Firm Profile > Clifford Chance > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Clifford Chance
DROOGBAK 1A
1013 GE AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 1

Clifford Chance provides highly specialised services across both asset finance and structured finance, with Hein Tonnaer the key name for the former while Pieter van Welzen heads up the latter offering. Key sectors for the asset finance team include aviation and energy, along with other aspects of transport and logistics such as shipping and data centres. On the structured finance side recent work has included both commercial and residential-backed securities transactions.

Testimonials

Very capable, both technically and in terms of the ability to understand non-legal aspects.

Pieter van Welzen is best in class for structured finance. He is also directly client facing which is much more effective.

The teams combines in-depth knowledge and experience with a hands-on attitude. They are very cooperative and work well together within the team. They are really good in the field of structured finance/securitisations. The team comes up with solutions for the entire structure and keeps an eye on all aspects of the transaction.

The team is headed by Pieter van Welzen who holds the overview of the transactions and can draw on a massive deal-experience and Hugo van der Molen is very knowledgable and nice to work with.

Pieter is a trusted advisor who is accessible, personally deals with the work, has a good appreciation of the non-legal aspects, delivers high quality advice and is creative. 

Key clients

Rabobank

ING

ABN AMRO

NIBC

KLM

Transavia

Macquarie

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 1

The 'balanced group of lawyers' which make up Clifford Chance's sizeable team bring together expertise across different types of finance and industry sectors, as well as qualifications in both English and Dutch law. Mark Huddlestone has considerable experience advising on all aspects of bank lending, including acquisition and project finance, structured trade and commodity finance, and general syndicated lending and restructurings. The firm also undertakes project funding work in industries including offshore and onshore wind, battery storage, and oil and gas. Titus de Vries is another key contact, along with Angela McEwan and Jelle Hofland.

Testimonials

Nanette Rutgers has in-depth expertise, is innovative in finding solutions and is a tough negotiator.

Our team has acquired very extensive experience with CC in the Netherlands for well over a decade on corporate syndicated loans. CC has a balanced group of lawyers available that do not only rely on the partners.

Titus de Vries and Jelle Hofland are our go-to partners for our deals. Mark Huddlestone: when English law is involved. We have been working with counsel Jackie Jones for more than 15 years. She is a delight to work with and always very positive. She largely supports our colleagues that work for commodity traders. Boudewijn Vermeer was instrumental in a transaction we signed in 2018, keeping all the lenders, the client and other investors aligned was a true work of art.

Key clients

Waterland

KIWA

ING BANK N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A

Borssele Devex B.V.

Encavis AG

FMO.

Adyen

TenCent

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Orange Capital Partners

BNP Paribas

EQT

UniCredit Bank

Capital markets: debt Tier 1

Jurgen Van Der Meer leads the practice at Clifford Chance, which acts for a wide range of prominent international businesses and financial institutions, including Siemens, Goldman Sachs, and Credit Suisse. The team advises clients across the full spectrum of debt-based capital markets work, including medium-term notes, benchmark trades, private placements, stand-alone transactions, and sustainable bond issues, including several high-value securities issues. Notably, the firm advised an underwriting consortium that included ABN Amro on the first issuance of green bonds by a residential fund. Senior counsel Tineke Kothe and associate Hugo van der Molen are also noted.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Rabobank

LeasePlan

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Siemens

Volkswagen

Stedin Holdings B.V

Credit Suisse

PostNL

Deutsche Bank

Citi

BAML

ING Bank

Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Dirk-Jan Duynstee leads the practice at Clifford Chance, mediating cases involving high-profile clients in a range of business disputes. The team has experience across multiple jurisdictions and differing mediation cultures.

Testimonials

Thorough approach. Highly-skilled and qualified lawyers. Good use of external experts.

Private equity Tier 1

Clifford Chance provides its private equity clients with cross-border, multi-disciplinary support. Its varied client list includes leading international private equity firms, which the team regularly advises on high-value deals. Hans Beerlage leads the department and specialises in corporate finance, M&A and equity capital markets. The 'practical and pragmaticGregory Crookes is recommended, particularly for complex cross-border M&A and joint ventures. Thijs Alexander joined from Stibbe.

Testimonials

Knowledgeable, pragmatic and “on the case.

Gregory Crookes is practical and pragmatic.

Key clients

Partners Group No

3i No

Gilde

Pon Holdings

KKR

EQT Partners

Apax Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

The practice at Clifford Chance is very active in renewable energy developments and acts for lender and borrower clients on major solar, offshore and onshore wind projects. The group is also in demand for international mandates as lead and local counsel, and provides in-house English law advice though the expertise of Angela McEwanHein Tonnaer and counsel Liesbeth Buiter co-head the team, while senior counsel Jaap Koster is also recommended.

Testimonials

Clifford Chance have a strong track record in Dutch renewable transactions, very hands on approach to deal with transaction specific peculiarities and committed to getting the job done. Their overall finance and project documentation and due diligence capabilities are very good with both a good level of detail and a good capability to take a view on matters.

Nanette Rutgers is very knowledgeable and committed to getting the deal done. Very creative in finding solutions to deal with challenges that arise whilst balancing that with a pragmatic approach.

Key clients

TBI

Rabobank

ENGIE

Rebel Group

Eneco

Blue Elephant

ING Bank N.V.

EIB

ABN AMRO

Dura Vermeer

Mitsubishi Corporation

Encavis

Transport Tier 1

Clifford Chance's financial markets group and corporate team assists major companies in the aviation industry, counting Air-France-KLM among its clients. Headed by Hein Tonnaer, Angela McEwan and Hans Beerlage, the department is particularly strong in financing, and in 2019 advised multiple aviation companies on over 20 aircraft deals. Tonnaer is recognised for his deep expertise in the aviation industry. He was instrumental in the assistance given to Goshawk Aviation with a $300m financing matter. Beerlage advised major client Air France-KLM on a new transatlantic joint venture with Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways, and the acquisition of a 31% interest in Virgin Atlantic Airways

Key clients

AirFrance-KLM

ABN AMRO

Orix Aviation Systems

Goshawk Aviation

GE Capital Aviation Services

IC AirLease One

Milestone Aviation Group

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Clifford Chance's borrower-side practice covers a wide range of clients and sectors, including acquisition financing for funds and corporations, real estate financing, export finance, and leveraged finance, alongside general corporate lending work for large domestic and international clients. The sizeable team is headed by Titus de Vries, while leveraged finance expert Jelle Hofland is another key name to note, along with Folko De Vries.

Testimonials

Very experienced team with professional and commercial-minded approach, quick turnarounds.

Clifford Chance has a market-leading position in fund-led financing, and a broad team.

David Woolmer, due to his long experience and professional and calm attitude, enables commercially smart and fast solutions which is highly important for clients.

Key clients

Waterland

KIWA

ING BANK N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Borssele Devex B.V.

Encavis AG

FMO.

Adyen

TenCent

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Orange Capital Partners

BNP Paribas

EQT

UniCredit Bank

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

A wide variety of national and global financial institutions, including banks, investment firms, asset and investment managers, and payments service providers, make up the client base at Clifford Chance. Clients benefit from the team's extensive experience of working on multi-jurisdictional regulatory matters, addressing all types of issues arising with new regulation such as Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and MiFID II. Frank Graaf is the key contact for advice on market infrastructure. Other notable team members are practice head Jurgen van der MeerBas Boris Visser, whose specialities include advising supervisory authorities on the implementation and execution of recovery and resolution frameworks, and senior counsel Marian Scheele.

Testimonials

This team has lawyers who understand Dutch law and are experienced in representing financial institutions.

Key clients

ING

Rabobank

ABN AMRO

Adyen

TenCent

CACEIS Bank

LeasePlan

Morgan Stanley

Capital markets: equity Tier 2

Clifford Chance acts across the full range of equity-related transactions, primarily advising clients on IPOs and follow-ons, public listings, and private placements, alongside acting as transaction counsel on the sale of shares by shareholders. Clients include financial institutions, asset managers, and their associated companies. The practice is led by Hans Beerlage and counsel Han Teerink, specialists in equity transactions and corporate financing.

Testimonials

Besides the top-notch legal advice, the team keeps well up to date with what is important to our business. They speak the same language and can turn legal language into business language. The team understands priorities on the one hand responding very swiftly when high priority and on the other hand not working on low priority items at “non-office hours” which is encouraged.

Han Teerink continues to know our business and able to translate legal language into business language. He tailors his end-product to what the receiver is looking for. He is well equipped to make the end-product both relevant for the in-house legal counsel as well as the business, finding the right balance.

Key clients

Adyen

J. C. Flowers

ING

Morgan Stanley

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 2

The Clifford Chance practice combines an M&A and corporate team that advises domestic and global clients and has an especially impressive roster of private equity clients. It also offers experts with distinct sector knowledge. The team frequently works within its global network whereby it deals with complex cross border M&A, for example, advising Partners Group on the parallel acquisitions of Ammeraal Beltech and Megadyne in two separate auctions conducted almost simultaneously which involving teams in Amsterdam, Milan, London, and elsewhere. Hans Beerlage heads a team that includes key partners Thijs Alexander and Gregory Crookes.

Testimonials

Well experienced team that gives good advice.’

Key clients

Royal Ten Cate

DSM No

Tele2 No

Partners Group No

3i

Sanoma

Gilde

Carrefour

Pon Holdings

KKR

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Clifford Chance's a strong litigation team has a particular focus on cross-border mandates, as well as strong experience across the spectrum of financial and corporate litigation. Practice head Dirk-Jan Duynstee is recommended for his expertise in corporate and securities litigation matters, including post-M&A disputes, public takeover disputes, shareholder disputes and squeeze-out proceedings. Counsel Evert Verwey specialises in insolvency-related litigation and other contentious restructuring work.

Testimonials

Dirk Jan Duijnstee is a good communicator who gets the job done.

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

The telecoms team at Clifford Chance is part of the firm's global technology group, which provides multi-practice expertise to its telecoms clients. Gregory Crookes focuses on complex, cross-border M&A and joint ventures between telecoms corporates, while counsel Jaap Tempelman's expertise lies in technology-related commercial contracts, regulatory matters and litigation. The group's work includes advising L2Fiber Rotterdam on the greenfield establishment of fibre optic network operations in Rotterdam.

Testimonials

A great team, international expertise, pragmatic, and pro-active. They  bring new solutions to complex international, non-standard situations.’

Key clients

Tele2

Turkcell

Xiaomi

Delta Fiber Netherlands

L2Fiber

Investment funds Tier 2

Senior counsel Marian Scheele and counsel Robert Smits head the funds and investment management practice at Clifford Chance, which provides a full service across the sector, including high-level regulatory advice on AIFMD, UCITSD and MiFID licensing, as well as other structuring advice on jurisdictions, operational formats, and governments. The firm also has strong tax structuring capabilities, with head of tax Michiel Sunderman a key name in this area.

Testimonials

I would highly recommend Clifford Chance as advisor in the investment fund business. Investment funds and their managers are heavily regulated today and the fund documentation can become very complex. I have appreciated Clifford Chance’s expertise in this specific area. 

Clifford Chance has excellent capabilities in a number of different jurisdictions. This ensures that they can provide integrated advice on cross border fund structures. 

The investment fund team at Clifford Chance combines expert knowledge on all relevant legal and regulatory fields with a practical approach. This offers clients an efficient one-stop shop for their legal and fiscal questions relating to investment funds.

Marian Scheele has advised us on various matters in relation to investment fund documentation. The case was well researched and had a clearly defined strategy, with the focus on getting the client an actual result. Marian was excellent in client communication, a great person to have on your side.  

Michiel Sunderman is an excellent tax lawyer for fund structuring. Michiel has great in depth knowledge about Dutch tax aspects of fund structures. 

Marian Scheele is a great advisor on AIFMD and MiFID. Very client oriented.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Asset Management

EQT

Aegon Asset Management

Rabobank

Blue Sky Group

Multifund

Antler

State Street Global Advisors

Orange Capital Partners

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Clifford Chance advises a range of financial institutions on restructuring and insolvency matters. A recent matter highlight for the firm includes advising Hemisphere on the restructuring of its debt of approximately $1bn. This matter is being led by practice head Ilse van Gasteren, who is 'experienced and pragmatic'. Also leading the practice is Jelle Hofland. The firm's client roster includes Rabobank, ING Bank, ABN AMRO.

Testimonials

Not only good know how of the legal aspects but also willingness and ability to think along on more strategic topics surounding the insolvency/restructuring theme‘.

One of the leading teams. Very pragmatic and commercial team of people, more so than most other parties in the market. Strong international network‘.

Jelle Hofland – leader of the team; very pragmatic and commercial. Fun to work with. Isle van Gasteren; made partner last year. Experienced and pragmatic. Evert Verweij; strong up and coming restructuring professional‘.

Key clients

Rabobank

ING Bank N.V.

ABN AMRO

NIBC

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Employment Tier 3

Clifford Chance is home to an employment team that is particularly adept at working with the firm's corporate team, in relation to the pensions, incentives, and employment aspects of M&A or capital markets transactions, as well as providing a strong joint service in the field of Brexit planning, generally working alongside the firm's London office. Floris van de Bult heads the team and is particularly recommended for remuneration work in the financial sector as well as boardroom advice, while Wijnanda Rutten is a key contact for pension work. Senior associate IJsbrand de Jong joined the team in 2019 from Allen & Overy LLP.

Testimonials

The employment team has a very good understanding of our business and understands what is needed. They provide very practical and high quality advice.

I worked with Clifford Chance for a litigation. I found the approach pragmatic and clear. Questions and suggestions are being discussed in a professional manner and I very much felt supported.

Floris van de Bult is very quick to respond and has a natural authority in the case matter.

Floris van de Bult is one of the best employment lawyers in the Netherlands. His counsel is top notch. He understands his clients, is practical and commercial.

 

Key clients

MarketAxess

Naspers

Aegon

NSI

Flow Traders

Prologis

Adyen

Mizuho Bank

Stichting Pensioenfonds ING

NDC mediagroep B.V.

Stichting Beroepspensioenfonds Loodsen

PGGM

Pon

Koole

Delta

Riverstone and Carlyle and HES International

Audax/Ako

Energy: transactional Tier 3

Providing a full-service offering to clients, from corporate and finance to capital markets and regulatory expertise,  Clifford Chance's focus lies on novel financing arrangements and cross-border M&A activity in the energy sector, particularly on renewable energy acquisitions. Hein Tonnaer and Liesbeth Buiter jointly lead the team.

Key clients

Blue Elephant

Capital Stage AG

Eneco

Eurus Energy Europe

Lagerweij

Mitsubishi Corporation

Yard Energy

Shell

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 3

Clifford Chance represents clients in litigation and arbitration relating to ownership and transactions disputes, utilising the firm's global reach to act on cross-border investigations, alongside regulatory matters and enforcement. The practice is led by Dirk-Jan Duynstee.

Real estate Tier 3

Clifford Chance has a core focus on portfolio deals, advising on all aspects including developments, acquisitions, disposals and financing, especially for logistics centres, hotels and residential properties. Jelle Hofland and Jaap Koster led a team which assisted Orange Capital Partners with the acquisition of a portfolio of around 450 residential properties from Rubens Capital Partners in a deal worth €90m. For transactional work covering a wide range of asset classes, Liesbeth Buiter is the key name to note. Also recommended are Titus de Vries are Hein Tonnaer, who specialise in financing matters.

Key clients

ASR Vastgoed Vermogensbeheer

OCP

GIC

Allianz

BlackRock

PGGM

Amvest

GreenOak Europe

ING Bank

Rabobank

Prologis

Tax Tier 3

At Clifford Chance, the team stands out for its 'good knowledge, practical approach and good communication with clients'. The practice acts for international and domestic corporates, private equity houses, banks, investment managers and pension funds, among them Morgan Stanley and AccorInvest. 'Leading practitionerMichiel Sunderman, who is 'very responsive', advises on the full range of tax matters, including those associated with M&A, financial restructurings, fund structuring, corporate, cross-border, and structured finance transactions.

Testimonials

Fast advice of excellent quality, especially in M&A related transactions. Good value for money.

Team led by Michiel Sunderman, a leading practitioner, excellent quality, very responsive. Nolan Groenland – very capable young associate, in particular in employment related matters.

Clifford Chance Netherlands has a tax team with good knowledge, a practical approach and good communication with clients.

Open communication, pleasant to work with. Individuals are equally critical of “opposite parties” and “our side”. This is the advice I look for, because an adviser that just confirms my own views does not add any value. Therefore I consider the individuals that I work with at Clifford Chance Dutch tax team critical in a positive way.

Key clients

3i

ABN AMRO BANK

AccorInvest

Adyen

AMC Networks

American Towers Corporation

APG

Credit Agricole

CVC Capital Partners

DSM

ENGIE

EQT

GIC

Gilde Buy-Out

ING Bank

Kiwa

KKR

Morgan Stanley

NIBC Bank

OCI

PGGM

Pon

Rabobank

Sanoma

TMF

Unibail-Rodamco

Veolia

Westfield

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

The team at Clifford Chance represents a diverse client base, including national corporations, sovereign states and international organisations. The firm is respected for its 'straightforward practical advice' and for always being 'three or four steps ahead'. Counsel Juliette Luycks, who heads the practice, has experience in commercial arbitration under the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, ICC, Milan Chamber of Arbitration and Uncitral rules. Recent work includes representing an international media company in a dispute regarding an alleged breach of warranties following the sale of its media business, in a matter worth €20m.

Testimonials

Straightforward practical advice, non-theoretical. Out-of-the-box solutions. Always three or four steps ahead of the counterparty.

Guido Bergervoet is an outstanding litigator with good commercial sense. Able to grasp difficult matters at a very quick pace. If needed comes with out-of-the-box solutions, which can make all the difference in the case.

EU and competition Tier 4

Clifford Chance's well-rated antitrust practice regularly advises on complex multi-jurisdictional merger control cases. A matter highlight includes advising Spotify on its submissions to the ACM as part of an investigation into mobile app stores. The practice head is Frans Muller, a 'sound, efficient and accessible lawyer'.

Testimonials

Practicable, fast and sound advice. Very capable particularly in M&A transactions‘.

Team led by Frans Muller – a sound, efficient and accessible lawyer. Very competent associates‘.

Good knowledge in their field of expertise‘.

Frans Muller is very knowledgeable and not afraid to challenge business partners on the status quo, all in a pleasant manner‘.

Key clients

Spotify

Tele2

Xiaomi

Naspers

DSM

Sanoma

3i

KKR

EQT Partners

CACEIS

Apax Partners

Gilde

Parcom

IK Investment Partners

Pon

The firm: Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, it prides itself on its approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. The firm always strives to exceed the expectations of its clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. It provides them with the highest quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Types of work undertaken:

Capital markets: the capital markets practice concentrates on securities transactions and other products sold into the capital markets. The practice is founded on a full-service US and UK securities law capability, complemented by local securities law expertise in each of the key financial centres. It provides practical, integrated legal advice covering the full spectrum of global capital raising activities including public and private domestic and international offerings of traditional debt and equity securities as well as convertible and other derivative and structured securities.

Corporate: the corporate practice handles some of the world’s largest and most complex M&A transactions. It combines global transaction capability with a full service of English, US and civil law expertise in the key financial centres across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. In addition to mainstream M&A, the firm also encompasses leading specialist practices in: commercial contracts, competition and antitrust, communications, energy, healthcare, financial institutions, funds, investment banking, insurance, media and technology, and private equity.

Finance: Clifford Chance’s finance practice is the leading international finance practice of any law firm. The practice provides highly commercial and practical advice across the full spectrum of financial products including syndicated lending and leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, derivative products, project finance, financial regulatory, insolvency, restructuring and structured finance.

Litigation, dispute resolution and risk management: the firm has experience in virtually all segments of the business and financial markets across multiple jurisdictions. The lawyers work with clients to resolve disputes efficiently and effectively – whether through arbitration, litigation or other techniques.

Real estate: Clifford Chance’s leading real estate practice offers UK, European, Asian and US real estate capability. The practice advises the real estate industry’s leading players on the entire property ‘life-cycle’ from the initial acquisition, development, leasing, joint venturing and financing through to the final exit, as well as tax structuring, PFI/PPP, corporate outsourcing, planning, environment and litigation.

Tax, pensions, employment and incentives: Clifford Chance has one of the world’s largest international tax groups within a single law firm. The firm is uniquely placed to provide leading edge advice to clients, and the practice is structured on an integrated global basis. Local tax groups within the practice work closely with areas such as securitisation, securities, M&A, corporate restructuring, private equity, real estate and funds.

The pan-European VAT group advises on all areas of VAT and has particular strength advising on novel and complex issues in the structured finance, financial services, corporate finance and real estate sectors.

The team of experienced employment, employee benefits, ERISA, immigration and pensions specialists work with clients from a wide range of sectors to address local and cross-border issues.

International offices:Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Casablanca, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jakarta*, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Perth, Prague, Rome, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., Riyadh**

*Linda Widyati & Partners in association with Clifford Chance

**Clifford Chance has a co-operation agreement with Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in Riyadh


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 Leonard Cleland photo Leonard Cleland
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Number of partners : 550
Number of other fee-earners : 3,300

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