Firm Profile > Stek > Amsterdam, Netherlands
1017 PS Amsterdam
Stek > The Legal 500 Rankings
Energy: regulatory Tier 1
Stek's energy and utilities practice offers a combination of regulatory, transactional and financing expertise. It continues to advise electricity and gas distribution companies on a broad range of regulatory matters and business-critical issues. The team is at the forefront of regulatory developments and often represents clients before the Dutch regulatory authority in the Administrative High Court for Trade and Industry. Practice head Jan Erik Janssen acts for international and national energy household names on administrative and civil litigation matters.
Jan Erik Janssen; Reijnoud Homveld; Jeroen Timmermans; Herman Wamelink; Sharon Kaufmann
Other key lawyers:
Stephanie Dielemans; Patou Courtens
‘Stek’s energy and utilities team has extensive knowledge and experience of energy law and has considerable strength in energy regulatory litigation’.
‘Jan Erik Janssen and his team are excellent lawyers, fast and thorough in writing and very strong in court’.
‘Jan Erik Janssen and Stephanie Dielemans are an excellent team, they really reinforce each other’.
‘They always deliver excellent work on time, even in a last-minute situation’.
‘Great knowledge of the electricity and gas industry’.
‘Stephanie Dielemans is an excellent lawyer in court’.
‘Very experienced in energy law, with a strategic overview of the whole field’.
‘Jan Erik Janssen is easy to reach, gives quick and practical advice verbally when needed and is a good litigator’.
Energy: transactional Tier 2
Stek’s energy and utilities team offers a mix of regulatory, transactional and project finance capabilities. It is well-placed to handle M&A and energy contracts. The group is also sought out in energy projects, and has recently been involved in a variety of renewables projects, in particular; the scope of its experience includes solar, wind, biomass and geothermal developments. Reijnoud Homveld acts for energy companies, financial institutions, and equity funds and investors, on transactions, joint ventures and projects. Herman Wamelink and Sharon Kaufmann handle financing matters. Jeroen Timmermans is another name to note.
Jan Erik Janssen; Reijnoud Homveld; Jeroen Timmermans ; Herman Wamelink; Sharon Kaufmann
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is highly experienced and very knowledgeable, but can be very pragmatic when needed’.
‘They are very communicative, proactive and put a lot of effort in to serve their client’s interests best’.
‘Reijnoud Homveld delivers high-quality work and is very involved in all aspects the transaction so he is always on top of what is happening in any stage of the deal’.
‘Claudia Beele is not only a good lawyer but a pleasure to work with’.
‘Claudia Beele is solution-oriented and has the ability to keep negotiations going in the right direction when it gets tough’.
‘Claudia Beele wants to know and understand every last relevant fact or detail of the transaction so everything is covered in due diligence reports and contracts’.
Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures Europe
Limburgs Energie Fonds
Transport Tier 2
Aviation specialists Stek advise national and international clients including commercial operators, owners, financiers, and leasing companies on the lease, acquisition, and sale of aircraft, with work spanning Europe, Asia, and the US. The 'pragmatic' and 'hands on' Jeroen Timmermans heads up the team, and is widely respected as an expert in aviation financing, repossession of aircraft, and wider contractual issues
‘The aviation team in Stek is experienced and well recognised in the aviation sector. We have been collaborating as local counsel on many transactions with them and what we appreciate is their responsiveness and spirit of collaboration together with their expertise.’
‘Dedicated lawyers who are absolutely committed to get the best deal for their clients’
‘One of the few teams in the Netherlands with deep experience in the aviation market — and the best at it. Drives deals from beginning to end managing the various constituencies effectively.’
‘Jeroen Timmermans is very hands-on and provides excellent advice with a very pragmatic and commercial approach. Excellent responsiveness.’
TrueNoord Holdings B.V.
Aircastle Advisor LLC
ABN AMRO Bank Asset Finance
Mass Capital / Mass Jet Lease B.V.
Multi Pilot Simulations International B.V. (MPS)
Netherlands Aircraft Company N.V. / Panta Holdings B.V.
Stichting Spitfires Flying Vintage Everyday
Transavia Airlines B.V.
VGAS Aircraft Procurement B.V.
Stek remains highly active in the Dutch lending market, particularly for domestic clients, frequently acting for several of the largest banks including ING, Rabobank, and ABN Amro. Key figures within the team include leveraged financing specialist Herman Wamelink, Maarten van der Graaf, who is frequently involved in matters with a cross-border nexus, Frans Haak and Sharon Kaufmann, who is highly active in the healthcare sector.
Maarten van der Graaf; Frans Haak; Sharon Kaufmann; Herman Wamelink
ABN AMRO Bank
BNP Paribas SA
Silicon Valley Bank
Export Import Bank of India
A mid-sized but growing team at Stek comprises four experienced partners including co-heads of practice Jan Bart van de Hel and Gerben Smit, described as 'both great lawyers and litigators'. The practice has expanded considerably at associate level during the past year, in keeping with some impressive client gains, while its standout strength in competition law litigation is evidenced in its continued work on behalf of LitFin in the trucks cartel matter.
Jan Bart van de Hel; Gerben Smit
Other key lawyers:
Max Hetterscheidt; Tanja Schasfoort
‘Gerben Smit is a very good litigation lawyer; deep knowledge of litigation procedural law; pragmatic.’
‘I have only worked with Jan Bart van de Hel, but based on this limited experience, I can already recommend him without any doubt. He is a pleasant, smart litigator, who writes very clear case documents and he is a good strategical thinker.’
‘Legal technical excellence, punctual, reliable, delivering progress briefs adequately and frequently, and keeping them brief and informative. The litigation that Stek conducts for my client involves partner Gerben Smit and Max Hetterscheidt. All what has been said above refers to these two individuals who in my eyes are exceptionally strong litigation attorneys.’
‘Stek is really an upcoming boutique law firm. They have great litigators. ’
‘Jan Bart van Hel and Gerben Smit are both great lawyers and litigators.’
EU and competition Tier 3
Stek’s team, which is ‘young, talented and on top of its game’, is a key name in the market for antitrust litigation and cartel and consumer protection investigations. The group is also noted for its healthcare, technology, travel, energy, consumer goods and maritime sector expertise; clients include Atlas Air, L’Oréal and Samsung. Ruben Elkerbout and Berend Reuder jointly lead the competition team, and Jan Erik Janssen heads up the regulated markets group.
Ruben Elkerbout; Berend Reuder; Jan Erik Janssen
Other key lawyers:
‘The lawyers we use work collaboratively to brainstorm about the best approach to take on various pending litigation matters. They are very smart and creative.’
‘Ruben Elkerbout – Very knowledgeable about EU antitrust matters, and antitrust in general Mattijs Baneke – Very smart and capable – a real “up and comer”.’
‘Both Ruben Elkerbout and Mattijs Baneke are highly motivated and determined to get the best results for our company. They put much effort into our cases and are always available for questions and advice.’
‘The team is young, talented and on top of their game. Stek is about value for money. They understand client needs and are able to deliver at lower costs.’
‘Ruben Elkerbout is a very responsive and pragmatic lawyer with business acumen. ’
Private equity Tier 3
Stek ‘proves to be a good sparring partner’ for mid-market transactions, acting for Dutch private equity funds, portfolio companies and management teams as well as international funds. The group also receives a variety of cross-border instructions from notable international firms. Key practitioners include Eelco Bijkerk, who handles private equity and venture capital matters, co-founder Maarten van der Graaf and the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Ruben Tros.
Eelco Bijkerk; Ruben Tros; Maarten van der Graaf
‘The Stek team is very pleasant to work with and proves to be a good sparring partner for us as M&A advisers in all deals we work on with them. Good quality of work, proactive, strong partner in negotiations.’
‘Ruben Tros of Stek is an extremely knowledgeable, dedicated and pleasant person. He finds the right balance between being a tough negotiator and a pleasant person to work with. Therefore both his clients and the opposite side like to work with him. Always a pleasure to be on the same team with him for a client.’
‘The team led by Maarten van der Graaf has an excellent knowledge of both legal requirements and industry standards.’
‘Maarten is very involved and even though his team is excellent and can certainly be trusted, he remains very connected and available.’
Bencis Capital Partners
NIBC Mezzanine & Equity Partners
Capital A (former ABN AMRO Participaties)
Imker Capital Partners
Rotterdam Port Fund
Maas Capital Renewables
Velocity Capital Fintech Ventures
Bancroft Private Equity
The Amsterdam Climate & Energy Fund (AKEF)
Cape Investment Partners
Project finance and PFI Tier 3
Stek assists with the negotiating and drafting of finance and project documentation, often working alongside foreign firms and local counsel on multi-jurisdictional and domestic mid-market financing transactions. Biomass, solar and geotherm project financing are the main areas of activity. Key contacts Herman Wamelink and Sharon Kaufmann have 'extensive experience' in the sector. Reijnoud Homveld is also noted.
Herman Wamelink; Sharon Kaufmann; Reijnoud Homveld
Other key lawyers:
Katinka van den Brink
‘Well understanding of the position of the bank during negotiation processes. ’
‘I acknowledge Herman Wamelink for his appropriate knowledge and extensive experience and I appreciate Sharon Kaufmann for her positive energy and strong effort to make the best out of a transaction.’
‘A very knowledgeable and practical partner in lending transactions, hands-on and flexible. Top quality advice without the typical high fees, good value for money. ’
‘Sharon Kaufmann and Katinka van den Brink are very knowledgeable and experienced, excellent sparring partners. Manage to get to the essence in a great pile of information. Also great in time management, in case of short deadlines they deliver on time.’
ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Amsterdams Klimaat & Energiefonds
ASN Bank N.V.
BNG Bank N.V.
Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.
ING Bank N.V.
Limburgs Energie Fonds (LEF) B.V.
Nationale Nederlanden Investment Partners N.V.
Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V.
NIBC Bank N.V.
Triodos Bank N.V.
Stek is highly active in the field of leveraged and acquisition financing, primarily for Dutch corporates, with a strong track record in the healthcare sector. The team is led by Maarten van der Graaf, Herman Wamelink, Frans Haak and Sharon Kaufmann, with van der Graaf and Wamelink focusing mainly on the firm's cross-border work in collaboration with international firms.
Maarten van der Graaf; Frans Haak; Sharon Kaufmann; Herman Wamelink
‘Very responsive and commercial. Great lawyers.’
‘Maarten cuts straight to the issues and is a great lawyer.’
Egeria (and various portfolio companies)
Standard Investments (and various portfolio companies)
Bencis (and various portfolio companies)
BlackFin (and various portfolio companies)
Fletcher Hotel Group
Stek handles a variety of corporate mandates involving M&A for private equity houses, issues with strategic elements, leasing matters in the energy sector, and cross-border corporate work. The group is also able to assist clients with the competition and finance elements of various transactions. Key practitioners include Eelco Bijkerk, Dierik Cras and Maarten van der Graaf.
Other key lawyers:
Eleco Bijkerk; Dierik Cras; Maarten van der Graaf
Kuehne + Nagel
PVH/Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein
SK FireSafety Group
Wrist Ship Supply
Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures
Axel Springer & Porsche (APX)
Abacus Medicine A/S
Stek > Firm Profile
The firm: Stek is an independent Dutch law firm. The firm was launched in 2005, combining expertise from leading international law firms and high-profile in-house positions. Stek brings this expertise and professionalism together in a leaner, smaller, direct and more approachable package. Stek distinguishes itself through excellent service via a focused, hands-on, personal approach. The firm prides itself in having assembled a top team of lawyers with in-depth legal and sector expertise and commercial awareness with a ‘can-do’ service attitude.
Stek’s partners have ample experience in co-ordinating cross-border projects. The firm has become a trusted partner for referral work of leading foreign law firms. Stek does not belong to any formal network, alliance or association.
Areas of practice: Stek provides legal services in four practice areas: corporate, dispute resolution, finance and competition and regulated markets.
For other specialist areas, Stek offers its clients an integrated, transparent solution by augmenting its own resources with its proven network of external specialists who have been carefully selected to operate at the same level of excellence as its own staff.
Corporate: Stek assists its clients in all types of corporate matters, such as M&A, joint ventures, restructuring, private equity and corporate governance. The firm’s commercial work includes all types of commercial contracts. In addition the firm has a strong niche in aviation and energy, and counsels on Dutch Caribbean law.
Dispute resolution: Stek represents its clients in administrative and civil courts, in arbitration and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Its lawyers have considerable experience in devising effective means of dispute resolution and avoidance of litigation.
Finance: Stek represents financial institutions and corporate clients regarding all aspects of domestic and international financial transactions, from syndicated lending to acquisition finance and trade finance transactions, and from structuring investments to providing advice on restructuring and insolvency law transactions and regulatory and compliance issues.
Competition and regulated markets: Stek assists its clients with the full range of European and Dutch competition and regulatory matters. The firm is a market leader in the energy sector, and has strong expertise in other regulated markets, such as agri-food, health care, aviation and water. Its lawyers represent companies before various competition authorities, regulators, policy makers and in court.
|Competition and regulated markets||Stephanie Dielemans|
|Competition and regulated markets||Ruben Elkerbout|
|Competition and regulated markets||Jan Erik Janssen|
|Competition and regulated markets||Berend Reuder|
|Corporate||Maarten van der Graaf|
|Dispute resolution||Dierik Cras|
|Dispute resolution||Stephanie Dielemans|
|Dispute resolution||Ruben Elkerbout|
|Dispute resolution||Jan Bart van de Hel|
|Dispute resolution||Jan Erik Janssen|
|Dispute resolution||Gerben Smit|
|Dispute resolution||Jasper Stek|
|Energy and natural resources||Reijnoud Homveld|
|Energy and natural resources||Jan Erik Janssen|
|Finance||Maarten van der Graaf|
|Private equity||Eelco Bijkerk|
|Private equity||Reijnoud Homveld|
|Private equity||Ruben Tros|
|Public law||Stephanie Dielemans|
|Public law||Jan Erik Janssen|
|Mr Mattijs Baneke||Mattijs Baneke is an attorney in the Competition & Regulated Markets group of Stek. Mattijs…||View Profile|
|Mr Merijn Batteram||Merijn is an associate in Stek´s finance department.He advises financial institutions and…||View Profile|
|Ms Claudia Beele||Claudia is a senior associate in Stek’s corporate group. She advises clients…||View Profile|
|Mr Eelco Bijkerk||Eelco is a specialist in corporate law. He advises private equity firms,…||View Profile|
|Ms Linde Bremmer||Linde Bremmer is a senior associate in our Competition & Regulated Markets…||View Profile|
|Mr Dierik Cras||Dierik is partner and active in corporate and commercial transactions and advice,…||View Profile|
|Ms Stephanie Dielemans||Stephanie Dielemans is a regulated markets and energy law expert and joined…||View Profile|
|Mr Ruben Elkerbout||Ruben Elkerbout is partner in our Competition & Regulated Markets team. He…||View Profile|
|Mr Frans Haak||Frans Haak is a partner in Stek’s finance group. He specialises in…||View Profile|
|Mr Max Hetterscheidt||Max is a senior associate in the corporate and commercial litigation department…||View Profile|
|Mr Reijnoud Homveld||Reijnoud is a partner in Stek’s corporate group and has ample experience…||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Erik Janssen||Jan Erik is a partner at Stek and has ample experience in…||View Profile|
|Ms Sharon Kaufmann||Sharon Kaufmann is a partner in Stek’s finance group. She specializes in…||View Profile|
|Mrs Laetitia Kunst||Laetitia assists clients in the full range of aviation activities in the…||View Profile|
|Ms Bianca Mwangi||Bianca Mwangi is an associate in our finance group, specialising in finance,…||View Profile|
|Mr Berend Reuder||Berend Reuder is partner in the practice group Competition and Regulated Markets.…||View Profile|
|Mr Michaël Rijnja||I advise public and private companies, private equity clients and entrepreneurs on…||View Profile|
|Mr Gerben Smit||Gerben is a every inch a litigator who stands out because of…||View Profile|
|Mr Jasper Stek||Jasper is a partner in Stek’s corporate and commercial team. He represents…||View Profile|
|Mr Jeroen Timmermans||Jeroen specializes in corporate and finance transactions, with a special focus on…||View Profile|
|Mr Ruben Tros||Ruben is a partner in Stek’s corporate group and has ample experience…||View Profile|
|Ms Stéphanie Verhelst||Stéphanie Verhelst is an associate in Stek’s finance group, specialising in finance,…||View Profile|
|Mr Herman Wamelink||Herman Wamelink is a Partner in Stek’s finance group, specialising in large…||View Profile|
|Mr Jan Bart van de Hel||Jan Bart is an expert in commercial and corporate dispute resolution. His…||View Profile|
|Mr Maarten van der Graaf||Maarten is a partner at Stek and focuses on corporate and finance…||View Profile|