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Matthijs Bolkenstein

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Matthijs Bolkenstein started his career in 2004 with Eversheds Faasen and is partner Banking and financial services. He and his team are specialised in banking and securities law as well as finance and capital market transactions. Matthijs has a special focus on compliance regulations.

Matthijs has experience in a wide range of deals which include international private equity and M&A deals in the financial sector and finance transactions (including advice on security rights and legal opinions). Furthermore, Matthijs is involved in advising on compliance regulation and assisting with license applications with the Netherlands Authority For the Financial Markets and the Dutch Central Bank.

Recent expierence:

  • The current experience of Matthijs includes advising an UK holding company and its European group companies in a USD 400 million refinancing and a USD 300 million note issue and advising a Dutch holding in an international real estate finance transaction, including the issue of a legal opinion.
  • Matthijs acts as trusted advisor of a large Dutch consumer credit intermediary in the acquisition of various consumer credit intermediary companies and the establishment of (international) joint ventures.
  • In addition Matthijs assists a Multi-National (US) Pension Advisory Firm in its license application and a Swedish bank with setting up its Dutch business.
  • He advises various (foreign) consumer credit providers in relation to the implementation of the Consumer Credit Directive in Dutch law.
  • Matthijs also regularly assists (international) banks and borrowers in finance transactions.

Matthijs is a member of our firm's legal opinion committee.

Awards and rankings:

Legal 500 2016
Chambers Europe 2016
Chambers global 2016



Matthijs Bolkenstein startte zijn carrière in 2004 bij Eversheds Faasen. Matthijs is partner Bank-en Effectenrecht en Financieringen. Hij heeft zich gespecialiseerd in bank- en effectenrecht en het begeleiden van kapitaal markt en financieringstransacties. Matthijs heeft een specifieke focus op toezichtvraagstukken.

Matthijs heeft een ruime ervaring in het begeleiden van transacties waaronder (internationale) private equity transacties, M&A transacties in de financiële sector en financieringstransacties (waaronder begrepen advisering inzake zekerheden en de legal opinion praktijk). Daarnaast is Matthijs veelvuldig betrokken bij advisering aangaande toezichtrechtelijke aspecten en begeleidt hij vergunningaanvragen bij de Autoriteit Financiële Markten en De Nederlandsche Bank.

Recente expertise:

  • De recente ervaring van Matthijs bestaat onder meer uit het adviseren van een UK groep en haar Europese dochters in een USD 400 miljoen herfinanciering en een USD 300 note issue in de VS en het begeleiden van een Nederlandse Holding in een internationale vastgoedfinanciering (inclusief advies ter zake zekerheden en het afgeven van een legal opinion).
  • Daarnaast is Matthijs vaste adviseur van een Nederlandse bemiddelaar in consumenten kredieten in welk verband hij veelvuldig betrokken is bij de aan- en verkoop van kredietportefeuilles en het opzetten van (internationale) joint ventures.
  • Verder begeleidt Matthijs onder meer een internationale pensioenadviesorganisatie uit de VS bij haar vergunningaanvraag in Nederland en een Zweedse bank bij het opzetten van haar Nederlandse tak.
  • Hij adviseert voorts diverse (buitenlandse) aanbieders van
    consumentenkrediet met betrekking tot (de gevolgen van) de implementatie van de Richtlijn Consumentkrediet in de Nederlandse regelgeving.
  • Bovenal bestaat de praktijk van Matthijs uit het begeleiden van verschillende (internationale) financieringstransacties waarbij Matthijs zowel voor de geldnemer als voor de bank optreedt.


Matthijs is lid van de legal opinion commissie van Eversheds.

Awards en rankings:

Legal 500 2016
Chambers Europe 2016
Chambers global 2016






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Banking and finance: Borrower side

Within: Banking and finance: Borrower side

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.'s practice is known for its sector expertise in renewable energy and real estate, with work in the latter steadily increasing in the last year. Practice heads Matthijs Bolkenstein  and recently promoted partner Lucas Lustermans advised Alfanar Co on the financing of a solar plant in Egypt and handled a similar project, also in Egypt, for Scatec. Wouter Folkers, formerly a senior associate with the firm, is now with Dutch development bank FMO.

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Real estate

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Paul Goedvolk, who heads the Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. team, advises national and international clients on commercial property matters together with refinancings and has a focus on the renewable energy market. Banking and finance partner Matthijs Bolkenstein and senior associate Annette Relou are notable practitioners. The team advised the Dutch subsidiary of Iron Mountain on the expansion of its data centre presence in Europe, through acquisitions in two locations.

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