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


Traditionally strong in the energy and financial services sectors, Linklaters’ practice is increasingly active in technology, including fintech. It also advises on public M&A for clients such as Unilever and Mediahuis; Jan Willem de Boer advised the latter on its takeover bid for Telegraaf Media Groep. Department head Bart Jan Kuck is ‘very capable’; Pieter Riemer and notary Guido Portier are also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4


At Linklaters, the well-integrated team has experience in assisting clients with competition-related litigation proceedings. It is headed by ‘keen’, ‘reachable’ managing associate Maikel van Wissen, who is acting for Mediahuis in proceedings brought by Talpa regarding Mediahuis’s merger with TMG. Van Wissen and corporate partner Pieter Riemer also advised a number of national and international banks in Belgium and the Netherlands on competition issues arising from the implementation of a digital payment platform. Other clients include Air France, Nestlé and Glencore.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3


As well as advising longstanding PE players, Linklaters’ department helps establish new PE funds, and assists them with investments. Guido Portier and Jan Willem de Boer advised DP World on creating a $4bn investment vehicle with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and has been handling its transactions. Pieter Riemer leads the team.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2


Active on a wide range of projects, including infrastructure and renewable energy, Linklaters’ department is headed by banking and finance expert Paul Kuipers. BNG is a client. Managing associate Joris Ravelli left to join Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2017.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3


Paul Kuipers leads the team at Linklaters, which is especially strong on multi-jurisdictional matters. Though it acts for distressed companies, creditors such as ABN Amro, RBS, BNP Paribas and Société Générale comprise the bulk of its client base.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3


At Linklaters, the group often handles the tax aspects of transactions for domestic and international clients. Group head Dick Hofland led advice to Cerberus European Residential Holdings on the tax issues arising from its sale of a loan portfolio to Metro Bank. The group’s client base includes Intel, Gucci and Unilever.

Leading individuals

Dick Hofland - Linklaters

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

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


Linklaters’ team has seen an increase in structured finance matters. Managing associate Andrei Babiy advised PSP Investments and BC Partners on financing issues regarding the acquisition of a majority stake in Keter. The team, which is headed by Paul Kuipers, includes Mees Roelofs.

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Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 3


Linklaters’s well-regarded group has considerable experience in acting for international financial institutions on a wide range of regulatory matters. Managing associate Jan Jans was instructed by equensWorldline on the implementation of a clearing system for instant payments. Pim Horsten leads the group.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 2


Linklaters’ team has considerable experience in acting for private equity sponsors, financial institutions and alternative credit providers on high-value transactions. Group head Paul Kuipers advised a six-strong syndicate of banks (Crédit Agricole CIB, Banca IMI, KfW IPEX-Bank, BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank and SEB) as the lenders on the €770m acquisition financing of Koole Terminals from EQT Infrastructure by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Mees Roelofs acted for ABN Amro as bridge lender regarding Stedin’s bid for Enduris. Other clients include ING, Deutsche Bank and Rabobank.

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 1


Noted for its regulatory expertise and its handling of complex debt products, Linklaters’ team counts J.P. Morgan, Rabobank and Unilever among its clients. Department head Pim Horsten and highly active managing associate Menno Baks acted for ING Groep on its issuance of $1bn-worth of convertible securities, and advised a group of managers including Deutsche Bank on the establishment of a €3bn note programme.

Leading individuals

Pim Horsten - Linklaters

Next generation lawyers

Menno Baks - Linklaters

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Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 2


Though particularly active on the underwriter side, Linklaters’ team counts Steinhoff International Holdings and Unilever among its clients. Department head Alexander Harmse advised financial institutions including ABN Amro and Bank of America Merrill Lynch on VolkerWessels’ €575m IPO; he also acted for Samsung Electronics on the sale of an approximately 50% stake in ASML Holding via a €597m private placement. Joost Dantuma is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Alexander Harmse - Linklaters

Next generation lawyers

Joost Dantuma - Linklaters

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

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


Always available and on point’, the ‘outstanding’ team at Linklaters has particular strength in corporate, financial and cartel litigation. ‘Go-to’ practice head Daniella Strik is advising BP on civil litigation matters regarding the bitumen cartel.

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Netherlands: Energy

Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 3


Though known mostly for its M&A capabilities, Linklaters’ practice also handles project finance and restructuring. Jan Willem de Boer heads the team jointly with counsel Anouk Oosterom, who advised Centerbridge Partners Europe on its €600m sale of Vela Group.

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Legal Developments in Netherlands

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  • 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 “Commission”) 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.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - 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

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    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD