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Allen & Overy LLP counts Delta Lloyd and Anterra Capital among its clients. Together with tax partner Godfried Kinnegim, ‘very pragmatic’, ‘service-minded’ group head Ellen Cramer-de Jong assisted a global financial conglomerate with establishing Arise, an investment platform based largely in Africa. Senior associate Gisela Wolf is ‘clear, focused’ and ‘very knowledgeable’.

Highlights for Clifford Chance’s ‘well-organised, well-connected’ department included acting for FMO on the first closing of the €1.5bn FMO Climate One Fund. Other clients include Waterland Private Equity Investment and DIF Management. Counsel Robert Smits is recommended. Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra and Quirine Eenhorst joined Jones Day in February 2018.

With strong cross-border capabilities and ‘superb industry knowledge’, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice is ‘outstanding’. The ‘superb’ Kees Groffen, who has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge and connections’, ‘never errs on complex matters’; he assisted Avedon Capital Partners with setting up its third growth capital private equity fund. Tax expert Wiebe Dijkstra is also recommended.

The ‘absolutely top-notch’ team at Houthoff acts for fund managers, institutional investors and large insurers. ‘Outstandingly knowledgeable, impressively commerical’ group head Oscar van Angerenalways achieves the best possible outcome’; he advised ABP on its relationship with APG. Man Group and Candriam Asset Management are also clients. Counsel Daan Horsthuis is noted for his regulatory knowledge.

Loyens & Loeff’s ‘top-level’ practice is well known for its superlative tax and multi-jurisdictional capabilities. Group head Marco de Lignie acted for Avedon Capital Partners on establishing its third growth capital private equity fund. Mark van Dam advised DIF Management on the formation of DIF Infrastructure V. Senior associate Vilmar Feenstra is also recommended.

The ‘highly credible’ team at NautaDutilh has ‘very good legal and business knowledge’, and counts ASR Vastgoed Vermogensbeheer, AG Real Estate and ABN Amro among its clients. ‘Efficient’, ‘extremely practical’ group head Larissa Silverentand is ‘easy to work with’, ‘knows the market well’ and is ‘a fast thinker with a nice personality’.

With excellent transactional and regulatory capabilities, Stibbe’s department counts HgCapital, Baillie Gifford and Pimco among its recent client wins. Paul Quist, Rogier Raas and Jeroen Smits are advising Blackstone on the structuring of its investment funds, and on AIFMD matters. Michael Molenaars and senior associate Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen are also recommended.

Corporate, tax and fund structuring boutique Van Campen Liem is well known for its excellent cross-border work, most notably involving Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe. Marc van Campen, Marcello Distaso and the New York-qualified Liza Mamtani and Thomas Mitchell are recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘outstandingly knowledgeable’ practice is led jointly by Victor de Vlaam and Maarten Schellingerhout, who is UK- and Netherlands-qualified. Both partners acted for Macquarie Infrastructure Management (Asia) on the corporate, fund regulatory and AIFMD compliance aspects of its tender offer for a third of the shares in Energy Development.

Reinout Slot leads the team at CMS, which often handles cross-border mandates. Slot acted for the manager of Investment Funds for Health in Africa (IFHA) on the closing of IFHA-II, entailing an increase in committed capital to $150m. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is another client.

Financial regulatory boutique Finnius provides ‘to-the-point, comprehensible advice’, and is noted for its strength in ‘assessing the regulator’s approach and likely responses’. Group head Rosemarijn Labeur assisted SilverCross Investment Management with its AIFMD licence application. ‘Solid, knowledgeable’ senior associate Tim de Wit is ‘fun to work with’.

Tax expert Remco Smorenburg heads Norton Rose Fulbright’s department, with support from financial regulatory specialist Floortje Nagelkerke. Both partners acted for the developers of the Westermeerwind project on structuring and establishing the Westermeerwind Renewable Fund, and advised the fund on AIFMD matters. Lyxor Asset Management is another client.

Sophisticated, impressive’ boutique Orange Clover Law fields a ‘commercial, pragmatic’ team of ‘seasoned experts’. ‘Outstanding regulatory lawyer’ Alex Gonzalez heads the practice; clients include Legal & General Investment Management and Credit Suisse. The ‘very bright, devoted’ Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen joined from Linklaters in June 2017. Corporate expert Machiel Galjaart is ‘client-oriented and solution-focused’.

Hedge funds and pension funds are a particular strength of Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘smart, committed’ team. Tax expert and group head René van Eldonk assisted Candlewood Group with structuring several of its investment funds. Counsel Minke Hoekstra joined from in-house at Shell Asset Management in September 2017.

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