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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 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘top-notch’ department gives ‘pragmatic, carefully tailored’ advice. The team advised ABN AMRO on the merger of the financial processing businesses of its subsidiary, Equens, with that of Worldline to form Equens Worldline Company. Gregory Crookes is ‘highly technically skilled’, and Hans Beerlage and energy specialist David Griston is also recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Jaap Koster heads the practice at Clifford Chance, which is particularly strong in construction finance and also advises developers. Liesbeth Buiter acted for Neinver on the development of the 24,600sqm SugarCity Outlet Centre.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is noted for its ‘excellent legal know-how and practical experience’ and excels in complex and cross-border merger cases. Counsel and practice head Frances Dethmers leads the integrated Amsterdam and Brussels team.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

The wide-ranging practice at Clifford Chance counts Staples and BNP Paribas among its clients. The ‘knowledgeable, pragmatic’ Floris van de Bult leads the team, in which counsel Wijnanda Rutten specialises in pensions.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Jaap Koster and the ‘practical, approachable’ Hein Tonnaer lead the team at Clifford Chance. Liesbeth Buiter advised Neinver on the planning, zoning and environmental aspects of the SugarCity centre development in Halfweg.

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance assists major financial institutions in internal and external investigations. Counsel Simone Peek is a key contact; often works alongside colleagues across the firm’s office network in multi-jurisdictional cases.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

PGGM, Waterland, Blue Sky Group and Amvest are among the clients of Clifford Chance’s ‘very knowledgeable’ practice, which is noted for its cross-border capabilities. The team is jointly headed by the ‘extremely smart and creative’ Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra and the ‘hardworking’ Quirine Eenhorst. ‘Client-oriented’ senior counsel Marian Scheele has ‘great regulatory knowledge’.

Leading individuals

Quirine Eenhorst - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Robert Smits - Clifford Chance

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance advised CVC Capital Partners on selling Raet to HgCapital and acted for a subsidiary of Gilde Buy Out Partners on its €714m purchase of Koninklijke Ten Cate. Other clients include Arle Capital Partners, Egeria and KKR. Thijs Alexander leads the team, in which Gregory Crookes, Hans Beerlage and Jeroen Thijssen are recommended.

Leading individuals

Thijs Alexander - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

Rabobank, ABN AMRO and Dura Vermeer are clients of Clifford Chance’s department, which ‘knows the market very well’ and is headed by Jaap Koster and the ‘practical, approachable’ Hein Tonnaer. The team advised Eneco and Mitsubishi as sponsors on the financing of the Luchterduinen wind farm. 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

Jaap Koster and counsel Liesbeth Buiter are the key contacts at Clifford Chance; banking specialist Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen and senior associate Krishna van Zundert, who is a civil law notary, are recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

The key contacts at Clifford Chance are the ‘pragmatic, creative’ Jelle Hofland and ‘knowledgeable’ counsel Ilse van Gasteren. Both acted for the lenders during Unlimited Sports Group’s post-insolvency €88m restructuring.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s Netherlands-based tax specialists form part of the firm’s wider international tax group and work in tandem with its corporate and finance experts in high-value deals. Clients include Gilde, ING Bank, Waterland and ABN AMRO. Michiel Sunderman is recommended.

Leading individuals

Michiel Sunderman - Clifford Chance

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Finance specialist Hein Tonnaer heads the practice at Clifford Chance, with support from senior associate Krishna van Zundert, who is an aircraft and ship finance expert and civil law notary. Clients include Delta Lloyd, Airbus and Allseas.

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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 is a strong brand both locally and internationally for finance and capital markets transactions. In the aviation finance space, a team which included Hein Tonnaer recently advised DBS Bank as lead arranger and original lender on the financing of a Boeing 777-200. Frank Graaf heads the financial regulatory and derivatives practice.

Leading individuals

Pieter van Welzen - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

The ‘very responsive, fast and hardworking’ finance group at Clifford Chance has notable borrower-side clients in addition to its strong banking client portfolio. The ‘extremely dedicated’ Jelle Hofland advised Sundio Group on its unitranche financing. Mark Huddlestone heads the department.

Leading individuals

Bas Boris Visser - Clifford Chance

Mark Huddlestone - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

A ‘go-to firm’ in the banking and finance space, Clifford Chance is noted for its ‘fast response times’ and ability to ‘use knowledge from other offices and colleagues’. It retains strong relationships with leading Dutch banks, which it advises in their capacity as lenders in high-value deals and – increasingly – in a range of advisory and other corporate transactions. Practice head Mark Huddlestone advised Citibank as original lender and arranger of the financing of two cruise vessels for Carnival. Also recommended are ‘excellent attorney’ Angela McEwan, ‘very flexible and pragmatic partner’ Jelle Hofland and Titus de Vries, who ‘thinks outside of the box’.

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

The ‘top-notch, swift, very professional’ team at Clifford Chance counts ABN AMRO and ING Bank among its clients. Jurgen van der Meer advised the joint lead managers, which included Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs International, on SNS Bank’s €500m issuance. Frank Graaf and the ‘experienced, knowledgeable’ Pieter van Welzen are also names to note.

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 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘very practical’ team ‘makes a great impression’ on clients and gives ‘top-notch, carefully tailored advice’. Hans Beerlage and Thijs Alexander are the key partners; ‘pragmatic, hands-on’ counsel Han Teerink has ‘a rare understanding of the industry’. The practice’s clients include Flow Traders, 3i and NLFI.

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 leverages its strong office network to handle notable international arbitrations. Counsel Juliette Luycks splits her time between Amsterdam and Madrid.

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

Clifford Chance

Financial services litigation and corporate litigation are among the areas of expertise for the ‘very proactive’ team at Clifford Chance. A cross-office team that included Jeroen Ouwehand and counsel Simone Peek in Amsterdam represented VR Capital in a dispute concerning the ownership rights of Yukos Finance, following Yukos Oil’s high-profile bankruptcy. Dirk-Jan Duynstee is recommended.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

M&A expert David Griston leads the team at Clifford Chance, whose clients include Eneco, Chevron and PowerChina. Counsel Liesbeth Buiter is recommended.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Counsel Simone Peek leads Clifford Chance’s practice, which is very active in life sciences litigation and also has strong competition, project finance and regulatory capabilities. Pfizer and Hologic are clients.

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: media and entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s practice is involved in M&A, tax and litigation matters in the sector. Alvin Khodabaks is the key figure.

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Telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

IP and tech specialist Alvin Khodabaks leads the team at Clifford Chance, with support from corporate partners Gregory Crookes and Hans Beerlage. The practice advises high-profile clients on cross-border transactional and regulatory matters.

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