Investment funds in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP is praised for its ‘pragmatic and firm approach in negotiations’. Ellen Cramer-de Jong is assisting JP Morgan with the outsourcing of fund middle and back office by Robeco to the client, which included advice on the Dutch and Luxembourg elements of the matter. She also advised Life Sciences Partners on structuring and establishing two funds. Godfried Kinnegim and senior associate Leonie Kraakman are other names to note. Jochem Kin joined Vanoman Tax Lawyers and Gisela Wolf is now legal counsel at LSP.
At Houthoff, practice head Oscar van Angeren and counsel Daan Horsthuis have 'a deep knowledge of investment management agreements (IMAs) and all relevant regulation as it relates to IMAs' and provide advice that is 'always useful and to the point'. Recent highlights include advising Man Group on numerous regulatory and structuring matters. Dutch pension funds PFZW and PGGM are also clients. The group also acts for fund managers and large insurers.
Loyens & Loeff's team has, according to one client, ‘an excellent level of expertise, better connections with local tax and financial markets authorities than many others' and is 'very experienced and up-to-date on international and cross-border issues'. Marco De Lignie leads the group. Mark Van Dam, recently promoted partner Michiel Beudeker and senior associate Vilmar Feenstra are also noted.
The ‘knowledgeable and pro-active’ team at NautaDutilh is led by group head Larissa Silverentand. The team advised three Dutch institutional investors and CBRE Global Investors on the re-capitalisation and take over of a Dutch retail property fund managed by IEF Capita, valued at €1bn. It also assisted CarVal Investors with its Dutch subsidiary RNHB’s application for a licence as offeror of mortgage credit. Frans van der Eerden is a key name. Jorik Reijmer, former senior associate with the firm, departed to Uber.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s practice has strong cross-border capabilities. The team is acting as counsel to Avedon Capital Partners on its registration as a European Venture Capital fund structure and setting up its third growth capital PE fund. It also acts for Lone Star on various investment structures involving the Netherlands, including its investment in one of the major Polish property investment companies, GTC Real Estate. Kees Groffen, Bernard Spoor, René Maatman and Wiebe Dijkstra are the key names.
Jeroen Smits , Paul Quist , Rogier Raas are at the helm at Stibbe. The group advises Blackstone on real estate matters, relating to regulatory, tax and financing aspects concerning the structuring of its funds; it is also advising the same client on Brexit planning. Johan Vrolijk was promoted to counsel and Vincent van Kampen to senior associate. Senior associate Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen is another key name.
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Jones Day’s investment funds team is led by Ate Veenstra and Quirine Eenhorst, who joined the firm in early 2018 from Clifford Chance. Highlights included advising on the second closing of FMO Climate One Fund, a €1.5bn infrastructure investment fund suite aimed at developing, constructing and re-financing sustainable energy infrastructure projects in Africa.
The team at Simmons & Simmons advises a number of hedge funds and banks, including ABN Amro and Allianz, on the financing of the acquisition by Amundi and Koramco of the Atrium office building in Amsterdam. The team is led by René van Eldonk and Leo Verhoeff. Minke Hoekstra and Joyce Kerkvliet, formerly senior associates with the firm, departed to De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and the Dutch financial regulator, respectively.
Finnius' team provides advice that is ‘quick, to the point and cost effective’. Group head Rosemarijn Labeur, who has 'in-depth knowledge of AIFMD, MIFID II and UCITS', assisted Momentum Capital and Hanzevast Capital with a variety of regulatory matters. Senior associate Maurice Van Oosten was a new arrival from AKD. Senior associate Tim de Wit is also noted.