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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s ‘outstanding’ practice, which is led by Daphne Bens, is ‘good value for money’. Clients include NN Hotels and Dentsu AEGIS Network. Barbara van Hussen and Richard Fens are particularly active. ‘Great deal managerPieter Paul Terpstra is ‘a very personable, professional’ senior associate.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Léon Korsten heads the competition team at DLA Piper, which is active in cartel investigations and antitrust litigation. Legal director Martijn van Wanroij is recommended.

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

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DLA Piper’s longstanding clients include easyJet, Disney and ABN AMRO; Imagine Nation is a recent client. Hélène Bogaard heads the department, which is strong in litigation, boardroom advice and pensions matters. Marnix Holtzer is ‘very experienced and very thorough’.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s clients include SABIC, Nalco Europe and Mysteryland Netherlands. Léon Korsten heads the department with Bart Koolhaas, who assisted Cycleon with seeking fair enforcement of EU waste shipment rules.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

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The ‘fantasticNiels Mulder leads DLA Piper’s ‘very responsive’ team, which has longstanding strength in soft IP and augmented its patents practice by hiring litigator Paul Reeskamp from Klos Morel Vos & Reeskamp.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Daphne Bens and Casper Hamersma lead the team at DLA Piper. Barbara van Hussen acted for Lone Star Funds on its €3.4bn acquisition of Propertize. Other clients include KKR, H.I.G. Capital and Carlyle.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

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The ‘very pragmaticMonique Laenen heads DLA Piper’s practice, which is ‘fast, hands-on and commercial’. Property transactions, especially in the retail sector, are a particular strength of the team, which also handles refinancing. Rutger Oranje and Hans-Mark Giezen are recommended.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

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Rabobank, Deutsche Bank and Gordon Brothers are among DLA Piper’s clients. Practice head Marc Molhuysen assisted JD Sports with its purchase of three-quarters of the stores of the bankrupt Perry Sport and Aktiesport.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

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With a global presence, DLA Piper is ‘well positioned to deal with a great variety of complex legal matters in the context of cross-border M&A’. The ‘highly skilledPaulus Merks is ‘extremely smart and creative’. Practice head and VAT specialist Daan Arends is also recommended.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s clients include some of the key players in the Dutch financial services market, which it assists with a range of real estate, project and acquisition finance transactions and restructurings. Gerard Kneppers advised ING on the financing of the acquisition by Avedon Capital Partners of Robidus Participaties. ‘Good negotiatorLex Oosterling is noted for his ‘dedicated client focus’. The team continues to grow organically, with several new hires at the junior level.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Under the leadership of ‘sophisticated lawyerWouter de Clerck, DLA Piper handles a range of commercial and construction disputes. Diederik de Groot left to establish De Groot Law, but Michiel Coenraads joined from Stibbe.

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is strong in corporate and financial services litigation and has recently expanded its professional liability practice. Ewald Nettencombines excellent legal knowledge with strong commercial acumen’. Marnix Holtzer is also recommended.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 3

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Richard Fens, Gerard Kneppers and Bart Koolhaas lead the team at DLA Piper, which recently assisted Rabobank and ING with the financing of Parcom’s acquisition of Main Energie.

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Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 2

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Daphne Bens and Joris Willems are practice co-heads at DLA Piper; the latter advised Naspers on its global cloud services agreement with Oracle Nederland. Senior adviser Nico van Eijk joined from NautaDutilh in April 2016.

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s clients include beIN Media Group, HBO Netherlands, Amazon and Netflix. Barbara van Hussen, who leads the team with Richard van Schaik, advised Dentsu Aegis Network on its €35m acquisition of Achtung.

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Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

Joris Willems and competition specialist Léon Korsten are the key figures in DLA Piper’s practice, which has cross-border capabilities. Clients include Vodafone Libertel, VimpelCom and Lebara.

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Legal Developments by:
DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • 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.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

Legal Developments in Netherlands

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  • 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 “Commission”) 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
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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.
    - AKD
  • 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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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD