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Houthoff Buruma

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Rotterdam, New York, London, Brussels, Amsterdam


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

Houthoff Buruma’ finance practice head Loet Venrooy continued to act for Hatfield Philips in a €300m-plus real estate portfolio restructuring and advised both ABN AMRO and ING on the financing of CBRE Dutch Retail Fund.

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

Houthoff Buruma’s Loet Venrooy recently advised ING, ABN AMRO and Rabobank on the €260m financing of Nieuwe Steen Investments, and André de Neve was Dutch counsel to WESCO International on the financing of its acquisition of EECOL Electric. Oscar van Angeren, who splits his time between London and Amsterdam, is ‘a very good negotiator’ in investment fund matters.

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

Houthoff Buruma was Dutch counsel on Petrobras’ $11bn global notes issuance, which is the largest US dollar denominated emerging market bond offering to date. Alexander Kaarls was part of a cross-office team which advised LBC Tank Terminals on its $350m secured notes issue.

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Within Construction, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma advised VolkerWessels on the largest football stadium development in the Netherlands and acted for Reggeborgh, Aviapartner and ADT on the Twente airport scheme. Peter Habraken handles PPP matters and procurement specialist Jan Michiel Hebly has ‘excellent strategic skills and focuses on solutions in the most practical way’.

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

Houthoff Buruma advised Petrobras on the divestment of a 50% stake in its oil and gas division and advised Siemens during its takeover by Nokia. Practice head Michiel Pannekoek ‘always thinks three steps ahead’, Jan-Paul van der Hoek is ‘very hands-on and experienced’, and Alexander Kaarls is also recommended.

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Within Employment, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s Edward de Bock provides transactional support and also represented works councils in respective disputes with Shell’s pension fund and with ABN AMRO concerning collective transfer issues. Other clients include Atos, Philip Morris and Telegraaf Media Group. Rixt de Vries is ‘very dedicated and always comes up with creative, tailor-made solutions’.

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Within Energy Other recommended firms

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

Houthoff Buruma advises on PPP, infrastructure and real estate projects, and also handles disputes. Jan Frans de Groot has been advising Eneco on permits for large-scale energy developments and also acted for a landowner in litigation over the Dutch state’s plans to partially flood the Hedwige Polder reclaimed land. Marry de Gaay Fortman, Vincent Affourtit, Robert Crince le Roy and senior associate Marloes Brans are all recommended.

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

Houthoff Buruma’s practice head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat recently advised regional hospitals on gaining approval to merge. Gerard van der Wal is ‘an authority on state aid law and a creative, flexible thinker’. He has been advising the municipality of Eindhoven on the football club investigation.

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

Houthoff Buruma assisted VUmc and AMC on a tender for a new electronic file system and represented Atos in litigation against Almere City Council. Wolter Wefers Bettink co-heads the team with Thomas de Weerd, who provides ‘proactive, timely and business-oriented advice’.

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Within Insurance, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s Hans Londonck Sluijk leads the firm’s D&O liability work and recently won a coverage dispute appeal for Dutch Export Credit Agency against Boskalis. Berry Jonk-van Wijk has been acting for insurers regarding the alleged mis-selling of unit-linked insurance products. Health and safety expert Huib Lebbing is ‘interested in reaching the best solution for clients’.

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Within Intellectual property, tier 4

Houthoff Buruma’s Gerard van der Wal represented G-Star against Benetton, in a case which considered to what extent a design can be protected as a trade mark. Rob Meijer acted for Ajinomoto in patent proceedings against GBT. Bas Le Poole handles soft IP matters. The IP practice can call on the firm’s Supreme Court litigation experts.

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

Houthoff Buruma successfully represented De Telegraaf in a precedent-setting case before the European Court of Human Rights regarding rights of journalists in relation to state surveillance. Bas Le Poole advises and litigates on regulatory, freedom of expression and advertising matters.

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

Houthoff Buruma’s clients include Lion Capital, Egeria and H2 Equity Partners. Michiel Pannekoek acted for IHC Merwede during Indofin Group’s acquisition of a controlling stake in the client. Jan-Paul van der Hoek advised Reggeborgh on acquiring a controlling stake in VolkerWessels.

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

Houthoff Buruma has particularly deep experience acting for sponsors, including recently advising bidders for the Rotterdam South and N33 road projects and acting for Eneco on the Luchterduinen offshore wind farm scheme. Ongoing work includes advising the SAAOne consortium on the A1/A6 motorway development. Peter Habraken is the lead lawyer.

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

Houthoff Buruma has ‘outstanding business acumen and gives advice that goes beyond pure legal issues’ on high-value matters. Recent matters include advising AR Vastgoed Ontwikkeling on building sales relating to the IJdock development and assisting AXA Real Estate with divesting a commercial property portfolio to PPF Group. Transactions are led by Jans Cees Kuiken, Aart Barkey Wolf and Herman Lohman, who is ‘a strong negotiator’.

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

Houthoff Buruma handles major bankruptcies, and Rutger Schimmelpenninck previously acted as joint trustee of the Lehman Brothers Treasury. Marcel Windt, who provides ‘very good client service and broad technical knowledge’, advised on the restart of the bankrupted Marlies Dekkers as well as on NedCar’s restructuring. Frédéric Verhoeven is also recommmended.

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Within Tax Other recommended firms

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Within Telecoms Other recommended firms

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Within Arbitration, Houthoff Buruma is a second tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s Dirk Knottenbelt handles domestic and cross-border arbitration matters for clients such as Audex and ICL.

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

Houthoff Buruma handles litigation at all levels, and has ‘perfect strategic legal knowledge’ for Supreme Court litigation. Rob Meijer recently acted for Promnefstroy in the Yukos Oil dispute, and Marielle Koppenol-Laforce is representing a EuroChem subsidiary in the $1bn fraud case against International Mineral Resources. Albert Knigge and Bart van der Wiel are ‘very experienced, high-end lawyers that really are sparring partners in business’. Huib Lebbing and ‘promising’ associate David Heems are also recommended.

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Within Mediation, Houthoff Buruma is a first tier firm,

Houthoff Buruma’s mediator Marry de Gaay Fortman has expertise in procurement and public law matters.

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