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NautaDutilh
WEENA 800
3014 DA ROTTERDAM
PO BOX 1110, 3000 BC ROTTERDAM
Netherlands

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

NautaDutilh has a strong pedigree in Benelux and pan-European structured finance transactions, with its heavyweight team being seen as a go-to for advice on portfolio transfers and mortgage investment structures. Securitisation transactions are seen as a key area of strength, and the team is also highly sought after for advice on the implementation of the Securitisation Regulation. Elsewhere, Arjan Scheltema is widely hailed for his covered bonds expertise, having acted on 14 out of 18 covered bonds programmes in the Netherlands. In 2020, Scheltema led the advice on the €40bn ABN Amro covered bonds programme. In addition, he also has experience of acting on over 100 public and private securitisations. Scheltema co-heads the structured finance practice with Michaëla Ulrici, who is another highly respected name at the firm.

Testimonials

The asset and structured finance practice of NautaDutilh continues to deliver the best-in-market legal advice when it comes to complex structured finance transactions. Not only in the field of more traditional asset-backed transactions like covered bonds and securitisations, but particularly in bilateral and platform transactions. Even after having worked with this team at NautaDutilh for more than twenty years, I continue to be impressed by their speed and quality of service.’

Having worked with Michaëla Ulrici on dozens of public and private structured finance transactions, she still manages to surprise me with brilliant new solutions and improvements to transaction structures. Michaëla is the lawyer you want on your team if you need fast and high-quality legal service in the Dutch structured finance market.

Arjan Scheltema is the other partner in NautaDutilh’s structured finance team that I have completed numerous transactions with to great satisfaction. Particularly in the field of covered bonds and RMBS, Arjan is the leading counsel in the Dutch market.

The team at Nauta has in-depth knowledge of the securitisation and covered bonds market.’

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.

DMF Investment Management B.V.

Intertrust Management B.V.

Argenta Spaarbank N.V.

Build Investment Management B.V.

Vistra (Netherlands) B.V.

J.C. Flowers & Co.

Work highlights

  • Advised MeDirect Bank and Blauwtrust Groep on the establishment of new residential mortgage whole loan investment platform by Blauwtrust Groep B.V. with, inter alia, MeDirect Bank as investor. The transaction is a cross border fully STS Compliant Securitisation with mortgage receivables originated under a Dutch whole loan platform.
  • Assisted Achmea Bank with setting up the Soft Bullet Covered Bond Programme, as well as its existing Conditional Pass-Through Covered Bond Programme. This constitutes a shift for Achmea Bank from a Conditional Pass-Through to a soft bullet programme. This will be a substantial improvement for Achmea as it will likely significantly reduce its funding costs.
  • Assisted Syntrus Achmea Real Estate and Finance B.V. with setting up their multiple investors Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform for investments in Dutch mortgage loans. This platform is an originate-to-distribute proposition and was a key part of the centralization of Achmea group’s mortgage business to one mortgage channel.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

Reflective of NautaDutilh‘s standing in the financial services arena, it acts for a broad base of clients on transformational, innovative and other strategically significant projects. It also advises on issues arising from the implementation of new legislation and other major changes in the market. Clients turning to the firm for advice include Dutch and international banks, fund managers, insurance companies and e-money/payment services providers. In a recent highlight, Jasha Sprecher led the advice to retailer Blokker and fintech company Bits of Stock on the creation of an innovative loyalty programme that enables Blokker clients to exchange their loyalty points for share certificates in Blokker. Also notable is that Frans van der Eerden and others have been advising banks, investment managers and fund managers on the implementation of SFDR and other sustainability related rules and regulations. Sprecher and van der Eerden co-head the practice with Larissa Silverentand. Sven Uiterwijk is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Silverentand; Frans van der Eerden; Jasha Sprecher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The financial services regulatory team at NautaDutilh can be described as “one of a kind” compared to other firms. Each of the team members have their own field of expertise and together they are able to assist and advise on restructuring and regulatory matters involving licensing requests with our local regulator. Clients are guided step by step through the process, deadlines are made on time and any kind of issues that come up during the process are tackled. Their knowledge about regulatory topics such as EMIR, MiFID II, MiFIR is excellent.’

‘Larissa Silverentand – Larissa is an outstanding lawyer regarding regulatory aspects of financial sector and regulatory approvals with the local regulator. Her knowledge on al laws and regulations such as MiFID II/MiFIR is outstanding. Larissa is highly reputed among market commentators for her regulatory work, and it has been a pleasure to work with Larissa and her team.’

‘Frans van der Eerden – It is a pleasure to work with Frans. He guides his clients very well and makes his deadlines. His knowledge is outstanding, is available for his clients and he has guided us every step of the way. His knowledge and strategy to discuss matters with our local regulator makes him stand out compared to his competitors.’

‘Sven Uiterwijk – Outstanding knowledge on complex derivatives and EMIR related regulatory issues. Compared to his competitors, Sven is able to give a clear, simple explanation of complex matters and solves issues.’

‘Frans van der Eerden is the partner we most often work with. Very knowledgeable and hands-on and willing to think with his clients to find the best possible solution. Particularly his good relations with the regulator allow for a quick turn around of regulatory files and questions.’

‘Larissa Silverentand continues to stand out in the industry for her incredible breadth and depth of knowledge. Jasha Sprecher knows everything there is to know about payments and e-money institutions. He and his team have successfully guided several PSP/EMI licence applications over the past few years. Also when it comes to ongoing business he is on the ball.’

‘Thorough understanding of the working practices of the DNB. Good working relationship with the DNB.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

American Express

ASR

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BinckBank

Captin

CBRE Global Investors

Santander

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

State of the Netherlands

European Merchant Services

Franx B.V.

Geldmaat/GSN

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

ING Bank

JPMorgan

Ingenico

KPN

Mizuho Bank

Morgan Stanley

MUFG

NIBC Bank

Nomura

Orix/Robeco

Rewire

PIMCO

Rabobank

Takeaway

The Norinchukin Bank

Sixth Street Partners (SSP)

Triodos

Uber

UK P&I Club/Thomas Miller

VanLanschotKempen

Volksbank

Wex

Worldpay

Xe (part of Euronet)

Modulr

Knab (Aegon Bank)

Booking.com

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) with obtaining a banking licence in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted Booking.com with obtaining an insurance distribution licence for one of its group companies, enabling the group to distribute insurance products as an addition to its services offering.
  • Assisted Syntrus Achmea Real Estate and Finance B.V. with the set-up of Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform for investments in Dutch mortgage loans.

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

NautaDutilh has a stand out reputation handling complex and innovative finance transactions for Dutch and global financial institutions, as well as alternative debt providers. The practice is led by Arjan Pors, whose wide-ranging expertise includes general corporate lending, project finance and acquisition finance. His recent work included acting for the European Investment Bank on a financing for Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd. through its Dutch special purpose vehicle Serum Life Sciences B.V.  Another highlight saw David Viëtor and Janneke de Goeij – Prins assist Crescent Capital Group LP with the unitranche financing of the acquisition of CNC Holding by Sun European Partners from the Coöperatieve Nederlandse Champignonkwekersvereniging in 2020. Other notable individuals include Marc Orval, who has specialist expertise in leveraged/special situations financings, and Diederik Vriesendorp.

Practice head(s):

Arjan Pors

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hands-on, deal-oriented and borrower/lender-friendly. Efficient, pragmatic, yet knowledgeable.’

‘Social, know how to balance between need and nice to have. Solution-oriented, rather than stubborn.’

‘Diederik Vriesendorp, very knowledgeable and a pleasant person to deal with.

‘Consistently one of the strongest banking teams and my first choice for banking work in the Netherlands.’

‘David Vietor – very responsive and constructive, good at maintaining the relationship.’

‘Very client-friendly and efficient work.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Arcmont Asset Management Limited

Ares Capital Corporation

ASR Bank

Citibank, N.A.

Coface Finanz GmbH

Credit Agricole

Crescent Capital Group LP

Deutsche Bank

DeKa Bank

European Investment Bank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC Bank Plc

ING Bank N.V.

KBC Bank N.V.

Lucid Trustee Services Limited

National Westminster Bank Plc

NIBC Bank N.V.

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Rabobank

Royal Bank of Canada

Sanofi SA

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking and Corporation Europe Limited

Tokio Marine Europe S.A.

Triodos

Zurich Insurance PLC

Work highlights

  • Assisted multiple international banks as Dutch counsel in connection with the senior secured credit facilities for Organon. Organon is a global healthcare company formed through a spinoff from Merck (known as MSD outside of the US and Canada).
  • Assisted Sanofi with its recommended all-cash public offer for Kiadis Pharma B.V., a Dutch biotech company listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Brussels.
  • Advised ING Bank on financing the acquisition by Woonhave of two residential portfolios from respectively Castella and ASR Real Estate.

Netherlands > Capital markets: debt Tier 1

NautaDutilh, which fields an all-female capital markets deal team, is regularly seen in high-profile debt capital markets transactions in the Netherlands. Petra Zijp and Antonia Netiv co-head the group, which is a first port of call for many clients in their most complex convertible, high-yield, investment grade and regulatory-driven debt offerings. Having previously advised the client on establishing its $6bn Global Medium Term Note programme and inaugural notes offering in 2019, the firm acted for Prosus on three more offerings in 2020, and more recently handled an update of the programme. Also notable is that Zijp and Netiv advised Thyssenkrupp and its shareholders on the circa €4.2bn notes issued in connection with the acquisition of the client by Advent and Cinven. Senior associate Sabrina Legerstee is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Petra Zijp; Antonia Netiv

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wide-ranging practice, market leaders in the Netherlands, deep knowledge.’

‘Antonia Netiv – user friendly, commercial, hard working, always helpful, excellent on cross-border transactions’

‘Strong team which consistently delivers.’

‘Antonia Netiv is outstanding and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V.

Unibail-Rodamco

Achmea

de Volksbank

Mylan

Aercap

Citycon

Prosus N.V.

Daimler International Finance B.V.

STMicroelectrionics

Pharming

H&M

Work highlights

  • Advised Prosus on the setup of its $8bn GMTN Program and raises of €3.75bn and $1.6bn in 2020 and $1.85bn in 2021.
  • Advised Thyssenkrupp and its shareholders on the approx. $4.2bn notes issued in connection with the acquisition of Thyssenkrupp by Advent and Cinven.
  • Advised Daimler on the set-up of its Chinese debt issuance programme and panda bond issuances.

Netherlands > Capital markets: equity Tier 1

NautaDutilh is a leading player in the SPACs market, having structured the first US-style SPACs in the Netherlands. Illustrative of the firm’s credentials in this space, a team led by Antonia Netiv acted for Pegasus Acquisition Company Europe and its sponsors on the IPO of Pegasus on Euronext Amsterdam; this is the first European SPAC deal where shares, units and warrants can be traded simultaneously (like with US SPACs). This is also the largest SPAC deal in Europe to date. Elsewhere, beyond SPACs work, the firm is increasingly seen as a first port of call for Euronext Amsterdam IPOs involving mainstream companies, as well as a range of secondary offerings. In 2020, Netiv, Petra Zijp, Paul van der Bijl and senior associate Sabrina Legerstree were among the advisers to the underwriters on Fugro’s €197.1m rescue rights issue; this was the first rights issue in the Netherlands since 2016. Another highlight involved assisting Pharming Group with listing its American Depositary Shares on the NASDAQ Global Market.

Practice head(s):

Petra Zijp; Antonia Netiv; Paul van der Bijl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and very easy to work with.’

‘We have worked with Sabrina Legerstee for several years now and she is always a pleasure to work with. She has a commercial approach and always responds in a timely fashion.’

‘Nauta’s capital markets team has a profound knowledge of all aspects of Dutch law and its implications on capital markets transactions with a Dutch angle. They are, together with Nauta’s great tax team, able to provide valuable input on short notice on any capital market transaction involving a Dutch entity.’

‘Great combination of technical expertise and hands-on, pragmatic approach. Market leaders in their field.’

‘Petra Zijp is great. She is a very reassuring presence on Zoom calls.’

‘Antonia Netiv is the guru on Amsterdam-listed SPACs.’

Key clients

Amsterdam Commodities

ForFarmers

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

ING

a.s.r.

InflaRx

Trivago

Rabobank

Pharming

STMicroelectronics

Citibank

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan

Morgan Stanley

Barclays

Centogene

Pegasus Acquisition Company Europe

Beerenberg

ABN Amro

Vopak

Work highlights

  • Assisted the sponsors and company with the IPO of Pegasus Acquisition Company Europe B.V. on Euronext Amsterdam N.V., the largest SPAC deal in Europe to date and the first European SPAC deal where, shares, units and warrants can be traded simultaneously (like on U.S. SPACs).
  • Advised ING, Rabobank, Barclays, ABN Amro, BNP Paribas, HSBC and Credit Suisse on Fugro’s €197.1m rights issue in 2020.
  • Assisted CureVac with its $517.4m Nasdaq IPO.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 1

NautaDutilh is a long-established player in the Benelux region with further offices in London and New York. Practice head Lieke Van Der Velden counts M&A, joint venture and general corporate matters among her key strengths; she is particularly prominent in mandates in the financial services sector though the wider group is also adept in a number of other regulated industries, namely insurance, banking and energy. Leo Groothuis takes the lead on public M&A matters, often supporting on transactions with structuring, politically sensitive or potential dispute components. Stefan Wissing is also integral to the sizeable team and has expertise in M&A, joint venture, corporate governance and shareholder activism mandates. At Senior Associate level, Jacqueline Clement is especially knowledgeable of the media, technology, telecom and pharmaceutical sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lieke van der Velden

Other key lawyers:

Leo Groothuis; Stefan Wissin; Sybren de Beurs; Jacqueline Clement

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations combined with pragmatism and business acumen.’

‘Sybren de Beurs combines dedication and knowledge with client centricity and understanding of the client’s business and priorities. Special notice should be given to senior associate Esther Schreiber who is focused, pro-active and very knowledgeable.’

‘Sybren de Beurs is an outstanding lawyer, highly capable and reliable, with a very good understanding of the local and international VC, PE and M&A market, and the ins and outs of a company alike. He has been an excellent advisor to our company throughout multiple deals, and we retained his services for VC and M&A projects alike. Sybren has been instrumental for the successful closure of the deals and for helping the company scale successfully through these important stages. Besides having an in-depth knowledge of his area of practice, Sybren also has a good understanding of sustainable corporate governance and anchoring impact in investment documentation. He is a great team-player, easy and pleasant to work with.’

‘Large firm legal assistance, with a personal pragmatic touch by Sybren de Beurs. High skill with team members, hard working associates, broad capabilities.’

‘I think Sybren de Beurs is able to find a practical approach. He’s easy to connect with and communicates well.’

‘This team was far above standard expectations in terms of responsiveness and dedication (during nights, weekends, holidays). Even on on short notice, they were able to deliver top quality advice and documents. They were able to obtain results in record time and in spite of unforeseen circumstances’.

‘We have been very pleased by the unrelenting drive, flexibility and coordination capabilities of a very seasoned corporate M&A team in a challenging transaction with multiple potential scenarios, strategies and strict timelines that needed to run in parallel. Having the Nauta corporate team on our side was key to bringing this transaction to a successful conclusion. The corporate M&A team kept the various workstreams and several advisors in check. And in these special times, just a great group of people you know you can trust, with “their feet on the ground” while keeping a sense of humor.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Amsterdam Commodities N.V.

Basic-Fit

Nouryon

Vopak N.V.

HAL Investments

SHV, including NPM

Dutch Ministry of Finance

Lineage

Takeaway.com

RTL

Arvelle

Northsea

Getinge

Mirage Retail Group

Nasdaq

Liberty Mutual

Work highlights

  • Assisted RTL Group in connection with the contemplated combination of RTL Nederland’s and Talpa Network’s.
  • Advised Blackstone Growth (BXG) as lead investor in a $800m Series C funding round for Mollie.
  • Advised the offeror, Next Private B.V., an entity controlled by Altice Europe’s majority shareholder and President Patrick Drahi, in connection with its recommended all cash-offer in respect of all Altice Europe’s listed common shares A and B and the subsequent delisting of Altice Europe and acquisition of full control.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

NautaDutilh fields a team of ‘good strategic thinkers, who are always one step ahead of the game’. It focuses on business-related disputes, covering commercial, corporate, criminal, competition and finance matters. The team, which is headed by Paul Olden and Rutger Kalsbeek, handles a wide range of cases in the District Courts, the Enterprise Court, the Supreme Court and European Court of Justice. Olden is recommended for transaction-related disputes; while Freerk Vermeulen is experienced in cross-border cases, international public law and human rights issues. Frans Overkleeft is a name to note for M&A-related matters and corporate governance.

Practice head(s):

Paul Olden; Rutger Kalsbeek

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The entire team that we worked with listened carefully whenever we had a perspective to share, thought carefully and then decided on a course of action’.

‘Paul Olden is structured, responsive and decisive’.

‘Paul Olden helped to ensure that the focus of our efforts was well co-ordinated and directed towards a single goal’.

‘Always available, with a great understanding of business and high expertise’.

‘Exceptional practical legal and business knowledge, supported by vast experience and a total focus on the case from day one’.

‘Kasper Krzeminski has very good in-depth legal qualifications and experiences, is very nice to work with and listens well to his clients’.

‘Very dedicated and very hard working’.

‘Frans Overkleeft is top notch in commercial litigation’.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Royal Dutch Shell

Braskem

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways / NS)

Deloitte

Rabobank

PwC

HAL Investments / HAL Holding

Volkswagen

ING

Work highlights

  • Representing the Urgenda Foundation in climate change proceedings against the Dutch State, including in follow-up actions to the landmark 2019 judgment of the Dutch Supreme Court.
  • Representing four investors from Moldova and Gibraltar in a number of proceedings relating to the enforcement of a $543m arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan.
  • Acted for HAL in proceedings against EssilorLuxottica S.A. concerning the EUR 5.5bn acquisition by EssilorLuxottica of HAL’s majority stake in the Dutch listed optical retailer GrandVision N.V.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Acting for companies and board members, NautaDutilh’s mediation team is part of a large dispute resolution group that is spread across the Benelux region. Stijn Franken heads up the practice and is well known for his experience in the insurance industry. Franken is supported by Paul Olden and Geert Raaijmakers, who are both CEDR accredited mediators. Olden is recommended for shareholder disputes and transaction-related matters, whilst Raaijmakers has considerable experience in corporate governance matters in both the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 1

The energy team at NautaDutilh has ‘a very broad skillset’ which it utilises to handle high-profile energy transactions in a fast-changing energy environment. Harm Kerstholt has 20 years’ experience in the sector and is recommended for M&A, projects work and contracts, while managing partner Jaap Jan Trommel handles corporate energy work for domestic and international clients. Senior associate Lisa Schoenmakers is well versed in contractual and commercial matters. The practice group was further strengthened with the arrivals of  Nima Lorjé  and Iris Kieft in May and October 2021, from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and ENVIR Advocaten, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Harm Kerstholt; Jaap Jan Trommel; Lisa Schoenmakers

Other key lawyers:

Ole de Vries; Nima Lorje; Iris Kieft

Testimonials

‘They know what to focus on in their due diligence research.

The corporate and tax team are always available to answer doubts and questions.

I can call them anytime of the day (and night) and the focal points of the teams are always prompt in giving me an answer.

They are always available to assist us with last minute requests.

Very approachable and efficient, very client-oriented.

All-round and knowledgeable team and able to advise us as a “one stop shop”.

‘I especially appreciate that all team members are approachable, down-to-earth and easy-going’.

‘Very strong practice, with a strong presence in energy and infrastructure’.

Key clients

Groendus

Neste

Engie

Eneco

Nebras Power

Shell

TotalEnergies

Chevron

Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam

Nouryon

Petrobras

PZEM

PensionDanmark

SHV Holdings (& subs) incl. NPM

Vermilion

Sonnedix

Vopak

Siemens Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising PZEM with the restructuring and planned subsequent carve-out of its wholesale activities in a competitive auction process.
  • Assisted CrossWind, a joint venture between Shell and Eneco, with the successful tender for the offshore Windfarm at Hollandse Kust (Noord).
  • Advised Coolblue Holding on its acquisition of Servicehouse as a result of which it has become an energy supplier in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

NautaDutilh fields ‘a deep bench of experienced white-collar crime practitioners that are very knowledgeable about Dutch criminal law’. Its corporate crime and investigations offering stands out for its forensic IT capabilities, utilising data analytics and IT specialists to assist in large international investigations. Practice co-head Marike Bakker is engaged by individuals and corporations to advise on regulatory enforcement, litigation and white-collar criminal defence matters. Francien Rense, who jointly leads the team, has notable expertise in enforcement, sanctions and anti-money laundering issues.

Practice head(s):

Marike Bakker; Francien Rense

Other key lawyers:

Marleen Velthuis; Léon Wijsman; Rob van der Hoeven

Testimonials

‘NautaDutilh’s lawyers in the fraud and white-collar crime department are very experienced and knowledgeable’. 

‘Marike Bakker is one of the top lawyers in the field of white-collar criminal defence; she has loads of experience and knows what is important to her clients’.

‘Marleen Velthuis has excellent knowledge of corporate criminal law, and especially environmental criminal law’.

‘Francien Rense is one of their leading lawyers; she is highly regarded and respected by the prosecutors’.

‘Highly professional, fully dedicated, very thorough in their work, and great ability to work as part of multi-disciplinary teams in complex cross-border cases’.

‘Experienced professionals who are valuable advisors to their clients’.

‘Marike Bakker is a safe pair of hands that I would trust with the majority of the cases’.

‘Solid knowledge of the case file and a thorough understanding of the applicable law’.

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Deloitte Accountants B.V.

NS (Dutch National Railway)

Baker Tilly

NAM

Liander

Nouryon

Airfreight Logistics S.a.r.L.

Nobian

Work highlights

  • Advising Deloitte Accountants on various aspects of its audit of Steinhoff International Holdings NV.
  • Advising Shell on the alleged international foreign (Nigerian) bribery case.
  • Representing the Dutch national railways in a criminal investigation into alleged fraud during a public tender.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

NautaDutilh offers ‘excellent legal expertise, paired with in-depth industry knowledge and commercial acumen’. Its full-service integrated Benelux practice has vast experience in corporate M&A deals and financings in the health care and life sciences sectors, and also assists clients with regulatory matters and contentious issues, including litigation. With offices in New York and London, the practice is well placed to handle international deals and often works alongside large global law firms. Experienced IP litigator Anne Marie Verschuur heads the team alongside Ruud Smits, who advises domestic and international clients on transactional issues.

Practice head(s):

Ruud Smits; Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hands-on advice, pragmatic, swift and “on their toes”’.

‘Highly responsive, motivated and with high standards’.

‘Nauta has consistently delivered a stellar service in the time I’ve worked with them’.

‘Depth of experience in the life sciences sector means there is not much educating needed on my part and means I can rely on their experience and views with confidence’.

‘Familiar with Dutch law and all aspects of venture investments’.

‘Helpful, responsive and insightful’.

‘Business mindset, translating complex legal concepts into understandable advice’.

‘Concise, flexible and use technology where possible’.

Key clients

Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.

LAVA Therapeutics

ONWARD Medical (formerly GTX Medical)

Certara Inc.

VectorY

CENTOGENE

Synaffix

Sanofi

Siemens Healthineers

Johnson & Johnson

Arvelle Therapeutics

Levine Leichtman Capital

Apellis

Pfizer Inc.

GlaxoSmithKline

Heraeus

Ypsomed

Viatris

LUMICKS Technologies B.V.

Novo Holdings A/S

Pharvaris N.V.

NewAmsterdam Pharma B.V.

Olympus Winter & Ibe GmbH

Keensight Capital

Aseptix Health Sciences

Leadd B.V.

Pharming Group N.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisted its longstanding client Sanofi with its recommended all-cash public offer on all issued and outstanding shares of Kiadis Pharma.
  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”) in the Dutch Chapter of its worldwide litigation against Sandoz regarding GSK’s colour trademark in respect of GSK’s SERETIDE (US brand: ADVAIR) product.
  • Assisted NewAmsterdam Pharma B.V. (NAP) with its $192m (€160m) Series A funding round.

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

NautaDutilh provides excellent end-to-end support to clients such as Dutch and international insurance companies, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporates. Jointly led by Stijn Franken and Sjoerd Meijer, the team is seen as a first port of call across a wide range of high-profile and complex insurance disputes, such as multi-party (particularly consumer-led) claims, D&O cases, product liability matters and claims relating to insurance distribution. Elsewhere, the group is trusted to provide strategic support to insurance companies and intermediaries on business-critical contractual relationships, and it also has extensive expertise in regulatory issues. Franken and senior associate Erik Porthuis (whose practice is split between the Amsterdam and London offices) are currently defending GSK against a product liability claim, where it is alleged that the client provided inaccurate information on the side effects of one of its medications.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Franken; Sjoerd Meijer

Other key lawyers:

Erik Poorthuis

Testimonials

‘Unique knowledge of Dutch insurance sector.’

‘Very pragmatic and responsive. Provided good reliable commercial advice understanding of the context.’

‘Erik Poorthuis provided excellent, speedy and responsive advice. Always available and understanding of the commercial context in which the advice on Dutch law was sought.’

Key clients

Allianz

ASR

AIG

Aegon

Shell

Achmea

HDI Gerling

Allianz

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

Work highlights

  • Represented ASR in mass damage claim proceedings relating to unit-linked life insurance product.
  • Representing the former board members of Imtech in multiple claims under Imtech’s D&O policies.
  • Representing Urgenda in landmark climate change proceedings before the Dutch Supreme Court, and the follow-on litigation where Urgenda claims a penal sum.

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 1

NautaDutilh is mainly known for its work for funds and fund managers, although it is also equally capable acting for institutional investors, fund distributors and other service providers. Larissa Silverentand and Frans van der Eerden co-head the team, which acts for numerous Dutch and international clients, and is particularly noted for its expertise in real estate and mortgage funds. It handles a broad cross-section of matters for clients, such as fund structuring and formation, regulatory advice and assistance with asset management arrangements. In 2020, van der Eerden led the advice to Syntrus Achmea Real Estate and Finance B.V. on the set-up of the Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform for investments in Dutch mortgage loans. Elsewhere, the practice has seen an uptick in sustainability-related work and it is also increasingly active in private equity fund investments in the Dutch financial sector.

Practice head(s):

Larissa Silverentand; Frans van der Eerden

Other key lawyers:

Jasha Sprecher; Roderick Watson

Testimonials

‘Hands on, knowing what the client wants (based on a relationship that lasts for years).’

‘First of all, nice people to work with and outstandingly intelligent. Responsive and easy to get in contact with.’

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

Work highlights

  • Assisted Syntrus Achmea Real Estate and Finance B.V. with the set-up of their multiple investors Achmea Mortgages Investment Platform for investments in Dutch mortgage loans.
  • Assisting with the set-up of the Dutch “Warmth Fund”, a government initiative for a €5bn fund to support sustainability initiatives by granting loans to consumers and businesses.
  • Assisted ASR Asset Management (AVB) with the set-up of a new type of funds within the fund portfolio, namely am ESG Private Debt Fund.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The ‘very experienced and well-connectedNautaDutilh advises on a range of distressed situations, including out-of-court restructurings and litigation before the courts. It acts as lead counsel to debtors, directors, insolvency trustees, sponsors and alternative debt providers, and also acts as local counsel to large international law firms on high-profile cross-border matters. Robert Van Galen focuses on insolvency matters and is admitted to the bar of the Dutch Supreme Court. Barbara Rumora-Scheltema is a name to note for corporate and commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Robert van Galen; Barbara Rumora-Scheltema

Other key lawyers:

Teun Struycken; Marc Orval

Testimonials

‘Down-to-earth, making difficult items easy to understand’.

‘The team was highly proficient and great to work with’.

‘They understood our challenges in a complex transaction and provided fitting support’.

‘Marc Orval brought together a great team from Nauta to support the bank and was able to link both workstreams effortlessly’.

‘Marc Orval is a great coordinator and is always on top of the issues’.

‘Robert Van Galen is a veteran who has played a part on nearly all the big restructurings and insolvencies in the Dutch market over the last two decades’.

‘Teun Struycken is very experienced, knowledgeable, commercial and used friendly’.

‘Great team with a wide area of expertise’.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

BNP Paribas

Nordic Trustee

Forever 21

DTEK

Deloitte Accountants

Odeon Cinemas Group Limited (AMC Entertainment)

Econocom

Rabobank

Ramphastos

ABN AMRO

ING

McDermott International Inc.

Hexion Inc.

Maersk Supply Services

Partners Group

HIG

Work highlights

  • Advising the senior lenders on the financial restructuring of Curaeos, a network of dental clinics and labs in continental Europe.
  • Advising the DTEK group of companies on their nearly $2bn financial restructuring, including representing several Dutch DTEK companies before the Dutch court in summary proceedings to lift freezes imposed at the request of certain banks.
  • Advising Dutch professional football club ADO Den Haag with respect to its Dutch Scheme process (WHOA).

Netherlands > Transport Tier 1

NautaDutilh draws on strength from its regulatory, corporate, commercial and financial practitioners to assist shipping, aviation and other transport clients with a range of contentious and advisory matters. Erik Geerling is recommended for leasing work, restructurings, mortgage transactions and ship finance deals. Kasper Krzeminski is a name to note for cross-border disputes, including arbitration and litigation proceedings, while Teun Struycken handles restructuring and insolvency work, secured transactions, and asset finance and asset based lending mandates internationally. Jolize Lautenbach deals with public law work and regulatory compliance issues.

Testimonials

‘Transparent communication and practical approach’.

‘This is the top shipping finance team in The Netherlands’.

‘Erik Geerling is very experienced and commercial in his approach’.

‘Nauta is always solution minded and they never make things more complicated than they are’.

‘Taking full responsibility of the project and making it happen’.

‘Working with Nauta is always a pleasure, they are always open for “extracurricular” questions outside of project and any time’.

‘Always pro-active, thinking along the process and very accommodating’.

‘What makes Nauta stand out is their full commitment to projects they are involved in’.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Acta Marine

Anthony Veder Group N.V.

Atlas Air

Carisbrooke Shipping

Chemship

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Damen Ship Lease Holding

Damen Shipyards

Deme Offshore

Danish Shipfinance

EasyJet plc

Fincantieri S.p.A

GVB (municipal public transport company of Amsterdam)

ING Bank N.V.

Jumbo Heavy Lift Company

Maas Capital

MPC Container Ships ASA

Nesec Shipping Debt Fund B.V.

NIBC Bank N.V.

TUIfly

Van Weelde Shipping Group

Vertom

Work highlights

  • Representing easyJet in litigation before the highest administrative court (the Industry and Trades Appeal Tribunal) in aviation matters against the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), in which the ACM has approved an airport charges system set by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for 2019-2022.
  • Assisting NIBC Bank N.V. in relation to the financing of the instalment of Ballast Water Treatment Systems.
  • Representing GVB during the renewal of its in-house public transport concession.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, NautaDutilh‘s group in the Netherlands works with the Dutch finance team in the New York office, which is led by Elizabeth van Schilfgaarde . The firm also regularly works with international law firms on cross-border finance transactions. Arjan Pors leads the team in the Netherlands, which acts for listed companies and private entities, as well as Dutch and foreign sponsors. It has notable strengths in real estate finance and project finance transactions, and is also seen as a first port of call in acquisition finance and corporate lending matters. Elsewhere, Erik Geerling is a ship finance expert. Another name to note is David Viëtor, who was one of the advisers to Advent and Cinven on the financing of the acquisition of Thyssenkrupp’s elevator business in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Arjan Pors

Other key lawyers:

David Viëtor; Diederik Vriesendorp; Erik Geerling; Marc Orval; Michelle van Doren; Jinne van Belle

Testimonials

‘The team is very focused and applies their collective knowledge in a discrete manner. Always someone available. Furthermore, they have a practical and constructive approach to solving issues between parties.’

‘Consistent team over the years, long-term relationship, there are never issues with cost over-runs.’

‘Down to earth, helpful, reasonable advice.’

‘Very practical, great communication and response time, very good understanding of the market. Great value for money.’

‘Outstanding team. Excellent knowledge, good team working and excellent communication to the client. Fair and transparent billing.’

‘David Vietor is an outstanding lawyer. He has a wealth of legal knowledge and a fantastic client-serving attitude, always available to help his clients and making sure he gets the very best for them. He’s an excellent negotiator and what I also appreciate is that he always keeps his cool, no matter how complex or time-pressured the situation is. He is someone with a very high level of integrity who instils trust with his clients. It’s been a pleasure working with him this year.

Jinne van Belle is a rising star working in David’s team. He has excellent legal knowledge, is very diligent, responsive and knows how to communicate with his clients. He makes a great team together with David.’

Key clients

Achmea

AGT Foods and Ingredients, Inc.

Anthony Veder Group N.V.

Apax Partners

Avania Group B.V.

Bergman Clinics

BNP Paribas Fortis SA

Bottega InvestCo S.à r.l.

B.V. Holding Maatschappij Damen

The Carlyle Group

CBRE

Damen Shipyards Group N.V.

Damen Ship Lease Holding B.V.

Damen Shipyards Group

Eredivisie C.V.

ForFarmers N.V.

GSO Capital Partners

High Tech Campus Eindhoven

HSBC Bank Plc

HumanTotalCare B.V.

ING Bank N.V.

KBC Bank N.V.

Lincolnshire Management, Inc.

McDermott International, Inc.

National Westminster Bank Plc

NIBC Bank N.V.

NSI N.V.

Oxbow Carbon LLC

Royal Bank of Canada

Stadion Feijenoord N.V.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking and Corporation Europe Limited

Venn Partners

Work highlights

  • Acted as Dutch counsel to McDermott International on multiple transactions regarding its 2020 financial restructuring.
  • Advised Next Private B.V. on its recommended all cash-offer in respect of all Altice Europe’s Euronext listed common shares A and B and the subsequent delisting of Altice Europe and acquisition of full control.
  • Assisted Amsterdam Commodities N.V. (Euronext: Acomo), the Amsterdam-listed trader in food ingredients, with its acquisition (and its acquisition finance) of Tradin (SunOpta’s international organic ingredients business comprising The Organic Corporation B.V. and Tradin Organics USA LLC).

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

NautaDutilh handles both national and international arbitration cases, state court proceedings, and setting aside and enforcement proceedings. The practice has Supreme Court capability and is led by Kasper Krzeminski and Mirjam Van De Hel- Koedoot. Van de Hel – Koedoot is experienced in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations, and disputes involving bilateral and multilateral investment treaties. Krzeminski is recommended for commercial and contractual disputes, court litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Mirjam van de Hel – Koedoot; Kasper Krzeminski

Other key lawyers:

Freerk Vermeulen

Testimonials

‘The team I’ve worked with at NautaDutilh is thorough in their analysis of the client’s dispute and approaches the dispute holistically, ensuring that they cover all ground’.

‘Kasper Krzeminski is a dynamic and forward-looking advocate’.

‘Kasper Krzeminski is an extremely pleasant personality to have around, and easy to work with’.

‘Kasper Krzeminski is dedicated to his client’s needs and will go the extra mile to ensure that he knows his case, his opponents and the tribunal well’.

‘The NautaDutilh team is unusual in the Netherlands in that it really understands treaty arbitration and the legal issues it presents’.

‘Mirjam van de Hel – Koedoot has an exceptional ability to argue issues of treaty interpretation in a clear, straightforward manner that connects well with Dutch judges’.

‘Great team – hard working, engaged, user-friendly, quick on their feet and very approachable’.

‘Strong dispute skills in Holland and good knowledge of ship building disputes’.

Key clients

ALDA Events

ABN Amro

PJSC Aeroport Belbek

BRODOGRAĐEVNA INDUSTRIJA SPLIT, dioničko društvo

Centrient Pharmaceuticals Netherlands B.V.

Cygne B.V.

Digital Enterprises

Eneco

Everest Estate LLC

Flowserve Corporation/Flowserve B.V.

Fynerdale Holdings B.V.

García et al.

HAL Holding

NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine

Neste Engineering Solutions Oy

OOS International

Royal Dutch Shell

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

Unión Fenosa Gas

Work highlights

  • Representing HAL Optical Investments B.V. in ICC arbitration proceedings against EssilorLuxottica in relation to the EUR 5.5bn acquisition by EssilorLuxottica of HAL’s 76.72% stake in the Dutch-listed optical retailer GrandVision N.V.
  • Representing four investors from Moldova and Gibraltar in a number of proceedings relating to the enforcement of a $543m arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 2

NautaDutilh’s practice was recently bolstered by the October-2021 arrivals of Iris Kieft and Stephan Sluiter from ENVIR Advocaten and Ploum, respectively; the pair now co-lead the team alongside Jolize Lautenbach. The practice handles contentious and non-contentious environment and planning matters for large international and domestic clients and is well versed in handling the environmental aspects of transactional work, including permitting issues, soil contamination and other regulatory matters. All three practice co-heads have considerable experience in public law litigation before national and international courts.

Practice head(s):

Jolize Lautenbach; Iris Kieft; Stephan Sluiter

Other key lawyers:

Arjen Praat; Mirjam von Meijenfeldt

Testimonials

‘Exceptional quality of work, content wise but also experts in litigation tactics.

Hands-on and always available, with a can-do mentality.

Ready to go the extra mile to get the best result for the client.

Very pleasant to-the-point communication.

In my opinion, the go-to team in the Netherlands.

Jolize Lautenbach is an associate partner with a great expertise.

Jolize Lautenbach is a fast-thinking lawyer and very pleasant to work with.

Jolize Lautenbach is very experienced and understands the needs of his clients.

Key clients

Pathé

Scheepswerf gebroeders Kooyman

Nouryon

Unilever

Lineage

Binckhorsthof Ontwikkeling

De Kuyper

Olam

Neste Oil

ChemCom Industries

Chemelot Site Permit

Eteck

Shell

Yellow Chips

ACT Fuels

Urgenda

Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe

DFDS

Steinweg/Handelsveem

Henkel

Gemeente Amsterdam

NRG

Campofrio

Total

Work highlights

  • Assisting food and agri-business Olam with a number of complex environmental law mandates, including in litigation before the administrative courts in relation to the renewed operational license  and environmental permits for its cocoa production facilities in the Netherlands.
  • Supported Nouryon on the environmental law aspects of major transactions including the spin-off of its base chemicals business Nobian.
  • Assisting real estate developer Vorm with the new Environment and Planning Act (Omgevingswet) in relation to its new multifunctional building in the former industrial Binckhorst area in Den Hague.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 2

NautaDutilh has a strong pedigree for handling high-profile competition matters. It features prominently in some of the most significant follow-on damages cases heard before the Dutch courts; its workload in this space spans areas such as cathode ray tubes, pre-stressed steel and high-voltage power cables, among others. The firm is representing Deutsche Lufthansa and its subsidiaries Lufthansa Cargo and SWISS International Airlines in the defence against damages cases arising from the European Commission’s decision in the air cargo space. In addition, state aid cases are another mainstay of the practice; Mauricette Schaufeli and senior associate Evi Mattioli were among the advisers to the Dutch Ministry of Finance on the creation of a €12bn state aid scheme in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, and also twice notified the European Commission of this aid scheme. Elsewhere, Schaufeli, recent hire Nima Lorjé (who joined in May 2021 as an associate partner from Brinkhof), Mattioli and senior associate Arnout Koeman are among the practitioners in the team who are active in merger control mandates. David van Ee has expertise in the development and procurement of infrastructure and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Mauricette Schaufeli

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Arnout for several years and I have got to know him as a very smart lawyer who is very client-oriented and very experienced in the field of competition law. He has a hands-on mentality and is always willing to help.’

‘Nima Lorjé; he proves that modesty and excellence are perfectly compatible in the legal sector. A top-quality all-around competition lawyer. We will hear a lot more about him in the near future.’

‘The team stands out for its technical knowledge, its practical approach and speed of response.’

‘Mauricette Schaufeli has done a great job re-building the competition team in the last couple of years. The hiring of Nima Lorje as an associate partner was also a good recruitment move and I would expect him to develop well in this role over the coming years.’

‘Mauricette is calm, measured and astute. She is has a collaborative working manner and gets things done on time.’

‘The team we work with provides good and quick advice. The advice is of an excellent nature and does not need a lot of adaptations/corrections. The team understands quickly what is the problem and what is expected.’

‘Mauricette Schaufeli: Very responsive and sound legal advice. A seasoned competition lawyer who has her client’s interests in mind and stays true to her values and principles while staying constructive with a “problem solving” attitude.’

‘The team combines good knowledge of competition law (and economics) with a pragmatic approach. They also take time to design an appropriate (and creative) fee arrangement suitable for any particular project.’

Key clients

Dutch Ministry of Finance

ABN AMRO Bank

Lufthansa

Technicolor

Vopak N.V.

NS

ASR

ECT (Hutchinson)

HAL Investments

SHV, including NPM

Nouryon

INEOS

Work highlights

  • Advising Lineage Logistics on merger control proceedings relating to the acquisition of Kloosterboer Group, a leading and reputable independent company in Europe offering integrated temperature-controlled storage, logistics and value-added services.
  • Assisted the Dutch Ministry of Finance with designing a €12bn state aid scheme in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and notified this aid scheme twice to the European Commission.
  • Acting for Deutsche Lufthansa in its defence against follow on damages claims following the air cargo decision of the European Commission. The case concerns one of the largest follow on damages claim cases currently pending before the Dutch courts.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 2

The broad practice at NautaDutilh advises on M&A, competition, insolvency, data protection, IP/IT, financial regulatory, tax and real estate matters related to the retail sector. Clients include investors, retail chains, start-up companies, e-commerce companies and real estate companies. Barbara Rumora-Scheltema specialises in corporate and commercial litigation, insolvency law and international arbitration. She co-heads the team with recently-promoted partner Willianne van Zandwijk.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Rumora-Scheltema; Willianne van Zandwijk

Key clients

Amazon.com

Bakerstreet

Blokker Holding

Bose

Coolblue

Cooperative Forever 21

Decathlon

ECCO

Fedex Corporation

Foot Locker

Groupon

HAL Investments

Hornbach

Jumbo

Lego

Mattel

Media Markt / Media Markt Saturn

Mediq

Nestlé (e.g. Nespresso)

Petrol Industries

Picnic

Samsonite

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Dutch Forever 21 companies in their orderly wind down, following the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the US parent company.
  • Advised HAL on the sale of its 76.72% ownership interest in global optical retailer GrandVision N.V. to EssilorLuxottica (global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses; brands include Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol and Vogue Eyewear) at a price of approx. €5.5bn.

Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

NautaDutilh's team has undergone significant expansion recently, with the arrival in March 2021 of Joris Willems, who has broad expertise in telecoms, media and technology. He joined from DLA Piper with a team of four fee earners, including counsel Cyril Christaans. The practice was further boosted by the arrival of associate partner Nima Lorjé from Brinkhof. The growing team provides a full offering in the area, with particular experience in cross-border M&A, regulatory, litigation and administrative law. The firm also has strengths in advising on OTT platforms and outsourcing in telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Joris Willems

Other key lawyers:

Nima Lorjé; Cyril Christaans

Key clients

Irdeto

Prosus

MessageBird

VodafoneZiggo

Vodafone Plc

GTT Communications

Wiko

Tinno Mobile

Next Private B.V.

KPN

Inmarsat Solutions B.V.

Tata Consultancy Services

Tencent

ING Bank

HAL Investments

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

NautaDutilh is home to substantial Benelux IP teams across Brussels, Luxembourg and Amsterdam which benefits the conduct of Benelux-wide litigation. The teams serve clients in an array of sectors from consumer goods and electronics to healthcare and pharmaceuticals and cover the gamut of IP protection issues from oppositions and revocation actions to litigation and anti-counterfeiting measures. The team also provides clients with a range of billing options including fixed fees. Anne Marie Verschuur heads the team in Amsterdam and seasoned litigator Charles Gielen and Richard Van Oerle are other senior practitioners. Counsel Fleur Folmer is experienced in trade marks, industrial designs, copyrights and trade names, in both litigation and advisory (the negotiation of IP agreements).

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur

Other key lawyers:

Charles Gielen; Richard van Oerle; Fleur Folmer

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Feyenoord

Intel

Diageo

Airwair (Dr. Martens)

WE/O’Neill

REV’IT!

Henkel

Allergan

Work highlights

  • Represented GlaxoSmithKline in the Dutch Chapter of its worldwide litigation against Sandoz regarding GSK’s colour trade mark in respect of GSK’s SERETIDE (US brand: ADVAIR) product (the best-selling asthma/COPD-product of all time and one of the best-selling medicinal products of all time).
  • Advising LEGO on a range of IP matters.
  • Represents Airwair regarding infringements of Airwair’s IP rights to the famous Dr. Martens footwear.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 2

NautaDutilh’s ‘super strong’ private equity team brings together a combination of corporate, finance, tax and civil law notary expertise. The practice, which is active on local, Benelux, pan-European and global transactions, includes the ‘first-classJoost Den Engelsman, who has considerable recent experience of auction sale processes; he co-heads the practice from Rotterdam alongside Gaike Dalenoord whose strength in cross-border deals is complemented by the years he spent practising in London and Asia. Beyond partner level, senior associate Olaf Baks is hailed as a 'rising star', notably acting for a number of UK and US-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Joost den Engelsman; Gaike Dalenoord

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen Preller

Testimonials

‘Super strong team with a broad range of clients. Equally adept at being local counsel as they are at being the lead lawyers. First class.’

‘Joost den Engelsman – first class operator. Smart, savvy and gets to the point. Real stand out.’

‘The team has really improved their private equity offering and with Joost den Engelsman have one of the strongest private equity partners in the market. They now have a very good market share of the larger deals.’

‘Joost den Engelsman is a star partner. He is hands on, commercial and always available. He also has a team of top associates that work with him on all PE deals. Olaf Baks especially is very good and a rising star.’

Key clients

Advent

Apax Partners (France)

Apollo

Astorg

Bain Capital Private Equity

Bay Grove Capital

BC Partners

Blackstone

Bridgepoint

CapVest

Capvis

Centerbridge Partners

Cinven

CPP Investment Board

Findos Investor

HAL Investments

iCON Infrastructure

Keensight Capital

KLAR Partners

Leonard Green & Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

MBK Partners

NPM Capital

One Rock

Ramphastos Investments

Silver Lake

SHV

TA Associates

The Carlyle Group

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted as lead counsel NPMCapital N.V. with its acquisition of Infinitas Learning Holding B.V.
  • Assisted as lead counsel Levine Leichtman Capital Partners with five private equity transactions in the Dutch market with as a highlight Levine Leichtman Capital Partners’ successful sale of Futurewhiz B.V. by way of international auction sale to NPM Capital N.V.
  • Acted for Keensight Capital on its first two direct investments in the Dutch market whereby Keensight Capital acquired (i) RAMInfotechnology and (ii) Symeres.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Advising on Dutch projects in the real estate, area development, energy and utilities sectors, NautaDutilh also provides significant expertise in Dutch PPP projects. Another particular strength for the firm is renewable energy transactions, notably solar, onshore and offshore wind projects, as well as fibre, waste to chemical and power plant projects. Jaco Belder specialises in real estate, PPP/PFI, infrastructure, renewable and area development projects, assisting lenders and consortia, investors and development companies. He co-leads the team with ship and project finance specialist Erik Geerling.

Practice head(s):

Jaco Belder; Erik Geerling

Key clients

Allianz

BAM Group N.V.

Belfius

CBRE

Credit Agricole

Deka Bank

EIB

Heijmans

High Tech Campus Eindhoven

Infravia

Macquarie Capital

NIBC Bank

Rabobank

Siemens

Sodexo Altys B.V.

Stadion Feijenoord N.V.

Univé

Work highlights

  • Assisting Stadion Feijenoord N.V. and Feijenoord Rotterdam N.V. in connection with obtaining the senior and junior financing for the development and construction of the new stadium for football club Feyenoord in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Assisting Stichting Gebiedsontwikkeling aan de Maas in connection with the senior and subordinated financing for the ground acquisitions necessary for the area development program in connection with project “Feyenoord City”, a large area development program in Rotterdam.
  • Advising the lenders syndicate on an ongoing basis in connection with two of the currently largest ongoing PPP projects in The Netherlands, the A9 project and the Afsluitdijk Project.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 2

NautaDutilh‘s tax practice in the Netherlands is highlighted for its significant involvement in cross-border transactions, where it regularly works with foreign law firms. In addition, the firm has a tax lawyer based in the New York office. Beyond assisting with transactional matters, the group is prominent in tax litigation and corporate investigations, and it also assists clients with matters concerning indirect taxes. Chris Warner and Nico Blom jointly lead the team, which also collaborates with other departments to provide full-service support, including corporate M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, regulatory, real estate, litigation and arbitration assistance. Recent highlights included Nina Kielman acting as tax counsel to Nouryon Chemicals on the divestment of its Salt Specialties business to Salins Group. Other active practitioners include Edward Rijnhout and senior associate Sjuul Jentjens.

Practice head(s):

Chris Warner; Nico Blom

Other key lawyers:

Edward Rijnhout; Léon Wijsman; Nina Kielman; Pieternel van den Brink; Sjuul Jentjens

Testimonials

‘NautaDutilh has very good fiscal knowledge in the area of financing transactions.’

‘The tax advisers we work with (including Nico Blom) have highly specialist knowledge and work in a very customer-oriented manner.’

‘This team knows their strengths and weaknesses. In addition, they really understand the case they are working on with us; if unclear, they just ask as they should. If input is needed from other disciplines than Tax, they reach out quickly to partners that are also fully into the case. Their internal communication could not be better. Have not seen lawyers being as efficient as NautaDutilh acting with us.’

‘Excellent firm – one of the best in the region. Always happy to work with them and would highly recommend.’

‘Tax partner Nina Kielman is a strong M&A tax lawyer. She has the capacity to understand complex technical issues and the creativity to propose pragmatic solutions for appropriately addressing them in a complex transaction.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Achmea Bank

AerCap

Amsterdam Commodities

ASR

Apollo

Eneco

HAL Investments

ING Bank

Lineage

Louis Dreyfus Company

Neste

Nouryon (former AkzoNobel Chemicals)

NPM Capital

Playa Hotels & Resorts

Rabobank

RTL Group

SHV

Syntrus Achmea

Sonae

Uber Technologies

Work highlights

  • Advised AerCap on the circa $31bn acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services.
  • Advised RTL Group on the proposed merger of RTL Nederland and Talpa Network.
  • Advised Next Private B.V., an entity controlled by Altice Europe’s majority shareholder and President Patrick Drahi, in connection with its recommended all cash-offer in respect of all Altice Europe’s listed common shares A and B and the subsequent delisting of Altice Europe.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

The real estate and infrastructure group at NautaDutilh is particularly strong in project development and acts for owners and developers. It has considerable experience in PPP, and greenfield and brownfield development of industrial working spaces. The team is jointly led by David van Ee, Arief Van Rhee and Kees Koetsier. Van Ee is recommended for procurement and construction projects, and is well versed in litigation.

Practice head(s):

David van Ee; Arief van Rhee; Kees Koetsier

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Automatic Signal

BinckBank

Municipality of Amsterdam

Koninklijke BAM Groep

BNG

Expeditors

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Siemens Nederland

Siemens Energy

Siemens Healthcare

Pathé

Cathexis

PM Group

ThyssenKrupp

Neste Oil

Cerner

Macquarie

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A)

John Sisk & Son Ltd

Automatic Signal

M.A.N. Energy

Nouryon

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

Econocom

Allianz Nederland

KVT

Work highlights

  • Advising Neste on a €1.5bn renewable fuel expansion project.
  • Advising a consortium of lenders on the €1bn development of the A9 Badhoevedorp – Holendrecht.
  • Advising ThyssenKrupp on the development of a feedstock terminal in the Moermansk region.

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The ‘driven, hands-on and knowledgeable’ team at NautaDutilh sits within the firm’s Benelux data protection and cybersecurity practice and was recently bolstered following the recruitment of new group head Joris Willems from DLA Piper in early 2021. Key areas of expertise for the team include coronavirus-related data matters and sensitive data issues, cross-border work, employment data mandates and direct marketing practices. Albert Van Der Kolk, Jolize Lautenbach and newly promoted senior associate Terrence Dom also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Proactive, on-time, and always available.’

‘We worked directly with Terrence Dom and his combination of detailed legal advice while at the same time having an excellent overview of the practices in the “real business world” made his advice essential for and suitable to our business.’

‘The team is well reachable, driven, hands-on and knowledgeable. Their understanding of our case was quick and advice was proactive and practicable.’

‘Terrence Dom advised us in a very professional and timely fashion. The advice was strong and easy to act on. Terrence has strong knowledge of privacy legislation and was able to guide us in the right direction. We have very much liked the cooperation.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Airbnb, Inc.

American Express

ASR Nederland

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

BinckBank

CapVest

CBRE Global Investors

Coolblue

Deloitte

Dynamic Credit

Emburse

Getinge

Ginkgo Bioworks

HAL Investments

ING Bank

Irdeto

Keensight Capital

Levine Leichtman Capital

Mizuho Bank

MUFG

Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe

NIBC

NPM Capital

Payoneer

Petrobras

Pharming

Pharvaris

Prosus

Rewire

Rooftop Energy

RTL Group

Sanofi

Santander

Stichting Stimuleringsfonds Volkshuisvesting Nederlandse Gemeenten (SVn)

Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF)

The Norinchukin Bank

Triodos

Uber

Vinted

Volksbank

Work highlights

  • Assisting Prosus with a wide variety of data privacy and data protection matters.
  • Advised numerous clients, especially (listed) multinationals and financial institutions, on international data transfers, especially regarding the use of the new 2021 EU standard contractual clauses, Brexit and the Schrems II judgment.
  • Advising ING Bank on a wide variety of data privacy and data protection-related matters.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

NautaDutilh‘s ‘highly skilled and experienced team’ has a strong focus on works council matters and also senior executive contracts and dismissals. The practice is also active on the employment aspects of M&A deals, and also handles a range of contentious matters. Homme Ten Have leads the employment group and is well versed in reorganisations, employee consultation rights and corporate governance matters. Gijs Van Nes left for an in-house role at LeasePlan in March 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Highly skilled and experienced team’.

‘Their business acumen is much appreciated’.

‘They focus on results, with the right amount of pressure’.

‘Solid social and business skills’.

‘The team we work with feels like a business partner’.

‘They really are willing to get together and work on a solution’.

‘The response on e-mails is always very quick and professional’.

‘The people we work with are very knowledgeable, easy to work with and hands-on’.

Key clients

Municipality of Amsterdam

Achmea

Triodos Bank

MUFG Bank

Boston Consulting Group

Deloitte

Pathé Theatres

UTC

Upfield

Allseas

Petrobras

Shell

McDermott

Nouryon

Total

Erasmus University

Central works council of LeasePlan

Works council of PARK NOW

Works council of EasyJet

Works council of Visma | Raet

OC&C

Europe Combined Terminals

Gunvor

PZEM

Work highlights

  • Advising a range of companies and foreign law firms on works council matters.
  • Advising professional services firms on day-to-day labour law matters and partner exits.
  • Advising Uniport Multipurpose Terminals on a collective redundancy.  

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 3

NautaDutilh fields a team of lawyers and civil-law notaries, which advises on the sale and purchase, financing, and disposal of real estate and property investment portfolios. It acts for estate investors, developers and building companies, and also government authorities. The team is now headed up by Kees Koetsier after the departure in December 2020 of David Van Dijk to Greenberg Traurig LLP and Jochem Spaans  to Allen & Overy LLP.

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Key clients

ABN AMRO

AG Real Estate

AM

APG

Apollo / Lapithus

ASR Vastgoed

Atlassian

Balmoral

BAM

Borago Properties

Catella

Cathexis

CBRE

CBRE Global Investors

Confinimmo

Corio Retail

Cisco

Cromwell

De Hoge Dennen

Deciem

European Investment Bank

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Expeditors

Fluor

G&S Vastgoed

GAC

Gilead-Kite

Global Holdings Management Group

Goldman Sachs

Great Grey Investments

Hanzevast

Hästens

Heitman

ING Real Estate

Investcorp

Janssen Biologics

Janssen Vaccines and Prevention

Johnson & Johnson

KNSF

Koolen Industries

LaSalle Investment Management

Louman Groep

Pathé

PZEM / Delta

Merlin Entertainment Development

Mn Services

Motel One

Movares

Municipality of Amsterdam

Municipality of Den Helder

Municipality of Hoorn

Municipality of Rotterdam

Ministeries of Finance and Housing

Pinnacle

Propertize

RREEF

Ramphastos Real Estate

Siemens

Shurgard

Snippe Projecten

Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance

UBS Real Estate

UBM

Upfield

Van Wonen

Volksbank

Wooden City Karspeldreef

W.P. Carey

Yondr

Work highlights

  • Advised W.P. Carey on the development of a solar panel roof.
  • Advised the Municipality of Amsterdam with regards to numerous land lease cases, including litigation.
  • Advised AG Real Estate on the acquisition of a part of a former sugar production facility site for redevelopment purposes as a modern business campus.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 4

The NautaDutilh practice is headed by Joris Willems who added his broad TMT expertise to the team when he joined from DLA Piper in 2021, bringing with him a team, including of counsel Cyril Christaans. The team was further extended by associate partner Nima Lorjé who joined from Brinkhof in 2021. The team provides the full range of services to IT clients, advising on outsourcing programmes and software licensing, cloud computing, OTT and fintech in addition to acting on matters requiring multidisciplinary expertise for which the group can call on expertise from its corporate (Sybren de Beur), finance, tax and regulatory experts. The practice has implemented a number of platforms and initiatives to assist clients with efficient communication and has developed an ‘ESG Opportunity Audit’ to assist clients with measuring or screening its activities against ESG laws and regulations.

Practice head(s):

Joris Willems

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Testimonials

‘We have worked with Joris Willemsen and Jasha Sprecher who make a top team. They were able to bring technical points across in a very understandable way. The team was always available, and negotiations were done by partners itself.’

‘Joris Willemsen is a really good negotiator. He was able to easily convince his counterpart of our points, with charm and without being obviously aggressive. Jasha Sprecher has exceptional and broad knowledge on financial law. He was able to explain the product in an understandable way.’

‘The team is very professional, easy accessible and the collaboration is good. They are understanding and practical.’

‘I like Terrence Dom so much for his personality and legal knowledge. He helped us with several issues and we are always very satisfied.’

Key clients

Prosus (PayU, OLX)

Irdeto

MessageBird

Funda

Tata Consultancy Services

beIN Media Group

Tencent

ING Bank

RTL Group

Booking.com

Knab

Takeaway.com/Grubhub

HAL Investments

Nasdaq

Vinted

Goldman Sachs & Co LLC

Johan Cruijff Arena

Insight.tv

NPO

Lineage Logistics

NVB (Dutch Banking Association)

Uber

ABN Amro Bank

Airbnb, Inc.

American Express

Work highlights

  • Counsel for the largest consumer internet company in Europe, Prosus, for all kinds of sourcing deals, IT and outsourcing contracts.
  • Advised Tata Consultancy Services(Netherlands) B.V on various outsourcing transactions with inter alia FUJIFILM, Philips and Athora.
  • Longstanding main counsel to international supplier of (encryption) technology, Irdeto BV.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 4

NautaDutilh has one of the largest Benelux IP teams; it acts for international/overseas and domestic corporates in an array of industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotech and telecoms. It is also well known for its anti-counterfeiting enforcement practice. Anne Marie Verschuur heads the IP group and co-heads the life sciences team, while professor Charles Gielen (who is now of counsel) is a respected litigator who has been involved in many landmark cases over the years. Richard Van Oerle is also a key team member, as is senior associate Jeroen Boelens who ‘knows his stuff‘ when it comes to patent law. Boelens has a specialism in international technology cases where he advises on regulatory regimes and litigates.

Practice head(s):

Anne Marie Verschuur

Testimonials

‘They know patent law very well. They not only deliver the required information but are also proactive when they think it’s useful for us. We feel we have a strong relationship with the firm. We have worked with a number of members of the team and they provide quick, clear and helpful advice. The team has a good understanding of the processes within our industry and challenges biotech companies like ours are facing.’

‘Jeroen Boelens: What I appreciated about Jeroen is that he knows his stuff. He has excellent command of patent law and combines that with a strong commercial mind. He solves problems; you can always put ideas to him and discuss the issues with him to come up with a creative and sensible plan.’

 

Key clients

Heraeus

Wiko / Tinno Mobile

Aseptix Health Sciences

Medac

REV’IT!

Synaffix

Gadeta

Work highlights

  • Represented manufacturer Wiko SAS and its parent company Tinno Mobile in currently the largest telecommunications set of patent cases in the Netherlands, initiated by the Luxembourg based non practicing entity Sisvel International SA, which holds numerous patents essential to the 2G, 3G and 4G telecommunications standards.
  • Representing medical technology group Heraeus in its global litigation against Biomet Zimmer Biomet concerning the best-sold bone cement ever (used in prostheses).

The firm: NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg and Dutch-Carribean 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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Asset and structured finance Arjan Scheltema
Asset and structured finance Michaëla Ulrici
Banking and finance Arjan Pors
Banking and Finance Pim Rank
Banking and Finance David Viëtor
Capital markets Petra Zijp
Civil law notary Wijnand Bossenbroek
Civil law notary Marianne de Waard-Preller
Construction and property David van Dijk
Construction and property David van Ee
Corporate, M&A Lieke van der Velden
Dispute resolution Rutger Kalsbeek
Dispute Resolution Paul Olden
Dispute Resolution Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer
Employment, benefits and pensions Homme ten Have
EU and competition Mauricette Schaufeli
Energy and utilities JaapJan Trommel
Fraud and white-collar crime Marike Bakker
Insolvency and restructuring Robert van Galen
Insolvency and restructuring Barbara Rumora - Scheltema
Insurance and liability Stijn Franken
Insurance and liability Sjoerd Meijer
Intellectual Property Anne Marie Verschuur
Private Equity Gaike Dalenoord
Private Equity Joost den Engelsman
Private Equity David Viëtor
Public Law Jochem Spaans
Shipping, aviation and transport Erik Geerling
Taxation Nico Blom
Taxation Chris Warner
Number of lawyers : 400+
at this office :
Dutch
English
French
German
Luxembourgish
Contacts : Petra Zijp
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.


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.