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Netherlands

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s β€˜well-respected, well-informed’ team provides β€˜focused, trustworthy advice’. It is led by expert Arnout Stroeve, who along with Daan ter Braak is a civil law notary; Stroeve advised Cott on its €470m purchase of Eden Springs. Other key partners include Onno Boerstra, Friso Foppes and Jeroen Sombezki. β€˜Hands-on, pragmatic’ associate Sander Maarschalkerweerd is β€˜a true business partner’.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice β€˜reacts fast, and with useful knowledge’. As well as being active in PPPs, it acts on healthcare, retail, social housing and industrial construction projects. Practice head Mark Moolhuizen, who is β€˜flexible in time and thinking’, acted for Zalmhaven on its development of three residential towers in Rotterdam, with Zalmhaven Tower itself predicted to be the tallest building in the Benelux region.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Rated for its β€˜swift response times, excellent industry knowledge and suitable advice’, Van Doorne’s practice is instructed by clients across various sectors, including healthcare, retail, education, media and financial services. The β€˜excellent’ Sarah Beeston defended Total against various cartel damages claims brought before the Dutch courts. Beeston leads the team jointly with Gijs Verberne.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

Noted for its β€˜in-depth knowledge’, Van Doorne’s team is β€˜always up to date with recent developments’. β€˜Very experienced’ group head Els de Wind provides β€˜timely, well-thought-out advice’, and β€˜distils complex problems down to commercial solutions’. The β€˜confident, commercial’ Marjolijn Lips advised Degreed on the employment aspects of its acquisition of Gibbon. Albert van Marwijk Kooy is the practice’s pension expert.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s team is frequently active on real estate developments and politically sensitive matters. Group head Cees Kniestedt represented Hornbach in various zoning negotiations and disputes; Rederij Kooij is an additional client. Associate Annet Blokhuis is also recommended.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s β€˜highly qualified’ team is led by the β€˜practical’ and β€˜stand-out’ Jan Leliveld, who arrived from Wladimiroff Advocaten in 2017. Counsel Ed van Liere, who also joined from Wladimiroff Advocaten, is another name to note.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

The full-service, β€˜solution-oriented’ department at Van Doorne is headed by the β€˜very experienced’ Walter Hendriksen. The β€˜pragmatic, cooperative’ Annemieke Hendrikse β€˜aligns interests and brings parties together’; the β€˜eager, skilled’ Simone Hoogeveen is a professional liability expert. AIG, Chubb and Nationale Nederlanden are clients. Counsel Martine HΓΆfelt is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Annemieke Hendrikse - Van Doorne

Walter Hendriksen - Van Doorne

Next generation lawyers

Martine HΓΆfelt - Van Doorne

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

Frequently acting for sponsors and management, Van Doorne’s β€˜very knowledgeable’ practice counts real estate, healthcare, TMT and food and retail as sector strengths. Group head Onno Boerstra advised Alpha Private Equity and Alpinvest on their sale of Eyes MidCo to 3i. Jeroen Sombezki is also recommended.

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

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice, which is co-headed by Angelique Thiele and Mark Moolhuizen, is especially active in commercial real estate and healthcare projects; clients include McArthurGlen, Deutsche Hypothekenbank and Tergooi Hospital. The team is also active in the energy sector: Stefan van Rossum advised MaasStrom Energy on the restructuring of a €400m project finance loan.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s β€˜commercial’ department is β€˜up to speed with market developments’, and β€˜manages all parties well’. Group head Annerie Ploumen advised Aberdeen Asset Management on its €57m purchase of the Stadshagen shopping centre from Wereldhave. Goldman Sachs and DRC Capital are clients in the non-performing loans space; Deutsche Hypothekenbank is a property finance client.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

Debt restructuring, insolvency litigation and creditor-side work are the key pillars of Van Doorne’s department. Group head Stefan van Rossum and senior associate Jelmer Baukema advised CHC Helicopter on the Dutch elements of its global restructuring. Aareal Bank is another client.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s team has extensive experience in international M&A and private equity transactions, as well as litigation. Group head Ewout van Asbeck assisted Main Energie with the tax aspects arising from its acquisition by Audax Energia. The team includes Rob de Win, who specialises in turnover taxes, and Thijs Clement.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

Asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: Asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

At Van Doorne, the group’s broad financing capabilities range from real estate financing and leasing to securitisations. It includes Angelique Thiele, who often handles Dutch and cross-border secured financing transactions for financial institutions, investors and SMEs. Roel Botter is a key partner.

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

Van Doorne

Highly rated for being β€˜focused problem-solvers’, Van Doorne’s practice has particular strength in healthcare and real estate financing, and handles corporate lending transactions for private equity firms. Stefan van Rossum acted for Stern Groep on the refinancing of its credit facilities. Roel Botter and the well-regarded Angelique Thiele jointly head the practice.

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Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s team acts for a broad range of clients in the financial services sector, including banks, insurance companies and payment service providers, with β€˜significant achievements in the fintech sector’. Group head Arno Voerman advised Intrum Justitia on regulatory issues arising from the sale of its interest in Buckaroo to BlackFin Capital Partners. Other clients include Travelex, European Merchant Services and International Card Services.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

Rated for its β€˜good market knowledge’, Van Doorne’s multidisciplinary practice primarily handles real estate financing, corporate lending, restructuring and leveraged financing matters. Co-head Stefan van Rossum led advice to Rabobank as lender on a bridge facility for a number of dairy farmers following new Dutch legislation. Co-head Angelique Thiele is also highly recommended.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s group primarily handles commercial and post-M&A disputes, with a growing expertise in insurance-related disputes. The team, which is headed by Jasper Leedekerken, includes insurance expert Maurits Kalff and senior associate Bas van Zelst.

Next generation lawyers

Bas van Zelst - Van Doorne

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s team is noted for its β€˜good industry knowledge’ and β€˜fast response times’. Practice co-head Jasper Leedekerken represented the Dutch State Lottery in class actions brought by a group of customers regarding allegations of misleading statements by the client. Simone Hoogeveen is acting for KPMG in litigation brought by Royal Imtech regarding the plaintiff’s insolvency following a number of fraud cases. The team, which is also led by Walter Hendriksen, includes Lisette Bieleveld, Maurits Kalff and Sjoerd Kamerbeek.

Next generation lawyers

Sjoerd Kamerbeek - Van Doorne

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Mediation
Dispute resolution: Mediation - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

The mediation practice at Van Doorne often handles insurance, technology and professional liability matters. It is headed by Kees Stuurman, who also leads the outsourcing team.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

Van Doorne

M&A, commercial contracts, litigation and IP are core pillars of Van Doorne’s practice. Arnout Stroeve acted for Cott on its €470m purchase of Eden Springs, while Kriek Wille advised Meatless on a range of activities, including corporate work, negotiating technology transfer agreements and terminating licensing agreements. Group head Lisette Bieleveld counts Struik Holding among her clients.

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

Van Doorne

Though increasingly active in life sciences, Van Doorne’s department is particularly strong in healthcare. Healthcare specialists Willemien Bischot and Marg Janssen head the team jointly with M&A expert Dimitri van Hoewijk, who assisted Atalmedial and MC Groep with establishing a joint venture.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Data protection and healthcare-related IT are particular strengths of Van Doorne’s practice, which welcomed Bart van Reeken from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in November 2017. β€˜Deeply knowledgeable, internationally connected’ privacy expert Elisabeth Thole advised Dutch Ophthalmic Research Centre (International) on data protection matters. Kees Stuurman is β€˜very experienced’ in outsourcing; Louis Jonker is β€˜highly knowledgeable’.

Leading individuals

Bart van Reeken - Van Doorne

Elisabeth Thole - Van Doorne

Kees Stuurman - Van Doorne

Next generation lawyers

Louis Jonker - Van Doorne

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

Van Doorne

Jeroen Sombezki is the key corporate partner at Van Doorne’s practice, while the β€˜IP experts’, led by Kriek Wille, β€˜know all relevant case law’. Wille defended Erdee Media in an appeal case regarding keeping news articles in online archives, and the β€˜right to be forgotten’.

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Retail
Industry focus: Retail - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s β€˜outstanding’ full-service department is β€˜very fast and very reliable’. Group head Lisette Bieleveld advised Superunie on contract negotiations with Unilever, and Onno Boerstra acted for Eyes Holdco on its sale of Hans Anders Group to 3i. In the real estate space, AriΓ«n van Heesen assisted M7 Real Estate with all aspects of its €175m purchase of retail properties for its EREIP funds.

Leading individuals

Lisette Bieleveld - Van Doorne

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

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

Van Doorne

The β€˜hands-on’ team at Van Doorne counts Volkswagen, Le Cordon Bleu International and De Nederlandse Loterij among its clients. Group head Kriek Wille, who provides β€˜clear, bespoke advice’, acted for Maker Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, in pan-European trade mark infringement litigation.

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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
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    - 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