Firm Profile > Stibbe > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Stibbe
BEETHOVENPLEIN 10
1077 WM AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

The team at Stibbe provides 'helpful and practical advice' on both advisory and litigious matters. The group has ample experience representing clients before the Dutch Central Bank, the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets and the Authority for Consumers & Markets, as exemplified by practice head Rogier Raas defending NN Group against allegations of mis-selling unit-linked insurance policies. On the non-contentious side, the practice assists with Brexit-related queries, advises on the implementation of the Revised Payment Services Directive (PSD2), and assists with the regulatory aspects of acquisitions. Senior associates Soeradj Ramsanjhal and Roderik Vrolijk, who is an 'excellent adviser' with 'extensive experience in the sector', are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rogier Raas

Testimonials

Very responsive team with experience in local and European regulatory matters. The team assisted with a PSD II related matter and the process was approved smoothly and without hiccups.

Roderik Vrolijk has an extensive experience in the sector and has an eye for the detail.

Quick response to ad hoc questions. Strong legal knowledge. Helpful and practical advice.

Well-established financial services practice.

Roderik Vrolijk – excellent adviser and very solution-oriented.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

ABP

Aegon

APG

Ageas

Apax Partners

AQR Capital Management

ASMI

a.s.r.

Athora

Atradius

Atrium European Real Estate

Avega

Baillie Gifford

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays

Baring Private Equity Asia

BDO

Belfius

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

Boussard & Gavaudan

Canada Life

Carlyle

Centtrip

Charles Schwab

Commerzbank

Crédit Agricole

Dasym Investment Strategies

Delivery Hero

Deutsche Bank

Dyme

Egeria

Euroclear

European Investment Bank

EY

ExxonMobil

Fiserv

GMO

Goldman Sachs

Grupo Catalana Occidente

Guy Carpenter

HPE Growth Capital

ING

Intertrust

Irish Life

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

InsingerGilissen

Investcorp

J&T

KAS BANK

KKR

LeasePlan

Lombard Odier

Macquarie

Mediocredito Italiano

Mercedes-Benz

Monument Re

Morgan Stanley

NB Private Equity

Neuberger Berman

NN Group

Northleaf Capital

Novisource

Nuveen

NVB (the Dutch Banking Association)

Ordina

Payvision

Pershing Square Holdings

PGGM

Pioneer

Prisma Alternatives

Rabobank

SEB

Societe Generale

Stichting Mars Pensioenfonds

Swiss Re

SZ Finance

Tikehau

TP ICAP

Tradeweb

Van Lanschot Kempen

Vistra

Vitruvian Partners

Capital markets: equity Tier 1

Stibbe has a strong team capable of leading on all sides of complex, high-value equity transactions, acting for companies, hedge funds, and major financial institutions on all aspects of deals, including structuring and prospectus drafting. Matters include IPOs, collar agreements, debt-to-equity swaps, and share buyback deals. The practice is led by experienced pair Derk Lemstra and Pieter Schütte, who have a strong track record handling high-profile cross-border equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Derk Lemstra; Pieter Schütte

Key clients

B&S Group

Intertrust

Basic-Fit

PostNL

Pershing Square Capital

Constellium

Delivery Hero

Fyber

NB Private Equity Partners

Blackstone Private Equity

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

Construction Tier 1

Stibbe provides a strong all-round construction law service led by David Orobio de Castro and Ingmar De Groot, the latter of whom is particularly notable for his work on contentious matters. In addition to a strong base of developer clients, which it works with on several of the largest and most high-profile upcoming projects, the firm is often instructed by large corporates in relation to commercial and industrial developments, including headquarters, distribution centres, and flagship premises.  The team has strength throughout its ranks, with senior associates Erik Verweij and Iris Hendriksen both noted for procurement and contracts work.

Practice head(s):

David Orobio de Castro; Ingmar de Groot

Key clients

Ballast Nedam

Boskalis

Bouwfonds Property Development

Danone

FedEx

Fluor

Heijmans

Holland Casino

Hurks

Macquarie

Mercedes-Benz

Neinver

Ørsted

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal BAM Group

Strukton

University of Amsterdam

VU University

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Stibbe is a strong force in the Dutch dispute resolution market, with a client base consisting of large multinationals, leading Dutch financial institutions, and several of the largest domestic corporates. The firm is particularly specialised in mass litigation, and has seen increasing workflows in cartel follow-on cases, shareholder class actions, and purchaser's claims in sectors such as automotive and telecoms, with other key areas of work including auditor's liability and corporate litigation cases. Practice heads Fons Leijten and Jeroen Kortmann focus on corporate and international litigation, respectively. Other key names include contractual and tort disputes specialist Tim de Greve , Toni van Hees, who frequently acts for auditors in breach of duty disputes, and senior associates Daphne Rijkers and Simon Boersen.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Kortmann; Fons Leijten

Testimonials

Tim de Greve and Daphne Rijkers are outstanding litigators. Felt very comfortable relying upon their advice and representation in Dutch courts. They are more than advisors; they are successful advocates. They are extremely organized and tenacious on our behalf.

Toni van Hees is responsive, reflective, has a good grasp of the legal matters, communicative.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

BP Ltd.

Heineken

MAN

Vodafone

Ziggo/Liberty Global

EY

ING Bank

PwC

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Vantage Drilling International

Nationale Nederlanden (NN)

Employment Tier 1

Stibbe provides the full range of employment, remuneration, and pension advice to large domestic and international clients. The team is led by Jaap van Slooten, whose practice focuses on collective labour disputes and pensions, particularly for clients in the finance, logistics, and transport sectors. Paul Vestering and Astrid Helstone round out the three-partner practice, with Helstone particularly recommended for executive-level matters including remuneration structures and terminations. On the more junior end, Johan Zwemmer departed the firm in October 2019 for DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Jaap van Slooten

Testimonials

A great and responsive team, diverse and their combined experience is greatly appreciated by our team. They are a true added value where it comes to experience and expertise, which fits nicely with our own in-house business knowledge.

Astrid Helstone is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the impact of financial regulations on employment conditions, such as severance and bonus.

The team offers a wide range of expertise. They are easy to approach and always respond quickly and to the point. They advise about topics that have many perspectives. And often advise pragmatically. They know our company very well, and are able to anticipate if necessary.

Astrid Helstone is very knowledgeable in regulations on remuneration and able to find very practical solutions for difficult problems. Jaap van Slooten has very deep understanding of the law. Paul Vestering is great in moving projects forward. 

We work often with Paul Vestering, who is responsive, smart, calm and commercial. He understands the needs of international / private equity clients and ensures that his advice is practical and timely.

Astrid Helstone and Anne Merks are always available, very hands on and have a sharp eye on practical solutions in this complicated legal landscape.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Ahold

Air France-KLM

a.s.r. Nederland

Heineken

ING Group

LeasePlan Corporation N.V.

Mars Incorporated

Nederlandse Spoorwegen

NN Group

PostNL

Smurfit Kappa

Starbucks

VodafoneZiggo

Environment and planning Tier 1

Stibbe handles litigation and advisory work in relation to infrastructure projects which involve extensive planning advice. Key individuals in the firm's environment and planning team include Jan Reinier van Angeren, Tom Barkhuysen, and Anna Collignon. The firm's client roster includes the Municipality of Almere, Schiphol Airport, and RWE. The team is assisting the Municipality of Purmerend with a case concerning the distance requirements around LPG filling stations and compatibility with EU legal requirements.

Practice head(s):

Jan Reinier van Angeren; Tom Barkhuysen; Anna Collignon

Testimonials

Legal work has very high quality. Highest quality you can find in The Netherlands. The team is very dedicated and always accessible. Day and night‘.

Their legal knowledge stands out and all individuals are really great to work with. Besides that, they give confidence in complex legal projects‘.

Key clients

Ahold

Albemarle

AkzoNobel

Pondera

Windunie

DSM

DVM

EPZ

Ernst & Young Accountants LLP

Greif

KLM

Latexfalt

NAM

PostNL

Praxis

RWE

Municipality of Purmerend

Municipality of Leeuwarden

Municipality of Almere

Schiphol Airport

Sibelco

EU and competition Tier 1

The competition and regulation team at Stibbe has an established presence in the fields of cartels, abuse of dominance, and follow-on damage litigation. The firm's key clients include Credit Suisse, Heineken, and Mars. Practice head Rein Wesseling, Christof Swaak, Floris ten Have are representing Credit Suisse in two high-profile cases regarding financial markets conduct. Jeroen Kortmann, associates Roos Elemans and Stijn de Jong are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rein Wesseling

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Air France-KLM

Air Liquide

APG

Aurobindo

Barloworld

Beiersdorf

Biscuit International

British American Tobacco

Buma-Stemra

citizenM

Commerzbank

Credit Suisse

Essity

ExxonMobil

Heijmans

Heineken

Janssen De Jong

KKR

Kuehne + Nagel

Maersk

Mars

MAN

Mylan

NVB (Dutch Banking Association)

Panasonic

PostNL

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Stibbe is active across the full spectrum of matters, acting for corporate clients on fraud matters, including tax and securities-related fraud, as well as money-laundering and corruption. The team advises clients on compliance and assists with internal and external investigations, including those by the World Bank and EC Anti-Fraud Office, as well as representing in criminal litigation and negotiating settlements and leniency agreements with authorities. The practice is led by Daan Doorenbos, a specialist in financial and economic crime.

Practice head(s):

Daan Doorenbos

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Stibbe is praised for its depth of understanding of the IT market and its 'pragmatic and hands-on' approach. Judica Krikke heads up the TMT practice and co-heads the newly created digital economy group with Jaap van Slooten and the fintech group with Rogier Raas. Senior associate Roderik Vrolijk is also highlighted for his experience in the finance regulatory sphere. Key areas of expertise for the practice include ICT sourcing and procurement transactions, disputes and restructurings; the group also advises on new technologies and the regulations around data storage and use.

Practice head(s):

Judica Krikke

Testimonials

The pragmatic and hands-on approach of the team is much appreciated. Knowledgeable and at the same time driven to think in line with the client’s interest.’

‘Judica Krikke is very knowledgeable and hands-on.’

‘The financial regulatory team of Stibbe has provided us with best in class support in an intensive regulatory process. Although our main contact point has been Roderik Vrolijk throughout the process, we felt that the whole team supported our company. At moments where more viewpoints were needed the whole team, from starting lawyer to experienced partner, provided feedback on our issues. The team seems to truly work together and prioritises their work accordingly.’

‘The Stibbe team puts the needed work in when necessary. We have worked with multiple lawyers and consultants and Stibbe has by far exceeded all others. The interdisciplinary office has been able to answer all questions regarding our company and the overall market. Furthermore, as a client we felt assisted by the whole office. This provides an innovative company like us, with all needed advice and a backbone of experienced professionals to call up on when needed.’

‘Stibbe provides us with all guidance necessary to fit into the global financial ecosystem. Our main point of contact has been Roderik Vrolijk. Roderik acts as our counsel in communications with the regulatory authority and assists in the actual licence application. He has a strong background in the regulatory approach of the Dutch Central Bank. Furthermore, Roderik has extensive expertise with getting a company like ours up to speed to become a regulated institution. A definite strength of Roderik is the ability to interpret the (sometimes) ambiguous guidance of the regulatory authority and translate this into practical directions for the management. Roderik truly goes the extra mile for his clients. We had a perfect win for the management.’

Key clients

University Medical Center Groningen

Delivery Hero N.V.

Nationale Nederlanden

The Dutch State

Northwest Clinics (Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep)

Trumpf GmbH & Co. K.G.

Covestro A.G.

Ordina N.V.

Dyme

ABN AMRO

Royal Flora Holland

ASR

Vitruvian

Centrebridge

AirBnB

Survey Monkey

Alibaba

Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam

Eneco

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Stibbe's restructuring and insolvency team has cross-border capabilities and handles high-profile advisory and litigation matters. The practice is regularly appointed by the court to act as a bankruptcy trustee or administrator in suspension of payments procedures. Key clients include Stichting WSG, DBS Bank, and Deloitte. Practice head Job Van Hooff is 'outstanding' in restructuring law and advised housing association Stichting WSG on its €700m restructuring process. Toni van Hees leads the team alongside Hoof and is a 'fast and very knowledgeable' lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Toni van Hees; Job van Hooff

Testimonials

The practice of the law firm Stibbe is unique because of their cleverness and speed in their work in bankruptcy and restructuring cases. They also stand out for their approachability, reliability and correctness. They are among the top lawyers of the Netherlands‘.

Toni van Hees is a top lawyer and is deployed in litigation cases. Toni van Hees excels in everything. He is fast and very knowledgeable and has also made a name for himself in the field of restructuring and insolvency of companies‘.

Brenda Katan is involved in general lawyer practice, has less seniority than Toni van Hees, however is one of the best and is a very promising lawyer. Stibbe excels in excellent lawyers!! We’re very happy with them!

Stibbe provides excellent legal services and is a key player in the Benelux restructuring community with strong young partners‘.

Individuals I have worked with in several matters and which have in my view outstanding restructuring law skills include Job van Hooff.’

Key clients

Deloitte

Ernst & Young LLP

Frigoglass

Intertrust

Nomura

Goldman Sachs

Unlimited Sports Group

DBS Bank

North Sea Ports

Stichting WSG

ATB Financial

Floresteca

Tax Tier 1

In an example of its strength in assisting with tax matters arising from M&A, the team at Stibbe recently advised Delivery Hero on the €930m sale of its German food delivery businesses Lieferheld, Pizza.de and Foodora to Takeaway.com. Other key areas of focus for the practice include capital markets transactions, reorganisations, and fund structuring. Reinout de Boer, who 'combines technical theory with practical solutions', is the expert in litigious matters. Michael Molenaars heads the practice. Jeroen Smits, whose key clients include fund managers, Maarten de Bruin, and senior counsel Johan Vrolijk are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Michael Molenaars

Testimonials

Personal approach, high-level of knowledge.

Reinout de Boer, combines technical theory with practical solutions. Nice to work with.

Key clients

EQT

TDR Capital

Delivery Hero

Payvision

Bugaboo

Aurobindo

TRUMPF

Imperial Tobacco

Blackstone

Goldman Sachs

Accor

Bain Capital

Q-Park

OMERS Private Equity

AP3 and AP1 (the Swedish National Pension Funds)

Warburg Pincus

Rhone Capital

McKinsey & Company

PIMCO

Clayton Dubilier & Rice

Carlyle Group

Insight Venture Partners

Cimpress

APG

ING

NN Group

Accor

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

The team at Stibbe provides a strong service in asset and structured finance, acting for high-profile lenders, arrangers, borrowers, lessors and lessees.  Maarten de Bruin jointly heads the team and focuses on structured finance, while fellow team leader  Rein van Helden is particularly active in leveraged finance, bond transactions and syndicated lending. On the asset finance side, recent work has included acting for large borrowers in the energy and transport sectors, as well as commodity financing.

Practice head(s):

Maarten De Bruin; Rein Van Helden

Key clients

ABN AMRO

AIG

Ammeraal Beltech

Antalis

Apax Partners

APG

Bain Capital

Barclays

BNP Paribas

British American Tobacco

Citibank

Crédit Agricole

DBRS Ratings

ING

Fitch Ratings

GE Renewable Energy

Intertrust

INNIO

IQ-EQ

ITOCHU

J.P. Morgan

KKR

Lloyds Bank

Lufthansa

Marubeni

Mitsui

MODEC

Morgan Stanley

Natixis

NIBC

Nordea

Opel Financial Services

Q-Park

Société Générale

Smurfit Kappa

Tarkett

Temper

UniCredit

Vitol

Wright Medical Group

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Stibbe is involved in several high-profile borrower-side deals, particularly in the field of acquisition financing, where the team often works in conjunction with its prominent transactional practice for large corporates and funds. The firm is also strong on refinancing work, particularly in situations involving multiple creditors or revolving credit facilities. The practice is jointly headed by real estate finance specialist Maarten de Bruin and  Rein van Helden, whose areas of focus include cross-border leveraged finance, syndicated lending and financial restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin; Rein van Helden

Key clients

Accel-KKR

Accor

Advent International

Aedifica

AGC Networks

Alois Kober

Ammeraal Beltech

Apax Partners

APG

Ardagh

ASM International

Athora

Axia

Bain Capital

Ballast Nedam

BCTN

Black Box Corporation

Blackstone

British American Tobacco

Bugaboo

Carestream Health

Cimpress

Constellium

Core Equity

CTS Corporation

Dossche Mills

Eastman Kodak

Elementis

EssilorLuxottica

ExxonMobil

Freeport-McMoRan

Frigoglass

Getinge

Hearthside

Heijmans

Heineken

Holland Casino

ICL Group

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Intertrust

Irish Life

KKR

KPS Capital Partners

Lindsay Goldberg

Lodha Group

Louis Vuitton

Lufthansa

Mars

Marubeni

Mitiska

NRGValue

Opel Financial Services

PostNL

Q-Park

Rhône Capital

Robert Bosch

SGG

Smurfit Kappa

Time Warner

T.J. Ljungberg

Vandemoortele

Warburg Pincus

Wessanen

Whirlpool

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Key areas of focus for the 'always available' team at Stibbe are acquisition finance, corporate lending, real estate finance, project finance and derivatives. Longstanding clients include the European Investment Bank and Goldman Sachs, and the team also gained the Royal Bank of Canada as a new client. Rein van Helden, who heads the practice jointly with Maarten de Bruin, is the key contact for matters involving cross-border leveraged finance and syndicated lending. Also notable are counsel Robert Steeg, who is 'pragmatic and always available', and senior associate Suzanne van Boheemen.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin; Rein van Helden

Testimonials

Stibbe is a great firm for Benelux matters. They are very good and always available.

Robert Steeg is a very good lawyer. He is pragmatic and always available.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Allied Irish Banks

ANZ

Aozora Bank

Ardian

Ares Management

Bank of China

Bank of Ireland

Barclays

BlackRock

BNG (Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten)

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Danske Bank

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypo

European Investment Bank

Goldman Sachs

ING

Insight Investment Management

JP Morgan

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg

Lloyds Bank

Mizuho Bank

Morgan Stanley

MUFG Bank

Natixis

NIBC

Nordea

NWB (Nederlandse Waterschapsbank)

Royal Bank of Canada

Société Générale

Toronto-Dominion Bank

UBS

Unicredit

Capital markets: debt Tier 2

Stibbe acts on public and private debt structures for major domestic and international finance providers including banks, financial institutions, corporate borrowers, and ratings agencies . Matters include standard debt issuances such as bonds and notes, alongside reorganisation, restructuring, and complex arrangements such as debt-to-equity swaps. The practice is led by international financing specialist  Rein van Helden and also includes Pieter Schütte.

Practice head(s):

Rein van Helden

Key clients

Amira Nature Foods

ASM International

Bain Capital

Barclays

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

British American Tobacco

Cimpress

Cinven

Citigroup

Constellium

Credit Suisse

DBRS Ratings

Deutsche Bank

Frigoglass

Fyber

IHS Towers

ING

Intertrust

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Marubeni

Mitsui

Modec

Morgan Stanley

PostNL

PSA Groupe

Robert Bosch

SGG

Smurfit Kappa

Wright Medical Group

Steinhoff International

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 2

Stibbe is highlighted for 'always delivering' on transactions. Heleen Kersten's broad expertise includes high-profile takeover disputes and M&A expert Björn van der Klip also heads the private equity practice and includes KKR among his clients. Allard Metzelaar continues to provide clients with his extensive expertise. The team handles the gamut of corporate and commercial matters ranging from public and private M&A to corporate governance and restructurings. Its work includes acting for Delivery Hero on the €930m sale of its German food delivery businesses to Takeaway.com.

Practice head(s):

Heleen Kersten

Testimonials

Always delivers, very experienced, expertise is top notch.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Apax Partners

APG

Athora

Audax Private Equity

Blackstone

CitizenM

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Delivery Hero

Eneco

EssilorLuxottica

Heineken

NN Group

PostNL

Trumpf

Monument Re

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

'A strong team with broad knowledge', the Stibbe group advises on a broad range of data privacy matters as part of its ICT practice. Judica Krikke is the highly recommended team head who advises corporates, the Dutch state and new technology clients on areas such as data protection governance structures and negotiations with the Data Protection Authority. Senior associate Marc Spuijbroek is an IT specialist who also handles data protection issues, especially in relation to cloud sourcing and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Judica Krikke

Testimonials

A strong team with broad knowledge and hands-on experience in respect of data privacy and data protection matters and excellent understanding of related IT matters. The team is built up in an efficient and cost-efficient way and makes optimal use of the experience levels available and required for a certain matter.’

Key clients

The Dutch State

Ahold Delhaize

FedEx

Heineken

ABN Amro

Royal Flora Holland

Dyme

Ascott

Q-Park

Stichting Cartara

Atho

Energy: regulatory Tier 2

'Practical and very responsive', Stibbe's activities in the regulatory energy field is widespread. The firm's workload includes advising energy and industrial companies in M&A mandates, for instance upstream oil and gas transactions, projects relating to wind farms, power plants and pipelines as well as commercial contracts and project finance matters. Practice head Martin In de Braekt is heralded as 'the premier Dutch energy lawyer for some time.'

Practice head(s):

Martin In de Braekt

Other key lawyers:

Anna Collignon; Li Wee Toh; Valérie van ‘t Lam; Neeltje Walgemoed; Victor van Campen

Testimonials

Practical and very responsive team with in depth knowledge of the regulatory landscape.

The team is very pleasant to work with, with a very informal and pleasant sociable approach to their client. Feels like it is an extension of our legal team rather than outside counsel. Very knowledgeable with hands-on and truly useful experience.

First rate knowledge of the sector including all relevant developments.

Martin In de Braekt – very dedicated advisor with practical knowledge of what his client needs in the specific context.

Martin In de Braekt has been the premier Dutch energy lawyer for some time.

Key clients

Air Liquide

Chevron

Deutsche Windtechnik

Ørsted

EDF

E.ON

Eneco

ENGIE

EPZ

Eurus Energy Europe (shareholders: Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power

GE Renewable Energy

Innogy

Northland Power Inc.

RWE

SEGRO

Uniper

Westermeerwind

W2C (Waste-to-Chemistry) consortium (Air Liquide, Nouryon, Enerkem, Port of Rotterdam, Shell)

Energy: transactional Tier 2

With 'well informed and great advisor' Martin In de Braekt at the helm, Stibbe assists energy companies and large industrial companies in relation to energy-related M&A transactions such as upstream gas and oil deals, but also handles projects concerning wind farms, power plants, pipelines as well as developments with respect to energy transition in the Netherlands. Commercial contracts and financial matters, including project finance are other key areas of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Martin In de Braekt

Other key lawyers:

Li Wee Toh; Victor van Campen;

Testimonials

Stibbe’s energy team is unique in the sense that I have not yet found another law firm with a similar focus. Most of the time law firms are organised per field of law and not per market segment. The Stibbe team is well experienced in large energy transactions and at the same time well informed about current market developments. This makes it a so called one-stop-shop for parties doing business in the field of energy or other large capital goods.’

‘Martin In de Braekt is well informed and a great advisor. The fact that focusses on energy transactions makes his advice very relevant and not unnecessarily theoretical. At the negotiating table he can vary styles to suit any situation.

In touch with all rumours, developments in the sector Involved in most deals, so very up to date on market practice.

Martin In de Braekt has been involved in most deals for the past dozen years.

The team’s vast experience with deals in this industry and the deep understanding of how this industry works. They relate to what is going on behind the scenes and in a highly sophisticated manner help bring negotiations forward.

Two specific stand outs: Martin In de Baekt and Li Wee Toh. I value their deep understanding of the industry, their sophistication when it comes to understanding what is going on in board rooms and using their legal expertise to facilitate negotiations rather than creating obstacles.

Key clients

Air Liquide

Chevron

Deutsche Windtechnik

Ørsted

EDF

E.ON

Eneco

ENGIE

EPZ

Eurus Energy Europe (shareholders: Toyota Tsusho Corporation and Tokyo Electric Power

GE Renewable Energy

Innogy

Northland Power Inc.

RWE

SEGRO

Uniper

Westermeerwind

W2C (Waste-to-Chemistry) consortium (Air Liquide, Nouryon, Enerkem, Port of Rotterdam, Shell)

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

The Stibbe practice provides a wide range of expertise to health sector clients including hospitals, academic hospitals and the care home industry. In the life sciences sector, the group has extensive expertise including ICT, data protection, regulatory and IP skills together with pricing, reimbursement and clinical trial knowledge. Judica Krikke heads up the practice, and newly promoted partner Floris ten Have brings competition experience to the team.

Practice head(s):

Judica Krikke

Key clients

Abbott

Acerta Pharma

Aedifica

Affidea

Agendia

Air Liquide Healtcare

Astellas

Bayer

BASF

Canon Medical Systems

Chimpharm JSC

EssilorLuxottica

Essity

Genmab

Getinge Group

Innovalens

KLM Health Services

Leading Dutch academic medical centres (Erasmus MC,

UMC Groningen, Radboud MC, VUmc and AMC)

Lundbeck

McKesson

Investment funds Tier 2

Stibbe has a broad funds practice, with a strong following on both the general partner and limited partne-sides of the market, often working in conjunction with its other offices to provide an integrated funds service across the Benelux area. The firm is particularly specialised in the structuring of private equity and alternative investment funds, including international tax structuring, as well as providing a strong service in the regulatory space. This dual specialism is highlighted in the organisation of the practice, which is led jointly by tax specialist Jeroen Smits and the regulation-focused Rogier Raas. Senior associate Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rogier Raas; Jeroen Smits

Key clients

Aktia Asset Management

APG

Aquiline Capital Partners

Alceda

Alinda

Altor

Atrium

AQR

Baillie Gifford

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

Canada Life

Carlyle

Cohen & Steers

Coller Capital

Charles Schwab

Dasym Investment Strategies

Egeria

ETF Securities

First Reserve

Generali

GMO

Goldman Sachs

Granite REIT

Hg Capital

HPE Growth Capital

Industrial & Infrastructure Fund Investment Corporation

ING

Internos

Intertrust

Japan Retail Fund Investment Corporation

KSL Capital Partners

Lend Lease Investment Management

Lexington

Lombard Odier

Macquarie

Mid Europa Partners

Mitsubishi Corporation

Neuberger Berman

NIBC

NN Group

Northleaf Capital

Nuveen Investments

Oaktree Capital

OMERS

Pershing Square Capital Management

Pioneer

Praxis Private Office

Prisma Capital

Proprium Capital Partners

Quadrant Capital Advisors

Reverence Capital

Rhône Capital

Rockspring

Silver Lake

SMBC Nikko Securities

Softbank Fund

Standard Life

Stonebridge

Trafaltin

Vistra

Warburg Pincus

Private equity Tier 2

The team at Stibbe focuses on complex, cross-border private equity deals. Leading domestic and international private equity firms seek the firm’s advice on high-profile transactions, with practice head Björn van der Klip and key partner Hans Witteveen leading on many of the firm's most significant deals. Thijs Alexander  left to join Clifford Chance.

Practice head(s):

Björn van der Klip

Key clients

Apax Partners

Apollo

Avedon Capital Partners

Audax Private Equity

Bain Capital

BC Partners

Blackstone

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Dasym Investment Strategies

Egeria

Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking

General Atlantic

H.I.G. Capital

HPE Growth Capital

Insight Venture Partners

Investcorp

KPS Capital Partners

Lone Star

Lindsay Goldberg

Montagu Private Equity

OMERS Private Equity

PAI Partners

Providence Equity Partners

Quadrant Capital Advisors

Rhône Capital

Silver Lake Partners

The Carlyle Group

Unitas Capital

Vision Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Warburg Pincus

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

The project finance team at Stibbe has a strong presence in Dutch PPP work, and is headed up by David Orobio de Castro, who is a PPP specialist with significant experience in utility and infrastructure developments. The group is instructed by contracting authorities, lenders and consortia on DBFM agreements, refinancing matters and tender processes, and regularly achieves financial closure on major projects. The team operates as part of a full-service projects practice, and frequently works in conjunction with energy and industry practice head Martin In de Braekt and construction specialist Ingmar De Groot.

Practice head(s):

David Orobio de Castro

Key clients

3i

Ballast Nedam

Boskalis

DEME

Dura Vermeer

European Investment Bank

FCC

Fluor

Heijmans

John Laing

Macquarie

Ørsted

Royal BAM Group

Sacyr

Siemens

Strukton

Syntus

Transport Authority Amsterdam (TAA)

Volker Wessels

W2C (Waste-to-Chemistry) consortium (Air Liquide, Nouryon, Enerkem, Port of Rotterdam, Shell)

Real estate Tier 2

With David Orobio de Castro at its head, the team at Stibbe advises Benelux construction and real estate companies, domestic and foreign property developers, governmental agencies, architects and engineering firms. The practice recently gained noteworthy new clients including Accor Invest, Morgan Stanley and Palmira Capital Partners. It has a focus on assisting with real estate transactions and property development projects. Other key names to note are counsel Boris Cammelbeeck and Jan van Oosten, who impresses with his 'exceptional engagement and professionalism'. David Meijeren left the firm in August 2019 for Quist Geuze Meijeren.

Practice head(s):

David Orobio de Castro

Testimonials

Jan van Oosten: exceptional engagement and professionalism. It feels like Jan is your in-house team member. Manages a team of expert lawyers very well, also those more senior than himself. Advice is always on time and very useful, which is not always the way on the Dutch legal service market. Jan has led our project and our team through the difficult legal and business reality of the Dutch real estate market. Anne-Marie Span: very engaged with a very good level of legal knowledge. Anne-Marie has grown together with our project and is currently one of the strongest elements in the team dedicated to our project.

The real estate team has a lot of experience and is capable of scaling up the effort/team if necessary.

The partner was honest, stable and versed.

Key clients

Accor Hotels

Accor Invest

Aedifica

APG

Amundi

Ballast Nedam

Blackstone

BPD

CitizenM

Dossche Mills

DURA VERMEER/KNSF Muiden

Genmab

Granite

Groothandelsgebouwen

Holland Casino

Hudson’s Bay Company

Katara Hospitality

KRC

Mercedes Benz

Mitiska REIM

Morgan Stanley

Merus

Neinver

Palmira Capital Partners

SEGRO

Société Générale

TNT/FedEX

Twenty 14

UPS

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

The team at Stibbe is focused on M&A and IP matters within the media and entertainment industries. Jan Reinier van Angeren is a key contact for transactional work. Other core team members are Judica Krikke and senior associate Jasper Klopper, both of whom handle a wide spectrum of IP work, including representing clients in infringement proceedings and cases regarding unlawful publications and reputational damage.

From its main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with branch offices in Dubai, London and New York, Stibbe handles complex legal challenges both locally and cross-border. By understanding the commercial objectives of clients, their position in the market and their sector or industry, Stibbe can render suitable and effective advice. From an international perspective, Stibbe works closely with other top-tier firms on cross-border matters in various jurisdictions. These relationships are non-exclusive enabling Stibbe to assemble tailor-made integrated teams of lawyers with the best expertise and contacts for each specific project. This guarantees efficient coordination on cross-border transactions throughout a multitude of legal areas, irrespective of their nature and complexity.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Maarten de Bruin maarten.debruin@stibbe.com +31 20 546 03 80
Capital markets Derk Lemstra derk.lemstra@stibbe.com +31 20 546 03 50
Competition and regulation Rein Wesseling rein.wesseling@stibbe.com +31 20 546 03 07
Corporate litigation Fons Leijten fons.leijten@stibbe.com +31 20 546 04 09
Dispute resolution Toni van Hees toni.vanhees@stibbe.com +31 20 546 01 11
Employment, pensions and incentives Jaap van Slooten jaap.vanslooten@stibbe.com +31 20 546 06 51
Energy and natural resources Martin In de Braekt martin.indebraekt@stibbe.com +31 20 546 02 42
Environment and planning Jan Reinier van Angeren janreinier.vanangeren@stibbe.com +31 20 546 01 95
Financial regulatory Rogier Raas rogier.raas@stibbe.com +31 20 546 05 90
Insolvency and restructuring Job van Hooff job.vanhooff@stibbe.com +31 20 546 06 71
IP/IT communications Judica Krikke judica.krikke@stibbe.com +31 20 546 02 12
M&A Egbert Vroom egbert.vroom@stibbe.com +31 20 546 02 92
Notarial Manon Cremers manon.cremers@Stibbe.com +31 20 546 04 08
Private equity Björn van der Klip bjorn.vanderklip@stibbe.com +31 20 546 01 06
Real estate David Orobio de Castro david.orobiodecastro@stibbe.com +31 20 546 01 65
Tax Michael Molenaars michael.molenaars@stibbe.com +31 20 546 06 38
White-collar crime Daan Doorenbos daan.doorenbos@stibbe.com +31 20 546 01 82
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As a reputable, international law firm with a proud history, we feel a strong sense of responsibility for the development of a more sustainable society. This is why we ensure that CSR remains an integral part of our firm and culture and we have defined clear principals to support it.

Our CSR contribution to society is rooted in effective legal advice and relevant pro bono work. Further to these areas, we are investing in a diverse and inclusive culture in which talented people can thrive regardless of gender and ethnicity. To ensure we attract and nurture this talent, we strive to create a diverse, inclusive and supportive culture in all our offices throughout the world. To this end, we work closely with universities, recruitment agencies and student bodies to create opportunities for them.

Each year we handle a number of pro bono cases which either have a profound social significance, or that address a fundamental legal principle. They also frequently involve complex issues of civil, administrative or human rights law.

These cases are handled free of charge or at significantly reduced rates and we are proud that our lawyers invest their time and energy to assist those who would otherwise be unable to receive such counsel.

Every year, our partners and associates continue to play an active role in various pro bono matters, taking on cases that make a real difference to individuals, and local and national organisations.

We also take responsibility towards our own people. We provide all members of our firm with the environment and the facilities that encourage them to develop their full potential. We also offer flexible work solutions so they can combine their practice with family life. We invest heavily in the personal and professional development of our people.

We use our means and abilities towards the communities in which we work and live: we engage in social, cultural and scientific sponsorship, supporting our local communities.

We provide financial and in-kind sponsorship of organisations dedicated to academia, the arts and the wellbeing of children. We feel it is both our duty and our privilege to return something to the communities in which we operate. This is why we sponsor cultural events, scientific pursuits and children in need. We not only provide financial support, but also share our knowledge and practical support through our active board membership of several NGOs.

We strive to a more sustainable environment. We are minimising our environmental impact and reducing our carbon footprint by embracing new technologies and inspiring people to continuously make conscious decisions on whether their behaviour would best fit an environmentally friendly approach. We installed energy saving technology, encourage our people and clients to use public transport and use IT and telecommunication technology to reduce commuting. We reimburse public transport costs to encourage everyone to use it.

By investing in state-of-the-art archiving and a digital work environment, we significantly reduce our paper usage.

Our new office building in Amsterdam is CO² neutral and we received a BREEAM Excellent quality mark from the Dutch Green Building Council.

Together, we want to ensure the legal profession in general, and our firm in particular, continues to contribute to a sustainable society. We will pursue each of our CSR values with the same drive we bring to our legal advice.


Stibbe is an independent international law firm with deep roots in its three home jurisdictions, i.e. in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. We have branch offices in Dubai, London and New York.

Team members from our offices often join their expertise to service our (often multinational) clients in a broad variety of practice areas. We are also closely connected with other top-tier law firms in jurisdictions around the world (“best friends-network”). This enables us to act as a “global coordinating counsel” in complex international transactions, arbitrages and projects.

We exchange ideas and experiences with a number of preferred firms in our international network regarding new developments and trends in the legal sector and concerning the use of technology in the workplace.