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Banking and finance: Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Highly rated for being ‚Äėhands-on and practical‚Äô, Van Doorne‚Äôs practice has particular strength in healthcare and real estate financing, and handles corporate lending transactions for private equity firms. Co-head Angelique Thiele¬†advised Cromwell Property Group on its financing of commercial property linked to the initial public offering of its real estate investment fund. Fellow co-lead Roel Botter¬†assisted Vrije Universiteit with its ‚ā¨140m financing by the European Investment Bank and BNG Bank for its campus development project. Stefan van Rossum¬†is also noted.

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Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne‚Äôs fields a team of 'go-to lawyers for the Dutch fintech market' and also has a track record advising on market access, ongoing regulatory obligations and regulatory enforcement matters. Friso Foppes assisted Stichting Pensioenfonds with effecting a collective transfer of pension entitlements to the pension fund PGB, valued at ‚ā¨550m. The ‚Äėdedicated‚Äô Arno Voerman leads the team.

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Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne has particular strengths in financing in the healthcare M&A and private equity sectors, as well as structured and asset financing for financial institutions. Roel Botter is a key partner in the practice.

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

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s multidisciplinary team acts for clients including Dutch and international banks, alternative finance providers, including funds, and institutional investors. Co-head Stefan van Rossum acted as lead counsel to Aareal Bank as arranger of the financing of the acquisition by Vestas from DSV of two logistic properties located in the Netherlands and Finland. Fellow co-head Angelique Thiele is highly regarded and acted as lead counsel to Deutsche Hypo as lender on the project and acquisition financing provided to QP Amsterdam Property I.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a
Commercial, corporate and M&a - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

Onno Boerstra heads the team at Van Doorne, which also includes Hugo Reumkens, Arnout Stroeve, and Friso Foppes. The group provides 'a full offering of M&A-related legal services and a highly experienced team'. Senior associate Steffen Alleman is also highlighted as 'an outstanding lawyer who makes the difference in getting a deal done. His knowledge, creativity, and negotiation skills put him on top of any legal advisory list'. It advised IRI Investments, a subsidiary of IKEA Group, on the acquisition of a minority interest in Mopet Beheer.

Next Generation Partners

Steffen Alleman - Van Doorne

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

The team at Van Doorne 'has an eye for risks and opportunities' and is also noted for being able to provide 'answers in other areas of law via one point of contact'. Its client base includes developers, government bodies, hospitals, international investors, and private equity houses. Group head Mark Moolhuizen 'is a skilled lawyer with an eye for justice and efficiency and thinks about the best solution for the parties involved'. Moolhuizen's work includes advising Radboud University Medical Centre on the procurement and construction of a new hospital building. The team is also handling a range of mandates on the development of student housing and high-value arbitrations.

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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

Van Doorne¬†fields¬†‚Äėa¬†sharp and competent team‚Äô. Practice co-head Jasper Leedekerken and Sjoerd Kamerbeek, who was promoted to partner in 2018,¬†are representing Innsworth Advisors in proceedings against Steinhoff Holdings N.V. following accounting regularities at the company which resulted in shareholder losses. Fellow co-heads Lisette Bieleveld and Walter Hendriksen¬†are acting for Catella Bank against a Dutch real estate investor and the Dutch State Lottery in a long-running class action.

Next Generation Partners

Sjoerd Kamerbeek - Van Doorne

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Dispute resolution: Mediation
Dispute resolution: Mediation - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

The mediation practice at Van Doorne is headed by Kees Stuurman, who also leads the outsourcing team. Marjolijn Lips and Arno Voerman are other key names. Areas of expertise include insurance, technology and professional liability disputes.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

Van Doorne‚Äôs ‚Äėhands-on‚Äô group remains best known for commercial and post-M&A disputes.¬†Insurance-related disputes are another area of strength and¬†Maurits Kalff¬†is a key name in this space.¬†Jasper Leedekerken¬†leads the practice and¬†recently promoted partner¬†Bas van Zelst¬†is also noted.

Next Generation Partners

Bas van Zelst - Van Doorne

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne¬†is appreciated for its¬†‚Äėdaring approach to solutions‚Äô, by one client and it has notable strengths in the¬†healthcare, retail, education, media and financial services sectors, among others. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Sarah Beeston¬†is acting for Fortum Holdings, the Dutch arm of a Finnish energy company, on the merger control assessment of part of its assets to a UK investor. Beeston leads the team jointly with Gijs Verberne. Anouk Rutten¬†has taken a chief compliance officer role at the firm.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

'Top quality and well resourced', the Van Doorne team is also highlighted for its 'thorough knowledge of cross-border jurisdictional issues'. Els de Wind is highly rated for her 'remarkable long-standing experience in handling cross-border employment matters' and her profile in the profession further 'distinguishes her and gives her an enhanced and valuable quality'. Marjolijn Lips co-heads the team with de Wind and 'trusted and valued' senior associate Cara Pronk is marked out as 'a rising professional in employment cross-border matters'. Willemien Bischot and Steven Sterk are also key team members and Albert van Marwijk Kooy continues to advise on pension issues. In addition to advising on large-scale reorganisations, it advises on high-level dismissals, works council and union issues.

Leading individuals

Els de Wind - Van Doorne

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

The Van Doorne¬†team is especially noted for its zoning expertise ‚Äď working closely with the real estate practice. The team is acting for a client in respect of a large remediation matter and for another client regarding an enforcement decision made against it regarding breaches of an environmental permit.¬†Cees Kniestedt¬†and senior associate Annet Blokhuis¬†are the main contacts.¬†Tim Grundmeijer, formerly a senior associate in the team, left the firm.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

The ‚Äėintellectually rigorous‚Äô practice at Van Doorne is 'comfortable working on international criminal investigations and collaborates well with other legal teams'. The group is led by 'excellent lawyer'¬†Jan Leliveld¬†and also includes counsel¬†Ed van Liere. Their specialisms include criminal law and regulatory matters relating to environmental issues and industrial accidents, as well as work in the healthcare space.

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Industry focus: Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

A substantial team at Van Doorne offers cross-border, sector expertise in areas as varied as commercial/M&A, real estate, litigation, IP and employment. It provides advice that is 'to the point at short notice and has solid knowledge of all areas of law that a corporate has to deal with'. Lisette Bieleveld, who heads the team and leads the commercial work advised Superunie, a buying cooperative for supermarket chains, on its acquisition of the BIO+ brand. Bart van Reeken focuses on outsourcing and IT agreements and disputes. IP partner Kriek Wille is advising Texelse Bierbrouwerij, the well-known Dutch specialty beer brewer, on an ongoing conflict with its former director who started a competing brewery under a confusingly similar brand.

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

Van Doorne

'A well skilled and dedicated team of lawyers who deliver what they promise' is one verdict on Van Doorne; others report 'it has great industry knowledge' and due to the size of the practice 'can handle tough deadlines'. Bart van Reeken 'is an example of a negotiator who achieves business goals using his knowledge and charm in a very balanced way', while Elisabeth Thole is also highlighted for 'combining incredible knowledge of the law and an economical approach'. Counsel Louis Jonker co-heads the firm’s FinTech and the digital health practices. Kees Stuurman left the firm.

Leading individuals

Bart van Reeken - Van Doorne

Elisabeth Thole - Van Doorne

Kees Stuurman - Van Doorne

Next Generation Partners

Louis Jonker - Van Doorne

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

Van Doorne

The Van Doorne team is recommended for being 'very dedicated and able to bring together the right experts in a team'. Kriek Wille and Louis Jonker are  highlighted for their 'tactical' approach to solving disputes. Jeroen Sombezki  specialises in sector-related corporate matters and Marjolijn Lips likewise for employment matters. The team has an established client base that includes Walt Disney as well as publishers, broadcasters, and gaming organisations. It acted for Erdee Media Group on a range of matters including copyright and data protection and also represented the client in an appeal case on alleged unlawful publishing and the legitimacy of keeping news articles in online archives.

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

Van Doorne

Van Doorne's team heads, Willemien Bischot and Dimitri van Hoewijk, serve an extensive client base including private equity company NPM Capital which it advised on the merger of its healthcare portfolio company NL Healthcare with Bergman Clinics. Van Hoewijk in particular 'stands out as a one-of-a-kind dedicated corporate healthcare partner'. In other work, the practice advised digital healthcare service provider Topicus Healthcare on its participation in NetQ, the patient data collection company. Marg Janssen left in April 2018 to become a full-time judge.

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Industry focus: retail
Industry focus: retail - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Van Doorne attracts praise for 'its highly valuable combination of in-depth knowledge of this sector and business thinking' with team head Lisette Bieleveld especially noted in this respect. Its impressive client roster span retailers, manufacturers, distributors, and franchisors as well as a range of real estate developers and investors; Agrico, Audi, Chartis and Hans Anders Retail Group all feature. In recent work, it assisted BCC in its negotiations with Wehkamp, the e-commerce retailer, in connection with an exclusive supply agreement for electronics and household appliances. Onno Boerstra is a pivotal member of the team.

Leading individuals

Lisette Bieleveld - Van Doorne

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Van Doorne

Annemieke Hendrikse heads the team at Van Doorne and alongside Walter Hendriksen offers expertise in directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability insurance, and fraud. The team is acting for many of the major insurance companies and corporates on matters including W&I policies, misleading selling, and a cross-border class action. Martine Höfelt, formerly a counsel with the firm, left the firm.

Leading individuals

Annemieke Hendrikse - Van Doorne

Walter Hendriksen - Van Doorne

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Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

The team at Van Doorne 'works well together' to provide clients with a full range of expertise from enforcement and anti-counterfeiting cases to distribution, franchising, and sponsorship matters. Department head Kriek Wille 'is a smart, outstanding attorney' who is acting for Texelse Bierbrouwerij in high-profile proceedings including a conflict with a former director who started a competing brewery under a confusingly similar brand; Wille is also handling a number of other trade mark opposition and infringement actions.

Leading individuals

Kriek Wille - Van Doorne

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Van Doorne

Van Doorne¬†is a popular choice for sponsors and management. Practice head¬†Onno Boerstra¬†advised the board and senior management of Akzo Nobel on their participation in the company's ‚ā¨10.1bn acquisition by The Carlyle Group. In other work,¬†Jeroen Sombezki¬†assisted Atomico Ventures with its ‚ā¨51m investment in cloud communications company MessageBird. Friso Foppes¬†and Dimitri van Hoewijk¬†are also recommended.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

At Van Doorne, project finance is a core part of the real estate and projects practice. According to clients, 'what is different there from other law firms is that the work is absolutely reliable, nothing is forgotten'. The team acts for lenders, notably German banks, on a variety of developments including residential developments, retail outlets, hotels, and student housing. The 'outstanding' Angelique Thiele and Roel Botter head the practice serving a client list which includes Deutsche Bank, GreenOak Real Estate, and McArthurGlen/ Simon Properties. Recent work highlight work included advising BerlinHyp as the lender in connection with the financing provided to ten SPVs, owned by Reggeborgh, an investment subsidiary of VolkerWessels.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

The Van Doorne practice handles real estate mandates across a broad range of sectors including logistics, residential and student accommodation, as well as distressed real estate assets. Team head Annerie Ploumen advised Aareal Bank on the financing of the new Hilton Hotel Schiphol which was acquired by Host Hotels & Resorts. The team, which includes newly made up partner Andy Furr, also advised the LIFE Group on its purchase of the Globe building and a parcel of land for development in the Hague from the Dutch Railways.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Van Doorne

With a 'pragmatic and hands-on approach', the Van Doorne restructuring and insolvency team includes litigation and enforcement specialists. Lender side clients of team leader Stefan van Rossum include ABN AMRO and Aareal Bank and he is undertaking a number of cases on behalf of Rabobank. Together with associate Jelmer Baukema, van Rossum is advising on the restructuring of the Ter Haak Group.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Van Doorne

Van Doorne’s practice head Ewout van Asbeck advised TPG and Patron Capital on the sale of their investment in Merin to Dream Global Real Estate Investment Trust, following a complex year long restructuring and finance process. Rob de Win specialises in turnover taxes. Tax litigation is another area of strength. Thijs Clement left to establish Norbrius Clement Advocaten.

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