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Houthoff Buruma

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Rotterdam, New York, London, Brussels, Amsterdam


Top-tier recommendations



Within Asset finance and structured finance, Houthoff Buruma is a third tier firm,

Lawyers from Houthoff Buruma’s offices in Amsterdam, London and New York advise on asset portfolio financing and refinancing. Senior associate Martijn van der Vliet is recommended.

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Within Banking and finance, Houthoff Buruma is a third tier firm,

With lawyers located in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London and New York, Houthoff Buruma is active in cross-border transactions, where it receives instructions from notable international financial services clients. On the borrower side, André de Neve recently advised a European company on its refinancing. Counsels Bastiaan Siemers and Jan Veeningen are recommended.

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Within Capital markets, Houthoff Buruma is a third tier firm,

The internationally focused team at Houthoff Buruma has particular expertise in the high-yield market, where recent instructions include advising a European client on a high-yield bond issuance as part of a refinancing. Alexander Kaarls and André de Neve are key contacts.

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Within Construction, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Expert in construction law and regulatory matters’, Houthoff Buruma has experience in infrastructure, retail, offshore and onshore projects. It is regularly called on to assist clients with procurement issues – both contentious and non-contentious – and recently acted for a Dutch company in procurement disputes concerning an infrastructure contract. Jan Michiel Hebly has ‘excellent strategic skills’.

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Within Corporate and M&A, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Praised for its ‘fast response times’ and ‘good value for money’, Houthoff Buruma is regularly instructed on cross-border deals; recent examples include Willem de Nijs Bik’s advice to Kemira on the purchase of AkzoNobel’s paper chemicals business and Eddie Meijer acting for Eutelsat on the acquisition of Satélites Mexicanos. Jan-Paul van der Hoek has ‘excellent interpersonal skills’, and Jacques Krönerknows how to gain trust from all the parties’. Michiel Pannekoek is also recommended.

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Within Employment, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma has notable experience in reorganisations and also maintains an active transactional employment practice. On the litigation side, highlights included Rixt de Vries’ successful representation of a media and publishing company in a case concerning a salary agreement. Edward de Bock has expertise in dismissals, remuneration and pensions.

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Within Environment and planning, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma recently advised Tata Steel on all of its environmental permits and enforcement procedures. The team also acted as lead project counsel to Eneco in regard to a an offshore wind farm. Counsel Marloes Brans and senior associate Marjolein Dieperink are highly recommended. Robert Crince le Roy joined Wybenga Advocaten.

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Within EU and competition, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s team is split between Belgium and the Netherlands, and is ‘able to find a perfect fit with related Lex Mundi firms in nearly any country for cross-border deals’. Amsterdam-based practice head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat handles merger control, state aid, abuse of dominance and cartel defence litigation.

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Within Fraud and white-collar crime, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

The arrival of Aldo Verbruggen in 2013 gave Houthoff Burumaa strong boost’. A former prosecutor, he is ‘a major player in the Netherlands and is beginning to establish a reputation overseas’.

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Within Healthcare and life sciences, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s practice largely acts for healthcare institutions, insurers, investors and sector associations. Recent work includes handling the competition law aspects of the merger between Academisch Medisch Centrum and Vumc – Amsterdam. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is the key contact.

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Within Information technology, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s IT lawyers are highly experienced in contentious, transactional and privacy matters. Wolter Wefers Bettink and Thomas de Weerd jointly head the team, which recently assisted Symbid with a private placement.

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Within Insurance, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

At Houthoff Buruma, Hans Londonck Sluijk recently represented Delta Lloyd in the reinsurance of its international shipping insurance portfolio. Berry Jonk-van Wijk led representation of Nationale-Nederlanden against a mass claim.

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Within Intellectual property, tier 4

Houthoff Buruma is representing Ryanair in a Supreme Court infringement case against Wegolo. Gerard van der Wal heads the team, which is also advising a number of Dutch wholesalers of medicines on intellectual property and regulatory issues.

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Within Investment funds, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma is noted for its ‘good knowledge of laws and regulations’ and focuses on private equity, hedge funds, pension funds, and real estate matters. It recently advised the Pension Fund for the Healthcare Industry on all legal matters regarding its investments in PGGM Investment Funds. Practice head Oscar van Angeren is recommended.

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Within Media and entertainment, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s ‘excellent’ practice represented NLKabel in a landmark neighbouring rights case before the Supreme Court against Norma. Bas Le Poole heads the team, which also represented Rotterdam Media Fonds in an alleged copyright infringement case.

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Within Private equity, Houthoff Buruma is a third tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma gives ‘pragmatic advice’ and ‘good value for money’, and is a popular choice among Dutch private equity firms. Michiel Pannekoek advised H2 Equity Partners on numerous acquisitions and disposals during 2013 and 2014. Jan-Paul van der Hoek is also recommended.

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Within Project finance and PFI, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma has extensive experience in dry and wet infrastructure, as well as accommodation projects. The team is advising a consortium on its bid for the Limmel, Eefde and Beatrixkolk Riverlock PPP project. The matter, which is being led by department head Peter Habraken, is the first one where design, build, finance and maintain contracts are being applied to large wet infrastructure projects. Michel Klijn was promoted to partner in 2014.

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Within Real estate, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma is praised for its ‘extraordinary service, extreme responsiveness, and high-quality work’. Aart Barkey Wolf advised a client on the sale of a part of the portfolio of social housing corporation Vestia to Patrizia. Another highlight included department head Jan Cees Kuiken’s advisory work for CBRE Global Investors regarding the sale of its office buildings to private equity investor Blackstone. Michel Klijn was elevated to the partnership in April 2014.

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Within Restructuring and insolvency, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma handled the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Treasury as well as the bankruptcy of DSB Bank. Rutger Schimmelpenninck and Frédéric Verhoeven are ‘pragmatic, commercial, resourceful and willing to come up with unconventional outside-the-box solutions’.

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Within Tax, Houthoff Buruma is a third tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s ‘very strong’ practice specialises in international tax structuring with a particular focus on investment management, M&A, and finance and insolvency. The highly recommended Sylvia Dikmans advised Petrobras Global Finance on its global notes offering. Department head Rob Havengastands out as a thoughtful lawyer’.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Within Arbitration, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

The ‘very impressive’ team at Houthoff Buruma represents local, European, North American and Middle Eastern clients in NAI and ICC arbitrations. Dirk Knottenbelt heads the practice, which includes Marielle Koppenol-Laforce and recommended senior associate Thomas Stouten.

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Within Commercial litigation , Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s ‘proactive’ team ‘quickly grasps the issues’; it is particularly active in financial services litigation, where it is instructed by banks, insurance companies and pension funds. Philippe Creijghton heads the corporate investigations team and has experience in fraud, bribery and professional liability cases. Rob Meijer is noted for his Supreme Court experience; Jan Willem de Groot, Albert Knigge and Huib Lebbing are also recommended.

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Within Mediation , Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s Marry de Gaay Fortman is active in business mediation.

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