Stibbe > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Stibbe
BEETHOVENPLEIN 10
1077 WM AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

Noted for its breadth and depth of financial regulatory expertise, Stibbe‘s team is a first port of call for Dutch banks, insurance companies, stock exchanges and clearing houses, among various other clients. Rogier Raas heads up the practice, which covers all the regulatory aspects of M&A, private equity, debt finance and equity capital markets transactions. Beyond providing transactional support, the team is also instructed on a standalone basis for advice on regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, governance issues and licence applications, as well as fintech-related matters. Internal investigations and financial services litigation are also key areas of strength for the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Marieke Driessen from Simmons & Simmons in January 2021. The firm’s recent work included Raas, newly-promoted partner Roderik Vrolijk and senior associate Ingrid Viertelhauzen assisting private equity firm Astorg and IQ-EQ with the Dutch financial regulatory aspects of the contemplated restructuring of Astorg’s fund structure. In addition, the team is also advising ABN AMRO on the implementation of the EU Taxonomy Regulation.

Practice head(s):

Rogier Raas

Other key lawyers:

Marieke Driessen; Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen; Roderik Vrolijk; Ingrid Viertelhauzen; Soeradj Ramsanjhal

Testimonials

‘Rogier Raas – quick and responsive.’

‘Pragmatic approach, client focused, strong communication skills.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Acapture

Aegon

Afvalzorg

AmTrust

Ageas

Anacap

Apax Partners

Aquiline Capital Partners

Argentex

AQR Capital Management

ASMI Assurant a.s.r.

Athora

Atradius

Avalabs

Atrium European Real Estate

Avega

Baillie Gifford

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Banque Chaabi

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

Husqvarna

IKEA

ING

Intertrust

IQ EQ

Irish Life

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

InsingerGilissen

Investcorp

J&T

KAS BANK

KKR

LeasePlan

Lombard Odier

Macquarie

Markant

Mediocredito Italiano

Mercedes-Benz

Monument Re

Morgan Stanley

NB Private Equity

Neuberger Berman

NN Group

Northleaf Capital

Novisource

Nuveen

Nuvei Corporation

NVB (the Dutch Banking Association)

Ordina

Payvision

Pershing Square Holdings

PGGM

Pioneer

Pwc

Prisma Alternatives

Quickbit

Rabobank

Rheos

SEB Smart2Pay

Societe Generale

Stichting Mars Pensioenfonds

Swiss Re

SZ Finance

Tikehau

TCV

TP ICAP

Tradeweb

Unipaas

Van Lanschot Kempen

Volksbank

Vistra

Voice Group Inc

Vitruvian Partners

Whatsapp

Wells Fargo

Worldbank

Worldpay

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Dutch Banking Association (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken, “NVB”) and its members (virtually all Dutch banks) with the design and structuring of an implementation tool that allows Dutch banks and entities in scope of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) to implement the highly complex rules in their organisation and to track developments and implementation tools. The firm is also advising the NVB and its members on the implementation of the EU Taxonomy Regulation.
  • Advising Argentex, one the UK’s premier listed foreign exchange fintechs, on its expansion into the European mainland by setting up a regulated electronic money institution in the Netherlands and its licence application with the Dutch Central Bank.
  • Advising Apollo, one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers, on the Dutch financial regulatory aspects of its decision to enter into an agreement with Athene to merge in an all-stock transaction that implies a total equity value of approximately $11bn for Athene. Apollo and Athene are the holders of qualifying holdings in Athora Netherlands N.V. (formerly known as: VIVAT N.V.) and its regulated insurance subsidiaries.

Netherlands > Capital markets: equity Tier 1

Pieter Schütte and Derk Lemstra jointly lead Stibbe's ECM practice, which is mainly known for its focus on advising issuers, although it also generates mandates from selling shareholders and underwriters. In addition, work for private equity houses is another driver of activity. The team's first-rate reputation is underpinned by its breadth of experience, which spans high-profile IPOs, secondary equity issuances, dual-track exits and public M&A. With the firm being prominent in cross-border matters, it regularly works with international law firms. In one recent mandate, a group including Lemstra, Schütte, and senior associates Nora OffergeltEmilie Renardel de Lavalette and Rik van Kessel, acted as lead counsel to Advent (the issuer and selling shareholder) on the IPO of InPost on Euronext Amsterdam; this represented the largest ever European tech IPO and the largest European cross-border IPO in a decade. Elsewhere, the firm is notably active in SPAC listings on Euronext Amsterdam; this recently included the listing of Odyssey Acquisition, which is a newly-formed SPAC focused on the European healthcare and TMT sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Schütte; Derk Lemstra

Key clients

B&S Group

InPost

Basic-Fit

Advent

HPE

Pershing Square Capital Management

Groupe PSA

The Coca Cola Company

hear.com

EQT

SilverLake

Majorel

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Deutsche Bank

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to the issuer and selling shareholder, Advent, on the IPO of InPost on Euronext Amsterdam.
  • Acted as lead adviser to Peugeot on the EU equity capital markets aspects of its €50bn merger of equals with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
  • Advised on a number of IPOs of SPACs on Euronext Amsterdam, including the Zaoui & Co-backed Odyssey SPAC, the Hedosophia-backed SPAC, the Martin Blessing-backed EFIC1 SPAC and the Michael Tobin-backed Crystal Peak SPAC.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 1

The ‘excellent’ team at Stibbe acts for domestic and international entities on a wealth of corporate, M&A and dispute matters, including takeover and corporate control-related proceedings. Heleen Kersten, who previously practised in the US and UK, is a star name for corporate governance mergers, acquisitions, corporate law and governance affairs; she operates alongside Björn van der Klip, who is particularly well-versed in public company takeovers, and Duco de Boer whose expertise lies in restructuring, M&A and private equity matters. Also of note is Eva Das, a practitioner with a wealth of experience in both public and private transactions, joint ventures, general corporate law and related finance.

Testimonials

‘I think that the team was excellent all the way along the complex process we were engaged in. Sizing of the team was perfect, with a collective strong engagement. I do not know about specific innovations behind the scene, but the experience was flawless from an administrative or technology standpoint.’

‘People were excellent in my view because of a mix of top technical skills, knowledge of the market, commitment to the project and more unusually a great sense of pragmatism.’

Key clients

Adevinta

Apax Partners

APG

Apollo

Blackstone

Canon

CitizenM

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

Dutch State

Eneco

Heineken

KKR

NN Group

Peugeot

PostNL

Providence Strategic Growth

TCV

Q-Park

Schneider Electric

Work highlights

  • Advised EssilorLuxottica on its highly publicised public takeover of GrandVision.    
  • Advised Apax Partners on the €5.1bn acquisition of T-Mobile Netherlands by a consortium of Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus.
  • Advised Investindustrial Acquistion Corp. on its €3.2bn business combination with luxury clothing group Ermenegildo Zegna.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 1

Stibbe’s construction practice is led by David Orobio de Castro  and Ingmar De Groot, with Orobio de Castro handling a high number of PPP and private finance initiative (PFI) projects, and de Groot recommended for commercial developments. The practice is active across Benelux and has recently advised on industrial heavy plant projects, offshore facilities projects and the construction of several office buildings. It also handles disputes and acts for governments, developers, financiers, contractors and engineers.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stibbe’s practice is hands-on and dedicated to the job and the client’.

‘Clear management of expectations’.

‘Willing to dive into the deep by thinking via lines of collaboration and expertise’.

‘Not only raising questions and offering alternative solutions to resolve issues,  but also providing clear statements and messaging’.

‘Stibbe is and has been an established name in construction and procurement law for many years’.

‘They are easy accessible and have a down to earth attitude, which is valued by people with a technical background’.

‘They are responsive and good listeners’.

‘Ingmar de Groot has an enormous amount of experience in construction issues’.

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

The European Investment Bank (EIB)

Ballast Nedam

Heijmans

Fluor

Jan de Nul

Boskalis

Max Bögl

Zublin

Holland Casino

Bouwfonds Property Development (BPD)

Vrije Universiteit (VU)

TNT/FedEx

Versluys Bouwgroep

Van Oord NBam

KLM

UvA University of Amsterdam (UVA)

Work highlights

  • Advised ZuidPlus on the restructuring of the EUR 2bn PPP Project Zuid-As Dok (DBFM).
  • Advised the lenders, consisting of a mix of bank lenders and the EIB, in a PFI transaction, providing finance to BAAK Blankenburg-Verbinding B.V. (a consortium consisting of Ballast Nedam, DEME and Macquarie Capital) on reaching financial close in the EUR 1bn A24 Blankenburg connection project.
  • Advising Max Bögl and Züblin (Combinatie Herepoort VOF) in connection with the EUR 320m (re-)construction project of the Ringweg Zuid in and around Groningen.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Stibbe is particularly well-known for its strengths in mass damage actions, including collective actions brought on an opt-out basis, antitrust-related actions and cases concerning auditor professional liability. The firm has a strong track record acting for blue-chip multinational clients in high-stakes disputes. Fons Leijten, who is the head of the corporate litigation department, is experienced in matters concerning acquisitions, public offers and securities. He often acts for clients before Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. The international litigation practice is led by Jeroen Kortmann, who acts as defence counsel in large commercial disputes and is prominent in cross-border litigation. Tim de Greve‘s workload includes contractual and tort disputes, as well as professional liability matters. Daphne Rijkers is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Kortmann; Fons Leijten

Other key lawyers:

Tim de Greve; Matthijs Kuijpers: Branda Katan; Daphne Rijkers

Testimonials

‘Stibbe has a high level of skills, both academically and practically’.

‘The individuals are the best in their expertise and they are very pro active and down to earth to communicate with’.

‘Communication, both orally and in writing, is effective in cooperation with the client’.

‘Tim de Greve is an extremely dedicated and ingenious lawyer who remains cheerful under all circumstances’.

‘Tim de Greve is the kind of man you want on your side, not against you’. 

‘Excellent people, excellent collaboration, and good team with different levels of experience’.

‘Good litigation experience and skills’.

‘Jeroen Kortmann is a strong litigator, with good stakeholder management, and  excellent in depth knowledge’.

Key clients

EssilorLuxottica

Daimler

RWE

Uniper

Onyx

Suzuki Motor Corporation

ING Bank N.V.

ABN Amro

Commerzbank

Rabobank

BP Ltd.

MAN Truck & Bus (part of Volkswagen AG)

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Heineken

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Martinair

ABN AMRO Bank

Box Consultants

BNP Paribas

McCourt Global Sports and Media LLC

Nationale Nederlanden

Barra Energia Do Brasil Petróleo E Gas Ltda.

Steinhoff International Holdings N.V.

Liberty Global

Prysmian

Work highlights

  • Advised spectacles maker EssilorLuxottica (whose brands include Ray-Ban and Oakley) in its international arbitration proceedings concerning the over €7bn acquisition of a 76.72% ownership interest in optical retailer GrandVision N.V. from its majority shareholder HAL Holding N.V.
  • Defending BP in a worldwide class action before the Amsterdam District Court, the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, the Dutch Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice (ECJ), relating to the 2010 Mexican Gulf oil spill.
  • Advising Daimler and Suzuki in relation to the ‘Dieselgate’ emissions scandal.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 1

Service-oriented, very accessible, pleasant to work with and always available’, Stibbe’s employment, pensions and incentives team acts for large international brands on a broad range of employment matters. With a strong track record in strategic boardroom issues, the practice also handles disputes and litigation, and employment-related transactional matters. The team is headed by Jaap van Slooten , Paul Vestering  and Astrid Helstone . Van Slooten specialises in collective disputes and pensions; Helstone handles executive terminations, works council issues and restructurings; whilst vestering is recommended for pensions and corporate governance.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stibbe’s employment law team consists of absolute experts in their field’.

‘Top-notch employment advice, leading in the field of compensation and benefits’.

‘Astrid Helstone is the go-to person for any advice on complex regulatory compensation and benefits matters’.

‘They are able to tackle complex issues in a wide range of employment law areas’.

‘They know our company well and have an eye for our needs’.

‘Jaap van Slooten is one of the top lawyers in the Netherlands in the field of employment law’.

‘Jaap van Slooten has an eye for details, but does not lose sight of the bigger picture’.

‘Paul Vestering is always available and we can consult him any time’.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

KLM (part of Air France KLM)

NS (Dutch Railway)

Albert Heijn

Basic Fit

IBM

Uber

Helpling

G-Star

LeasePlan

Bureau Clara Wichmann

Work highlights

  • Advising Uber on strategic issues and representing it in proceedings issued by the trade union FNV.
  • Successfully filed an objection with the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs against the mandatory application of the fashion collective labour agreement for G-Star.
  • Advising LeasePlan on several strategic COVID-19 employment law related matters.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 1

Well known in the market for advising on high-profile M&A in the sector, Stibbe's energy and infrastructure group has recently handled wind farm, power plant, exploration and production (E&P), carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste to chemistry (W2C) projects. The practice also undertakes the negotiation and drafting of commercial contracts, financing matters, litigation and regulatory issues. Practice head Martin In de Braekt acts for sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders on finance and construction matters. Counsel Li Wee Toh is recommended for on- and offshore-wind and energy-transition projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin In de Braekt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Martin In de Braekt’s team remains the energy team to beat in The Netherlands.

They are a full-service team that delivers everything any complex project or proponent could need.

True strategic and tactical advice, based on a foundation of 30 years’ experience.

Martin In de braekt is the best all round energy lawyer in The Netherlands.

Martin In de Braekt is very experienced and approachable.

Martin In de Braekt is a trusted advisor.

Key clients

Air Liquide

EDF

Eneco

EPZ

Eurus Energy Europe

GE Renewable Energy

innogy

Northland Power Inc.

Ørsted

RWE

SEGRO

Uniper

Tulip Oil

Westermeerwind

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

Windpark Fryslan

WPD

Work highlights

  • Advising Air Liquide in relation to the Porthos-project.
  • Advising Tulip Oil Holding on the sale of Tulip Oil Netherlands to Kistos for €220m plus €163m of contingent payments.
  • Advising both AG Real Estate/Heylen Warehouses and Belfius Bank on a €16.3m real estate project financing provided by Belfius to a joint venture company of Heylen in relation to the development of multiple solar panel projects by Heylen in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 1

The environment and planning team at Stibbe consists of ‘a large group of people with all kinds of specialisms, who are truly outstanding to work with’. It provides high-level advice on major planning applications and infrastructure projects, and also handles contentious issues and litigation. Jan Reinier van Angeren acts for public and private sector clients on planning, permits and general public law matters, and Anna Collignon advises energy and chemical-sector clients on litigation and compliance issues. Jan van Oosten is the name to note for development and infrastructure projects; Tom Barkhuysen and Tijn Kortmann are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Valérie van‘t Lam

Testimonials

Jan van Oosten is very knowledgeable and experienced.

Jan van Oosten knows the industry, the market and stakeholders and is always available.

What is best about Stibbe, is that their partners and associates are always up-to-date regarding the particulars of our company and the sector we operate in.

Stibbe truly feels like an extension of your company.

Anna Collignon is very knowledgeable and she excels as a litigator in court hearings.

Jan van Oosten is not only a highly skilled professional, but with his years of experience is a pleasant business partner to have on your team.

Jan van Oosten’s natural seniority and in-depth knowledge of complex legal questions, gives our company the extra legal power we often need.

The public law team within Stibbe is well organised.

Key clients

Afvalzorg

Ahold

Air Liquide

Albemarle

Circuit Park Zandvoort

DAF Trucks

DSM

DVM

Energy Production Company Zeeland

Ernst & Young Accountants

Greif

GroenLeven

Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)

McDonald’s

NAM

Neinver

Normec

PostNL

Pallas

Praxis

RWE

Municipalities: Purmerend, Leeuwarden, Almere, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Leiden and BEL-combinatie (Municipalities of Blaricum, Eemnes and Laren)

Provinces: Noord-Holland

Schiphol Airport

Sibelco

Smurfit Kappa

Urenco

Work highlights

  • Assisting the municipality of Purmerend in a case that concerns distance requirements around LPG filling stations and the compatibility of the principle of formal legal force with EU law.
  • Advising motor racing track Circuit Park Zandvoort on the preparation and application of necessary permits and exemptions for the hosting of a Formula 1 race, including environmental, building and water permits among other matters.
  • Advising and assist Groenleven in litigation on many large-scale solar projects.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 1

Stibbe has an enviable reputation in the competition arena, with its team demonstrating strong credentials in major domestic and EU/global conduct investigations and merger control. In addition, it also has an excellent record acting as defence counsel in follow-on damages actions in the Netherlands. In 2020, Floris ten Have and practice head Rein Wesseling led the advice to Viatris on the EU competition aspects of its $50bn merger with Pfizer’s Upjohn business. They are also working with Christof Swaak to represent Credit Suisse in the European Commission’s investigation into an alleged cartel in relation to foreign exchange benchmarks, as well as an investigation into an alleged cartel in the SSA bonds markets. Elsewhere, other work includes acting for Schindler in antitrust damages litigation at the Utrecht District Court, which follows the European Commission’s fining decision in the elevator and escalator sector; Swaak and Jeroen Kortmann are representing the client in this matter. Counsel Marieke Bredenoord-Spoek left the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rein Wesseling

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The Stibbe competition team has great expertise, which they apply in a very pragmatic manner. They are very customer focused and quick in responding.’

‘The team at Stibbe is simply the best. There is no comparison to other teams.’

‘Rein Wesseling is a great lawyer, and more importantly, a pleasure to work with. And rightly a tier-one lawyer. Additionally, I have never seen a better associate than Stijn de Jong. If you are talking about up-and-coming lawyers Stijn is the one you need to focus on.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Air France-KLM

Air Liquide

APG

Atos

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

Lanxess

Maersk

Mars

MAN

NVB (Dutch Banking Association)

Panasonic

PostNL

ProRail

Prysmian

RWE

Schindler

Smurfit Kappa

Technische Unie

Viatris

Vodafone

voestalpine

Work highlights

  • Representing Credit Suisse in investigations by the European Commission into (i) the foreign exchange (FX) markets and (ii) the US Dollars denominated supra-sovereign, sovereign and agency (SSA) bonds markets.
  • Representing British American Tobacco in an investigation by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) into conduct in the tobacco industry.
  • Represented the Dutch railway operator NS in a seminal case in the Netherlands concerning alleged abuse of dominance. The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) imposed a record fine of €41m on NS. In May 2021, the court rendered its final judgment that NS does not have a dominant position on the railway network and therefore could not abuse such a position for a public transportation tender. With this decision, the NS is now finally released from this record fine imposed on it.

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Under the leadership of Daan Doorenbos  and Muriël Rosing, Stibbe’s corporate criminal law team continues to handle advisory work and litigation for large corporate clients and senior executives. The practice is ‘able to combine the strength of a large firm with niche capabilities in criminal law’ and is well versed in internal investigations and those brought by regulatory authorities, which are often international in scope. Doorenbos is recommended for financial crime matters, including money laundering and market abuse, while Rosing handles compliance, fraud and corruption matters.

Practice head(s):

Daan Doorenbos; Muriël Rosing

Testimonials

‘Without a doubt, Stibbe has the best white-collar crime team of all the large law firms in the Netherlands’.

‘They have a direct approach and are ready to fight for their clients if necessary, but are also willing to compromise if needed’.

‘Daan Doorenbos is likely the smartest and most educated white-collar crime lawyer around’.

‘Daan Doorenbos stands out by his flawless off-the-bat knowledge of the law’.

‘Muriël Rosing is outstanding, not only for her expertise, but also for her personal client-handling skills’.

‘They bring a wealth of knowledge, not just in internal investigations, compliance and other forms of services but especially in criminal prosecution’.

‘Muriël Rosing is an excellent white-collar and criminal law partner with keen eye for detail, bringing both excellent legal knowledge with pragmatic approaches to solving complex client cases’.

‘Daan Doorenbos and his team are top notch’.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 1

Stibbe‘s first-rate tax team works closely with other departments to provide seamless support on high-profile and complex M&A, reorganisations and capital markets transactions. In addition, one of the members of the group is Maarten de Bruin, who is sought after for real estate and finance-related tax matters. In a recent highlight, Jeroen Smits and senior associate Lotte Boon advised InPost (as the issuer) and selling shareholder Advent on the tax aspects of the IPO of InPost on Euronext Amsterdam. Beyond undertaking transactional work, the tax team assists clients with investment fund structurings, and it also advises on EU law and tax treaties, as well as VAT and executive management schemes. Elsewhere, tax controversies are another key area of strength; Reinout de Boer is a name to note in this space. Michael Molenaars is the head of the team, which also includes counsel Johan Vrolijk.

Practice head(s):

Michael Molenaars

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely responsive to transaction timing and coordinates exceptionally well with counsel in other jurisdictions.’

‘Excellent performance, highly proactive and skilled team makes the firm one of the top in the Netherlands.’

‘Reinout de Boer is an outstanding tax lawyer. His approach and technical skills enable urgent, complex and sensitive matters to run smoothly and achieve the desired results.’

‘The team at Stibbe has deep technical knowledge of the relevant tax issues and is able to couple this with a practical understanding of our needs and wishes. They are able to explain very technical issues in a simple manner so that the management team is able to understand them.’

‘What I specifically value in Jeroen Smits, the lead partner, is his sharp analysis of the technical tax issue at hand and his ability to explain complicated tax issues in a simple manner. This gives me and the rest of my team comfort and confidence in the decisions we take in respect of these matters.’

Key clients

Adevinta

Accel KKR

Aquiline Capital Partners

Nuvei

Odyssey Hotel Group

Providence Equity Partners

Avista Capital Partners

Technology Crossover Ventures

Schneider Electric

Investcorp

Insight Venture Partners

Rhone Capital

Bain

Heineken

Blackstone

Quadrant Capital

Cimpress

Wright Medical Group

AccorInvest

Euronext

NXP

APG

Apollo

ICE

Work highlights

  • Advised private equity house Rhône Capital and CSM Bakery Solutions on the €650m sale of its CSM Ingredients business to Investindustrial.
  • Acted as lead counsel to InPost (the issuer) and selling shareholder Advent on the IPO of InPost on Euronext Amsterdam.
  • Advised AccorInvest on the corporate and tax aspects of the €4,5bn restructuring of AccorInvest’s existing corporate loan and the granting of a state guaranteed €477m loan by its existing lenders and was prompted by the impact of Covid-19 on the worldwide operations of AccorInvest.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

On the asset finance side, Stibbe is widely recognised for its strengths in aircraft and ship finance transactions, as well as sale and leasebeack transactions. Energy sector borrowing base transactions are another driver of activity. Elsewhere, the team is equally adept at handling a myriad of structured finance and securitisation transactions; the workload in this space includes matters involving real estate securitisation (residential and commercial), life insurance portfolios, commodities, tax receivables and CDOs, as well as whole business securitisation. In a key development, the group was strengthened by the arrivals of Marieke Driessen and Niek Groenendijk from Simmons & Simmons in January 2021. Driessen co-heads the practice with Rein van Helden and Maarten de Bruin, who are advising Crédit Agricole as arranger on the trade receivables securitisation programme for OCI.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ABN AMRO

AIG

Ammega

Antalis

Apax Partners

APG

Bain Capital

Barclays

BNP Paribas

British American Tobacco

Citibank

Crédit Agricole

DBRS Ratings

ING

Fitch Ratings

GE Renewable Energy

Goldman Sachs

ING

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 No

Q-Park No

Société Générale

Smurfit Kappa

Tarkett

Temper

UniCredit

Vitol

Wehkamp

Wright Medical Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Smurfit Kappa on the amendment of its securitisation facilities. Under the programmes Smurfit Kappa utilises its receivables in Austria, Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands. It has a €230m accounts receivable securitisation programme maturing in June 2023, and a €200m accounts receivable securitisation programme maturing in February 2022.
  • Advised client Ammega as originator on the set-up of a complex receivables factoring programme arranged by BNP Paribas.
  • Acted as lead adviser to NIBC on the annual update of NIBC’s €20bn debt issuance programme, which also includes structured notes, as well as issuances thereunder including NIBC’s inaugural €750m Green Bonds.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Stibbe has a highly active borrower-side practice, with it advising clients on transactions involving acquisition finance, syndicated lending, real estate finance, project finance and debt refinancing, among other areas. In a key development, the firm made a significant investment in its banking and finance offering by hiring Marieke Driessen and senior associate Niek Groenendijk from Simmons & Simmons in January 2021. Driessen, who is dual-qualified to practise English and Dutch law, co-heads the team with Maarten de Bruin and Rein van Helden. Reflective of the firm’s strength in cross-border mandates, recent highlights included van Helden and senior associate Barbra Bulsing assisting Adevinta with the finance aspects of its $9.2bn acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin; Rein van Helden; Marieke Driessen

Other key lawyers:

Robert Steeg; Niek Groenendijk; Suzanne van Boheemen; Barbra Bulsing

Testimonials

‘Marieke Driessen – we have worked with Marieke for several years, and we followed her when she moved to Stibbe. She has excellent knowledge of financing contracts, understands perfectly what we need as a borrower and is a good, persistent but fair negotiator. Marieke is easy to reach and quick to respond and delivers high-quality products.’

Key clients

Accel-KKR

AccorInvest

Advent International

Aedifica

AG Heylen Solar

Alois Kober

Ammeraal Beltech

Apax Partners

APG

Ardagh

ASM International

Athora

Axia

Bain Capital

Ballast Nedam

Banijay

Basic-Fit

Baupost Group

BCTN

Blackstone

British American Tobacco

Bugaboo

Carestream Health

Cerberus

Cimpress

Constellium

Core Equity

Ctac

Dossche Mills

Eastman Kodak

Elementis

EssilorLuxottica

ExxonMobil

Evos

Freeport-McMoRan

Frigoglass

Getinge

Hearthside

Heijmans

Heineken

HEMA

Holland Casino

ICL Group

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Intertrust

ICL

IQ-EQ

Irish Life

KKR

KPS Capital Partners

Lindsay Goldberg

Lodha Group

Louis Vuitton

Lufthansa

Mars

Marubeni

Mitiska

Nextmune

NORRES

Opel Financial Services

PostNL

Q-Park

Rhône Capital

Robert Bosch

Smurfit Kappa

Time Warner

T.J. Ljungberg

Vandemoortele

Warburg Pincus

Wessanen

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • Advised Basic-Fit on a number of notable finance transactions, including in relation to Covid-19 pandemic difficulties in the sector.
  • Advised HEMA’s management board on the implementation of a complex multijurisdictional restructuring and recapitalisation process. The transaction was very complex due to the multiple layers of debt and the various stakeholders of HEMA. The transaction was significant as HEMA is one of the largest retailers in the Netherlands, with 19,000 employees in nine countries.
  • The firm has been very active in the container terminal industry, advising leading terminal operators Evos, BCTN and Koole on substantial refinancing facilities, often accompanied by complex restructurings and reorganisations.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Stibbe is prominent in large deals in the Netherlands and further afield in Europe, with it being able to advise on Dutch, EU and English law on the ground in Amsterdam and in joint collaboration with London-based firms. The transactional and advisory practice was strengthened by the arrivals of Marieke Driessen (who is Dutch and English-law qualified) and senior associate Niek Groenendijk from Simmons & Simmons in January 2021. Driessen co-heads the group with Maarten de Bruin and Rein Van Helden. The team has extensive expertise in areas such as real estate finance, syndicated lending, leveraged finance, project finance, corporate finance and restructurings, among various others. In a recent mandate, van Helden and Groenendijk advised JP Morgan on the financing aspects of TA Associates’ acquisition of Unit4, in addition to advising private debt asset management firm Arcmont on a debt and equity investment related to the acquisition.

Practice head(s):

Maarten de Bruin; Rein van Helden; Marieke Driessen

Other key lawyers:

Robert Steeg; Niek Groenendijk; Suzanne van Boheemen; Barbra Bulsing

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Allied Irish Banks

ANZ

Aozora Bank

Ardian

Ares Management

Bank of China

Bank of Ireland

Barclays

Belfius Bank

BlackRock

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten

BNP Paribas

Cerberus

Citibank

Credit Suisse

Danske Bank

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypo

European Investment Bank

Goldman Sachs

ING

Insight Investment Management

JP Morgan

Kartesia

Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg

Lloyds Bank

Mizuho Bank

Morgan Stanley

MUFG Bank

Natixis

NIBC

Nordea

Nederlandse Waterschapsbank

Royal Bank of Canada

Santander

Sberbank

Société Générale

Toronto-Dominion Bank

UBS

Unicredit

Work highlights

  • Advised the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the amendments to the existing facilities provided to Allego in connection with its business combination with Spartan, a SPAC sponsored by Apollo Global Management.
  • Advised Kartesia, the European specialist provider of capital solutions for small and mid-sized companies, on its €75m debt and equity investment in HeadFirst Group
  • Advised an ad hoc committee of noteholders on the restructuring of notes issued by DTEK Finance PLC. DTEK Finance PLC and DTEK Energy B.V.

Netherlands > Capital markets: debt Tier 2

Stibbe‘s debt capital markets practice was significantly strengthened by the arrivals of Marieke Driessen and senior associate Niek Groenendijk from Simmons & Simmons in January 2021. Driessen, who is Dutch and English law-qualified, has almost 25 years of experience in this space. She co-heads the practice with Rein van Helden, who recently advised SBM Offshore and its subsidiary Guara Norte on an $850m bonds issuance; this was SBM Offshore’s first issuance of a 144A/Reg S bond. Elsewhere, the group’s workload covers EMTN and commercial paper programmes, Eurobonds and convertibles, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Rein van Helden; Marieke Driessen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Adevinta

ASM International

Bain Capital

Barclays

Blackstone

BNP Paribas

British American Tobacco

Cimpress

Cinven

Citigroup

Constellium

Credit Suisse

DBRS Ratings

Deutsche Bank

Frigoglass

Fyber

Groupe PSA

IQ EQ

ING

Intertrust

J.P. Morgan

Goldman Sachs

Marubeni

Mitsui

Modec

Morgan Stanley

PostNL

Robert Bosch

Smurfit Kappa

Steinhoff International

Work highlights

  • Advising Adevinta on two bond issues of more than €1bn in total to partly finance the acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group. eBay Classifieds Group operates a portfolio of leading marketplace brands in 13 countries, including Marktplaats in the Netherlands.
  • Acted as lead adviser to NIBC Bank on the annual update of its €20bn debt issuance programme, which also includes issuances thereunder, including NIBC’s inaugural €750m green bonds.
  • Advised an ad hoc committee of noteholders on the restructuring of notes issued by DTEK Finance Plc.

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Stibbe’s digital economy team leverages experts from the firm’s civil and administrative, IT and employment teams to handle a broad range of data issues with particular expertise in cloud contracting work; it recently advised the Dutch State on its move towards cloud computing methods. Judica Krikke leads the department and established the team with employment group head Jaap van Slooten. Astrid Helstone is also recommended for employment-related work and Tom Barkhuysen handles issues combining data and administrative law.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘We dealt with Stibbe as part of a data protection project. The team around Judica Krikke is very professional and has extensive data protection knowledge.’

‘Able to not only listen and act on challenges presented, but also asks for constructive feedback on their reactions so the outcome is a collective “product”.’

‘Approaching problems from different angles and considering issues from multiple points of view; open to criticism on deliverables. Delivering on their commitments to us, as a customer. Upbeat attitude; beat and not just meet deadlines.’

Key clients

Q-Park

Agendia

The Dutch State

Dutch Police

Mercedes-Benz

Royal Reesink

asr

Schoeller Allibert

Ahold

Hays

Nuvei Corporation

Schneider Electric

Adevinta

Technology Crossover Ventures

Accel KKR

Songtradr

Work highlights

  • Acting as trusted adviser for the Dutch State on its strategic software supplier management, including recently assisting the Dutch State with the renegotiation of Oracle’s standard data processing terms for the benefit of the Dutch central government.
  • Advised Q-Park on the (re)structuring of its worldwide data protection corporate governance and on data protection solutions for new business initiatives.
  • Advising Agendia on its general data protection compliance and on various data protection arrangements with partners and customers of Agendia.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 2

The energy and industry department at Stibbe handles both transactional and regulatory matters. Well-known for its experience in M&A, the practice also handles projects work, contracts, financing and disputes. On the regulatory side, the practice is known for its expertise in licensing, subsidies, electricity and gas sector regulation, CO₂ taxes, climate change policy and emissions allowances. Martin In de Braekt  heads the practice and counts sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin In de Braekt

Other key lawyers:

Anna Collignon; Li Wee Toh; Valérie van‘t Lam

Testimonials

Martin In de Braekt is very approachable and has a deep knowledge of how thinks work in the Dutch energy market.

Trusted advisor, very responsive.

Very connected to developments in the Dutch energy market.

Particularly knowledgeable regarding trends in the renewable energy sector in the Netherlands and related government policy developments.

Martin In de Braekt is an excellent lawyer and trusted advisor on energy regulatory matters and related transactions.

Key clients

Air Liquide

EDF

Eneco

EPZ

Eurus Energy Europe

GE Renewable Energy

innogy

Northland Power

Ørsted

RWE

SEGRO

Uniper

Tulip Oil

Westermeerwind

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

Windpark Fryslan

WPD

Work highlights

  • Advising Air Liquide in respect of the Porthos project.
  • Advising Tulip Oil Holding on the sale of Tulip Oil Netherlands to Kistos for €220m plus €163m of contingent payments.
  • Advising both AG Real Estate/Heylen Warehouses and Belfius Bank on a €16.3m real estate project financing provided by Belfius to a joint venture company of AG Heylen in relation to the development of multiple solar panel projects by AG Heylen in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 2

Judica Krikke, the head of TMT and co-head of the digital economy group at Stibbe, can ‘detangle any complicated issue’. The team handles a range of ICT contracting for government agencies and medium to large private companies ranging from outsourcing contracts to the IT aspects of corporate and financing deals. The practice is especially adept at software licensing coupled with advising on the attendant copyright complications. Krikke also acts as arbitrator in ICT arbitration cases. In addition to its strong fintech expertise, the practice advises clients from a broad range of industries, including the automotive, energy and insurance sectors. Online payment platform operators also turn to the practice. Senior associate Roderik Vrolijk is noted for his specialism in financial/securities regulatory matters and advising on fintech; payment cards, consumer credit and e-money lending.

Practice head(s):

Judica Krikke

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely qualified in its field of expertise. The team is very competent in making complex matters accessible. They are all approachable nice people.’

‘The team members are able to look at a case from a different angle. Not only from a legal perspective, but from a strategic angle as well.’

‘The team has a more than average knowledge of IT legal matters.’

‘Judica Krikke has both a very high level of knowledge and the skills to put this in a strategic approach.’

‘I have only good things to say about Judica Krikke.’

‘The team has a strength to combine theoretical knowledge with a practical approach.’

‘Judica Krikke has long-lasting experience in advising corporate clients on IT matters. She can detangle any complicated issue into comprehendible parts and then finds an acceptable way forward for both parties.’

 

Key clients

The Dutch State

Royal Flora Holland (RFH)

Q-park

Daimler

ING

BNP Paribas

VU University Amsterdam

a.s.r.

Royal Reesink

HBM Machines

The Dutch Association of Insurers (Verbond voor Verzekeraars)

Lucy Software

Das Rechtsbijstand

Every Angle

Hays

Pymetrics

Movigo

Ordina

Ahold

Uber

Helpling and Temper

Payment and electronic money services: Centtrip, Dyme, Argentex, Quintes, Delivery Hero, Safened-Fourthline, Millbank FX, Finos, Payvision, Acapture

Schneider Electric

Nuvei Corporation

Adevinta Technology

Technology Crossover Ventures

Ardian

Accel KKR

Rhone Capital and The Chatterjee Group

Songtradr

Work highlights

  • Advising the Dutch State on a continuous basis on the reshaping of its strategic supplier relations with a.o. Oracle and SAP, including the renegotiation of Oracle cloud terms and advising on a strategic framework agreement with SAP for the Dutch central government.
  • Advised Royal Flora since 2013 on all its major IT matters, contracting and disputes, including assisting with a renegotiation of the essential outsourcing of vital IT functions with ICT supplier Conclusion.
  • Advised Q-Park on its transformation from a real estate company to a parking services supplier, e.g. the development of its parking as a service (PaSS) solution, including on the set-up of the solution, compliant digital payment procedures, drafting of contracts terms, app terms, and third-party IT supplier contracts.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 2

With offices in London, New York and the Benelux region, Stibbe serves as lead counsel in both local and cross-border private equity transactions, acting on an array of investment, acquisition and exit transactions. Practice head Björn van der Klip, a specialist in company takeover and equity capital market deals, is routinely instructed on cross-border M&A, leveraging his experience of practising in the US and UK in the process.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Apax Partners

Apollo

Ardian

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

Investindustrial

KKR

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

TCV

The Carlyle Group

Unitas Capital

Vision Capital

Vitruvian Partners

Warburg Pincus

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Stibbe provides experience in a range of project finance issues and combines expertise in banking, construction, procurement and regulatory matters. The firm is active in the key areas of infrastructure, data centres, public buildings, energy issues and water ways, both nationally and internationally. The team is co-led by David Orobio de Castro, who specialises in projects, project finance work, real estate issues and tenders; energy and industry sector specialist Martin In de Braekt; Ingmar de Groot, who focuses on projects; banking and finance expert Rein Van Helden; and Marieke Driessen, who joined from Simmons & Simmons in 2021 and brings expertise in banking, capital markets, structured finance and project finance work.

Practice head(s):

David Orobio de Castro; Martin In de Braekt; Ingmar de Groot; Rein van Helden; Marieke Driessen

Other key lawyers:

Boris Cammelbeeck; Valérie van ‘t Lam

Testimonials

‘Stibbe has a very solid team of competent lawyers all of whom work to deliver a prompt and high quality service. There is good depth within the team and a good level of expertise.’

‘David Orobio de Castro – an exceptional lawyer who is also a valued business adviser and leads the team in a most competent manner. Boris Cammelbeeck – Boris is a very dependable lawyer who manages the majority of our day to day affairs. He is always willing to pitch in and is effective at moving things forward. Valérie van ‘t Lam – one of the leading experts on planning matters in the Netherlands and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Macquarie Capital

EIB, KBC, Korea Development Bank, Belfius Bank, KfW, BNG and SMBC, Natixis, MEAG, Samsung Life Insurance

ING

Citigroup, Inc.

Heijmans and Facilicom

AG Real Estate/Heylen Warehouses

Work highlights

  • Advised Macquarie Capital, as sponsor of the project, on the tender, contracting and reaching financial close the €850m PPP Project A9 Badhoevedorp-Holendrecht.
  • Advised the lenders, consisting of a mix of bank lenders and the EIB, in the largest PFI transaction of the recent years, providing finance to BAAK Blankenburg-Verbinding B.V. (a consortium consisting of Ballast Nedam, DEME and Macquarie Capital) on reaching financial close in the €1bn A24 Blankenburg connection project.
  • Acting as legal counsel to the consortium consisting of Heijmans and Facilicom in relation to the Design, Build, Financing and 30-year Maintenance (DBFM) of the new premises for the Amsterdam Courts.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

The real estate team at Stibbe is often involved in high-value and high-profile real estate projects in the Benelux region. It has a strong focus on transactional work, financings and leasing issues, and also handles tax structuring, administrative law, construction law and procurement matters. The team, which has considerable experience both domestically and internationally, is headed up by David Orobio de Castro , who is particularly experienced in project finance transactions. Counsel Boris Cammelbeeck advises on real estate developments, and counts multinational retail chains, banks, developers and foreign investors among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Stibbe has profound knowledge of the real estate business, locally but also with relevant reference to cross-border projects’.

‘The team and individual members can listen, are able to raise the questions behind the questions to efficiently find the root cause of the matter’.

Key clients

Aedifica

Granite REIT

SEGRO

NEINVER

Archer Hotel Capital

Dalpha Real Estate (formerly named Dasym)

Forum Estates

Kinepolis, Holland Casino, Home Invest, Even Management, CityID apartments

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM)

FedEx / TNT

Intertrust

Holland Casino

Louis Vuitton

Christian Dior

Genmab and Merus

AccorInvest

Work highlights

  • Advised Aedifica on all its acquisitions and leasing of care and nursing homes in the Netherlands and the further expansion of its healthcare real estate portfolio in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Granite REIT, a Canadian-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), in relation to the acquisition and lease of two warehouses of over 32,000m2 in Nijmegen.
  • Advised SEGRO, the largest industrial property investment and development company in Europe, in relation to (almost) all its acquisitions, lease and development projects in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The restructuring and insolvency team at Stibbe provides advisory and litigation services to both domestic and international clients. Members of the team are often appointed by the courts to act as a bankruptcy trustee or administrator in suspension of payment proceedings. With an international network, the firm is well equipped to handle cross-border matters and is active in the financial, energy, healthcare, retail and real estate sectors. Toni van Hees  focuses on financing, liability and insolvency mandates, while Job Van Hooff is recommended for cross-border financial restructurings. Marieke Driessen joined from Simmons & Simmons.

Practice head(s):

Toni van Hees; Job van Hooff

Other key lawyers:

Gertjan Boekraad; Rein van Helden; Marieke Driessen; Daisy Nijkamp

Testimonials

‘They have a very practical approach and have an outstanding understanding of cross-border issues’.

‘They are my firm of reference in The Netherlands for Spanish/Dutch cross-border files’.

‘Job Van Hooff and Daisy Nijkamp demonstrated high availability and quick responses to the client’.

Key clients

a.s.r.

Bain Capital

DeepOcean

Dutch State

Enerray DT B.V.

EY

Former Supervisory Board members of SNS

Getronics (Digitran Innovations B.V. and PomGen Holdings B.V.)

Goldman Sachs

ING Bank N.V.

Intertrust

Management Board of HEMA

Nomura

Noteholders of DTEK Finance Plc

PwC

Stichting Humanitas

Work highlights

  • Advised the DeepOcean group on its restructuring via three parallel restructuring plans under the new Part 26A of the UK Companies Act 2006.
  • Advising an ad hoc committee of noteholders on the restructuring of the 10.75% Senior PIK Toggle Notes due 2024 issued by DTEK Finance PLC with total liabilities worth approx. $1.5–2bn.
  • Advised HEMA’s management board on the implementation of a complex multi-jurisdictional restructuring and recapitalisation process. The outstanding debt (prior to restructuring) amounts to approx. €830m.

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 3

Belgium > Tax

Stibbe‘s tax offering encompasses transactional and funds taxation, real estate, and indirect taxation, as well as transfer pricing issues, with strong domestic and international capabilities thanks to the firm’s Benelux and global platforms. As such, clients include a combination of Belgian and international companies and investment funds, with work including standard M&A, real estate and other asset investments, and capital markets-related work including listings and private placements. The team is led by Wim Panis, a specialist in real estate and indirect taxation, while Henk Verstraete has a strong record in transactional tax, and is active in the funds sector. Counsel Giovanni Smet advises on international tax treaties and transfer pricing. Lizelotte De Maeyer was promoted to counsel in January 2022, and has particular expertise in tax procedure.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Henk Verstraete; Giovanni Smet; Lizelotte De Maeyer

Testimonials

‘Dedicated with passion. Very knowledgeable and flexible. Good mix of various sub areas of taxation.’

‘They are engaged, respectful and comprehensive.’

‘The practice is very in-depth and knowledgeable. They are digging everywhere they need to.’

‘The team is skilled at explaining complicated European tax issues to a US-based multinational. The communication is concise and practical.’

‘Wim Panis quickly assessed how to communicate effectively with a number of client stakeholders ranging from the general counsel to paralegals to finance managers.’

Key clients

Sofindev

Aldi

Droia

Mitiska

Union (UIR)

Refundit

KBC and various entities of the KBC group (KBC Asset Management, KBC Real Estate)

Storm

Vertellus

Proximus

Qrf

Distrilog

Belfius

Gimv

Bridgestone

BNPP

Real Dolmen

DP World

BIL

Work highlights

  • Advised a client active in the real estate sector in one of 2020’s largest corporate real estate transactions in Belgium.
  • Advised Sofindev on the sale of an IT company and the acquisition of a minority stake in another IT company.
  • Advising Antwerp Port Authority on its combination with the Port of Zeebrugge to create the Port of Antwerp-Bruges.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking and finance Maarten de Bruinmaarten.debruin@stibbe.com+31 20 546 03 80
Capital markets Derk Lemstraderk.lemstra@stibbe.com+31 20 546 03 50
Competition and regulation Rein Wesselingrein.wesseling@stibbe.com+31 20 546 03 07
Corporate litigation Fons Leijtenfons.leijten@stibbe.com+31 20 546 04 09
Dispute resolution Toni van Heestoni.vanhees@stibbe.com+31 20 546 01 11
Employment, pensions and incentives Jaap van Slootenjaap.vanslooten@stibbe.com+31 20 546 06 51
Energy and natural resources Martin In de Braektmartin.indebraekt@stibbe.com+31 20 546 02 42
Environment and planning Jan Reinier van Angerenjanreinier.vanangeren@stibbe.com+31 20 546 01 95
Financial regulatory Rogier Raasrogier.raas@stibbe.com+31 20 546 05 90
Insolvency and restructuring Job van Hooffjob.vanhooff@stibbe.com+31 20 546 06 71
IP/IT communications Judica Krikkejudica.krikke@stibbe.com+31 20 546 02 12
M&A Egbert Vroomegbert.vroom@stibbe.com+31 20 546 02 92
Notarial Manon Cremersmanon.cremers@Stibbe.com+31 20 546 04 08
Private equity Björn van der Klipbjorn.vanderklip@stibbe.com+31 20 546 01 06
Real estate David Orobio de Castrodavid.orobiodecastro@stibbe.com+31 20 546 01 65
Tax Michael Molenaarsmichael.molenaars@stibbe.com+31 20 546 06 38
White-collar crime Daan Doorenbosdaan.doorenbos@stibbe.com+31 20 546 01 82
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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.

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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.