Firm Profile > NautaDutilh > Amsterdam, Netherlands


Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 1

The ‘high-quality’ team at NautaDutilh is led by Arjan Scheltema and the ‘innovative, exceptional’ Michaëla Ulrici. The latter is acting for Venn Partners on its residential mortgage-backed securities transaction. Duco Harmsen was promoted to senior associate in April 2018.

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s team has 'a good relationship with the regulator and access to all levels' and is 'proactive and provides solutions before issues become problems'. Frans Van Der Eerden assisted Rabobank with the set-up of its mortgage loan platform Vista Hypotheken. Group head Larissa Silverentand assisted Van Lanschot spin-off Captin, a securities trading platform, with its application for a Multilateral Trading Facility licence. Senior associate Juliët de Graaf  joined in July 2018 from DLA Piper. Of counsel Pim Rank and senior associate Roderick Watson are also recommended. Jorik Reijmer is now in-house with Uber.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s team is 'highly efficient' and is praised by one client for 'never engaging more team members than necessary'. It has notable expertise in cross-border work and is key name for real estate, restructuring and project finance mandates. Swedish private equity firm EQT is a major client for the practice, with team lead Ajan Pors acting for the client on the provision of financing to Argand Partners for the acquisition of Oase Management. Willem Keukens was promoted to counsel in April 2018. The group can also draw on the expertise of Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde and Walter Schellekens, the firm's managing partners in New York and London respectively.

Capital markets: debt Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s managing partner Petra Zijp leads the debt capital markets team. The highly regarded Antonia Netiv and Arjan Pors advised JP Morgan on the €250m senior secured notes issue of a subsidiary of Radisson Hotel Holdings. Walter Schellekens assisted a mix of long-term and new clients with billions of euros of issuances in the last year.

Capital markets: equity Tier 1

NautaDutilh is a popular choice for foreign listings of Dutch companies. Practice head Petra Zijp and Antonia Netiv advised on a Luxembourg-listed investment firm’s listing on Euronext Amsterdam and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, valued at €4.2bn. Netiv and Paul Van Der Bijl also acted for a German biotech company listing on the Nasdaq, valued at $106m.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s practice is ‘ahead of the game’ and has 'an excellent reputation in the market'. It is a popular choice for financial institutions and, in a recent example of its strength in this area, Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer is representing Deloitte in proceedings pertaining to aspects of its audit of Steinhoff International Holdings NV. Supreme Court litigator Freerk Vermeulen successfully acted for Urgenda in climate change litigation against the state of the Netherlands. Paul Olden and Frans Overkleeft are also noted. Yvette Steeg-Tijms has been promoted to partner.

Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s team is led by Paul Holden and includes Geert Raaijmakers; both mediators are accredited by the London-based Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution. Shareholder and transaction-related disputes remain key strengths.

Energy: transactional Tier 1

NautaDutilh 'demonstrates a huge capacity to adapt teams; it dedicates specialists when requested and keeps a perfect project management approach' especially on M&A work. The 'highly experienced' Jaap Jan Trommel and senior associate Lisa Schoenmakers provide 'proactive and commercially focused advice' to clients including Centrica Plc and Tullow Oil. Highlight work includes assisting NY-listed McDermott on an agreement to acquire Chicago Bridge & Iron Company's entire Dutch business in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $6bn. Joost den Engelsman is also a key member of the team.

Environment and planning Tier 1

NautaDutilh’s public law group is headed by Anne-Marie Klijn who, together with senior associate Berend Haagen, assisted Triodos and OVG in their success regarding the development of a new circular office in the heavily protected Reehorst Estate which has significant ecological and sustainability qualities. Norbert De Munnik has retired from the firm and Jolize Lautenbach now heads the Rotterdam team and associate Pieter van der Woerd has joined from Stibbe.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

NautaDutilh's team provides 'good, transparent and in-time legal advice, makes a quick analysis of the problem and turns it into good practical hands-on advice'. It handles a wide range of matters, including criminal, tax, regulatory and civil litigation and audit investigations, for domestic and international clients. Marike Bakker, who is 'on the ball, responsive and has a real focus on what serves the client and case best', and Daan Lunsingh are advising Deloitte on various aspects of its audit of Steinhoff International Holdings, and the possible accounting irregularities that have come to light at Steinhoff. Bakker, Rob van der Hoeven and Francien Rense are the practice heads.

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

NautaDutilh fields a substantial team that offers a full service to clients in the food and agricultural sectors including issues of food safety and relevant technologies. Leading partner Jolize Lautenbach and senior associate Silvia Gawronski have a focus on regulations; Teska van Vuren handles a range of corporate and private equity matters and Anne Marie Verschuur brings her IP expertise to the mix. The team is assisting a number of clients including Spack Trading in disputes with SKAL, the control authority that certifies organic companies and products. Other clients include Coca Cola, Danone, Unilever and ForFarmers.

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

NautaDutilh 'has a small dedicated team of high-quality, specialised individuals' providing an impressive range of regulatory, IP, and financing as well as M&A advice. The team is also highlighted for 'working very harmoniously to put the person most capable of handling a specific task front and center for every interaction'.  Corporate expert Ruud Smits and senior associate Rebecca Pinto 'both deserve special mention for being crisp, clear, and strong communicators and for thinking about how to get the deal done'. IP specialist Anne Marie Verschuur is also in demand. The team's clients range from big pharma to startups as well as private equity and other investors including Celltrion Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, and Wacker Chemie, which it is assisting with the acquisition of SynCo Bio Partners Holding.

Industry focus: retail Tier 1

The NautaDutilh team is headed by Corporate and M&A partners Teska van Vuren and Jaap Stoop and offers a full suite of practice area expertise to its retail sector clients. It advised Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baker and distributor of baked goods, in connection with its $650m acquisition of East Balt Bakeries from One Equity Partners. In other work, together with Polish firm, Wardyński & Partners, the team advised ForFarmers on the purchase of a 60% stake in Polish feed company Tasomix. Anne-Marie Klijn and David Van Dijk are other key members of the practice.

Insurance Tier 1

NautaDutilh is rated for having 'longstanding and intense relationships with insurers and profound knowledge of regulators' informal opinions'. Sjoerd Meijer and Stijn Franken co-head the team; the latter is 'a great litigator and is creative and strategic'. The team is representing former Royal Imtech supervisory board members on multiple claims relating to Imtech’s various directors’ and officers’ insurance and public offering of securities insurance programmes following Imtech’s highly publicised bankruptcy in August 2015.

Investment funds Tier 1

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.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

With 'very broad experience and knowledge', NautaDutilh forges 'great working relationships' with clients. Insolvency specialist Robert Van Galen heads the team; Barbara Rumora-Scheltema and Teun Struycken are notable practitioners. The team acts for various financial institutions including Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas. In recent work, the group advised the Croatian corporate Agrokor on its major and complex restructuring after a crisis in respect of its €5.8bn of debt – a successful settlement plan was constructed. The team frequently works with recommended London-based partner Marc Orval.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

NautaDutilh's ‘responsive’ team is well known for its English and Dutch law capabilities. Walter Schellekens acted for the sponsors of a $1bn reserves-based lending facility for the exploration and exploitation of major oil fields in Nigeria on setting up a Dutch SPV to act as borrower under the facility. Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde, who is based in New York, leads advice to McDermott International on the financing of its acquisition of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company's entire business in an all-stock transaction , valued at $6bn. The group, which is headed by Arjan Pors, includes David Viëtor, who counts Apax partners as a client. Willem Keukens was promoted to counsel in April 2018.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 2

The NautaDutilh team, spearheaded by global head of corporate and M&A Lieke van der Velden, can tackle large M&A deals; Leo Groothuis led the team which acted for Unibail-Rodamco in its acquisition of Westfield, the flagship shopping centre with an overall deal value of €21bn. The transaction included setting up a Dutch company to acquire Westfield’s US operations and certain Dutch assets, the company would then become a Dutch REIT.  Joost den Engelsman's corporate practice includes handling private equity deals and he recently advised long-standing client ABB on the Dutch leg of ABB’s acquisition of the global Industrial Solutions business from General Electric, a matter valued at €2.6bn.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

The ‘strong, academic and practical’ practice at NautaDutilh routinely handles investor-state and corporate arbitration matters. In an example of its strength in the former, practice head Gerard Meijer, who stands out for his 'strategic' approach, is acting for two foreign investors in securing attachments in the Netherlands and other jurisdictions pertaining to a $500m arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan. Meijer, alongside counsel Mirjam van de Hel- Koedoot and Bo Ra van der Plas-Hoebeke, is also representing Chevron Corporation and Texaco Petroleum Company, in arbitral proceedings under the Uncitral rules before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague; the case concerns claims by the clients concerning the basis of the Bilateral Investment Treaty between the US and the Republic of Ecuador. Meijer and Bastiaan Assink 'are absolutely brilliant: their clarity of thought, methodological approach and responsiveness make working with them so easy and efficient'.

EU and competition Tier 2

NautaDutilh’s group ‘balances a theoretical but pragmatic approach’ and provides 'clear, concise and prompt advice'. Its workload includes competition-related transactions and litigation. Co-group heads Herman Speyart and the ‘effectiveBarbara Nijs advise clients including Bencis, Sansei Technologies and Vivendi.

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

NautaDutilh is acknowledged for its 'depth and breadth of IP expertise'. Charles Gielen and Anne Marie Verschuur are highlighted by clients. Other noted team members include of counsel Richard van Oerle and senior associate Marlous Schrijvers. The team's recent work included successfully defended Daimler against copyright infringement claims from BSUR Agency regarding Daimler's 'smart fortwo' campaign. The group is also acting for Diagio in disputes and for Lego in relation to contentious work.

Private equity Tier 2

The team at NautaDutilh, which is based across the firm's Amsterdam and Rotterdam offices, integrates corporate and finance lawyers, tax advisers and civil law notaries, to offer a multi-faceted service. Joost den EngelsmanLieke van der Velden and Gaike Dalenoord are the practice heads. The team acted for Nutria, an animal nutrition company, on its international auction sale to Bluestar Adisseo for $193m.

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

NautaDutilh's project finance, real estate, and energy and utilities expertise combines with its regulatory, competition, and tax abilities to offer clients a full service on project-related work. The team is acting for ABG Sundal Collier, the sole manager for the bond issue by Tulip Oil Netherlands Offshore in connection with the placement of an €8m five year senior secured bond. It is also acting on a number of projects as lenders' counsel in the infrastructure and real estate sectors. Jaco Belder, David van Ee, and Erik Geerling are some of the standout lawyers in the team.

Real estate Tier 2

David Van Dijk heads the real estate and infrastructure group at NautaDutilh and led a large team that advised WP Carey International on its acquisition of a DIY portfolio owned by VNB Real Estate. This was achieved through a sale and leaseback transaction. The practice counts BAM, Cisco, Fluor and LaSalle Investment Management among its client roster.

Tax Tier 2

The practice at NautaDutilh is a key name for transactional tax matters. Practice head and managing partner Chris Warner advised McDermott International on the agreement to acquire Chicago Bridge & Iron Company’s entire business in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $6bn. Securitisation expert Nico Blom assisted STMicroelectronics with a rare issuance of  €1.5bn convertible bonds listed on three different stock markets. Edward Rijnhout and litigator Léon Wijsman are also noted.

Transport Tier 2

At NautaDutilh, shipping specialist Erik Geerling, aviation financing expert Teun Struycken, and litigator Kasper Krzeminski are the key names. The Rotterdam-based department has notable strength in ship financing and transactions, aircraft financing and vessel construction.

Construction Tier 3

At NautaDutilhDavid van Ee specialises in PPPs, infrastructure, and real estate, and advised the lenders to the winning consortium, LEVVEL, on the €869m Afsluitdijk project which involves major reinforcement of the dyke and development of the surrounding area. The team, which includes senior partners David Van Dijk and Anne-Marie Klijn handles large-scale PPPs in the infrastructure and industrial spaces in addition to commercial and mixed use developments.

Employment Tier 3

Practice head Homme ten Have and senior associate Gijs van Nes are the main contacts at NautaDutilh who attract clients including Municipality of Amsterdam, Pathé Theatres and Boston Consulting Group. Its work includes acting for Smallsteps in proceedings with the union on the applicability of the EU Transfer of Undertaking Directive. It also advised works councils on challenges to proposed protective measures when LeasePlan announced that a consortium was considering options to sell down its stake in LeasePlan.

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

As part of the NautaDutilh Benelux data protection and cyber security group, Albert van der Kolk and Anne Marie Verschuur head the Dutch team that assists clients with a range of IT matters, often arising from M&A and joint ventures. It has acted for clients including Uber Technologies and Vivendi, and current work includes acting in an international arbitration arising from a joint venture for the development of software.

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

Anne Marie Verschuur, who is an IP and litigation expert, oversees the NautaDutilh media group that also includes associate partners Jolize Lautenbach and Saskia Nuijten. The team is acting for the city of Amsterdam on an issue regarding an agreement with the city broadcaster AT5 on its future broadcasting. It also acts for NPO on issues around public broadcasting.

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3

Piet Sippens Groenewegen heads NautaDutilh's TMT group which is acting for a telecoms client in relation to the European Commission's assessment of the intended merger between two major telecoms companies. Corporate partners Leo Groothuis and Ruud Smits are worthy of note. Vodafone is a client.

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 4

Anne Marie Verschuur, who heads the NautaDutilh practice, is a litigator with significant patent experience across a range of industries. Her work includes acting for Medac on the Dutch leg of patent litigation initiated by Accord Healthcare. Of counsel Charles Gielen is noted for his expertise in IP disputes.

The firm: NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian, 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 and Luxembourg as well as in London and New York.

NautaDutilh places particular emphasis on combining expertise in those practice areas which are relevant to 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, investment funds, private equity, life sciences, healthcare and energy and utilities. 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.

Areas of practice: NautaDutilh is characterised by its significant banking and finance, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution capabilities, strengthened by extensive other practice areas including competition, employment and pensions, insurance, taxation, real estate and infrastructure.

Banking and finance: NautaDutilh fields the largest acquisition finance, structured finance and general bank lending team in the Benelux region, advising on complex, one-off financing arrangements as well as on mainstream financing arrangements, both on behalf of issuers and debtors. 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 Benelux region.

Capital markets: the 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.

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.

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. This focus enables the firm to maintain the only true stand-alone arbitration team in the Benelux market. The firm is a leading player in class actions, having acted in the ground-breaking Converium case.

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A Lieke van der Velden
Public law Anne-Marie Klijn
Public law Herman Speyart
Dispute resolution Paul Olden
Dispute resolution Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer
Banking and finance David Viëtor
Banking and finance Pim Rank
Civil law notary Wijnand Bossenbroek
Employment, benefits and pensions Homme ten Have
Construction and property David van Dijk
Construction and property David van Ee
Fraud and white-collar crime Joost Italianer
Fraud and white-collar crime Paul Olden
Fraud and white-collar crime Marike Bakker
Private equity Gaike Dalenoord
Private equity David Viëtor
ICT Piet Sippens Groenewegen
Insurance and liability Stijn Franken
Insurance and liability Sjoerd Meijer
Intellectual property Anne Marie Verschuur
Taxation Nico Blom
Taxation Chris Warner
Insolvency and restructuring Robert van Galen
Insolvency and restructuring Barbara Rumora-Scheltema
Asset finance and structured finance Michaëla Ulrici
Asset finance and structured finance Arjan Scheltema
Capital markets Petra Zijp
EU and competition Herman Speyart
Photo Name Position Profile
 Joost Den Engelsman photo Joost Den Engelsman
 Erik Geerling photo Erik Geerling
 Kasper Krzeminski photo Kasper Krzeminski
 Arjan Pors photo Arjan Pors
 Francien Rense photo Francien Rense
 Albert Van Der Kolk photo Albert Van Der Kolk
 Teska Van Vuren photo Teska Van Vuren
Number of lawyers : 433
at this office : 231
Contacts : Petra Zijp
Contacts : Jaap Jan Trommel
Contacts : Chris Warner
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : New York
Other 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.

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.

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.

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.