Banking and finance: Borrower side in Netherlands

Allen & Overy

Led by Niels de Ru, the team at Allen & Overy LLP leverages its strong, integrated Dutch and English banking capabilities. Andrew Thomas is advising 3i as sponsor and Action Holding as borrower on the fifth recapitalisation of the Action Group. Femke Bierman is assisting Heijmans with a syndicated revolving credit facility to be used for general corporate purposes. Aroen Kuitenbrouwer is also recommended. Ben Fox is now with Jones Day.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice is led by co-heads Niek Biegman and Menno Stoffer, and has recently grown its Dutch corporate client base. Biegman advised AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group on a series of credit facilities valued at $650m and Stoffer assisted Nederlandse Gasunie with the issuance of €300m medium-term notes, as part of its wider European mid-term note programme. Ferdinand Hengst is also recommended.

Houthoff

Houthoff’s practice is a popular choice for Dutch clients active in a wide range of sectors. Jessica Terpstra advised on the $6bn financing of the merger of CB&I and McDermott. She also assisted Nexperia with refinancing its $800m acquisition financing facility. The practice is headed by the well-regarded Loet Venrooy.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh's ‘responsive’ team is well known for its English and Dutch law capabilities. Walter Schellekens acted for the sponsors of a $1bn reserves-based lending facility for the exploration and exploitation of major oil fields in Nigeria on setting up a Dutch SPV to act as borrower under the facility. Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, who is based in New York, leads advice to McDermott International on the financing of its acquisition of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company's entire business in an all-stock transaction , valued at $6bn. The group, which is headed by Arjan Pors, includes David Viëtor, who counts Apax partners as a client. Willem Keukens was promoted to counsel in April 2018.

Stibbe

Stibbe's ‘trustworthy and efficient’ team frequently acts for domestic and global corporate clients on a range of financing mandates. Co-head Maarten de Bruin advised Dossche Mills on the financing of the acquisition of Meneba from Dutch private equity firm Nimbus. Fellow practice head  Rein van Helden is acting for Advent International on the financing of its acquisition of General Electric‘s distributed power business. Recent promotions include Robert Steeg to counsel and Suzanne van Boheemen to senior associate. Joannes de Bont has left for Bond Advocaten.

AKD

AKD’s department, which is headed by Vincent Bentonville and managing partner Erwin Rademakers, has considerable experience handling cross-border acquisition financing. Jasper Verhoog is another name to note. Cathelijn Frederiks joined the team as counsel in September 2017 from NautaDutilh.

Clifford Chance

The ‘committed and efficient’ team at Clifford Chance is led by Titus de Vries. He advised The Student Hotel on a financing package linked to achieving environmental sustainability, or ‘green financing’. The well-regarded Mark Huddlestone assisted Varo Energy with the refinancing of existing credit facilities valued at over $1.7bn. In other work, Angela McEwan advised OHI Finance on an €87m facility agreement. Jelle Hofland is another name to note.

CMS

The team at CMS assisted Delin Capital Asset Management with its sale of a share and real estate portfolio valued at  €200m to Blackstone affiliates. Led by Eduard Scheenstra, the team is advising Oaktree Capital Management on its investment in Kadans, a property investor and developer. Senior associates Jesler Hartman Kok joined Jan Joris van Kampen from NautaDutilh in June 2017 and March 2018, respectively.

Dentons

Dentons strengthened its capabilities by hiring Marcel Janssen and a team of four associates from Baker McKenzie  in October 2017. Practice co-head Janssen and Eugenie Nunes advised KKR on its approximately €6.8bn financing to acquire the spreads business of Unilvever. Fellow practice head Jeroen den Hamer is assisting Aroundtown with its €56m financing of four properties for one of its portfolios. Senior associate Jack Schrijver is another name to note in the 'committed' team.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team is a popular choice for acquisition finance and corporate finance, where it acts for clients from a range of sectors. Group head Mandeep Lotay advised Goldman Sachs on the amendment, restatement and repricing of the acquisition financing facilities for the leveraged buy-out of Continental Bakeries. Shawn der Kinderen is assisting CVC Capital Partners with its acquisition of TMF, a business services firm. Thijs Flokstra and Lotay jointly lead the team. Ivo van Dijk and Tim Elkerbout are also noted.

Lexence

At Lexence, practice head Charles Destrée is acting for Agro Merchants Group on the multi-layered global refinancing of its senior credit facilities. Clients include major private equity firms. The group also handles regulatory matters.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff fields a ‘responsive and collaborative’ team that has notable experience in cross-border transactions. ‘Out of the box thinker’ Gianluca Kreuze and Martijn Schoonewille assisted PAI Partners with its public offer, together with British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, for all listed shares in Refresco Group. Practice head Kitty Lieverse led the advice to Carval and its portfolio company RNHB on the acquisition of the entire Roparco mortgage loan business unit of Rabobank. ‘Commercially strong’ senior associate Kim KoopsSietske van ‘t Hooft and senior associate Sabine Schoute are also recommended.

Simmons & Simmons

At Simmons & Simmons, the team handles mandates for large international banking clients that frequently include cross-border elements. Key names include Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen, Marieke Driessen and counsel Frédérique Jacobse. The firm advised Strukton and Sacyr on their bid to build the Hague to Rotterdam motorway. Dirk-Jan Gerrits and Vincent Engel were promoted to supervising and senior associate, respectively.

Stek

Stek fields a ‘great’ and ‘very commercial’ team, which is best known for its work on mid-market corporate lending and acquisition financings. Recent highlights include advising Standard Investment on the financing of its acquisition of Riedel from dairy company Friesland Campina, and acting for Boels, a rental company, on its growth refinancing of €2.8m. The ‘excellentMaarten van der Graaf, Herman Wamelink, Frans Haak and Sharon Kaufmann lead the practice.

Van Doorne

Highly rated for being ‘hands-on and practical’, Van Doorne’s practice has particular strength in healthcare and real estate financing, and handles corporate lending transactions for private equity firms. Co-head Angelique Thiele advised Cromwell Property Group on its financing of commercial property linked to the initial public offering of its real estate investment fund. Fellow co-lead Roel Botter assisted Vrije Universiteit with its €140m financing by the European Investment Bank and BNG Bank for its campus development project. Stefan van Rossum is also noted.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s practice is recommended for its cross-border financial transaction work. Counsel Fedor L Tanke and Philippe Steffens lead the team. Martijn van der Vliet was recently promoted to legal director.

DLA Piper

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

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.'s practice is known for its sector expertise in renewable energy and real estate, with work in the latter steadily increasing in the last year. Practice heads Matthijs Bolkenstein  and recently promoted partner Lucas Lustermans advised Alfanar Co on the financing of a solar plant in Egypt and handled a similar project, also in Egypt, for Scatec. Wouter Folkers, formerly a senior associate with the firm, is now with Dutch development bank FMO.

Heussen

Heussen has steadily grown its banking and finance practice in recent years advising on numerous cross-border transactions. Led by Martijn Koot, the practice assisted Agnico Eagles Mines Limited, a Canadian-based gold producer, as Dutch legal counsel with a third amendment and restatement of a $1.2bn credit agreement. Senior associate Sandy van der Shcaaf and Tim Schreuders make up the team.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Wouter Jongen and Robert Masman head up the borrower side practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which has particular expertise in unitranche debt. The team has worked extensively with private equity client Egeria, including handling the refinancing of three of its portfolio companies; Jongen led the advice. In other work, Masman assisted Struik Foods with arranging its club financing. Senior associate Carola Houpst and associate Siddharth Saxena  joined from NautaDutilh and Allen & Overy's Singapore office respectively.

Linklaters

Linklaters has particular expertise in general corporate financing, acquisition financing and leveraged buy-outs, real estate financing, and loan workouts. Practice head Paul Kuipers and Mees Roelofs are key names.

Orange Clover Law

Highlights for Orange Clover Law's team included advising Hoogvliet Supermarkets on its €100m refinancing. Kees Hooft and senior partner Alex Gonzalez lead the group.

Van Benthem & Keulen

Van Benthem & Keulen has been operating a banking and finance practice for nearly a decade, and acts for established banking and finance clients comprising large European and domestic banks and corporates. Robin van Driel is lead counsel to Metroprop B.V. on multiple real estate portfolio transactions, advising on a combined €69.4m of financing. Frank Richel is group head of banking and finance at the firm.