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Clifford Chance

DROOGBAK 1A, 1013 GE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Netherlands

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘outstanding’ practice is noted for its excellent private equity work, where clients include APG Asset Management and Gilde Buy Out Partners. It also handles public M&A, for which Hans Beerlage, Thijs Alexander and Jeroen Thijssen are the key contacts. Alexander advised Staples on the sale of a controlling stake in its European business to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management. Gregory Crookes is UK-, Netherlands- and South Africa-qualified.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Especially active on the non-contentious side, Clifford Chance’s department has ‘good industry knowledge’ and strong cross-border capabilities. Hein Tonnaer acted for HES International on the construction of the Hartel Tank Terminal in Rotterdam; other clients include Eneco Beheer. Jaap Koster and counsel Liesbeth Buiter are also names to note.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s practice is ‘always very responsive’ and has particular expertise in cross-border merger matters. Counsel Frances Dethmers heads the practice.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

The ‘extremely fast’ team at Clifford Chance, which is headed by the ‘very capable, friendly and smart’ Floris van de Bult, ‘clearly understands its clients’. The practice is particularly strong in strategic work, remuneration (especially in the financial sector), M&A-related employment matters, and benefits and pensions; counsel Wijnanda Rutten is recommended for the latter. BNP Paribas is an outsourcing client.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Corporate partner Jaap Koster and finance expert Hein Tonnaer head the practice at Clifford Chance. Counsel Liesbeth Buiter advised Neinver on the environment, planning and zoning elements of its SugarCity outlet centre in Halfweg.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Part of the firm’s wider litigation and dispute resolution department, Clifford Chance’s regulatory enforcement and white-collar team has notable experience in regulatory matters, enforcement and cross-border investigations. Managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand is a key name.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Highlights for Clifford Chance’s ‘well-organised, well-connected’ department included acting for FMO on the first closing of the €1.5bn FMO Climate One Fund. Other clients include Waterland Private Equity Investment and DIF Management. Counsel Robert Smits is recommended. Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra and Quirine Eenhorst joined Jones Day in February 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Robert Smits - Clifford Chance

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s practice acts for private equity (PE) firms and banks as well as corporates selling to PE houses. Thijs Alexander, who co-heads the group with Gregory Crookes, advised KKR Infrastructure on its over €2.9bn purchase of Q-Park. Jeroen Thijssen and Hans Beerlage are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Thijs Alexander - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance acts on a wide range of infrastructure and construction projects; in the energy space, wind farms are a particular strength. Hein Tonnaer assisted project sponsors including Siemens and Northland Power with the €2.1bn financing of the Gemini Wind Farm. Group head Jaap Koster and counsels Nanette Rutgers and Liesbeth Buiter are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jaap Koster - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Liesbeth Buiter - Clifford Chance

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Real estate finance and transactions are the pillars of Clifford Chance’s practice, where Jaap Koster is the key contact. Titus de Vries assisted ING with the €115m financing of the Atrium building development, while Kosted advised KKR Infrastructure on its over €2.9bn purchase of Q-Park. Hein Tonnaer and counsel Liesbeth Buiter are also recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

The ‘creative, flexible, firm and knowledgeable’ Jelle Hofland co-heads Clifford Chance’s team with ‘outstanding’ counsel Ilse van Gasteren, who is noted for her ‘in-depth knowledge, large network, strategic vision and dedication’. It is especially strong on the creditor side; clients include Rabobank, Deutsche Bank and ABN Amro.

Next generation lawyers

Ilse van Gasteren - Clifford Chance

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s multi-disciplinary group is rated for its ‘good-quality advice’ on the tax aspects of large and complex transactions. The ‘very solid’ Michiel Sunderman and associate Stern Flik advised Cobepa on the tax aspects of its acquisition of HG Group from Gilde Buy Out Partners. Sunderman, Flik and associate Pascal Borsjé acted for Staples on the tax aspects of the sale of its UK and European business to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management. Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra joined Jones Day in February 2018.

Leading individuals

Michiel Sunderman - Clifford Chance

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Aircraft finance and transactions are the key strengths of Clifford Chance’s practice, which also has ship finance experience. Hein Tonnaer and senior associate Krishna van Zundert are the key contacts; they acted for KLM on its purchase of three Boeing aircraft. Citibank Japan is a ship finance client.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

Asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: Asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘extremely professional’ and ‘knowledgeable’ financial markets group often assists Dutch clients with export leasing and asset finance transactions, as well as securitisations and covered bonds. Hein Tonnaer led advice to ABN Amro as the lenders on a €290m facility to EdgeConneX regarding the development of a data centre in Amsterdam. Pieter van Welzen was instructed by Rabobank on the establishment of a €25bn covered bond programme and its issuance of two covered bonds valued at €2.5bn in total. The team includes Frank Graaf, who heads the wider regulatory practice, and senior associate Esther Griffioen.

Leading individuals

Pieter van Welzen - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Esther Griffioen - Clifford Chance

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Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s group is regarded for its ‘good service, responsiveness and knowledge’. Titus de Vries, who heads the wider financial markets department, led advice to NPM Capital on the financing of its acquisition of shares in Deli Home & Garden from Deli Maatschappij. Jelle Hofland acted for Ares and ING on the €330m refinancing of JVH. The team includes Bas Boris Visser, Mark Huddlestone and Folko de Vries, who made partner in 2017.

Leading individuals

Bas Boris Visser - Clifford Chance

Mark Huddlestone - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s practice acts for a diverse client base that includes Dutch and international banks, corporates and private equity houses. Marian Scheele advised Blue Sky Group on various regulatory matters, including a restructuring compliant with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and MiFID II. Titus de Vries heads the group.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Regarded as ‘one of the favourites’ in the market, Clifford Chance’s ‘extremely professional’ group has notable strength in assisting lenders with outbound transactions. Mark Huddlestone and Hein Tonnaer advised ING on an export credit facility agreement for the Ministry of Finance of Angola regarding the financing of a dredging and land reclamation project undertaken by Dutch contractor Van Oord. Angela McEwan, David Woolmer and Jackie Jones advised a syndicate involving ABN Amro on a $1bn secured revolving facility for Noble Group across ten jurisdictions. Group head Titus de Vries and Jelle Hofland are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Bas Boris Visser - Clifford Chance

Mark Huddlestone - Clifford Chance

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clients of the ‘quick, accurate’ team at Clifford Chance include issuers such as Deutsche Telekom and Volkswagen as well as underwriters and arrangers such as UniCredit Bank. The ‘ever-accessible’ Jurgen van der Meer, who ‘always goes the extra mile’, advised Rabobank on the establishment of a €30bn note programme. Pieter van Welzen, Frank Graaf, senior counsel Tineke Kothe and senior associate Esther Griffioen are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Jurgen van der Meer - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Esther Griffioen - Clifford Chance

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance assists clients with a broad range of equity capital markets (ECM) work, including IPOs, private placements and institutional offerings. Counsel Han Teerink assisted three major shareholders of Flow Traders with a €186m post-IPO share sell-down, and along with Hans Beerlage acted for J.P. Morgan Securities as bookrunner on NN Group’s €263m share offering.

Leading individuals

Hans Beerlage - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Han Teerink - Clifford Chance

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent’ team is a popular choice for international arbitration matters. It is led by well-regarded of counsel Juliette Luycks, who divides her time between the firm’s Amsterdam and Madrid offices.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent’ group often acts for financial institutions on a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including restructurings and shareholder disputes. Dirk-Jan Duynstee and Bas Boris Visser are representing Deutsche Bank in litigation brought by Vestia regarding a derivative transaction. Managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand is also noted.

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Netherlands: Energy

Transactional
Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

Counsel Liesbeth Buiter is the key contact at Clifford Chance; she specialises in project finance and real estate, though she also has experience in energy contracts and M&A.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Telecoms
Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

The practice at Clifford Chance, which frequently acts on cross-border matters, is headed by technology and IP specialist Alvin Khodabaks. Corporate and M&A partners Gregory Crookes and Hans Beerlage are also recommended.

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