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NautaDutilh

BEETHOVENSTRAAT 400, 1082 PR AMSTERDAM, PO BOX 7113, 1007 JC AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Netherlands

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

NautaDutilh

The ‘dedicated, experienced and quick’ team at NautaDutilh is ‘easy to work with’. ‘Excellent negotiator’ Joost den Engelsman, whose ‘expertise is unquestionable’, is ‘always one step ahead and is available 24/7’; he assisted PZEM with over €1bn-worth of energy sector divestments. Leo Groothuis advised Thermo Fisher on its $7.2bn purchase of Patheon. Notary Paul van der Bijl made partner in January 2017; he, Groothuis and Geert Raaijmakers are recommended for public M&A. Lieke van der Velden heads the group.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

The ‘reliable’ practice at NautaDutilh is ‘never less than superb’, delivering ‘clear, concise, practical and expert advice’. The ‘supremely knowledgeable, experienced’ David van Ee heads the group; alongside David van Dijk, he advised Expeditors on the construction and development of its logistics centre in the Schiphol area.

Leading individuals

David van Ee - NautaDutilh

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘high-quality, extensively experienced’ group handles a broad range of competition-related transactional and litigation matters. ‘Extremely skilled and analytical’ group head Herman Speyart and the ‘charismatic, persuasive and proactive’ Barbara Nijs advised PZEM on the divestment and merger control clearance of a number of businesses to Stedin Holding and EQT. Nijs also assisted Marubeni with the competition aspects of its $170m acquisition of Creekstone Holding. Other clients include the Dutch Ministry of Finance, Vodafone and Mylan.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘insightful’ department is led by Homme ten Have, who advised PZEM on a large-scale restructuring. Warner Roeters van Lennep is ‘highly experienced in all aspects of labour law’, and Albert van der Kolk is the key contact for pensions matters. ‘Excellent negotiator’ and senior associate Gijs van Nes is ‘extremely knowledgeable and solution-oriented’.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘punctual, knowledgeable and creative’ department is led by Anne-Marie Klijn, who advised the municipality of Amsterdam on the environment and planning aspects of the €4.2bn Zuidas development. Norbert de Munnik is ‘extensively experienced’; Berend Haagen ‘communicates complex material engagingly’.

Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Klijn - NautaDutilh

Norbert de Munnik - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

The multi-disciplinary team at NautaDutilh often assists Dutch and international clients with a wide range of matters, including criminal, tax, regulatory and civil litigation. Practice co-head Rob van der Hoeven is leading advice to Shell on criminal investigation and proceeding issues following a plant explosion in 2014. Co-head Marike Bakker and Herman Speyart are advising the Ministry of Justice on an investigation regarding potential irregularities arising from a tender procedure issued by the Dutch Tax Authority. Other clients include Telia, Nederlandse Spoorwegen and Rotterdamse Taxi Centrale.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s practice has ‘very good strength in depth’; its ‘legal knowledge is simply the best’. Sjoerd Meijer and team head Stijn Franken, who are ‘tactical and insightful’, acted for insurers including ASR Nederland, Allianz and Generali in mass claim proceedings relating to unit-linked life insurance products.

Leading individuals

Stijn Franken - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Sjoerd Meijer - NautaDutilh

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

The ‘highly credible’ team at NautaDutilh has ‘very good legal and business knowledge’, and counts ASR Vastgoed Vermogensbeheer, AG Real Estate and ABN Amro among its clients. ‘Efficient’, ‘extremely practical’ group head Larissa Silverentand is ‘easy to work with’, ‘knows the market well’ and is ‘a fast thinker with a nice personality’.

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

Based across Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the team at NautaDutilh counts Charterhouse Capital Partners, Bain Capital and NPM Capital among its clients. Group head Joost den Engelsman acted for PZEM on its €488m sale of Delta Retail to EQT Infrastructure. Lieke van der Velden is also recommended.

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s practice, which has ‘very good industry knowledge’ and is based across Amsterdam and Rotterdam, is led by David van Ee; its activity is mostly lender-side. ‘A market leader in procurement law’, van Ee advised various lenders on the financing of the €921m Afsluitdijk project. Jaco Belder is frequently active in the space.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

Well known for its bench strength, NautaDutilh is ‘one of the top players in the market’. The full-service team is led by David van Dijk, who advised G&S Vastgoed and OVG Real Estate’s joint venture company on the development and sale of ING’s new head office. Other clients include Piet Hein Buildings, First Sponsor Group and Deutsche Bank.

Leading individuals

David van Dijk - NautaDutilh

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

Noted for its ‘prompt, detailed and high-quality’ advice, the team at NautaDutilh counts CTAC, Smallsteps and Deutsche Bank Luxembourg among its clients. The ‘very experienced’ Barbara Rumora-Scheltema acted for Spicers on its liquidation and the restructuring of its European operations. Robert van Galen heads the group.

Leading individuals

Robert van Galen - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Barbara Rumora-Scheltema - NautaDutilh

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

The ‘excellent’ multi-disciplinary practice at NautaDutilh often handles the tax aspects of restructurings and public and private M&A. Practice head Chris Warner advised Thermo Fisher Scientific on the tax aspects of its acquisition of Patheon. The ‘motivated’ Nico Blom assisted De Volksbank with the tax aspects of a securitisation matter, as well as an update of its covered bond programme. The team includes Rotterdam-based Edward Rijnhout and litigator Léon Wijsman.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

With a large complement of notaries, NautaDutilh’s Rotterdam-based department is especially active in ship financing and transactions, aircraft financing and vessel construction. Though mostly advising lenders such as ABN Amro and ING, it also counts Jumbo and Van Weelde Shipping Group as clients. Erik Geerling leads the team.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

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

NautaDutilh

Regarded as the ‘go-to firm when it comes to covered bonds and securitisation’, NautaDutilh’s ‘strong’ structured finance team is ‘acutely aware of the latest developments’, and is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Well-regarded practice head Arjan Scheltema assisted NIBC Bank with the Essence VII securitisation, valued at approximately €907m. The well-regarded Michaëla Ulrici advised Qander Consumer Finance on a securitisation arising from the issuance of notes valued at €320m for the acquisition of a portfolio of consumer loans. The team includes senior associates Liza Gerritsen, who is ‘highly skilled’, and the ‘very experienced’ Reinier Dommerholt.

Leading individuals

Michaëla Ulrici - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

The ‘terrific’, ‘very responsive’ group at NautaDutilh has strong English and Dutch law capabilities. David Viёtor led advice to private healthcare company Bergman Clinics on a €140m financing with ICG as the arranger. Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, who is based in New York, led advice to Playa Hotels & Resorts on the Dutch aspects regarding the refinancing of its €630m credit agreement. The group, which is headed by Arjan Pors, includes Walter Schellekens.

Leading individuals

Walter Schellekens - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘excellent, quick and pragmatic’ department is highly regarded by clients for its ‘in-depth knowledge’. Department head Larissa Silverentand, who is ‘outstanding’ and ‘to the point’, has been advising the Dutch Banking Association on drawing up the Code of Conduct for financing SMEs. Frans van der Eerden assisted ASR Nederland with documentation and regulatory issues regarding the establishment of the ASR Mortgage Fund for institutional investors. The team includes of counsel Pim Rank.

Leading individuals

Larissa Silverentand - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

Considered a ‘go-to firm’, NautaDutilh’s ‘outstanding’ group has particular strength in cross-border lending transactions for international financial institutions, as well as in corporate lending. The ‘exemplaryElizabeth van Schilfgaarde led advice to Citibank as the lenders on the $3bn financing of FMC Corporation’s acquisition of certain businesses of DuPont and vice versa. David Viëtor acted for White Oak, Permira Debt Managers and H.I.G. WhiteHorse on the €220m financing of Bottega InvestCo’s acquisition of Getronics from Aurelius. Practice head Arjan Pors and Jaco Belder are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Walter Schellekens - NautaDutilh

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘very experienced’ team is ‘quick to react, always available’ and benefits from having firm offices in London and New York. Antonia Netiv, who ‘understands both business and regulations’, and department head Petra Zijp advised Van Lanschot on the update of its €2bn structured notes programme. Arjan Scheltema is ‘knowledgeable and clear-thinking’.

Leading individuals

Petra Zijp - NautaDutilh

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 1

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Managing partner Petra Zijp heads the team at NautaDutilh, which has a strong line in handling foreign listings of Dutch companies. Zijp and Antonia Netiv advised AP Alternative Investments on the $1.1bn IPO of Athene, in which it was the largest shareholder. Netiv and Paul van der Bijl, a notary who specialises in public company work, advised trivago on its NASDAQ listing.

Leading individuals

Petra Zijp - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Paul van der Bijl - NautaDutilh

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

The ‘outstanding’ practice at NautaDutilh often handles investor-state and corporate arbitration matters. Practice head Gerard Meijer, who has ‘superb knowledge of arbitration law’, is representing Chevron and Texaco Petroleum in proceedings brought before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague regarding claims arising from the Lago Agrio litigation. Meijer and Freerk Vermeulen have also been acting for Liechtenstein company Diag Human in enforcement proceedings brought against the Czech Republic regarding a €350m arbitral award. The team saw a number of changes: Bastiaan Assink made partner and Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot was promoted to counsel.

Leading individuals

Gerard Meijer - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Bastiaan Assink - NautaDutilh

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘excellent’ group primarily acts for domestic and international financial institutions, as well as corporations in high-stakes litigation. Group head Paul Olden is advising Dutch football club ADO Den Haag on various issues arising from litigation brought against its owner UVS before the Enterprise Chambers. Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer has been representing Volkswagen in collective actions brought by the Dutch Investors’ Association before the Amsterdam District Court concerning investor claims. The team includes Supreme Court litigator Freerk Vermeulen, Frank van der Leeuw and Allart Haasjes.

Leading individuals

Paul Olden - NautaDutilh

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Mediation
Dispute resolution: Mediation - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s team has experience in shareholder and transaction-related disputes. The team, which is led by Paul Holden, includes Geert Raaijmakers; both mediators are accredited by the London-based Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

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Netherlands: Energy

Transactional
Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

Major utilities and oil, gas and renewable energy companies are on NautaDutilh’s client roster. Joost den Engelsman and the New York-based Harm Kerstholt advised PZEM on the €488m sale of its retail business to EQT Infrastructure. Department head Jaap Jan Trommel counts Tullow Oil, Centrica and Total Nederland among his clients.

Leading individuals

Jaap Jan Trommel - NautaDutilh

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Schoenmakers - NautaDutilh

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s ‘knowledgeable’ team, which is led by administrative law specialist Norbert de Munnik, is praised for its strength in depth. M&A is its key strength, though it also handles financing, IP and product recalls. Jeroen Preller is often active in the space, advising NPM Capital on the sale of part of Royaan’s brands portfolio and food service activities to Van Geloven.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh’s department is led jointly by M&A specialist Ruud Smits and ‘experienced, always well-prepared’ patents expert Anne Marie Verschuur. Leo Groothuis advised Thermo Fisher on its $7.2bn acquisition of Patheon. Other clients include Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Incyte and Global Bio-Chem Technology.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 3

NautaDutilh

Often involved in M&A, NautaDutilh’s department also advises on internet law matters. Anne Marie Verschuur defended Ziggo in a case brought by BREIN regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay. Piet Sippens Groenewegen leads the team.

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

NautaDutilh

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at NautaDutilh is headed by Piet Sippens Groenewegen. Anne Marie Verschuur defended Ziggo in a case brought by BREIN regarding Ziggo granting its subscribers access to The Pirate Bay. Other clients include Pathé and the NPO.

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

NautaDutilh

Seen by clients as ‘one of the top players in the market’, NautaDutilh’s practice is headed by corporate and M&A experts Teska van Vuren and Jaap Stoop. Stoop acted for Ikea Centres on its €900m sale of 25 pan-Europe shopping centres to Pradera. David van Dijk advised Media Markt Saturn on all real estate and leasing matters.

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Telecoms
Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

NautaDutilh

Telecoms ‘veteran’ Piet Sippens Groenewegen leads NautaDutilh’s full-service practice. He, Leo Groothuis and Lieke van der Velden acted for Vodafone Libertel on its joint venture with Liberty Global; Groenewegen also represented Vodafone in regulatory litigation.

Leading individuals

Piet Sippens Groenewegen - NautaDutilh

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 4

NautaDutilh

The ‘experienced, well-prepared, always available’ Anne Marie Verschuur leads the ‘timely, communicative’ team at NautaDutilh. She defended Medac in multi-jurisdictional patent nullity proceedings brought by Accord Healthcare. Other clients include P.K. Benelux. Of counsel Charles Gielen is also recommended.

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

NautaDutilh

As well as handling litigation, the team at NautaDutilh is frequently involved in the IP elements of corporate transactions. Group head Anne Marie Verschuur defended Impliva in proceedings brought by Senz relating to ‘aerodynamic storm umbrellas’, involving trade mark, copyright and design right issues.

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