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Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Netherlands

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

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Counting energy, infrastructure, TMT, life sciences and financial services as sector strengths, Simmons & Simmons LLP’s department is also increasingly active in the food industry; DOC Dairy Partners is a client. Group head Rob Hendriks is highly active in corporate real estate; Pieter van Uchelen, Leo Verhoeff and Jean-Pierre van Leeuwe are other names to note.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜pragmatic’, β€˜rigorous and trustworthy’ practice has β€˜an in-depth understanding of clients’ needs’. β€˜Knowledgeable, strategic’ group head Luc Cohen is β€˜extremely dedicated, solution-driven and great to work with’. Managing associate Andrea Chao, who β€˜pursues clients’ interests unrelentingly’, represented JP van Eesteren in a three-party dispute involving Naturalis and architect Fons Verheijen.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜fast, pragmatic’ practice counts financial services, TMT and, increasingly, energy as sector strengths. Group head Joris Oster and counsel Annemarie Elenbaas-van den Berge are β€˜empathetic, high-energy and results-driven’; β€˜they know the industry and the latest developments’. The pair assisted Progress Software with the reorganisation of its EMEA headquarters in Rotterdam.

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Fraud and white-collar crime
Fraud and white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s highly recommended group has β€˜significant expertise’ in handling a broad spectrum of corporate criminal liability matters for corporations and individuals, including money laundering, corruption and violations of duty of care. Practice head David Schreuders, who joined from DLA Piper, is representing Delta Airlines in litigation brought before the lower courts concerning corporate criminal liability. Clients also recommend β€˜noteworthy’ associate Maarten β€˜t Sas.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Hedge funds and pension funds are a particular strength of Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜smart, committed’ team. Tax expert and group head RenΓ© van Eldonk assisted Candlewood Group with structuring several of its investment funds. Counsel Minke Hoekstra joined from in-house at Shell Asset Management in September 2017.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜very knowledgeable’, β€˜holistic’ and β€˜creative’ practice is led by Leo Verhoeff, who β€˜brilliantly combines empathy, proactivity and experience’. The β€˜open, honest’ Pieter van Uchelen advised Nimbus on its purchase of Holland Herstel Group.

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

The β€˜extensively knowledgeable’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP has β€˜outstanding strength in depth’. Andrea Chao is β€˜a standout managing associate’ and β€˜a likeable, convincing negotiator’ who β€˜pursues clients’ interests unrelentingly’; she and Luc Cohen assisted RE-N Produktion and RE-N Technology with financing the Zitta Biogas plants. The β€˜proactive, highly knowledgeable’ Marieke Driessen leads the practice.

Leading individuals

Luc Cohen - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrea Chao - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Marieke Driessen - Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s full-service team is led jointly by β€˜deeply knowledgeable, strong negotiator’ Rob Hendriks and the β€˜strategic, solution-driven, extremely dedicated’, β€˜creative’ and β€˜thorough’ Luc Cohen. The pair advised Atream on financing a 564-cottage redevelopment, and on acquiring the Hampton by Hilton hotel in Hoofddorp. Counsel Siemkje Batenburg is a β€˜practical’ notary.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Part of the firm’s wider financial markets department, the β€˜excellent’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP handles restructurings and cross-border transactions, as well as contentious matters involving tax authorities. Co-head RenΓ© van Eldonk is acting for BlackRock on complex refund procedures involving the Dutch tax authorities. Peter Flipsen also leads the team.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

Asset finance and structured finance
Banking and finance: Asset finance and structured finance - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜dedicated’ group handles securitisations, structured finance and derivatives. Group head Jeroen Bos, who has β€˜in-depth industry knowledge’, advised Intertrust as issuer and security trustee on the first Dutch RMBS securitisation with an American entity as the seller. Rezah Stegeman acted for Dutch pension fund asset manager PGGM on various matters regarding negotiations for new collateral documentation with a number of banks. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen from Clifford Chance and counsel FrΓ©dΓ©rique Jacobse from Allen & Overy LLP.

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Borrower side
Banking and finance: Borrower side - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

At Simmons & Simmons LLP, the banking and finance team is known for its β€˜high level of service, solution-driven approach and strong negotiation skills’. It was bolstered by the recent arrivals of real estate finance expert Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen from Clifford Chance, counsel FrΓ©dΓ©rique Jacobse from Allen & Overy LLP and Minke Hoekstra as of counsel from Shell Asset Management. Marieke Driessen leads the team.

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Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜pragmatic’ and β€˜very friendly’ team has been increasingly active in Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) matters. Group head Rezah Stegeman, who is β€˜a real expert’, is assisting a number of clients such as Rabobank, BNG Bank and asset manager Actiam with the implementation of MiFID II rules. Stegeman also advised LeasePlan on compliance with collateral rules under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Minke Hoekstra as of counsel from Shell Asset Management Company.

Leading individuals

Rezah Stegeman - Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

At Simmons & Simmons LLP, the group is noted for handling a broad range of financing matters, including real estate financing. It is jointly headed by Marieke Driessen, who is β€˜a key asset’, Jan-Joost van Rijsbergen and counsel FrΓ©dΓ©rique Jacobse.

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Netherlands: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: Debt - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜fast, high-quality’ team is β€˜always approachable’ and β€˜very good at making complex subjects comprehensible’. It is noted for its international capabilities: practice head Peter Voorhees is US-qualified. The β€˜hands-on, personable’ Marieke Driessen is well known for her regulatory knowledge and structured finance expertise. Clients include ING Bank, RBS and the Dutch Ministry of Finance.

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Equity
Capital markets: Equity - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

The key partners at Simmons & Simmons LLP are Marieke Driessen, the US-qualified Peter Voorhees and counsel Michiel Wurfbain, who has longstanding experience on the issuer and the investment bank side. Wurfbain and Voorhees advised Kiadis Pharma on a €5m private placement. Other clients include Intertrust and ABN Amro.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜lean, mean’ group has β€˜a very good reputation’ in the market, with particular expertise in commercial, investment and construction arbitration matters. β€˜Highly committed’ group head Rogier Schellaars, who is β€˜an eloquent adversary’, is representing the Republic of Indonesia in an investment arbitration brought before a tribunal. Associates Fleur Potter and Ger van Essen are also recommended.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Considered β€˜highly responsive, pragmatic and very client-focused’, Simmons & Simmons LLP’s practice is known for its strength in fraud and white-collar criminal matters; it has been increasingly active in mass claim and antitrust litigation. Johan Polet is representing long-term client Nippon Cargo Airlines in a number of proceedings brought by KLM, Air France, Lufthansa and British Airways regarding the alleged air cargo cartel. Mattie de Koning was promoted to partner. The team is headed by Bas Berghuis van Woortman.

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Netherlands: Energy

Transactional
Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s β€˜highly experienced’ team has β€˜deep knowledge of the renewables sector’. β€˜Reliable’ managing associate Andrea Chao advised PfalzSolar on the development of various Dutch solar projects. Marieke Driessen and counsel FrΓ©dΓ©rique Jacobse are also recommended.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Food and beverages
Industry focus: Food and beverages - ranked: tier 1

Simmons & Simmons LLP

β€˜Open, honest’ M&A expert Pieter van Uchelen leads the group at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which is also active in restructuring, employment, tax and criminal law. Employment specialist Joris Oster assisted Koninklijke Peijnenburg with the reorganisation of its main production facility. Other clients include DOC Dairy Products, Plukon Food Group and Coca-Cola European Partners.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

β€˜Extensively knowledgeable’ patent litigator Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which is noted for its β€˜particularly good business acumen’. Outside of IP, counsel Machteld Hiemstra advised Wright Medical on mass product liability claims for one of its hip implant products.

Leading individuals

Bas Berghuis van Woortman - Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the β€˜swift, deeply knowledgeable’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which excels in litigation and handles transactional and advisory work. β€˜Unbelievably good’ senior associate Paul Tjiam acted for Terumo Europe in a defamation case against Avotros. Warner Bros is another client.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Patents
Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

The β€˜fast’, β€˜extremely service-minded’ team at Simmons & Simmons LLP is headed by β€˜extensively knowledgeable, spontaneous thinker’ Bas Berghuis van Woortman, who along with the β€˜very bright, determined’ Mattie de Koning is an expert in pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics. Clients include Allergan, BASF and Samsung Electronics.

Leading individuals

Bas Berghuis van Woortman - Simmons & Simmons LLP

Next generation lawyers

Mattie de Koning - Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

The β€˜extremely efficient’ practice at Simmons & Simmons LLP handles a wide range of copyright, design right and trade mark work. β€˜Sharp, commanding’, β€˜creative’ managing associate and group head Paul Tjiam is β€˜the perfect lawyer’; he defended L’OrΓ©al in three trade mark infringement proceedings. Samsung Electronics and JP van Eesteren are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

Paul Tjiam - Simmons & Simmons LLP

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of Β£1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the β€œCommission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
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  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
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  • NETHERLANDS AS A GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
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  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD