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The ‘deeply knowledgeable’ team at Allen & Overy LLP has ‘good business sense’. Group head Werner Runge advised lenders including Rabobank and ING on the financing of the 100MW Krammer Wind Park. ‘Strong negotiator’ Zeeger de Jongh is ‘one of the most experienced projects lawyers in the Netherlands’; counsel Marinus Winters is a regulatory expert.

Clifford Chance acts on a wide range of infrastructure and construction projects; in the energy space, wind farms are a particular strength. Hein Tonnaer assisted project sponsors including Siemens and Northland Power with the €2.1bn financing of the Gemini Wind Farm. Group head Jaap Koster and counsels Nanette Rutgers and Liesbeth Buiter are also recommended.

Banking and finance expert Wouter Hertzberger and ‘outstanding’ projects specialist Daphne Broerse jointly head Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘deeply knowledgeable, market-leading’ practice. Both partners advised the lenders to Boskalis and VolkerWessels on the financing of the €1bn Afsluitdijk project. Of counsel Joris Ravelli and senior associate Ania Gorna are recommended banking experts.

Noted for its ‘outstanding legal expertise’, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department is ‘superbly responsive’. Menno Stoffer, who heads the practice jointly with Bommel van der Bend, assisted BAM with refinancing several of its PPP projects, including the N33 motorway and the Supreme Court building.

The ‘very experienced’, ‘service-oriented’ team at real estate and projects boutique HabrakenRutten has ‘deep industry knowledge’. The ‘open-minded’ Peter Habraken and ‘great talent’ Henk Raven, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’, advised BAM, VolkerWessels and Dutch Investment Fund on the financing of the €800m IJmond Sea Lock.

Active on a wide range of projects, including infrastructure and renewable energy, Linklaters’ department is headed by banking and finance expert Paul Kuipers. BNG is a client. Managing associate Joris Ravelli left to join Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2017.

NautaDutilh’s practice, which has ‘very good industry knowledge’ and is based across Amsterdam and Rotterdam, is led by David van Ee; its activity is mostly lender-side. ‘A market leader in procurement law’, van Ee advised various lenders on the financing of the €921m Afsluitdijk project. Jaco Belder is frequently active in the space.

Known mostly for advising the Dutch state, the team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is frequently seen on the nation’s most high-profile PPP projects. Group head Mark Birnage and senior associate Elisa Palm acted for the Dutch state on the €1bn Blankenburgverbinding road project. Maarten van Rijn is also recommended.

The ‘extensively knowledgeable’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP has ‘outstanding strength in depth’. Andrea Chao is ‘a standout managing associate’ and ‘a likeable, convincing negotiator’ who ‘pursues clients’ interests unrelentingly’; she and Luc Cohen assisted RE-N Produktion and RE-N Technology with financing the Zitta Biogas plants. The ‘proactive, highly knowledgeable’ Marieke Driessen leads the practice.

Highly active in infrastructure, real estate and renewable energy, Stibbe’s ‘fast-thinking’, ‘consistently thorough’ practice is ‘highly experienced in all aspects of PPPs’, including contentious work. The ‘very charismatic, encyclopaedically knowledgeableDavid Orobio de Castro and the ‘very approachable, business-oriented’ Ingmar de Groot advised lenders including Strukton and Sacyr on the €1bn A16 Rotterdam project.

The ‘very bright, creative’ team at AKDreally adds value’. ‘Down-to-earth, inventive’ practice head Marc Wintgens is ‘an outstanding negotiator’ and ‘a real thought-leader’; he advised Erasmus Medical Centre on the renovation and new construction of the Eread Building and the Sophia Hospital. Taco de Lange and Jelle Otten are also recommended.

Jessica Terpstra heads the team at Houthoff, which acts for lenders and sponsors. Loet Venrooy acted for 15 banks, including BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole and HSBC, on amendments and updates to their $4.4bn loan to Oyu Tolgoi. Other clients include VolkerWessels and Boskalis.

Van Doorne’s practice, which is co-headed by Angelique Thiele and Mark Moolhuizen, is especially active in commercial real estate and healthcare projects; clients include McArthurGlen, Deutsche Hypothekenbank and Tergooi Hospital. The team is also active in the energy sector: Stefan van Rossum advised MaasStrom Energy on the restructuring of a €400m project finance loan.

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