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Asset finance and structured finance

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  1. Banking and finance: Asset finance and structured finance
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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    • Gerard Kastelein - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Mandeep Lotay - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    • Michaëla Ulrici - NautaDutilh
    • Pieter van Welzen - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

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Rated among ‘the best in the industry’, Allen & Overy LLP’s group has particular expertise in cross-border corporate matters, which bolsters its finance capabilities. The team includes the well-regarded Gerard Kastelein, who specialises in capital management and debt securities transactions, including swaps and derivatives, covered bonds and securitisations. Clients also recommend Niels de Ru.

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.

The ‘proactive’ structured finance practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has ‘a thorough understanding of the industry’. ‘Highly skilled’ practice head Mandeep Lotay led advice to Morgan Stanley on the €150m acquisition and first-of-its-kind sale of a Dutch non-conforming residential mortgage loan portfolio. The team includes Thijs Flokstra. NIBC Bank, JPMorgan and Delta Lloyd are other clients.

Regarded as the ‘go-to firm when it comes to covered bonds and securitisation’, NautaDutilh’s ‘strong’ structured finance team is ‘acutely aware of the latest developments’, and is ‘a pleasure to work with’. Well-regarded practice head Arjan Scheltema assisted NIBC Bank with the Essence VII securitisation, valued at approximately €907m. The well-regarded Michaëla Ulrici advised Qander Consumer Finance on a securitisation arising from the issuance of notes valued at €320m for the acquisition of a portfolio of consumer loans. The team includes senior associates Liza Gerritsen, who is ‘highly skilled’, and the ‘very experienced’ Reinier Dommerholt.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘very good’ practice is rated by clients for its ‘strong knowledge coupled with business and commercial acumen’ in securitisations and derivatives, among other areas. Banking and finance department head Philippe Steffens, who leads on securitisation matters, is acting for various international investment banks (including Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Barclays, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse) on a number of collateralised loan obligation refinancings valued at approximately €10.5bn. The ‘excellentCorinne Schot leads on derivatives and regulatory matters. Clients include Arrow Global Group, Natixis and ING.

Loyens & Loeff’s securitisation team covers a broad range of matters, including residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), car lease and trade receivables transactions. The team, which is headed by Mariëtte van ‘t Westeinde, includes Martijn Rongen and associate Evelien Bougie, who specialises in international asset finance transactions. Gianluca Kreuze and associate Myrthe Thomassen are also names to note.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘dedicated’ group handles securitisations, structured finance and derivatives. Group head Jeroen Bos, who has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, advised Intertrust as issuer and security trustee on the first Dutch RMBS securitisation with an American entity as the seller. Rezah Stegeman acted for Dutch pension fund asset manager PGGM on various matters regarding negotiations for new collateral documentation with a number of banks. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen from Clifford Chance and counsel Frédérique Jacobse from Allen & Overy LLP.

Stibbe’s practice handles securities, structured finance and asset finance transactions for corporate clients and financial institutions, often with an international element. Headed by Jaap Willeumier, the practice includes Rogier Raas, who regularly assists financial institutions with regulatory and compliance matters.

Part of the firm’s wider finance and restructuring department, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s team covers all types of asset finance and structured finance transactions, including lease financing and securitisations. Co-head Menno Stoffer advised Dutch electricity transmission system operator TenneT Holding on its issuance of green hybrid bonds. Stoffer also assisted Dutch Railways with the €1bn lease financing of a number of new train vehicles. The group is jointly led by Ferdinand Hengst and Niek Biegman.

Regarded for its ‘expertise in the industry, response time, dedication and precision’, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s finance and capital markets group often acts for Dutch and international financial institutions and corporate clients on complex structured finance transactions and securitisations. The ‘excellentRobert Masman, who is ‘well-known in the Dutch market’, advised ABN Amro and HSBC as joint lead managers on a €574m securitisation transaction by LeasePlan. Masman also led advice to Volkswagen Financial Services on the Dutch aspects of an update of a €1bn asset-backed securities transaction. Masman leads the group jointly with Wouter Jongen, who is English- and Dutch-qualified.

Houthoff’s practice covers a wide range of asset and structured financing matters, including real estate and acquisition financing. Practice head Loet Venrooy advised Rotterdam public transport company Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram on its first external financing, valued at €120m, for the purchase of 26 new trains. Aart Barkey Wolf is also recommended. Other clients include ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team often handles asset finance transactions, with a particular expertise in the aviation and transportation sectors. Co-head Berend Crans, who joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in 2017, advised China Aircraft Leasing on financing issues regarding a number of acquisitions of aircrafts valued at $450m in total. Co-head Wouter Hertzberger and Gijs van Leeuwen assisted Bank of America with an asset-based loan arising from the acquisition financing of German department store Galeria Holding by Hudson Bay. Paul Vine leads on English finance matters.

Boutique firm Orange Clover Law’s ‘excellent’ practice has considerable experience in handling cross-border financing transactions, with particular strength in the energy, financial services, private equity and investment management sectors. Practice head Kees Hooft led advice to BNG Bank on financing an onshore wind farm. Hooft also advised Plus Holding on various issues regarding a €160m financing of a new distribution centre, including drafting all financing and security documentation. Other clients include Natixis, ING and Triodos Bank.

At boutique firm Stek, the ‘consistently good’ and ‘pragmatic’ team specialises in asset financing transactions for domestic and foreign financial institutions and investors. Highlights included acting for Deutsche Bank and Rabobank on the asset financing of The Greenery. The team also has experience in acting for banks on hospital financing matters. Frans Haak, Herman Wamelink and Sharon Kaufmann jointly head the practice.

At Van Doorne, the group’s broad financing capabilities range from real estate financing and leasing to securitisations. It includes Angelique Thiele, who often handles Dutch and cross-border secured financing transactions for financial institutions, investors and SMEs. Roel Botter is a key partner.


Borrower side

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  1. Banking and finance: Borrower side
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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Clients rate Allen & Overy LLP’s department for providing a ‘good experience’ for borrower-side clients on cross-border transactions. It has noted an increase in leveraged financings. Department head Femke Bierman assisted Total Specific Solutions with various issues regarding the refinancing of its existing financing arrangements. Ben Fox and Rob de Kort advised Heerema on the amendment and extension of a 2015 revolving credit facility agreement. Andrew Thomas and Luke Whibley acted for Mondo Minerals on refinancing its debt. The team includes Niels de Ru, Aroen Kuitenbrouwer and senior associate Erik-Jan Wagenvoort.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘leading’ practice ‘always delivers top notch advice’ and is regarded for its ‘in-depth knowledge, experience and hands-on pragmatism’. Co-head Menno Stoffer acted for Bosal Nederland on a €110m financing regarding the client’s transformation process and anticipated sale of its tow bar business. Ferdinand Hengst, who was promoted to partner, advised Philips on a €1bn senior unsecured credit facility agreement. Niek Biegman jointly heads the practice from the firm’s London office. Other clients include NXP Semiconductors, Royal BAM Group and Akzo Nobel.

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.

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘very well-connected and knowledgeable’ multidisciplinary team acts for a broad range of international clients on cross-border transactions. Practice head Kitty Lieverse and Gianluca Kreuze are advising CarVal Investors on various issues regarding its acquisition of portfolio company RNHB Hypotheekbank from Rabobank. Sietske van ‘t Hooft and corporate partner Nelleke Krol assisted Pharming Group with various transactions, including a new $100m finance agreement regarding the amortisation of convertible bonds and the refinancing of an existing senior debt facility. The team includes senior associates Kim Koops and Sabine Schoute.

The ‘terrific’, ‘very responsive’ group at NautaDutilh has strong English and Dutch law capabilities. David Viёtor led advice to private healthcare company Bergman Clinics on a €140m financing with ICG as the arranger. Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, who is based in New York, led advice to Playa Hotels & Resorts on the Dutch aspects regarding the refinancing of its €630m credit agreement. The group, which is headed by Arjan Pors, includes Walter Schellekens.

Stek’s ‘very responsive’ practice often handles mid-market corporate lending and acquisition financings. Highlights included advising Transdev on its refinancing transaction with ING and BNG, as well as various financing issues. The team includes Maarten van der Graaf, Sharon Kaufmann, who made partner in 2017, and Jeroen Timmermans. Clients also recommend ‘dependable leveraged finance lawyersFrans Haak and Herman Wamelink.

The ‘loyal, hands-on’ team at Stibbe often acts for domestic and international corporate clients on acquisition finance, corporate lending and project finance matters. Co-head Maarten de Bruin led advice to Q-Park and KKR on all financing arrangements regarding KKR’s over €2.9bn acquisition of all of Q-Park’s outstanding share capital. Rein van Helden jointly heads the team, which includes Jaap Willeumier and the ‘reliable’, ‘hardworking’ Robert Steeg.

AKD’s ‘very thorough’, ‘quick’ department often handles cross-border acquisition finance matters across jurisdictions that include Germany and the US. Department head Vincent Bettonville acts for Benson Elliot Capital Management on various finance matters. The team includes Erwin Rademakers and Jasper Verhoog, who has been promoted to partner.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’, ‘deal-oriented’ practice is rated for its ‘international network, which is helpful in facilitating cross-border financing transactions’ and recently advised Dutch coal trader Enerco on a €20m term loan facility and $80m borrowing base facility provided by Rabobank. ‘Focused’ counsel Fedor Tanke acted as drafting counsel for APM Holdings and IES Immobilien-Projektentwicklung on a €180m senior financing for a landmark construction project in Amsterdam. Philippe Steffens heads the practice. Marcel Janssen joined Dentons Boekel.

DLA Piper’s ‘efficient’ team has experience in acquisition financings, especially for private equity clients. Group head Lex Oosterling led advice to Royal A-ware on the cross-border refinancing of a number of subsidiaries. Gerard Kneppers is a name to note. Max Mayer was a new arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.’s practice is often instructed on cross-border acquisition financings, including corporate lending and real estate financing. Practice head Matthijs Bolkenstein and corporate partner Tom van Wijngaarden advised Aurelius Group on the Dutch aspects of the financing of its acquisition of Office Depot. The team includes associate Lucas Lustermans.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team often handles acquisition finance and corporate finance for international clients across a broad range of sectors, including real estate and insurance. Group head Thijs Flokstra led advice to Talpa on the financing aspects of its acquisition of a 67% stake in SBS Broadcasting from Sanoma. On the corporate lending side, senior associate Ivo van Dijk advised Wereldhave on the refinancing of its €300m syndicated revolving credit facility. The team also includes Mandeep Lotay. Max Mayer is now with DLA Piper.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is known to ‘deliver seamless service’ across a broad range of financing matters, including corporate lending. ‘Pleasant’ co-head Wouter Jongen is advising Terberg Ros Roca Group on the syndicated financing of its acquisition of Ros Roca Environment, including subsequent corporate restructuring matters. The team is also led by Robert Masman, who specialises in real estate finance transactions.

Houthoff’s practice has considerable experience in handling financing transactions for clients in a wide range of sectors, including real estate and infrastructure. Jessica Terpstra advised JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital on the $800m financing of its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ Standard Products business. The practice is headed by the well-regarded Loet Venrooy.

Lexence’s ‘flexible’ practice provides ‘high-quality advice’ on financing transactions and regulatory matters. ‘Sensible’ practice head Charles Destrée ‘gets the job done’. Clients include Gencap Partners, Modern Dental Group and Waterland Private Equity.

Linklaters’ team has seen an increase in structured finance matters. Managing associate Andrei Babiy advised PSP Investments and BC Partners on financing issues regarding the acquisition of a majority stake in Keter. The team, which is headed by Paul Kuipers, includes Mees Roelofs.

The ‘very good’, ‘proactive’ group at Orange Clover Law has experience in major finance transactions for domestic and multinational clients. Plus Holding, Granenergia and Gilde Buy Out Partners are among its client base. The well-regarded Kees Hooft leads the group.

At Simmons & Simmons LLP, the banking and finance team is known for its ‘high level of service, solution-driven approach and strong negotiation skills’. It was bolstered by the recent arrivals of real estate finance expert Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen from Clifford Chance, counsel Frédérique Jacobse from Allen & Overy LLP and Minke Hoekstra as of counsel from Shell Asset Management. Marieke Driessen leads the team.

Highly rated for being ‘focused problem-solvers’, Van Doorne’s practice has particular strength in healthcare and real estate financing, and handles corporate lending transactions for private equity firms. Stefan van Rossum acted for Stern Groep on the refinancing of its credit facilities. Roel Botter and the well-regarded Angelique Thiele jointly head the practice.


Financial services regulatory

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  1. Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
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NautaDutilh’s ‘excellent, quick and pragmatic’ department is highly regarded by clients for its ‘in-depth knowledge’. Department head Larissa Silverentand, who is ‘outstanding’ and ‘to the point’, has been advising the Dutch Banking Association on drawing up the Code of Conduct for financing SMEs. Frans van der Eerden assisted ASR Nederland with documentation and regulatory issues regarding the establishment of the ASR Mortgage Fund for institutional investors. The team includes of counsel Pim Rank.

At Allen & Overy LLP, the well-regarded financial services regulatory practice often acts for financial institutions and major companies across a broad range of regulatory matters, including M&A regulatory work. Brechje van der Velden advised Dutch Central Bank on various regulatory issues arising from the transfer of shares in Conservatrix to Eli Global. The group is headed by Gerard Kastelein and includes counsel Bas Jennen.

Clients praise the financial markets regulatory practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek for ‘combining excellent legal advice with in-depth knowledge of clients’ strategic challenges and needs’. Co-head Mariken van Loopik, who has ‘extensive knowledge’, and the ‘very experienced’ Jan Willem Hoevers advised ABN Amro on the regulatory aspects of the approximately €1.5bn sale of its shares by shareholder NLFI on behalf of the Dutch state. Co-head Ernest Meyer Swantee and Kees Groffen are names to note. Francine Schlingmann has left the practice.

The ‘practical and responsive’ team at Loyens & Loeff has considerable experience in acting for investment funds, pension funds and insurers. Practice head Kitty Lieverse led advice to BlackFin Capital Partners on the regulatory issues regarding its acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares in Buckaroo from Intrum Justitia. The ‘experienced, hands-on’ Martijn Schoonewille was instructed by Stichting Continuïteit Delta Lloyd on the regulatory aspects of its sale of shares to NN Group, as well as obtaining a declaration of no-objection from the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and European Central Bank. Of counsel Bart Joosen is also recommended.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘pragmatic’ and ‘very friendly’ team has been increasingly active in Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) matters. Group head Rezah Stegeman, who is ‘a real expert’, is assisting a number of clients such as Rabobank, BNG Bank and asset manager Actiam with the implementation of MiFID II rules. Stegeman also advised LeasePlan on compliance with collateral rules under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Minke Hoekstra as of counsel from Shell Asset Management Company.

Known for its ‘industry expertise’, Stibbe’s group often works closely with the firm’s Brussels office to handle Benelux-related regulatory and compliance work, and has been increasingly busy in fintech matters. ‘Proactive’ group head Rogier Raas is representing ING in all cases arising from allegations of misselling interest rate swaps to SMEs. The team includes of counsel Steven Hijink.

Baker McKenzie’s team is known for its strong international capabilities. Recent highlights include advising on the regulatory aspects of Daimler Financial Services’ €1.1bn acquisition of Athlon Car Lease International. The team is headed by the ‘highly intelligentCorinne Schot.

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.

Jointly led by Paul Hopman and associate Juliët de Graaf, DLA Piper’s department has strong cross-border capabilities. De Graaf is advising Rabobank on the regulatory issues regarding a derivatives misselling matter. Other clients include ING, MS Amlin and Ares Management.

Known for its ‘no-nonsense, practical advice’, Dentons Boekel’s team has experience in handling regulatory issues for banks and international companies. Citco, Cathay Investments and Deutsche Postbank are among the firm’s clients. The team is jointly led by the ‘knowledgeableJeroen den Hamer and the ‘very sharpJan-Mathijs Hermans.

Finnius’ ‘excellent’ practice often advises financial institutions on EU regulatory issues and enforcement matters. The highly recommended Bart Bierman successfully advised Mastercard on a license application with the DNB, and continues to be instructed on ongoing issues. Andries Doets assisted Tele2 with obtaining a license from the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets as a credit provider. Casper Riekerk, Rosemarijn Labeur and Andries Doets are also names to note.

Clients regard the team at Hart advocaten N.V. as ‘very knowledgeable when it comes to regulatory law and duty-of-care issues’. It is jointly headed by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Frank ’t Hart and Noëlle Wijnstekers, who are rated for their ‘outstanding’ litigation expertise.

Linklaters’s well-regarded group has considerable experience in acting for international financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory matters. Managing associate Jan Jans was instructed by equensWorldline on the implementation of a clearing system for instant payments. Pim Horsten leads the group.

The integrated team at Norton Rose Fulbright often assists multinational companies and international financial institutions with matters involving Dutch regulators. Practice head Floortje Nagelkerke advised Frasers Centrepoint on the regulatory issues arising from its €316m acquisition of an 87% stake in Geneba Properties from Catalyst RE Coöperatief. Gijs van Leeuwen and Paul Vine are key names.

Excellent’ boutique firm Orange Clover Law has considerable experience in advising multinational companies on Dutch regulatory matters. ‘Knowledgeable, prompt’ practice head Alex Gonzalez has been advising Zonnepanelendelen.nl on licensing issues involving Dutch regulators. Other clients include the New York Stock Exchange, Credit Suisse and Hansard.

Van Doorne’s team acts for a broad range of clients in the financial services sector, including banks, insurance companies and payment service providers, with ‘significant achievements in the fintech sector’. Group head Arno Voerman advised Intrum Justitia on regulatory issues arising from the sale of its interest in Buckaroo to BlackFin Capital Partners. Other clients include Travelex, European Merchant Services and International Card Services.


Lender or arranger side

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  1. Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Regarded as one of the ‘best in the industry’, Allen & Overy LLP’s practice counts banks such as ING and ABN Amro among its client base. Recent highlights include acting for Rabobank as lender on Cobepa’s acquisition of HG. Aroen Kuitenbrouwer led advice to ING as lender on the provision of two credit facilities valued at €64m and €100m, respectively, arising from Outdoor Life Group’s buyout by NPM Capital. Headed by Femke Bierman, the practice includes Ben Fox, Andrew Thomas and Niels de Ru.

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.

The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘highly rated’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has significant experience in handling cross-border financing transactions. Practice head Thijs Flokstra led advice to Rabobank as lender on the $250m bridge financing of TBG Group and on the corporate lending side he assisted ABN Amro, Bank of China and Rabobank with a €600m borrowing base financing for Tip Trailer Group. Clients also recommend ‘very experienced’ senior associate Max Mayer.

Linklaters’ team has considerable experience in acting for private equity sponsors, financial institutions and alternative credit providers on high-value transactions. Group head Paul Kuipers advised a six-strong syndicate of banks (Crédit Agricole CIB, Banca IMI, KfW IPEX-Bank, BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank and SEB) as the lenders on the €770m acquisition financing of Koole Terminals from EQT Infrastructure by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Mees Roelofs acted for ABN Amro as bridge lender regarding Stedin’s bid for Enduris. Other clients include ING, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank.

Considered a ‘go-to firm’, NautaDutilh’s ‘outstanding’ group has particular strength in cross-border lending transactions for international financial institutions, as well as in corporate lending. The ‘exemplaryElizabeth van Schilfgaarde led advice to Citibank as the lenders on the $3bn financing of FMC Corporation’s acquisition of certain businesses of DuPont and vice versa. David Viëtor acted for White Oak, Permira Debt Managers and H.I.G. WhiteHorse on the €220m financing of Bottega InvestCo’s acquisition of Getronics from Aurelius. Practice head Arjan Pors and Jaco Belder are also recommended.

In addition to acting for traditional lenders, Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ practice has seen an increase in work for alternative lenders such as private equity firms and is assisting China Minsheng Bank with an $800m loan to JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital to finance their acquisition of the standard products unit of NXP Semiconductors. The team includes Philippe Steffens, who heads the wider banking and finance department, and highly recommended counsel Fedor Tanke. Former practice head Marcel Janssen joined Dentons Boekel.

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent’ finance and projects group is noted for its ‘great cross-border transactions expertise’. The ‘pragmaticGerard Kneppers, who ‘smoothly coordinates negotiations’, is advising ING, Rabobank and ABN Amro on a secured financing for Trading Company Rotterdam. The practice is headed by the ‘reliableLex Oosterling, who is ‘a true dealmaker’. Other clients include RBS, Amsterdam Trade Bank and Aareal Bank.

Houthoff’s ‘responsive’, ‘high-quality team’ is often instructed by major Dutch and international banks on high-value financings. Group head Loet Venrooy is acting for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Neuberger Berman on a shari’ah-based financing, as well as restructuring matters. Jessica Terpstra is a name to note.

At Loyens & Loeff, the ‘excellent’, ‘very responsive’ department regularly represents financial institutions and corporations in domestic and international financing matters. Sietske van ‘t Hooft has particular expertise in asset-based lending and financing transactions. The team, which is headed by Kitty Lieverse, includes Gianluca Kreuze.

Rated by clients as ‘consistent’ and ‘good to work with’, boutique firm Stek often handles corporate lending, healthcare financings and project financings. Recent highlights include advising ABN Amro on a number of bilateral acquisition financings. Key names include Maarten van der Graaf, Jeroen Timmermans and Sharon Kaufmann.

Stibbe’s ‘flexible’ and ‘responsive’ multi-disciplinary group has experience in handling cross-border financings across a broad range of sectors. Co-head Rein van Helden, Jaap Willeumier and Joannes de Bont led advice to European Investment Bank on a financing package of €350m for Schiphol Airport regarding an expansion. Maarten de Bruin is the practice co-head.

CMS’ well-regarded practice has experience in financing transactions across a broad range of sectors, including real estate, leisure and energy. It is headed by Eduard Scheenstra, who often acts for lenders, as well as for corporations in the hotel and leisure sectors.

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is jointly led by Wouter Jongen, who has particular expertise in acquisition financing and debt capital market transactions, and Robert Masman, who specialises in asset-backed structured and real estate financing matters. Jongen acted for Goldman Sachs on the refinancing of US private equity firm Paine Schwartz Partners’ acquisition of Suba Seeds Group. Other clients include ING, ABN Amro and Rabobank.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice has considerable experience in acting for Dutch and international financial institutions as lenders on cross-border transactions. Practice head Wouter Hertzberger and Gijs van Leeuwen advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on an asset-based loan to Hudson Bay regarding its acquisition of Galeria Holding. The team also includes Paul Vine and Berend Crans.

Boutique firm Orange Clover Law often acts for financial institutions on cross-border financings across various sectors, including real estate and energy. Group head Kees Hooft advised ING on the financing of Assala Energy’s acquisition of Gabon from Shell. Hooft also acted for BNG Bank on its financing of an onshore wind farm. Other clients include Triodos Bank, Natixis and Wells Fargo.

At Simmons & Simmons LLP, the group is noted for handling a broad range of financing matters, including real estate financing. It is jointly headed by Marieke Driessen, who is ‘a key asset’, Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen and counsel Frédérique Jacobse.

Rated for its ‘good market knowledge’, Van Doorne’s multidisciplinary practice primarily handles real estate financing, corporate lending, restructuring and leveraged financing matters. Co-head Stefan van Rossum led advice to Rabobank as lender on a bridge facility for a number of dairy farmers following new Dutch legislation. Co-head Angelique Thiele is also highly recommended.


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