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AKD

PO BOX 59280, 1040 KG AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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www.akd.nl
Amsterdam, Breda, Brussels, Eindhoven, Luxembourg, Rotterdam

Netherlands

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 5

AKD

AKD’s ‘extremely professional, knowledgeable and no-nonsense’ practice is led by Erwin Rademakers. Carlos Pita Cao is ‘always available and easy to work with’, and is particularly good in cross-border matters: he advised Royal Imtech’s bankruptcy trustees on their disposal of Imtech España MMI to Springwater Capital.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

AKD

AKD’s clients include BAM and Dura Vermeer. ‘Very broadly knowledgeable’ department head Marc Wintgens advised VolkerWessels on the Strijp S project – the Netherlands’ largest mixed-use redevelopment. Jelle Otten assisted Westland Municipality with a 350-acre residential redevelopment. Paul Welten is ‘outstanding’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

AKD

The competition practice at AKD is split across Brussels and Amsterdam and advises on public procurement, state aid and a range of other competition law issues. Brussels-based Pieter Kuypers heads the practice, which includes counsel Kees Jan Kuilwijk and recommended senior associate Joost Houdijk.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

AKD

AKD’s clients include Boskalis, Deloitte and JCDecaux. The department, which is praised for its business acumen, responsiveness and value for money, is led by the ‘available, empathetic but resolute’ Pieter Huys.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

AKD

The team at AKD is headed by Jos van der Velden, who advises ProRail on all public law matters and continues to represent it in court. The full-service practice advises public and private bodies in almost equal measure, on contentious and non-contentious matters. Gerrit van der Veen and Eveline Sillevis Smitt are recommended.

Leading individuals

Jos van der Velden - AKD

Next generation lawyers

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

AKD

AKD’s team, which is led by Jos van der Meché and Haco van der Houven van Oordt, is especially experienced in maritime insurance. Pieter den Haan is recommended.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

AKD

The ‘very experienced’ Peter Claassen leads the team at AKD, whose clients include Inditex, Nestlé and Samsung. The ‘particularly knowledgeable’ Huib Berendschot and Martin Hemmer are also recommended.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

AKD

AKD advises clients such as BioGeneration Ventures, Inkef Capital, Newion Investments and Value Enhancement Partners. ‘Accessible’ practice head Nathalie van Woerkom assisted De Hoge Dennen Capital with selling Robidus to Avedon Capital.

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

AKD

AKD’s ‘solid, helpful’ practice counts Heijmans and the Municipality of Amsterdam among its clients. ‘Intelligent, practical and creative’ department head Marc Wintgens is ‘an outstanding negotiator’ with ‘good market knowledge’. Taco de Lange and Jelle Otten are recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

AKD

AKD’s department is led by Marc Wintgens, with strong support from Taco de Lange, Jelle Otten and Teije van Dijk. Julian Versmissen is recommended. The team handles large-scale property transactions, high-profile developments and leasing issues.

Leading individuals

Marc Wintgens - AKD

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

AKD

AKD’s debtor clients include Royal Imtech, CEG-Group and Fortress Group; the team also acts for creditors. Department head Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn is supported by Paul Peters, Ward Aerts and counsel Marc Goethals.

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

AKD

AKD’s ‘extremely efficient’ department, which is headed by Haco van der Houven van Oordt and Jos van der Meché, has excellent strength in depth. Clients include Royal Boskalis, TT Club and Royal Huisman Shipyard. Transport specialist Annemieke Spijker made partner in June 2016.

Leading individuals

Haco van der Houven van Oordt - AKD

Next generation lawyers

Annemieke Spijker - AKD

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

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

AKD

Vincent Bettonville heads the team at AKD, which represents borrowers in a range of acquisition finance, project finance and structured finance transactions. Clients include CBRE, Benson Elliot and Seaway Heavy Lifting.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

AKD

AKD expanded its already sizeable team by hiring ‘clever strategist’ and corporate litigation expert Winfried van den Muijsenbergh from Loyens & Loeff. Financial litigation is another area of strength. Marc Goethals and Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn are also recommended.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

AKD

AKD advises various clients on food regulations, with Huib Berendschot and Erik Dans having represented companies in food hygiene cases. Martin Hemmer assisted Herbalife with various IT, trade mark and data protection issues. Nestlé is another IP client. Barbara Mutsaers heads the practice.

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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 “Commission”) 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