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Baker McKenzie


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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice is well known for its multi-jurisdictional strength. Henk Arnold Sijnja, who heads the group jointly with corporate structures expert John Paans, advised Busitalia-Sita Nord and Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane on their acquisition of Qbuzz and Abellio Mobility Services from Nederlandse Spoorwegen. Mohammed Almarini and private equity expert Casper Banz are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Mohammed Almarini - Baker McKenzie

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

The group at Baker McKenzie often handles internal investigations and compliance matters with an international element. It is headed by ‘impressive’ of counsel Christiaan van der Meer, who assisted Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane with all competition, public procurement and regulatory issues regarding its acquisition of Dutch public transport company Qbuzz. Frank Kroes defended Shell against follow-on damages claims following a cartel decision by the EC. Jasper Helder is now at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Next generation lawyers

Christiaan van der Meer - Baker McKenzie

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘exceptional’, ‘creative and client-focused’ department is ‘very knowledgeable’; ‘savvy, pragmatic and flexible’ group head Mirjam de Blécourt ‘gets ten out of ten’ from clients. She and counsel Astrid van Ommeren advised Corbion on the employment aspects of its joint venture with Total. Multi-jurisdictional reorganisations and litigation are also strengths.

Leading individuals

Mirjam de Blécourt - Baker McKenzie

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Casper Banz is the name to note at Baker McKenzie; he acted for Ergon Capital Partners III on its €150m acquisition of Keesing Media Group from Telegraaf Media Group. Other clients include HB Capital and Alteri Partners.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

The ‘very skilled, always availableFrenk Huisman and ‘highly service-oriented’ civil law notary Cynthia de Witt Wijnen co-head Baker McKenzie’s ‘loyal, dedicated’ and ‘highly knowledgeable’ department. Huisman acted for Greystar Real Estate Partners on the development of and investment in a student campus in Amsterdam Zuidoost.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is particularly active in creditor-side restructurings and refinancings. Group head Robert van Agteren advised creditors such as Golden Tree Asset Management on Oi’s global restructuring. L-3 Communications is another client. Counsel Fedor Tanke is strong in advising financial institutions on distressed real estate.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The ‘outstanding’ practice at Baker McKenzie is praised by clients for its ‘dedication and good industry knowledge’, with particular expertise in matters involving regions such as Latin America, Asia and the US. Indirect tax expert Erik Scheer and the ‘strongWouter Paardekooper led advice to FedEx on the Dutch tax aspects arising from its €4.4bn public takeover and subsequent post-acquisition integration of TNT Express. Headed by Margreet Nijhof, the practice includes Antonio Russo and Juliana Dantas.

Leading individuals

Antonio Russo - Baker McKenzie

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

Asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: Asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ practice is rated by clients for its ‘strong knowledge coupled with business and commercial acumen’ in securitisations and derivatives, among other areas. Banking and finance department head Philippe Steffens, who leads on securitisation matters, is acting for various international investment banks (including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse) on a number of collateralised loan obligation refinancings valued at approximately €10.5bn. The ‘excellentCorinne Schot leads on derivatives and regulatory matters. Clients include Arrow Global Group, Natixis and ING.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’, ‘deal-oriented’ practice is rated for its ‘international network, which is helpful in facilitating cross-border financing transactions’ and recently advised Dutch coal trader Enerco on a €20m term loan facility and $80m borrowing base facility provided by Rabobank. ‘Focused’ counsel Fedor Tanke acted as drafting counsel for APM Holdings and IES Immobilien-Projektentwicklung on a €180m senior financing for a landmark construction project in Amsterdam. Philippe Steffens heads the practice. Marcel Janssen joined Dentons Boekel.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team is known for its strong international capabilities. Recent highlights include advising on the regulatory aspects of Daimler Financial Services’ €1.1bn acquisition of Athlon Car Lease International. The team is headed by the ‘highly intelligentCorinne Schot.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

In addition to acting for traditional lenders, Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ practice has seen an increase in work for alternative lenders such as private equity firms and is assisting China Minsheng Bank with an $800m loan to JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital to finance their acquisition of the standard products unit of NXP Semiconductors. The team includes Philippe Steffens, who heads the wider banking and finance department, and highly recommended counsel Fedor Tanke. Marcel Janssen joined Dentons Boekel.

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The key partners at Baker McKenzie are Philippe Steffens, who acted for Arrow Global Group on a £220m high-yield bond issuance, and derivatives expert Corinne Schot. Regulatory advice and bond restructuring are also key strengths of the department, clients of which include Nyrstar and Metinvest.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Other recommended firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Rated as ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’, Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ group handles a broad range of corporate and commercial litigation, including Supreme Court matters. The ‘very pragmatic and thoughtfulFrank Kroes represented Alstonville in Supreme Court litigation concerning directors’ liability and a fraudulent transfer of assets, while group head Robert van Agteren acted for the client in the lower courts. Itse Oosterhoff is recommended.

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Netherlands: Energy

Energy: Regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s ‘seasoned’ practice is led by Weero Koster; though it has experience in renewables, oil, gas and conventional power, it is particularly active in wind energy. Koster advised the developers and operators of the 195MW NOP Agrowind project on various aspects of the development.

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Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

The ‘seasoned’ team at Baker McKenzie, which is led by Weero Koster, has ‘first-class industry knowledge’ and is especially active on wind projects. Koster assisted the developers of the Westermeerwind project on its €400m financing.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Wouter Seinen leads the team at Baker McKenzie; he defended Niantic in a case brought by the municipality of The Hague regarding the virtual Pokémon characters that appeared on private territory, inducing players of Pokémon Go to enter such territory.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie handles traditional copyright and trade mark work as well as commercial IP transactions and online IP mandates. ‘Creative’ group head Wouter Seinen acted for Mistral International in a cross-border trade mark infringement case. Senior counsel Steffen Hagen and trade mark attorney Ischa Gobius du Sart are also recommended.

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Legal Developments by:
Baker McKenzie LLP

  • The New Turkish Code of Obligations: Important Changes for Leases of Residential & Business Premises

    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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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
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  • 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

    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