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Netherlands

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Arnout Stroeve heads Van Doorne’s ‘respected, well-informed’ practice, which gives ‘in-depth, focused’ advice. ABN AMRO, Karl Lagerfeld Group and Solera are clients. Jeroen Sombezki and healthcare and life sciences specialist Dimitri van Hoewijk made partner in January 2016.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

At Van Doorne, practice head Mark Moolhuizen has been representing Oiltanking Amsterdam in various disputes with its contractors and suppliers; other work included advising the University of Amsterdam on the redevelopment of Roeterseiland Campus. Annerie Ploumen is ‘a problem-solver’.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne is particularly active in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, where it has an excellent track record in merger control. Its public procurement expertise is another standout feature, while state aid and antitrust litigation are also mainstays of the practice. The ‘very thoroughSarah Beeston is ‘an outstanding competition lawyer’; Gijs Verberne is also recommended.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Marjolijn Lips leads Van Doorne’s ‘business-focused’ practice, which is praised for its availability, value for money and pensions expertise, and has wide-ranging capabilities. She is supported by Els de Wind and pensions expert Albert van Marwijk Kooy.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice head Cees Kniestedt acts for Hornbach in the planning and zoning issues associated with its establishment of new stores. Kniestedt also advised Struik Foods Europe on environmental regulatory issues.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

The ‘outstanding, very efficientWalter Hendriksen heads Van Doorne’s team, which recently represented AIG, XL Catlin and Zurich in a coverage dispute with ABN AMRO regarding a bankers blanket bond policy. Professional indemnity, regulatory work and fraud-related litigation are also strengths.

Leading individuals

Annemieke Hendrikse - Van Doorne

Maurits Kalff - Van Doorne

Walter Hendriksen - Van Doorne

Next generation lawyers

Martine Höfelt - Van Doorne

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s clients include Dyson, Karl Lagerfeld and Le Cordon Bleu International. The team handled all the Johan Cruyff Foundation’s IP matters. Former practice head Remco van Leeuwen joined Leeway Advocaten.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

The ‘excellent’ seven-partner practice at Van Doorne is headed by Onno Boerstra, who advised Bioderij Group’s shareholders on their sale of the company to Osiris SAS. The ‘commercial, responsive’ Jeroen Sombezki made partner in January 2016.

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

Van Doorne

Mark Moolhuizen and real estate expert Angelique Thiele lead Van Doorne’s team, whose longstanding clients include Berlin Hyp and VolkerWessels. Thiele and civil law notary Ariën van Heesen acted for Deutsche Hypothekenbank on the €55m financing of the acquisition and renovation of a property for use as student housing.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice head Annerie Ploumen recently assisted two private investors with the sale of over 500 residential properties to Soros Fund Management. Angelique Thiele is also recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

Commended for its responsiveness, knowledge and strength in depth, Van Doorne’s ‘pragmatic, flexible’ department is headed by Stefan van Rossum, whose advice is ‘well balanced and well thought out’. The team advises lenders and sponsors on debt restructuring, and is active in high-profile insolvency litigation.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Ewout van Asbeck heads the team at Van Doorne. The tax practice often acts on real estate mandates, such as Rob de Win advising a European real estate investor on the tax aspects of numerous purchases.

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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

Real estate finance is a sweet spot for the banking practice at Van Doorne, and is a key component of recommended partner Angelique Thiele’s practice. The firm has niche expertise in hospital financing, where Roel Botter is the name to note.

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

Van Doorne

Van Doorne excels at real estate finance and hospital finance. In one highlight, Angelique Thiele advised McArthurGlen on the refinancing of loans totalling almost €293m for the development of a major outlet centre. Roel Botter and Stefan van Rossum are other key figures.

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

Van Doorne

Van Doorne receives plaudits for its ‘very practical and commercially oriented advice’ and ‘fast response times’. Recent mandates include Angelique Thiele advising NIBC Bank on the financing of a student housing construction project and Stefan van Rossum acting for Rabobank and FGH Bank on term loans made available to Ballast Nedam in the context of its debt restructuring and takeover.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

The ‘very responsive and engaged’ team at Van Doorne handles a range of arbitration and setting aside proceedings, under the leadership of department co-heads Jasper Leedekerken and Maurits Kalff.

Next generation lawyers

Bas van Zelst - Van Doorne

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

Van Doorne

Litigation is a core focus area for Van Doorne, which ‘stands out for its practical and pragmatic approach’ and is particularly noted for its ‘prominent practice’ in professional liability, wherein Simone Hoogeveen is a key name. Other recommended partners include ‘good communicatorLisette Bieleveld, Jasper Leedekerken and Maurits Kalff, who is ‘very accurate and skilled’.

Next generation lawyers

Sjoerd Kamerbeek - Van Doorne

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Mediation
Dispute resolution: mediation - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Van Doorne is particularly active in technology, insurance and professional liability mediation. Kees Stuurman heads the practice.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

Van Doorne

Commercial expert Lisette Bieleveld leads Van Doorne’s department, which is active in areas such as M&A and IP. Onno Boerstra advised Plukon Food Group when Gilde and Agrifirm sold their stakes in the company to De Heus and EW Group. Senior associate Sjoerd Kamerbeek advised Tony’s Chocolonely on the nationwide recall of one of its products.

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

Van Doorne

At Van Doorne, recently promoted partner Dimitri van Hoewijk advised Amstelring on the sale of its medical devices centres to Medux. Willemien Bischot and Marg Janssen are key contacts.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice, whose clients include Capgemini and Statistics Netherlands, is headed by the ‘responsive and extremely knowledgeableKees Stuurman and ‘quick, clear’ privacy expert Elisabeth Thole.

Leading individuals

Kees Stuurman - Van Doorne

Next generation lawyers

Elisabeth Thole - Van Doorne

Louis Jonker - Van Doorne

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

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s department is active in M&A, IP, commercial contracts and media-related litigation. ‘Pragmatic, insightful’ IP specialist Kriek Wille heads the practice, with support from ‘commercial and responsive’ corporate partner Jeroen Sombezki.

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Retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s ‘well-informed, focused’ practice regularly handles a range of retail matters. It advised third parties CBR Fashion Group and CB on V&D’s insolvency, while real estate mandates included advising Hornbach on its planned €75m expansion; Hunkemöller International and Karl Lagerfeld are clients for IP work. Lisette Bieleveld heads the seven-partner team, which also handles litigation and arbitration.

Leading individuals

Lisette Bieleveld - Van Doorne

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Legal Developments in Netherlands

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • 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

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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