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Widely known for its longstanding maritime expertise, AKD’s ‘first-class’ team is noted for its ‘innovative, tailor-made approach’. The ‘strategic, client-orientedHaco van der Houven van Oordt, who co-heads the group with Jos van der Meché, is ‘a brilliant advocate’ and ‘very experienced in ship arrests’. Pieter den Haan, Jan Kromhout, Sebastiaan Moolenaar and Annemieke Spijker are also recommended.

Clients of ‘peerless’ transport and insurance boutique Van Traa Advocaten include Hanjin Shipping, Malaysia Airlines and Steinweg Handelsveem. Robert de Haan is ‘outstanding in transport insurance and carriage of goods law’, aviation expert Robert Pessersalways gets it right’, and ‘diligent’ CMR and shipping specialist Vincent Pool is ‘in high demand’. Leendert van Hee and Jolien Kruit are also recommended.

Aviation and shipping are especially busy sectors for Allen & Overy LLP’s practice, which handles various kinds of work across all transport sectors. Aviation litigator Peter Eijsvoogel, ship and aircraft financing expert Ben Fox and infrastructure finance specialist Zeeger de Jongh are the key partners. Clients include APM Terminals, KLM and BARIN.

Well known for its litigation and arbitration capabilities in trade and transport, Boonk Van Leeuwen’s department also handles related insolvency matters. Maritime specialists Herman Boonk and Michiel van Leeuwen are the key partners; Eveline Jacobs and shipping expert Johan Smit are also recommended.

Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten’s ‘top-notch’ team is especially strong in transport insurance, and often acts for logistics companies. Co-heads Carlijn ten Bruggencate and Joeri Cox are ‘knowledgeable, down-to-earth, open-minded and solution-focused’. Clients include Dutch P&I, Aon, Rhenus Group and insurers such as AIG and XL Catlin.

Lender-side ship finance is the key strength of Loyens & Loeff’s ‘very responsive’ team, which is praised for its ‘strength in depth’. ‘Extremely knowledgeable’ practice head Gianluca Kreuze ‘sorts out complex issues’; he acted for Rabobank on various vessel financings. ‘Calm’ senior associate Ehsan Shirzadi is ‘always on top of things’.

With a large complement of notaries, NautaDutilh’s Rotterdam-based department is especially active in ship financing and transactions, aircraft financing and vessel construction. Though mostly advising lenders such as ABN Amro and ING, it also counts Jumbo and Van Weelde Shipping Group as clients. Erik Geerling leads the team.

Norton Rose Fulbright welcomed Berend Crans from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in April 2017. Crans advised the Dutch state on its $92m purchase of a new government aircraft. Other clients include China Aircraft Leasing and Waypoint Leasing. Wouter Hertzberger heads the group.

Maritime insurance boutique Smallegange N.V.’s team is ‘reliable and hardworking’. ‘Practial, commercial’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ marine liability expert Willem Boonk provides ‘no-nonsense’, ‘cost-effective’ advice; the ‘experienced’ Jan van der Stelt and the ‘hands-on, skilful’ Julian van de Velde are ‘strong in collision cases’. Richard Latten is known for his CMR and rail sector knowledge.

Well known for its strength in litigation and arbitration, Wiersma Mensonides also handles transport asset finance, restructuring, insolvency, commercial transactions and all aspects of maritime law. Trade and ship finance expert Aram Vos heads the group; litigators Reinier van Campen and Taco Wiersma are also recommended.

Aircraft finance and transactions are the key strengths of Clifford Chance’s practice, which also has ship finance experience. Hein Tonnaer and senior associate Krishna van Zundert are the key contacts; they acted for KLM on its purchase of three Boeing aircraft. Citibank Japan is a ship finance client.

Asset finance expert Menno Stoffer is the name to note at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; senior associate Tom Abeln is an aircraft finance specialist.

Jitteke Blussé van Oud-Alblas is the key transport partner at Rotterdam-based transport, trade and transport boutique Kneppelhout & Korthals Advocaten. Marc Padberg and litigator and arbitrator Jikke Biermasz are also recommended.

Stek’s ‘swift, client-focused, well-connected and trustworthy’ department provides ‘to-the-point advice’. Aviation is its key strength: Jeroen Timmermans and senior associate Laetitia Kunst-den Teuling acted for Mass Jet Lease on its repossession of a Fokker 100 aircraft from Denim Air ACMI, and its lease of said aircraft to BEK Air.

The key contacts at maritime and industry boutique Zwartbol Advocaten are managing partner Bas Ort and ship contracts expert Danny Berlijn. Contracts and litigation are the practice’s key strengths, which has excellent cross-border capabilities. Senior associate Karan Doekhi is also recommended.

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