Orange Clover Law > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Orange Clover Law
KEIZERSGRACHT 209-II
1016 DT AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 2

Orange Clover Law‘s investment management team is adept at advising investment funds and their managers on all the intricacies associated with structuring, forming, listing and marketing investment funds and fund-like vehicles. A particular value-add is its extensive expertise in regulatory issues impacting the funds arena, such as those relating to AIFMD, MiFID II/MiFIR and UCITS IV/5, among others. The practice is led by Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen, who is working with Alex Gonzalez and others to advise NFA on setting up a new private equity fund that focuses on the pharmaceutical markets. Also recommended is Machiel Galjaart, who has over 23 years of experience in the investment management space.

Practice head(s):

Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I worked with Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen, who was a pleasure to deal with. He was very attentive to his clients, very responsive and able to get the issue at hand expertly.’

‘Top skilled team who have all been trained at premium law firms, but which now offer their services at much more competetive rates at Orange Clover. Collaboration is always pleasant and there is a lot of partner involvement.’

‘The best team in the Netherlands for financial regulatory advice in our experience.’

‘Alex Gonzalez is very knowledgeable, clear, confident and user-friendly. The partners are clearly inspiring a quality team, notably including Ademir Sehomerovic.’

‘The team of partners is very experienced with a small team of senior laywers. So, no junior there that handles your business. Very easy and practical team to work with.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen is a good and practical notary public. Calm guy that knows his stuff and has broad experience with cross border fund structures.’

‘They are extremely savvy in the investment fund business.’

‘Marcel van de Nieuwenhuijzen is one of a kind.’

Key clients

MN Services

Pemberton Asset Management

APG Asset Management

New York Stock Exchange

Stichting Pensioenfonds Hoogovens

Avedon Capital Partners

Stichting Pensioenfonds Achmea

NIBC Bank

NFA Management

Blackrock

Persépolis Investments

Vanguard

Secondstage Ventures

Orthogon Partners

Stichting Pensioenfonds Metaal & Techniek

Stichting Pensioenfonds van de Metalelektro

01 Ventures

Andreas Capital

Triodos Investment Management

Legal & General Investment Management

Urban Impact Ventures

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead counsel to MN Services on behalf of Stichting Pensioenfonds Metaal & Techniek and Stichting Pensioenfonds van de Metalelektro on its investment in infrastructure debt.
  • Assisting Urban Impact Ventures with setting up a fund which will qualify as a qualifying venture capital fund under the EuVECA regulation and assisting with obtaining the required regulatory status.
  • Advising NFA on setting up a private equity fund in the pharmaceutical area.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Alex Gonzalez leads the financial services team at Orange Clover Law, which has a strong profile in the investment management arena, where it acts for clients such as asset managers and funds, among others. In addition, the group’s financial services expertise also sees it generate mandates from banks, insurance companies and various other clients. Gonzalez is knowledgeable about a broad cross-section of topics, including the implementation of CRD/CRR, EMIR, AIFMD, MiFID II/MiFIR, PRIPS, UCITS IV/V, PSD 2 and MAR. In an ongoing mandate, Gonzalez is leading the advice to XR Trading on setting up a trading firm in the Netherlands that will function as its EU trading hub post-Brexit.

Practice head(s):

Alex Gonzalez

Other key lawyers:

Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen; Machiel Galjaart; Ademir Sehomerovic; Duco Poppema

Testimonials

‘Great team, trained at premium law firms, good quality/price.’

‘Alex Gonzalez is a superstar – commercial and pragmatic with fantastic knowledge of financial services.’

‘Orange Clover has gone from a start up to a widely-respected, well-connected boutique in the financial services sector. They are very strong on funds and asset management, but not pigeon-holed there.’

‘Alex Gonzalez is clear, confident and a pleasure to deal with. He and his partners are inspiring some impressive associates such as Ademir Sehomerovic.’

Key clients

New York Stock Exchange

Legal & General Investment Management

DRW Trading

Radix

Jump Trading

CTC Trading

Bain Capital

Headlands

XR Trading

Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.

Cinven

Blue Fire Capital

Hansard

Atlantic Trading

Eagle Seven

Global-e

Blackstone

Work highlights

  • Advising Blackstone on Brexit contingency planning, and particularly the manner in which it could continue servicing its clients in the Netherlands and market its services to clients in the Netherlands: The work included advising on rules and regulations implementing MiFID II and AIFMD in the Netherlands.
  • Advising Atlantic Trading, a London based proprietary trading firm, on setting up a trading firm in the Netherlands and obtaining an investment firm licence from the Netherlands Authority of the Financial Markets.
  • Advising Eagle Seven, a Chicago based proprietary trading firm, on setting up a trading firm in the Netherlands and obtaining an investment firm licence from the Netherlands Authority of the Financial Markets.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Orange Clover Law‘s strengths in finance transactions and regulatory work make it a go-to for clients such as private and publicly-listed companies, private equity houses and investment funds. The finance team, which is led by Kees Hooft, has expertise in acquisition finance, corporate lending, trade finance, project finance and financial restructuring, among other areas. Alex Gonzalez is a financial regulatory expert. The firm has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2014, winning both direct instructions from clients and referrals from international law firms.

Practice head(s):

Kees Hooft; Alex Gonzalez

Other key lawyers:

Anita Koster

Testimonials

‘Top-class legal work, pleasure to work with.’

‘Kees Hooft is strong on the legal work, delivers high-quality legal work, is pragmatic and can come into a difficult negotiation and provide an easy solution.’

Key clients

Corum Origin

MCB

Plus Holding

Hoogvliet Super

Capital A (formerly ABN AMRO Participaties)

Stichting Warmtefonds

Avedon Capital Partners

Gilde Buy Out Partners

ProDelta

Plantise Holding

Triton

Work highlights

  • Acting as borrower’s counsel to Stichting Nationaal Warmtefonds, the Dutch energy transition/reduction fund in respect of (a) its €250m financing from CEB, (b) its €325m financing from Rabobank and (c) its €150m additional financing from EIB.
  • Acting as sponsor/borrower counsel to Capital A (previously named ABN AMRO Participaties) on its investment in Tromp Medical House, a distributor and service provider of medical imaging equipment.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 4

Orange Clover Law has a strong track record in lender/arranger-side mandates, as is reflected by its work for a wide base of international banks such as JP Morgan, Société Générale and Barclays. Illustrative of its strong credentials, the team often encounters international law firms in large and complex transactions, and its deep industry expertise sees it regularly attract referral work. Practice head Kees Hooft acted for a lending syndicate on the €4.2bn financing of Nouryon and the €1.8bn financing of its spin-off Nobian (its base chemicals business). In addition, his other work included advising a consortium of lenders on the $1.7bn financing of Advent’s acquisition of the Global Connect consumer goods data business from the Nielsen Company.

Practice head(s):

Kees Hooft; Alex Gonzalez

Other key lawyers:

Anita Koster

Testimonials

‘High quality legal work and highly efficient.’

‘Kees Hooft delivers strong legal work and is an efficient problem solver.’

‘The finance team of Orange Clover is very efficient, knowledgeable and responsive. They are always up-to-date on the recent legal and market changes and always find constructive solutions.’

‘Kees is quite on top of his expertise and provides accurate and efficient advice. He is also very responsive.’

Key clients

NIBC Bank

BNG Bank

ING Bank

Natixis

Barclays

HSBC

JP Morgan

Banco do Brasil

Santander

Société Générale

GEFA Bank

Bank of America

Triton (PE)

Avedon Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting as lender’s counsel in respect of the €4.2bn financing of Nouryon (the specialty chemicals company) and the €1.8bn financing of its spin-off Nobian (its base chemicals business).
  • Acting as lender’s counsel to a syndicate led by Bank of America in respect of the $1.7bn financing of Advent’s acquisition of the Global Connect consumer goods data business from the Nielsen Company.
  • Acting as lender’s counsel to Capital Dynamics US, in respect of the $45m financing in respect of the acquisition of the Apex Global Brands by Galaxy Universal LLC.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 4

Orange Clover Law supports on the full array of transactional and advisory mandates, having been particularly busy in the technology sector recently. Practice head Pien Van Veersen combines her transactional capabilities with expertise in corporate and shareholder disputes, management participation and W&I insurance.

Practice head(s):

Pien van Veersen

Other key lawyers:

Machiel Galjaart; Mark Loefs; Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen

Testimonials

‘Very quick turnaround, pragmatic and commercially driven.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen; extremely responsive and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Andlinger & Company

Fortino Capital

Capital A Investment Partners

Avedon Capital Partners

Ludgate

Gimv

Orthogon Partners

PAI Partners

Ponooc

Borski Fund

Royal Ten Cate

Evonik Industries

NorthC Data Center

NIBC Bank

Triton Partners

Sunweb

APG

Nimbus

Oaktree Capital

Gilde Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Advised Waterland Private Equity and its portfolio company Intracto on the acquisitions of We Are You, Booming, Codezilla, Orangedotcom and We Provide.
  • Advised Nimbus on multiple cross-border acquisitions and divestments.
  • Advised Fortino Capital on multiple cross-border acquisitions and add-ons.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 6

Orange Clover Law is an Amsterdam boutique with particularly strong ties to the financial services, energy, leisure, IT, industrial, chemicals and manufacturing sectors. The team is geared to support at all stages of public and private M&A transactions and is led by Machiel Galjaart. Areas of specific expertise include joint ventures, strategic transactions, public offers, corporate governance, cross-border structuring and general corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Machiel Galjaart

Other key lawyers:

Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen; Mark Loefs; Machiel Galjaart; Pien van Veersen

Testimonials

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen: professional, responsive, and flexible approach.’

‘Small partner-led teams with very quick turnaround and pragmatism.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen is commercially driven and pragmatic. Very responsive.’

‘Work in small teams which makes communicating on several topics easier.’

‘Pien van Veersen is very strong in getting the deal done.’

‘The team is very accessible, attentive and practical.’

‘Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen is a very practical, accessible, cooperative and solution focused partner.’

Key clients

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Covestro

Andlinger & Company

Fortino Capital

Capital A Investment Partners

Korian SA

Avedon Capital Partners

Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.

Ludgate

Gimv

Van Aalst Group

Orthogon Partners

PAI Partners

Ponooc

Borski Fund

Royal Ten Cate

Evonik Industries

ICE Endex

NorthC Data Center

Manutan International

NIBC Bank

Triton Partners

Sunweb

APG

Aalberts Industries

Global University Systems

De Lage Landen

Linamar Corporation

Nimbus

Oaktree Capital

Gilde Healthcare

Bitfield

Work highlights

  • Advised Waterland Private Equity and its portfolio company Intracto on the acquisitions of We Are You, Booming, Codezilla, Orangedotcom and We Provide.
  • Advised Korian on the acquisitions of various elderly care organisations (with multiple care homes) in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Fortino Capital on multiple cross-border acquisitions and add-ons.
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Who we are: Orange Clover is an independent boutique law firm based in Amsterdam. Orange Clover was established in March 2014 to provide a more flexible, personalised and client-focused approach to the practice of law and focuses on corporate/M&A, finance, financial regulatory and investment management services. Orange clover also provides all notarial services in these areas.

Our partners have 14 to 25 years of experience at leading international law firms. Our most important assets are our colleagues. Since the beginning, Orange Clover has always been very diverse with a balanced male to female ratio and lawyers from different backgrounds thereby embracing diversity and inclusion. We believe that having a diverse team increases efficiency and creativity. In addition, this balanced team creates an open culture in which our colleagues can excel.

Orange Clover has a strong sector focus on the following sectors: IT,  private equity/venture capital, energy, industry and manufacturing, financial institutions and investment management.

Our approach
Experts only
: We offer the personal attention of very experienced legal professionals, as well as all the sophistication, expertise, high quality of work and deep industry knowledge you would normally expect to find at a large law firm. But without over lawyering and  excessive leverage.

Pragmatic and personal: Our approach is hands-on, pragmatic and no-nonsense. As a boutique law firm, we are flexible, leanly staffed and efficient. We focus on the solution, not on the problem. Because of our hands-on partner-led approach and low leverage model we also offer a more personal and bespoke service than our competitors.

One stop shopWe stand by our clients, will involve experts as necessary from our (national and international) network to get the deal done and provide a ‘one stop’ solution to our client.

Competitive fee arrangements: Our experience and low leverage model enable us to work efficiently. We are happy to work on the basis of fixed fees, fee caps and other flexible fee arrangements.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Pien van Veersenpien.van.veersen@orangecloverlaw.com+31 20 2400893
Corporate Machiel Galjaartmachiel.galjaart@orangecloverlaw.com+31 20 2400894
Lawyers : 14
Candidate civil law notaries : 6
(Legal) support staff : 3
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