Firm Profile > Stek > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Leidseplein 29
1017 PS Amsterdam

Energy: regulatory Tier 1

Stek's energy practice is considered 'top-notch' throughout – 'this is a firm where you can happily leave a matter in the hands of the associates'. Jan Erik Janssen is 'the best energy regulatory lawyer in the Netherlands' and the team 'knows what is happening in the energy sector and has a good mix of energy, competition, and state-aid expertise'. Counsel Stephanie Dielemans 'has good industry knowledge and is a good choice for procurement law as well'. Martha Brinkman, formerly a counsel with the firm, left for a position with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.

Energy: transactional Tier 2

Stek emergy practice is described as 'highly skilled, responsive, pragmatic, and creative'. Reijnoud Homveld is recommended for transactions; 'he is sensitive to the client's needs and is a very effective dealmaker'. He represents an impressive range of energy companies, financial institutions, and private equity houses. Senior associate Claudia Beele is also recommended, especially for renewables matters. The team continues to act for Stedin in various high-impact transactions, including the sale of Joulz Energy Solutions to Volker Wessels. It also acted for the shareholders of turbine manufacturer Lagerwey in the sale of the company to ENERCON – it subsequently assisted ENERCON/Lagerwey with the execution of the joint venture with Russia’s NovaWind.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Stek fields a ‘great’ and ‘very commercial’ team, which is best known for its work on mid-market corporate lending and acquisition financings. Recent highlights include advising Standard Investment on the financing of its acquisition of Riedel from dairy company Friesland Campina, and acting for Boels, a rental company, on its growth refinancing of €2.8m. The ‘excellentMaarten van der Graaf, Herman Wamelink, Frans Haak and Sharon Kaufmann lead the practice.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Stek's team is 'pro-active and cooperative' and 'thinks in possibilities'.  Core strengths include corporate lending, healthcare financings and project financings. A major client is Rabobank, which the team advised on an acquisition finance transaction for Avedon of its double acquisition of Visions Connected and Viju. Key names include Maarten van der Graaf, Herman Wamelink, Frans Haak and Sharon Kaufmann, who are heads of team.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

Stek’s team remains a key name for antitrust litigation across the financial, travel, audit and energy sectors, among others. Co-heads Jan Bart van de Hel and Gerben Smit are acting for an Intertrust Group affiliate, as issuer of notes in a €635m transaction, in litigation against leading US hedge funds. Other clients include Stopanska Banka, Komercijalna Banka and KPMG. The team was bolstered by the arrival of senior associate Max Hetterscheidt from Allen & Overy LLP  in February 2018 and Berend Reuder from Houthoff in August 2018.

EU and competition Tier 3

Stek's expertise takes in multi-jurisdictional cartel cases, merger control work and strategic advice on vertical competition law among others. Co-lead Ruben Elkerbout is assisting Wrist Ship Supply Group with securing first-phase clearance of its proposed acquisition of Klevenberg Shipping Center.  Berend Reuder joined as a partner in August 2018 from Houthoff, and Linde Bremmer joined in December 2017 from CMS.

Private equity Tier 3

Clients praise Stek for delivering ‘partner attention whenever it’s needed’ and for providing 'a good balance between legal knowledge and business interest'. In recent work, Eelco Bijkerk acted for Rotterdam Port Fund on its investment in Tagpoint and assisted Bencis Capital Partners with the sale of a packaging company to Jindal. Dierik Cras, who is noted for his 'sharp brain', is advising Ponooc on the sale of its wind turbines portfolio company. Maarten van der Graaf and senior associate Malu Dijkstra are other names to note.

Transport Tier 3

Stek is praised for its ‘outstanding aviation practice’. Jeroen Timmermans and senior associate Laetitia Kunst-den Teuling advised TrueNoord Holdings on two aircraft purchases from Castlelake.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Stek's team head Eelco Bijkerk, together with Dierik Cras and Maarten van der Graaf, advise private equity houses, corporates, and financial institutions on M&A and broader corporate law, as well as restructurings. 'The hands-on attention from the partners results in high-quality legal work with the courage to be pragmatic'. The 'proactive' Bijkerk is acknowledged for providing clients 'with the comfort that nothing is left behind which should have been dealt with'. In the renewable energy market, Cras advised the shareholders of Lagerwey, the wind turbines manufacturer, on the sale of their shares to Enercon of Germany.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Laetitia Kunst
Aviation Jeroen Timmermans
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 Eelco Bijkerk
Corporate Dierik Cras
Corporate Maarten van der Graaf
Corporate Reijnoud Homveld
Corporate Jasper Stek
Corporate Jeroen Timmermans
Corporate Ruben Tros
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
Finance Frans Haak
Finance Sharon Kaufmann
Finance Herman Wamelink
Private equity Eelco Bijkerk
Private equity Reijnoud Homveld
Private equity Ruben Tros
Public law Stephanie Dielemans
Public law Jan Erik Janssen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mattijs Baneke  photo Mr Mattijs Baneke
Mr Merijn Batteram  photo Mr Merijn Batteram
Ms Claudia Beele  photo Ms Claudia Beele
Mr Eelco Bijkerk  photo Mr Eelco Bijkerk
Ms Linde Bremmer  photo Ms Linde Bremmer
Mr Dierik Cras  photo Mr Dierik Cras
Ms Stephanie Dielemans  photo Ms Stephanie Dielemans
Mr Ruben Elkerbout  photo Mr Ruben Elkerbout
Mr Frans Haak  photo Mr Frans Haak
Mr Max Hetterscheidt  photo Mr Max Hetterscheidt
Mr Reijnoud Homveld  photo Mr Reijnoud Homveld
Mr Jan Erik Janssen  photo Mr Jan Erik Janssen
Ms Sharon Kaufmann  photo Ms Sharon Kaufmann
Mrs Laetitia Kunst  photo Mrs Laetitia Kunst
Mr Berend Reuder  photo Mr Berend Reuder
Mr Michaël Rijnja  photo Mr Michaël Rijnja
Mr Gerben Smit  photo Mr Gerben Smit
Mr Jasper Stek  photo Mr Jasper Stek
Mr Jeroen Timmermans  photo Mr Jeroen Timmermans
Mr Ruben Tros  photo Mr Ruben Tros
Ms Stéphanie Verhelst  photo Ms Stéphanie Verhelst
Mr Herman Wamelink  photo Mr Herman Wamelink
Mr Jan Bart van de Hel  photo Mr Jan Bart van de Hel
Mr Maarten van der Graaf  photo Mr Maarten van der Graaf
Number of lawyers : 48