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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.

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