Firm Profile > Lexence > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lexence
AMSTEVEENSEWEG 500
1081 KL AMSTERDAM
PO BOX 75999 1070 AZ AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Environment and planning Tier 2

Lexence handles a broad range of environmental and zoning law matters, including both contentious and non-contentious work. The team attracts mandates from listed and non-listed major investment funds, banks, project developers and housing corporations. Head of practice Michael Klijnstra focuses on public law and is experienced in zoning plans, building permits, compliance and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Klijnstra

Other key lawyers:

Pelin Oztürk

Testimonials

‘Personal and practical approach to the case’.

‘They prefer to go for solutions in stead of litigation’.

‘Thy provide quick solutions to problems’.

‘Michael Klijnstra knows everything’.

‘The many years of cooperation with Michael Klijnstra on environmental issues has resulted in detailed file knowledge in often complex subjects, which, in combination with the legal input, leads to successful cooperation’.

Key clients

CBRE global investors

Kroonenberg Groep

Cementbouw (part of CRH; Ireland)

Slokker Vastgoed

De Hoge Dennen

ESD-SiC

Era Contour

Midvast B.V.

Wibaut

Koopman International

BPD

VKC Holding

De Realisatie

Kavel Vastgoed

Elad Europe 2011

Frasers

Hoogvliet Vastgoed

Equilis Netherlands

Goodman Netherlands

Batavia B.V.

Ten Brinke Group

Private equity Tier 2

Lexence ‘works like clockwork’ for a client roster of private equity houses and private equity-backed corporates including Waterland Private Equity, Egeria and Triton Partners. The group is particularly experienced in mid-market transactions and recently advised Egeria on the sale of Vendor to CWS. Key practitioners include Michiel van Schooten, Luc Habets, Joost Kolkman and Wouter Helder, who ‘all share the same values, mentality and ambitions’.

Practice head(s):

Michiel van Schooten; Luc Habets; Joost Kolkman; Wouter Helder

Testimonials

‘The firm works like clockwork. All partners share the same values, mentality and ambitions.’

‘Joost Kolkman and Diederick de Boer are very responsive and always find pragmatic solutions to complex problems.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

Endeit Capital

Dutch Greentech Fund

Synergia Capital

Standard Investments

Antea Participaties

Avedon Capital Partners

Keen Venture Partners

Sirius Venture Partners

ING Bank

Capital A

Triton Partners

DM Equity Partners

Fortino Capital

Connected Capital

Tiin Capital

Egeria

Gryphion Capital

Aegon growth Capital

Slingshot

Bolster Investments

HB Capital

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Charles Destrée heads the finance team at Lexence, which is highly experienced in acquisition financing matters, particularly in the real estate sector. The firm is also active in the investment sector, with a range of private equity-linked clients, including funds, managers and portfolio companies. Associate Bas Zandvliet is another key figure within the team.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Other key lawyers:

Bas Zandvilet

Testimonials

‘The firm is cohesive as one unit. The personal attention is much appreciated. Problem solving mode to help on on-going processes.’

‘The team is very solution-focused.’

‘The team members are very responsive.’

‘Proactive, solution-driven, efficient and fast responses.’

Key clients

Gencap Partners, Inc

Modern Dental Group

Waterland Private Equity

UnieKaas Beheer B.V.

Flextronics International Europe B.V.

Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Uniface B.V.

Intertrust

Agro Merchants Group/Oaktree

MSREF

H2 Private Equity

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Lexence is particularly recommended for investment funds regulation, with a strong track record in MiFID II, foreign entry into the Dutch funds market, and the acquisition of regulated entities. The firm is also strong in the payment services sector, advising several clients on PSD II compliance and representing them in litigation where necessary. Charles Destrée heads the team, while associate Bas Zandvliet is one to watch.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Other key lawyers:

Bas Zandvliet

Testimonials

‘Always on time and pro-active communicators, they always create a clear roadmap of the process and update us along the way.’

Key clients

Gencap Partners, Inc

Modern Dental Group

Waterland private equity

UnieKaas Beheer B.V.

Flextronics International Europe B.V.

Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Uniface B.V.

Intertrust

Agro Merchants Group/Oaktree

Takeaway.com N.V.

MSREF

H2 Private equity

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Providing ‘practical and well-thought-out advice’, Lexence focuses on mid-market M&A transactions in the Netherlands and also has notable strength in private equity deals and cross-border work. The team’s high-profile client roster includes Post NL, ABN AMRO and Avantium. Luc Habets heads up the department, which also includes Michiel van Schooten, Joost Kolkman and Wouter Helder, while clients also single out Mathijs van Doormalen as someone who is ‘to the point, quick to respond and engaged in the deals he is involved in’.

Practice head(s):

Luc Habets

Other key lawyers:

Michiel van Schooten; Joost Kolkman; Wouter Helder; Mathijs van Doormalen

Testimonials

‘Hands-on team that understands the complexities and practicalities of day-to-day business operations. Their work is almost always ‘right first time right’ and their advice is both practical and well-thought out.’

‘Mathijs is almost always directly available, and is to the point, quick to respond and engaged in the deals he is involved in.’

Key clients

Post NL

Avantium

Invivo

Waterland Private Equity

Synergia Capital

Netcompany

Endeit Capital

A-Ware Food Group

Modern Dental Group

RTL Netherlands

Hibernia Worldwide Hotels

Intelligent

Agro Merchants Netherlands

Trescal

Greenlane

Dutch Greentech Fund

Antea Participaties

Truffle Capital

Avedon Capital Partners

Sirius Venture Partners

ING Bank

ABN AMRO Participaties

Triton Partners

International Wellness Resort

DM Equity Partners

Dental Clinics

Normec Group

Carepay International

Hewlett Packard Bank Plc

HSO

Carlyle

Construction Tier 3

The real estate, construction and development department at Lexence is headed up by Bob Bekker. The team is experienced in residential and non-residential property developments in urban and rural areas. The team leverages mandates from developers, contractors, lenders, institutional investors, family offices, private equity parties and municipalities. Areas of expertise include real estate transactions, large-scale area developments and litigation. Vincent Boumans was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Bob Bekker

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Willem Raadgever; Bas Martens; Jan Hockx; Stephan Westera; Vincent Boumans

Key clients

Rabo Real Estate Group / Bouwfonds REIM

Volker Wessels

Kroonenberg Groep

Steigenberger

NSI

Deutsche Bank (DWS)

Klépierre

HansaInvest

Achmea

Bouwinvest

Goodman

Annexum

De Hoge Dennen

BNP Paribas REIM

Schiphol

CBRE Global Investors

ASR

Slokker

Van Herk Groep

Forma Fund

Triuva

Shurgard

Dura Vermeer N.V.

Stena Realty

BPD Ontwikkeling

Amvest

MEAG Munich ERGO REIM

Vastint

Rosenbaum

Intergamma

Elizen Vastgoed

ReShape

Rochdale

Hurks Bouw

Hannover Leasing

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways)

Orange Capital Partners

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Lexence attracts major clients from an array of industries, including VodafoneZiggo, FremantleMedia and A.C. Nielssen, advising on all aspects of corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. Clients highlight the partner-led advice, 'great knowledge' and 'creative solutions'. The three partners are all experienced practitioners, namely practice co-head and 'sharp lawyer' Timo Jansen; commercial litigator Bram Thomas Craemer, who has a following among media and investment funds among others, and business disputes specialist Arnout Schennink.

Practice head(s):

Bram Thomas Craemer; Timo Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Arnout Schennink

Testimonials

‘Down-to-earth, great knowledge, partner availability, top partner involved in all discussions.’

‘I have worked with Timo Jansen in two cases. He is a sharp lawyer and is honest, working in the client’s interest. He responds very quickly which is very convenient when there is an urgent question.’

‘The team is easy to communicate with and they have a hands-on, no-nonsense attitude.’

‘The team is on the ball in projects and finds creative solutions for problems which were not identified by other advisors, especially partner Timo Jansen. Furthermore, they stick to the initial plan, but are flexible to adjust when necessary.’

‘Service oriented, very strong partners, good mix of knowledge in the total team.’

‘Good understanding of the position of all stakeholders, creative in dealmaking, personal in communication, service oriented, in-depth understanding of the business, very clear advice, strong will to win for the client.’

Key clients

ENECO

SIRE LifeSciences

VodafoneZiggo

Stern Automotive Group

Vistra Corporate Services

Advantage Smollan (Hamilton Bright)

Dental Clinics

Endeit Capital

GREEN Real Estate

Antea Group

RTL Nederland

AEGON Nederland

CBRE

FremantleMedia

Annexum

Securitas

Burckhardt Compression

Nederlandsche Betaal & Wisselmaatschappij

A.C. Nielssen

Bencis Capital Partners

Tetra House Pte

Triodos Bank

Employment Tier 3

Lexence handles a broad scope of employment law matters under the leadership of four partners. Mark Keuss focuses on collective dismissal procedures and forensic inquiries into misconduct. The ‘patient and meticulousFloor Damen advises organisations on collective and individual dismissals, TUPE and employee co-determination. Judith Schulp is adept at handling M&A-related employment matters, including restructuring and harmonisation of employment conditions. Frank ter Huurne litigates and advises on non-compete clauses, the transfer of business enterprises and the termination of employment agreements of directors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Keuss; Judith Schulp; Floor Damen; Frank ter Huurne

Other key lawyers:

Annejet Balm; Esther van der Meulen; Jordi Rosendahl

Testimonials

‘Floor Damen knows Dutch law, he is patient and meticulous in lending guidance or articulating risks for the business’.

‘Floor Damen is professional, precise and accurate in his guidance’.

Outcomes have consistently been smooth and simple’.

‘In-depth knowledge combined with a practical approach’.

‘The employment practice of Lexence is very approachable and they use a pragmatic working method’.

‘They have a very good understanding of our business and the implications with regard to employment law-related matters within our company’.

‘Highly effective, knowledgeable and pragmatic legal team, consistently outperforming expectations’.

‘They are highly accessible and responsive and deliver great value for the work done’.

Key clients

Apollo Tyres

IMC

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

Ballast Nedam

Bilthoven Biologicals

I-SEC

Shin-Etsu

DAS Nederlandse Rechtsbijstand Verzekeringsmaatschappij N.V.

DSV Solutions

Future Group

CleanLease

BE Semiconductor Industries N.V.

Pon/A-Point

Royal A-ware Food Group

Sensata Technologies Holland B.V.

Schiphol

SUEZ

Stork, a Fluor company

VION

Henkel-group

Real estate Tier 3

Dutch firm Lexence handles a broad range of real estate matters, including M&A, development, construction, zoning and public law, leasing, financing and tax, and also provides civil law notary services. The team is headed by Bob Bekker and Tomas Steenmetser, who is noted for general property contract law and real estate-related bankruptcy. Michiel de Wit handles commercial real estate and litigation. Vincent Boumans was recently made up to partner.

Practice head(s):

Bob Bekker; Tomas Steenmetser

Other key lawyers:

Jan-Willem Raadgever; Bas Martens; Michiel de Wit; Marieke van Schie; Vincent Boumans

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm which is unique for its value for money.

‘Tomas Steenmetser is one of the best for commercial real estate leasing’.

‘Quick and adequate response’.

‘They know how we work and comply to that’.

Key clients

Rabo Real Estate Group / Bouwfonds REIM

Volker Wessels

Kroonenberg Groep

Steigenberger

NSI

Deutsche Bank (DWS)

Klépierre

HansaInvest

Achmea

Bouwinvest

Goodman

Annexum

De Hoge Dennen

BNP Paribas REIM

Schiphol

CBRE Global Investors

ASR

Slokker

Van Herk Groep

Forma Fund

Triuva

Shurgard

Dura Vermeer N.V.

Stena Realty

BPD Ontwikkeling

Amvest

MEAG Munich ERGO REIM

Vastint

Rosenbaum

Intergamma

Elizen Vastgoed

ReShape

Rochdale

Hurks Bouw

Hannover Leasing

Sprangers

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways)

Orange Capital Partners

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Lexence handles a wide range of financing matters, but is particularly recommended for work which involves the UK, as it offers in-house English law advice in the form of practice head Charles Destré, who is dual-qualified. The firm is particularly active in financing matters involving the real estate sector, alongside acquisition financing and regulatory work.

The firm: Lexence is a leading Dutch law firm specialized in corporate and commercial law and real estate law. The firm provides legal services to both national and international companies who operate in the Dutch market. The firm’s professionals, including 95+ lawyers and civil law notaries, work in small teams directed by partners. The lawyers and notaries cooperate seamlessly in their areas of specialization. Quality, efficiency and service orientation always paramount.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial law: The Lexence corporate and commercial lawyers and civil law-notaries specialize in legal support regarding commercial and corporate dispute, employment and benefits law, financing, joint ventures, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, notarial services, private equity and structuring and restructuring. and venture capital transactions.

Real estate law: Lexence’s real estate lawyers and civil law-notaries handle cases related to: environmental law, area development, construction, purchase and sale, commercial hire, and management and financing real estate projects. The real estate projects the lawyers work on involve: large-scale urban development, development of logistic properties, shopping malls, office buildings and residential projects.

International: Lexence is an independent law firm with access to fellow international firms with knowledge and experience unique to a specific jurisdiction. Through our membership of the Meritas worldwide network, a highly-regarded legal network of law firms, we have easy access to those firms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment law Annejet Balm
Real estate Bob Bekker
Corporate/M&A notarial services Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst
Corporate/M&A Diederick de Boer
Litigation and arbitration Bram Thomas Craemer
Employment law Floor Damen
Financing Charles Destrée
Commercial contracts Pieter van Dijk
Corporate/M&A Mathijs van Doormalen
Corporate/M&A Luc Habets
Corporate/M&A; member of the management board Wouter Helder
Real estate notarial services Jan Hockx
Corporate/M&A Joost Houtman
Employment law Frank ter Huurne
Litigation and arbitration; member of the management board Timo Jansen
Employment law Mark Keuss
Real estate Michael Klijnstra
Corporate/M&A Joost Kolkman
Real estate Bas Martens
Employment law Esther van der Meulen
Corporate/M&A notarial services Jurjen Mos
Real estate Jan-Willem Raadgever
Employment law Jordi Rosendahl
Litigation and arbitration Arnout Schennink
Real estate Marieke van Schie
Real estate; founding partner Ferry van Schoonhoven
Corporate/M&A Michiel van Schooten
Employment law Judith Schulp
Real estate Jip Spierings
Real estate Tomas Steenmetser
Real estate notarial services Stephan Westera
Real estate Michiel de Wit
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Annejet Balm  photo Mrs Annejet Balm Lawyer, partner
Mr Bob Bekker  photo Mr Bob Bekker Lawyer, partner
Mr Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst  photo Mr Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst Civil law notary, partner
Mr Vincent Bouman  photo Mr Vincent Bouman Lawyer, partner
Mr Bram Thomas Craemer  photo Mr Bram Thomas Craemer Lawyer, partner
Mr Floor Damen  photo Mr Floor Damen Lawyer, partner.
Mr Charles Destrée photo Mr Charles Destrée Lawyer, partner
Mr Luc P.L Habets  photo Mr Luc P.L Habets Lawyer, partner
Mr Wouter Helder  photo Mr Wouter Helder Lawyer, partner.
Mr Jan W.A Hockx  photo Mr Jan W.A Hockx Civil law notary, partner.
Mr Joost E.W Houtman  photo Mr Joost E.W Houtman Lawyer, partner
Mr Timo Jansen  photo Mr Timo Jansen Lawyer, partner
Mr Arthur Kaspers  photo Mr Arthur Kaspers Of Counsel
Mr Mark Keuss  photo Mr Mark Keuss Lawyer, partner
Mr Michael Klijnstra  photo Mr Michael Klijnstra Lawyer, partner
Mr Joost Kolkman  photo Mr Joost Kolkman Lawyer, partner
Mr Bas Martens  photo Mr Bas Martens Lawyer, partner
Mr Jurjen Mos  photo Mr Jurjen Mos Notarial team, partner
Mr Jan-Willem Raadgever  photo Mr Jan-Willem Raadgever Lawyer, partner
Mr Jordi Rosendahl  photo Mr Jordi Rosendahl Lawyer, partner
Mr Arnout Schennink  photo Mr Arnout Schennink Lawyer, partner
Mrs Judith Schulp  photo Mrs Judith Schulp Lawyer, partner
Mr Jip Spierings  photo Mr Jip Spierings Lawyer, partner
Mr Tomas H.G Steenmetser  photo Mr Tomas H.G Steenmetser Lawyer, partner
Mrs Esther Van Der Meulen photo Mrs Esther Van Der Meulen Lawyer, partner
Mr Stephan Westera  photo Mr Stephan Westera Deputy civil law notary, partner
Mr Diederick de Boer  photo Mr Diederick de Boer Lawyer, partner
Mr Michiel de Wit  photo Mr Michiel de Wit Lawyer, partner
Mr Frank ter Huurne  photo Mr Frank ter Huurne Lawyer, partner
Mr Pieter van Dijk  photo Mr Pieter van Dijk Lawyer, partner
Mr Mathijs van Doormalen  photo Mr Mathijs van Doormalen Lawyer, partner
Mrs Marieke van Schie  photo Mrs Marieke van Schie Lawyer, partner
Mr Ferry H.J van Schoonhoven  photo Mr Ferry H.J van Schoonhoven Lawyer, partner
Mr Michiel R van Schooten  photo Mr Michiel R van Schooten Lawyer, partner
Prof Dr Bart van Zadelhoff  photo Prof Dr Bart van Zadelhoff Tax adviser, of counsel
Number of lawyers : 95+
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