiel¬†jointly head the practice. Highlights included acting for Elliott Advisors in a takeover dispute concerning Dutch chemical giant Akzo Nobel and Pittsburgh-based PPG‚Äôs take-over bid amounting to over ‚ā¨24bn, and defending Petrobras in a securities class action concerning alleged financial fraud. Jan Willem de Groot¬†is 'good at handling clients and giving them confidence' and is 'willing to take a view'.¬†Rob Meijer¬†is also noted.

Leading individuals

Rob Meijer - Houthoff

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Dispute resolution: Mediation
Dispute resolution: Mediation - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff's Marry de Gaay Fortman is a key contact. The firm has a track record handling domestic and international mediation procedures.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Routinely handling standalone arbitration matters Houthoff‚Äôs ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô group has 'considerable experience in ICC arbitrations' and stands out for the 'accuracy and clarity of its legal advice'; it is also a key name for large-scale investment arbitration. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, whose 'advice is never wanting',¬†and Rob Meijer are representing the Russian government in efforts to secure the annulment of arbitration awards against the Russian Federation totalling $50bn, in favour of the claimants, three former shareholders of Yukos Oil. The group is headed by the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Dirk Knottenbelt¬†and also includes counsel¬†Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk.

Leading individuals

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Praised for its ‚Äėsound industry knowledge and professionalism‚Äô Houthoff‚Äôs team further stands out for its 'specific industry knowledge and high-quality associates'. Enforcement and technology-related competition issues are key strengths. Group head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat¬†is representing VBO Makelaar, an association of realtors, in civil proceedings before the court of Amsterdam against Funda, the dominant online real estate portal in the Netherlands. Counsel Gerrit Oosterhuis, who has 'a solid legal knowledge combined with a very pragmatic and hands-on approach', is representing a Dutch-listed food and consumer goods wholesaler on its proposed acquisition of Heineken‚Äôs wholesale operations.¬†Laura Parrett¬†left for professorship at Utrecht University in December 2017.¬† Berend Reuder¬†joined Stek¬†as a partner in July 2018.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff is 'top of the bill and better able to understand the needs of the customer compared to its peers'. The practice advises on the employment and pensions issues arising from complex transactions and high-stakes disputes and is noted for its Supreme Court work. Edward de Bock leads the team advising the Sligro Food Group on all of the employment and pension work that arose from its transactions with Heineken and the sale of its retail business to Jumbo and Coop. Practice co-head Rixt de Vries 'is outstanding in her performance and understanding client needs'. Other team members include Roland de Greef and senior associate Jet Stolk.

Leading individuals

Rixt de Vries - Houthoff

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Kirsten Berger, who heads the Houthoff team, offers a blend of transactional and regulatory expertise including in the renewables and waste to energy sectors. The team's latest work includes advising clients on the regulatory regimes and subsidy issues around solar and wind farm projects and a price review arbitration. The practice advised Huntsman on a complaint made by Ducor to the Dutch energy regulator regarding the method used by Huntsman for the calculation of the tariffs it charged. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce and senior associate Marc van Beuge are other key contacts.

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Energy: transactional
Energy: transactional - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

The 'pragmatic and client-focused' team at Houthoff is considered to be 'a great addition to any legal department'. The team is led by the 'responsive and practical' Kirsten Berger who joined from Stibbe in March 2018. Jacques Kroner and senior associate Marc van Beuge are also recommended for their 'great knowledge on energy law'; Willem de Nijs Bik handles corporate-related matters. The team offers the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory expertise which includes waste to energy matters.

Leading individuals

Kirsten Berger - Houthoff

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff’s team works in tandem with the corporate department to assist corporations, government bodies and project developers with environmental, planning and zoning matters. Group head Jan Frans de Groot is advising the Municipality of Almere on experimental zoning plan, land-use policy and expropriations related to the planning of Floriade, a proposed international exhibition and garden festival and subsequently a new residential area. Counsel Marloes Brans is a key member of the team.

Leading individuals

Jan Frans de Groot - Houthoff

Next generation lawyers

Marloes Brans - Houthoff

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

Houthoff

Houthoff’s group provides 'good advice' and is 'very responsive'; it has considerable experience in the space, and its white-collar criminal defence work extends to cross-border investigations and compliance issues. Practice co-head Alexander de Swart is defending Credit Suisse against allegations of aiding and abetting money laundering and tax evasion by Dutch citizens. Fellow co-head Vincent Affourtit specialises in regulatory enforcement and corporate investigations, and senior associate Frank Mattheijer is also noted.

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Industry focus: Information technology
Industry focus: Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Thomas de Weerd heads a practice at Houthoff which is highlighted for 'its personal approach' and for collaborating with various specialists within the firm. Junior team member are also well regarded, particularly associate Jurre Reus 'who always provides suitable advice'. The team is advising Marktplaats (eBay Classifieds Group) on a range of matters including data protection,   commercial contracting, and consumer protection issues.

Leading individuals

Thomas de Weerd - Houthoff

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

Houthoff

Houthoff's practices are grouped into IT/internet, outsourcing, telecoms, media and technology, and privacy and data protection. Thomas de Weerd heads the TMT group and counsel Thijs Van Aerde specialises in media and IP cases. In recent work, the team advised the owners of Spinnin Records on its sale to Warner Chappell Music Group. It also acted for the Telegraaf Media Group in Supreme Court litigation against the Dutch state concerning the incorrect implementation of the European Database Directive, which would have prevented the client from publishing its own programme guide.

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

Houthoff

Houthoff is noted for its 'excellent knowledge of the insurance market and healthcare sector' and has an impressive roster of hospital clients. With a dedicated industry focus, it provides corporate/ M&A, competition, regulatory, real estate, litigation, IP & IT, and labour law expertise. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat, who has a competition focus, heads the practice while counsel Freeke Heijne, who is strong on the regulatory side, is noted for being 'really knowledgeable, proactive, and for providing pragmatic solutions'.  In typical work, the team advised Bergman Clinics on one of the largest mergers of two private groups of clinics which attracted an investigation by the Dutch Competition Authority.

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Industry focus: telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff's TMT group has special expertise in corporate matters and litigation including Supreme Court cases and attracts both international and domestic clients. Thomas de Weerd heads the group that acted for New York investment firm Aurelius Capital on its investment in Brazilian telecom provider, the Oi group. In other work, it is handling a range of contentious issues for various telecoms clients.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff¬†'has an effective network enabling it to receive quick and efficient advice in the other jurisdictions ‚Äď it is expensive but certainly worth it when you have an important dispute'. Senior advisors include Hans Londonck Sluijk, ¬†'who is an outstanding strategist and litigator', and Huib Lebbing, who 'understands the problem very quickly ‚Äď negotiations were very difficult but he managed to get the result we wanted'. Berry van Wijk¬†also offers a wealth of experience. The team is acting for¬†Nationale Nederlanden in ongoing, multibillion-euro class actions regarding millions of unit-linked insurances sold in the Netherlands in which the insured seek compensation for alleged mis-selling.

Leading individuals

Berry van Wijk - Houthoff

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Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Thomas de Weerd heads the practice at Houthoff which is recognised for its 'very strong Supreme Court practice'. Counsel Thijs Van Aerde, who is 'great to work with, is very strong in his field and has a great personality', is acting for Stichting BREIN in copyright litigation before the Supreme Court against Usenet provider News-Service Europe, which offers large amounts of media and entertainment content to subscribers. The case has been referred to the European Court of Justice.

Leading individuals

Thijs van Aerde - Houthoff

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

At Houthoff, practice head Oscar van Angeren and counsel Daan Horsthuis have 'a deep knowledge of investment management agreements (IMAs) and all relevant regulation as it relates to IMAs' and provide advice that is 'always useful and to the point'. Recent highlights include advising Man Group on numerous regulatory and structuring matters. Dutch pension funds PFZW and PGGM are also clients. The group also acts for fund managers and large insurers.

Leading individuals

Oscar van Angeren - Houthoff

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff fields 'a very smart and capable team' that is 'bright and easy to work with'. The group advised TMF on its ultimately abandoned IPO and eventual entire share sale to CVC Capital Partners. Counsel and energy sector specialist Kristen Berger was a new arrival from Stibbe. Bram Caudri and Michiel Pannekoek are also noted. Jan-Paul van der Hoek left the firm.

Next generation lawyers

Bram Caudri - Houthoff

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff

Houthoff handles the financing and refinancing of large infrastructure investments, including wind power projects. Practice head Jessica Terpstra divides her time between the London and Amsterdam offices and specialises in cross-border banking and finance including acquisition and structured finance and bilateral lending. She is leading the team advising the Corneel consortium in connection with the Afsluitdijk PFI project. Michel Klijn and Loet Venrooy are senior members of a team that advised the Standard Bank of South Africa in respect of the project finance and structuring of three solar power plants in South Africa.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Jan Cees Kuiken and Herman Lohman spearhead the Houthoff team which is 'very attentive and pragmatic, always reachable, very driven, and with high technical understanding'. Construction expert Michel Klijn, assisted by associate Sander van den Boogaart, are especially noted for 'thinking proactively to prevent problems instead of only solving them'. Lohman led the advice to AMVEST (a residential investment fund) and Ymere (an Amsterdam housing corporation) on the development of Overhoeks, comprising 1,800 residential units, a park, and commercial space.

Leading individuals

Jan Cees Kuiken - Houthoff

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff is credited with being 'a well-coordinated, clearly led team that quickly understands the business, the issues, and drives for results'. Team head Frédéric Verhoeven 'remains his calm and composed self under all circumstances making sure you get what you need'. Gerhard Gispen and Christiaan Zijderveld are other key members of a team. Recent work includes acting for American Industries Partners over two years in a complex restructuring of the Goss Group, through which bankruptcy was avoided.

Leading individuals

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent, professional‚Äô tax team is experienced in a variety of cross-border tax matters. Group lead Sylvia Dikmans, who is praised for her ‚Äėunique business acumen‚Äô, and Alexander Kaarls¬†advised Intel on its tender offer to acquire Mobileye, valued at $15.3bn. Recently recruited partner Paulus Merks¬†joined from¬†DLA Piper¬†and is¬†'a fantastic catch‚Äô according to one client. He advised Uber as the lead partner on the client's $3.7bn merger with Yandex.¬†Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk¬†and Rob Havenga¬†are other key names.

Leading individuals

Paulus Merks - Houthoff

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