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Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Banking & Finance


Partner, Head of Banking Amsterdam

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Transport

Norton Rose Fulbright specialises in ship and aviation financing, with particular expertise in ECA-backed financing and regulatory considerations, alongside a notable Latin American focus for cross-border work. The firm acts for banks, public sector bodies, and transportation companies, including China Aircraft Leasing Company. Wouter Hertzberger leads the team, and has a strong ship finance practice, while Anthony Pallett joined from Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP in mid-2020, bringing broad expertise across financing matters in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency

Norton Rose Fulbright handles contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters for financial institutions, distressed companies, secured creditors, and managing directors. The group acts on the restructuring of asset finance transactions in tandem with its international network of offices. Wouter Hertzberger is a banking practitioner, with a focus on restructuring matters and Yke Lennartz handles dispute resolution and litigation; the duo head the team. Anthony Pallett joined as partner from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI

The team at Norton Rose Fulbright is a recognised name for major PFI infrastructure projects, particularly those in the power and renewable energy sectors. The arrival of Anthony Pallett from Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP has further bolstered the practice’s English and Dutch law and Islamic finance capabilities. Diederik Tijssen was appointed innovation manager, serving as a local contact to the offices in Germany and Paris and increasing access to the firm’s innovation programme, NRF Transform, for both clients and internal teams. Wouter Hertzberger represents sponsors and lenders in the project financing and restructuring of oil and gas, renewables, road and port projects. Daphne Broerse is the go-to lawyer for corporations and governmental authorities for large-scale energy, infrastructure and commercial developments. Joris Ravelli and senior associate Ania Gorna are other names to note.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional

Norton Rose Fulbright excels in the renewables space, including waste to energy, solar, geothermal and the financing and operation of onshore and nearshore wind farms. It is also active in traditional upstream oil and gas projects, as well as energy infrastructure developments. The multidisciplinary team includes experts in project finance, corporate and M&A, tax, environment, safety and planning, and litigation. Wouter Hertzberger heads up the practice.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s multidisciplinary team is well-regarded for its expertise in the renewables, upstream and energy infrastructure spaces. It draws on the knowledge of practitioners in its infrastructure, tax, environment, safety and planning and litigation groups. Practice head Wouter Hertzberger focuses on project finance, asset finance and restructuring in the energy and infrastructure sector. Matthijs van Leeuwen, who is recommended for domestic and international projects, is active in offshore and onshore wind projects, as well as energy storage developments.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance

Norton Rose Fulbright is prominent in the field of asset financing, with a solid track record in the aviation and shipping spaces. The firm is primarily lender-focused, with the lion’s share of instructions coming from foreign and domestic financial institutions. Wouter Hertzberger heads the team, which also saw the addition of English law-qualified Anthony Pallett from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Below partner level, the firm is well served by counsel Mei Land Man, who leads several asset financing deals for the firm.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side

Norton Rose Fulbright remains a worthwhile choice for Dutch banks seeking English law advice, as the addition of Anthony Pallett from Hogan Lovells International LLP allows the firm continues to offer English law advice from the Amsterdam office in spite of the departure of Paul Vine, who moved into consulting in late 2019. Practice head Wouter Hertzberger is highly recommended for asset and project financing matters, particularly those in the renewables sector.