Firm Profile > NautaDutilh > Amsterdam, Netherlands

NautaDutilh
BEETHOVENSTRAAT 400
1082 PR AMSTERDAM
PO BOX 7113, 1007 JC AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 1

The structured finance team at NautaDutilh is highly recommended for matters which involve securitisations, handling several high profile matters including the first cross-border fully STS compliant securitisation originating under a Dutch whole loan portfolio. The firm is also active in the field of covered bonds. Arjan Scheltema and Michaëla Ulrici lead the group, with the former focusing primarily on covered bonds while the latter specialises in securitisations. Associate Liza Gerritsen is another notable figure within the practice, and has assisted on several of the firm’s largest securitisation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Arjan Scheltema; Michaëla Ulrici

Other key lawyers:

Liza Gerritsen

Testimonials

‘What makes Nauta Dutilh unique is that all parties (Originators, Arranger and Joint Lead Managers) appoint ND as a single legal counsel. All parties have confidence in expertise, experience and independent approach of ND.’

‘ND is independent legal counsel but in our experience we feel like we and ND is one team.’

‘The asset and structured finance practice of Nauta Dutilh has been at the forefront of developing and documenting mortgage and other asset-backed financing structures for more than two decades.’

‘Michaela Ulrici continues to be the structured finance partner of choice in the Dutch market. For me, but for many of my clients, counterparts and competitors.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

de Volksbank N.V.

NIBC Bank N.V.

Nationale-Nederlanden Bank N.V.

Triodos Bank N.V.

Venn Partners LLP

MeDirect Bank SA/NV

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Aegon Bank N.V.

Dynamic Credit Group

Achmea Bank N.V. /Achmea Group

ING Bank N.V.

Blauwtrust Groep N.V.

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance Nederland B.V.

Qander Consumer Finance B.V.

Dutch Mortgage Fund

Intertrust Management B.V.

Argenta Spaarbank N.V.

Build Investment Management B.V.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

Larissa Silverentand and Frans van der Eerden lead NautaDutilh’s financial regulatory group, which handles the full spectrum of work for both domestic and multinational clients, With several of the worlds largest banks instructing the firm on Dutch law matters. Van der Eerden is particularly sought after for his experience in matters involving capital requirements for banks, structuring for investment funds, and payment services, while Silverentand handles the regulatory aspects of financial sector M&A, as well as advising on PSD2 MiFID II compliance. The firm is also highly active in fintech, with Jasha Sprecher taking the lead on several of the firm’s matters in that area. Sven Uiterwijk was promoted to the partnership in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Silverentand; Frans van der Eerden

Other key lawyers:

Jasha Sprecher; Sven Uiterwijk; Roderick Watson; Sandra Vermuelen

Testimonials

‘I think the team is one of the best in the Netherlands when it comes to financial services regulatory work. The team is very knowledgeable and also approachable. They are able to combine their legal knowledge with a pragmatic approach and never lose sight of the interests of our business.’

‘Larissa Silverentand is a very knowledgeable lawyer, but also very pragmatic, with a lot of regulatory experience.’

‘Roderick Watson has a keen understanding of financial law. He is very approachable and combines his legal knowledge with a pragmatic approach.’

‘The most impressive people are Frans van der Eerden, Roderick Watson and Sandra Vermeulen. ’

‘The team stands out in speed, meticulousness, the ability to process the desired changes in the legal documentation and especially the ability to think along with the client.’

‘Full-service practice with outstanding legal and in-depth industry knowledge. Great for advisory work as well as litigation. 360 degrees approach of the matter. Ready to go the extra mile to get the best result for the client. Very pleasant to-the-point communication and enough resources to deliver the legal work speedily. ’

‘The lawyers we have been working with stand out for their academically sound, but very hands-on approach of legal matters. Jasha Sprecher and Larissa Silverentand are absolutely on top of cases and run a great team of professionals with whom it is a pleasure to work. ’

‘Frans van der Eerden always delivers best-in-class legal support. Combining the regulatory world with real-world requirements is a skill that makes Frans unique in his field.’

‘Frans van Eerden stands out for his sensitivity for parties’ wishes and interests, and manages to balance those adequately in both negotiations and drafting’

‘The Nauta Team deliver consistently quality advice which is supplemented by their detailed knowledge of navigating the regulatory landscape and dealing with the Dutch regulator. The team is also very responsive.’

‘Frans van der Eerden has provided valued and important input to our internal stakeholders and assisted with navigating regulatory complexity and novel issues with a sensible and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Clearing Bank

ABN AMRO

American Express

ASR

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BinckBank

Booking.com

BrandNewDay

Captin

CBRE Global Investors

Santander

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Dynamic Credit

European Merchant Services

First Data

Franx B.V.

Geldmaat/GSN

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

ING Bank

Ingenico

JPMorgan

Jungo B.V.

Klarna

KPN

Mizuho Bank

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

NIBC Bank

Nomura

Orix/Robeco

Payoneer

PIMCO

Rewire

Rabobank

Sixth Street Partners

Takeaway

The Norinchukin Bank

Triodos

Uber

UK P&I Club/Thomas Miller

Van Lanschot

Vantiv

Vista

VIVAT

Volksbank

VvAA groep B.V.

Wells Fargo

Wex

WorldFirst

WorldPay

Xe (part of Euronet)

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 1

NautaDutilh is one of the Dutch market’s strongest firms for lender-side advice, with a strong track record in cross-border mandates, particularly those involving the US. Acquisition and corporate finance specialist Arjan Pors leads the team from Rotterdam, while Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde serves as a bridge between the Dutch team and the US, as head of the firm’s New York office, taking on a vital role in deals such as the $600m financing of Bruker Corporation by a leading US bank. David Viëtor is another key figure within the team, focusing on financial restructuring and distressed transactions.

Practice head(s):

Arjan Pors

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde; David Viëtor

Testimonials

Arjan Pors has a high level of expertise.’

Nauta’s finance team are very knowledgeable and strong in the area, responsive and the perfect “local counsel”.’

‘David Viëtor is a very experienced, calm and safe pair of hands with a great team beneath him. I have worked with him for many years and never had any issues.’

Notable are the quality and responsiveness of their partner-led advice, consistency of their team and their pan-Benelux presence.’

Arjan Pors is very responsive and commercial.’

Friendly and always available.’

Key clients

Ares Capital Corporation

National Westminster Bank Plc

ABN AMRO Bank

HYPO NOE Landesbank für Niederösterreich und Wien

Rabobank

NIBC Bank

ING

Deutsche Bank

ASR Bank

Triodos

Netherlands > Capital markets: debt Tier 1

NautaDutilh remains a real force in debt capital markets work, with frequent instructions on behalf of large corporates, private equity firms, and financial institutions, across a range of issuer, manager, and initial purchaser mandates. The team is also notable for its female leadership, with leadership duties split between Antonia Netiv, New York-based Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, and managing partner Petra Zijp. Key recent mandates have included large-scale green bond issuances, the establishment of GMTN and EMTN programmes, and hybrid deals such as debt for equity swaps.

Practice head(s):

Petra Zijp; Antonia Netiv; Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde

Other key lawyers:

Dewi Walian; Annefleur van Oel

Testimonials

‘One of the best firms in the Netherlands, great industry and practice focus; I frequently work with them on large corporate finance matters whether in the DCM, ECM or debt restructuring space; recently worked on two large EMTN programs and on a bond restructuring; excellent performance; very efficient, pragmatic and always an eye on the key points’

‘Dewi Walian, Petra Zjip and Annefleur van Oel stand out with their excellent performance’

‘The knowledge and experience but also the human interaction makes it very pleasant to work with Nauta Dutilh. In our dialogues they are not only a partner but also a sparring partner.’

‘Our contact Dewi Walian makes life for us very easy because we know that we don’t miss any points. We can rely on her and that makes her very important to us.’

‘Top of the market, full service’

‘Thanks to her time in London, Antonia Netiv is very attuned to the market and she is very well-rounded across a number of products. Very responsive and practical.’

Key clients

Nederlandse Waterschapsbank

Unibail-Rodamco

Achmea

de Volksbank

Mylan

Aercap

Citycon

Prosus N.V.

Daimler International Finance B.V.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 1

As ‘one of the best teams in the market’, NautaDutilh is highly regarded for its expertise in regulated markets, leveraging the firm’s finance, insurance, energy and life sciences experience. The team is also a go-to name for public M&A and fields a distinct public M&A team led by Leo Groothuis, which recently advised Mylan on its combination with Pfizer’s Upjohn division and assisted HAL Holding with the sale of a 77% interest in GrandVision to EssilorLuxottica. Lieke van der Velden is global head of the firm’s corporate M&A group, which also fields Joost den Engelsman, energy sector expert Jaap Jan Trommel and Stefan Wissing.

Practice head(s):

Lieke van der Velden

Other key lawyers:

Leo Groothuis; Joost den Engelsman; Jaap Jan Trommel; Stefan Wissing; Ruud Smits; Marieke Pols

Testimonials

‘On top of things, proactive, in depth knowledge, speed and great personalities.’

‘Ruud Smits: outstanding client engagement, proactivity, negotiation skills and great personality.’

‘Marieke Pols: highly qualified, efficient, proactive. An eye for details and for the big picture.’

‘ Highly skilled team, with extreme high level of service, result driven, very experienced. One of the best teams in the market.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

HAL Investments

Takeaway.com

Basic Fit

Arvelle

Northsea

Getinge

Mirage Retail Group

Nasdaq

Liberty Mutual

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

A 'great team of litigators' at NautaDutilh is co-led by pre-eminent coporate litigator Paul Olden, who is 'extremely knowledgeable' and 'fun' to work with, and 'very smart litigator' Rutger Kalsbeek. Other practice stars include head of the Supreme Court litigation team Freerk Vermeulen, who was successful on behalf of environmental group the Urgenda Foundation in its globally signficant climate change case against the Dutch state. Kasper Krzeminski is strong in commercial and contract disputes, while the more junior Frans Overkleeft attracts plaudits for his M&A disputes capability.

Practice head(s):

Paul Olden; Rutger Kalsbeek

Other key lawyers:

Freerk Vermeulen: Kasper Krzeminski; Frans Overkleeft

Testimonials

‘NautaDutilh has deep legal knowledge, experience and initiative. Its leaders listen carefully to client’s wishes but are not afraid to put forward an alternative strategy. Two partners in particular, Paul Olden and Robert van Gallen, take an extraordinary interest in, and show strong commitment to, the case of the client.’

‘Paul Olden, David Vietor and Marieke Faber were extremely committed, availible during the weekend and their holidays. Very dedicated and always with a smile, working with them was also great fun! Paul Olden is very to the point, extremely knowledgeable, with lots of humour.’

‘They are a proper outfit with years and years of litigation experience. Rutger Kalsbeek is a very smart litigator. ’

‘Great team of litigators, especially Frans Overkleeft, Paul Olden and Robert van Galen. Exceptional quality of work, content wise but also experts in litigation tactics. Hands-on and always available, can deliver very fast. Can-do mentality.

‘Frans Overkleeft is a very smart litigator with in-depth knowledge of corporate and commercial litigation. Frans is an expert in corporate law, particularly in the field of public and private M&A, which makes him stand-out compared to experts at other firms when it comes to M&A-related litigation. Very good in strategy and tactics, thinks multiple steps ahead of the game. When handling a major court case, Frans never loses the big picture, while keeping an eye for important details. He is hands-on. A pleasure to work with. Frans is recognized by his peers as a top notch legal professional, being a reputable speaker at important legal conventions and publishing regularly in important legal literature. He is one of the very best in his area of expertise. Works on high-profile cases. ’

‘The team is large and covers all the commercial disputes specialism that one would expect of a firm in London or New York. They a very attuned to the needs of international clients and it is recognisable as a international law firm (with all the expectations that brings) rather than a Dutch firm. It means that collaboration with them is smooth.’

‘They have eminent individuals in the fields we need, for example Freerk Vermeulen for appellate court work (where, in Holland, a specialist is required) and Barbara Rumora Scheltema for arbitration. Frans Overkleft is an outstanding junior partner with an excellent service ethos. They also work well in cross-disciplinary teams. On two occasions, I have worked on matters with them where one of the team members was an M&A partner. This has been invaluable.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Royal Dutch Shell

Deloitte

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways/NS)

Allianz

Rabobank

PwC

CRH Europe

Volkswagen

ING

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Top-tier litigation firm NautaDutilh handles mediation on behalf of leading domestic and international companies, with standout combined strength across the Benelux region. Cases include mediation on behalf of board members, corporates and industry bodies, with deep experience delivered by practice head Stijn Franken, who specialises in mediation within the insurance industry, together with Paul Olden and Geert Raaijmakers, who are both CEDR accredited mediators.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Franken

Other key lawyers:

Paul Olden; Geert Raaijmakers

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 1

NautaDutilh‘s dedicated multidisciplinary team has deep expertise in the regulatory environment and energy transition sector. The firm incorporates sustainability and soft laws into transactions, projects and regulatory challenges. Harm Kerstholt focuses on M&A, projects, energy contracting and energy regulations. Jaap Jan Trommel leads the energy and natural resources group. Senior associate Lisa Schoenmakers focuses on corporate matters in the renewables and traditional oil and gas spaces.

Practice head(s):

Harm Kerstholt; Jaap Jan Trommel; Lisa Schoenmakers

Other key lawyers:

David van Ee; Stephan Sluite

Testimonials

‘Very dedicated in delivering materials, very proactive and resourceful in searching for common ground solutions’.

‘Worked seamlessly with other advisers’. 

‘Harm Kerstholt and his team worked tirelessly and did a fantastic job to keep the momentum and provide a timely delivery’.

Key clients

Rooftop Energy

Neste Oil

ENGIE

Eneco

Nebras Power

Shell

Total

Chevron

Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam

Nouryon

Petrobras

PZEM

PensionDanmark

SHV Holdings (& subs) incl. NPM

Spirit Energy (Centrica)

Sonnedix

Alliander

Vopak

Siemens Energy

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

NautaDutilh remains one of the strongest firms in the Dutch market for white-collar matters, with a particularly strong track record in internal investigations, especially those involving forensic IT and data analysis. The team is also notable for its female leadership, with anti-corruption and money laundering specialist Marike Bakker heading the team alongside Francien Rense, whose recent work has included large-scale bribery cases, sanctions, and internal investigations. The firm expanded its partner capacity in 2020 with the promotion of Marleen Velthuis, while tax litigator Léon Wijsman rounds out the four-partner team

Practice head(s):

Marike Bakker; Francien Rense

Other key lawyers:

Marleen Velthuis; Léon Wijsman; Rob van der Hoeven

Testimonials

‘The team are very well regarded as specialists in the field of white-collar crime. In addition they are affable, astute and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Good combination of young talent and experience. Pioneer in the internal investigations business.’

‘Marleen Velthuis is a junior partner with a great knowledge of environmental criminal law. Fast-thinking lawyer and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Hands-on mentality. Very good availability. The team had a proactive attitude in finding a workable solution for our situation.’

‘Very responsive. Extraordinary ability to work on very complex cross-border matters. In my opinion the go-to white-collar practice in the Netherlands.’

‘Always well-prepared, able to handle multiple and occasionally conflicting requirements and quickly develop a thorough understanding of issues of foreign law. Great team players, can work under strong pressure and keep a cool head. Very pleasant to work with. Rob van der Hoeven and Francien Rense stand out.’

‘Good knowledge of the financial sector; by its size the team is also capable of handling large investigations.’

‘Marike Bakker, heading the team, is very hands-on, practical and responsive. Good case handling and nice to cooperate with.’

‘Sensitive in delicate corporate cases. Excellent technical skills and well-connected. Very responsive and customer focused.’

‘Marike Bakker and Marleen Velthuis are both highly focused on acceptable outcomes in sensitive matters that respect the different views but don’t trigger unwanted attention. They maintain open communication lines with all relevant parties and provide very good professional assessments of how a case might develop. For this, they go beyond their excellent technical legal capabilities.’

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable but also realistic and fair in their assessments and advice.’

‘Francien Rense: to the point; open, fair and realistic.’

‘They have experience in public and corporate investigations and a balanced legal and general societal perspective on how to best deal with these in the context of a large multinational corporate, that has its legal, financial and reputational (amongst others) interests to protect. They help to delineate the legal boundaries, risks and opportunities and find the right way to address and prepare. They provide professional and conscientious analyses of information and make it meaningful in support of corporate positioning. ’

‘The firm provides professionalism, relationships and ability to adapt a legal mindset in a complex case with diverse financial, legal and reputational drivers. It has the capability to work with professional counterparts from public affairs etc accordingly. Out-of-the-box ideas and perspectives in a balanced challenge/support way. Good personal relationships help to facilitate open and frank discussions about dilemmas and ways to achieve the desired objectives.’

‘Experienced in conducting investigations and (compliance) advice to clients.’

‘NautaDutilh have one of the leading business crime practices in the Netherlands and are proper subject matter experts.’

‘Marike Bakker is very experienced, tactically astute and user friendly.’

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Deloitte Accountants B.V.

NS (Dutch National Railway)

Baker Tilly

NAM

Liander

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s fully integrated Benelux practice acts for large international pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices companies. With a focus on corporate, financing and regulatory matters, the firm also provides support in high-end IP and product liability litigation. Further areas of complementary support include competition law issues, advertising regulations, data protection, insurance policies and government affairs. Co-head of the life sciences, healthcare and technology team, Ruud Smits handles corporate M&A matters for a range of clients, from start-ups to market leaders. Anne Marie Verschuur jointly heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Ruud Smits; Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Stijn Franken; Wijnand Bossenbroek; Antonia Netiv; Paul van der Bijl

Key clients

Siemens Healthineers

Johnson & Johnson

DSM Sinochem Pharmaceuticals

Arvelle Therapeutics

Levine Leichtman Capital

Apellis

Pfizer Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline

Eli Lilly

Ipsen Pharma

Heraeus

Ypsomed

Beiersdorf

Medac

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s practice covers a broad range of insurance law issues and related commercial litigation. Multi-party litigation, including consumer-led claims, is a core pillar of the practice; and it also handles large commercial risks, such as D&O liability, professional liability and product liability. A further area of focus is transactional insurance and corporate transactions. Stijn Franken focuses on insurance and reinsurance matters, and regulatory law. Sjoerd Meijer specialises in insurance and liability law.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Franken; Sjoerd Meijer

Other key lawyers:

Bianca van der Goes

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of Insurance- and product liability law’.

‘High level of expertise by Stijn Franken’.

‘Sjoerd Meijer is knowledgeable, has strong communication skills and has in-depth knowledge of the market ’.

Key clients

Allianz

ASR

AIG

Aegon

Shell

Achmea

HDI Gerling

Dutch Association of Insurers

GSK

Sanofi

TPG

UK P&I Club

Monuta

DSM

AMLIN

VvAA (Dutch Association of Doctors Motorists)

Strukton, Hurks

Nouryon

Chubb

Peak Re

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 1

The highly regarded Larissa Silverentand and Frans van der Eerden jointly head the NautaDutilh funds management group. This group covers all aspects of funds, including regulatory advice, fund formation, cross-border structuring, listings, asset pooling and asset management arrangements. The team has also been  active in the area of NAV matters (up to €500m). It has a notably strong REITs practice and is also known for its mortgage-related fund structuring (a specialism for Frans Van Der Eerden). Jasha Sprecher  is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Silverentand; Frans van der Eerden

Other key lawyers:

Jasha Sprecher 

Testimonials

‘Larissa Silverentand is a highly qualified expert in Dutch and European financial markets regulation combined with excellent knowledge of the financial markets. What makes her stand out from the rest is that she is able to deliver and summarize very complicated and technically detailed legislation in a way that it is understandable to non-legal experts. ’

‘The Dutch mortgage market is quite unique in that in recent years many investment funds have been set up to facilitate the direct investment in consumer mortgages through investment funds. NautaDutilh have been instrumental in developing the transaction and fund structure. Seamless teamwork with the asset & structured finance team have made this possible and contributed greatly to the success of many of NautaDutilh’s clients.’

‘Frans van der Eerden (together with Michaela Ulrici from the asset & structured finance team) have set the benchmark in the Dutch market for the mortgage investment fund structure.’

Frans and Michaela are the go-to partners for anyone considering entering the Dutch market with a mortgage or consumer finance proposition.’

‘Their combined knowledge and ability to find fitting solutions are well-known and the reason they are asked to provide counsel on most if not all transactions in the Dutch market.’

‘Frans van der Erden has been particularly helpful to our clients. Very pragmatic and great at explaining the issues.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Achmea Investment Management

Alliance Bernstein

ASR

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Brand New Day

CarVal Investors

CBRE Global Investors

Credit Suisse

Delta Lloyd

Deutsche Bank

Dynamic Credit

IBS Capital Management

ING Bank

JPMorgan

Kempen

Morgan Stanley

NIBC Bank

Nomura

Orix/Robeco

Rabobank

RNHB

Shell Asset Management Company

Sixth Street Partners

Société Générale

Stichting Stimuleringsfonds Volkshuisvesting Nederlandse Gemeenten (SVn)

Syntrus Achmea

Triodos

Triple Jump

T Rowe Price

Van Lanschot

VanWonen

Volksbank

Wells Fargo

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The restructuring and insolvency team at NautaDutilh handles national and international distressed M&A. It also handles matters concerning out-of-court restructurings, transactions and litigation before courts, including the Dutch Supreme Court and European Court of Justice. Its broad client base includes banks, debtors, directors, suppliers, insolvency trustees, sponsors and alternative debt providers. Robert Van Galen has considerable experience of Supreme Court litigation. Teun Struycken and Barbara Rumora-Scheltema are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Robert van Galen; Barbara Rumora-Scheltema; Teun Struycken

Testimonials

‘Excellent team, result-driven and pragmatic’.

‘They are extremely knowledgeable and definitely one of the market-leading practices’. 

‘Robert van Galen – the figurehead of the practice for many years, is a very strong technical insolvency lawyer and litigator who is a clear market leader’.

‘Teun van Struycken is very likeable and knowledgeable’.

‘Distinguishes from others due to the high quality of its legal professionals’.

‘A common characteristic that they all share is keeping a cool-headed approach under great pressure whilst driving for creative solutions in complex situations’.

‘Most of the Nauta professionals that I worked with have substantial gravitas and excellent client management skills’.                            

‘Provided a very good impression and top quality work’.

Key clients

Apollo

Deutsche Bank

BNP Paribas

Nordic Trustee

Forever 21

PZEM

Deloitte Accountants

Crestline Investors, Inc.

Econocom

Rabobank

Ramphastos

ABN AMRO

ING

FNG

McDermott International Inc.

Hexion Inc.

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

NautaDutilh remains a strong presence in the borrower-side financing sphere, with a range of large domestic and international clients. The firm is particularly experienced in acquisition and real estate financing, with Rotterdam-based practice head Arjan Pors particularly noted for such work. The firm is also frequently instructed to serve as Dutch counsel in matters involving the US, with Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde advising on the Dutch law aspects of financial restructurings and acquisition financing, often alongside counsel Janneke de Goeij.

Netherlands > Capital markets: equity Tier 2

NautaDutilh remains highly active in the equity capital markets space, with a client base including prominent financial institutions, as well as both domestic and multinational corporates. As such, the firm is adept in IPOs and other issuances, on behalf of both issuers and underwriters, while other recent areas of work have included share buyback programmes and delistings. Managing partner Petra Zijp leads the practice alongside Paul Van Der Bijl and Antonia Netiv. Netiv is notable for her work on matters at the intersection of ECM and DCM, such as debt-for-equity swaps.

Practice head(s):

Petra Zijp; Antonia Netiv; Paul van der Bijl

Other key lawyers:

Sabrina Legerstee; Dewi Walan

Testimonials

‘Antonia Netiv. Very dedicated and professional. Quick response times and on top of her files with a very strong and comprehensive understanding of client situations.’

‘In our experience, we have found the team at Nauta to be responsive, able to work under significant time pressure and commercial in their approach. Their advice is clear and succinct.’

‘Our key contact in the team is Sabrina Legerstee. We have worked with her for several years now on an on-going matter and I personally find her a pleasure to work with. Unlike other local counsel we have dealt with, she (and her team members) are quick to appreciate complex international transactions and how this will impact the relevant filings in the Netherlands, and can be relied on for a quick and helpful response. I hope to continue our positive working relationship.’

‘The Nauta team has excellent knowledge of the Dutch corporate market in general, which informs their excellent capital markets practice. They’re very friendly and commercial, too, which makes them a pleasure to work alongside.’

‘I’ve worked with several individuals at Nauta (partners Antonia Netiv, Petra Zijp and Paul van der Bijl and associate Sabrina Legerstee in particular) who are all excellent. They’re very responsive, diligent and helpful. ’

‘The capital markets team at Nauta is very available and very capable technically.’

‘The Nauta capital markets team is great. They are always available and they very technically skilled.’

Key clients

ForFarmers

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

ING

a.s.r.

InflaRx

Trivago

Rabobank

Mylan

Pharming

STMicroelectronics

Centogene

AerCap

Netherlands > Employment Tier 2

NautaDutilh is well-known in the market for works council matters, acting as an adviser to the company or co-counselling with foreign law firms on international M&A transactions. Other areas of focus include executive contracts and dismissals, fraud and compliance, and reorganisations. The ‘strong and practical’ team is led by Homme ten Have who advises on and litigates employment and corporate labour law matters. Warner Roeters van Lennep retired.

Practice head(s):

Homme ten Have

Other key lawyers:

Albert van der Kolk

Testimonials

‘The advice and coaching was very valuable’.

‘What stood out was the dedicated and caring way with which I was being advised’.

‘Homme ten Have was very understanding of my situation and all the time he was able predict the next move my employer would make’.

‘Homme ten Have He is calm, has a keen eye for what the real issues are and is not adversarial’.

‘Great friendly people and Homme ten Have is technically very good’.

‘Homme ten Have is knowledgeable, funny and easy to get along with’.

Key clients

Municipality of Amsterdam

Achmea

Triodos Bank

MUFG Bank

Boston Consulting Group

Deloitte

Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Pathé Theatres

FedEx

UTC

Upfield

Allseas

Petrobras

Shell

McDermott

Nouryon

Total

Erasmus University

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 2

NautaDutilh‘s practice is led by Jolize Lautenbach, who focuses on regulatory and environmental law, and also handles the administrative aspects of M&A, environmental compliance and product compliance. Anne-Marie Klijn left for NewGround Law B.V.. Since publication, Iris Kieft and Stephan Sluite joined the firm from ENVIR Advocaten and Ploum respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jolize Lautenbach

Other key lawyers:

Arjen Praat; Mirjam von Meijenfeldt; Iris Kieft

Testimonials

‘ Expert, client-oriented, and practical experience’.

‘Client-oriented, very good knowledge and hands-on experience’.

Key clients

Shurgard

Pathé

AM

Nouryon

Unilever

ABN AMRO

UBM

PGIM

Perial

SAREF

EdgeConneX

Vitol / VPR energy

Nikon Holdings Europe

Slibverwerking Noord-Brabant

Zeeland Refinery

Binckhorst Ontwikkeling (VORM)

Swartberg

De Kuyper

Energiebeheer Nederland EBN

Caldic / EVOS

OLAM

Neste Oil

ChemCom Industries

Chemelot Site Permitting

Tronox

Shell

Yellow Chips

ACT Fuels

Urgenda

Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe

DFDS

Steinweg/Handelsveem

Henkel

Gemeente Amsterdam

NRG

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 2

NautaDutilh focuses on restructuring and insolvency, and corporate matters for retail clients, and also has expertise in competition, data protection, IP and real estate. In-line with market conditions, the firm continues to see an uptick in restructuring activity in the retail sector. It has also seen an increase in mandates pertaining to e-commerce and retail tech activities. Civil notary Teska van Vuren focuses on public and private transactions and corporate governance and Barbara Rumora-Scheltema handles corporate and commercial litigation; the duo head the team.

Practice head(s):

Teska van Vuren; Barbara Rumora-Scheltema

Testimonials

‘Excellent market knowledge and understanding of the client’s business.’

‘International network, much experience and real life cases to learn from.’

‘They quickly get to the heart of the issue’.

Key clients

Cooperative Forever 21

FNG

Lego

Mattel

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 2

Highly respected for the depth of her expertise, both in litigation and transactional mandates, Anne Marie Verschuur heads NautaDutilh's IP/IT group where she counts many household name brand owners as clients, including GlaxoSmithKline which is involved in a dispute concerning a colour trade mark for its asthma product. Also of note, counsel Fleur Folmer conducts trade mark litigation in addition to advising on the full range of transactions such as license agreements and other corporate transactions. Having stepped down from the partnership, litigator Charles Gielen remains with the firm, while Richard van Oerle has returned after being appointed to the bench.

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Charles Gielen; Richard van Oerle; Fleur Folmer

Key clients

LEGO

GlaxoSmithKline

Feyenoord

Intel

Diageo

Airwair (Dr. Martens)

WE/O’Neill

REV’IT!

Henkel

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 2

As ‘one of the strongest players in the Dutch mid-market private equity sector’, NautaDutilh’s ‘very practical and commercial team’ has a ‘super savvy and client-friendly approach’ to transactions across the Benelux region. The group handles mandates across the full private equity life cycle for a client list of international and local private equity sponsors. Joost den Engelsman and Gaike Dalenoord lead the team from Rotterdam and Amsterdam respectively.

Practice head(s):

Joost den Engelsman; Gaike Dalenoord

Other key lawyers:

Olaf Baks; Jeroen Preller

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic and commercial team of PE lawyers supported by top industry specialists. Key strength is their senior partner involvement and availability. They have excellent market knowledge and know what issues matter and how they should be resolved.’

‘Joost den Engelsman is excellent and probably the best PE lawyer in the Dutch market. He is on top of his game and not afraid to get his hands dirty. Always available and focused to make sure his team delivers top quality advice.’

‘Olaf Baks is a strong associate and one to watch going forward. He is to the point and provides excellent legal and commercial advice. ’

‘Super savvy and client friendly approach to providing legal services. Smart and practical.’

‘Joost den Engelsman is very experienced and knows the market and the protagonists well. He gives clear advice and is a valuable sounding board.’

‘One of the strongest players in the Dutch mid-market PE sector. A lot of available lawyers and a very strong notarial practice combined. Proper full service offering, able to handle all types of PE-deals.’

‘Jeroen Preller stands out amongst his peers. He is a very seasoned and hands on lawyer with in depth legal knowledge and a very practical and pleasant approach. He blends in to our PE-firm as if he was a part of it.’

Key clients

Apollo

Apax Partners (France)

Astorg

Bain Capital

Bay Grove Capital

CapVest

Capvis

The Carlyle Group

Centerbridge Partners

CPP Investment Board

HAL Investments

Keensight Capital

iCON Infrastructure

Lion Capital

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

NPM Capital

Oakley Capital

Ramphastos Investments

Smile Invest

TA Associates

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 2

NautaDutilh's team is distinguished by its ability to handle a range of financing matters, including in the areas of real estate and city developments, energy and utilities, ranging from solar, onshore and off shore wind projects, fibre projects, to power plants. Rotterdam-based Jaco Belder and Erik Geerling represent both lenders, investors and development companies in long-term significant projects such as on the development of Feyenoord City, as part of the redevelopment in south Rotterdam. In the same office, Arjan Pors specialises in corporate lending and project finance, while in Amsterdam, David van Ee is a key name

Practice head(s):

Jaco Belder; Erik Geerling; Arjan Pors; David van Ee

Testimonials

‘Both Erik Geerling and Jaco Belder are both deeply involved in my project and deliver outstanding services both on financial and legal questions that arise.’

‘Nauta Dutilh’s PPP/PFI team is unrivalled in the Dutch market. Having been on the forefront of many transactions and operational PPP/PFI projects, their in-depth legal, commercial knowledge, combined with the ability to challenge the technical and financial components of a transaction make them an invaluable member of any PPP/PFI team.’

‘I have predominantly worked with David van Ee who is the partner responsible for PPP/PFI consultancy in Nauta Dutilh’s team. His knowledge of public-private partnerships is unrivalled in the market and I would recommend his services to anybody active in the sector.’

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

Stadion Feijenoord N.V.

High Tech Campus Eindhoven

Allianz

NIBC Bank

Deka Bank

Sodexo Altys B.V.

EIB

Siemens

CBRE

AES Corporation

KfW IPEX

Credit Agricole

Rooftop Energy

Shell

Eneco

Siemens Energy

Netherlands > Tax Tier 2

The tax practice at NautaDutilh works seamlessly with its core departments, including corporate and M&A, banking and finance, and real estate, resulting in versatile tax capabilities. The team recently acted for Mylan on its $25bn merger with Upjohn, Pfizer’s off-patent branded and generic established medicines business, where tax advice was led by practice co-head Chris Warner. Fellow co-head Nico Blom is recommended for finance matters, such as structured finance, securitizations and covered bonds.

Practice head(s):

Chris Warner; Nico Blom

Other key lawyers:

Edward Rijnhout; Léon Wijsman

Testimonials

Good availability, quick response and no-nonsense, solutions-driven.’

Worked together with tax partner Nico Blom and associate Sjuul Jentjens. They are knowledgeable and to-the-point. Very fun to work with.’

 

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Achmea

AerCap

ASR

Apollo

Deutsche Bank

H&M

HAL Investments

JP Morgan

McDermott

Mylan

NASDAQ

Nouryon

NPM Capital

Playa Hotels & Resorts

Petrobras

Rabobank

Royal Dutch Shell

SHV Holdings

Sonae

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Trivago

Uber Technologies

Vopak

Netherlands > Transport Tier 2

NautaDutilh's transport offering encompasses shipping and aviation finance, financial restructuring advice, and commercial litigation on behalf of banks and transport sector clients. 'Experienced' practice co-head and former firm chair Erik Geerling heads the ship finance group, advising banks and shipowners on complex acquisition and project finance matters, including cross-border considerations. Teun Struycken takes the lead on cross-border structured finance, asset finance, loan restructuring, and insolvency matters, while Kasper Krzeminski is a specialist litigator with expertise in domestic and international litigation and arbitration, handling issues such as debt recovery, security rights, and project-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Erik Geerling; Kasper Krzeminski; Teun Struycken

Testimonials

‘A strong team with the depth of resource required to deliver on larger and more complex matters.’

‘Erik Geerling is a very experienced lawyer with a genuine undertaking of the transport sector as well as the institutions that finance it.’

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

NautaDutilh is experienced in project developments, acting for owners and developers. PPPs are a particular area of focus for the practice and it has advised the Dutch State on many of these. The group also handles greenfield and brownfield developments, and their conversion into industrial working spaces, such as pharmaceutical plants, distribution centres, data centres and office spaces. The team is headed by David van Ee, Arief van Rhee and Kees Koetsier.

Practice head(s):

David van Ee; Arief van Rhee; Kees Koetsier

Testimonials

High competence in construction business’.

‘Very fast response times compared to other firms’.

‘David van Ee has the negotiation skills to find compromises for the benefit of the client.’

‘Around the clock availability, very fast response’.

‘The Nauta Dutilh team not only takes on the legal side of a transaction, but also discusses the commercial aspects of a deal in great detail’.

‘The availability, service dedication, strong commercial advice and deal making principles are embedded in the DNA of the team’.

‘David van Ee and his colleagues can cope with anything and do so wonderfully and efficiently’.

‘The construction team in NautaDutilh is first class and sets itself apart from its peers in terms of its ability to respond in a commercial manner focusing on the key issues of concern’.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Automatic Signal

BinckBank

Municipality of Amsterdam

Koninklijke BAM Groep

BNG

TBI

Heijmans

Ballast Nedam

G&S Vastgoed

Expeditors

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Siemens Nederland

Siemens Energy

Siemens Healthcare

Sodexo

Pathé

BamTech (Subsidiary of Disney)

Cathexis

PM Group

ThyssenKrupp

Kraft Heinz

Neste Oil

Being Development

Cerner

Eneco

Macquarie

Van Lanschot Kempen

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A)

John Sisk & Son Ltd

M.A.N. Energy

Nouryon

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Econocom

Allianz Nederland

KVT

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

As part of the firm's wider Benelux data protection and cybersecurity team, NautaDutilh's group takes a cross-departmental approach to data mandates, drawing on notable expertise across a range of practice areas. Group leader Albert van der Kolk focuses on employment-related issues, while Jolize Lautenbach specialises in administrative law and newly promoted partner Ralph Ubels is the key name for contentious work; advisor Jacqueline van Essen is also praised by clients. The group also has additional expertise in relation to personal data issues, cross-border GDPR matters, direct marketing practices and Dutch DPA enforcement work.

Practice head(s):

Albert van der Kolk

Other key lawyers:

Jolize Lautenbach; Ralph Ubels; Jacqueline van Essen

Testimonials

‘NautaDutilh’s data privacy and data protection team is the reference for this practice in the Benelux region, and its long-standing expertise provides invaluable insight on the fast-paced developments in GDPR enforcement. The clarity of their insight is not only a great asset for clients and peers alike, but also turns each exchange into insightful conversation with a profound impact on future projects and their implementation.’

‘The commanding expertise of Jacqueline van Essen is only matched by the gentleness of her expression, leading in the end to crystal clear deliverables with astute analyses. It is a real pleasure to work with her.’

‘The law firm understands the practical issues and needs that the in-house lawyers and the company itself have and delivers its opinions tailor made in view of this.’

‘The attention and understanding provided by the law firm are outstanding.’

‘The team is practical, acts quickly and is accessible.’

‘The team is professional and practical at the same time. They always answer on short notice.’

‘They do what they say. They are reliable.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

Airbnb, Inc.

American Express

ASR Nederland

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BinckBank

Bluebee Holding

Deloitte

Dynamic Credit

Getinge

HAL Investments

Santander

Mizuho Bank

MUFG

NIBC

Payoneer

Pharvaris

Rewire

The Norinchukin Bank

Triodos

Uber

Volksbank

VvAA Groep

Wex

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

NautaDutilh collaborates with colleagues in its Luxembourg and Belgian offices to offer a Benelux-wide arbitration practice, which is regularly sought by major companies and foreign counsel requiring local advice. 'Strong Dutch lawyer' Kasper Krzeminski and Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot , who has 'complete mastery of Dutch arbitration law', lead the Netherlands team from Rotterdam and Amsterdam respectively. Instructions include the enforcement of a €500m award against the State of Kazakhstan on behalf of foreign investors. Freerk Vermeulen who heads the Supreme Court litigation practice further supports the practice.

Practice head(s):

Kasper Krzeminski; Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot

Other key lawyers:

Freerk Vermeulen

Testimonials

‘The practice has a good understanding of the technical/industry processes.’

‘Able to provide a practical advice with respect to a technical, complex matters which is still well balanced between legal & commercial.’

‘NautaDutilh is one of three firms in the Netherlands with a really effective and responsive arbitration group.’

‘Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot has a complete mastery of Dutch arbitration law and a low-key but highly effective style in presenting arguments to the court.’

‘The NautaDutilh arbitration team is dedicated, resourceful and capable of seeing the big picture of a dispute as well as its small details. They have very high professional ethical standards and procedural discipline. I can compare them with other Dutch law firms and may confirm that NautaDutilh is in every respect superior. ’

‘Kasper Krzeminski and Ivo Rozendal stand out.’

‘Strong Dutch lawyers. Kasper Kazminski is recommended.’

 

Key clients

Anatoli Stati; Gabriel Stati; Ascom Group S.A.; Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd.

Leidos Inc.

Municipality of Amsterdam

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

NautaDutilh ‘provides strategic advice in a reactive manner’ to clients in the financial services, healthcare, consumer goods, transport and energy industries. The practice is notably active in cartel damages litigation, private equity liability issues, investigations and state aid work, and leverages its offices in Brussels and Luxembourg to handle international mandates. Mauricette Schaufeli leads the group, which also fields cartel damages specialist Philip Malanczuk.

Practice head(s):

Mauricette Schaufeli

Other key lawyers:

Philip Malanczuk; Arnout Koeman

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and service-oriented.’

‘Responsiveness and clear engagement with a sense of humour too.’

‘Philip Malanczuk is a stand out – clear in advice and delivery; engaged and super motivated; and good fun to work with.’

‘Within this area I have only worked with Arnout Koeman. I was pleased with the quality of his advice, the speed of response and the practical approach adopted in order to fit clients’ needs.’

‘I work mainly with Mauricette Schaufeli. Mauricette is a very experienced lawyer who is able to provide strong advices in a timely manner.’

‘Mauricette Schaufeli has the potential to develop into a leading practitioner in the field. She is skilled, very pleasant to work with and has a good sense of collegiality. She is ambitious but not too pushy, which is just right. She is very good in handling clients.’

‘I worked with Mauricette Schaufeli and what sets her apart is her unique knowledge of both competition law and economics, which she skilfully manages to translate into very pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Dutch Ministry of Finance

ABN AMRO Bank

Lufthansa

Technicolor

NS

ASR

ECT (Hutchinson)

HAL Investments

SHV, including NPM

Eneco

Getinge

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 3

The real estate and infrastructure group at NautaDutilh consists of lawyers and civil notaries and acts for real estate investors, developers, building companies and government bodies. Its broad expertise includes project and area development, construction and tendering disputes, public-private partnerships, and project and acquisition finance. Key practitioners include David van Ee, Arief van Rhee and Kees Koetsier.

Other key lawyers:

David van Ee; Arief van Rhee; Kees Koetsier

Testimonials

‘In real estate finance, they know the market practice.’

‘Their assistance was excellent’. 

Key clients

ABN AMRO

AM

Apollo/Lapithus

ASR Vastgoed

Atlassian

Balmoral

BamTech (Subsidiary of Disney)

BAM

Borago Properties

Catella

Cathexis

CBRE

CBRE Global Investors

Confinimmo

Corio Retail

Cisco

Cromwell

Cyclus Property

Deciem

Dusit Thani Hotels & Resorts

European Investment Bank

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Expeditors

First Sponsor

Fluor

G&S Vastgoed

GAC

GHMG

Gilead-Kite

Goldman Sachs

Google

Great Grey Investments

Hanzevast

Hästens

Heitman

IES Immobilien Group

ING Real Estate

IPMMC

Imtech

Investcorp

Janssen Biologics

Janssen Vaccines and Prevention

Johnson & Johnson

KNSF

LaSalle Investment Management

Leen Bakker

Louman Groep

Pathe

PZEM/ Delta

Media Markt Saturn

Merlin Entertainment Development

Mn Services

Motel One

MottMacDonald

Movares

Municipalities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Haaksbergen, Hoorn, Almere and Den Helder

Ministeries of Finance and Housing

Navteq

NL Real Estate

OVG

Perial

Pinnacle

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 4

Anne Marie Verschuur heads the IP/IT group and co-heads NautaDutilh's life sciences, healthcare, and technology team. She has broad IP expertise including litigation and advisory work. Seasoned practitioner, Charles Gielen (now of counsel) has been involved in many landmark litigation cases and is a professor at several universities. Also of counsel, Richard van Oerle, is also an experienced IP litigator of note. The team provides clients with a range of tailor-made software that assists in efficiency savings on their interactions with the firm and also has a range of highly flexible and variable billing modes.

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Charles Gielen; Richard van Oerle

Key clients

Wiko/Tinno Mobile

Heraeus

Medac

Mt. Sinai (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

Aseptix Health Sciences

Dutch Caribbean > Leading firms Tier 1

NautaDutilh acts for an extensive client roster of financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies on the Dutch Caribbean law aspects of cross-border mandates including international corporate transactions and contentious issues. From the firm’s New York office, managing partner Elizabeth Van Schilfgaarde is highly experienced in financing matters and regularly acts for borrowers, guarantors, financial institutions and investment funds on US financings involving Dutch Caribbean companies and assets. In Amsterdam, Barbara Rumora-Scheltema advises on Dutch Caribbean restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution mandates and also handles international arbitration proceedings; while Frans Van Der Eerden co-heads the firm’s derivatives, repos and securities lending team, which advises on Dutch Caribbean law.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Nauta team was a pleasure to work with. The understood our client’s needs and were responsive, creative and business-minded. I would recommend Nauta wholeheartedly.’

‘Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde and Nikki Dekker were a very strong team. They understood our client’s challenges and partnered with our group seamlessly. Nikki in particular was available and assisted navigating a complex transaction across time zones.’

Key clients

International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)

International Securities Lending Association (ISLA)

McDermott International, Inc.

Playa Hotels and Resorts N.V.

Damen Shipyards Group

The firm: NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg and Dutch-Caribbean law. The firm was founded in 1724 and is one of the largest in the Benelux region, with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg as well as in London and New York.

What has kept us relevant all these years is adaptive thinking. This subtle art is all about learning how to think instead of being taught what to think. It allows us to deal with change, learn from new situations and think on our feet when solving problems on behalf of our clients.

NautaDutilh places particular emphasis on combining expertise in those practice areas which are relevant to its clients’ business with an understanding of the underlying industries, and their strategic and economic drivers. This approach defines NautaDutilh’s organisation with its dedicated teams for particular sectors, including financial institutions, real estate, private equity, life sciences, healthcare and energy and natural resources. These teams are all multidisciplinary, combining deep sector knowledge with the highest level of legal expertise.

While its practice is anchored in the jurisdictions of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, NautaDutilh works with a substantial number of clients involved in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and proceedings. The firm works on a non-exclusive basis with leading law firms throughout the world.

Main areas of practice: NautaDutilh is characterised by its significant banking and finance, corporate and dispute resolution capabilities, strengthened by other extensive practice areas.

Banking and finance: NautaDutilh fields the largest acquisition finance, structured finance and general bank lending team in the Netherlands, advising on complex, one-off financing arrangements as well as on mainstream financing arrangements. In addition, NautaDutilh advises on derivatives, financial services and regulatory matters to almost every major domestic or international bank, financial institution and regulatory body with interests in the Netherlands.

Capital markets: NautaDutilh enjoys an international reach through its offices in London and New York. Its capital markets team advises on a range of equity offerings including IPOs, secondary offerings and rights issues. Their debt capital markets expertise includes MTN and commercial paper programmes, notes issues, repackagings and the emerging markets segment of the Eurobond market. Securitisations are an additional focus area within NautaDutilh both for the domestic market and for pan-European transactions, with particular expertise in relation to RMBS and covered bond programmes.

Competition: the NautaDutilh competition practice has an established merger control capability and has significant experience litigating both before the European courts and in the national arena. The team carries out litigation relating to cases involving State aid, cartel damages, merger control and to behavioural cases such as distribution and horizontal cooperation.

Corporate and M&A: NautaDutilh has a significant public M&A capability having advised on almost all transactions involving competing public offers for companies listed in the Netherlands. The team also advises on the buying and selling of domestic and international private companies and businesses. A specific area of expertise is supporting private equity transactions. The corporate team also provides a broad range of advice on corporate and commercial matters with particular emphasis on corporate governance, reorganisations and international joint ventures. The team’s ability to advise and to execute is strengthened  by its civil law notarial practice.

Dispute resolution: NautaDutilh handles a broad range of litigation and arbitration relating to securities, transactions, insolvency and restructuring, officers’ and directors’ liability, insurance, IP, employment, regulatory, fiscal and administrative law related issues and commercial cases and benefits from having the only true stand-alone arbitration team in the Dutch market.

The firm is a leading player in class actions, having acted on the ground-breaking Converium case which established the Netherlands as the only European country that has enforced a worldwide class action settlement on an opt-out basis for investors who had been dismissed from a US securities class action by the US court.

Employment & Pensions: as well as advising on the employment law aspects of corporate transactions, in particular with respect to consultation requirements, employee participation and the replacement, and employment terms, of board members, the NautaDutilh pensions and employment team advises on other contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including collective and individual dismissals.

Insurance & Liability: NautaDutilh provides a broad range of services to insurers, reinsurers and brokers, as well as to companies. The team advises on, and litigates in, all key areas of insurance and civil and commercial liability, including professional, medical, environmental and product liability. The team has extensive expertise in both contentious and non-contentious cases.

Intellectual property: NautaDutilh specialises in patent and trade mark litigation, but also enjoys considerable expertise in the areas of copyright, designs, and neighbouring and database rights, as well as advertising and domain name disputes. The firm litigates nationally and across borders in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium and regularly coordinates multi-jurisdictional litigation before European tribunals.

Real Estate & Infrastructure: with a substantial team of lawyers, the real estate and infrastructure team supports its clients through the entire life cycle of a real estate/infrastructure project from the development, construction and financing through to the operation of the underlying real estate or infrastructure. Specific areas of enabling expertise include finance, PPP, project development, asset management, landlord and tenant law, planning and zoning, environmental law and construction law.

Restructuring and insolvency: the team advises on financial restructurings as well as on insolvency related litigation and specialises in cross-border cases or cases with an international component. 80% of its cases are carried out in cooperation with foreign law firms.

Taxation: in addition to advising on the taxation aspects of corporate and financial transactions, the NautaDutilh taxation team has an established practice advising corporate clients on their ongoing tax affairs and tax planning.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot
Arbitration Kasper Krzeminski
Asset Finance & Structured Finance Arjan Scheltema
Asset Finance & Structured Finance Michaëla Ulrici
Banking & Finance Arjan Pors
Banking & Finance Larissa Silverentand
Banking & Finance David Viëtor
Capital Markets Petra Zijp
Construction David van Ee
Corporate, M&A Lieke van der Velden
Data Protection and Data Pricacy Albert van der Kolk
Dispute resolution Rutger Kalsbeek
Dispute resolution Paul Olden
Employment, benefits and pensions Homme ten Have
Energy & Natural Resources Harm Kerstholt
Energy & Natural Resources Jaap Jan Trommel
EU & competition Mauricette Schaufeli
Fraud & White Collar Crime Marike Bakker
Fraud & White Collar Crime Francien Rense
Information technology Joris Willems
Insurance & Liability Stijn Franken
Insurance & Liability Sjoerd Meijer
Intellectual Property Anne Marie Verschuur
Investment Funds Frans van der Eerden
Investment Funds Larissa Silverentand
Life Sciences & healthcare Ruud Smits
Notarial Wijnand Bossenbroek
Notarial Marianne de Waard-Preller
Private Equity Gaike Dalenoord
Private Equity Joost den Engelsman
Public Law Jolize Lautenbach
Real Estate & Infrastructure Kees Koetsier
Real Estate & Infrastructure David van Ee
Restructuring/insolvency Robert van Galen
Restructuring/insolvency Barbara Rumora-Scheltema
Shipping, aviation and transport Erik Geerling
Taxation Nico Blom
Telecoms Joris Willems
Taxation Chris Warner
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Marike Bakker photo Mrs Marike Bakker Partner
Mr Nico Blom photo Mr Nico Blom Partner
Mr Wijnand Bossenbroek  photo Mr Wijnand Bossenbroek Partner, notary
Mr Gaike Dalenoord photo Mr Gaike Dalenoord Partner
Mr Stijn Franken photo Mr Stijn Franken Partner
Mrs Liza Gerritsen photo Mrs Liza Gerritsen Senior Associate
Ms Iris Kieft photo Ms Iris Kieft Associate Partner
Mr Sjoerd Meijer photo Mr Sjoerd Meijer Partner
Mrs Antonia Netiv photo Mrs Antonia Netiv Partner
Mr Paul Olden photo Mr Paul Olden Partner
Mr Frans Overkleeft photo Mr Frans Overkleeft Partner
Mr Pim Rank photo Mr Pim Rank Of Counsel
Mrs Barbara Rumora-Scheltema photo Mrs Barbara Rumora-Scheltema Partner
Mrs Mauricette Schaufeli  photo Mrs Mauricette Schaufeli Partner
Mr Arjan Scheltema photo Mr Arjan Scheltema Partner
Mrs Larissa Silverentand photo Mrs Larissa Silverentand Partner
Mr Stephan Sluiter photo Mr Stephan Sluiter Associate Partner
Mr Ruud Smits photo Mr Ruud Smits Partner
Mr Jasha Sprecher photo Mr Jasha Sprecher Partner
Mr Teun Struycken photo Mr Teun Struycken Partner
Mr Homme Ten Have photo Mr Homme Ten Have Partner
Mr Jaap Jan Trommel photo Mr Jaap Jan Trommel Partner
Mr Sven Uiterwijk  photo Mr Sven Uiterwijk Partner
 Michaëla Ulrici  photo Michaëla Ulrici Partner
Mr Paul Van Der Bijl photo Mr Paul Van Der Bijl Partner, notary
Mr Frans Van Der Eerden photo Mr Frans Van Der Eerden Partner
Mrs Lieke Van Der Velden photo Mrs Lieke Van Der Velden Partner
Mr David Van EE photo Mr David Van EE Partner
Mr Robert Van Galen photo Mr Robert Van Galen Partner
Mrs Mirjam Van de Hel-Koedoot  photo Mrs Mirjam Van de Hel-Koedoot Partner
Mr Freerk Vermeulen photo Mr Freerk Vermeulen Partner
Mrs Anne Marie Verschuur photo Mrs Anne Marie Verschuur Partner
 David Viëtor  photo David Viëtor Partner
Mr Chris Warner photo Mr Chris Warner Partner
Mr Joris Willems photo Mr Joris Willems Partner
Mrs Petra Zijp photo Mrs Petra Zijp Partner
Number of lawyers : 400+
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Contacts : Jaap Jan Trommel
Contacts : Chris Warner
Offices : Amsterdam
Offices : Brussels
Offices : London
Offices : Luxembourg
Offices : New York
Offices : Rotterdam

At NautaDutilh, we aim to meet our clients’ needs, contribute to their success and create an inspiring and challenging working environment for our employees. We embrace independence and integrity towards our clients, employees, stakeholders and society at large.

Taking responsibility for the effects of our activities from a social, ecological and economic perspective is a fundamental part of how we think and act. We are firmly rooted in society and actively contribute to the way it functions, based on our specific competences and our diversity, in a way that is true to our character. That same mission was of equal importance to one of our founders, Tobias Asser, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911.

Today, we are involved in and support a wide range of activities, such as the Lawyers for Lawyers Foundation where we sit on the board, and are the exclusive legal advisers to the SI² fund, which invests in innovative, socially responsible companies. We also participate in Pro Bono Connect and are among the 13 law firms that support the public interest clearinghouse. We set aside time to contribute to new legislation and regulations through consultation procedures, and encourage the relatively large number of academics in our ranks to take part in them. In addition to various internal initiatives, many of our people are active in political, social and/or cultural activities and events outside of work.

Sustainability
Sustainable development has always been high on NautaDutilh’s list of priorities. The Think Green Committee has played a key role in fostering environmental awareness within thefirm since 2004. The committee’s aim is to raise environmental awareness through actionswhich involve everyone, such as the reduce of paper and energy consumption and the useof public transport or bike.

Diversity Committee
We are firmly convinced of the benefits of a diverse workforce. It has been on our priority list since 2001. A more active approach was taken in 2005 by the establishment of a firmwide Diversity Committee. Together with other law firms, we’ve also created the Women in Law (WIL) Program, a training program for young female lawyers intended to improve their soft skills and provide them with the tools they need to succeed in the legal profession.

Children and Law
We are especially dedicated to playing an active role in society for children who have poor access to ‘law’. One of the organisations we support in this light is KidsRights, which promotes the well-being of vulnerable children across the world and advocates for the realization of their rights. We also support JINC, giving young people a better chance for the future, and introduce children from underprivileged neighbourhoods to the concept of ‘law’ at the IMC Weekend School. We also provide legal services the Kindertelefoon (Child Helpline) on a pro bono basis.


Corporate Social Responsibility; Empowering the Next Generation

Social engagement and corporate responsibility are inextricably bound up with NautaDutilh’s day-to-day legal practice. We help companies in a wide range of sectors to resolve the issues they are or will be facing in an equitable and practical manner.

Sharing knowledge and working in concert are paramount. We feel that corporate social responsibility entails so much more and have taken “Empowering the next generation” as our main motto. We are committed to strengthening the position of the next generation by giving them opportunities in a sustainable world.

A diverse and safe working environment

An important part of our strategy is our diversity policy. We aim to promote a safe working environment in which employees feel free to be themselves. Gender diversity, LGBT+ diversity, and cultural diversity are of primary concern. We believe that diversity makes a team stronger.

The current male to female ratio in our partner population is approximately 30/70. Although this makes NautaDutilh one of the top 5 Dutch law firms in terms of diversity, our goal is 50/50, which we hope to achieve by actively recruiting and retaining talented women with, among other things, effective career coaching and by preventing subconscious prejudice from rearing its head in performance reviews. In terms of up-and-coming talent, we are already at 50/50.

In 2014, NautaDutilh became the first independent law firm in the Benelux to have its own LGBT+ network. We are one of the co-founders of Stichting Forward, which aims to promote the acceptance, recognition, and visibility of LGBT+ in the Dutch legal profession.

NautaDutilh also strives for a greater influx of culturally diverse talent. To implement this in practice, we, for example, work with Diversity Dinner. We have partnered this initiative since its launch in 2016.

You can find a more in-depth overview of our CSR policy here.


International Business

Founded in 1724, we have literally centuries of experience in advising in complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional proceedings and transactions. More than 50% of our clients have their corporate headquarters outside the Benelux countries.

Clients

We have long-standing relationships with most of our clients, which marks our goal: we are in for the long run. We strive to contribute to our clients’ business with an understanding of the underlying industries, and their strategic and economic drivers. In an ever-increasing competitive environment, we believe that we can make a difference to our clients by combining the best expertise of our multidisciplinary teams, by our proactive approach as well as by offering an exceptional client experience at every moment. The firm has worked with a diverse range of international clients including Airbus, Apollo, Bank of America, Carlyle, Daimler, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Mylan, Samsung, Shell, Uber or Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield to name just a few.

Teams

Our lawyers are truly international in practice and culture. Most have studied abroad, worked in our London or New York offices* or at one of our “good friend” law firms abroad. They regularly travel to meet with clients and co-counsel in an effort to truly understand and address client needs. They have a deep understanding of the many ways in which people from other cultures conduct business. NautaDutilh has permanent teams (country desks) to monitor presence and competences in markets other than Belgium, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Luxembourg. Our current teams monitor market developments and players in China, India, Japan, Germany and France. The country desks help NautaDutilh’s clients find their way round in the country concerned. The country desks also assist foreign clients in finding their way round in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.

Network

Our clients benefit from our strong international network which is currently covering more than 140 jurisdictions in the world. Firms in this network include full service as well as specialised law firms. Since our foundation in 1724 we have stuck to our strategy of being an independent law firm. As a result, our clients get highest value for money since we are having no constraints due to formal alliances or having to cross-sell fixed networks. Every company, every jurisdiction and every situation is unique; thanks to our approach our clients can be sure to get the most suitable legal expert, taking into account the quality of their reputation, understanding of the relevant businesses, technical advice and client service. We cultivate our relations with other firms. By striving to excel client wishes, we have become a member of a fraternity of firms around the globe with the same approach.

Offices

We have offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, as well as in London and New York*. We assist our clients in our domestic markets of the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and worldwide.

*NautaDutilh practices Dutch, Belgian, Luxembourg and Dutch Caribbean law.

NautaDutilh appoints three new partners

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners as of 1 April 2021. These appointments further strengthen several of our practice groups, including our Data, Cybersecurity & IT law team, our Banking & Finance team and our Corporate M&A team. With a new partner appointed in each of our three home jurisdictions, NautaDutilh underlines its position as a leading Benelux law firm.


NautaDutilh welcomes new investment funds partner Luc Courtois

On 3 February 2020, NautaDutilh strengthened its Luxembourg funds practice with the arrival of investment funds partner Luc Courtois. Prominent in his field, Luc has more than 25 years' experience on the Luxem-bourg legal market, with a strong focus on investment management. His practice covers the full range of Luxembourg-based UCITS and alternative funds as well as all legal aspects of investment funds, man-agement companies and their activities.

NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg establishes Insurance and Reinsurance practice

NautaDutilh is pleased to announce the establishment of its Luxembourg Insurance and Reinsurance practice, another big step in the firm's ongoing expansion. The new practice group reflects increased client demand for legal services in the insurance field.


NautaDutilh opens Luxembourg Desk in New York

NautaDutilh expands its New York office with a Luxembourg desk headed by Jad Nader, who recently has been named local partner. The firm's New York satellite team advises US clients on Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg law, particularly in regard to cross-border banking and finance and corporate M&A transactions. The arrival of a Luxembourg partner will increase the firm's capacity to handle Dutch and Luxembourg matters locally.


Outsourcing in the Financial Sector

NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on outsourcing in the financial sector, which will take place on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.    


NautaDutilh defended Fendi against Coach

NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg defended the interests of luxury fashion house Fendi in proceedings against US-based Coach for infringement by the latter of Fendi's EU design rights in its Peekaboo handbag.


Breakfast Seminar – The financing of Luxembourg Investment Funds – 6 April 2017

NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on the financing of Luxembourg investment funds, to be held on Thursday, 6 April 2017 at the Waldorf Hilton.


NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A.

NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A., as issuer on its USD 500 million 5.3% senior notes offering which successfully closed on 20th January. The issuer is part of the Brazilian Raizen group, the world largest individual producer of sugar cane. The Raizen group also operates a network of more than 5,800 Shell-branded stations in Brazil.