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Netherlands

Commercial, corporate and M&a
Commercial, corporate and M&a - ranked: tier 6

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is described as 'an excellent team providing top-quality services from top-notch partners' and is capable of 'turning true know-how into practical advice'. The 'creative' Luc Defaix leads the practice and 'is very good at keeping parties moving forward through good negotiations'. Senior associate Carel van Swaay is also noted for being 'effective in getting deals closed'. Senior associate Margriet Middelkoop joined the team in November 2018 from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The team advised KPN which acquired 100% of the shares in QSight IT from private equity firm Holland Venture.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV¬†is judged to be 'unique in its knowledge of the special position of the Dutch public sector and its realistic approach to legal issues' and is¬†well known for its track record representing central and regional government agencies.¬†Mark Birnage¬†heads the practice and led the team advising¬†the Municipality of the Hague on the ‚ā¨14m Spuikwartier concert hall construction project which generated a number of disputes. Some of the standout lawyers include Pieter Stuijt, who combines 'a great sense of humour with extensive knowledge of European procurement law' and 'diplomatic' senior associate Diederik Wolters R√ľckert¬†'whose reasoning is impeccable'.¬†Senior associate¬† Lonneke de Graaf¬†'fiercely argues pleadings';¬†Elisa Palm¬†combines 'charm with keen insights into the market';¬†Christina Muntinghe¬†is also a core member of the team.

Leading individuals

Pieter Stuijt - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Next generation lawyers

Christina Muntinghe - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

The team at¬†Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV¬†is¬†‚Äėvery responsive and very knowledgeable‚Äô and is commended for its 'excellent' work. It is well known for acting for the Dutch state but has made a concerted effort to broaden its commercial litigation practice recently. The team is jointly led by¬†Willem Heemskerk¬†('an excellent lawyer with the ability to really think a case through', who 'then adds the right solution')¬†and Karlijn Teuben¬†('analytical and responsive'). The firm is representing Royal Dutch Shell in the ‚ÄėOgoni-9‚Äô case, which concerns allegations of the client's complicity in the trial and execution of environmental activists in the 1990s. Heemskerk is also acting for steel conglomerate ArcelorMittal in an action for cartel damages initiated by Deutsche Bahn. Bert-Jan Houtzagers¬†and the ‚Äėproductive‚Äô Hans van Wijk are also recommended.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is best known for acting for the Dutch state in cross-border arbitration matters, but has recently increased its commercial caseload. Practice head René Kiers primarily represents government bodies in complex arbitration matters regarding infrastructure projects; he, with assistance from associate Michael van Rijckevorsel, is handling a building dispute for the the state of the Netherlands. Mark Birnage and associate Jan-Willem Riedijk are representing the province of Utrecht before the Arbitration Board for the Building Industry in a claim by a contractor for delay and costs concerning a project at the Soesterberg air force base.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV‚Äôs ‚Äėexcellent and pragmatic‚Äô team has a significant practice representing private clients in cartel damages proceedings, merger filings and advisory work, as well as government representation. The team is acting as counsel for ArcelorMittal in an action for cartel damages initiated by Deutsche Bahn. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Marleen Botman¬†from a teaching position and PhD programme at Free University Amsterdam in January 2018. Erik Pijnacker Hordijk¬†leads the team.

Leading individuals

Erik Pijnacker Hordijk - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

What sets Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV¬†apart from the pack 'is its ability to think outside the box and adjust the strategy accordingly'. Team head Ruben van Arkel¬†and senior attorney Annette de Jong¬†impress with their 'excellent work and critical thinking' and senior associate Femke van Herk¬†is also noted. Aside from its extensive roster of government and public clients, it also assists corporates such as¬†KPN,¬†DAF Trucks and¬†McDonald's ‚Äď in the latter case it assisted the Netherlands company with adjustments to its standard contracts in light of the¬†Working Hours Act. It assists other clients with negotiations with unions and collective labour agreements.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's clients range from central and local government clients to corporates including ExxonMobil,  Lundin Petroleum, and Royal Dutch Shell. It has a leading regulatory litigation offering in addition to areas such as transactions and environmental law. Iman Brinkman, senior associate Ewoud de Vries, and competition expert Erik Pijnacker Hordijk are the key members of a group that represented the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in a claim against utilities company Eneco in relation to the allegedly erroneous allocation of capacity on cross border interconnectors. It is also assisting energy infrastructure company Rendant in a dispute with DSO Stedin over the forced transfer by Rendant to Stedin of its electricity and gas infrastructure (which stems from legislation).

Next generation lawyers

Iman Brinkman - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV¬†'offers a broad range of services combined with the best specialists who are able to offer in-depth knowledge and are not afraid of challenges'.¬†The 'inspiring and energetic' Liesbeth Schippers¬†is a first choice for complicated mandates and all the lawyers are described as 'civilised and pleasant to work with'. These include Hans Besselink, 'fine sparring partner' Dani√ęlle Roelands-Fransen¬†'who always senses what is needed' and Jelmer Procee. The team's clients include major government departments and municipalities.

Leading individuals

Liesbeth Schippers - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Next generation lawyers

Dani√ęlle Roelands-Fransen¬† - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Industry focus: Information technology
Industry focus: Information technology - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Meine Dijkstra and senior associate Jeroen Naves are the key contacts at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV together with data protection expert  Gerrit-Jan Zwenne. The team has a track record on complex governmental IT projects; it advised the Dutch Ministry of Justice in relation to the delivery of several e-gates for Schiphol Airport. The practice also advised APG and PGGM, two of the largest pension administrators in the Netherlands, on issues including data protection in relation to a project to put their pension administration in a blockchain application.

Leading individuals

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Industry focus: Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Sikke Kingma heads the IP and media practice at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV which serves a range of government agencies, municipalities, and corporate clients and has an established reputation for handling Supreme Court cases. The team acted for the Municipality of Rotterdam in an action brought by Persgroep Nederland concerning the right to broadcast a tribute to the players of Feyenoord football club. The group is also handling a Supreme Court case concerning issues of freedom of the press.

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Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV has an established reputation in the healthcare sector acting for both public and private sector clients including the government, healthcare insurance companies and healthcare providers, and academic hospitals. Elisabeth Pietermaat's expertise lies in healthcare regulations and litigation, while Karlijn Teuben's clients include the Ministry of Health. The Dutch Healthcare Authority is a longstanding client which the team has advised on a range of matters including a new funding system for hospitals which resulted in a number of appeals.

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's telecoms focus is based on its strong regulatory, litigation and administrative law expertise. Elisabeth Pietermaat has an established administrative law practice and routinely advises on regulatory regimes. Jannetje Bootsma advises government bodies on telecoms issues and Arnoud Boorsma is also a noted team member.

Next generation lawyers

Jannetje Bootsma - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's team head Sikke Kingma is 'a very strong Supreme Court lawyer'. His team acts for a range of state, municipal, and corporate clients which include Delft University of Technology and the Municipalities of Amsterdam and The Hague. Highlight work includes acting for Spirits International in Supreme Court proceedings against FKP Sojuzplodo, a Russian state-owned company in a dispute over the ownership of the well-known brands Stoli, Stolichnaya, and Moskovskaya. Martijn Scheltema is a key team member which has expanded with the joining of Jordi Bierens from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Acting predominantly for government-side clients, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV¬†is entrusted with PPP projects in the¬†infrastructure, energy, and accommodation areas. It is credited with 'good¬†knowledge, coupled with much practical experience of DBFM tenders for large infrastructure projects'.¬†Mark Birnage¬†is advising the state of the Netherlands on the ‚ā¨550m Afsluitdijk sea defence PPP, which is the reconstruction of the largest sea defence in the Netherlands. Maarten van Rijn¬†and senior associate Elisa Palm¬†are two of the key practice members.

Next generation lawyers

Elisa Palm - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

In addition to its well-established government clientele, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV¬†assists national and international corporates, developers, and pension and investment funds on the gamut of real estate transactions. Alain de Jonge¬†and Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk¬†are two of the senior partners in a substantial team, while¬†Ren√© Spit¬†is leading the advice to the¬†Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency on the structured sale of a former prison to AM. Valued at¬†‚ā¨84.5m; the site will be developed into one of the biggest residential new builds in Amsterdam.

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Legal Developments in Netherlands

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  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the ‚ÄúCommission‚ÄĚ) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD
  • NETHERLANDS AS A GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD