Firm Profile > Stek > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Stek
Leidseplein 29
1017 PS Amsterdam
Netherlands

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.

Practice head(s):

Jan Erik Janssen; Reijnoud Homveld; Jeroen Timmermans; Herman Wamelink; Sharon Kaufmann

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Dielemans; Patou Courtens

Testimonials

‘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’.

Key clients

Alliander

EBN

Enduris

Eneco

Enexis

Liander

Netbeheer Nederland

PZEM

Stedin

Tata Steel

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.

Practice head(s):

Jan Erik Janssen; Reijnoud Homveld; Jeroen Timmermans ; Herman Wamelink; Sharon Kaufmann

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Beele

Testimonials

‘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’.

Key clients

Alliander

EBN

Vattenfall

Eneco

Enexis

Liander

PZEM

Stedin

Enercon

ASN Bank

YARD Energy

Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures Europe

Asper

Gasunie

Siemens Gamesa

Klimaatfonds Nederland

Eneco eMobility

IX Zon

Dana Petroleum

Rabobank

Budget Energie

BNG

Limburgs Energie Fonds

Nationaal Groenfonds

Deon

Inditex

Total Nederland

Windunie

MHI Vestas

Zenith Energy

IGES

Duurzaaminvesteren.nl

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 onJeroen Timmermans heads up the team, and is widely respected as an expert in aviation financing, repossession of aircraft, and wider contractual issues

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Timmermans

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

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.

Atlas Air

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

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 WamelinkMaarten 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.

Practice head(s):

Maarten van der Graaf; Frans Haak; Sharon Kaufmann; Herman Wamelink

Key clients

Invest-NL

ABN AMRO Bank

Rabobank

ING Bank

Deutsche Bank

NIBC Bank

BNG Bank

BNP Paribas SA

Silicon Valley Bank

EBRD

Export Import Bank of India

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Jan Bart van de Hel; Gerben Smit

Other key lawyers:

Max Hetterscheidt; Tanja Schasfoort

Testimonials

‘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.’

 

Key clients

Samsung

Vattenfall

Stedin

Atlas Air

Corendon Airlines

Audax

Thomas Cook

VolkerWessels

FrieslandCampina

Vestia

XPO

Avebe

Stork

LitFin

Nestlé

Eneco

Airopack

COFCO

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.

Practice head(s):

Ruben Elkerbout; Berend Reuder; Jan Erik Janssen

Other key lawyers:

Mattijs Baneke

Testimonials

‘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. ’

Key clients

Simpel

Corendon

Transdev

L’Oréal

Atlas Air

Evides

Samsung

Kuehne+Nagel

NVB

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 knowledgeableRuben Tros.

Practice head(s):

Eelco Bijkerk; Ruben Tros; Maarten van der Graaf

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Bencis Capital Partners

NIBC Mezzanine & Equity Partners

Egeria

Capital A (former ABN AMRO Participaties)

3i Infrastructure

Imker Capital Partners

Dynamica

Rotterdam Port Fund

Maas Capital Renewables

Oaktree Capital

Silverfleet Capital

Velocity Capital Fintech Ventures

Bancroft Private Equity

Panta Holdings

The Amsterdam Climate & Energy Fund (AKEF)

Paragon Partners

Cape Investment Partners

AtlasInvest

Harbour Capital

Simpel

Corendon

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.

Practice head(s):

Herman Wamelink; Sharon Kaufmann; Reijnoud Homveld

Other key lawyers:

Katinka van den Brink

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Amsterdams Klimaat & Energiefonds

ASN Bank N.V.

Asper

BNG Bank N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

ING Bank N.V.

Invest-NL

Limburgs Energie Fonds (LEF) B.V.

Nationale Nederlanden Investment Partners N.V.

Nederlandse Waterschapsbank N.V.

NIBC Bank N.V.

Yard

Triodos Bank N.V.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Maarten van der Graaf; Frans Haak; Sharon Kaufmann; Herman Wamelink

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and commercial. Great lawyers.’

‘Maarten cuts straight to the issues and is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

Egeria (and various portfolio companies)

Standard Investments (and various portfolio companies)

Bencis (and various portfolio companies)

BlackFin (and various portfolio companies)

Maarsen Groep

Corendon

Postillion Hotels

Dynniq Group

Farm Frites

Fletcher Hotel Group

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

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

Key clients

Stork

Zenith Energy

Stedin

Vattenfall

Audax

Kuehne + Nagel

Noreco

PVH/Tommy Hilfiger/Calvin Klein

Corendon

IQVIA

Simpel

Brabant Water

SK FireSafety Group

Wrist Ship Supply

Direct Result

ENECO

Gasunie

Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures

Axel Springer & Porsche (APX)

FrieslandCampina

Abacus Medicine A/S

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 Jeroen Timmermans
Competition and regulated markets Ruben Elkerbout
Competition and regulated markets Jan Erik Janssen
Competition and regulated markets Berend Reuder
Corporate Claudia Beele
Corporate Eelco Bijkerk
Corporate Dierik Cras
Corporate Maarten van der Graaf
Corporate Reijnoud Homveld
Corporate Jasper Stek
Corporate Coen Thomas
Corporate Jeroen Timmermans
Corporate Ruben Tros
Dispute resolution Dierik Cras
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 Claudia Beele
Energy and natural resources Reijnoud Homveld
Energy and natural resources Jan Erik Janssen
Energy and natural resources Coen Thomas
Finance Maarten van der Graaf
Finance Frans Haak
Finance Sharon Kaufmann
Finance Herman Wamelink
Private equity Eelco Bijkerk
Private equity Maarten van der Graaf
Private equity Ruben Tros
Public law Jan Erik Janssen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Mattijs Baneke  photo Mr Mattijs Baneke Mattijs Baneke is an attorney in the Competition & Regulated Markets group of Stek. Mattijs…
Mr Merijn Batteram  photo Mr Merijn Batteram Merijn is an associate in Stek´s finance department.He advises financial institutions and…
Ms Claudia Beele  photo Ms Claudia Beele Claudia is a partner in Stek’s corporate group. She advises clients in…
Mr Eelco Bijkerk  photo Mr Eelco Bijkerk Eelco is a specialist in corporate law. He advises private equity firms,…
Ms Linde Bremmer  photo Ms Linde Bremmer Linde Bremmer is a senior associate in our Competition & Regulated Markets…
Mr Dierik Cras  photo Mr Dierik Cras Dierik is partner and active in corporate and commercial transactions and advice,…
Mr Ruben Elkerbout  photo Mr Ruben Elkerbout Ruben Elkerbout is partner in our Competition & Regulated Markets team. He…
Mr Frans Haak  photo Mr Frans Haak Frans Haak is a partner in Stek’s finance group. He specialises in…
Mr Max Hetterscheidt  photo Mr Max Hetterscheidt Max is a senior associate in the corporate and commercial litigation department…
Mr Reijnoud Homveld  photo Mr Reijnoud Homveld Reijnoud is a partner in Stek’s corporate group and has ample experience…
Mr Jan Erik Janssen  photo Mr Jan Erik Janssen Jan Erik is a partner at Stek and has ample experience in…
Ms Sharon Kaufmann  photo Ms Sharon Kaufmann Sharon Kaufmann is a partner in Stek’s finance group. She specializes in…
Ms Bianca Mwangi  photo Ms Bianca Mwangi Bianca Mwangi is an associate in our finance group, specialising in finance,…
Mr Berend Reuder  photo Mr Berend Reuder Berend Reuder is partner in the practice group Competition and Regulated Markets.…
Mr Michaël Rijnja  photo Mr Michaël Rijnja I advise public and private companies, private equity clients and entrepreneurs on…
Mr Gerben Smit  photo Mr Gerben Smit Gerben is a every inch a litigator who stands out because of…
Mr Jasper Stek  photo Mr Jasper Stek Jasper is a partner in Stek’s corporate and commercial team. He represents…
Mr Jeroen Timmermans  photo Mr Jeroen Timmermans Jeroen specializes in corporate and finance transactions, with a special focus on…
Mr Ruben Tros  photo Mr Ruben Tros Ruben is a partner in Stek’s corporate group and has ample experience…
Ms Stéphanie Verhelst  photo Ms Stéphanie Verhelst Stéphanie Verhelst is an associate in Stek’s finance group, specialising in finance,…
Mr Herman Wamelink  photo Mr Herman Wamelink Herman Wamelink is a Partner in Stek’s finance group, specialising in large…
Mr Jan Bart van de Hel  photo Mr Jan Bart van de Hel Jan Bart is an expert in commercial and corporate dispute resolution. His…
Mr Maarten van der Graaf  photo Mr Maarten van der Graaf Maarten is a partner at Stek and focuses on corporate and finance…
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