Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory in Netherlands
NautaDutilh’s team has 'a good relationship with the regulator and access to all levels' and is 'proactive and provides solutions before issues become problems'. Frans Van Der Eerden assisted Rabobank with the set-up of its mortgage loan platform Vista Hypotheken. Group head Larissa Silverentand assisted Van Lanschot spin-off Captin, a securities trading platform, with its application for a Multilateral Trading Facility licence. Senior associate Juliët de Graaf joined in July 2018 from DLA Piper. Of counsel Pim Rank and senior associate Roderick Watson are also recommended. Jorik Reijmer is now in-house with Uber.
Stibbe’s regulatory team is helping clients navigate the shift in supervision from national to EU oversight, and the range of directives from the regulators. Group head Rogier Raas is representing ING in all cases arising from allegations of mis-selling interest rate swaps to SMEs. Senior associates Roderik Vrolijk and Soeradj Ramsanjhal are other names to note.
Allen & Overy LLP
At Allen & Overy LLP, the team has a ‘strategic’ approach and is a popular choice for a range of regulatory matters Ellen Cramer-de Jong advised Manulife on the regulatory, sanctions and pension law rules that apply to its first-ever asset management mandate in the Netherlands. The group is headed by Gerard Kastelein and also includes counsel Bas Jennen and Brechje van der Velden.
Baker McKenzie’s team is able to leverage its global network to advise corporates and financial institutions on a broad spectrum of financial regulatory matters, including fintech, Brexit planning, regulations related to alternative investment funds, investment services and payment services. The team is headed by the well-regarded Corinne Schot; she advised Invesco and one other on the real estate investment trust financing of the Amstelkwartier building in Amsterdam.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek fields a 'strong' and 'high-quality' team that has 'up-to-date knowledge, easily bridging into neighbouring topics'. Group head Mariken van Loopik, who 'can think contrary to the mainstream thinkers' and is 'a solution-oriented, excellent professional', worked with Niek Biegeman as lead counsel to Vivat on its subordinated notes issuance, valued at $575m.
Finnius’ team has core strengths advising on EU regulatory issues and enforcement matters. Bart Bierman is advising the new Dutch merger bank InsingerGilissen on its implementation of MiFIDII. Casper Riekerk frequently works with Interchange. Senior associate Maurice van Oosten and associate Eleonore Sijmons were new arrivals in 2018 from AKD and the Dutch Central Bank, respectively. Pien Kerckhaert was promoted to counsel.
Loyens & Loeff has considerable experience acting for investment funds. In one recent highlight, 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; Lieverse is 'very knowledgeable and experienced in advising on regulatory implications and dares to think out of the box bearing in mind both the regulatory requirements as well as the client's preferences'. In other work, the ‘experienced, hands-on’ Martijn Schoonewille is assisting Stichting Continuïteit Delta Lloyd with 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 and European Central Bank. Of counsel Bart Joosen is also recommended. Other clients include pension funds and insurers.
Simmons & Simmons’s team has been very active in matters regarding Brexit planning, MiFID II implementation and cross-border work. ‘Knowledgeable’ group head Rezah Stegeman is assisting numerous clients, including ING Bank, with the implementation of MiFID II rules. Pieter van Uchelen advised Aegon on the acquisition of Robidus from Avedon Capital Partners; Robidus is an income protection service provider in the Netherlands. Counsel Joyce Kerkvliet was a new arrial from AFM, the Dutch financial markets regulator.
At Clifford Chance, practice head Jurgen Van Der Meer advised LeasePlan on impact and implementation issues concerning MiFIDII and capital markets disclosure compliance issues. The team also includes senior counsel Marian Scheele, Frank Graaf and Bas Boris Visser. Other clients include private equity houses, corporates and Dutch and international banks.
Dentons welcomed the arrival of Marcel Janssen and his team of four lawyers from Baker McKenzie in October 2017. Janssen and fellow practice head Jeroen den Hamer advised global private equity firm KKR on its acquisition of Unilever’s spreads business, and the €1.05bn bond issuance for the business.
Hart advocaten N.V.
Clients appreciate the ‘combination of judicial knowledge with practical advice’ at Hart advocaten N.V.. The practice is jointly headed by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Marieke Heltzel and founding partner Frank ‘t Hart and acts for clients including major banks, insurance companies and investment firms.
The ‘knowledgeable and professional’ team at Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its 'excellent experience and relationships with the Dutch regulators' and the 'firm's global coverage is incredibly helpful when dealing with operations in various jurisdictions'. Floortje Nagelkerke leads the team which is best known for assisting corporate clients and international financial institutions with matters involving Dutch regulators.
Orange Clover Law
Boutique firm Orange Clover Law is a popular choice for multinational companies for Dutch regulatory matters. In one example of this, practice head Alex Gonzalez is advising Radix, a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm, on setting up a trading firm in the Netherlands. Other clients include the New York Stock Exchange, which the team is assisting with the implementation of the Benchmark Regulation.
Van Benthem & Keulen
Van Benthem & Keulen's banking and finance department was established in 2009 and provides ‘tailor-made advice’. Its regulatory work is led by ‘no-nonsense, goal-oriented’ Frank Richel and senior associate Danielle Martens. The pair are assisting Oikocredit Ecumenical Development Co-operative Society with the prospectus for its ongoing issuance of depositary receipts.
Van Doorne’s fields a team of 'go-to lawyers for the Dutch fintech market' and also has a track record advising on market access, ongoing regulatory obligations and regulatory enforcement matters. Friso Foppes assisted Stichting Pensioenfonds with effecting a collective transfer of pension entitlements to the pension fund PGB, valued at €550m. The ‘dedicated’ Arno Voerman leads the team.