Lexence > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

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

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Charles Destrée heads up the banking and finance practice at Lexence, which combines transactional and regulatory expertise to handle a myriad of issues for borrower clients. On the transactional side, Destrée (who is experienced in both domestic and cross-border finance transactions) has a notable focus on real estate finance. Elsewhere, the team is sought after for advice on leveraged and corporate lending transactions. Bas Zandvliet is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Personal contact, easily reachable and strong market knowledge.

Very efficient deal management.’

Each attorney is very responsive.

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

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Lexence‘s finance team is noted for its expertise in regulatory issues, with a particular focus on those concerning investment funds and investment firms, as well as payment services providers. Charles Destrée and Bas Zandvliet are among the key practitioners in the group, which is able to advise clients on matters such as business expansions in the Netherlands, acquisitions of regulated businesses and restructurings, as well as regulatory issues associated with setting up investment funds. In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, the firm works closely with international law firms in this space.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lexence team provides practical and client-oriented advice addressing the client’s needs.’

‘We liked working with Bas Zandvliet and Max De Vrede – they both were very helpful with our requests providing client friendly/ready-to-use consultations.’

‘They are very responsive, professional, knowledgeable and friendly.’

‘Charles Destrée – he has a helicopter view and is very approachable. Bas Zandvliet – knows what he is talking about and always remains calm.’

‘Charles Destrée – smart, accessible, good industry knowledge on international level. Bas Zandvliet – detailed, efficient and has good ideas.’

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

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

The real estate, construction and development team at Lexence handles a range of construction and real estate matters. It handles residential and commercial projects and acts for large developers, contractors, lenders and private equity parties. Bob Bekker  heads the team and is recommended for transactions, large-scale area developments and litigation.

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

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 3

Lexence is well known in the market for its strong real estate practice and it frequently handles the zoning, planning and environmental aspects of large development projects. The practice group undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work, including planning permission; soil, air and water quality-issues; matters pertaining to land rights and litigation. The team is led by public law specialist Michael Klijnstra who advises on environmental permits and liability, compliance and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Michael Klijnstra

Other key lawyers:

Pelin Oztürk

Testimonials

The team is well coordinated and the qualities of each team member are used extremely well.

Every problem is coordinated with the right person.

Michael Klijnstra is extremely good in his file knowledge, he knows all the details and is perfectly aware of the latest regulations.

We have been working successfully with Lexence for 20 years in environmental court cases, in the end we have won every case.

Always available.

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

Kroonenberg Groep

Cementbouw

Slokker Vastgoed

De Hoge Dennen

ESD-SiC

Era Contour

Midvast

Wibaut

Koopman International

BPD

VKC Holding

De Realisatie

Kavel Vastgoed

Elad Europe 2011

Frasers

Hoogvliet Vastgoed

Equilis Netherlands

Goodman Netherlands

Batavia

Ten Brinke Group

De Geus Bouw

GIGA Buffalo

BTE Netherlands

HBB Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting CBRE Global Investors with its redevelopment of the Amsterdamse Poort, a large residential, office and retail area in the South of Amsterdam.
  • Assisting Slokker Vastgoed with regard to its Blitsaerd residential project in Leeuwarden.
  • Successfully defending ESD-SiC regarding an enforcement decision by the province of Groningen (a €250,000 per week, penalty) with respect to alleged illegal emission of SiC-fibres.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 3

Lexence is principally focused on mid-market transactions, often acting on deals within the €10m to €500m range. Luc Habets acts for a number of private equity firms on both the buy- and sell-side transactions and Michiel van Schooten is a TMT sector specialist with significant exposure to management buy-outs and buy-ins; the pair co-lead the practice alongside Joost Kolkman, who has a track record handling food and beverage, education and IT deals, as well as Wouter Helder, often active on real estate and manufacturing-related deals.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The team is very reactive and finds the right specialist for every question immediately. They share the same dynamism.’

‘Joost Kolkman is reactive, understands the issue very quickly and finds creative solutions.’

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

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 3

Lexence has recently seen an uptick in instructions with sustainability aspects and draws on strengths from its construction, leasing and environmental practitioners to serve clients in this area. The firm is able to handle the full life-cycle of real estate projects and has considerable experience in sale and purchases, development and redevelopment projects, zoning and public law, financings and civil notary services. The team is headed up by Bob Bekker  and Tomas Steenmetser, and Michiel de Wit  is a name to note for litigation.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm, which is very pragmatic and efficient’.

‘Tomas Steenmetser is an excellent attorney in the leasing sector’.

‘Jan-Willem Raadgever has great knowledge in the full spectrum of project development issues’.

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

Rizzani de Echer

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways)

Orange Capital Partners

Heeneman & Partners

BESIX

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

At Lexence, a corporate and real estate boutique, the team has an emphasis on mid-market transactions, honing its focus on deals valued between €10m up to €500m. Joost Kolkman, who is particularly active on the cross-border front, is well-established within the food and beverage, retail, IT and education sectors and Michiel van Schooten serves as the group’s go-to for management buy-ins and outs in addition to collaborative agreements; the pair head the practice alongside Luc Habets and TMT specialist, Wouter Helder.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Beukeveld; Diederick de Boer

Testimonials

‘Skilled professional dedicated team with good communication skills.’

‘Direct professional communication with a dedicated team which knows the specifics of our company and our market.’

Key clients

Waterland Private Equity

Synergia Capital

EBRO Foods

Netcompany

Endeit Capital (Joop van der Ende)

A-Ware Food Group

Baarsma/Cordier

Modern Dental Group

RTL Netherlands

ICT Group

Hibernia Worldwide Hotels)

Intelligent NV

Agro Merchants Netherlands BV

Trescal

Greenlane LLC

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

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

The Lexence litigation team offers ‘top-notch service and razor-sharp knowledge on commercial litigation’. The team is well known for commercial and corporate litigation and is active in the energy, IT, media, financial services and real estate sectors. Timo Jansen  co-heads the team and is recommended for contractual disputes and professional liability cases, while Bram Thomas Craemer , who also co-heads the team, handles commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bram Thomas Craemer; Timo Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Arnout Schennink

Testimonials

‘We were particularly pleased by Timo Jansen’s ability to identify the major points of a complex case and condense them to a 30-minute compelling speech before the court’.

‘They work in small teams with highly experienced lawyers so the costs of litigation stays manageable’.

‘Bram Thomas Craemer is an outstanding litigator with a clear vision of how to approach a dispute strategically and pragmatically’.

‘With Bram Thomas Craemer, you can expect honest advice and a lawyer who will go through fire for his clients’.

‘Bram Thomas Craemer has a high degree of substantive knowledge and proper ethical standards’.

‘Down-to-earth, practical input, with partner involvement’.

‘Mean and lean, and quick in forming opinions’.

Key clients

AXON Neuroscience

Dmarcian, Inc.

de Volksbank

SUEZ Group

VodafoneZiggo

Stern Automotive Group

Vistra Corporate Services

Dental Clinics

Endeit Capital

GREEN Real Estate

Antea Group

RTL Nederland

AEGON Nederland

FremantleMedia

Annexum

Burckhardt Compression A.G.

HelloFlex Group

A.C. Nielssen

Bencis Capital Partners B.V.

Radboud University

Triodos Bank

Work highlights

  • Represented Cyprus-based Axon Neuorscience SE in a €100m plus debt restructuring conflict with PPF Investments.
  • Representing the Dutch state owned de Volksbank N.V. in a high profile governance conflict involving the replacement of board members and a board room dynamics investigation that resulted in various injunctive relief proceedings.
  • Representing dmarcian, Inc. in a multijurisdictional conflict on the termination of its cooperation with dmarcian Europe B.V.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 4

Lexence fields a ‘service minded, accessible and practical’ team which handles a range of employment matters under the collective leadership of Mark Keuss, Judith Schulp, Floor Damen and Frank ter Huurne . Damen has considerable experience in advising companies on collective and individual dismissals, TUPE and employee co-determination matters, while Schulp leads on disputes. Lucas Stuurop was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2021.

Testimonials

‘Floor Damen is very accessible, service minded and clear.’

‘Floor Damen offers responsiveness, availability, a sense of urgency and strong counsel.’

‘Very driven and highly professional, in comparison to others Lexence is always at hand to aid and support us with highly practical and solid advice.’

‘Great knowledge of the latest trends and precedents compared with high integrity, a fair price and a very flexible attitude towards solving problems and finding opportunities.’

‘Annejet Balm is very practical and easygoing – a real business partner.’

Key clients

Apollo Tyres

IMC

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

Ballast Nedam

Bilthoven Biologicals

I-SEC NoShin-Etsu

YER

CXC Global

ECP Factoring

DAS Nederlandse Rechtsbijstand Verzekeringsmaatschappij N.V.

DSV Solutions

Dorel

Future Group

CleanLease

BE Semiconductor Industries N.V.

Pon/A-Point

Royal A-ware Food Group

Sensata Technologies Holland B.V.

Sentia

Schiphol

SUEZ

Fluor/Stork

VION

Henkel-group

Saxobank

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
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 MeulenLawyer, 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
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