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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s team has experience in acquisition financings, especially for private equity clients. Group head Lex Oosterling led advice to Ploeger Oxbo Group and NPM on the financing of the investment by NPM Capital in the Ploeger Oxbo Group. He also assisted Capital Square partners with its financing from a bank consortium to acquire the Aegis Group. Gerard Kneppers and Max Mayer are other names to note.

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Max Mayer - DLA Piper

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

DLA Piper

Paul Hopman leads the regulatory practice at DLA Piper. Hopman's clients include banks, insurance companies, investment firms and investment funds.

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs 'experienced' team provides ‚Äėa¬†practical approach to solutions‚Äô. In recent work, the group advised Berlin Hyp on the syndicated senior financing for the purposes of financing part of the acquisition of the ‚ÄúMaastoren‚ÄĚ by the joint venture between FOM Real Estate, Asia Pacific Real Estate and Coquine. Max Mayer¬†joined as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Lex Oosterling¬†and Gerard Kneppers¬†are other names to note.

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Max Mayer - DLA Piper

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

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DLA Piper draws praise for its 'straightforward, agile, and commercial' approach. Team head Daphne Bens, who also heads the technology group, attracts mandates from a range of  US and European tech companies. Pieter Paul Terpstra is also highlighted, especially for his experience in the insurance and energy sectors; he advised Zurich Insurance Group on its investment in Digital Insurance Group. Richard Fens is another noted partner who assists clients in the chemical, energy, and technology industries.

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

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The 'hands-on' team at DLA Piper is led by Hans-Mark Giezen and Janet Meesters, who joined the practice from Houthoff in June 2018. Meesters, who can 'bring parties together in negotiations and of course gives great practical advice' provides procurement and construction expertise to clients in the infrastructure, waste management, energy, and education sectors. The team is advising RED on the development of what is called the thinnest residential tower in Europe located in Rotterdam. The group is advising on the civil law and public aspects of the acquisition of the land and the construction agreement.

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

DLA Piper

At¬†DLA Piper, practice head¬†L√©on Korsten¬†is¬†‚Äėcalm and calculated‚Äô, He¬†successfully represented the ‚ÄėBaak' consortium, consisting of Deme Concessions Infrastructure, Ballast Nedam Concessies and Macquarie Corporate Holdings, in litigation concerning the grant of a major infrastructure project. Counsels¬†Janet Meesters¬† and Arjen de Snoo¬†were new arrivals¬†from Houthoff. Michiel Coenraads has been promoted to partner.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

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The team at DLA Piper is jointly headed by recently promoted partner Michiel Coenraads and well-regarded arbitration specialist Marnix Holtzer. Coenraads, assisted by legal director Wouter de Clerck, is acting for Gazprom in an enforcement dispute following the conclusion of two inter-related SCC gas-pricing arbitrations in Stockholm. Holtzer is representing Lone Star in arbitration proceedings against the Dutch state arising from the client's acquisition of all shares in Propertize.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's competition practice, which is led by Léon Korsten, is defending Uralita in cartel damages litigation brought against it and three other companies by litigation funder CDC. Legal director Martijn van Wanroij and senior associate Sophie Gillam are also singled out. Janet Meesters joined as a legal director from Houthoff in June 2018.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

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As part of a global network, DLA Piper provides a strong cross-border service in addition to its domestic work. It is advising JD Sports and Sports Unlimited Retail on a class action regarding age discrimination which was filed with the Dutch Human Rights Tribunal. Team head Hélène Bogaard continues to act for easyJet following the strike actions in 2016; the client was successful in the Court in Appeal and the matter is pending at the Supreme Court. Erik Lutjens  and Bas Degelink are both recognised for their pensions expertise.

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Energy: transactional
Energy: transactional - ranked: tier 4

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Gerard Kneppers, Richard Fens, and Pieter Paul Terpstra head up the practice at DLA Piper and count Tesla, Wintershall, ING Bank, and SABIC as clients. Of late the team is advising HSH Nordbank on the construction and financing of a ground-mounted solar PV project.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

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DLA Piper's 'broad band of specialties' is highlighted as one of its strengths; the team works collaboratively with the real estate, corporate and project finance departments. The group is led by Léon Korsten and has been boosted with the arrival of 'proactive' legal director Arjen de Snoo from Houthoff who 'will always be recommended for environment and planning-related topics'. Acting with their colleagues in Belgium, the Amsterdam-based team advised the DEME Group on matters of planning and environment including flood risk and soil structures in relation to a construction.

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Industry focus: Information technology
Industry focus: Information technology - ranked: tier 2

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At DLA Piper, Joris Willems, data protection specialist Richard van Schaik, and M&A expert Daphne Bens are the key partners who advised a raft of clients including the Rijks Museum on data privacy compliance. The team is also advising ING Bank on a variety of IT and IT outsourcing matters such as a SaaS outsourcing to Aeos.

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Industry focus: Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

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Richard van Schaik leads the media and entertainment and data protection groups at DLA Piper and counts the likes of Amazon, VEON, and beIN Media Group among his clients. In recent work he is advising the media company,  DentsuAegis on a dispute concerning a media database.

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

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DLA Piper specialists offer expertise in IP, corporate tax, and employment as well as regulatory and biochemistry matters. Paul Reeskamp and Johan Renes advised Fresenius Kabi in a high-profile patent infringement case against Eli Lilly over a generic version of the latter's Alimta drug, a matter that is being litigated globally. Daphne Bens is advising UK-based Dechra Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of AST Farma and Le Vet, both based in the Netherlands.

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Industry focus: telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper can deliver comprehensive capabilities to its telecoms clients, including IP, outsourcing, corporate and litigation expertise combined with its cross border reach. It counts the likes of Vodafone-Ziggo, Lebara, Alcatel-Lucent and EchoStar Mobile as clients and assisted Irdeto negotiate a master framework agreement with KPN for the supply of Irdeto’s conditional access technology for KPN’s digital terrestrial broadcasting services in the Netherlands and for the hosting Irdeto’s OTT services for KPN second screen services. Joris Willems and Léon Korsten are the key contacts.

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Intellectual property: Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper excels in its offering of global IP services and 'its teamwork combined with its European network' is a noted strength. The practice is representing Canadian company Smart Technologies in a patent infringement claim against Dutch company CTouch in respect of patents relating to interactive whiteboards. Experienced IP litigators Paul Reeskamp and Johan Renes are acting for MBH International and its Dutch distributor, Medical4You, against Coloplast before the Court of Appeal concerning a patent for a medical device. Legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis is a key team member.

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

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Paul Reeskamp heads the DLA Piper IP and technology practice in Amsterdam which benefits from the firm's global reach. Niels Mulder, whose clients include Conair, Nike, Spin Master, and Five Guys, is representing Bacardi in coordinated litigation in numerous European jurisdictions concerning parallel or wrongly exported goods. The team also handles anti-counterfeiting work for brands including Polo/Ralph Lauren.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, Daphne Bens advised Accruent BC Holdings on its acquisition of BlueCielo, an engineering asset management services firm. Other clients include Rabo Investments and Temasek Capital Management. Casper Hamersma is another name to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is well rated for 'direct access to partners' who 'understand client objectives, translate this into tailor-made advice, and can act quickly'. Core partners are Monique Laenen, Rutger Oranje, Hans-Mark Giezen, and Leen van der Marel, who was made up in May 2018. It is well known for its cross-border capabilities and full service including corporate, tax, regulatory, and finance services. The team is advising the RJB Group of companies on the purchase of project Valley which will be developed by OVG Real Estate and will include 196 residential units, office space, commercial units, a sky bar, and 375 parking spaces.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is appreciated for its 'in-depth knowledge and experience'. Practice head Marc Molhuysen and his team 'are able to quickly and practically come to a solution for disputes and are very pleasant to deal with'. The group's cross-border capabilities are a hallmark; it is advising the bankruptcy trustee of the Bakker group on the co-ordinated sale of its Dutch and European assets and is running the distressed M&A process.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‚Äôs ‚Äėpro-active and knowledgeable ‚Äô team has considerable transfer pricing and cross-border expertise. Practice head Daan Arends¬†acted for The Walt Disney Company in a matter concerning the tax implications of its intellectual property restructuring and migration, securing a favourable tax ruling from the authorities. Legal director Jean Paul Dresen¬†joined in January 2018 from Houthoff. Paulus Merks¬†is now at¬†Houthoff.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
    - DLA Piper UK LLP

Legal Developments in Netherlands

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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.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • 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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