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Houthoff

GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 50, 1082 MA AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Tel:
Work +31 20 605 6000
Fax:
Fax +31 20 605 6700
Web:
www.houthoff.com
Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Rotterdam

Netherlands

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

Houthoff

Houthoff’s ‘reliable, diligent’ practice provides ‘sound, pragmatic advice, fast’. Private equity expert Bram Caudri, who made partner in January 2017, is ‘someone you want on your side’; he and Michiel Pannekoek acted for Jac Capital and Wise Road Capital on their over $2.7bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ standard products business unit. ‘Excellent strategistWillem de Nijs Bik is an expert in corporate governance and energy M&A; the ‘high-energyMaurits de Haan has ‘an eye for detail’. Jan-Paul van der Hoek heads the department.

Next generation lawyers

Maurits de Haan - Houthoff

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff’s ‘outstandingly knowledgeable’, ‘approachable’ department ‘quickly grasps complex material’. Practice head Michel Klijn is ‘very easy to talk to, and very technically knowledgeable’; he advised World Food Center Development on the development of the World Food Center in Ede. Counsel Janet Meesters is ‘a good listener who easily translates incomprehensible jargon’; Johan Rijlaarsdam and senior associate Sander van den Boogaart are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Michel Klijn - Houthoff

Next generation lawyers

Sander van den Boogaart - Houthoff

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff’s department is ‘very responsive’ and ‘really knows the industry’, with particular expertise in enforcement and technology-related competition issues. ‘Well-respected’ department head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is acting for Singapore Airlines in a number of private enforcement proceedings brought by Equilib, SCC and EWD before Amsterdam Courts following the EC decision on an air cargo case. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat and counsel Berend Reuder successfully represented AMC and VUmc in a complex merger control procedure brought before the Dutch competition authority. Laura Parret is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Berend Reuder - Houthoff

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Fast, sharp and to-the-point’, the ‘proactive’, ‘accessible and well-coordinated’ team of ‘critical thinkers’ at Houthoff is headed jointly by Edward de Bock and Rixt de Vries. De Bock assisted Insinger de Beaufort with the employment aspects of its merger with Theodoor Gilissen. Senior associate Jet Stolk is ‘flexible and pragmatic’; senior associate Margot van Herwerden is also recommended.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff’s department is very strong in contentious and non-contentious matters. Group head Jan Frans de Groot represented Hedwigepolder in a case against the Dutch state regarding the latter’s plan to expropriate and submerge the 300-hectare Hedwigepolder and convert it into estuarine nature.

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 solid and prompt advice’ on a broad range of fraud and white-collar matters, including cross-border investigations and compliance issues. Practice co-head Alexander de Swart, who has ‘intricate know-how relating to Dutch authorities’, is representing a Dutch tycoon in a number of proceedings arising from allegations of bankruptcy fraud. The team includes co-head Vincent Affourtit, who specialises in regulatory enforcement and corporate investigations, and Marry de Gaay Fortman.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

The ‘strategic, business-oriented’ team at Houthoff is recommended for both civil law insurance and regulatory insurance, and has ‘an effective international network’. Hans Londonck Sluijk heads the group jointly with ‘out-of-the-box thinkerBerry van Wijk; clients include AIG, Zurich and XL Catlin.

Leading individuals

Berry van Wijk - Houthoff

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

The ‘absolutely top-notch’ team at Houthoff acts for fund managers, institutional investors and large insurers. ‘Outstandingly knowledgeable, impressively commerical’ group head Oscar van Angerenalways achieves the best possible outcome’; he advised ABP on its relationship with APG. Man Group and Candriam Asset Management are also clients. Counsel Daan Horsthuis is noted for his regulatory knowledge.

Leading individuals

Oscar van Angeren - Houthoff

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Excellent in all respects’, Houthoff’s ‘responsive, flexible’ department has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘an understanding of potential political difficulties and sensitivities’. Michiel Pannekoek and the ‘very knowledgeable, very clearBram Caudri advised JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital on their approximately $2.7bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ standard products business unit.

Next generation lawyers

Bram Caudri - Houthoff

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

Houthoff

Jessica Terpstra heads the team at Houthoff, which acts for lenders and sponsors. Loet Venrooy acted for 15 banks, including BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and HSBC, on amendments and updates to their $4.4bn loan to Oyu Tolgoi. Other clients include VolkerWessels and Boskalis.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Herman Lohman heads Houthoff’s practice jointly with Jan Cees Kuiken, who acted for Unibail-Rodamco on its acquisition of the Leidsenhage shopping centre, and on its redevelopment of the 116,000sqm ‘Mall of the Netherlands’. Marnix Aarts assisted Vestia with its €577m sale of 358 residential units to Patrizia.

Leading individuals

Jan Cees Kuiken - Houthoff

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff’s ‘extremely commercial and practical’ department has excellent cross-border capabilities, and is ‘very knowledgeable about complex legal matters’. Group head Frédéric Verhoeven advised the International Bondholders Committee as creditors of distressed telecoms giant Oi. Christiaan Zijderveld is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Frédéric Verhoeven - Houthoff

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff’s ‘reliable’, ‘efficient’ group has considerable experience in handling international restructuring and M&A, with particular expertise in the real estate sector. Group head Sylvia Dikmans is leading advice to Intel on the tax aspects of its tender offer to acquire Mobileye. Litigation expert Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk is representing Waterbedrijfs Vitens in proceedings against a number of municipalities regarding the levying of local tax on its underground water pipes. Clients also recommend the ‘very knowledgeableRob Havenga.

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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

Houthoff’s practice covers a wide range of asset and structured financing matters, including real estate and acquisition financing. Practice head Loet Venrooy advised Rotterdam public transport company Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram on its first external financing, valued at €120m, for the purchase of 26 new trains. Aart Barkey Wolf is also recommended. Other clients include ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank.

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Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff

Houthoff’s practice has considerable experience in handling financing transactions for clients in a wide range of sectors, including real estate and infrastructure. Jessica Terpstra advised JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital on the $800m financing of its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ Standard Products business. The practice is headed by the well-regarded Loet Venrooy.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff

Houthoff’s ‘responsive’, ‘high-quality team’ is often instructed by major Dutch and international banks on high-value financings. Group head Loet Venrooy is acting for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Neuberger Berman on a shari’ah-based financing, as well as restructuring matters. Jessica Terpstra is a name to note.

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 4

Houthoff

Houthoff’s practice is active on the issuer and the investor side. Jessica Terpstra advised J.P. Morgan Securities as the initial purchasers on RCS & RDS’ €350m note issuance; Samvardhana Motherson Group is an issuer client. Alexander Kaarls heads the practice, and André de Neve, who splits his time between Rotterdam and New York, is also recommended.

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

The ‘hardworking’, ‘knowledgeable and always available’ team at Houthoff handles complex, cross-border ECM work. The ‘very smart, eminently reasonable’ and ‘incredibly knowledgeableJetty Tukker, who is ‘attentive to detail’, heads the group jointly with Alexander Kaarls; the duo acted for DP Eurasia on its £148m IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Tukker also advised Reggeborgh Group as shareholder on VolkerWessels’ €575m IPO.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Rated for its ‘outstanding, in-depth knowledge’ and ‘very quick response times’, Houthoff’s group often handles international corporate arbitration matters, including purchase agreement claims arising from international joint ventures. Clients highly recommend the ‘very hands-onMarielle Koppenol-Laforce, who has ‘fantastic analytical skills’, and of counsel Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk, who ‘gets to the bottom of the matter in the shortest time’. The group is headed by the ‘very pragmaticDirk Knottenbelt.

Next generation lawyers

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

Houthoff

The ‘very good’ team at Houthoff handles a broad range of contentious matters, including restructuring and corporate litigation. Co-head Bart van der Wiel (‘outstanding in Supreme Court litigation’, and ‘very pleasant to work with’) and Jan Willem de Groot are representing Aurelius Capital Management in bankruptcy proceedings brought against a financing entity of Brazilian telecoms company Oi. Co-head Albert Knigge is acting for Trafigura in class action litigation brought by a number of Dutch and foreign parties regarding allegations of exposure to chemical waste disposed of in Ivory Coast. The team’s client base includes Vestia, ING and Petrobras. Rob Meijer is also noted.

Leading individuals

Rob Meijer - Houthoff

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Mediation
Dispute resolution: Mediation - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff has considerable expertise handling national and international mediation procedures. Marry de Gaay Fortman is a key contact.

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Netherlands: Energy

Regulatory
Energy: Regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Frequently advising on large-scale conventional and renewable energy matters, Houthoff’s practice is headed by counsel Marjolein Dieperink. She, Willem de Nijs Bik and senior associate Marc van Beuge advised Eneco on a wide range of regulatory matters. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce represented Promneftstroy in insolvency litigation. Boskalis is another client.

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Transactional
Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

Houthoff’s team is ‘fully aware of the commercial implications of regulatory frameworks’. Willem de Nijs Bik is the key contact, while the ‘constructive, flexible’ Jacques Kröner advised Shanks Group on its €482m merger with Van Gansewinkel Group. The shareholders of Delta and Essent are additional clients.

Leading individuals

Willem de Nijs Bik - Houthoff

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

Houthoff

The ‘outstanding’ team at Houthoff, which specialises in healthcare, provides ‘fast, sharp, clear’ advice. ‘Steadfast, well-connected’ competition expert Weyer VerLoren van Themaat has ‘extensive sector knowledge’; he heads the group jointly with regulatory expert Marry de Gaay Fortman. Clients include VUmc and NVZ Vereniging voor Ziekenhuizen.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Houthoff

The ‘proactive, business-oriented’ team at Houthoff is ‘very knowledgeable on all aspects of IT’. It is led by the ‘very reliable, practicalThomas de Weerd, who advised numerous major car companies including Volvo, Renault and Ferrari on issues relating to ‘connected cars’.

Next generation lawyers

Thomas de Weerd - Houthoff

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

Houthoff

Houthoff’s practice is particularly strong in corporate work and litigation. Senior associate Thijs van Aerde acted for Golden Earring in a Supreme Court case regarding the publishing rights to a large part of its repertoire. Thomas de Weerd leads the team.

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Telecoms
Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Houthoff

Houthoff’s department is led by IT and technology expert Thomas de Weerd. Corporate expert Michiel Wesseling acted for Yealink Network Technology on the Dutch law aspects of its IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. High Point is a patent litigation client.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 5

Houthoff

Houthoff’s department provides ‘prompt, comprehensive and to-the-point’ advice. Group head Thomas de Weerd is especially active in the IP aspects of transactions; ‘trustworthy, strategic, highly knowledgeable’ counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis and ‘clued-in’ senior associate Thijs van Aerde are the key litigators. Novartis and Innovet are clients.

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Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 3

Houthoff

Houthoff’s department has a strong line in Supreme Court litigation. ‘Very clever, knowledgeable, always available’ senior associate Thijs van Aerde acted for Golden Earring in a case regarding the publishing rights to a large part of its repertoire. Practice head Thomas de Weerd is especially experienced in the IP aspects of corporate transactions.

Next generation lawyers

Thijs van Aerde - Houthoff

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