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

Lexence

At Lexence, practice head Charles Destrée is acting for Agro Merchants Group on the multi-layered global refinancing of its senior credit facilities. Clients include major private equity firms. The group also handles regulatory matters.

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

Lexence

The ‚Äėsensible‚Äô Charles Destr√©e¬†leads the ‚Äėsolid‚Äô structured and asset finance team at Lexence, focusing on structuring and documenting financing arrangements and mergers and acquisitions, structuring and restructuring investment funds and regulatory advice for financial institutions. He is advising a Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners investment fund on its financing for the acquisition of its public tender offer for VTG Rail.

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

Lexence

Lexence’s team is led by Charles Destrée. Financing transactions and regulatory issues are areas of strength.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a
Commercial, corporate and M&a - ranked: tier 3

Lexence

Lexence partners Luc Habets, Joost Houtman and Michiel R van Schooten are commended for 'personal, communicative, and fast' service. The team is also 'able to think about pragmatic solutions which is often missing from other firms'. Diederick de Boer is also noted for 'being able to think with the client'. The practice, which has hired a number of new associates of late and has an impressive mid-market presence, counts Post NL Corporate, Synergia Capital, and Dutch Greentech Fund among its clients. Noted partner Wouter Helder led a team that assisted Digital Insurance Group on complex work relating to its collaboration agreement with Zurich Insurance Group.

Leading individuals

Joost Houtman - Lexence

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Lexence

At Lexence, construction, real estate, and leasing experts provide assistance to clients ranging from investment funds and banks to developers, housing corporations, and public bodies. The practice's client roster includes Rabo Real Estate Group, Volker Wessels, Dura Vermeer, and CBRE Global Investors. In recent work, the team advised a client on aspects of the construction of a complex, mixed-use project involving residential, retail, and underground parking facilities. Ferry van Schoonhoven and Bob Bekker are the senior partners supported by leasing expert Jan-Willem Raadgever.

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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lexence

Lexence’s team acts for large corporates in the telecoms, financials and insurance sectors, among others. Co-head Timo Jansen  is acting for Vodafone in claims alleging anti-competitive behaviour against KPN. Fellow co-head Bram Thomas Craemer is representing Inreda Diabetics in a shareholder dispute.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Lexence

The practice at Lexence 'can handle complex cases quickly and effectively' and is also valued for having 'an innovative and entrepreneurial' approach. Judith Schulp's expertise spans areas including collective and individual employment terminations, reorganisations and the removals of directors and other senior employees. Mark Keuss also has broad expertise and Frank ter Huurne assists on 'high impact, complex labour law cases'. Senior associate Esther van der Meulen also provides 'excellent support'. This substantial team serves clients including Allied Telesis International, General Electric, Henkel and SUEZ.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 2

Lexence

The planning and environment department of Lexence¬†is noted for its work in the¬†housing and hotel development and industrial sectors. Team head Michael Klijnstra¬†has expertise spanning¬†zoning, building permits compliance and enforcement as well as issues of soil and air pollution, noise, fire safety and waste. The team is advising¬†Cementbouw on various permitting and zoning issues regarding its cement plants and includes¬†Kroonenberg Groep,¬†Slokker Vastgoed and¬†De Hoge Dennen among its clients. Pelin Ozt√ľrk¬†joined the firm from AKD.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

Lexence

Lexence¬†'s ‚Äėhigh quality‚Äô team is led by Luc Habets¬†and¬†Michiel van Schooten. Habets assisted Standard Investment with selling its share of a bakery business to Egeria and Van Schooten advised Endeit Capital on making an investment in Chronext, a luxury watch re-seller, for ‚ā¨28m. Wouter Helder¬†and Joost Houtman¬†are also notable names.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Lexence

Lexence¬†is appreciated for its 'total commitment, successful outcomes, and good balance between quality advice and tariffs'. Tomas Steenmetser¬†and Ferry van Schoonhoven¬†specialise in commercial leases and attract international corporate clients, especially in the retail industries and referrals from international law firms. Bob Bekker¬†handles a range of real estate transactions and developments and Michiel de Wit¬†is also highly rated for his 'precision' and problem solving skills. The team advised¬†Spuistraat 172 Real Estate and STAG Europe (Grafenau) as the sellers and tenants of the¬†W Hotel in a sale and¬†lease back transaction valued at¬†‚ā¨260m.

Leading individuals

Tomas Steenmetser - Lexence

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Legal Developments in Netherlands

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Dynamic Contracts: Changing employment practices in the digital era

    Digital platforms designed to deliver professional services are changing the European employment landscape as both employers  and workers look for more flexible ways to work.
  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the ‚ÄúCommission‚ÄĚ) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
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    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD
  • NETHERLANDS AS A GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE

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    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

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  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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