Firm Profile > Stibbe > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Stibbe
BEETHOVENPLEIN 10
1077 WM AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 1

The structured finance team at Stibbe is particularly notable for its work on securitisations, with recent instructions concerning trade receivables and car lease receivables, as well as amendments to existing programmes for corporate clients. Practice co-head Maarten de Bruin is particularly recommended for such matters, as is fellow co-head Rein van Helden. Van Helden is also involved in the firm’s asset financing work, with several recent mandates focusing on vehicle financing and fleet renewal for public transport authorities, in collaboration with the firm’s public law offering. Senior associate Katelijne Ribbink joined from Clifford Chance in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin; Rein van Helden

Other key lawyers:

Katelijne Ribbink

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

PSA Finance

Q-Park

Société Générale

Smurfit Kappa

Tarkett

Temper

UniCredit

Vitol

Wright Medical Group

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

Stibbe remains one of the Netherlands’ key players for regulatory work, handling enforcement matters in addition to a strong compliance and licensing practice. Rogier Raas leads the group, and handles the regulatory aspects of complex matters including mergers between financial institutions, the launch of cross-border financial products, and the entry of foreign institutions into the Dutch market, as well as working alongside the firm’s litigation team in contentious matters. Senior associate Roderik Vrolijk is recommended for matters involving corporate trust services, including compliance and governance work in addition to dealings with regulatory bodies, while fellow senior associate Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen is another key name within the practice, particularly regarding remuneration matters.

Practice head(s):

Rogier Raas

Other key lawyers:

Roderik Vrolijk; Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen; Soeradj Ramsanjhal

Testimonials

‘Soeradj Ramsanjhal has in-depth knowledge of the WWFT and WTT regulations, and the ability to cut through some of the complexities, and bring simplicity and logical thinking to how the regulations should be interpreted. Roderijk Vrolijk also shares in this ability, and both are very strong allies when navigating the world of regulatory compliance in The Netherlands.’

‘Stibbe were exceptionally prompt and helpful. The team is very knowledgeable and a genuine pleasure to work with. ’

‘Roderik Vrolijk is extremely helpful, and very clearly expert in Dutch regulatory law.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

ABP

Acapture

Aegon

AmTrust

APG

Ageas

Apax Partners

Aquiline Capital Partners

Argentex

AQR Capital Management

ASMI

Assurant

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

IKEA

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

Capital markets: equity Tier 1

Stibbe remains one of the strongest firms for equity matters in the Dutch market, with highly experienced practice heads Derk Lemstra and Pieter Schütte handling work for a client base which includes large financial institutions as well as prominent corporates across a wide range of industry sectors. The firm continues to handle IPOs and subsequent offerings on Euronext Amsterdam, both as issuer and underwriter counsel, in addition to secondary listings for listed multinationals, PIPE deals, and other cross-border public M&A mandates.

Practice head(s):

Derk Lemstra; Pieter Schütte

Key clients

B&S Group

Intertrust

Basic-Fit

PostNL

Pershing Square Capital

Global Blue

Silver Lake

Fyber

Blackstone Private Equity

Groupe PSA

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 1

Stibbe’s ‘very reliable’ team is ‘not afraid of engaging in creative structuring and execution of projects to meet client objectives’, while providing ‘solid legal advice’. With substantial expertise in high-profile cross-border transactions, recent work includes advising Peugeot on its merger with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and acting for EssilorLuxottica on its acquisition of a stake in GrandVision. Heleen Kersten is a key name for M&A and corporate governance work; Björn van der Klip leads the private equity practice; and Duco de Boer focuses on M&A, private equity and restructuring mandates. Eva Das is also recommended and returned to the firm’s Amsterdam office in 2019 after a period in its New York base. Allard Metzelaar retired but remains as an adviser to the firm.

Other key lawyers:

Heleen Kersten; Björn van der Klip; Duco de Boer; Eva Das; Allard Metzelaar

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked with the Stibbe team on a number of different projects over the years. Very reliable, solid legal advice. Not afraid of engaging in creative structuring and execution of projects to meet client objectives. Highly ethical. One of the best teams in the market.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Adevinta

Apax Partners

APG

Athora

Audax Private Equity

Blackstone

CitizenM

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Comcast

Delivery Hero

Dutch State

Eneco

EssilorLuxottica

Heineken

NN Group

Peugeot

PostNL

Monument Re

Construction Tier 1

Stibbe has extensive transaction and litigation experience regarding real estate, construction and procurement law. It is well-known for its involvement in major construction and PPP projects, as well as heavy plant projects and offshore facilities. David Orobio de Castro jointly heads the real estate and construction group and is noted for his expertise in private finance initiatives (PFIs), building contracts, property development, property finance, real estate and concession contracts. Fellow co-head Ingmar De Groot has an ‘eye for detail’.

Practice head(s):

David Orobio de Castro; Ingmar de Groot

Other key lawyers:

Erik Verweij; Iris Hendriksen

Testimonials

‘Stibbe is a very reliable and knowledgeable partner to work with and has great experience in the various types of contracts.’

‘They are always on top of the issues and follow up in a quick and swift manner, which is of great importance of our business.’

‘The construction team combines an in-depth knowledge with extensive transaction and litigation experience regarding real estate, construction and procurement law.’

‘The construction team members have a very good business sense and are able to communicate in a smooth and effective way.’

‘They have a pragmatic approach.’

‘They always remain focussed even in long-lasting procedures.’

‘The Stibbe people are team players, both internally and with the client which makes it an inspiring and pleasant experience to work with them.’

‘Stibbe are the number one go to firm for high-end and complex construction matters.’

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

EIB

Ballast Nedam

Heijmans

Fluor

Jan de Nul

Boskalis

University of Amsterdam (UVA)

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Foundation

Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD)

Holland Casino

VU

TNT/FedEx

Neinver

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Nine partners at Stibbe lead a vast bench of associates in a broad spectrum of litigation, with strong collabaration from across the firm for specialist areas, such as competition law and banking and finance litigation. It is a leading force in defending mass claims, such as the headline diesel emissions dispute, while other high-profile work includes the air cargo and trucks anti-trust cases. Fons Leijten is a market-leading corporate litigator,  who co-leads the practice alongside international litigation specialist Jeroen Kortmann.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Kortmann; Fons Leijten

Other key lawyers:

Tim de Greve; Matthijs Kuijpers: Branda Katan

Testimonials

‘A good and solid firm, doing a lot of complaints/cases related to derivatives and repricing, to our satisfaction, very reliable, very good.’

‘I would like to point out Tim de Greve, a counsellor I have a lot of faith in. He puts in a lot of energy and quality, always aiming for the maximum result, an outstanding lawyer in my view.’

‘I collaborate with Stibbe’s litigation team for complex international dispute resolution matters. Their team is quite capable in handling the factual information and documents related to complicated securities transaction and securities class action. They are mindful of the cultural differences with Asian jurisdictions and outstandingly nice and cooperative with foreign lawyers and clients.’

‘I work with Matthijs Kuijpers, an excellent litigation partner of the team. He is thoughtful and responsive, understanding the issues that foreign lawyers or clients often confront. He can always provide creative solutions for such issues.’

Key clients

Daimler/Mercedes Benz

Suzuki Motor Corporation

BP

MAN Truck & Bus (part of Volkswagen)

Heineken

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

ING Bank

Liberty Global

ABN AMRO Bank

Steinhoff

McCourt Global Sports and Media LLC

PwC

Prysmian

Vantage Drilling International

Asset management company

Employment Tier 1

Stibbe’s multidisciplinary team focuses on employment, pensions and incentives. It has been at the forefront of advice on matters connected with COVID-19, setting up a special Corona Employment Emergency Team for clients. Practice head Jaap van Slooten is well-known for handling collective disputes and pensions. The ‘very accessible and always availableAstrid Helstone advises and litigates on a range of employment issues, including board and executive terminations, works council issues and restructurings. Paul Vestering handles compensation and terminations, corporate governance, and transnational works council issues.

Practice head(s):

Jaap van Slooten

Other key lawyers:

Paul Vestering; Astrid Helstone; Anne Merks; Phinney Disseldorp

Testimonials

‘The Stibbe remuneration team is a team of professionals with a high level of knowledge’.

‘They always react very quickly to questions and deliver advice of a high quality’. 

‘They always give you the feeling that you are their only client’.

‘Astrid Helstone has an extreme knowledge regarding remuneration legislation and can combine this with her labour law practice’.

‘Great team, very experienced in employment law and remuneration in the financial industry’.

‘The team is able to assist in any kind of employment matters, at every level’.

‘Stibbe is highly competent and up to speed with latest developments’.

‘Professional deep knowledge in specific niche areas such as legal advice on remuneration and pension matters’.

Key clients

PostNL N.V.

Air France – KLM

NN Group N.V.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ING Group N.V.

Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V.

Heineken Nederland

Intertrust N.V.

Picnic (online supermarket)

NS Group N.V.

Energy: transactional Tier 1

The energy and industry group at Stibbe advises energy companies and industrial businesses on commercial and corporate M&A transactions. It is adept at handling public and private buy and sell-side M&A in the power, oil and gas, chemicals and liquid natural gas (LNG) sectors. Practice head Martin In de Braekt handles business and finance matters for developers, contractors and lenders. Counsel Li Wee Toh is experienced in project development, with a focus on offshore and onshore wind, and energy transition projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin In de Braekt

Other key lawyers:

Li Wee Toh; Victor van Campen

Testimonials

‘Martin In de Braekt is the undisputed leader in his field: all-encompassing legal advice on energy and industry’.

‘Very strong, experienced, knowledgeable team with transactional, contract and regulatory know-how’.

‘Quality of partners and associates is outstanding.’

‘Martin In de Braekt always radiates positive energy, ambition and trust that he will defend your interests and will get the deal done’.

‘Li Wee Toh is very hands-on, pleasant, efficient, approachable and responsive’

‘Li Wee Toh understands the dynamics of an energy company’.

‘Li Wee Toh gives you the feeling she is always available for any matter’.

‘Involved somehow in almost every deal in NL, incomparable wealth of knowledge and knowledge of players in the market’.

Key clients

Air Liquide

EDF

Eneco

ENGIE

EPZ

Eurus Energy Europe

GE Renewable Energy

Gunvor Petroleum

innogy

Northland Power Inc.

Ørsted

RWE

SEGRO

Uniper

Westermeerwind

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

Windpark Fryslan

WPD

Environment and planning Tier 1

Stibbe provides advice on major planning applications and infrastructure projects, and related litigation. It acts for large corporate entities and also maintains close contact with universities, the Dutch Parliament and its ministries. Jan Reinier van Angeren specialises in environment and planning and administrative law, and handles administrative and civil litigation. Anna Collignon focuses on environmental and enforcement law, and often acts for large energy and chemical sector companies. Jan van Oosten, who ‘thinks of solutions with an eye for the client’s needs’, was recently promoted to partner. Tom Barkhuysen is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jan Reinier van Angeren; Anna Collignon; Jan van Oosten; Tom Barkhuysen

Other key lawyers:

Valérie van ‘t Lam

Testimonials

‘Very well-versed in environmental and administrative law’.

Their broad knowledge among partners and associates regarding multiple subjects within these playing fields is excellent’.

‘The accessibility of Stibbe and their first-hand knowledge is outstanding’.

‘Stibbe has one of the best legal teams in Environment and Planning in the Netherlands’

‘The decisive combination of knowledge, experience and talent in an effective and efficient manner puts Stibbe in an exceptional class’.

‘Together with a flexible and pleasant cooperation, this results in a lasting relationship in which advice in the initial phases of projects is valuable’.

‘Flexible, easy to talk to and an eye for the facts.’

‘Jan van Oosten thinks in solutions, an expert with good people skills’.

Key clients

Afvalzorg

Ahold

Air Liquide

Albemarle

Circuit Park Zandvoort

DAF Trucks

DSM

DVM

Energy Production Company Zeeland

Ernst & Young Accountants LLP

Greif

KLM

McDonald’s

NAM

Neinver

Normec

PostNL

PALLAS

Praxis

RWE

Several cities and provinces (Municipality of Purmerend, Municipality of Leeuwarden, Municipality of Almere, Municipality of Amstelveen, Municipality of Leiden,  Municipality of Venlo, BEL-combinatie (Municipalities of Blaricum, Eemnes and Laren), Municipality of Amsterdam, Province of Noord-Holland and Zeeland)

Schiphol Airport

Sibelco

Urenco

EU and competition Tier 1

Stibbe is singled out in the market for its behavioural practice including handling cartels, abuse of dominance work and follow-on damages litigation at a national and international level. Recent work includes representing Credit Suisse in an investigation by the European Commission into the foreign exchange market and acting for Dutch railway operator NS in a case against the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) regarding alleged abuse of dominance. Rein Wesseling, who clients praise as ‘possibly the best competition lawyer out there’, leads the team; other key practitioners include ‘leader in cartel workChristof Swaak, antitrust expert Jeroen Kortmann, Floris ten Have and associates Roos Elemans and Stijn de Jong.

Practice head(s):

Rein Wesseling

Other key lawyers:

Christof Swaak; Jeroen Kortmann; Floris ten Have; Roos Elemans; Stijn de Jong

Testimonials

‘Stibbe Partners have close and good informal connections within the European Commission which is helpful to get as much information as possible. They are close to the fire so to say.’

‘The team knows our business, understands our way of working. They are willing/able/not afraid to give clear (legal) answers taking into account our interests and priorities.’

‘Stijn de Jong is always willing to learn and understand our business and he is always available as a sparring partner. He is not afraid to give advice on the spot.’

‘Rein Wesseling always keeps calm. That is his great strength. And he is able to translate his great legal knowledge of competition law into our way of working. He is not afraid to take well balanced ‘risks’.’

‘The team is the best in the Netherlands, they are truly leaders in the field of competition law. They are furthermore able to provide concessive and to the point advice.’

‘Rein Wesseling is possibly the best competition lawyer out there. Stijn de Jong is an excellent associate with an outstanding knowledge.’

‘Excellent in dealing with difficult cartel cases.’

‘Christof Swaak – a leader in cartel practice.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Air France-KLM

Air Liquide

APG

Barloworld

Beiersdorf

Biscuit International

British American Tobacco

Buma-Stemra

citizenM

Commerzbank

Credit Suisse

Deloitte

Eneco

Essity

ExxonMobil

Heijmans

Heineken

ICL

Janssen De Jong

KKR

Kuehne + Nagel

Maersk

Mars

MAN

Mylan

NVB (Dutch Banking Association)

Panasonic

PostNL

ProRail

Prysmian

RWE

Schindler

Smurfit Kappa

Technische Unie

Vodafone

voestalpine

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Daan Doorenbos heads Stibbe’s corporate fraud practice, which acts for both domestic and international corporates in a wide range of industries. Doorenbos is particularly active in compliance matters, as well as settlement negotiations during enforcement proceedings. At the start of 2020, the firm saw the promotion of Muriël Rosing, who handles a range of corruption and money laundering cases, to the partnership. Cross-border cases continue to make up a large portion of the team’s workload, particularly for foreign clients facing investigations by Dutch authorities.

Practice head(s):

Daan Doorenbos; Muriël Rosing

Testimonials

‘What is great about Stibbe is that it is a big “Zuidas” firm that does business like a smaller boutique firm. They are quick, have great client handling skills and are not afraid to fight for their clients against the prosecution.’

‘Daan Doorenbos obviously stands out, but new partner Muriel Rosing is an excellent number two. Together with the rest of their team they can do the work every lawyer is jealous about. ’

‘One of the best teams around. Exceptional capability when financial regulatory issues turn into criminal matters.’

‘Daan Doorenbos is without discussion one of the best white-collar defence lawyers around. Very thoughtful and always strategic and well-researched. Muriel Rosing – communications skills and enthusiasm.’

‘Each member of the team is a good lawyer; knowledgeable in his or her field and all skilled lawyers. Good coverage of the working field from fraud and bribery to environmental.’

‘Daan Doorenbos is no doubt one of the Netherlands’ leading white-collar defence counsels.’

‘A very nice, experienced team. Good to work with. A clear approach/no surprises.’

‘Overall Daan Doorenbos is the best white-collar crime defence lawyer in the Netherlands. Thought leadership combined with a true criminal defence spirit.’

‘Muriel Rosing is up and coming.’

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

The TMT and digital economy group at Stibbe is at the forefront for advice on ground-breaking new technologies, including platform services, apps and self-driving cars. The team includes regulatory and procurement specialists and is adept at handling corporate and IT outsourcing matters. Practice head Judica Krikke recently setup the firm’s digital economy group which addresses new technologies, including AI and robotics. Rogier Raas is noted for financial regulatory matters. Senior associate Roderik Vrolijk focuses on fintech and counts large corporations, Dutch financial institutions and fintech companies among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Judica Krikke

Other key lawyers:

Rogier Raas; Roderik Vrolijk

Testimonials

‘This team shows it truly understands that being an effective lawyer in the information technology practice not only means staying on top of the many areas of law that come together in the IT practice, but also means understanding the technology itself’.

‘They help clients improve their understanding of technology developments’.

‘Judica Krikke makes you feel that she’s right there next to you to help face challenges head-on’.

‘Strong knowledge of the business’.

‘Judica Krikke is a good negotiator and has a strong reputation on IT matters’.

‘Stibbe provides directly applicable practical solutions’.

‘Stibbe dares to make specific recommendations and provides hands-on support where needed and within short timeframes.’

‘Judica Krikke and her team show that they fully understand the client’s needs and priorities’.

Key clients

Athora

The Dutch State

Royal Flora Holland

Q-park

Mercedes-Benz

Dutch Police

VU University Amsterdam

Tax Tier 1

Stibbe's long-established tax practice attracts top-drawer, high-value transactions, complex advisory work and litigation and is a firm of choice for a number of international law firms seeking Dutch tax counsel. With its 'right balance between theory and practical solutions', the heavyweight team offers multiple niche areas of expertise, such as the real estate and finance-related tax practice of Maarten de Bruin. De Bruin and practice head Michael Molenaars are praised for their direct involvement in matters and responsiveness. Other names to note include Jeroen Smits and Reinout de Boer.

Practice head(s):

Michael Molenaars

Other key lawyers:

Maartin de Bruin; Jeroen Smits; Reinout de Boer

Testimonials

Very in-depth knowlegde of investment funds.’

Very high quality of deliverables produced.’

We receive highly-responsive assistance from the Stibbe tax team that is well integrated between its Netherlands and US offices as well as between tax and other transactional teams.’

Maarten de Bruin and Michael Molenaars (both partners) are very responsive to questions and their ongoing direct involvement (in addition to managing associates) is helpful and appreciated in complex matters. Charlotte Tolman (associate) is highly capable and, while she stays closely connected with the partner, is able to help keep things moving on her own.

Very professional team, with the right balance between theory and practical solutions. With pro-active approach and a lot of historic file knowledge. Very good in explaining complex tax matters in an understable way for non-tax specialists.

Key clients

EssilorLuxottica

The Chatterjee Group

Triton

Delivery Hero

EQT

Athora

Ardagh

Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp

Investcorp

Rhone Capital

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Heineken

Blackstone

Quadrant Capital

Wright Medical Group

Accor

BRC (Shareholders of ABInbev)

Apollo

PSA

TDR Capital

Imperial Tobacco

Intertrust

Bain

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Maarten de Bruin, who is highly recommended for real estate financing, leads the finance team at Stibbe alongside Rein van Helden, who focuses on cross-border leveraged finance, syndicated lending deals, and financial restructuring. The firm is highly active in both cross-border and domestic matters, with a client list that includes several high-profile names on both the corporate and private equity sides. At the associate level, key names include Robert Steeg and Suzanne van Boheemen, both of whom are highly knowledgeable on the interplay between Dutch and US law, having practised in New York.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin

Other key lawyers:

Rein van Helden; Robert Steeg; Suzanne van Boheemen

Testimonials

‘Excellent service and expertise.’

‘Robert Steeg, excellent and client focused.’

Key clients

Accel-KKR

Accor

Advent International

Aedifica

Alois Kober

Ammeraal Beltech

Apax Partners

APG

Ardagh

ASM International

Athora

Axia

Bain Capital

Ballast Nedam

Basic-Fit

BCTN

Blackstone

British American Tobacco

Bugaboo

Carestream Health

Cerberus

Cimpress

Constellium

Core Equity

Dossche Mills

Eastman Kodak

Elementis

EssilorLuxottica

ExxonMobil

Freeport-McMoRan

Frigoglass

Getinge

Hearthside

Heijmans

Heineken

HEMA

Holland Casino

ICL Group

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Intertrust

Irish Life

KKR

KPS Capital Partners

Koole Terminals

Lindsay Goldberg

Lodha Group

Louis Vuitton

Lufthansa

Mars

Marubeni

Mitiska

Nextmune

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

Real estate financing and securitisation specialist Maarten de Bruin is one of the leaders of Stibbe’s financial team, which acts for many of the most prominent institutions throughout Europe and beyond, in addition to a robust domestic client base. Fellow practice co-head Rein van Helden specialises in financial restructuring, syndicated finance, and cross-border leveraged finance, such as the financing of Thermo Fisher’s acquisition of Qiagen, in which van Helden acted for a group of lenders including JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. Senior associate Suzanne van Boheemen and counsel Robert Steeg are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin; Rein van Helden

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne van Boheeman; Robert Steeg

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

Santander

Sberbank

Société Générale

Toronto-Dominion Bank

UBS

Unicredit

Capital markets: debt Tier 2

Stibbe is highly active in issuer-side work, advising a range of both domestic and multinational clients on a range of note offerings, as well as handling the restructuring and updating of bond programmes. The team is led by experienced practitioner  Rein van Helden, who also leads the firm's broader banking and finance group. Other notable figures within the practice include Maarten de Bruin, who is frequently involved in issuances by corporate clients, and Job Van Hooff, who frequently works with the capital markets team in matters involving distressed finances and restructuring of notes.

Practice head(s):

Rein van Helden

Other key lawyers:

Maarten de Bruin; Job Van Hooff

Key clients

ASM International

Bain Capital

Barclays

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

British American Tobacco

Cimpress

Cinven

Citigroup

Constellium

Credit Suisse

DBRS Ratings

Deutsche Bank

Frigoglass

Fyber

IQ EQ

ING

Intertrust

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Marubeni

Mitsui

Modec

Morgan Stanley

PostNL

PSA Groupe

Robert Bosch

Smurfit Kappa

Wright Medical Group

Steinhoff International

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

With 'a good grasp of technology and an ability to understand how technology interacts with data privacy regulations', Stibbe's cross-departmental digital economy group is led by Judica Krikke, with support from employment expert Astrid Helstone and senior associate Marc SpuijbroekChristien Saris is also recommended for data protection administrative enforcement work. The practice handles the full range of data mandates with particular expertise in the data aspects of cloud contracting, compliance issues and transactional work. Notable clients on the group's roster include the Dutch State, the Dutch Police and ING.

Practice head(s):

Judica Krikke

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Helstone; Marc Spuijbroek

Testimonials

‘They have a good grasp of technology and are able to understand how the technology interacts with the data privacy regulations, and vice versa. They have a pro-active and pragmatic approach to working with start-ups.’

‘Their knowledge of the practice is excellent and they have the capability to create solutions that are not only legally correct but also workable/pragmatic for us in the daily practice.’

‘Marc Spuijbroek is very approachable and able to communicate with all sections of the company in an understandable way.’

‘Judica Krikke is very pleasant to work with because she is very knowledgeable and able to use that in providing practical advice.’

‘The practice is unique because of its dedication, accessibility, speed and extremely high level of knowledge.’

‘Professionalism coupled with friendliness. They are all very good at empathising with the customer, very good in thinking far ahead without losing the connection with the customer.’

Key clients

The Dutch State

ING

Q-park

Dyme

Finos Global

Mercedes–Benz

Dutch Police

Accord Healthcare

Athora

Royal Flora Holland

Energy: regulatory Tier 2

Stibbe’s energy and industry group is well-known for its transactional practice and its regulatory work is often integrated in transactional projects. It covers a broad range of regulatory matters, including those relating to development and finance, M&A, corporate reorganisations, and asset acquisitions and disposals. Gas sector regulation is a key area of focus, alongside energy and CO₂ taxes, and climate change policy. Team head Martin In de Braekt acts for sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders.

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

‘Very knowledgeable, one of the best wind regulatory teams in The Netherlands’.

‘They are truly part of the deal teams, so have a good feeling for the transaction’s dynamics and can give well-informed and concise timely advise during the course of a transaction’.

‘Martin in de Braekt is one of the experts and both a transactional and regulatory lawyer’.

‘Martin in de Braekt always radiates positive energy, ambition and trust that he will defend your interests and will get the deal done’.

‘Very commercial and know the sector extremely well’.

‘Neeltje Walgemoed is an associate who is very pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable in wind energy regulations’.

‘Excellent understanding of the energy market and political landscape’.

‘Good understanding of the business which allow them to not only give a legal opinion but also a business opinion’.

Key clients

Air Liquide

EDF

Eneco

ENGIE

EPZ

Eurus Energy Europe

GE Renewable Energy

Gunvor Petroleum

innogy

Northland Power Inc.

Ørsted

RWE

SEGRO

Uniper

Westermeerwind

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

Windpark Fryslan

WPD

Private equity Tier 2

Stibbe regularly acts for international private equity houses on complex cross-border transactions including investments, acquisitions and exits; in a recent highlight, the team advised Apax Partners on the acquisition of Destiny from Mentha Capital. Group head Björn van der Klip also counts Apollo, Bain Capital and Providence Equity Partners as clients. Hans Witteveen, who divides his time between Amsterdam and London, and Duco de Boer are also highly active in the space.

Practice head(s):

Björn van der Klip

Other key lawyers:

Hans Witteveen; Duco de Boer

Testimonials

‘Very service-oriented, attention to detail and quickly acquainted with the case at hand.’

Key clients

American Industrial Partners

Apax Partners

Apollo

Avedon Capital Partners

Audax Private Equity

Avista Capital Partners

Aquiline Capital Partners

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

Partners Group

Providence Equity Partners

Quadrant Capital Advisors

Rhône Group

Silver Lake Partners

The Carlyle Group

Unitas Capital

Vision Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Warburg Pincus

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Stibbe's project finance practice focuses on infrastructure finance, particularly on projects involving renewable energy, waterways and public buildings. The group maintains a strong presence in PPP/PFI projects, demonstrated by practice head David Orobio de Castro, acting alongside Ingmar De Groot and Rein van Helden, to advise a mix of bank lenders and the EIB, on providing finance to BAAK Blankenburg-Verbinding in relation to the A24 Blankenburg connection project. Martin In de Braekt, head of the firm's energy and industry group, is another key name.

Practice head(s):

David Orobio de Castro

Other key lawyers:

Ingmar de Groot; Rein van Helden; Martin In de Braekt

Key clients

Ballast Nedam

Boskalis

DEME

Dura Vermeer

European Investment Bank

FCC

Fluor

Heijmans

Real estate Tier 2

Stibbe is well regarded for domestic and international real estate financing and transactions, and is particularly experienced in real estate matters pertaining to the healthcare sector. The team also handles property development projects, leasing, tax structuring, administrative law, construction and procurement. David Orobio de Castro heads the practice and is a key name for project finance issues, and advice on European and national procurement regulations. Counsel Boris Cammelbeeck handles commercial real estate transactions, developments and tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

David Orobio de Castro

Other key lawyers:

Maarten de Bruin; Ingmar de Groot; Jan van Oosten; Boris Cammelbeeck

Testimonials

‘Boris Cammelbeeck is a very open and honest lawyer, with a broad knowledge of the real estate industry’.

Key clients

Accor Hotels

Accor Invest

Aedifica

APG

BPD

CitizenM

FedEx / TNT

Genmab

Granite REIT

Holland Casino

HBC Netherlands

Heijmans

KLM

Mercedes-Benz

Mitiska REIM

Morgan Stanley

Neinver

Palmira Capital Partners

SEGRO

Société Générale

Q-Park

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Stibbe’s expertise spans restructuring, insolvency and litigation. The group handles national and international matters and is regularly appointed by the courts to act as bankruptcy trustee or administrator in suspension of payments proceedings. Practice co-head Toni van Hees focuses on property law and civil procedures, with notable experience of financing, liability and insolvency issues, and is an active member of Insolad, the Dutch Association of Insolvency Lawyers. Fellow co-head Job van Hooff is a key name for cross-border restructurings, distressed transactions and bankruptcy and insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Toni van Hees; Job van Hooff

Other key lawyers:

Gertjan Boekraad; Rein van Helden

Testimonials

‘The team have shown to greatly understand that their clients typically will have limited experience in dealing with restructuring and insolvency’.

‘They are able to quickly determine their client’s level of knowledge and experience, and tailor their communication and advice accordingly’.

‘They understand what the client needs, as well as the internal information sharing and decision making dynamics an in-house counsel has to deal with’.

‘Always available, and high quality and provide realistic advice, reflecting sound business sense and experience’.

‘The team composition is quite diverse’.

‘The manner in which they present their advice is very practical, such as decision tables, heat-maps, graphs, and other practical visuals they know will be useful for the client’.

‘Job van Hooff plays a key role in the day-to-day handling of matters’.

‘Job van Hooff is very knowledgeable’.

Key clients

ATB Financial

Banning N.V.

DBS Bank

Deloitte

DTEK (Ad Hoc group of Noteholders)

Dutch State (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy)

Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

Floresteca

Goldman Sachs

Hema B.V.

Human Company

ING Bank

Intertrust

Mars/Royal Canin

Nomura

North Sea Ports (former Zeeland Seaports)

Unlimited Sports Group

Stichting WSG

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Stibbe has noted expertise in healthcare and life sciences-related IT issues, including data protection and regulatory matters. The group acts for clients including hospitals, care homes, nurseries and medical devices. Judica Krikke is a key practitioner.

Investment funds Tier 3

At Stibbe, Rogier Raas handles funds matters and financial services regulations work as part of the firm's Benelux investment management practice. He also acts for financial institutions and institutional investors on the negotiation and documentation of investment management mandates. The firm brings together corporate and tax fund structuring capabilities, in addition to a strong funds-related regulatory practice. Tax specialist Jeroen Smits jointly heads the practice with Raas, and senior associate Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen has considerable experience handling regulations relating to funds including the application of the Alternative Fund Managers Directive.

Practice head(s):

Rogier Raas; Jeroen Smits

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen 

Key clients

Aktia Asset Management

APG

Aquiline Capital Partners

Alceda

Alinda

Altor

Atrium

AQR

Baillie Gifford

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD)

Canada Life

Carlyle

Cohen & Steers

Coller Capital

Charles Schwab

Columbia Capital

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

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 4

Stibbe has expertise in media and entertainment-related IP and corporate M&A work. The team also handles regulatory matters, commercial contracting, negotiations and disputes. Judica Krikke is a key practitioner.

From its main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with branch offices in 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
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Tom Barkhuysen  photo Mr Tom Barkhuysen Tom specialises in administrative law, compliance and sanctions, environmental, housing, education, licensing,…
Ms Barbara Bier  photo Ms Barbara Bier Barbara specialises in (financial) restructurings, codes of conduct/ethics, corporate governance, capital protection…
Mr Gertjan Boekraad  photo Mr Gertjan Boekraad Gertjan specialises in complex commercial litigation. In legal proceedings, he represents a…
Ms Anna Collignon photo Ms Anna Collignon Anna specialises in the complex areas of environmental and planning law, enforcement…
Ms Manon Cremers  photo Ms Manon Cremers Manon specialises in corporate law, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions,…
Ms Eva Das  photo Ms Eva Das Eva specialises in mergers and acquisitions including private and public M&A, private…
Mr Ingmar De Groot photo Mr Ingmar De Groot Ingmar co heads Stibbe’s Construction Practice. His expertise spans every aspect of…
Mr Daan Doorenbos  photo Mr Daan Doorenbos Daan specialises in corporate criminal law, including investigations into alleged fraud and…
Ms Astrid Helstone  photo Ms Astrid Helstone Astrid advises and litigates in individual and collective labour law matters, including…
Mr Martin In de Braekt  photo Mr Martin In de Braekt Martin has a wide range of experience in the Energy and Industrial…
Ms Heleen Kersten  photo Ms Heleen Kersten Heleen specialises in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, corporate law and…
Mr Jeroen Kortmann  photo Mr Jeroen Kortmann Jeroen heads Stibbe’s International Litigation Group. He acts as defence counsel in…
Mr Tijn Kortmann  photo Mr Tijn Kortmann Tijn specialises in administrative, environmental and planning, and property law. His work…
Ms Judica Krikke  photo Ms Judica Krikke Judica acts as strategic advisor and negotiator in ICT procurement, outsourcing and…
Mr Fons Leijten  photo Mr Fons Leijten Fons specialises in corporate litigation and arbitration, especially in M&A and corporate…
Mr Derk Lemstra  photo Mr Derk Lemstra Derk specialises in capital markets and corporate governance. He advises on all…
Mr Michael Molenaars  photo Mr Michael Molenaars Michael head of the Tax practice group of Stibbe. He specialises in…
Mr David Orobio de Castro  photo Mr David Orobio de Castro David heads Stibbe’s Real Estate Practice. He has extensive experience in real…
Mr Rogier Raas  photo Mr Rogier Raas Rogier specialises in banking, securities and financial services regulation. He acts as…
Mr Pieter Schütte photo Mr Pieter Schütte Pieter focuses on capital markets and corporate transactions. Experience includes advising on…
Mr Christof Swaak  photo Mr Christof Swaak Christof is the head of our competition and regulation practice in New…
Mr Björn Van Der Klip photo Mr Björn Van Der Klip Björn is a partner in Stibbe’s corporate department and heads its private…
Mr Paul Vestering  photo Mr Paul Vestering Paul specialises in employment and pension law, with advice work and litigation.…
Mr Egbert Vroom  photo Mr Egbert Vroom Jaap litigates for mainly listed companies against unions and works councils regarding…
Mr Rein Wesseling  photo Mr Rein Wesseling Rein specialises in complex merger control cases, state aid and cartel litigation.…
Mr Duco de Boer  photo Mr Duco de Boer Duco is a partner in the Amsterdam office and specialises in general…
Mr Maarten de Bruin  photo Mr Maarten de Bruin Maarten is member of the practice groups Tax Law and Finance. His…
Mr Tim de Greve  photo Mr Tim de Greve Tim has proven expertise and knowledge in a wide range of areas…
Mr Floris ten Have  photo Mr Floris ten Have With his expertise in all areas of EU and Dutch competition law,…
Mr Jan Reinier van Angeren  photo Mr Jan Reinier van Angeren Jan Reinier specialises in administrative and public law. His work includes advising…
Mr Toni van Hees  photo Mr Toni van Hees Toni is senior-partner in Stibbe’s Commercial Litigation Department. He specialises in complex…
Mr Jaap van Slooten  photo Mr Jaap van Slooten Jaap litigates against unions and works councils regarding collective employment issues, like…
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Corporate Social Responsibility

As a reputable, international law firm, 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.

First and foremost, our CSR contribution to society is rooted in effective legal advice and relevant pro bono work. We use our knowledge and expertise to advise organisations that otherwise do not have access to high-quality legal advice. In doing so, we opt for the more complex legal issues with social relevance, or cases that set a legal precedent.

Furthermore, we believe that when people are able to develop to their full potential, this contributes to a better, safer, more diverse and prosperous society. Therefore, we enable young people to seize opportunities, pursue their dreams and ambitions, and overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of their personal growth. We do this by entering into partnerships with organisations that help children and young adults develop knowledge and skills they can use to build a good future. In addition, we work with institutions that enable young talent to develop to the highest level.

Diversity & Inclusion

The world around us is changing rapidly. A greater variety of skills is needed, both in society and in the workplace, to find solutions to increasingly complex problems. We must therefore look beyond cultural, financial, religious, political and regional boundaries and be able to work and live alongside people who are different from each other.

Diversity and inclusion have been high on Stibbe’s agenda for years. To provide our clients with high-quality legal advice, we need people who bring in different views, ideas and experiences. In addition to people’s qualities and skills, a diverse composition of teams in areas such as gender, sexual orientation, skin colour, cultural and socio-economic background, religion, disability and age is indispensable. An inclusive culture is essential so that everyone feels at home and can be themselves at Stibbe, and has the opportunity to develop to their full, unique potential.

Both in the legal sector and within our own firm there is still much to be gained in this area. To further embed diversity and inclusion in our culture, services and working methods, we set up activities and partnerships that focus on attracting, retaining and growing diverse talent and on working together in an inclusive way, both internally and externally. In addition, we support initiatives aimed at promoting diversity within our sector and in the business community as a whole, and we participate in social debate where necessary and relevant.

Stibbe is pleased to be one of the founding members of the Legal Diversity & Inclusion Alliance (LDIA), a collective effort by several law firms in Belgium. By joining the LDIA, member firms affirm their commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment, exchanging good practices on diversity and inclusion, and raising awareness of non-discrimination and diversity issues by combining efforts in organising events, workshops, trainings, etc


Stibbe is an independent international law firm with deep roots in its three home jurisdictionsFrom our main offices in Amsterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, together with our branch offices in London and New York, we handle our clients’ complex legal challenges both locally and cross-border. In addition to our own international presence, as an independent law firm, Stibbe can cooperate closely with other international top-tier firms. These relationships are non-exclusive and enable us to assemble a tailor-made, integrated team of lawyers with the best expertise and contacts for each specific matter.  

This top-tier network guarantees the best quality in each and every one of the jurisdictions with premium reputations in all of the business areas relevant for our clients. Our network enables us to connect you with the individual specialists our clients are looking for in almost all jurisdictions. When we do so, we will always see to it that we contact the individual lawyer we would be referring our client to, in order to ensure through a personal touch that they also provide the best client service. 

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.