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Stibbe

BEETHOVENPLEIN 10, 1077 WM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Netherlands

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

Stibbe

Allard Metzelaar, Heleen Kersten, Björn van der Klip and Duco de Boer are the key partners in Stibbe’s team, which has excellent public M&A capabilities. Kersteen advised AkzoNobel on its proposed €27bn takeover by PPG Industries, and van der Klip acted for Talpa on its €301m offer to purchase Telegraaf Media Groep. Metzelaar and de Boer advised Q-Park on KKR’s attempt to buy the outstanding shares in Q-Park for over €2.9bn.

Leading individuals

Allard Metzelaar - Stibbe

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

The ‘efficient, solutions-driven’ team at Stibbe is led by David Orobio de Castro. Toni van Hees advised Zeeland Seaportson on the €120m demolition and decommissioning of one of its phosphorus plants. Ingmar de Groot is noted for his ‘business-oriented, practical approach and knowledge of the market’; Branda Katan is an ‘outstanding’ senior associate.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Ingmar de Groot - Stibbe

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Clients praise the group at Stibbe for its ‘excellent service, not only in terms of quality of its advice but also in terms of responsiveness’. Group head Rein Wesseling and Christof Swaak, who has ‘excellent strategic and tactical skills’, have been representing Nederlandse Spoorwegen and its former CEO and CFO in an abuse of dominance case brought by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM). Wesseling and ‘extremely eloquent, quick-minded and very experienced litigatorJeroen Kortmann defended Heineken against a damages claim brought by Vergina Beer before the Amsterdam District Court. Senior associate Floris ten Have has significant experience in EU merger control.

Leading individuals

Christof Swaak - Stibbe

Rein Wesseling - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Floris ten Have - Stibbe

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe’s ‘exceptional, sophisticated’ department has ‘very thorough knowledge’ and provides ‘very pragmatic’ advice. ‘Creative’ ‘industry leaderJaap van Slooten is ‘always available’; he and Paul Vestering handle KLM’s employment and pension issues. The ‘wonderful’ Astrid Helstone is ‘affable, extremely smart and has a knack for finding creative solutions to difficult problems’.

Leading individuals

Jaap van Slooten - Stibbe

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe provides ‘very high-quality service’, and has ‘extensive business knowledge’. Group head Aaldert ten Veen acted for the wind farm Drentse Monden & Oostermoer on various contentious and non-contentious permit issues. Jan Reinier van Angeren, Tom Barkhuysen and Anna Collignon are noted administrative experts.

Leading individuals

Aaldert ten Veen - Stibbe

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

Stibbe

Stibbe’s ‘well-known and highly regarded’ group has particular expertise handling criminal investigations and litigation for clients across various sectors. The ‘very dedicatedDaan Doorenbos is ‘a real expert’ in compliance work concerning securities, financial, tax and environmental legislation. The ‘highly recommended’ Muriël Rosing often advises clients on fraud, corruption and money-laundering issues. Senior associate Marleen Velthuis is also recommended.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

With excellent transactional and regulatory capabilities, Stibbe’s department counts HgCapital, Baillie Gifford and Pimco among its recent client wins. Paul Quist, Rogier Raas and Jeroen Smits are advising Blackstone on the structuring of its investment funds, and on AIFMD matters. Michael Molenaars and senior associate Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen - Stibbe

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbeprovides great service’, and frequently acts on large cross-border matters. Group head Björn van der Klip advised Bain Capital on its purchase of Consolis, and the London-based Hans Witteveen assisted Blackstone with its sale of DoubleTree by Hilton to Anbang Group for approximately €340m. Duco de Boer is another name to note.

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

Stibbe

Highly active in infrastructure, real estate and renewable energy, Stibbe’s ‘fast-thinking’, ‘consistently thorough’ practice is ‘highly experienced in all aspects of PPPs’, including contentious work. The ‘very charismatic, encyclopaedically knowledgeableDavid Orobio de Castro and the ‘very approachable, business-oriented’ Ingmar de Groot advised lenders including Strukton and Sacyr on the €1bn A16 Rotterdam project.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

David Orobio de Castro leads Stibbe’s department jointly with Maarten de Bruin, who advised Aedifica on all its acquisitions of Dutch care and nursing homes. Boris Cammelbeeck and the ‘determined, business-oriented’ David Meijeren are recommended counsels. All four lawyers advised Amundi Real Estate on its €875m purchase of PwC’s Rotterdam headquarters from KanAm Grundinvest Fonds.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Boris Cammelbeeck - Stibbe

David Meijeren - Stibbe

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Market leaderToni van Hees heads Stibbe’s group; he and Job van Hooff acted as the bankruptcy trustees of Unlimited Sports Group. The duo also represented Oi Móvel in a dispute against Oi Brasil Holdings Coöperatief’s Dutch bankruptcy trustee.

Leading individuals

Toni van Hees - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Job van Hooff - Stibbe

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe’s ‘very good’ group is often instructed by major corporations on the implementation of tax plans, as well as on the tax aspects of M&A, capital markets and private equity transactions. ‘Consistently good’ group head Michael Molenaars assisted Clayton Dubilier & Rice with tax issues arising from its $2.3bn divestment of Mauser Group. Maarten de Bruin advised Carlyle Group on the tax aspects of its $3.2bn acquisition of Atotech from Total, including multi-jurisdictional issues. Reinout de Boer made partner in 2017; Jeroen Smits and senior associate Johan Vrolijk are also names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Johan Vrolijk - Stibbe

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

Asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: Asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe’s practice handles securities, structured finance and asset finance transactions for corporate clients and financial institutions, often with an international element. Headed by Jaap Willeumier, the practice includes Rogier Raas, who regularly assists financial institutions with regulatory and compliance matters.

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

Stibbe

The ‘loyal, hands-on’ team at Stibbe often acts for domestic and international corporate clients on acquisition finance, corporate lending and project finance matters. Co-head Maarten de Bruin led advice to Q-Park and KKR on all financing arrangements regarding KKR’s over €2.9bn acquisition of all of Q-Park’s outstanding share capital. Rein van Helden jointly heads the team, which includes Jaap Willeumier and the ‘reliable’, ‘hardworking’ Robert Steeg.

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Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Known for its ‘industry expertise’, Stibbe’s group often works closely with the firm’s Brussels office to handle Benelux-related regulatory and compliance work, and has been increasingly busy in fintech matters. ‘Proactive’ group head Rogier Raas is representing ING in all cases arising from allegations of misselling interest rate swaps to SMEs. The team includes of counsel Steven Hijink.

Leading individuals

Rogier Raas - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Roderik Vrolijk - Stibbe

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

Stibbe

Stibbe’s ‘flexible’ and ‘responsive’ multi-disciplinary group has experience in handling cross-border financings across a broad range of sectors. Co-head Rein van Helden, Jaap Willeumier and Joannes de Bont led advice to European Investment Bank on a financing package of €350m for Schiphol Airport regarding an expansion. Maarten de Bruin is the practice co-head.

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Especially active in acting for global corporates on note issuances, Stibbe’s practice also handles debt instrument restructuring. Rein van Helden and Jaap Willeumier assisted British American Tobacco with its approximately $17.2bn bond issuance, while Pieter Schütte advised Steinhoff International on an €800m bond issuance, constituting the company’s debut on the European bond market.

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Basic-Fit, PostNL and ABN Amro are among the clients of Stibbe’s practice, which is led by managing partner Derk Lemstra. Pieter Schütte acted for Blackstone on its €186m sale of shares in Intertrust via an accelerated book-build, and assisted Intertrust with a €34m share buyback. He also advised NB Private Equity Partners on a $50m rights issuance.

Leading individuals

Derk Lemstra - Stibbe

Pieter Schütte - Stibbe

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

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

Stibbe

Considered by clients to be ‘one of the best in the field’, Stibbe’s practice often handles a wide range of cross-border litigation, including mass damages, antitrust and security class actions. Practice co-head Fons Leijten successfully represented AkzoNobel in proceedings brought by Elliott International arising from takeover issues before the Enterprise Chamber. Co-head Jeroen Kortmann and competition partner Rein Wesseling have been defending Heineken and its subsidiary Athenian Brewery against a damages action brought by Vergina Beer before the Amsterdam District Court concerning allegations of abuse of dominance in the Greek market. The team includes Toni van Hees, Jeroen Fleming and Branda Katan, who was promoted to partner in 2017, and associate Simon Boersen.

Leading individuals

Fons Leijten - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Simon Boersen - Stibbe

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Netherlands: Energy

Regulatory
Energy: Regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe provides ‘top service’ and has ‘a very commercial approach’; ‘deeply experienced’ group head Martin In de Braekt is ‘always available and delivers on time’. He advised Dong Energy, as developer, on the regulatory aspects of Borssele wind projects I and II. Kirsten Berger and environment expert Aaldert ten Veen are also recommended.

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Transactional
Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Though particularly active in the wind and solar sectors, Stibbe also has strong experience in nuclear energy and oil and gas. Department head Martin In de Braekt acted for Eurus Energy on its acquisition of various onshore wind parks.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

Stibbe

Stibbe’s full-service practice is notably strong in IT-related matters. Group head Judica Krikke assisted several university medical centres with tendering servers and storage supplies, and represented VUmc and Erasmus Medical Centre in a software licence dispute against MicroFocus. Mylan and Genmab are life sciences clients.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Judica Krikke leads the team at Stibbe, which counts IT contracting, data protection and dispute resolution as its key pillars. Krikke advised the Dutch state on its contracts with suppliers such as Oracle, and on its use of cloud services. Rogier Raas is a fintech expert.

Leading individuals

Judica Krikke - Stibbe

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

Stibbe

Judica Krikke heads Stibbe’s practice, which frequently assists clients with the internet roll-out of media and entertainment products and services. It is also often active in high-value M&A. Rakuten Kobo, Omroep Max and Talpa are clients.

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Telecoms
Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Stibbe

At Stibbe, Jan Reinier van Angeren and senior associate Christien Saris are the key regulatory experts, while Egbert Vroom is the name to note for corporate and commercial work.

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