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Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice is recommended for its cross-border financial transaction work. Counsel Fedor L Tanke and Philippe Steffens lead the team. Martijn van der Vliet was recently promoted to legal director.

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Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s team is able to leverage its global network to advise corporates and financial institutions on a broad spectrum of financial regulatory matters, including fintech, Brexit planning, regulations related to alternative investment funds, investment services and payment services. The team is headed by the well-regarded Corinne Schot; she advised Invesco and one other on the real estate investment trust financing of the Amstelkwartier building in Amsterdam.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‚Äôs team advises clients on complex public- and private-term financing deals, single and multi-sector conduit securitisations and supply chain financings across a variety of asset classes. Practice co-head¬†Philippe Steffens¬†advised Argenta Spaarbank on ‚ā¨1.2bn Dutch residential mortgage-backed securities. Fellow co-head¬†Corinne Schot¬†also¬†acts for many of the group‚Äôs high-profile clients.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice acts for a number of alternative lenders, including private equity firms, as well as traditional lenders. Its clients span the real estate, export finance, health care, renewable energy and transportation industries among others. Counsel Fedor Tanke and Philippe Steffens lead the practice.

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Capital markets: debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team was bolstered by the arrival of¬†Henk Arnold Sijnja¬†from Linklaters; he is jointly leading the team alongside¬†Philippe Steffens¬†and derivatives expert Corinne Schot. Highlights included advising Nyrstar on the issuance of ‚ā¨400m senior guaranteed notes with admission to trading on the Euro MTF Market of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and a subsequent ‚ā¨100m tap issuance. Natusia Szeliga¬†was promoted to legal director in 2018.

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

Baker McKenzie

Kim Tan heads the corporate and corporate structures practice at Amsterdam-based Baker McKenzie which, as part of the global network, offers international private and public M&A and private equity expertise, particularly in the energy, mining, and infrastructure sectors. Casper Banz and Mohammed Almarini advised Ergon Capital Partners in setting up a partnership to acquire puzzle publisher Keesing Media Group from the Telegraaf Media Group; the latter had a 30% stake in the partnership and this intense transaction attracted interest from a number of Dutch and UK private equity houses. Henk Arnold Sijnja, whose broad expertise includes restructurings and reorganisations, is a noted partner.

Next Generation Partners

Mohammed Almarin - Baker McKenzie

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

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, Frank Kroes is defending a former director of a South African mining company in a misappropriation of company funds case. Itse Oosterhoff, who provides 'top-notch’ advice, is retained by Asics Europe for major litigation and other legal work. Robert van Agteren leads the department, which also handles Supreme Court matters in additional to its commercial litigation caseload.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie¬†'s team is particularly rated for its ability to act on cross-border matters and its 'accessible' team has 'a wide range of knowledge'. Its work spans ACM¬†investigations, internal corporate investigations, merger control and compliance. The team is headed by ‚Äėhighly skilled and pragmatic‚Äô of counsel¬†Christiaan van der Meer, who represented Intrum Justitia, Europe‚Äôs largest debt collection agency, in an ACM investigation into whether it engaged in unfair trade practices vis-√†-vis consumers.¬†Frank Kroes¬†acted as for Eastman Chemicals, as the claimant, in injunctive relief proceedings based on a stand-alone abuse of dominance claim. Paul Amberg¬†joined as a partner from the firm's Chicago office.

Next Generation Partners

Christiaan van der Meer - Baker McKenzie

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Mirjam De Bl√©court¬†heads a group at Baker McKenzie¬†that includes Remke Scheepstra¬†and Dani√ęlle Pinedo¬†and which offers the full range of employment, labour relations and pensions expertise, both domestic and cross-border. It is advising a client¬†on all the aspects of a reorganisation involving 300 positions, including redundancies, transfers to the US and Japan and consultations with the works council and trade unions.

Leading individuals

Mirjam de Blécourt - Baker McKenzie

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

John Paans, Juliana Dantas, and Koen Bos are the key lawyers in Baker McKenzie's energy and natural resources group which offers expertise in a broad range of transactions and related regulatory compliance. Active across renewable energies, the team advised RoundShield Partners on the financing of several biomass projects including the regulatory issues.

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Energy: transactional
Energy: transactional - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

A cross-disciplinary team at Baker McKenzie handles a range of corporate and finance mandates on behalf of energy clients in the renewables sectors. It acted for Triodos Bank and Triodos Groenfonds as lenders on the development and construction of the Bouwdokken wind farm. The practice also advised RoundShield Partners on the financing and documentation in respect of a number of biomass projects. John Paans and senior associate Jason van de Pol are key contacts.

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Industry focus: Information technology
Industry focus: Information technology - ranked: tier 3

Baker McKenzie

Wouter Seinen heads Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam-based IT industry group which draws on the firm's tax, litigation, and banking and finance experts to provide an all-round service to clients. The group handles technology contracting, outsourcing, and cloud sourcing in a range of sectors including health and finance. It is also noted for its data protection/cyber security services.

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

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is known for its global IP network that handles the range of trade marks, copyright, and commercial IP transactions, as well as contractual matters. The Amsterdam-based team is headed by Wouter Seinen; other noted practitioners include senior counsel Steffen Hagen and trade marks attorney Ischa Gobius du Sart. The team represents both domestic and global household name clients including 3M, Chanel, and Unilever. Work highlights include assisting FedEx on a range of IP contractual matters; it is assisting a range of well-known clients on infringement matters.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, Mohammed Almarini is advising Egeria on the acquisition of a majority stake in International Quality Ingredients. Kim Tan leads the practice and Casper Banz is another key practitioner.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, Cynthia de Witt Wijnen and Frenk Huisman handle transactions for clients such as institutional funds, international private investors, and multinationals and have a focus on property projects relating to renewable energy, logistics, and the TMT sector. The group's clients include Warburg HIH, LRC UK, TH Real Estate, and BNP Paribas. In a recent work example, the practice is advising Van Merksteijn International, the steelworks manufacturer on all aspects of the procurement of a new steel mill in the Eemshaven.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie,¬†Robert van Agteren¬†heads the team and offers litigation and arbitration expertise together with corporate recovery restructuring.¬† Counsel Fedor L Tanke¬†handles a¬†range of restructuring and banking and finance transactions for corporations and Dutch and German financial institutions; he acted as counsel to Landesbank Baden W√ľrttemberg in connection with a restructuring of a Dutch DIY stores real estate portfolio.

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The practice at Baker McKenzie has particular expertise in matters involving Latin America, Asia and the US. The team acted for FedEx in a tax dispute before the European Court of Justice concerning whether express courier companies were required to charge VAT for the delivery of imported small parcels or whether these were VAT exempt. Juliana Dantas, Antonio Russo, Margreet Nijhof and Erik Scheer are key names.

Leading individuals

Antonio Russo - Baker McKenzie

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Legal Developments by:
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  • 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 ‚ÄúLease Law‚ÄĚ) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the ‚ÄúObligations Code‚ÄĚ). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the ‚ÄúNew Obligations Code‚ÄĚ), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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  • Dynamic Contracts: Changing employment practices in the digital era

    Digital platforms designed to deliver professional services are changing the European employment landscape as both employers  and workers look for more flexible ways to work.
  • 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 ‚ÄúCommission‚ÄĚ) 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.
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    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.
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  • 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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