Firm Profile > Baker McKenzie > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Baker McKenzie
CLAUDE DEBUSSYLAAN 54
1082 MD AMSTERDAM
PO BOX 2720, 1000 CS AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Wouter Seinen, who is recognised as 'one of the best' in the market, and Remke Scheepstra head up the 'practical and pragmatic' data privacy team at Baker McKenzie. The team sits within the firm's IT practice and its clients range from global banks and technology companies to consumer goods multi-nationals which seek assistance on data protection and cybersecurity breach matters. The team can advise on internal investigations, crisis control of data breach incidents together with specific advice on data privacy compliance involving US cases. It also offers technical consultants through its iG360 technology platform.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Seinen; Remke Scheepstra

Testimonials

The privacy team of Baker is to the point, practical, pragmatic, and their input is valuable. They are easy to work with, down to earth, understand the needs of the business and are able to translate my questions into solid and pragmatic opinions.’

‘Wouter Seinen is the best privacy guy I ever met. He is a creative thinker, out of the box, not standard, which provides value to my business in a very high-quality manner. He understands my needs and is able to translate those in legal opinions that are easily implemented in my business and organisation. Besides his excellent knowledge, communicative skills and experience, Wouter is a very nice guy, easy to work with. I would not hesitate one second to recommend Wouter – as he adds value!’

Key clients

First European Data Rep

B.V.

FedEx Corporation

Unilever

WEG

ING

TAUS

Tax Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's 'very international team' stands out for its 'deep technical knowledge' and 'works well across borders'. As well its global reach, the practice also utilises its 'strong cross-field knowledge' to provide tax advice within a plethora of diverse sectors, including oil and gas, healthcare, and pharmaceutical. New addition Don-Tobias Jol, previously with Deloitte Legal Netherlands, brings a focus on the fields of executive, equity and broad-based compensation. Practice head Juliana Dantas is qualified in both Dutch and Brazilian tax law, and is a key contact for matters relating to Latin America. Other notable team members are Antonio RussoMargreet Nijhof and Erik Scheer.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Dantas

Testimonials

Very international team. Very client focused, flexible and fast.

Antonio Russo: global head of tax. TP professional with 20 years of experience. Very broad knowledge. Margreet Nijhof: head of tax EMEA. Earlier head of tax NL. One of the few women in the sector with such a high profile and recognition.

Swift acting with deep technical knowledge, yet with a practical edge.

The Amsterdam BM team (CIT – Transfer Pricing) is always pursuing the highest standards.

The BM Amsterdam team (CIT- Transfer Pricing) really works like a team, everyone acting as they should.

The team works well across borders. The network makes connecting with local counsel extremely fast and efficient. Once connected, the teams are highly organised, intelligent and experienced.

There is a strong emphasis on putting the best qualified person on a project and doing so in a cost-effective manner. Strong cross-field knowledge is common allowing for quicker issue-spotting and allocation of matters to appropriate experts.

Key clients

Petrobras

Adyen

Abbott

Deka Immobilien

Baxter

Baxalta

Embraer

Johnson & Johnson

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

The team at Baker McKenzie is primarily focused on securitisation and structured finance, where the firm fields a dedicated and specialised team, along with a significant derivatives practice. Global securitisation head Philippe Steffens is highly specialised in securitisation, structured credit products and loan portfolio transactions and Corrine Schott focuses on derivatives. Recent work has included large-scale residential mortgage-backed securities transactions, collateralised loan obligation transactions, and restructuring of derivative swaps, as well as the drafting of documentation.

Practice head(s):

Phillippe Steffens; Corrine Schott

Testimonials

The team has a clear understanding of our specific needs in doing client transactions (compared to capital markets deals) and striking a balance between the legal must haves and practical limits. They have a good understanding of the kind of transactions done in the market. It is positive that they do not accept transactions if they cannot promise a timely delivery.

Philippe Steffens has a hands-on approach (is directly involved and available when needed). In negotiations, he is convincing and focused on the end result for us as client and our counter parts. The associates we work with (Floor Overbosch and Emilie Huberts) have quick turn-around time of documents and a similar hands-on approach.

Key clients

Argenta Spaarbank NV

Azzurro Investments

Natixis

Riyad Bank

ING Bank

Arrow Global Group Plc.

NIBC Bank

NN Investment Partners

PGIM

Willis Towers Watson

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's 'responsive and pragmatic' team advises major international clients, and is involved particularly in the growing fintech industry, assisting financial institutions, technology incubators and start-ups across a broad range of sub-sectors, including crowdfunding, e-payment platforms, and mobile wallets. Other work includes advising on acquisitions of licensed financial institutions and of asset portfolios, in co-operation with colleagues from the corporate practice, assisting with anti-money laundering matters, and resolving Brexit-related queries. Practice head Corrine Schott 'is a very impressive and inspiring financial services regulatory lawyer' who is 'easy to deal with and very responsive'. 

Practice head(s):

Corinne Schot

Testimonials

Very quick, responsive and pragmatic.

Corinne Schot is very knowledgeable, especially in the field of financial derivatives, easy to deal with and very responsive.

Corinne is a very impressive and inspiring financial services regulatory lawyer with whom I briefly had the opportunity to work together on a standalone transaction over an 11 month period.

Excellent industry and commercial knowledge.

Philippe Steffens and Richte van Ginneken.

Key clients

Chesnara Plc.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Baker McKenzie fields a full-service dispute resolution team, with in-house capacity to undertake corporate litigation, follow-on damages claims in the field of competition law, and export and trade disputes, along with Supreme Court litigation. Practice head Robert van Agteren is highly recommended for contentious restructuring matters, particularly with an international aspect, and maintains a strong client base of financial institutions and investment firms. Other key figures include Supreme Court litigator Frank Kroes and Itse Oosterhoff, who focuses on corporate litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert Van Agteren

Testimonials

The team works fast, performs under high time pressure with a sharp eye for detail. In the meantime, the strategic goals and overview of large and complex issues are not forgotten.

The team is large and truly offers every type of lawyer for every job, including litigation at the Dutch Supreme Court. Complex vs. simple/straightforward, national vs international, civil litigation vs. arbitration, the team is very experienced and tailors its services to the needs of their clients.

The team in Amsterdam, consisting of Robert van Agteren and Lydia Flinterman is excellent. They are on the ball and very sharp. Apart from the high quality of their work, they are very pleasant to work with and always reachable. The team works seamlessly.

Frank Kroes is razor sharp, eloquent, a true gentleman, addresses issues holistically and has a great sense of humor.

Lydia Flinterman is a young, brilliant lawyer – a rising star. Very knowledgeable and does not miss any details. Remains focused until the end.

Frank Kroes is an excellent litigator and lawyer, with a deep knowledge of the law. He also has the ability to unpick complex issues and weigh understanding of the commercial and legal risks. 

Robert Jan van Agteren is a strong communicator, very sharp and knows the details of the case. If needed he can be very assertive towards the other party, but also energizes and inspires his team and the client to go to the bottom of things and get the information needed for the case

Key clients

ASICS Europe B.V.

Hunter Douglas

Schneider Electric

Boost

Royal VolkerWessels

Emerson

Yanmar Marine

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Pfizer

Manroland

Rabobank

Flint

Alpro

Mitsubishi

Eastman

Deutsche Bank

Deka Immobilien

Abbott

Employment Tier 2

'Keen negotiator' Mirjam de Blécourt heads the employment team at Baker McKenzie, and specialises in strategic boardroom advice regarding works councils, trade unions, collective dismissals and major fraud investigations. The firm is also active in the employment litigation space, representing major clients in complex or business-critical disputes. The firm also assists the corporate team in connection with cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings. Other key names to note within the team include Remke Scheepstra and newly-appointed partner Daniëlle Pinedo.

Practice head(s):

Mirjam de Blécourt

Testimonials

Baker Mackenzie’s Dutch employment is the most knowledgeable practice in The Netherlands in their field. That expertise is extremely useful when negotiating with employees and unions, this in combination with the personalities of the team they have.

This team is a fast, efficient and highly responsive team. It knows the key documents, policies and procedures and is thus able to provide quick and commercial advice. Excellent use of lower level associates and global offices to lower costs for the client. 

Mirjam de Blécourt herself is calm, to the point and oversees complex situations.

Mirjam de Blecourt is an outstanding partner, with extensive technical knowledge but a commercial and strategic approach to advice.

Remke Scheepstra has excellent technical knowledge, calm in the face of highly stressful situations

Malou Schoevaars is excellent negotiator in difficult senior terminations. Trust her explicitly with these sensitive situations.

 

Key clients

Bergman Clinics

Astellas

Abbott

ENGIE

Real estate Tier 2

The team at Baker McKenzie stands out for its transaction expertise. In a recent highlight, the practice advised real estate investor Aroundtown on the €1.1bn acquisition of a portfolio of seven CenterParcs resorts, of which four are in the Netherlands, two in Belgium and one in Germany. New clients include Mapletree Investments, Patrizia, and Landesbank Baden Württemberg. Frenk Huisman  joined AKD in late 2019. Cynthia de Witt Wijnen is now with NewGround Law.

Testimonials

Joanna Bebenek: very experienced notaries, precise, service orientated, great SPAs.

Very knowledgeable people and service providers of the kind you would like to have.

Accurate and cooperative.

The team has diverse disciplines covered, such as law, notary and tax.

Hands on practice, committed to deals, punctual.

Key clients

Deka Immobilien GmbH

Greystar LLP and its investment partners

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management Luxembourg S.A.

Van Merksteijn International

Dow Chemical Company

LRC UK Ltd

Allsafe

Entrada Duivendrecht Property

EdgeConnex

Aroundtown SA

Astellas

Tasman Properties Holding B.V.

Abbott Laboratories (and its subsidiaries)

Allianz

Novartis Pharma AG

HANSAINVEST

PATRIZIA

Mapletree Investments

Abinger Capital

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's borrower-side finance practice is headed by Fedor Tanke and Martijn van der Vliet, who have significant experience of real estate finance and financial restructuring. Other key areas of work for the firm include acquisition financing and export finance. The firm is also highly regarded for deals with a cross-border element, either as local counsel on mandates originating in other jurisdictions, or managing Dutch deals in conjunction with the firm's broader network.

Practice head(s):

Fedor Tanke; Martijn van der Vliet

Testimonials

The team has thorough knowledge and are persuasive when negotiating, very committed and 24h availability when necessary.

Dedicated and pragmatic professionals; they are very well capable of balancing between the details versus the greater scheme of things.

The team are fluent in several languages which is helpful; when necessary anticipate quickly; have a strong view on matters and are able to set the right priorities.

Key clients

Greystar

Tupperware

The Brink’s Company

ALLSAFE

Hansa-Invest Real Estate

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Baker McKenzie team advises international and domestic clients on infrastructure developments, acquisition and leveraged financing, and syndicated, bilateral and club financings. It has notable strength in the industrial, hotel and leisure, logistics, and green energy sectors. Counsel Fedor Tanke has 'a thorough understanding of law and market practice in the real estate sector in the Netherlands', and also assists clients with project financing. Martijn van der Vliet is also recommended, especially for work involving export finance and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Fedor Tanke; Martijn van der Vliet

Testimonials

Fedor Tanke has a thorough understanding of law and market practice in the real estate sector in the Netherlands, and – most importantly – the internal requirements of a bank in Germany.

Fedor Tanke speaks impeccable German. This is so important because many people within our bank do not feel comfortable speaking English, and even less so about legal matters.

Key clients

Greystar

ING Bank NV

Rabobank

IES Immobilien-Projektentwicklung GmbH

ALLSAFE

Landesbank Hessen Thüringen

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Riyad Bank

APM Holding GmbH

Credit Suisse

Capital markets: debt Tier 3

Baker McKenzie advises corporations and investment banks on domestic and international debt issuances, including bond issues, medium-term note programmes and exchange offers. The practice works closely with the wider firm, particularly on cross-border mandates. The practice is jointly led by the firm's global securitisation head Philippe SteffensCorrine Schott, and Rebecca Kuijpers-Zimmerman.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Steffens; Corinne Schot; Rebecca Kuijpers Zimmerman

Key clients

Arrow Global Group Plc

LKQ

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals

Delta Lloyd Levensverzekering

Nyrstar

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Baker McKenzie is 'very strong' across all aspects of corporate and M&A work, and is backed by a substantial global network. Mohammed AlmariniCasper Banz and Kim Tan jointly head up the practice, which fields experts across all practice areas including practitioners from the banking and finance, capital markets, private equity and tax groups, and also has a dedicated corporate structures team. The department's recent cross-border work included advising Egeria on its acquisition of the Irish-headquartered MAAS Aviation.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Almarini; Casper Banz; Kim Tan

Testimonials

This firm has been instrumental in the establishment of our business over the past two years. Very strong in M&A corporate law, company establishment, articles of Incorporation, and other business law.’

‘Fast response to questions, takes the initiative, open about skills.

Key clients

2getthere

Accenture

Advance Publications

Akzo Nobel

Allegion

Azzurro Associates

Beryllium

Blokker

BlueGem Capital Partners

Chesnara

Koninklijke De Heus

Egeria

Ergon Capital Partners

Ford Motor Company

Grundfos Holding A/S

Koolen & Partners

Lithium Werks

Mistral

One Equity Partners

Petrobras

RB Family Capital

Troy Corporation

Van Merksteijn

Wagram Equity Partners

Energy: regulatory Tier 3

Baker McKenzie advises companies, governments, public authorities and financiers in the power, renewables, climate change, oil and gas as well as the infrastructure sectors in a wide variety of transactions and related regulatory compliance. John Paans and Juliana Dantas jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

John Paans; Juliana Dantas

Other key lawyers:

Frenk Huisman; Koes Bos; Valérie van den Berg; Lin Yuen; Adinda Karperien; Wouter Diederen

Key clients

Petrobras

Atradius

Van Merksteijn

Renewable Energy Group

Triodos

Gazprom

Lukoil

Macquarie

Vestas

Rabobank

Energy: transactional Tier 3

Advising companies, governments, public authorities and financiers, Baker McKenzie is active in the renewables, climate change, oil and gas as well as the infrastructure sector. Clients benefit from the firm's global network which harbours more than 100 international lawyers specialising in energy law, allowing it to efficiently handle domestic and cross-border energy transactions. John Paans and Juliana Dantas jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Paans; Juliana Dantas

Other key lawyers:

Frenk Huisman; Koes Bos; Valérie van den Berg; Lin Yuen; Adinda Karperien; Wouter Diederen

Key clients

Petrobras

Atradius

Van Merksteijn

Renewable Energy Group

Triodos

Gazprom

Lukoil

Macquarie

Vestas

Rabobank

Industry focus: retail Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's Amsterdam team, which sits as part of an extensive, global consumer goods and retail practice, 'performs cutting-edge legal work around consumer goods'. The multi-practice offering provides end-to-end assistance to retail corporates ranging from labelling, advertising and brand protection work to tax matters, new market expansions, merger control issues and disputes. Margreet Nijhof is a transfer pricing expert. Other key names include group head Itse Oosterhoff, who focuses on disputes; Mirko Marinc, who is part of the tax team; and Michiel Bijloo, who has expertise across commercial contracts and IP mandates.

Practice head(s):

Itse Oosterhoff

Testimonials

‘The group of experts Baker McKenzie pulled together for us through engagement partner Itse Oosterhoff – performing cutting-edge legal work around consumer goods such as distribution, digitalization (e-commerce, (big) data, social media), advertising and labelling. Keeping up with the trends and ahead of the curve, the team speaks the industry language and understands the business challenges which allows them to anticipate the legal changes having an impact on us.’

‘Some of the stand out partners and associates are Itse Oosterhoff, Wouter Seinen and  Wibren Veldhuizen.’

Key clients

ASICS

Alpro

TastyBasics.

Johnson & Johnson

Unilever

Swarovski

Chanel

Sisley

GoPro

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Baker McKenzie has a focus on distressed real estate portfolios and advises banks on refinancing and restructuring. Key clients include Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG, Piraeus Bank SA, and Colony Capital LLC. Robert van Agteren leads the practice which is advising Deutsche Pfandbriefbank on a loan restructuring and standstill agreement.

Practice head(s):

Robert van Agteren

Key clients

APM Holding GmbH

IES Immobilien-Projektentwicklung GmbH

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Piraeus Bank SA

Colony Capital LLC

EU and competition Tier 4

Baker McKenzie's EU and competition team is recognized for its cross-border capabilities and expertise in ACM investigations, internal corporate investigations, merger control and compliance. The firm's client roster includes Shell, Allianz, Biogen, and more. The team is led by Christiaan Van der Meer, who was promoted to partner in July 2019. Other key members of the team include Frank Kroes and Sjef Janssen.  

Practice head(s):

Christiaan van der Meer

Key clients

Abbott

Accenture

Allianz

ASICS

Biogen

Daimler

Egeria

Ergon

Hitachi

IDEXX

Mitsubishi

Merck

Nordic Capital

Safran

Schneider Electric

Shell

Stryker

Unilever

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 4

The intellectual property practice at Baker McKenzie has a focus on trade mark, copyright and design law. The firm's client roster includes Unilever, Abbott, and Chanel. Practice head Wouter Seinen and Steffen Hagen are representing Sisley in various trade mark infringement matters and parallel sales disputes. Ischa Gobius du Sart is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Seinen; Steffen Hagen; Ischa Gobius du Sart

Testimonials

Steffen Hagen is an easily approachable lawyer with great commercial awareness and creative thinking‘.

Really professional but also personal. Good cooperation and quick response to questions and remarks‘.

Key clients

Unilever

Abbott

ASICS

3M Company

FedEx

Swarovski

Chanel

Payvision

Mistral

Sisley

Private equity Tier 4

Baker McKenzie’s sizeable team is well respected for its ‘availability, dedication, and persistence’, and maintains long-standing relationships with a number of private equity firms. The practice is led by Mohammed Almarini  and Casper Banz, who both have extensive expertise in corporate transactions  and in cross border M&A work specifically. The firm’s most notable work includes advising the seller in Egeria’s sale of Hitec to Japanese conglomerate Air Water. Legal Director Koen Bos is a valued team member, while Joost Pollman's promotion to Senior Associate is a noteworthy development.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Almarini; Casper Banz

Testimonials

‘Casper Banz and his team are focused on getting the deal done without wasting time. The team members have been around a couple of years and are working together well. They work hard and are fun to work with.’

Very good team all round.

‘Mohammed Almarini is extremely hard-working and very available.’

‘Very dedicated and easy to work with. A team that fits excellent and delivers well within all settings. The Best lawyer team I worked with regarding relationship management and building bridges between the parties to make the deal work.’

Very like-able and constructive deal makers. They strike a unique balance between creating a constructive dialogue to make the deal work and though negotiations to getting the client a good deal. Availability, dedication, and persistence of the team, up to and including the partner, is excellent. Fun team to work with.

Very good cooperation between M&A team and structuring/notary teams in the Netherlands.’

 

Key clients

Egeria

Wagram Equity Partners

Ergon Capital

BlueGem Capital Partners

Azzurro Associates

RB Family Capital

One Equity Partners Relationship originated from USA

Triacta Over

Beryllium

Koolen & Partners

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 5

Baker McKenzie's team is especially valued for its 'ability to work with and understand complex legal problems arising from the application of cross-border sporting regulation', which it demonstrated in various court proceedings relating to the enforcement of sporting arbitral awards. The firm has experience acting before the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, and the ICC, as well as the American Arbitration Association. The practice is headed by Robert van Agteren. Also worthy of note are Frank Kroes and senior associate Mathieu Raas, who 'combine an encyclopedic knowledge of arbitration law and procedure with a highly responsive and pragmatic approach'.

Practice head(s):

Robert van Agteren

Testimonials

Frank Kroes and Mathieu Raas combine an encyclopedic knowledge of arbitration law and procedure with a highly responsive and pragmatic approach. At the same time, they never lose sight of the main objectives and the goals to be achieved. Importantly, both Frank and Mathieu are excellent communicators and a pleasure to work with.

Their ability to work with and understand complex legal problems arising from the application of cross-border sporting regulation, understanding the particularities of this sector, and, specially, understanding the mindset of the actors involved in it, is particularly remarkable.

From my point of view, Mr. Mathieu Raas did a great job coordinating the team, jointly with Ms. Corinne Schott. Their availability and quick answers on a particularly complex matter, with no precedent, in the sector of sports arbitration, in which regulations from several countries were affected, and their attitude towards all those involved, looking always for the best solution in a dynamic and a creative way, made the excellent results of the procedure possible.

Key clients

Ouwendijk

World Sport Advisors

Yanmar

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