Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Amsterdam, Netherlands
Norton Rose Fulbright Offices
24TH FLOOR, REMBRANDT TOWER
1096 HA AMSTERDAM
Norton Rose Fulbright > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
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Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies
Municipality of Hilversum
DNV GL Business Assurance
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.
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.
‘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.‘
Allied World Assurance Company
Tokio Marine Kiln
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.
‘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.‘
Ballast Nedam Concessies
Foresight Group LLP
Strukton Integrale Projecten
Zouk Capital LLP
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.
Amsterdam Trade Bank
Bank of America
China Aircraft Leasing Company
State of the Netherlands
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.
‘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.‘
ABN AMRO Bank (Clearing) N.V.
AmTrust Financial Services, Inc.
European Central Counterparty N.V
ING Bank N.V.
Jane Street Financial
Quantlab Europe B.V.
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.
Ballast Nedam Concessies
Zouk Capital LLP
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.
‘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.‘
Sete Brasil Participacoes SA
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.
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Sete Brasil Participacoes SA
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.
‘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‘.
ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
AEB (Afval Energie Bedrijf Amsterdam)
Banco Santander S.A.
Bank of America, N.A.
Danish Ship Finance
DNB Bank ASA
DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia) Ltd.
ING Bank N.V.
Intertrust Nederland B.V.
MS Mode Group B.V.
Nordic Trustee AS
Pareto Bank ASA
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.
‘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.‘
Aboitiz Renewables Inc
Appian Capital Advisory LLP
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES)
Canadian Tire Corporation
Dual Specialty M&A Insurance
Ib Vogt GmbH
Hankoe/New Steel Global
Ocean Rig UWD Inc
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.
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.
Amsterdam Trade Bank
Bank of America
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.
‘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.’
Atlantic Methanol (AMPCO)
Emerald Kalama Chemical
Tokyo Electron Limited
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.
‘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.‘
SBM Offshore N.V.
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.
‘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.‘
AEB (Afval Energie Bedrijf Amsterdam)
AmTrust at Lloyd’s Limited
DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale
ING Capital LLC, ING Bank N.V.
Rotterdam World Gateway
Tokio Marine Kiln Limited
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.
‘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.‘
AIG Europe S.A.
AtriCure Europe B.V.
Aweta Holding B.V.
Central Works Council of Booking.com
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.
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.
Reckitt Benckiser (ENA) B.V.
Regal Beloit Corporation
Royal VOPAK N.V
The IT Channel Company
Tower Research Capital Europe Limited B.V.
Unilever Nederland (Unilever APF)
WPP 2005 Limite
Norton Rose Fulbright > Firm Profile
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
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
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Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
- Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory
- Energy: regulatory
- Energy: transactional
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
- Commercial, corporate and M&a
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation