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AKD

PO BOX 59280, 1040 KG AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Work +31 88 253 5000
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Fax +31 88 253 5001
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Web:
https://www.akd.nl
Amsterdam, Breda, Brussels, Eindhoven, Luxembourg, Rotterdam

Netherlands

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

AKD

Transport, technology, agribusiness and healthcare are sectors of particular expertise for AKD’s practice. Lennart Crain arrived from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2017; he and Zabdaj Pollen acted for IOI on its sale of a 70% stake in IOI Loders Croklaan to Bunge for €297m plus $595m. Erwin Rademakers, Nathalie van Woerkom and practice head Carlos Pita Cao are also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

AKD

The β€˜creative’ team at AKD has β€˜in-depth knowledge’, provides β€˜practical solutions’ and β€˜really adds value’. β€˜Outstanding negotiator’ Marc Wintgens is β€˜a real thought-leader’; he advised VolkerWessels on the 450,000sqm Strijp S redevelopment. The β€˜very calm, experienced’ Teije van Dijk, the β€˜very strong’ Paul Welten, β€˜efficient expert’ Jelle Otten and β€˜problem-solver’ Marlies Pierik are recommended litigators.

Leading individuals

Marc Wintgens - AKD

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

AKD

AKD’s department is β€˜excellent’ and β€˜to the point’. Brussels-based practice head Pieter Kuypers is acting for Dutch conservation organisation Vereniging Natuurmonumenten on proceedings brought before the EGC regarding allegations that various Dutch nature conservation organisations received illegal state aid. The team includes counsel Kees Jan Kuilwijk and senior associate Joost Houdijk.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

AKD

AKD’s β€˜top-notch, always available’ department is led by Pieter Huys, who represented Den Breejen in a high-profile case regarding work permits. β€˜Pragmatic’ senior associate Henrike van de Laar β€˜explains things simply’; FranΓ§ois Defaix and Hans van Mens are also recommended. Suzanne Bos arrived from HVG Law LLP in October 2017.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

AKD

The β€˜very knowledgeable, solution-oriented’ team at AKD is led by Jos van der Velden, Gerrit van der Veen and Klaas Meersma, who are based in Breda, Rotterdam and Amsterdam respectively. Van der Velden advises ProRail on all environment and planning matters. Henk Breeman was a new arrival in March 2018.

Leading individuals

Henk Breeman - AKD

Jos van der Velden - AKD

Next generation lawyers

Hugo Doornhof - AKD

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 4

AKD

Best known for its wide-ranging maritime insurance capabilities, AKD’s practice is headed by Jos van der MechΓ© and Haco van der Houven van Oordt. Litigation associates Robert Hoepel and Vivian van der Kuil are often active in the energy industry. Pieter den Haan is also recommended.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

AKD

The team at AKD is led by Nathalie van Woerkom, who acted for De Hoge Dennen Capital PE on the sale of Temployment Participaties to Pay For People. François Koppenol is also recommended. Financial institutions expert Lennart Crain joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2017.

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

AKD

The β€˜very bright, creative’ team at AKD β€˜really adds value’. β€˜Down-to-earth, inventive’ practice head Marc Wintgens is β€˜an outstanding negotiator’ and β€˜a real thought-leader’; he advised Erasmus Medical Centre on the renovation and new construction of the Eread Building and the Sophia Hospital. Taco de Lange and Jelle Otten are also recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

AKD

AKD’s β€˜very bright, creative’ department is led by the β€˜inventive, down-to-earth’ Marc Wintgens, who is β€˜an outstanding negotiator and a real thought-leader’; he is advising VolkerWessels on all aspects of the Strijp S redevelopment. Jelle Otten is β€˜wise, enthusiastic and vastly knowledgeable’; Taco de Lange is β€˜highly knowledgeable and well-connected’. Julian Versmissen is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Marc Wintgens - AKD

Taco de Lange - AKD

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

AKD

Noted for its cross-border capabilities, AKD’s deparment is led by Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn, who acted as the bankruptcy trustee for Atlantic Marine Services. Paul Peters acts as the bankruptcy trustee for Royal Imtech.

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Tax
Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

AKD

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

AKD

Widely known for its longstanding maritime expertise, AKD’s β€˜first-class’ team is noted for its β€˜innovative, tailor-made approach’. The β€˜strategic, client-oriented’ Haco van der Houven van Oordt, who co-heads the group with Jos van der MechΓ©, is β€˜a brilliant advocate’ and β€˜very experienced in ship arrests’. Pieter den Haan, Jan Kromhout, Sebastiaan Moolenaar and Annemieke Spijker are also recommended.

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

AKD’s β€˜very thorough’, β€˜quick’ department often handles cross-border acquisition finance matters across jurisdictions that include Germany and the US. Department head Vincent Bettonville acts for Benson Elliot Capital Management on various finance matters. The team includes Erwin Rademakers and Jasper Verhoog, who has been promoted to partner.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

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

AKD

AKD’s β€˜bright’ and β€˜responsive’ practice β€˜really makes a difference’. Group head Patrick Haas is leading advice to Spanish investment bank Banco Mare Nostrum and one of its directors on a number of liability claims brought before the Amsterdam District Court. Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn and of counsel Marc Goethals are also names to note.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

AKD

Barbara Mutsaers is the key partner at AKD, and is well known for her expertise in food law, including nutrition and health claims, product liability and recalls. Alongside Eveline Sillevis Smitt, administrative food law expert Erik Dans represented Plukon Food Group in proceedings against the Dutch state regarding new food hygiene regulations. Huib Berendschot is recommended for IP, advertising and labelling matters.

Leading individuals

Barbara Mutsaers - AKD

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 5

AKD

Peter Claassen leads the team at AKD; he is supported by Huib Berendschot and Martin Hemmer, who represented Samsung in pan-European patent enforcement proceedings against numerous companies regarding Samsung’s printer cartridges. Senior associate EliΓ«tte Vaal is also recommended.

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Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 4

AKD

AKD β€˜manages large IP projects very efficiently’. Martin Hemmer represented BΓ€r Software in copyright and database rights cases against companies such as Pearson. β€˜Strategically inventive’ group head Peter Claassen is β€˜an impressive negotiator’; the β€˜very skilled’ Huib Berendschot is β€˜business-oriented’. Other clients include Samsung and Forax.

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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 β€œCommission”) 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