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Stibbe

BEETHOVENPLEIN 10, 1077 WM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
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Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe's¬†‚Äėtrustworthy and efficient‚Äô team¬†frequently acts for domestic and global corporate clients on a range of financing mandates. Co-head Maarten de Bruin¬†advised Dossche Mills on the financing of the acquisition of Meneba from Dutch private equity firm Nimbus. Fellow practice head¬† Rein van Helden¬†is acting for Advent International on the financing of its acquisition of General Electric‚Äės distributed power business. Recent promotions include Robert Steeg¬†to counsel and Suzanne van Boheemen¬†to senior associate. Joannes de Bont has left for Bond Advocaten.

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Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe’s regulatory team is helping clients navigate the shift in supervision from national to EU oversight, and the range of directives from the regulators. Group head Rogier Raas is representing ING in all cases arising from allegations of mis-selling interest rate swaps to SMEs. Senior associates Roderik Vrolijk and Soeradj Ramsanjhal are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Rogier Raas - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Roderik Vrolijk - Stibbe

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Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

The structured and asset finance team at Stibbe is led by Maarten de Bruin and Rein van Helden. Van Helden has expertise in cross-border leveraged finance transactions, syndicated lending, restructurings and bond transactions. The duo advised Goldman Sachs International and commodities trading firm J. Aron & Company on the asset/commodity finance transaction with Damco Aluminium Delfzijl Coöperatie. Robert Steeg was promoted to counsel and Suzanne van Boheemen was promoted to senior associate. Joannes de Bont departed to Bond Advocaten.

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

Stibbe

Stibbe’s group has been particularly active recently in the areas of acquisition finance, corporate lending, real estate finance, structured finance, commodity finance and project finance. Practice co-head Rein van Helden advised BlackRock on providing unitranche financing to Summit Partners pertaining to its acquisition of Normec. Fellow practice head Maarten de Bruin is also noted. Robert Steeg and Suzanne van Boheemen were promoted to counsel and senior associate respectively. Joannes de Bont is now with Bond Advocaten.

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Capital markets: debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

At¬†Stibbe, which has a track record acting for global corporates on note issuances, practice head Rein van Helden¬†and senior associate Suzanne van Boheemen¬†advised frequent issuer and longstanding client Smurfit Kappa on a ‚ā¨600m offering of senior notes. In other work, the group assisted Nasdaq-listed Wright Medical Group with the issuance of $675m cash convertible senior notes.¬†Jeroen Smits, Pieter Sch√ľtte¬†and counsel Robert Steeg¬†are other key names.¬†Debt instrument restructuring is another area of strength.

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Capital markets: equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe‚Äôs practice is led by managing partner Derk Lemstra. Pieter Sch√ľtte¬†advised the joint bookrunners Citigroup, Evercore ISI and RBC Capital Markets and the co-managers on the $104m equity offering of ProQR Therapeutics, and acted for the joint global coordinators Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan and the other joint bookrunners (ABN Amro, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup) on the IPO of Adyen on Euronext Amsterdam.

Leading individuals

Derk Lemstra - Stibbe

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Commercial, corporate and M&a
Commercial, corporate and M&a - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe¬†counts a number of international banks,¬†AkzoNobel,¬†Bain Capital, and¬†Heineken within its client roster. Allard Metzelaar, Heleen Kersten, and M&A partner Bj√∂rn van der Klip, who also heads the firm's private equity practice, are the senior practitioners. In highlight work, the team represented Q-Park on its acquisition by KKR, a matter with an enterprise value of ‚ā¨2.95bn.

Leading individuals

Allard Metzelaar - Stibbe

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

The team at Stibbe provides a comprehensive service in respect of major construction projects from the bidding process and financing through to disputes and includes areas such as zoning and environmental issues. The group advises on major transport, industrial, and commercial projects including advising a consortium on the procurement law and contractual issues prior to its winning bid in relation to a major transport infrastructure project; it is also advising a well-known technology company on all aspects of a new data center project. David Orobio de Castro heads the practice; partner Ingmar De Groot led the advice to Holland Casino on the development of a new casino in Amsterdam; senior associates Erik Verweij and Iris Hendriksen are key members of the team.

Next generation lawyers

Ingmar de Groot - Stibbe

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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Led by Jeroen Kortmann and Fons Leijten, Stibbe's sizeable team handles a range of work including mass damage litigation, banking litigation, corporate litigation, insolvency and director's liability and complex contractual disputes. Kortmann and Leijten successfully defended BP in securities litigation relating to the 2010 Mexican Gulf oil spill. Branda Katan was promoted to partner in January 2018. Senior associate Simon Boersen is also noted.

Leading individuals

Fons Leijten - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Simon Boersen - Stibbe

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Stibbe

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe's team stands out for its¬†‚Äėquality knowledge and assistance‚Äô. Group head¬†Rein Wesseling¬†and Christof Swaak, who has ‚Äėexcellent strategic and tactical skills‚Äô, are acting for Nederlandse Spoorwegen and its former CEO and CFO in an abuse of dominance case brought by the ACM. Wesseling and Jeroen Kortmann¬†are defending Heineken against a damages claim; the duo recently secured a favourable jurisdiction decision.¬†Floris ten Have, who was promoted to the partnership in 2019, has done significant work on EU merger control matters for Aurobindo and Dossche Mills.

Leading individuals

Christof Swaak - Stibbe

Rein Wesseling - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Floris ten Have - Stibbe

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

The Stibbe team 'can always deliver, even on short notice in complex matters' and offers a full, multidisciplinary service. Jaap van Slooten and senior associate Johan Zwemmer are highlighted for 'their great expertise on all kinds of employment matters' including litigation and labour relations issues.  Paul Vestering, who provides 'spot on' advice is also 'a pleasure to work with', advises clients such as IBM and Nederlandse Spoorwegen on the whole range of contentious and advisory matters across employment, labour relations, pensions, and work council matters.

Leading individuals

Paul Vestering - Stibbe

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe had of energy Martin In de Braekt is advising Eurus Energy in respect of the acquisition of onshore wind parks in the Netherlands including all regulatory issues. His team is also assisting a client on a range of contractual relationships which includes advice on various regulatory matters relating to the unbundling of energy companies. The department is especially adept in connection with wind farm projects. Clients include Chevron, E.ON, and Northland Power.

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Energy: transactional
Energy: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe¬†attracts an impressive range of work in the wind farm sector; in one such highlight, it is acting for¬†√ėrsted in respect of the implementation of the Borssele I&II offshore wind project. The practice is also advising the consortium of Air Liquide, AkzoNobel, Enerkem, and the Port of Rotterdam on the waste to chemistry project in Rotterdam. Martin In de Braekt¬†heads the team, assisted by senior associate Li Wee Toh¬†and counts the likes of¬†Chevron,¬†Deutsche Windtechnik, and¬†E.ON as clients.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe's 'uniqueness with respect to administrative law lies in its particularly thorough research resulting in sound strategic advice'. Aaldert ten Veen, Jan Reinier van Angeren¬†and Tom Barkhuysen¬†are some of the senior lawyers, the latter is 'a fantastic lawyer ‚Äď a very clear communicator, very energetic and an emphatic and out of the box thinker'. Anna Collignon¬†is known for her focus on the¬†energy and chemical sectors and Val√©rie van ‚Äôt Lam¬†is reported to be 'extremely knowledgeable in the field of administrative law, approachable and a very strategic, team player'. In typical work, the team advised Wind Farm Frysl√Ęn on all aspects of the construction of an onshore wind farm, work that included dealing with various government agencies, private parties and foundations with regard to zoning, permitting and environmental issues.

Leading individuals

Aaldert ten Veen - Stibbe

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Stibbe‚Äôs ‚Äėdetermined and knowledgeable‚Äô group has particular expertise handling criminal investigations into economic crime, tax fraud and corruption. The ‚Äėsharp and committed‚Äô Daan Doorenbos leads the team. The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô Muri√ęl Rosing¬†specialises in corporate client fraud, corruption and money laundering cases.¬†Monique van der Linden is another key name. Senior associate Marleen Velthuis¬†is now with¬†NautaDutilh.

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Industry focus: Information technology
Industry focus: Information technology - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Judica Krikke, who leads the practice at Stibbe, has extensive expertise across ICT sourcing and procurement projects, software licences, related disputes, and is an arbitrator for the Dutch ICT Arbitration Institute. The department continues to advise the state, most recently on an assessment of Microsoft cloud services and the negotiation of contractual terms. Rogier Raas has a focus on the financial sector and is part of the team that advises Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance on various procurement and other matters.

Leading individuals

Judica Krikke - Stibbe

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Industry focus: Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe's telecoms, media, and entertainment group assists clients on corporate and M&A matters and disputes; it acted for Liberty Global and its Dutch subsidiary Ziggo in a court battle with Fox over the client's right to distribute the Fox Sports channels, including coverage of live football matches in the Dutch market. Judica Krikke and Jan Reinier van Angeren co-head the group and advised Payvision on the sale of a majority stake of 75% to ING.  There have been a number of new hires including associate Jasper Klopper from Allen & Overy LLP.

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Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe has 'a strong team committed to getting things done and the diversity of knowledge in the team was a strong trigger to select them'. Judica Krikke, who heads the healthcare and life sciences group, covers IP, ICT, and data protection and is assisted by senior associate Dennis Mollema, who has a focus on the corporate and finance side of transactions. In recent work, the team advised a consortium of the University Medical Centers on a major ICT tender process pertaining to server and storage infrastructure. It also continues to act for Mylan on all its EU antitrust issues.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Jeroen Smits , Paul Quist , Rogier Raas are at the helm at Stibbe. The group advises Blackstone on real estate matters, relating to regulatory, tax and financing aspects concerning the structuring of its funds; it is also advising the same client on Brexit planning. Johan Vrolijk was promoted to counsel and Vincent van Kampen to senior associate. Senior associate Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen is another key name.

Next generation lawyers

Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen - Stibbe

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe frequently acts on large cross-border matters and is led by Björn van der Klip. He handled several matters for new client Omers Private Equity, including a bid for Thames Water. Duco de Boer and London-based Hans Witteveen are also notable names.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

David Orobio de Castro and Ingmar De Groot are the senior members of the team at Stibbe and are assisted by Martin In de Braekt who leads the energy and industry group. The team serves international and domestic clients in the banking, infrastructure, public transport, and technology sectors; it is acting for the Connect Rotterdam consortium as lenders' counsel in connection with its bid for the DBFM contract and also advised Syntus and its shareholder Keolis in connection with the tender of the concession and the purchase and financing of 16 trains. This complex matter involved finance structured as an 'off balance' operating lease. The practice also advised on the interest rate swap entered into in connection with the financing.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe offers a comprehensive range of expertise in conjunction with its real estate skills including finance, tax, construction, planning, and procurement law. The team continues to assist Aedifica on all its acquisitions of care and nursing homes in the Netherlands and it advised Blackstone on all aspects of the sale of the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center to InterGlobe. David Orobio de Castro heads the group and counsels David Meijeren and Boris Cammelbeeck are also noted practitioners.

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

Boris Cammelbeeck - Stibbe

David Meijeren - Stibbe

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Stibbe

Lawyers at Stibbe¬†'know what they are doing ‚Äď and they are doing it right'. Toni van Hees¬†is the seasoned head of a team that includes Job Van Hooff¬†and which provides 'swift and always practical ways forward'. The group's comprehensive expertise covers insolvencies and restructurings for domestic and international clients and is often appointed by courts to act as bankruptcy trustee or administrator. The team is counsel to¬†North Sea Ports in connection with the bankruptcy of Thermphos, one of the world‚Äôs largest producers of phosphorus.

Leading individuals

Toni van Hees - Stibbe

Next generation lawyers

Job Van Hooff - Stibbe

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Stibbe

Stibbe’s group is a popular choice for corporate clients, particularly private equity houses, on transactional tax matters. In an illustration of its strength in this area, Jeroen Smits advised Bain Capital Private Equity on its acquisition of Consolis. Maarten de Bruin is assisting Carlyle Group with the tax aspects of its $3.2bn acquisition of Atotech from Total, including cross-border issues. Michael Molenaars and Reinout de Boer are other key names. Johan Vrolijk is now counsel.

Next generation lawyers

Johan Vrolijk - Stibbe

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