Banking and finance: Borrower side in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

Niels de Ru leads the banking group at Allen & Overy LLP, which continues to handle high-value financing work for several large corporates. Recent work has included rescue funding to deal with the impact of Covid-19, both from government initiatives as well as traditional financial institutions, acquisition financing, and large-scale refinancings. Other key names within the team include syndicated lending and leveraged finance specialist Femke Bierman  and the firm’s former global banking practice head Andrew Thomas. The practice is also home to notable associates in the form of Erik-Jan Wagenvoort and English law-qualified Luke Whibley, both of whom are recommended for cross-border leveraged finance.

Practice head(s):

Niels de Ru

Other key lawyers:

Femke Bierman; Andrew Thomas; Erik-Jan Wagenvoort; Luke Whibley

Key clients

KLM

KONINKLIJKE DSM N.V.

Here International

Action Holding

Reggeborgh

Suit Supply

Kids Foundation Holdings B.V

Easyfairs

Accell Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Suit Supply in connection with business disruptions relation to Covid-19, including obtaining new liquidity to continue with its operations and a financial covenant reset.
  • Advising ASML on a receivables purchase agreement, issuance of true sale legal opinions in all jurisdictions involved and a review of the underlying commercial contracts containing the receivables.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek remains one of the strongest firms in the Dutch market for borrower-side financial mandates, with a client base that includes many of the largest domestic corporates, in addition to several notable international players. Menno Stoffer leads the group, and has recently led several of the firm’s largest refinancing mandates. Other key names within the practice include Ferdinand Hengst, who is particularly recommended for insolvency-sensitive work, and Niek Biegman, who splits his time between the firm’s Amsterdam and London offices, and is a key figure in many of the firm’s cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer

Other key lawyers:

Ferdinand Hengst; Niek Biegman

Testimonials

‘They always make sure to put the right person with the relevant level of seniority on the job and get the right specialists involved in the matter.’

‘Menno Stoffer is probably the best restructuring lawyer in Holland. His advice has the right balance between commercial interests and compliance with relevant legislation.’

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

AkzoNobel

ING Bank

ABN AMRO Bank

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Royal Philips

Royal Ahold Delhaize

HEMA

RELX Group

DSM

NXP Semiconductors

Royal Schiphol

LeasePlan Corporation

Fugro

Signify (previously Philips Lighting)

Royal Vopak

TenneT

Nederlandse Gasunie

BC Partners

Carlyle Investment Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Boels Rental on the multi-tranche €1bn acquisition financing for the public offer on Cramo PLC.
  • Advised LeasePlan Corporation on the issuance of €1.85bn high-yield bonds.
  • Advised Dutch retailer Hema on a bond restructuring.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance acts for large-scale borrowers active in a wide variety of industry sectors, with significant recent mandates in energy financing, acquisition financing for private equity, and real estate financing. The firm is also recommended in regard to its work for consortiums of multiple corporates, handling large-scale acquisition financing. Titus de Vries heads the group, while other key names within the team include Folko de Vries and Hein Tonnaer. Jelle Hofland is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Titus de Vries

Other key lawyers:

Folko de Vries; Hein Tonnaer; Jelle Hofland

Testimonials

‘Expertise; reactive; international.’

Key clients

Grandvision N.V.

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Picnic

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

Windpark Fryslân

Eurus

YARD ENERGY

Cooperatieve Rabobank

EQT

Waterland

Parcom

IK Investment Partners

Gilde Healthcare

Nordian

Dentons

Dentons further expand its banking practice with the arrival of Arno Voerman and Pien Kerckhaert  from Van Doorne and Finnius respectively. The firm is particularly recommended for cross-border work, with a client list that includes several large private equity funds as well as multinational corporates. Marcel Janssen heads the practice, and handles a wide range of borrower-side work including acquisition financing and real estate financing.  Jacqueline Bell is also recommended, particularly for her work in relation to matters with an English law component.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Janssen

Other key lawyers:

Jacqueline Bell; Arno Voerman; Pien Kerckhart

Key clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Gibson

Savills IM

Invel

Forma

Starwood

Aventicum

Bluefield

Breevast

CTF

Penta

CTP Property

TBM Europe B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising New York-based private equity firm KPS Capital Partners in respect of the financing of the $1.8bn acquisition of a group of Dutch companies.
  • Advising Bluefield on the acquisition, development and financing of a Dutch ground-mounted solar park.
  • Advised a global hotel investor on the $103m financing of a landmark property in Amsterdam which is being redeveloped into a five-star ultra-luxury hotel.

Houthoff

Loet Venrooy leads the finance team at Houthoff, which is particularly experienced in high-value refinancing mandates, and frequently handles cross-border deals, with particular jurisdictions of focus including the US, the UK, and Germany. Other key names within the team include André de Neve  and Jessica Terpstra; the latter splits her time between the firm’s Amsterdam and London offices, and is particularly recommended for work that involves a UK element.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Terpstra; André de Neve

Testimonials

‘Loet Venrooy, heading the practice, has a unique experience in advising on borrower-side financing work. He is a great problem solver and his knowledge of how to get things done is unparalleled. Venrooy moreover offers his clients an unparalleled degree of specialisation.’

‘Jessica Terpstra is admirable for her technical expertise and her wide ranging knowledge in the lending sphere, which is one of the best in The Netherlands. Her pragmatic and sharp advice is another key success factor for Houthoff.’

Key clients

KBC

Municipality of Amsterdam

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

ASR

Work highlights

  • Advised Nexperia on the $1.5bn underwritten refinancing in connection with the acquisition of Wingtech of the majority interest in the Nexperia group.
  • Advised Van Oord on its €400m financing completed in April 2015 and then subsequently assisted the client vis-à-vis the lenders in its negotiations concerning an amendment to the financing documentation which was completed in mid-2019.
  • Advised Petrobras Global Trading on of a $3.25bn revolving loan and letter of credit facility agreement.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh remains a strong presence in the borrower-side financing sphere, with a range of large domestic and international clients. The firm is particularly experienced in acquisition and real estate financing, with Rotterdam-based practice head Arjan Pors particularly noted for such work. The firm is also frequently instructed to serve as Dutch counsel in matters involving the US, with Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde advising on the Dutch law aspects of financial restructurings and acquisition financing, often alongside counsel Janneke de Goeij.

Stibbe

Maarten de Bruin, who is highly recommended for real estate financing, leads the finance team at Stibbe alongside Rein van Helden, who focuses on cross-border leveraged finance, syndicated lending deals, and financial restructuring. The firm is highly active in both cross-border and domestic matters, with a client list that includes several high-profile names on both the corporate and private equity sides. At the associate level, key names include Robert Steeg and Suzanne van Boheemen, both of whom are highly knowledgeable on the interplay between Dutch and US law, having practised in New York.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin

Other key lawyers:

Rein van Helden; Robert Steeg; Suzanne van Boheemen

Testimonials

‘Excellent service and expertise.’

‘Robert Steeg, excellent and client focused.’

Key clients

Accel-KKR

Accor

Advent International

Aedifica

Alois Kober

Ammeraal Beltech

Apax Partners

APG

Ardagh

ASM International

Athora

Axia

Bain Capital

Ballast Nedam

Basic-Fit

BCTN

Blackstone

British American Tobacco

Bugaboo

Carestream Health

Cerberus

Cimpress

Constellium

Core Equity

Dossche Mills

Eastman Kodak

Elementis

EssilorLuxottica

ExxonMobil

Freeport-McMoRan

Frigoglass

Getinge

Hearthside

Heijmans

Heineken

HEMA

Holland Casino

ICL Group

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Intertrust

Irish Life

KKR

KPS Capital Partners

Koole Terminals

Lindsay Goldberg

Lodha Group

Louis Vuitton

Lufthansa

Mars

Marubeni

Mitiska

Nextmune

Opel Financial Services

PostNL

Q-Park

Rhône Capital

Robert Bosch

SGG

Smurfit Kappa

Time Warner

T.J. Ljungberg

Vandemoortele

Warburg Pincus

Wessanen

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • Advising insurance and reinsurance group Athora on all finance aspects of its acquisition of Vivat from Anbang, and the related sale of Vivat Schadeverzekeringen to NN Group.
  • Advising Adevinta on all finance aspects of its acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group for a value of approximately $9.2bn.
  • Advising Peugeot on all finance aspects of its €40 billion 50/50 cross-border merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Baker McKenzie

The finance practice at Baker McKenzie is particularly notable for its work in cross-border matters, with the Dutch outfit frequently acting as local counsel for the firm’s international network, in addition to leading roles on several multijurisdictional deals. The borrower-side offering is led by counsel Fedor Tanke and legal director Martijn van der Vliet, who are highly experienced in refinancing, real estate financing and acquisition financing.

Practice head(s):

Fedor Tanke; Martijn van der Vliet

Key clients

J.H.F. Schopman B.V. & AHAM Vastgoed B.V.

Grand City Property GmbH

Greystar LLP

The Procter & Gamble Company

Lancaster Capital

ALLSAFE MANAGEMENT B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisted J.H.F. Schopman and AHAM Vastgoed as borrowers on the €60m third tranche real estate financing by Deutsche Hypothekenbank in addition to the existing €170m financing of the Amsterdam-based real estate portfolio of J.H.F. Schopman managed by Aham Vastgoed.
  • Assisting Grand City Properties with the equity financing of the Titan Project by Grand City Property and its subsidiaries.
  • Advising GS Netherlands Bright and GS Netherlands Bright GP on a €38.5m financing of the Bright short stay residential tower on an iconic land plot in Rotterdam Zuid, and the related security and property documentation.

CMS

CMS represent clients in a wide range of cross-border work, with a particular focus on multinationals active in the real estate and hospitality sectors. Eduard Scheenstra leads the team, and has a practice that encompasses acquisition financing, refinancings, and development financing. In 2020, the team saw the arrival of Etienne Courbois from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):

Marc van Zanten; Eduard Scheenstra

Other key lawyers:

Etienne Courbois

Testimonials

‘Excellent, efficient, highly skilled work, great result.’

‘All team members were effective and very professional, very professional and calm management of everything.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Rabobank

Deutsche Bank AG

HSBC Bank

Münchener Hypothekenbank eG

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Raiffeisen Bank AG

Erste Group Bank AG

Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Aspen Real Estate Investment B.V.

Capreon

Oaktree / Kadans

Fidelity

M&L

Patrizia

Landesbank Saarbrücken

Aareal Bank AG

CitizenM

RCI Financial Services (Renault)

Sberbank of Russia

Work highlights

  • Advised citizenM Hotels on its financing arrangements related to new hotels in Amsterdam (Amstel) and Paris (La Défense).
  • Advised Kadans Science Partner, a portfolio company of Oaktree Capital Management, and leading investor in the Dutch science real estate market on the refinancing of its entire portfolio by Berlin Hyp and the development financing to be provided by ABN Amro Bank.
  • Advised Nuveen on the purchase of a school building by way of a share transaction, assisted with the financing works and drafted the development agreement.

DLA Piper

Leveraged financing and real estate financing specialist Lex Oosterling leads the team at DLA Piper, which is highly active in the private equity space, with the firm handling a range of acquisition financing mandates on both a domestic and cross-border basis. English law-qualified Max Mayer is another key name within the team, along with Gerard Kneppers, who focuses primarily on project and infrastructure financing.

Practice head(s):

Lex Oosterling

Testimonials

‘The team is very hands-on and efficiently managed by Lex Oosterling. The service is very good at competitive pricing.’

‘Experienced leveraged finance team with good knowledge of the marked combined with a pleasant pro-active and hands-on approach towards solving problems. The team is very pleasant to work with.’

‘Lex Oosterling – knowledgeable lawyer with a pro-active, pragmatic and commercial approach towards solving problems and managing the process. Very pleasant to work with, honest in his advice, great in working out solutions and an excellent focus on the commercial interests.’

‘I’ve been working with DLA’s banking and finance team for years. They always provide a good service. The team appreciates the fine line between taking into account commercial points and sitting on the chair of the principal. The team works well with other practices within DLA which is important for real estate deals.’

‘Apart from client understanding, strong quality and reasonable pricing, I believe their people/working culture makes the cooperation very pleasant and effective. I always enjoy working with the employees of DLA.’

‘Lex Oosterling: Knowledgeable on the subject, pragmatic, and solution driven in the interest of all parties. Furthermore, I consider Lex as a very friendly, attentive, and dedicated person whom you can contact any time without any hesitation.’

‘The DLA Piper banking and finance team in Amsterdam is probably the most active law firm in this space in the Benelux. They take a central role in the Benelux mid-market lending space for corporates and PE-owned borrowers, knowing everyone and always having a ton of precedents available from previous deals as a result of their high deal flow. They have a very experienced team with great lawyers on all seniority levels.’

‘The team differentiates itself from the competition by its international deal flow, its experience with alternative lending options, up-to-date knowledge on the financing markets, the quality of their documentation and their ability to stay within the budget.’

‘Lex Oosterling – Lex is an exceptional lawyer with an exceptional team. He knows how to get a deal to the finish line by applying maximum pressure sometimes and having a keen eye for the interpersonal at other times. He is proactive, creative in finding legally feasible solutions to difficult commercial discussions and the general level of all the legal work is of the highest quality.’

‘Benno Leemans – Great associate in the DLA banking and finance team. Fantastic guy to work with, very diligent and proactive in managing the legal work and the process. Rising star! 

‘Max Mayer (Partner) – in my view Max is one of the strongest financing partners in the Netherlands legal landscape for financings. Given he works both for the sponsor and the financing side, he is fully aware of the commercial sensitivities each party cares about and is fully up to date on what is consider current “market standard”. He has a no nonsense approach and is able to clearly identify the key commercial hurdles and suggest solutions.’

‘Lex Oosterling (Partner) – Lex is another one of my favoured financing partners to work with. His focus is normally more on the financing side and he has a very good network within the Amsterdam market. Service levels are high and he is quick to come back to you when required.’

‘Adam Abou Habaga (Senior Associate) – Adam supports both Max and Lex and is a core member of the DLA AMS financing team. He is very capable technically and can translate finer legal points easily into commercial language. Very approachable at all times and a great asset to the overall team.’

‘The team has a thorough knowledge of our company as well as our financing arrangements which allows for tailor-made, effective and efficient support.’

‘The team I have worked with (amongst others Lex Oosterling, Ceryl Verbokkum, Tamy Howie and recently Noor Gerven) stand out by their professionalism, subject matter knowledge and customer orientation.’

Key clients

EMK Capital

Bencis Capital

Carlyle Europe Technology Partners

Ergon Capital

Chint Astronergy

Egeria

RAI Convention Centre

G-Square Capital Partners

IK Invest

TIP Trailer Europe

Talpa

Royal Boskalis

Riwal

Actief (Gilde Equity Management)

Parcom Capital

Deutsche Finance International

Carlyle European Realty Fund

NPM Capital

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is instructed by a range of clients, including corporates and private equity funds both domestic and international, handling a wide range of financing matters. Robert Masman and Wouter Jongen head the team, and are both recommended for real estate financing work, while Jongen is also highly active in the field of acquisition finance and is dual English- and Dutch-qualified.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Jongen; Robert Masman

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge combined with a pragmatic approach make HL easy to work with. Furthermore, the team is committed and on the ball.’

‘Wouter Jongen is a practical guy who has the right skills and knowledge to close the transaction. Humour if appropriate and hard in negotiations if needed. Knowledge of the market and advises accordingly. ’

‘Very dedicated and highly committed people, up to date knowledge on the matter, strong negotiation skills, pragmatic solutions, always keeping in mind the cost/benefit analysis.’

‘Partner is easy to get in touch with at top level, always committed and available, see above (up to date knowledge on the matter, excellent strong negotiation skills, pragmatic solutions, always keeping in mind the cost/benefit analysis).’

Key clients

Royal Schiphol Group N.V.

Three Hills Capital Partners

Egeria

Parcom

Terberg Group

Waterland

SanoRice

Broad Horizon

Lexence

Charles Destrée heads the finance team at Lexence, which is highly experienced in acquisition financing matters, particularly in the real estate sector. The firm is also active in the investment sector, with a range of private equity-linked clients, including funds, managers and portfolio companies. Associate Bas Zandvliet is another key figure within the team.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Other key lawyers:

Bas Zandvilet

Testimonials

‘The firm is cohesive as one unit. The personal attention is much appreciated. Problem solving mode to help on on-going processes.’

‘The team is very solution-focused.’

‘The team members are very responsive.’

‘Proactive, solution-driven, efficient and fast responses.’

Key clients

Gencap Partners, Inc

Modern Dental Group

Waterland Private Equity

UnieKaas Beheer B.V.

Flextronics International Europe B.V.

Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Uniface B.V.

Intertrust

Agro Merchants Group/Oaktree

MSREF

H2 Private Equity

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff is frequently instructed by large-scale private equity houses and investment managers, with a particularly strong track record in acquisition financing mandates. Kitty Lieverse heads the team, while other key figures include Kim Koops, who specialises in secured lending, and leveraged financing specialist Gianluca Kreuze.

Practice head(s):

Kitty Lieverse

Other key lawyers:

Kim Koops; Gianluca Kreuze; Ruben den Hollander

Testimonials

‘The responsiveness of the team is excellent. They are always available and jump on everything quickly.’

‘Ruben den Hollander is the individual that we work with most frequently and exhibits particular responsiveness.’

‘An excellent team. Considered, commercial and proactive.’

Key clients

Blackstone

Highbrook Investors

Monarch Alternative Capital

CAPREIT

Marathon Capital Management

Coolblue

Cerberus

M7

Fortress

Castlelake, LP

AAC Capital

Pamplona Capital Management

Main Capital Partners

Torqx Capital Partners

Rubens Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Pamplona Capital Management on the €560m acquisition financing of a global specialty packaging manufacturer.
  • Advising HighBrook Investors on the financing or refinancing of its real estate portfolios, totalling €240m in 2019.

Orange Clover Law

Boutique finance firm Orange Clover Law continues to establish itself in borrower-side financing work, particularly for clients in the field of private equity. As such, the firm is often instructed on acquisition financing matters, in addition to a strong refinancing practice. Kees Hooft heads the team, handling the lion’s share of the firm's borrower-side matters, while associate Anita Koster is a name to note at the junior end.

Practice head(s):

Kees Hooft; Alex Gonzalez

Other key lawyers:

Anita Koster

Testimonials

‘The team is on the ball and gets the deal done; and they stand by you when things get hot. Also easy to access for a variety of small practical pointers that really help the business move forward.’

‘Kees is highly skilled and pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Triton (PE)

Corum Origin

MCB

Plus Holding

Hoogvliet Super

Capital A (formerly ABN AMRO Participaties) PE)

Andlinger & Company (PE)

Avedon Capital Partners (PE)

Gilde Buy Out Partners (PE)

ProDelta

Plantise Holding

Avedon Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting as sponsor/borrower’s counsel to Triton on the acquisition and financing of Sunweb Group, a travel company, and subsequently the add-on acquisition of Corendon.
  • Acting as drafting/transaction counsel for Plantise Holding on the financing of the merger combination of three established top-three nursery businesses in the Netherlands.
  • Acting as borrower’s counsel to Stichting Nationaal Energiebespaarfonds, the Dutch energy reduction fund in respect of (a) its €150m guarantee facility from Rabobank and €150m additional financing from CEB and (b) its €150mln additional financing from EIB.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons continues to be a visible presence in the Dutch finance market, particularly for real estate financing and project finance. The firm is also frequently instructed on cross-border matters which make use of its international network, in both a leading and local counsel capacity. The team is led by Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen and Marieke Driessen, both of whom handle a range of high-value financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen; Marieke Driessen

Key clients

Strukton

Gilde Equity Management (GEM) Benelux

Macquarie Capital

VEON

Global Net Lease

Plukon Food Group

Van Deursen Group

Movement Real Estate

Certitudo Real Estate

Van Doorne

The finance team at Van Doorne remains particularly strong in the healthcare sector, where the team handles a large number of hospital financing mandates as well as acting for large pharmaceutical companies. The team is jointly led by Roel Botter and Angelique Thiele, with the former focusing on leveraged financing and public sector financing and the latter highly recommended for real estate and development financing.

Practice head(s):

Roel Botter; Angelique Thiele

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic and commercial; dedicated/available; efficient; client-oriented mindset.’

‘Angelique and her team are well connected and very well informed about the market. They invest in thought leadership and therefore they are seen as one of the leading firms in the Dutch market.’

‘Personal yet still professional approach.’

‘Key persons do not change. Interaction between the different legal fields works very well. ’

‘High commitment and great care. As a client, you have the feeling that you can sign without any worries because the lawyers have thought about all relevant aspects.’

Key clients

Cromwell Property Group

EdR REIM

Stern Groep N.V.

McArthurGlen

TransIP / team.blue

BentallGreenoak (Equity)

Patrizia

Aluminium Delfzijl

Annexum

CEVA Logistics

Quadoro

Norgine

Tristan

Yandex

Garbe

VU Medical Centre

RadboudUMC

Teva Pharmaceuticals

LUKOIL

Repsol

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinanciering

Work highlights

  • Advised BentallGreenoak’s global investment platform on a series of acquisitions and acquisition financings relating to a number of Dutch logistic and office properties acquired (and in some cases subsequently sold) by BentallGreenoak for its Europe Funds.
  • Acted for McArthurGlen on a number of financings and refinancings, for Roermond and its outlet in Roosendaal.
  • Assisted Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen (Mogelijk) – a major Dutch P2P property lending platform – with the launch of its buy-to-let financing activities in the Netherlands.

BarentsKrans

BarentsKrans acts primarily for domestic corporates, handling a wide range of work including leveraged financing, amendments to existing loan agreements, and Covid-19-related financing deals. Jason van de Pol leads the team, and is particularly recommended for acquisition and leveraged financing work.

Practice head(s):

Jason van de Pol

Other key lawyers:

Nuray Aslan

Testimonials

‘Practical approach in delivering the correct approach and knowledge.’

‘You are not just another client, they have a personal approach and are in it for the long term.’

‘Great team around banking and finance partner Jason van de Pol. Dedicated team, very thoughtful and detail oriented but at the same time super practical and responsive. Real deal makers, love to work with them. You always feel like first priority!’

‘Jason van de Pol: Great lawyer, very dedicated, top-notch legal advice but at the same time very practical and responsive.’

‘His team is complemented by Nuray Aslan who I think is going to be a future leader of the firm.’

Key clients

Aegon

Aramco Overseas Company

ASN Bank

Bank Indonesia

BNG Bank N.V.

BMW Financial Services

Borealis Hotel Group

BRAC

Corrotherm International

Central Point

Daily Logistics Group

Ducor Petrochemicals

Dura Vermeer

Ecorus

Foreman Capital

Gimv

Gutami Holding

Hilton

Huisman Equipment

Iederzon

Lens Energie

Mannheimer Swartling

McDermott Will & Emery

Mid Ocean Group

MVGM

Palace Casino’s

Quintes Holding

Reco Solar

Rooftop Energy

Silver Plaza Leisure Experience

Snowworld

Stichting Wocozon

Synchroon

Urban Gym Group

White & Case

Zwanenberg Food Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Zwanenberg Food Group on its group financing with a consortium of banks, entailing amongst other things a senior facilities agreement and an asset-based facility agreement, as well as on its subsequent acquisition of Struik Foods Europe.
  • Advised Borealis Hotel Group on the combined equity and debt financing provided by Three Hills Capital Partners.
  • Advised Quintes Holding on the amendment and restatement of its facilities with Crestline Investors, Inc. and Dexteritas Capital Partners.

Heussen B.V.

Martijn Koot heads the finance team at Heussen B.V., and focuses her practice on cross-border syndicated lending, acquisition and leveraged financing mandates. Tim Schreuders is recommended for refinancing and other financial restructuring matters, particularly in connection with acquisitions. Cross-border matters are a particular strength for the firm, with dual-qualified senior associate Sandy van der Schaaf  heading up the German desk.

Practice head(s):

Martijn Koot

Other key lawyers:

Tim Schreuders; Sandy van der Schaaf

Testimonials

‘The Heussen team has an in-depth knowledge of cross-border financings involving multiple jurisdictions. They offer practical advice and solutions on complex issues. They know what it takes to get the deal done.’

‘The Heussen team is incredibly responsive. They are acutely aware of timing considerations, including differing time zones, and routinely go above and beyond expectations. They are also incredibly practical, routinely finding unique solutions to overcome obstacles. Their work product is always complete and we do not have to follow up with them for their deliverables.’

‘Excellent written communication skills coupled with first class command of their local law security regime. ’

‘Martijn Koot and Sandy van der Schaaf routinely assist our firm as local Dutch counsel. Notwithstanding the time zone difference between us, they are always available for a call, and consistently come prepared to add value.’

‘The Heussen team has been very valuable to us in assisting with complex matters related to financing. The Heussen team has the knowledge to help with all matters that arise and we continue to recommend Heussen. ’

‘Two individuals stand out to us at Heussen and they are: Martijn Koot; Sandy van der Schaaf.’

‘Heussen: very professional and experienced lawyers with a pragmatic vision of the law with a reduced bureaucracy.’

‘Hard working, experienced, not 9-5, practical, and good cost compared with firms of the same level.’

Key clients

Agnico Eagle Mines Limited

Littelfuse, Inc.

Belden Inc.

Vantage Drilling International

Yamana Gold Inc.

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Endeavour Energy

Essity

First Majestic Silver Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Agnico Eagles Mines Limited, a Canadian-based gold producer, as Dutch legal counsel on a $200m senior notes offering.

Stek

Stek is highly active in the field of leveraged and acquisition financing, primarily for Dutch corporates, with a strong track record in the healthcare sector. The team is led by Maarten van der Graaf, Herman Wamelink, Frans Haak and Sharon Kaufmann, with van der Graaf and Wamelink focusing mainly on the firm's cross-border work in collaboration with international firms.

Practice head(s):

Maarten van der Graaf; Frans Haak; Sharon Kaufmann; Herman Wamelink

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and commercial. Great lawyers.’

‘Maarten cuts straight to the issues and is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

Egeria (and various portfolio companies)

Standard Investments (and various portfolio companies)

Bencis (and various portfolio companies)

BlackFin (and various portfolio companies)

Maarsen Groep

Corendon

Postillion Hotels

Dynniq Group

Farm Frites

Fletcher Hotel Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Wagram on the financing of its acquisition of cream liqueur manufacturer Creamy Creation as a divestment of FrieslandCampina.
  • Advised Fletcher Hotel group on an amendment of its financing, as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 virus on the leisure sector; in addition to shareholder funding, this includes a Go-C facility, being a government guaranteed facility set up to mitigate the liquidity impact of the Covid-19 virus.
  • Advising Farm Frites on an amendment of its financing in view of the impact of Covid-19 on its business.

Van Benthem & Keulen

Robin van Driel leads the borrower-side financing team at Van Benthem & Keulen, which is particularly recommended for refinancing work, as well as the financing of real estate portfolios. Other key names to note within the team include Frank Richel, who oversees the broader banking and finance group, and Danielle Martens, who primarily focuses on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Robin van Driel

Other key lawyers:

Frank Richel; Danielle Martens

Testimonials

‘VBK has a team which combines in-depth knowledge with a very pragmatic approach. Client never gets the feeling hours are being spent for the sake of it, advice is concrete and to the point.’

‘Robin van Driel: prime position in negotiations with the lender team, can be firm when necessary. Robin Thevissen: always willing to dig in, get to the answers, very detailed approach. Also very open and friendly.’

Key clients

Ardagh Group

Metroprop B.V.

DC Vastgoed

Emil Frey Nederland

Harvey Nash

Cambridge Education Group

Renewi plc

Kadans Holding B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Ardagh group and Trivium Packaging, as Dutch counsel, on an asset-based lending facility and notes issuance of Trivium Packaging, a newly Dutch incorporated joint venture in which Ardagh’s Food & Specialty Metal Packaging business is combined with the business of Exal Corporation.
  • Acting as lead counsel to Metroprop on a €71.8m and a €23m multiple real estate portfolio financing (retail and offices) by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG.
  • Acting for DCV on a €29.2m real estate portfolio financing by Hypo NOE Landesbank Für Niederösterreich und Wien AG.