Banking and finance: Borrower side in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP is home to a strong finance team with particular experience in complex, cross-border work. The firm also maintains a strong Dutch practice, with several high-profile domestic clients. The practice is led by Niels de Ru, who has significant experience in commodity and export finance, while syndicated lending and leverage finance specialist Femke Bierman is also highly regarded. Senior associate Erik-Jan Wagenvoort is notable for his leveraged finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Niels De Ru

Testimonials

The team is highly experienced and has a good understanding of our business and the capability to translate this into loan documentation that works for our company.

Both Femke Bierman and Anita Punte form an excellent team. They add seniority and experience in negotiations.

Allen & Overy are a great team, always available and pro-active.

Very responsive and knowledgeable team. In addition to providing legal advice also ensuring processes run smoothly. Excellent balance between substantive legal advice and pragmatic advice. Translating complex legal concepts and standard finance practices into day-to-day workable guidance. 

I have experienced both Niels de Ru as well as Sophie Chamberlin to be open to suggestions, even those which are unprecedented.

Both at partner level and associate level very experienced and pleasant to work with. Never been disappointed, neither from content perspective nor timing perspective.

Femke Bierman and Erik-Jan Wagenvoort really stand out for their responsiveness and proactiveness.

Key clients

3i

Egeria

VodafoneZiggo

Parcom Capital

Friesland Campina

ASML

Bavaria

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Kendrion

Suit Supply

IXM

Heijmans

Work highlights

  • Advising Here Technologies on the refinancing of its euro term and multi-currency revolving facilities agreement.
  • Acting for ASML on the amendment and restatement of its €700m standby credit facility agreement including the addition of sustainability-linked pricing.
  • Assisting Heerema with the amendment and restatement of a 2015 revolving credit facility agreement.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is one of the strongest finance teams in the Dutch market, advising several of the largest domestic clients on their borrowing needs. The team is able to undertake work across the full spectrum of financing including bilateral and syndicated lending, emergency funding, refinancing, leveraged financing, and acquisition financing. Practice co-heads Menno Stoffer and Niek Biegman are highly regarded for international work, while senior associate Pim Van Leersum is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer; Niek Biegman

Testimonials

The team that assisted us with various facilities, understands the need of our company. They flag relevant issues well, without claiming too much time and internal resources for more technical discussions.

They had a very good feeling for making sure that people with the right seniority took care of the various tasks – with juniors to handle the uncontroversial stuff and seniors and partners ready to step in when needed.

Menno Stoffer is a very capable financing practitioner but never seems to be too busy to take the time to involve himself in the complicated matters where his expertise and experience is needed to get to the right result. He does not over complicate things and creates a good atmosphere when matters could get tense.

My main contact is Pim van Leersum, who is very responsive, quick and clear in his elaborations.

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

AkzoNobel

Royal Philips

Royal Ahold Delhaize

RELX Group

DSM

NXP Semiconductors

Royal Schiphol

LeasePlan

Fugro

Signify

AMG

TenneT

Nederlandse Gasunie

VIVAT

BC Partners

Waterland Private Equity Investments

Work highlights

  • Assisting global food delivery platform Takeaway.com with various financing matters in relation to major acquisitions.
  • Advised Euronext-listed Beter Bed on an agreement concerning restructuring with banks and shareholders.
  • Advised the LyondellBasell Group on its entry into two credit agreements, a $2bn 364-day credit agreement and a $4bn three-year credit agreement with an international syndicate of lenders.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's borrower-side practice covers a wide range of clients and sectors, including acquisition financing for funds and corporations, real estate financing, export finance, and leveraged finance, alongside general corporate lending work for large domestic and international clients. The sizeable team is headed by Titus de Vries, while leveraged finance expert Jelle Hofland is another key name to note, along with Folko De Vries.

Practice head(s):

Titus de Vries

Testimonials

Very experienced team with professional and commercial-minded approach, quick turnarounds.

Clifford Chance has a market-leading position in fund-led financing, and a broad team.

David Woolmer, due to his long experience and professional and calm attitude, enables commercially smart and fast solutions which is highly important for clients.

Key clients

Waterland

KIWA

ING BANK N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Borssele Devex B.V.

Encavis AG

FMO.

Adyen

TenCent

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Orange Capital Partners

BNP Paribas

EQT

UniCredit Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting as borrowers counsel for IK Partners on the financing for the acquisition of Infradata from Waterland.
  • Assisted Kiwa with its strategic €400m refinancing with a syndicated cov-lite facility.
  • Advising GrandVision on the refinancing of its €1.2bn revolving credit facility.

Dentons

Dentons is particularly strong in the area of real estate financing, including the acquisition of single properties, real estate portfolios, and the funding of developments. Other key areas of work include acquisition financing, sustainable finance, export finance, and commodity finance. The firm expanded its offering this year, and now offers English law advice with the arrival of Jacqueline Bell from her position as a sole practitioner. Marcel Janssen set up and heads the group, and both partners are very active in the firm's European sustainable finance group.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Janssen; Jacqueline Bell

Key clients

KKR

Gibson

Savills IM

Invel

Forma

Starwood

Aventicum

Bluefield

Work highlights

  • Advised Europe Hotels Private Collection on the refinancing of the entire Sir hotels and Max Brown hotels group.
  • Assisting Aventicum with the financing of several portfolios of commercial real estate located in the Netherlands
  • Advising Vyaire Medical on its first and second lien financing and the related bond issue.

Houthoff

Houthoff's team is involved in a wide range of borrower-side side financing work, including refinancing, syndicated and bilateral lending, cross-border transactions, property and real estate financing, and infrastructure finance. Loet Venrooy heads the practice and is active in a wide range of work for large funds and corporates. Jessica Terpstra, who specialises in energy and infrastructure transactions and is also qualified in English law, splits her time between the firm's Amsterdam and London offices and is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Testimonials

Very professional and efficiently run team that I enjoyed working with. Quality advice from experienced specialists with junior lawyers effectively supporting the seniors.

Partner Jessica Terpstra is a highly regarded finance lawyer in the Dutch PPP space, and she lived up to that reputation in the work she did for us in 2018/2019. She has been instrumental in closing a complicated amendment to our financing arrangements. She provides clear and practical advice on legal matters, she is a great sparring partner on strategic/tactical matters but most importantly Jessica always provides insights and recommendations on how to achieve the required end result, also during heated debate.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank / FGH Bank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Assisted Petrobras Global Trading with a $150m loan agreement and a $500m offshore trade-related loan agreement with Citibank..
  • Advised De Heus Animal Nutrition on a refinancing arranged by a consortium of banks.
  • Acted for The Datacenter Group on the refinancing of its data centres and the acquisition of two new data centres.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's borrower-side finance team is instructed by a wide range of large corporate clients both internationally and from across the Benelux region, often advising on the Dutch law aspects of international financing for UK or US clients. The team undertakes the full spectrum of work, with particular strengths in acquisition financing, revolving credit facilities, and large-scale refinancing. Arjan Pors heads the team. Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde is a key contact for US clients.

Practice head(s):

Arjan Pors

Testimonials

Very professional manner.

Key clients

McDermott International, Inc.

Achmea

Stadion Feijenoord N.V.

ForFarmers N.V.

HumanTotalCare B.V.

High Tech Campus Eindhoven

Bergman Clinics

Bottega InvestCo S.à r.l.

Damen Shipyards Group N.V.

CBRE

The Carlyle Group

Apax Partners

NSI N.V.

Work highlights

  • Acted as borrower’s counsel to Achmea on a new €1bn multi-currency revolving credit facility with a syndicate of 12 international banks.
  • Acts as borrowers counsel for Feyenoord Rotterdam on the financing for the development of a new 63,000 capacity stadium.
  • Advised High Tech Campus Eindhoven and Ramphastos Investments on the €500m refinancing concerning the High Tech Campus Eindhoven.

Stibbe

Stibbe is involved in several high-profile borrower-side deals, particularly in the field of acquisition financing, where the team often works in conjunction with its prominent transactional practice for large corporates and funds. The firm is also strong on refinancing work, particularly in situations involving multiple creditors or revolving credit facilities. The practice is jointly headed by real estate finance specialist Maarten de Bruin and  Rein van Helden, whose areas of focus include cross-border leveraged finance, syndicated lending and financial restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin; Rein van Helden

Key clients

Accel-KKR

Accor

Advent International

Aedifica

AGC Networks

Alois Kober

Ammeraal Beltech

Apax Partners

APG

Ardagh

ASM International

Athora

Axia

Bain Capital

Ballast Nedam

BCTN

Black Box Corporation

Blackstone

British American Tobacco

Bugaboo

Carestream Health

Cimpress

Constellium

Core Equity

CTS Corporation

Dossche Mills

Eastman Kodak

Elementis

EssilorLuxottica

ExxonMobil

Freeport-McMoRan

Frigoglass

Getinge

Hearthside

Heijmans

Heineken

Holland Casino

ICL Group

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Intertrust

Irish Life

KKR

KPS Capital Partners

Lindsay Goldberg

Lodha Group

Louis Vuitton

Lufthansa

Mars

Marubeni

Mitiska

NRGValue

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 EssilorLuxottica on all financing aspects of its intended public takeover of GrandVision.
  • Aced for Advent International on the financing of its $3.25bn acquisition of General Electric‘s Distributed Power business.
  • Assisted Smurfit Kapa with a €1.35bn revolving credit facility agreement to refinance its existing senior credit facility.

AKD

The banking and finance group at AKD is led by Vincent Bettonville, who is particularly recommended for US clients operating in the Dutch market, with a practice encompassing general bank lending and acquisition finance. In addition to Bettonville's track record with US clients, the firm is often instructed to handle the Dutch financing aspects of cross-border transactions, often working with its other offices across the Benelux region.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Bettonville

Key clients

Benson Elliot

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

JPMorgan

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Benson Elliot

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Exide Technologies

Deutsche Private Equity

PepsiCo

Braskem

Boskalis

Bernhoven

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's borrower-side finance practice is headed by Fedor Tanke and Martijn van der Vliet, who have significant experience of real estate finance and financial restructuring. Other key areas of work for the firm include acquisition financing and export finance. The firm is also highly regarded for deals with a cross-border element, either as local counsel on mandates originating in other jurisdictions, or managing Dutch deals in conjunction with the firm's broader network.

Practice head(s):

Fedor Tanke; Martijn van der Vliet

Testimonials

The team has thorough knowledge and are persuasive when negotiating, very committed and 24h availability when necessary.

Dedicated and pragmatic professionals; they are very well capable of balancing between the details versus the greater scheme of things.

The team are fluent in several languages which is helpful; when necessary anticipate quickly; have a strong view on matters and are able to set the right priorities.

Key clients

Greystar

Tupperware

The Brink’s Company

ALLSAFE

Hansa-Invest Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Tupperware Brand Corporation and Tupperware Nederland as borrowers on entering into a major second amended and restated credit agreement.
  • Acted for Hansa-Invest Real Assets on the €32m real estate financing of the €60m acquisition of real estate property located in Moerdijk and Maasvlakte.
  • Advised The Brink’s Company, Brink’s Dutch Holding and Brink’s International as borrowers on entering into a first amendment to an existing $1.8bn credit agreement.

CMS

The finance team at CMS reports a growth in instructions from borrowers in the hotels and leisure, energy, and automotive sectors, as well as real estate funds. The team is particularly adept at acquisition and real estate financing, particularly cross-border financing, though it is active on the full spectrum of borrower-side work. Eduard Scheenstra heads the team, focusing on real estate financing. Associate Jesler Hartman Kok is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Eduard Scheenstra

Key clients

Aspen Real Estate Investment B.V.

Münchener Hypothekenbank

Delin Capital Asset Management

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Curzon Advisors

Robus Capital

Capreon

Oaktree / Kadans

Fidelity

M&L

Patrizia

Invesco

Kildare Management Ltd.

McGregor Fashion Group

Aareal Bank AG

Work highlights

  • Together with the firm’s Stuttgart office, advised Arnsberg-based Trilux Group on the refinancing of existing liabilities by structuring a syndicated loan with a maturity of five years.
  • Acting for Getronics on financing its acquisition of American digital workplace firm, Pomeroy.
  • Assisted Capreon with the acquisition finance related to the acquisition of the Haagsche Zwaan office building in the major business district of The Hague from the German fund manager Union Investment.

DLA Piper

The finance team at DLA Piper has seen a recent uptick in acquisition finance and leveraged finance work, and is instructed on a wide range of deals in this space. Lex Oosterling heads the team; Gerard Kneppers is highly regarded for borrowers in the energy sector; and Max Mayer is a key contact for work involving private equity. The firm is also notable for its work on cross-border mandates, both coordinating deals and working with other offices of the firm.

Practice head(s):

Lex Oosterling

Key clients

ING Bank

ABN AMRO

Berlin Hyp

De Nederlandsche Bank

Triodos Bank

Financieringsmaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten

Astronergy

Knab

NatWest Markets

Demir Halkbank

Pemberton Asset Management

HPS Investment Partners

CVC Credit Partners

Barings (Private Debt)

KKR Credit

Permira Private Credit

TIP Trailer

Bencis Capital

IK Invest

Gilde Equity Management

Actief Interim

Vitruvian Partners

Carlyle  Technology Partners

NPM Capital  / Ploeger Oxbo

Talpa

Work highlights

  • Advising private equity investor IK Invest and its pan-European portfolio company Signature Foods on its originally €173.5m syndicated term loan B financing provided by various term loan B investors with ING Bank as agent.
  • Assisting Gilde Equity Management and its portfolio company Actief Interimfinance with its all senior €231.5m recap financing provided by a combined bank/fund syndicate.
  • Acting for private equity investor Bencis Capital on the first-out last-out unitranche financing provided by Crescent (unitranche) and Oldenburgische Landesbank (super senior) for its acquisition of the Medsen Apotheeken Group.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Wouter Jongen is the key figure in Hogan Lovells International LLP's borrower-side finance practice, and is particularly focused on acquisition financing and real estate financing. The firm counts private equity funds, large-scale manufacturers, and real estate investors among its client base, and often works with the firm's broader international network on complex cross-border deals. The firm's 'dedicated and insightful' team is praised by clients for its hands-on approach and pragmatism.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Jongen

Testimonials

Wouter Jongen is very hands-on and finds solutions for issues along the way, he keeps pace which is very helpful to move the deal forward.

The team of Hogan Lovells is very professional and has met the expectations that I expect from one of the best legal advisors in the field of banking and finance.

I am very pleased with the involvement of Wouter Jongen who is very dedicated in providing the best service to his clients and takes personally the lead in providing the best deals for its clients (not only strategically, but also on the job during in conference calls and discussions with banks).

Wouter was able to keep the interests of the customer always in consideration. Additionally, he was honest, transparent, and not afraid to tell the counter-party the truth if there was need to.

Experienced team with can-do mentality, eager to deliver true added value to the client, responsive and committed to reach the finish on time, good depth and breath of team to deal with more complicated and international situations, fair balance between price and quality, good reputation among banks and sponsors alike.

Key clients

Avedon Capital Partners

Broad Horizon

De Efteling

Egeria Private Equity

HB Capital

Multi Netherlands

Parcom Capital

SanoRice

Struik Foods

Terberg Group

Terberg Leasing

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised the Terberg Group on the syndicated refinancing of the senior and mezzanine facilities with a large syndicate of banks.
  • Acted for KaBeVe Investments on the real estate refinancings of its portfolio of retail shops throughout the Netherlands.
  • Assisted DWS with the financing supporting the acquisitions of The Datacenter Group and NLDC.

Lexence

The banking and finance team at Lexence is led by English law-qualified Charles Destrée, and handles a wide range of work including acquisition financing, syndicated loans, bridge financing, and cross-border mandates. The firm is primarily active in the mid-market, but has also seen recent activity in larger mandates. At a junior level, leveraged and real estate finance specialist Bas Zandvliet is the key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Testimonials

Charles Destree and Bas Zandvliet are hands-on, down to earth and easy to deal with.

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.

Intertrus

Lessors of V&D

Agro Merchants Group/Oaktree

Takeaway.com N.V.

MSREF

H2 Private equity

Work highlights

  • Advising a global investment fund on its financing for the acquisition of its public tender offer for VTG.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff's finance team is highly experienced in acquisition financing, working with the firm's M&A, tax, and private equity teams to handle the full life cycle of a transaction and related financing issues. Gianluca Kreuze leads the acquisition and corporate finance team, and is recommended for his structuring of transactions, particularly in leveraged finance, while Kitty Lieverse, who runs the broader department, is more active in the advisory and regulatory space. Kim Koops is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Kitty Lieverse

Key clients

Blackstone

Highbrook Investors

Monarch Alternative Capital

CAPREIT

Marathon Capital Management

Coolblue

PVH Corp.

RNHB (CarVal)

Cerberus

M7

Fortress

Castlelake, LP

Nuveen Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Highbrook Investors on the refinancing of a portfolio of Dutch real estate properties.
  • Acted for Monarch Alternative Capital on the refinancing of its Union Street portfolio, consisting of Dutch real estate properties.
  • Advised Coolblue on the refinancing and financing for the buy out of certain of its founders.

Orange Clover Law

The finance team at transactional boutique Orange Clover Law is often instructed in respect of acquisition financing by the firm's transactional clients, and, as such, the team counts a strong contingent of private equity funds among its client list in addition to several large corporates. Another key area of work for the firm is the refinancing of existing credit facilities, where practice head Kees Hooft is a key point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Kees Hooft

Testimonials

Informal, hands-on approach whilst delivering high-end quality. They also do not copy in the full office without good reason. This makes them quick, efficient and value for money.

Orange Clover are very hands-on, knowledgeable and responsive: efficient and get the deal done.

We worked mainly with Kees Hooft and his speed, quick familiarity with complicated files and in depth knowledge is something you rarely see.

Kees Hooft is an excellent point of contact: once the matter is in his hands, we no longer worry about the process or next steps.

Key clients

Corum Origin

MCB

Plus Holding

Hoogvliet Super

Habufa

Andlinger & Company

Eska

Gilde Buy Out Partners

ABN AMRO Participaties

Triton (PE)

Avedon Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for MCB, a supplier of metals, on its refinancing.
  • Advising Triton on the financing of its acquisition of travel company, Sunweb Group.
  • Assisting Gilde Buy Out Partners with the financing of its acquisition of Kinkelder.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons is strong on cross-border financing work, often acting in collaboration with other elements of the firm's international network, particularly the UK office. The firm is particularly active in the field of real estate financing, spanning all sectors including residential, diverse portfolios, and more niche areas such as logistics hubs. Jan-Joost van RijsbergenFrédérique Jacobse, and Marieke Driessen jointly lead the group.

Practice head(s):

Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen; Marieke Driessen; Frédérique Jacobse

Testimonials

Jan-Joost Van Rijsbergen was hands-on the whole transaction, always full up to speed, which in my experience is not always the case on deals where the heavy lifting is often left to associates. He had excellent market knowledge, a very good way of negotiating and dealing with opposing counsel and gave practical, commercial advice in excellent English. Highly recommend.

Simmons & Simmons are a strong, commercial team very well versed in borrower side lending offering a diverse, well-equipped, hard-working, and proactive team.

Key clients

Strukton

Gilde Equity Management (GEM) Benelux

Macquarie Capital

VEON

Global Net Lease

Boemer

Work highlights

  • Assisted GNL as borrower, through certain of its subsidiaries incorporated as Luxembourg and Delaware SPVs, on a €120m mortgage loan refinancing.
  • Advised 90North on the financing of its acquisition of the Hoofddorp-based headquarters of Asics and Danone.
  • Advised on PBB’s financing for its acquisition of the logistics hub Fresh Park Venlo.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne's finance practice has several strong sector focuses , including healthcare and hospitals, where it is one of the market leaders, leveraged financing, and real estate finance. The firm remains popular with domestic clients, though real estate finance in particular is an area where the firm does act for substantial international clients. Roel Botter is a key contact for public sector financing work and jointly leads the team with property finance specialist Angelique Thiele.

Practice head(s):

Roel Botter; Angelique Thiele

Key clients

Stern Groep N.V.

TransIP

Spuigroep

Aluminium Delfzijl

Ceva Logistics

Norgine

Yandex

Mc Arthur Glen/ Simon Properties

M7

Cording/De Rothschield

Patrizia

OVG/The Edge

Greenoak equityside

Garbe

Gramercy

Westcore

Angelo Gordon

Kildare

Patron/ARC

AEW

Annexum

Meyer Bergman

Cromwell

Certitudo

Work highlights

  • Refinancing of a number of large syndicated property loans on M7’s Dutch and cross-border European light industrial portfolio.
  • Acted for Verbrugge International on the restructuring of its bank financing provided by ING Bank.
  • Advised Stern Group on its refinancing through borrowing base facilities provided by ABN Amro, ING Bank and Rabobank.

BarentsKrans

Based in The Hague, BarentsKrans  has substantially expanded its financial offering over the last year, hiring senior associates Jason Van De Pol and Han Tonino in 2019, from Baker McKenzie and the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets respectively. The team is led by managing partner Michiel Martin, who has experience of a wide range of financing structures. Recent work has included acquisition finance, refinancing, and large cross-border deals, where the firm has provided Dutch law advice to major international firms and their clients.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Martin

Testimonials

BarentsKrans is a very good partner for our company in legal affairs.

Key clients

ASN Bank

Aegon

Bank Indonesia

BNG Bank N.V.

BMW Nederland

Borealis Hotel Group

Dominion Colour Corporation

Ecorus

Gimv

Huisman Equipment

Iederzon

KIKO S.p.A.

King & Spalding

McMillan

MSA Safety, Inc.

MVGM

Quintes Holding

Reco Solar

Rooftop Energy

Sidley Austin LLP

Snowworld

Stichting Wocozon

Trainmore

White & Case

Zwanenberg Food Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Huisman Equipment with the entry into of a €50m surety facility agreement with Liberty Specialty Markets.
  • Advised Kiko on the Dutch law aspects of the reorganisation of its debt under the €100m senior secured notes and the €152m facilities agreement.
  • Assisted MSA Safety with the Dutch law aspects of its $600m financing.

Heussen

The banking and finance team at Heussen is particularly known for financing work related to transactions, including acquisition finance, post-transaction refinancing, and development financing. The firm is also heavily involved in the financial restructuring space, as well as the amendment of existing credit facilities. Additionally, the firm differentiates itself by its close links to the German market, with dual-qualified senior associate Sandy van der Shcaaf heading the firm's German desk. The overall team is headed by Martijn Koot and Tim Schreuders is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martijn Koot

Testimonials

Good team, pretty efficient and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Agnico Eagle Mines

Littelfuse, Inc.

Belden Inc.

Vantage Drilling International

Yamana Gold Inc.

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures

International

Flavors & Fragrances (IFF)

Endeavour Energy

Essity

Work highlights

  • Acted for Agnico Eagles Mines Limited, a Canadian-based gold producer, as Dutch legal counsel on a first amendment of the third amended and restated $1.2bn credit agreement.
  • Advised Yamana Gold Inc., a Canada-based gold producer, on intragroup refinancing concerning the sale of the Gualcamayo mine in Argentina by Yamana Gold Inc. to Mineros.

Linklaters

Linklaters' Amsterdam operation has recently been instructed on several borrower-side mandates including refinancing, development financing, and cross-border work. Practice head Paul Kuipers has a broad base of experience, including leveraged finance, acquisition finance, and syndicated lending matters, while Mees Roelofs is also noted for his expertise in a wide range of finance work. UK-qualified managing associate Mark Warren recently joined the team from the Hamburg office of CMS.

Practice head(s):

Paul Kuipers

Key clients

ABN AMRO

ING

Rabobank

Deutsche Bank

Public Sector Pension Investment Board

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

MUFG Bank (previously Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ)

JP Morgan Chase

Cerberus

Unilever

Work highlights

  • Advised Neptune Property Ventures S.a r.l. on the development financing provided by ABN Amro in the form of a bilateral term-loan facility.

Stek

Stek houses a finance practice which is strong on acquisition and leveraged financing, financing work in the health and energy sectors, and local counsel work for high-profile international law firms and large corporates. Key lawyers include Maarten van der GraafFrans HaakSharon Kaufmann, and Herman Wamelink.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

Stek’s team is great and very commercial. All team members are extremely responsive and helpful always trying to get to the nature of an issue and have it quickly resolved.

People at Stek are result- and quality-oriented, always trying to meet committed deadlines.

Key clients

Egeria

Bencis

Boel

Corendon

Postillion Hotels

Dynniq Group

Molecaten

Work highlights

  • Advising Boels rental company on its financing package consisting of a combination of syndicate lending, European Investment Bank financing and Schuldschein transactions.
  • Acted for Postillion Holdings and its subsidiaries on its finance transaction with ABN Amro and ING as lenders.

Van Benthem & Keulen

The finance team at Van Benthem & Keulen is strong on real estate financing, particularly the financing of portfolio transactions, as well as receiving a strong flow of instructions in the field of acquisition financing. Practice co-head Robin van Driel is also recommended for refinancing and other financial restructuring work, while fellow co-head Frank Richel is more active on the regulatory front.

Practice head(s):

Robin van Driel; Frank Richel

Key clients

Ardagh Group

Metroprop B.V.

Harvey Nash

Emil Frey Nederland (formerly known as PGA Nederland)

Gate Worldwide

Kadans Holding

Ocuco Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising, as Dutch lead counsel, Emil Frey Nederland on its refinancing.
  • Assisting Harvey Nash with a €90m receivables finance facilities agreement.
  • Acting for Ardagh group on the financing (ABL facility and notes) of Trivium Packaging, a Dutch-incorporated joint venture in which Ardagh’s Food & Specialty Metal Packaging business is combined with the business of Exal Corporation, a leading producer of aluminium containers.