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Norton Rose Fulbright

Environment and planning Tier 1

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.

Insurance Tier 1

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

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

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.

Construction Tier 2

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.

Energy: regulatory Tier 2

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

Energy: transactional Tier 2

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.

Industry focus: Food Tier 2

Corporate practice head Saskia Blokland leads the 'highly responsive' team at Norton Rose FulbrightPaul 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.

Transport Tier 2

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

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 3

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.

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

The ‘knowledgeable and professional’ 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.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

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.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

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.

Tax Tier 3

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.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

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.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

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.

Employment Tier 4

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.

Investment funds Tier 4

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.


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


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 : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
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Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
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Other offices : Québec
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
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Other offices : Washington, DC
Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.