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

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‚Äėknowledgeable and¬†professional‚Äô team at¬†Norton Rose Fulbright¬†stands out for¬†its 'excellent experience and relationships with the Dutch regulators' and the 'firm's¬†global coverage is incredibly helpful when dealing with operations in various jurisdictions'.¬†Floortje Nagelkerke¬†leads the team which is¬†best known for assisting¬†corporate clients and international financial institutions with matters involving Dutch regulators.

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Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team has core strengths in the aviation and transportation sectors. The team is jointly headed by Berend Crans, who specialises in aviation matters, and Wouter Hertzberger, who focuses on ship financing and has acted for both ship owners and lenders.

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Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice is able to leverage the firm's network of offices to act for lenders on cross-border transactions. Wouter Hertzberger and Gijs van Leeuwen are the practice heads and Paul Vine and Berend Crans are also noted. Clients include Dutch and international financial institutions.

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Commercial, corporate and M&a
Commercial, corporate and M&a - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

The substantial team at Norton Rose Fulbright counts Saskia Blokland, Heimon Smits, and Ep Hannema among its senior advisors. The group is adept in all areas including M&A, disposals, buy-outs, joint ventures, and private equity transactions. Energy, infrastructure, food/agribusiness, and insurance are some of its key sectors. In recent work, it assisted well-known domestic and global clients on high-value acquisitions and mergers.

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Daphne Broerse heads the construction team at Norton Rose Fulbright which is acknowledged for its PPP expertise. The group's work includes advising lenders on substantial construction projects and it also advises consortia on matters including tendering procedures, EPC, and project documentation in areas such as transport, infrastructure, and energy. Wouter Hertzberger  heads the project finance department.

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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, practice head Yke Lennartz has particular strength in handling post-M&A and shareholder disputes. Of counsel Jan Duyvensz specialises in insurance litigation. Financial and energy-related disputes are other areas of strength.

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Employment - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

The Norton Rose Fulbright team tackles international restructurings, collective dismissals, and union and works council negotiations and disputes. Maartje Govaert acted for a client where an employee brought a test case on whether he should be treated as self-employed. She also acts for clients on dismissal matters. Senior associate Thomas Timmermans is also a key contact.

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Energy: regulatory
Energy: regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright combines regulatory expertise with its corporate and finance capabilities. Wouter Hertzberger heads the team and of counsel Matthijs van Leeuwen is a key advisor to an impressive range of clients in the various energy sectors. In recent work, the team advised on the regulatory and permitting issues as part of its work on an acquisition of a solar park. It has also advised on the various regulatory hurdles connected with the development of a chemicals plant.

Next Generation Partners

Matthijs van Leeuwen - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy: transactional
Energy: transactional - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright delivers end-to-end advice in the oil and gas and renewables sectors; the practice assisted a client on the acquisition of a substantial solar park, advising on the financing and operation of the park in addition to land rights and regulatory issues. The practice is headed by Wouter Hertzberger who, along with Matthijs van Leeuwen, advised an energy client on contractual and regulatory matters around its entry into various Dutch energy markets.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides much of its environmental regulatory and planning expertise on large energy and infrastructure projects. In recent work, it has advised on the permits and licences requirements in respect of the installation of a coal-fired power plant and on oil terminal facilities in addition to environmental regulations and liabilities. Daphne Broerse heads the team and senior associate Bart Vis is a core practitioner.

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Industry focus: Food
Industry focus: Food - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate practice head Saskia Blokland leads the 'highly responsive' team at Norton Rose Fulbright; Paul Vine's focus is on the finance side of the food and agricultural sectors. The team has handled a number of large-scale acquisitions as well as issues such as product recalls. It also advised a client on all public law implications concerning the development of a new production facility in the Netherlands and on related, complex EU regulations.

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Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright offers comprehensive, cross-border services to an impressive range of clients in need of transactional, regulatory, and contentious advice as well as those in need of warranty and indemnity expertise. Jan Duyvensz oversees the team's contentious work and Ep Hannema heads the transactional side of the practice. The team is handling some large-scale matters in the energy and financial services sectors.

Next Generation Partners

Jan Duyvensz - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, tax expert Remco Smorenburg, who has notable experience in fund formation, heads the team and works closely with financial regulatory specialist Floortje Nagelkerke. The duo advise funds and investment managers, as well as brokers and dealers.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright

Wouter Hertzberger and Daphne Broerse head a team at Norton Rose Fulbright which attracts many of the most high-value mandates in the energy, renewable energy, infrastructure, and commercial developments sectors. It undertakes both domestic and international PPPs including advising the winning BAAK Consortium on the tendering of the DBFM agreement for the design, construction, finance, and maintenance of the new motorway connection between the A15 and A20. Of counsel Joris Ravelli  and senior associate Ania Gorna are other key team members.

Leading individuals

Daphne Broerse  - Norton Rose Fulbright

Wouter Hertzberger - Norton Rose Fulbright

Next Generation Partners

Ania Gorna - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

The Norton Rose Fulbright group advises financial institutions, distressed companies, secured creditors, and management teams on restructurings and insolvencies and, with its international network of offices, also offers a range of broad financial and corporate expertise.

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Tax - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice is able to leverage its network to handle multi-jurisdictional tax matters and has made a concerted effort to expand its warranties and indemnities offering. The team also assists with high-value M&A and private equity transactions. Department co-head Remco Smorenburg has considerable knowledge of the Latin American region. Fellow practice head Bart Le Blanc is another key name.

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Transport - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s team is led by Berend Crans and Wouter Hertzberger. Remco Smorenburg and of counsel Mei Land Man are other key names.

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