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Karine Kodde heads Allen & Overy LLP’s team jointly with public M&A expert Annelies van der Pauw. Kodde acted for NPM Capital on its €1.2bn sale of Vanderlande to Toyota Industries. Other clients include Bencis Capital Partners, Parcom Capital and Egeria. Senior associate Jasper de Jong is also noted.

Clifford Chance’s practice acts for private equity (PE) firms and banks as well as corporates selling to PE houses. Thijs Alexander, who co-heads the group with Gregory Crookes, advised KKR Infrastructure on its over €2.9bn purchase of Q-Park. Jeroen Thijssen and Hans Beerlage are also recommended.

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek counts Gilde Buy Out Partners and Parcom Capital as clients. The ‘very sharp, creative’ Arne Grimme advised the shareholders of Q-Park on their over €2.9bn sale of the company to KKR Infrastructure. Klaas de Vries and Lennard Keijzer co-head the department.

Excellent in all respects’, Houthoff’s ‘responsive, flexible’ department has ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘an understanding of potential political difficulties and sensitivities’. Michiel Pannekoek and the ‘very knowledgeable, very clearBram Caudri advised JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital on their approximately $2.7bn acquisition of NXP Semiconductors’ standard products business unit.

Loyens & Loeff’s department is recommended for ‘complicated transactions’; it is led jointly by Harmen Holtrop and Herman Kaemingk, who specialises in leveraged and management buyouts. Bas Vletter assisted TowerBrook Capital Partners with its €300m purchase of a majority stake in Van Dijk Educatie.

Based across Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the team at NautaDutilh counts Charterhouse Capital Partners, Bain Capital and NPM Capital among its clients. Group head Joost den Engelsman acted for PZEM on its €488m sale of Delta Retail to EQT Infrastructure. Lieke van der Velden is also recommended.

Stibbeprovides great service’, and frequently acts on large cross-border matters. Group head Björn van der Klip advised Bain Capital on its purchase of Consolis, and the London-based Hans Witteveen assisted Blackstone with its sale of DoubleTree by Hilton to Anbang Group for approximately €340m. Duco de Boer is another name to note.

The UK- and Netherlands-qualified Shawn der Kinderen heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s department; his clients include PGGM Infrastructure Fund. Dirk-Jan Smit advised Warburg Pincus on its purchase of a 35% stake in Avaloq; Alexander Doorman is also recommended. Hanneke Rothbarth made partner in May 2017.

Praised for its ‘good understanding of clients’ objectives’, Jones Day’s department is led by Floris Pierik, who made partner in January 2017. Pierik advised Aurelius Equity Opportunities on its sale of Getronics to Bottega. ‘Very skilled’ senior associate Bastiaan Kout ‘always keeps his calm’; Mike Jansen is also recommended.

As well as advising longstanding PE players, Linklaters’ department helps establish new PE funds, and assists them with investments. Guido Portier and Jan Willem de Boer advised DP World on creating a $4bn investment vehicle with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and has been handling its transactions. Pieter Riemer leads the team.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘holistic’ and ‘creative’ practice is led by Leo Verhoeff, who ‘brilliantly combines empathy, proactivity and experience’. The ‘open, honest’ Pieter van Uchelen advised Nimbus on its purchase of Holland Herstel Group.

The ‘knowledgeable, service-oriented’ practice at Stek delivers ‘high-quality work within tight timeframes’; AAC Capital Partners, Maas Capital and Paragon Partners are recent client wins. Eelco Bijkerk is ‘very responsive and accurate’; Dierik Cras is ‘extremely dedicated and solution-focused’. Maarten van der Graaf and Reijnoud Homveld are also recommended.

The team at AKD is led by Nathalie van Woerkom, who acted for De Hoge Dennen Capital PE on the sale of Temployment Participaties to Pay For People. François Koppenol is also recommended. Financial institutions expert Lennart Crain joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2017.

Casper Banz is the name to note at Baker McKenzie; he acted for Ergon Capital Partners III on its €150m acquisition of Keesing Media Group from Telegraaf Media Group. Other clients include HB Capital and Alteri Partners.

DLA Piper’s ‘quick, service-minded’ department is led jointly by Daphne Bens and Casper Hamersma; Bens advised Avedon Capital Partners on its purchase of an 80% stake in WCC Group. Other clients include Rabo Investments. Barbara van Hussen left the firm.

The ‘likeable, pragmatic’ Dennis de Breij is the key contact at ‘proactive’ mid-market corporate boutique deBreij. The ‘solution-oriented’ Joris Boon advised Karmijn Kapitaal on its investment in Five Degrees. Wytse Huidekoper ‘gets deals done’; Laura Overes and Gaston Freijser are also recommended.

Lexence’s ‘swift, dependable’ team has ‘excellent knowledge’, provides ‘targeted advice’ and is ‘always willing to go the extra mile’. Luc Habets, who heads the practice jointly with Michiel van Schooten, acted for Waterland Private Equity on its purchase of a co-controlling stake in Nuts Groep.

Frequently acting for sponsors and management, Van Doorne’s ‘very knowledgeable’ practice counts real estate, healthcare, TMT and food and retail as sector strengths. Group head Onno Boerstra advised Alpha Private Equity and Alpinvest on their sale of Eyes MidCo to 3i. Jeroen Sombezki is also recommended.

Harry Rek leads BarentsKrans’ team, often advising foreign PE firms on their Dutch investments. Michiel Martin advised Hot ITem on the sale of most of its shares to De Hoge Dennen Capital. The ‘practical, proactiveRhamsey Croes made partner in January 2017; civil law notary Robert-Jan Zwaan is also recommended.

PE boutique Ingen Housz counts HB Capital, Thuja Capital and Capital Mills among its clients, and is noted for its high deal volume. Venture capital specialist Matthijs Ingen-Housz is the name to note.

The ‘seasoned experts’ at ‘impressive, high-end’ corporate and finance boutique Orange Clover Law are ‘commercial and pragmatic’. ‘Tough, pragmatic’ group head Pien van Veersen advised Gilde Buy Out Partners and Nordic Mezzanine Fund on their sale of Novagraaf Group to Paragon Partners. Machiel Galjaart, Mark Loefs and Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen are also recommended.

Transactional boutique Biesheuvel Jansen advocaten is ‘fast, judicious and always accurate’. The ‘widely knowledgeable’ Quirijn Biesheuvel is ‘a strong negotiator, and fun to work with’; he advised Emendo Capital on its purchase of an 80% stake in Seed Processing Holland. Rutger Jansen and Inge Timmerman are ‘sharp, dedicated and experienced’.

Advent International, Karmijn Kapitaal and Aurelius are among CMS’ clients. Department head Roman Tarlavski acted for Oaktree Capital Management on its investment in Kadans, and assisted GR8 Investments with its purchase of Autogrill Nederland.

Agribusiness, energy, infrastructure and technology are sectors of expertise for Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice. Saskia Blokland, who heads the group, advised Aurora AO&G on a €23m investment in the company by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures. Other clients include Anterra Capital and Denham Capital.

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    - AKD

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