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Clients rate Allen & Overy LLP’s department for providing a ‘good experience’ for borrower-side clients on cross-border transactions. It has noted an increase in leveraged financings. Department head Femke Bierman assisted Total Specific Solutions with various issues regarding the refinancing of its existing financing arrangements. Ben Fox and Rob de Kort advised Heerema on the amendment and extension of a 2015 revolving credit facility agreement. Andrew Thomas and Luke Whibley acted for Mondo Minerals on refinancing its debt. The team includes Niels de Ru, Aroen Kuitenbrouwer and senior associate Erik-Jan Wagenvoort.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘leading’ practice ‘always delivers top notch advice’ and is regarded for its ‘in-depth knowledge, experience and hands-on pragmatism’. Co-head Menno Stoffer acted for Bosal Nederland on a €110m financing regarding the client’s transformation process and anticipated sale of its tow bar business. Ferdinand Hengst, who was promoted to partner, advised Philips on a €1bn senior unsecured credit facility agreement. Niek Biegman jointly heads the practice from the firm’s London office. Other clients include NXP Semiconductors, Royal BAM Group and Akzo Nobel.

Clifford Chance’s group is regarded for its ‘good service, responsiveness and knowledge’. Titus de Vries, who heads the wider financial markets department, led advice to NPM Capital on the financing of its acquisition of shares in Deli Home & Garden from Deli Maatschappij. Jelle Hofland acted for Ares and ING on the €330m refinancing of JVH. The team includes Bas Boris Visser, Mark Huddlestone and Folko de Vries, who made partner in 2017.

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘very well-connected and knowledgeable’ multidisciplinary team acts for a broad range of international clients on cross-border transactions. Practice head Kitty Lieverse and Gianluca Kreuze are advising CarVal Investors on various issues regarding its acquisition of portfolio company RNHB Hypotheekbank from Rabobank. Sietske van ‘t Hooft and corporate partner Nelleke Krol assisted Pharming Group with various transactions, including a new $100m finance agreement regarding the amortisation of convertible bonds and the refinancing of an existing senior debt facility. The team includes senior associates Kim Koops and Sabine Schoute.

The ‘terrific’, ‘very responsive’ group at NautaDutilh has strong English and Dutch law capabilities. David Viёtor led advice to private healthcare company Bergman Clinics on a €140m financing with ICG as the arranger. Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, who is based in New York, led advice to Playa Hotels & Resorts on the Dutch aspects regarding the refinancing of its €630m credit agreement. The group, which is headed by Arjan Pors, includes Walter Schellekens.

Stek’s ‘very responsive’ practice often handles mid-market corporate lending and acquisition financings. Highlights included advising Transdev on its refinancing transaction with ING and BNG, as well as various financing issues. The team includes Maarten van der Graaf, Sharon Kaufmann, who made partner in 2017, and Jeroen Timmermans. Clients also recommend ‘dependable leveraged finance lawyersFrans Haak and Herman Wamelink.

The ‘loyal, hands-on’ team at Stibbe often acts for domestic and international corporate clients on acquisition finance, corporate lending and project finance matters. Co-head Maarten de Bruin led advice to Q-Park and KKR on all financing arrangements regarding KKR’s over €2.9bn acquisition of all of Q-Park’s outstanding share capital. Rein van Helden jointly heads the team, which includes Jaap Willeumier and the ‘reliable’, ‘hardworking’ Robert Steeg.

AKD’s ‘very thorough’, ‘quick’ department often handles cross-border acquisition finance matters across jurisdictions that include Germany and the US. Department head Vincent Bettonville acts for Benson Elliot Capital Management on various finance matters. The team includes Erwin Rademakers and Jasper Verhoog, who has been promoted to partner.

Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’, ‘deal-oriented’ practice is rated for its ‘international network, which is helpful in facilitating cross-border financing transactions’ and recently advised Dutch coal trader Enerco on a €20m term loan facility and $80m borrowing base facility provided by Rabobank. ‘Focused’ counsel Fedor Tanke acted as drafting counsel for APM Holdings and IES Immobilien-Projektentwicklung on a €180m senior financing for a landmark construction project in Amsterdam. Philippe Steffens heads the practice. Marcel Janssen joined Dentons Boekel.

DLA Piper’s ‘efficient’ team has experience in acquisition financings, especially for private equity clients. Group head Lex Oosterling led advice to Royal A-ware on the cross-border refinancing of a number of subsidiaries. Gerard Kneppers is a name to note. Max Mayer was a new arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.’s practice is often instructed on cross-border acquisition financings, including corporate lending and real estate financing. Practice head Matthijs Bolkenstein and corporate partner Tom van Wijngaarden advised Aurelius Group on the Dutch aspects of the financing of its acquisition of Office Depot. The team includes associate Lucas Lustermans.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s team often handles acquisition finance and corporate finance for international clients across a broad range of sectors, including real estate and insurance. Group head Thijs Flokstra led advice to Talpa on the financing aspects of its acquisition of a 67% stake in SBS Broadcasting from Sanoma. On the corporate lending side, senior associate Ivo van Dijk advised Wereldhave on the refinancing of its €300m syndicated revolving credit facility. The team also includes Mandeep Lotay. Max Mayer is now with DLA Piper.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team is known to ‘deliver seamless service’ across a broad range of financing matters, including corporate lending. ‘Pleasant’ co-head Wouter Jongen is advising Terberg Ros Roca Group on the syndicated financing of its acquisition of Ros Roca Environment, including subsequent corporate restructuring matters. The team is also led by Robert Masman, who specialises in real estate finance transactions.

Houthoff’s practice has considerable experience in handling financing transactions for clients in a wide range of sectors, including real estate and infrastructure. Jessica Terpstra advised JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital on the $800m financing of its acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ Standard Products business. The practice is headed by the well-regarded Loet Venrooy.

Lexence’s ‘flexible’ practice provides ‘high-quality advice’ on financing transactions and regulatory matters. ‘Sensible’ practice head Charles Destrée ‘gets the job done’. Clients include Gencap Partners, Modern Dental Group and Waterland Private Equity.

Linklaters’ team has seen an increase in structured finance matters. Managing associate Andrei Babiy advised PSP Investments and BC Partners on financing issues regarding the acquisition of a majority stake in Keter. The team, which is headed by Paul Kuipers, includes Mees Roelofs.

The ‘very good’, ‘proactive’ group at Orange Clover Law has experience in major finance transactions for domestic and multinational clients. Plus Holding, Granenergia and Gilde Buy Out Partners are among its client base. The well-regarded Kees Hooft leads the group.

At Simmons & Simmons LLP, the banking and finance team is known for its ‘high level of service, solution-driven approach and strong negotiation skills’. It was bolstered by the recent arrivals of real estate finance expert Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen from Clifford Chance, counsel Frédérique Jacobse from Allen & Overy LLP and Minke Hoekstra as of counsel from Shell Asset Management. Marieke Driessen leads the team.

Highly rated for being ‘focused problem-solvers’, Van Doorne’s practice has particular strength in healthcare and real estate financing, and handles corporate lending transactions for private equity firms. Stefan van Rossum acted for Stern Groep on the refinancing of its credit facilities. Roel Botter and the well-regarded Angelique Thiele jointly head the practice.

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