Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Norton Rose Fulbright
24TH FLOOR, REMBRANDT TOWER
AMSTELPLEIN 1
1096 HA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Environment and planning Tier 1

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Daphne Broerse specialises in infrastructure and real estate, combined with  administrative, environmental and public procurement law. The team, which includes senior associate Bart Vis, has deep experience of spatial planning law and environmental regulations. It has a  particular focus on the renewable energy sectors where it advises on complex permitting/planning issues, environmental impact reports and health and safety.

Key clients

RWE

Total Solar

ING Bank

IbVogt

European Commission

Falck Renewables

Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies

Macquarie Group

Municipality of Hilversum

Deliveroo

DNV GL Business Assurance

Motiva Enterprises

Falck Renewables

Zouk Capital

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Saskia Blokland leads the Norton Rose Fulbright group, which assists clients in an array of industries; in addition to agribusiness and food production clients, the practice also advises agrichemical companies, commodities traders and financial institutions. The team has broad expertise in the corporate, banking, litigation, environmental and employment spheres, and advises on the regulatory regimes affecting the industry. Banking expert Paul Vine has a focus on the food industry; his expertise includes structured and commodities finance work.

Key clients

AIG

Anterra

Aweta

Corbion N.V.

Coca-Cola Hellenic

Darling Ingredients

Deliveroo

DeltaMilk

deSter / Gategroup

Emerald Kalama Chemical

Insurance Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright assists with the whole spectrum of insurance matters, covering both regulatory services and dispute resolution. The team brings its 'good understanding of business' to non-contentious work including M&A, joint ventures, capital management for the insurance industry, compliance, restructuring and insolvency, and contractual and agency advice. Jan Duyvensz, who made partner in January 2019, takes the lead in litigious matters, representing clients across all sectors of the insurance industry, among them general and life insurers and reinsurers, brokers and other intermediaries, mutuals, and captives. Ep Hannema is the key name to note for transactional work.

Testimonials

We have always worked with the same lawyer, namely Jan Duyvensz, as he has always satisfied our needs.

The team is very strong in terms of legal skills, but what sets them apart is their knowledge of the broader business world. For example, providing your interpretation of a contract can be nice and all, but knowing that the business of the contracting party is subject to increased governmental attention for some reason can be equally important. They are also very flexible in terms of working hours, which is always helpful.

Rogier de Haan: delivers very well on availability, coordination with other NRF resources and legal skills. Ep Hannema: delivers very well on availability, coordination with other NRF resources and legal skills. He also has an exceptional overview of what’s going on in the business world and with regulators, which is tremendously helpful.

Good personal contact, good understanding of business.

Understand our needs.

Key clients

AIG

Allied World Assurance Company

Amlin

AmTrust

Brit Insurance

BNP Paribas

Chubb

Generali

Pembroke

Riskpoint

RSA

Tokio Marine Kiln

XL Catlin

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

Norton Rose Fulbright's strong project finance team remains a key force in the Dutch market, and is often instructed on some of the largest PPP projects in the country; the group also has significant experience in international project financing matters. The practice works for prominent lenders and financial institutions, and also acts for consortia and developers on the borrower side. The team is jointly led by finance practice head Wouter Hertzberger and infrastructure team leader Daphne Broerse; both have particular experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Senior associate Ania Gorna is emerging as a key figure in the team, and is regularly involved in high-profile matters.

Testimonials

Wouter Hertzberger is very knowledgeable, and focused on getting the deal done.

Daphne Broerse has a depth of knowledge and attention to detail while not ignoring the bigger picture.

Daphne Broerse is client oriented and focussed on closing the deal.

Key clients

Ballast Nedam Concessies

Besix

DEME Group

Dura Vermeer

EIB

BBGI

Foresight Group LLP

Heijmans Nederland

John Laing

Macquarie Capital

Meridiam Infrastructure

Ørsted

Strukton Integrale Projecten

TBI PPP

Zouk Capital LLP

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

The asset financing team at Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly focused on the transport sector, with dedicated teams for aviation and ship financing. The ship finance team is led by Wouter Hertzberger and Mei Land Man, with the team acting for all parties on financing for individuals vessels, as well as refinancing and restructuring of shipping companies. Berend Crans heads the aviation side of the practice and Hertzberger also advises on structured finance arrangements for clients in the shipping sector and wider.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Amsterdam Trade Bank

Apollo

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

China Aircraft Leasing Company

FMO

HSBC

ING Bank

Rabobank

State of the Netherlands

Waypoint Leasing

Wells Fargo

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'strong working relationship with the regulators' makes it a popular choice for clients seeking assistance in their dealings with regulators such as the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets. The team also provides 'sound and workable advice' on post-Brexit ramifications, illustrated by its advice to Markel Limited on the consequences of Brexit for their insurance policies and clients, and market infrastructure matters. Practice head Floortje Nagelkerke's 'excellent experience' means that she receives instruction from a range of notable clients, including MoneyGram, Refinitiv (previously Thomson Reuters), and ING. Associate Nikolai de Koning is another key contact.

Testimonials

The Norton Rose team in Amsterdam has a high level of knowledge and experience and a strong working relationship with the regulators. They respond promptly and professionally. I would not hesitate to recommend them to other firms and have done so on several occasions.

We primarily work with Floortje Nagelkerke (partner) and Nikolai de Koning (associate). They have excellent experience and good relationships with the regulators. They provide sound and workable advice. They kept us well-informed as our matters progressed. They are flexible in terms of allowing us (the client) to do the work when appropriate and filling in the gaps when we need them to do so. We also appreciate from an economic perspective that much of the work is done by Nikolai, with Floortje getting involved as appropriate. We enjoy working with them.

Knowledge of the European capital markets and what is key to a business operating in a fast changing, highly regulated environment. Keen sense of the complexities of multiple jurisdictions and being able to keep an eye on the ball and not lose sight of the goal.

Provide pragmatic and practical advice relevant to daily operations whilst having the ability to switch effortlessly to a strategy adviser in consideration of the future outlook, dependent on the client’s needs. Easy and enjoyable working relationship.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank (Clearing) N.V.

Adyen

AFS

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.

BUX

Deliveroo

European Central Counterparty N.V

Gelber Group

ING Bank N.V.

Jane Street Financial

Markel Limited

Northern Trust

NPEX

Quantlab Europe B.V.

Rabobank

SGG Depositary B.V.

TMF Depositary N.V.

Toronto Dominion Bank

Construction Tier 2

PPP is the watchword for the construction team at Norton Rose Fulbright, with the team instructed by the winning consortiums in several of the largest Dutch projects, particularly in the infrastructure sector. Practice head Daphne Broerse  advises private parties as well as governmental authorities on large-scale energy, infrastructure and commercial developments, and is experienced in a wide range of non-contentious project development work. Other recent work for the firm has included commercial developments, development of standard contracts, and cross-border matters.

Key clients

Ballast Nedam Concessies

Heijmans Nederland

John Laing

Macquarie Capital

TBI PPP

Dura Vermeer

DEME Group

Zouk Capital LLP

Besix

BBGI

Ørsted

Energy: regulatory Tier 2

Noted for being 'very up-to-date on the latest market and regulatory developments', Norton Rose Fulbright takes an integrated approach to energy matters, combining regulatory expertise with its corporate and finance capabilities. Wouter Hertzberger leads the team, which focuses on renewables, upstream oil and gas and energy infrastructure projects such as gas storage facilities.

Testimonials

The team is very up-to-date on latest market and regulatory developments.

They are very focused in structuring legal documentation both based on legal knowledge and also bringing experience from previous deals/projects into the equation.

Key clients

Ballast Nedam

BritNed

British Petroleum

Bluescape Resources

Denham Capital

DNV-GL

ENGIE

HSBC

IBVogt GmbH

ING Bank

NOP Agrowind

Orsted

RWE/Essent

Sete Brasil Participacoes SA

Westermeerwind

Windpark Krammer BV

World Fuel Services

Energy: transactional Tier 2

Expertise is high in Norton Rose Fulbright's transactional energy department covering all manner of renewables such as wind energy, waste to energy, solar, geothermal, but also upstream oil and gas. Energy infrastructure projects is another area where the team excels; examples of work include the group advising on liquefied bioLNG facilities and ultra-deep geothermal projects. Wouter Hertzberger leads the team.

Key clients

Ballast Nedam

BritNed

British Petroleum

Bluescape Resources

Denham Capital

DNV-GL

ENGIE

HSBC

IBVogt GmbH

ING Bank

NOP Agrowind

Orsted

RWE/Essent

Sete Brasil Participacoes SA

Westermeerwind

Windpark Krammer BV

World Fuel Services

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright  has a noted expertise in the shipping industry and 'great knowledge' of restructuring processes. The firm handles both contentious and non-contentious cross-border matters for financial institutions, distressed companies, secured creditors, and managing directors. Yke Lennartz specialises in restructuring and insolvency-related litigation and leads the practice with Wouter Hertzberger, who focuses on restructurings for large financial institutions including ING Bank and Rabobank. Notable matter highlights include Lennartz assisting Bank of America with the Dutch elements of a major Chapter 11 procedure.

Testimonials

Accesible team, great knowledge of the shipping sector and restructuring processes‘.

‘They are well prepared to keep the oversight in highly complex transactions while keeping the communication condensed and well explained‘.

It was a cross border finance matter. The smooth cooperation between UK and Dutch teams makes them unique‘.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

AEB (Afval Energie Bedrijf Amsterdam)

AIG

Banco Santander S.A.

Bank of America, N.A.

BNP Paribas

Danish Ship Finance

DNB Bank ASA

DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia) Ltd.

HSBC Bank

ING Bank N.V.

Intertrust Nederland B.V.

MS Mode Group B.V.

Nordic Trustee AS

Pareto Bank ASA

PVH

Rabobank

Trustee of Lehman Brothers Inc.

Tax Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright's tax team has a core focus on acting for clients from the renewable energy sector and assisting with tax aspects relating to W&I insurance matters. It has also recently further expanded its client base into the Americas and Africa, and its clients include Canadian Tire Corporation, Toronto Dominion Bank and Appian Capital Advisor. The firm also receives instruction from clients within the infrastructure and transport sectors. Key contacts are practice head Remco Smorenburg and Bart le Blanc, whose predominantly focuses on investments by US and European clients in emerging markets.

Testimonials

Remco Smorenburg is the partner in charge of attending to our group of Dutch companies, along with with Frank Kuilboer. The NRF team understands very well the industry overall and are capable of responding to any inquiries that our group requires.

Key clients

Aboitiz Renewables Inc

AIG

Appian Capital Advisory LLP

BBGI

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)

Canadian Tire Corporation

CGI

Commerzbank AG

Deliveroo

Dual Specialty M&A Insurance

DNV-GL

Energizer Inc.

Gran Energia

G-Star

Guy Carpenter

Ib Vogt GmbH

Hankoe/New Steel Global

ICTSI

New Steel

Nustar Energy

Ocean Rig UWD Inc

Riskpoint

S7 / Siberian Airlines

Toronto Dominion  (TD) Bank

Transport Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright distinguishes itself through its expertise handling ship and aircraft finance, its work for Latin America-based companies (including Aerovias de Mexico), and its specialism in ECA-backed financings. Team co-head Berend Crans, well recognised for his extensive experience in all aspects of aviation, acts for clients including the State of the Netherlands, which he advised on the public procurement for a new government aircraft and subsequent negotiations with Boeing. The team benefits from fellow co-head Wouter Hertzberger's specialism in asset finance for banks, shipowners and leasing companies, which constitutes a major source of work for the firm.

Key clients

ABN Amro

Aerovias de Mexico

BBAM

China Aircraft Leasing Company

ICTSI

IMP Group

ING Bank

Nordic Aviation Capital

Ocean Rig UDW

PAL Aerospace

Rabobank

State of the Netherlands

Stena Line

Technip

Waypoint Leasing

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

In line with its strength acting for leading Dutch domestic lenders, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright focuses on outbound finance and assisting with cross-border facilities. Practice head Wouter Hertzberger has extensive experience of a broad range of structured finance transactions, particularly in the energy sector; he acted for the lenders on the financing of Westermeerwind's near-shore wind farm project. Clients include Dutch and international financial institutions, among them BNP Paribas and HSBC. Other key names to note are Berend Crans and Paul Vine.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Amsterdam Trade Bank

Apollo

Bank of America

BNP Paribas

FMO

HSBC

ING Bank

Rabobank

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright is 'a go-to firm for large, international transactions'. The team, which is led by Saskia Blokland, provides the full range of corporate skills, with expertise ranging from mergers and complex acquisitions to disposals, buy-outs and joint ventures. The group is equally adept in private equity and venture capital matters. Heimon Smits advises vendors, purchasers and investors on international and domestic mandates, and Ep Hannema has a focus on transactions in the financial and insurance sectors.

Testimonials

They know a lot about current events in the world of business, have a broad network and also deliver on the core elements, such as legal skills, swift turn-around times, high services levels etc.’

‘NRF is my go-to firm for large international transactions which has anything to do with the Netherlands (and sometimes even just for input even if there are no Dutch elements). Norton Rose is always able to provide timely and efficient assistance.’

Key clients

AIG

Airborne

AmTrust

Anterra

Atlantic Methanol (AMPCO)

Ballast Nedam

BBGI

BMW

CAE

Comparex

Darling Ingredients

DeltaMilk

DNV

Emerald Kalama Chemical

Gate Group

ING

Macquarie

SABIC

Tokyo Electron Limited

VEON

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3

The arrival of Sharon Oded as practice head from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in January 2019 has established Norton Rose Fulbright's Dutch practice as a player within the field of in-depth corporate investigations, with a number of sensitive cross-border matters handled by the team, with in-house forensic expertise bolstering its capabilities. The firm's international reach allows it to assist clients with major multi-jurisdictional investigations, alongside compliance advice and representation in enforcement proceedings.

Testimonials

NRF has started an impressive investigation practice in Amsterdam this year. The firm has retained several high profile lawyers in the Dutch market, mostly from national champion De Brauw, and has integrated these lawyers into their international fraud and white collar practice. By doing so, the team is now positioned to provide one stop shop international fraud and white collar legal services to clients with business interests in the Netherlands and in Europe in general, without having to make use of local counsel in the location where the fraud occurred. Such services were until this year not available in the Dutch market. As a result, NRF was able to obtain several high profile assignments from Dutch multinationals already and my expectation is that many more will follow.’

Sharon Oded is the perfect go-to person for any in-house counsel who may be in need of support on compliance matters: he is a reputed professor of regulatory enforcement, he has built an impressive network of institutions and people interested in co-developing the future of compliance, he knows how to manage and handle the most complex multi-jurisdictional matters and he is a remarkably skilled hands-on investigator. I am pretty sure that by leveraging the network of Norton Rose Fulbright, he will become soon one of the international references in the regulatory enforcement practice.

Key clients

SBM Offshore N.V.

Thales

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright's litigation team has a strong focus on international matters, often leveraging the firm's global network and operating as either lead or local counsel in such cases. The Amsterdam-based practice is jointly led by Yke Lennartz, who has a special focus on resolving post M&A, shareholder, energy, and financial disputes, and Jan Duyvensz, whose work focuses on insurance litigation, director's liability and product liability cases. 'Hardworking and very detailed' senior associate Koen Durlinger is also recommended.

Testimonials

My experiences with the Norton Rose Fulbright commercial litigation team in Amsterdam has been very professional, supportive, rewarding, successful and the services have been provided in a very personal manner.

Koen Durlinger is hardworking, very detailed and with a strong clarity in expressing himself verbally and in writing. He has an ability to communicate the most complex situations interpreted in a legal manner but expressed in layman language.

Key clients

AEB (Afval Energie Bedrijf Amsterdam)

AmTrust at Lloyd’s Limited

AIG

Airborne

Bugaboo

Chubb

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

DNV GL

Emarald Kalama

Frasers

ING Capital LLC, ING Bank N.V.

IMI

LyondellBasell Industries

Ørsted

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Pembroke

Pureprofile

Rabobank

RSA

Riskpoint

Rotterdam World Gateway

Tokio Marine Kiln Limited

Vistra

Employment Tier 4

Maartje Govaert leads the employment team at Norton Rose Fulbright, which is highly recommended for work involving disputes over labour classifications for tech sector clients, such as deliveroo. Other key areas of work include non-compete clauses and litigation, remuneration, internal investigations, and compliance work. Govaert is also active in pensions work, and the firm counts a wide range of large Dutch and multinational clients among its pension law clients. Senior associate Thomas Timmermans departed the firm for Greenberg Traurig LLP in 2019.

Testimonials

The team is very responsive and commercially focussed.’

Small but strong team that are willing to work hard to help their clients get results.

Maartje Govaert is very good.  Understands our business and thinks creatively to find solutions.  In London quite often too, so easy to meet in person.’

Maartje Govaert is a highly engaged and driven lawyer, very much focussed on results. 

The team works well together and is well linked into their firm’s global platform.

Key clients

AIG Europe S.A.

AtriCure Europe B.V.

Aweta Holding B.V.

Bombardier Inc.

Central Works Council of Booking.com

BP Ltd.

BMW Holding B.V.

Corbion Group Netherlands B.V.

Deliveroo Netherlands B.V. (Roofoods Ltd.)

Drew Marine Netherlands B.V.

Emerald Kalama Chemical B.V.

IMI Plc

Fresh Trading Manufacturing B.V. (Innocent Drinks)

Jane Street Netherlands B.V.

Works Councils of different subsidiaries of Johnson & Johnson,

Louis Dreyfus Company Rotterdam

Lyondell Basell Industries NV

Monex Europe Ltd

Netscout Systems Inc.

Open Text Coöperatief U.A.

Rabobank

Reckitt Benckiser (ENA) B.V.

Regal Beloit Corporation

Royal VOPAK N.V

Sandvik AB

The IT Channel Company

Tower Research Capital Europe Limited B.V.

Unilever Nederland (Unilever APF)

VEON Ltd.

WPP 2005 Limite

 

The firm

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of Practice

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices

We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+

Total staff: 7,500+

Global Key Contacts

Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions James Bateson
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Dirk Trautmann
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
Photo Name Position Profile
 Saskia Blokland  photo Saskia Blokland
 Jan Duyvensz  photo Jan Duyvensz
 Maartje Govaert  photo Maartje Govaert
 Ep Hannema  photo Ep Hannema
 Wouter Hertzberger  photo Wouter Hertzberger
 Bart Le Blanc  photo Bart Le Blanc
 Yke Lennartz  photo Yke Lennartz
 Floortje Nagelkerke  photo Floortje Nagelkerke
 Sharon Oded  photo Sharon Oded
 Heimon Smits  photo Heimon Smits
 Remco Smorenburg  photo Remco Smorenburg
 Paul Vine  photo Paul Vine
 Gijs van Leeuwen  photo Gijs van Leeuwen
 Geert-Jan van Rijthoven  photo Geert-Jan van Rijthoven
Other offices : Athens
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Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.