Jones Day > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Jones Day
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Netherlands

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 1

As part of a global group of funds experts, Jones Day‘ team in Amsterdam handles a wide ambit of mandates for clients such as Dutch and international regulated, private and alternative funds, as well as fund managers and sponsors, and institutional investors. Its work covers matters concerning private equity buyout funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds and hedge funds, among others. Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra, Manuel Manders and associate Marierose Kouwenberg acted for Rabo Fund Management on the restructuring and fundraising of its multibillion-euro mortgage loan platform, and also the structuring of the Rabo Dutch Mortgages Fund Yellow. Veenstra co-heads the practice with Quirine Eenhorst. Another key individual is Harmen Wielens, who was promoted to counsel in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra; Quirine Eenhorst

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They understand what we are looking for and come up with good and creative solutions.’

‘Key contact was Marierose Kouwenberg. She is very responsive and delivers high quality work. She is an associate in the Amsterdam team, but delivers at partner level. She is backed by Quirine Eenhorst and Ate Veenstra, two partners in the team, who are always available to support.’

‘The Jones Day team is a solid mix of legal, tax and notary skills that provides for a complete service to set up your fund and feeders. In the Netherlands they are uniquely positioned because of their all-round expertise and the experience they have in private equity and private debt areas.’

‘Ate Veenstra has extensive experience in fund structuring and regulatory aspects and his combination with Quirine Eenhorst who focuses on all legal elements provides for a strong service.’

‘Ate Veenstra and Quirine Eenhorst combine excellent and deep tax and regulatory knowledge on PE/VC funds. This combination is what makes them stand out in general. Their warm and professional personalities make them a pleasure to work with, and stand out in particular.’

Key clients

APG Asset Management

Beaureale CenterParcs

Capital A

DSM Pension Services

Lion’s Head Global Partners

MN Services

Amvest REIM

BNP Paribas

Climate Fund Managers

Dexteritas Investment Management

DM Capital/Dutch Mezzanine Fund

DMFCO / DSF Partners

Enterprising Finance

FMO IM

Gilde Healthcare Partners

Hartelt Fund Management

Ice Lake Capital Management

IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative

Kempen Capital Management

NN Group (Investment Partners)

PGGM Vermogensbeheer

Rabobank (Rabo Fund Management)

Technical University of Delft (Teggwings IA)

TCX Investment Management Company

Victus Participations

Work highlights

  • Advised Gilde Healthcare, a specialized European healthcare investor, on the fundraising of €416m for its fifth venture and growth capital fund, Gilde Healthcare V.
  • Advised Rabo Fund Management on the restructuring and fundraising of its multibillion euro mortgage loan platform and the structuring of the Rabo Dutch Mortgages Fund Yellow.
  • Advised Climate Fund Managers on the set-up of Climate Investor Two, a financing fund for water, sanitation, and ocean projects in emerging markets.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Jones Day‘s global M&A team spans over 400 lawyers across 17 countries. The local team in Amsterdam often operates alongside its international colleagues on cross-border transactions, particularly in respect of M&A, public takeover, deal structuring, restructuring, corporate governance and joint venture mandates. The practice is led by Mike Jansen, Floris Pierik, Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen and Ton Schutte, and is active in a range of sectors including TMT, real estate, energy, healthcare and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Mike Jansen; Floris Pierik; Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen; Ton Schutte

Other key lawyers:

Bastiaan Kout

Testimonials

‘Incredible attention to detail and ability to manage highly complex situations across a large number of different work streams. In an industry where legal advisors are generally all highly dedicated to a transaction, their effort goes far beyond what I have ever seen.’

‘Strong dedication, grasp for detail across complex transactions, commercial and practical advice.’

‘Relentlessly working for the client’s needs, developing solutions for almost every problem. Very responsive, thinking ahead, planning well.’

‘A pro-active approach. Jones Day (Amsterdam) have now partnered with us for years to help us ensure that we are on top of local legal requirements and ahead of the curve. They help us to ensure our directors of our Dutch entities are trained on best practice corporate governance. They have helped us to rationalise our legal structures in the Netherlands.’

‘Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen – a pleasure to work with. Responsive. Works hand-in-hand with the JD Amsterdam Tax team to deliver the results we need.

Key clients

Alcoa

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad

Aurelius Equity Opportunities

Gimv N.V.

Scotts Miracle Gro

SHV Energy

FrieslandCampina

Groupe Solmax Inc.

Suez SA

JBS SA

RPM International

Alcoa

PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad

Aurelius Equity Opportunities

Gimv N.V.

Scotts Miracle Gro

SHV Energy

FrieslandCampina

Groupe Solmax Inc.

Suez SA

JBS SA

RPM International

Work highlights

  • Advised Solmax, the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ), on Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V., from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (owned by private equity funds Gilde Buy-Out Partners, Parcom and Capital A).
  • Advised JBS S.A on its acquisition of Vivera, Europe’s third-largest manufacturer of plant-based food, from Dutch private equity fund Gilde Buy Out Partners for an enterprise value of €341m.
  • Advised Aurelius Equity Opportunities on the sale of Office Depot Europe, which includes the remaining Viking and Office Depot Europe activities to strategic buyer RAJA Group.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 3

Jones Day fields a team of over 100 dedicated private equity lawyers across 17 countries, an offering supplemented by the firm’s 300 global M&A practitioners; its Amsterdam team is naturally extremely active on the cross-border front, handling transactions including MBOs, MBIs, LBOs, exits and takeovers. Practice head Floris Pierik is often active on deals with a significant European or US component and is especially strong in the chemicals, retail, consumer goods, fintech, e-commerce, manufacturing and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Floris Pierik

Other key lawyers:

Ton Schutte; Josephine Cleyndert

Testimonials

‘The grasp of detail across a highly complex project, the partner attention and involvement, the strength of the supporting team, dedication to the project,’

‘Floris Pierik is very hands on, in the detail and is highly commercial. He thinks strategically around the deal issues and anticipates problems well in advance.’

‘Best law firm in the Netherlands, and one of the best in Europe for private equity clients. Developing solutions for almost every problem, good negotiator, getting complex transactions done. Very responsive, working relentlessly.’

‘Floris Pierik: best M&A lawyer in the Netherlands. Josephine Cleyndert: associate in control of things, getting them done in a friendly, competent and if necessary assertive way.’

Key clients

Gimv N.V.

Smile Invest

SHV Energy

Groupe Solmax Inc. (CDPQ and Fonds de solidarité FTQ)

Irving Place Capital

Arsenal Capital Partners

ACE Management (Tikehau)

Creadev (Mulliez Family)

AGIC

Aurora Resurgence

Gimv N.V.

Smile Invest

SHV Energy

Groupe Solmax Inc. (CDPQ and Fonds de solidarité FTQ)

Irving Place Capital

Arsenal Capital Partners

ACE Management (Tikehau)

Creadev (Mulliez Family)

AGIC

Aurora Resurgence

Work highlights

  • Advised Solmax and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ), on Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V. from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (owned by private equity funds Gilde Buy-Out Partners, Parcom and Capital A).
  • Advised JBS S.A. on its acquisition of Vivera, Europe’s third-largest manufacturer of plant-based food, from leading Dutch private equity fund Gilde Buy Out Partners for an enterprise value of €341m.
  • Advised Aurelius Equity Opportunities on the sale of Office Depot Europe, which includes the remaining Viking and Office Depot Europe activities to strategic buyer RAJA Group.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Jones Day advises on formal insolvencies, corporate restructurings and financial restructurings, on a national and global scale, working in tandem with other offices in its network. It handles both contentious and non-contentious matters under the leadership of Jasper Berkenbosch, who is experienced in cross-border insolvencies and is often appointed as administrator by the courts.

Practice head(s):

Jasper Berkenbosch

Other key lawyers:

Gerjanne te Winkel; Anna Zwalve; Ben Fox

Key clients

Intertoys

Syncreon Group B.V.

Esperaza Holding B.V.

Nordics Onsite B.V.

Barcelona Investments B.V

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Jones Day offers ‘a complementary team with diverse talents’, and is recommended for corporate disputes. Gerjanne te Winkel heads the practice and has considerable experience in shareholder, professional liability and securities disputes, and also cross-border litigation. The team often handles cases before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals.

Practice head(s):

Gerjanne te Winkel

Other key lawyers:

Coen Drion

Testimonials

‘Complementary team with diverse talents; diversity in gender, and age and experience’. 

‘They deliver on time and the quality is good’.

‘Pleasant attitude and a good sparring partner for the client’.

‘Their knowledge is good’.

‘Excellent team qualities in terms of  experience, combined with fresh juniors, who have a winning spirit’.

‘Valuable input from colleagues of other sections with an open mind towards external experts’.

‘Gerjanne te Winkel challenges us in delivering the right input to build a winning case’.

‘Gerjanne te Winkel  really makes an effort to understand’.

Key clients

ASR Property Fund N.V., ASR Dutch Prime Retail Custodian B.V. and ASR Utrecht Real Estate Investments Netherlands B.V.

Kroonenberg Groep B.V. and Kalverpassage B.V.

Herkules Capital AS and Herkules Private Equity Fund III

Charlius Amsterdam Hotel Property B.V.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 4

Jones Day‘s team in Amsterdam is experienced in assisting Dutch and international clients with EU and global merger clearances, behavioural investigations and competition litigation. It works closely with other offices to provide a seamless service to clients; in one mandate, practice head Yvan Desmedt is working with the competition team in the Brussels office to represent T-Mobile CZ in a European Commission investigation into mobile telephone network sharing agreements with other Czech telecoms operators. Desmedt has over 20 years of experience in the competition arena.

Practice head(s):

Yvan Desmedt

Other key lawyers:

Rick van ‘t Hullenaar; Coen Drion; Kornel Olsthoorn

Testimonials

‘Very smart practitioners. Easy to work with.’

‘Yvan Desmedt in Amsterdam is fantastic.’

‘Jones Day’s lawyers provide quick and timely services and they not only have legal viewpoints, but also business views. They always consider and propose countermeasures for future risks. This is a very good point for private companies.’

‘Highly skilled team with an ability to give practical answers aligned business needs.’

‘Prompt, direct to the point and business-focused advice from the individuals. Yvan Desmedt is a very skilled and business-oriented lawyer able to advise in a variety of legal aspects.’

Key clients

SHV Energy

Volkswagen Financial Services

SAP

Hino Motors

Suez

Gimv

JBS

DAS Holding

DeutscheTelekom / T-Mobile

Work highlights

  • Advising FESE on the implementation of the EU Directive on markets in financial instruments (MiFiD) and the regulation of data services, which is currently under review by the European Securities and Markets Authority and the European Commission.
  • Advised JBS, one of the world’s largest meat processing companies, on its acquisition of Vivera, a meat substitute business mainly active in Europe.
  • Advising APPLiA, the European association of household appliances, on various strategic industrial topics and compliance with EU regulations (including competition law).

Netherlands > Tax Tier 4

Jones Day‘s fund structuring and fund services group advises some of the largest and most active Dutch investment managers on tax issues connected with the formation of funds, as well as fund reviews, fund M&A and investment joint ventures, among various other matters. Elsewhere, the firm advises clients in other industries on matters such as tax planning issues, transfer pricing work, tax audits, tax controversies and EU Commission tax rulings. Lodewijk Berger, Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra and Quirine Eenhorst are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Lodewijk Berger

Other key lawyers:

Ate van IJlzinga Veenstra; Quirine Eenhorst; Marierose Kouwenberg; Stef Plouvier

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly well equipped and works seamlessly with other practice groups in the firm. They are outstanding in coordinating large transactions and communicate in a clear manner. It is a delight to work with them!’

‘Lodewijk (Lou) Berger is incredibly smart and very well aware of Dutch tax law. He is very much up to speed on relevant foreign law in such manner that he knows exactly when and at what time foreign counsel needs to be engaged.’

‘What makes them stand out from their peers is their combination of tax and legal/regulatory expertise, in particular on fund structuring. Specifically on tax, they manage to offer creative solutions to complex problems in discussion with their peers.’

‘Ate Veenstra, Quirine Eenhorst and Lodewijk Berger combine excellent and deep tax and regulatory knowledge on PE/VC funds. This combination is what makes them stand out in general. Their warm and professional personalities make them a pleasure to work with, and stand out in particular.’

Key clients

APG Asset Management

Beaureale CenterParcs

Gilde Healthcare Partners

Capital A

Climate Fund Managers

Rabobank (Rabo Fund Management)

TCX Investment Management Company

DSM Pension Services

DM Capital

IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative

NN Group (Investment Partners)

PGGM Vermogensbeheer

Kempen Capital Management

Technical University of Delft (Teggwings IA)

Ice Lake Capital Management

Lion’s Head Global Partners

DMFCO / DSF Partners

Dexteritas Investment Management

Enterprising Finance

The firm: Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 42 offices across five continents. The firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.

Jones Day is an institutional partner for clients who seek counsel that seeks to understand them and their needs; that communicates with clients about their needs and the different tactics available for addressing those needs; that works seamlessly and impressively across offices and practices and with the client; that provides talent and expertise across subject areas and geographies; and that brings commitment and courage to the relationship and its engagements. We are formidable because every partner and every client has the entire global institution at their command and is a high priority of the Firm as a whole. We are true partners, with each other and, even more importantly, with our clients.

Regions of practice
Europe and Middle East:
Jones Day provides a significant presence in Europe that offers clients more than 500 lawyers from its European offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, and Paris. The firm’s lawyers counsel clients in administrative and public law, banking and finance, capital markets, competition law and regulatory, derivatives, market infrastructures, dispute resolution, and investigations.

In the Middle East, more than 20 lawyers are based in the firm’s offices in Dubai and Saudi Arabia. They have accumulated significant experience in most of the region’s key industries and jurisdictions, advising on mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions, projects and infrastructure, commercial transactions, real estate and construction matters, regulatory compliance, and dispute resolution.

United States: Surveys repeatedly list Jones Day as one of the most frequently engaged law firms by US corporations for both transactional and disputes matters, and among the leaders in client service. Jones Day’s more than 1,600 lawyers across its 18 US offices collaborate to serve clients across practices and geographies on all major matters that span time-honored practices (antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and government regulation) to more recently established and expanded areas (cybersecurity, life sciences, energy, and technology) that specifically address the contemporary challenges of an increasingly complex global business and legal environment.

Asia-Pacific: Jones Day has committed substantial resources and capacity to serve each of Asia’s distinct markets, including China, Japan, Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as Australia. Spread throughout ten offices in the region, the firm’s 250+ lawyers represent clients in practice areas including antitrust, banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and commercial, energy, global disputes, intellectual property, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, and several others.

The majority of Jones Day’s Asia-based lawyers are admitted to practice local law in their home jurisdictions. Most have practiced in more than one country, enabling Jones Day’s Asia team to render multijurisdictional legal services. Jones Day has been granted a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice license (QFLP) in Singapore.

Latin America: Jones Day is one of the leading global law firms serving the Latin American region through its offices in Mexico City and São Paulo, along with attorneys based in key business and legal centers such as New York, Houston, Dallas, Miami, and Madrid. Jones Day’s Latin American experience extends to mergers and acquisitions, investigations and anti-corruption, projects and infrastructure, banking and finance, energy, dispute resolution, business restructuring, private equity and capital markets.

Managing partner: Stephen J Brogan
Europe and Middle East offices: Amsterdam, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Saudi Arabia
US offices: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Irvine, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Pittsburgh,
San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Washington
Asia-Pacific offices: Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo
Latin America offices: Mexico City, São Paulo

Main areas of practice:

  • Antitrust and competition law
  • Business and tort litigation
  • Business restructuring and reorganization
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and data protection
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Energy
  • Financial markets
  • Global disputes
  • Government regulation
  • Health care and life sciences
  • Insurance recovery
  • Intellectual property
  • Investigations and white-collar defense
  • Issues and appeals
  • Labor and employment
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Real estate
  • Securities litigation and SEC enforcement
  • State Attorney General enforcement, investigations and litigation
  • Tax
  • Technology
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