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NautaDutilh

BEETHOVENSTRAAT 400, 1082 PR AMSTERDAM, PO BOX 7113, 1007 JC AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's¬†‚Äėresponsive‚Äô team¬†is well known for its English and Dutch law capabilities. Walter Schellekens¬†acted for the sponsors of a¬†$1bn¬†reserves-based lending facility for the exploration and exploitation of major oil fields in Nigeria on setting up a Dutch SPV to act as borrower under the facility. Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, who is based in New York, leads advice to McDermott International on the financing of its acquisition of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company's entire business in an all-stock transaction , valued at $6bn. The group, which is headed by Arjan Pors, includes¬†David Vi√ętor, who counts Apax partners as a client. Willem Keukens¬†was promoted to counsel in April 2018.

Leading individuals

Walter Schellekens - NautaDutilh

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Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh‚Äôs team has 'a good relationship with the regulator and access to all levels' and is 'proactive and provides solutions before issues become problems'.¬†Frans Van Der Eerden assisted Rabobank with the set-up of its mortgage loan platform Vista Hypotheken. Group head¬†Larissa Silverentand assisted Van Lanschot spin-off Captin, a securities trading platform, with its application for a Multilateral Trading Facility licence. Senior associate¬†Juli√ęt de Graaf¬†¬†joined in July 2018 from¬†DLA Piper. Of counsel Pim Rank and senior associate Roderick Watson are also recommended.¬†Jorik Reijmer¬†is now in-house with Uber.

Leading individuals

Larissa Silverentand - NautaDutilh

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Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

The ‚Äėhigh-quality‚Äô team at¬†NautaDutilh¬†is led by Arjan Scheltema¬†and the ‚Äėinnovative, exceptional‚Äô¬†Micha√ęla Ulrici. The latter is acting for Venn Partners on its residential mortgage-backed securities transaction. Duco Harmsen¬†was promoted to senior associate in April 2018.

Leading individuals

Micha√ęla Ulrici - NautaDutilh

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s team is 'highly efficient' and is praised by one client for 'never engaging more team members than necessary'. It has notable expertise in cross-border work and is key name for real estate, restructuring and project finance mandates. Swedish private equity firm EQT is a major client for the practice, with team lead Ajan Pors acting for the client on the provision of financing to Argand Partners for the acquisition of Oase Management. Willem Keukens was promoted to counsel in April 2018. The group can also draw on the expertise of Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde and Walter Schellekens, the firm's managing partners in New York and London respectively.

Leading individuals

Walter Schellekens - NautaDutilh

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Capital markets: debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh‚Äôs managing partner¬†Petra Zijp¬†leads the debt capital markets team. The highly regarded¬†Antonia Netiv¬†and Arjan Pors¬†advised JP Morgan on the ‚ā¨250m senior secured notes issue of a subsidiary of Radisson Hotel Holdings. Walter Schellekens¬†assisted a mix of long-term and new clients with billions of euros of issuances in the last year.

Leading individuals

Petra Zijp - NautaDutilh

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Capital markets: equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh¬†is a popular choice for foreign listings of Dutch companies. Practice head¬†Petra Zijp¬†and Antonia Netiv¬†advised on a Luxembourg-listed investment firm‚Äôs listing on Euronext Amsterdam and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, valued at ‚ā¨4.2bn. Netiv and Paul Van Der Bijl¬†also acted for a German biotech company listing on the Nasdaq, valued at $106m.

Leading individuals

Petra Zijp - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Antonia Netiv - NautaDutilh

Paul van der Bijl - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

The NautaDutilh¬†team, spearheaded by global head of corporate and M&A¬†Lieke van der Velden, can tackle large M&A deals; Leo Groothuis¬†led the team which acted for Unibail-Rodamco in its acquisition of Westfield, the flagship shopping centre with an overall deal value of¬†‚ā¨21bn. The transaction included setting up a Dutch company to acquire Westfield‚Äôs US operations and certain Dutch assets, the company would then become a Dutch REIT.¬†¬†Joost den Engelsman's corporate practice includes handling private equity deals and he recently advised long-standing client ABB on the Dutch leg of ABB‚Äôs acquisition of the global Industrial Solutions business from General Electric, a matter valued at¬†‚ā¨2.6bn.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

At¬†NautaDutilh,¬†David van Ee¬†specialises in PPPs, infrastructure, and real estate, and advised the lenders to the winning consortium,¬†LEVVEL, on the¬†‚ā¨869m¬†Afsluitdijk project which involves major reinforcement of the dyke and development of the surrounding area. The team, which includes senior partners David Van Dijk¬†and Anne-Marie Klijn¬†handles large-scale PPPs in the infrastructure and industrial spaces in addition to commercial and mixed use developments.

Leading individuals

David van Ee - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh‚Äôs practice is ‚Äėahead of the game‚Äô and has 'an excellent reputation in the market'. It is a popular choice for financial institutions and, in a recent example of its strength in this area,¬†Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer is representing Deloitte in proceedings pertaining to aspects of its audit of Steinhoff International Holdings NV. Supreme Court litigator Freerk Vermeulen¬†successfully acted for Urgenda in climate change litigation against the state of the Netherlands.¬†Paul Olden¬†and¬†Frans Overkleeft¬†are also noted. Yvette Steeg-Tijms has been promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Paul Olden - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s team is led by Paul Holden and includes Geert Raaijmakers; both mediators are accredited by the London-based Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. Shareholder and transaction-related disputes remain key strengths.

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

NautaDutilh

The ‚Äėstrong, academic and practical‚Äô practice at NautaDutilh routinely handles investor-state and corporate arbitration matters. In an example of its strength in the former, practice head Gerard Meijer, who stands out for his 'strategic' approach, is acting for two foreign investors in securing attachments in the Netherlands and other jurisdictions pertaining to a $500m arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan. Meijer, alongside counsel Mirjam van de Hel- Koedoot and Bo Ra van der Plas-Hoebeke, is also representing Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company, in arbitral proceedings under the Uncitral rules before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; the case concerns claims by the clients concerning the basis of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between the US and the Republic of Ecuador.¬†Meijer and¬†Bastiaan Assink¬†'are absolutely brilliant: their clarity of thought, methodological approach and responsiveness make working with them so easy and efficient'.

Leading individuals

Gerard Meijer - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Bastiaan Assink - NautaDutilh

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh‚Äôs group ‚Äėbalances a theoretical but pragmatic approach‚Äô and provides 'clear, concise and prompt advice'. Its workload includes competition-related transactions and litigation. Co-group heads Herman Speyart¬†and the ‚Äėeffective‚Äô Barbara Nijs¬†advise clients including Bencis, Sansei Technologies and Vivendi.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

Practice head Homme ten Have and senior associate Gijs van Nes are the main contacts at NautaDutilh who attract clients including Municipality of Amsterdam, Pathé Theatres and Boston Consulting Group. Its work includes acting for Smallsteps in proceedings with the union on the applicability of the EU Transfer of Undertaking Directive. It also advised works councils on challenges to proposed protective measures when LeasePlan announced that a consortium was considering options to sell down its stake in LeasePlan.

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Energy: transactional
Energy: transactional - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh 'demonstrates a huge capacity to adapt teams; it dedicates specialists when requested and keeps a perfect project management approach' especially on M&A work. The 'highly experienced' Jaap Jan Trommel and senior associate Lisa Schoenmakers provide 'proactive and commercially focused advice' to clients including Centrica Plc and Tullow Oil. Highlight work includes assisting NY-listed McDermott on an agreement to acquire Chicago Bridge & Iron Company's entire Dutch business in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $6bn. Joost den Engelsman is also a key member of the team.

Leading individuals

Jaap Jan Trommel - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Schoenmakers - NautaDutilh

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s public law group is headed by Anne-Marie Klijn who, together with senior associate Berend Haagen, assisted Triodos and OVG in their success regarding the development of a new circular office in the heavily protected Reehorst Estate which has significant ecological and sustainability qualities. Norbert De Munnik has retired from the firm and Jolize Lautenbach now heads the Rotterdam team and associate Pieter van der Woerd has joined from Stibbe.

Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Klijn - NautaDutilh

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's team provides 'good, transparent and in-time legal advice, makes a quick analysis of the problem and turns it into good practical hands-on advice'. It handles a wide range of matters, including criminal, tax, regulatory and civil litigation and audit investigations, for domestic and international clients. Marike Bakker, who is 'on the ball, responsive and has a real focus on what serves the client and case best', and Daan Lunsingh are advising Deloitte on various aspects of its audit of Steinhoff International Holdings, and the possible accounting irregularities that have come to light at Steinhoff. Bakker, Rob van der Hoeven and Francien Rense are the practice heads.

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Industry focus: Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh fields a substantial team that offers a full service to clients in the food and agricultural sectors including issues of food safety and relevant technologies. Leading partner Jolize Lautenbach and senior associate Silvia Gawronski have a focus on regulations; Teska van Vuren handles a range of corporate and private equity matters and Anne Marie Verschuur brings her IP expertise to the mix. The team is assisting a number of clients including Spack Trading in disputes with SKAL, the control authority that certifies organic companies and products. Other clients include Coca Cola, Danone, Unilever and ForFarmers.

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Industry focus: Information technology
Industry focus: Information technology - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

As part of the NautaDutilh Benelux data protection and cyber security group, Albert van der Kolk and Anne Marie Verschuur head the Dutch team that assists clients with a range of IT matters, often arising from M&A and joint ventures. It has acted for clients including Uber Technologies and Vivendi, and current work includes acting in an international arbitration arising from a joint venture for the development of software.

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Industry focus: Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

Anne Marie Verschuur, who is an IP and litigation expert, oversees the NautaDutilh media group that also includes associate partners Jolize Lautenbach and Saskia Nuijten. The team is acting for the city of Amsterdam on an issue regarding an agreement with the city broadcaster AT5 on its future broadcasting. It also acts for NPO on issues around public broadcasting.

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh 'has a small dedicated team of high-quality, specialised individuals' providing an impressive range of regulatory, IP, and financing as well as M&A advice. The team is also highlighted for 'working very harmoniously to put the person most capable of handling a specific task front and center for every interaction'.  Corporate expert Ruud Smits and senior associate Rebecca Pinto 'both deserve special mention for being crisp, clear, and strong communicators and for thinking about how to get the deal done'. IP specialist Anne Marie Verschuur is also in demand. The team's clients range from big pharma to startups as well as private equity and other investors including Celltrion Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, and Wacker Chemie, which it is assisting with the acquisition of SynCo Bio Partners Holding.

Leading individuals

Ruud Smits - NautaDutilh

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Industry focus: retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

The NautaDutilh¬†team is headed by Corporate and M&A partners Teska van Vuren¬†and Jaap Stoop¬†and offers a full suite of practice area expertise to its retail sector clients. It¬†advised Grupo Bimbo, the world‚Äôs largest baker and distributor of baked goods, in connection with its $650m acquisition of East Balt Bakeries from One Equity Partners. In other work, together with Polish firm,¬†WardyŇĄski & Partners, the team advised ForFarmers on the purchase of a 60% stake in Polish feed company Tasomix. Anne-Marie Klijn¬†and David Van Dijk¬†are other key members of the practice.

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Industry focus: telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

Piet Sippens Groenewegen heads NautaDutilh's TMT group which is acting for a telecoms client in relation to the European Commission's assessment of the intended merger between two major telecoms companies. Corporate partners Leo Groothuis and Ruud Smits are worthy of note. Vodafone is a client.

Leading individuals

Piet Sippens Groenewegen - NautaDutilh

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is rated for having 'longstanding and intense relationships with insurers and profound knowledge of regulators' informal opinions'. Sjoerd Meijer and Stijn Franken co-head the team; the latter is 'a great litigator and is creative and strategic'. The team is representing former Royal Imtech supervisory board members on multiple claims relating to Imtech’s various directors’ and officers’ insurance and public offering of securities insurance programmes following Imtech’s highly publicised bankruptcy in August 2015.

Leading individuals

Stijn Franken - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Sjoerd Meijer - NautaDutilh

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Intellectual property: Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 4

NautaDutilh

Anne Marie Verschuur, who heads the NautaDutilh practice, is a litigator with significant patent experience across a range of industries. Her work includes acting for Medac on the Dutch leg of patent litigation initiated by Accord Healthcare. Of counsel Charles Gielen is noted for his expertise in IP disputes.

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is acknowledged for its 'depth and breadth of IP expertise'. Charles Gielen and Anne Marie Verschuur are highlighted by clients. Other noted team members include of counsel Richard van Oerle and senior associate Marlous Schrijvers. The team's recent work included successfully defended Daimler against copyright infringement claims from BSUR Agency regarding Daimler's 'smart fortwo' campaign. The group is also acting for Diagio in disputes and for Lego in relation to contentious work.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

The ‚Äėknowledgeable and pro-active‚Äô team at NautaDutilh¬†is led by group head Larissa Silverentand. The team advised three Dutch institutional investors and CBRE Global Investors on the¬†re-capitalisation and take over of a Dutch retail property fund managed by IEF Capita, valued at ‚ā¨1bn. It also assisted CarVal Investors with its Dutch subsidiary RNHB‚Äôs application for a licence as offeror of mortgage credit. Frans van der Eerden¬†is a key name. Jorik Reijmer, former senior associate with the firm,¬†departed to¬†Uber.

Leading individuals

Larissa Silverentand - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Frans van der Eerden - NautaDutilh

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

The team at NautaDutilh, which is based across the firm's Amsterdam and Rotterdam offices, integrates corporate and finance lawyers, tax advisers and civil law notaries, to offer a multi-faceted service. Joost den Engelsman, Lieke van der Velden and Gaike Dalenoord are the practice heads. The team acted for Nutria, an animal nutrition company, on its international auction sale to Bluestar Adisseo for $193m.

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's project finance, real estate, and energy and utilities expertise combines with its regulatory, competition, and tax abilities to offer clients a full service on project-related work. The team is acting for ABG Sundal Collier, the sole manager for the bond issue by Tulip Oil Netherlands Offshore in connection with the placement of an ‚ā¨8m five year senior secured bond. It is also acting on a number of projects as lenders' counsel in the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Jaco Belder, David van Ee, and Erik Geerling¬†are some of the standout lawyers in the team.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

David Van Dijk heads the real estate and infrastructure group at NautaDutilh and led a large team that advised WP Carey International on its acquisition of a DIY portfolio owned by VNB Real Estate. This was achieved through a sale and leaseback transaction. The practice counts BAM, Cisco, Fluor and LaSalle Investment Management among its client roster.

Leading individuals

David Van Dijk - NautaDutilh

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

With 'very broad experience and knowledge',¬†NautaDutilh¬†forges 'great working relationships' with clients. Insolvency specialist Robert Van Galen¬†heads the team;¬†Barbara Rumora-Scheltema¬†and Teun Struycken¬†are notable practitioners. The team acts for various financial institutions including Deutsche Bank and¬†BNP Paribas. In recent work, the group advised the Croatian corporate¬†Agrokor on its major and complex restructuring after a crisis in respect of its ‚ā¨5.8bn of debt ‚Äď a successful settlement plan was constructed. The team frequently works with recommended London-based partner Marc Orval.

Leading individuals

Robert van Galen - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Barbara Rumora-Scheltema - NautaDutilh

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

The practice at NautaDutilh¬†is a key name for transactional tax matters. Practice head and managing partner Chris Warner¬†advised McDermott International on the agreement to acquire Chicago Bridge & Iron Company‚Äôs entire business in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $6bn. Securitisation expert Nico Blom¬†assisted STMicroelectronics with a rare issuance of¬† ‚ā¨1.5bn convertible bonds listed on three different stock markets.¬†Edward Rijnhout¬†and litigator L√©on Wijsman¬†are also noted.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

At NautaDutilh, shipping specialist Erik Geerling, aviation financing expert Teun Struycken, and litigator Kasper Krzeminski are the key names. The Rotterdam-based department has notable strength in ship financing and transactions, aircraft financing and vessel construction.

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