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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Counting technology and food as areas of particular activity, Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice is headed by Saskia Blokland, who advised Bureau Veritas on its acquisition of a stake in Schutter Group. Ep Hannema assisted Frasers Centrepoint with its €316m purchase of an 87% stake in Geneba Properties. Heimon Smits β€˜can put together a well-balanced team with short notice, and get things moving swiftly’.

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright β€˜provides service of the highest level’; β€˜its experience in construction projects in the Netherlands is widely known and respected’. β€˜Dedicated’ group leader Daphne Broerse is β€˜relentless in her pursuit of the best possible solution’, and β€˜delivers in very short timeframes’; she advised the Baak Consortium on the motorway connection project between the A15 and the A20.

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Employment - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

With β€˜in-depth knowledge and business acumen’, Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜well-connected’ department provides β€˜useful, concrete advice’. β€˜Dedicated, efficient’ practice head Maartje Govaert β€˜combines legal knowledge with industry experience’, and β€˜goes the extra mile’; she advised IG Markets, Sid Lee and NetScout on unrelated matters concerning the closure of their Netherlands offices. Holland Casino and Mitsubishi Electric are additional clients.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Dong Energy and Emerald Kalama Chemical are among the clients of Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice, which is headed by infrastructure expert Daphne Broerse. Jan Jakob Peelen left to join Dentons Boekel in January 2018.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜very practical’ department is led jointly by corporate expert Ep Hannema and of counsel and litigator Jan Duyvensz. AIG instructed Duyvensz on various matters, including warranty and indemnity, product liability and professional indemnity issues. The team also advises Chubb on cybercrime insurance.

Next generation lawyers

Jan Duyvensz - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

Tax expert Remco Smorenburg heads Norton Rose Fulbright’s department, with support from financial regulatory specialist Floortje Nagelkerke. Both partners acted for the developers of the Westermeerwind project on structuring and establishing the Westermeerwind Renewable Fund, and advised the fund on AIFMD matters. Lyxor Asset Management is another client.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 6

Norton Rose Fulbright

Agribusiness, energy, infrastructure and technology are sectors of expertise for Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice. Saskia Blokland, who heads the group, advised Aurora AO&G on a €23m investment in the company by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures. Other clients include Anterra Capital and Denham Capital.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Banking and finance expert Wouter Hertzberger and β€˜outstanding’ projects specialist Daphne Broerse jointly head Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜deeply knowledgeable, market-leading’ practice. Both partners advised the lenders to Boskalis and VolkerWessels on the financing of the €1bn Afsluitdijk project. Of counsel Joris Ravelli and senior associate Ania Gorna are recommended banking experts.

Leading individuals

Daphne Broerse - Norton Rose Fulbright

Wouter Hertzberger - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Ania Gorna - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Especially active on the creditor side, Norton Rose Fulbright’s department acts for distressed companies and their directors. Banking and finance expert Wouter Hertzberger and corporate and restructuring litigator Yke Lennartz co-head the group, of which clients include ABN Amro and MS Mode Group.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice, which is noted for its β€˜technical knowledge and practical guidance’, has significant experience in handling cross-border transactions. Practice head Remco Smorenburg led advice to a number of insurers, including AIG, RiskPoint, Pembroke and Ambridge Partners, on tax liability issues arising from warranty and indemnity insurance in M&A and private equity transactions. The team includes the β€˜exceptionally good’ Bart le Blanc.

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Transport - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright welcomed Berend Crans from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in April 2017. Crans advised the Dutch state on its $92m purchase of a new government aircraft. Other clients include China Aircraft Leasing and Waypoint Leasing. Wouter Hertzberger heads the group.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team often handles asset finance transactions, with a particular expertise in the aviation and transportation sectors. Co-head Berend Crans, who joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in 2017, advised China Aircraft Leasing on financing issues regarding a number of acquisitions of aircrafts valued at $450m in total. Co-head Wouter Hertzberger and Gijs van Leeuwen assisted Bank of America with an asset-based loan arising from the acquisition financing of German department store Galeria Holding by Hudson Bay. Paul Vine leads on English finance matters.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

The integrated team at Norton Rose Fulbright often assists multinational companies and international financial institutions with matters involving Dutch regulators. Practice head Floortje Nagelkerke advised Frasers Centrepoint on the regulatory issues arising from its €316m acquisition of an 87% stake in Geneba Properties from Catalyst RE CoΓΆperatief. Gijs van Leeuwen and Paul Vine are key names.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has considerable experience in acting for Dutch and international financial institutions as lenders on cross-border transactions. Practice head Wouter Hertzberger and Gijs van Leeuwen advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on an asset-based loan to Hudson Bay regarding its acquisition of Galeria Holding. The team also includes Paul Vine and Berend Crans.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

The highly regarded practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is best known for its expertise in financial and energy litigation. Practice head Yke Lennartz has particular strength in handling post-M&A and shareholder disputes. Of counsel Jan Duyvensz is also recommended.

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Netherlands: Energy

Energy: Regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Involved in a wide range of energy matters, Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has strong cross-border capabilities. Of counsel Matthijs van Leeuwen advised BritNed Development on its involvement in a pan-European electricity transmission trial. Project finance experts Wouter Hertzberger and Daphne Broerse are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Matthijs van Leeuwen - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice is headed by Wouter Hertzberger, who advised the developers of the Nop Agrowind project on its €400m financing. Ballast Nedam instructed of counsel Matthijs van Leeuwen on its energy supply arrangement.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Food and beverages
Industry focus: Food and beverages - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright handles a wide range of food- and beverage-related work, including M&A, product liability, employment and regulatory food work. Group head Saskia Blokland advised ZuivelcoΓΆperatie DeltaMilk on amending its regulatory framework, as well as on liability issues affecting the Dutch dairy sector. Other clients include Deliveroo, Darling Ingredients and Unilever.

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