Firm Profile > Clifford Chance > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Clifford Chance
DROOGBAK 1A
1013 GE AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 1

Clifford Chance continues to be a formidable presence in the Dutch market, advising several of the jurisdiction's most prominent financial institutions, along with a host of tope-end international clients. Leveraged finance specialist Titus de Vries heads the team, in addition to working on syndicated lending matters. Other key names within the firm include English-qualified Angela McEwan, who leads on many of the firm's matters which overlap with the UK, counsel Jackie Jones, who focuses on trade and commodity finance, and Hein Tonnaer, who heads the firm’s renewables group and is heavily involved in project finance.

Practice head(s):

Titus de Vries

Other key lawyers:

Titus de Vries; Angela McEwan; Jackie Jones; Hein Tonnaer

Testimonials

Expertise and international reactivity.’

Key clients

ING BANK N.V.

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A

Waterland

Pemberton

Gilde Buy Out Partners

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Tom Tom N.V.

Avignon Capital

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

HSBC

FBN Capital Limited

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

Capital markets: debt Tier 1

Clifford Chance's group remains one of the Netherland's strongest DCM practices, and is praised by clients for its 'broad and in-depth knowledge of the regulatory and government aspects' . Jurgen van der Meer is primarily active on the firm's large-scale issuer mandates, with a particular focus on deals with a complex cross-border structure, and leads the team alongside senior counsel Tineke Kothe, whose recent issuer-side work has focused heavily on green bonds, in addition to lead manager work for several large financial institutions. Senior associate Hugo van der Molen is a name to note, particularly regarding EU regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Jurgen van der Meer; Tineke Kothe

Other key lawyers:

Hugo van der Molen

Testimonials

‘Broad and in-depth knowledge of developments in market practice, regulatory and governmental aspects of the capital markets. Strongest Dutch firm in FIG DCM. ’

‘Jurgen van der Meer possesses strong analytical skills, a good overview of market practice and what peers are doing, and an in-depth knowledge of (and the implementation of) European regulatory directives. ’

Key clients

Rabobank

ABN AMRO

LeasePlan Corporation

PostNL

Morgan Stanley

OCI

Telefonica Europe

Stedin Holding

Deutsche Bank

Siemens

Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Clifford Chance has recognised mediation expertise in CEDR accredited mediator and counsel Juliette Luycks, who also leads the firm's arbitration practice. Additionally, clients benefit from the input of respected corporate and securities litigator Dirk-Jan Duynstee, who is also experienced in insolvency disputes. The team handles a broad range of mediation on behalf of a premium client base of domestic and international leading companies.

Practice head(s):

Dirk-Jan Duynstee; Juliette Luycks

Private equity Tier 1

Clifford Chance handles the full spectrum of private equity mandates with key expertise in the financial services, retail, industrial, chemical and TMT sectors. The group regularly leverages the firm’s wider global network to collaborate on big-ticket cross-border transactions; in a recent highlight, the team advised Blackstone on its acquisition of CRH Europe Distribution. Mark-Jan Arends leads the practice, which includes Hans Beerlage, who ‘has a strong commercial awareness’, cross-border specialist Gregory Crookes and Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier, who is experienced in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Thijs Alexander retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mark-Jan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Hans Beerlage; Gregory Crookes; Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier; Hansuya Reddy

Testimonials

‘High quality team with very experienced partners and all legal niches in-house.’

‘Jeroen Thijssen – highly experienced senior partner, deals very well with complex and multi-faceted situations. Low ego and focused on getting deals done.’

‘Hansuya Reddy – highly capable associate, responsive, accurate and very smart, real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Partners Group

Cinven

Gilde

Egeria

KKR

EQT Partners

Apax Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Blackstone Group

Equistone

Project finance and PFI Tier 1

Clifford Chance leverages its strong Dutch and English law capabilities to provide an 'unparalleled insight and a very commercial view on transactions'. Standout mandates include acting for Rabobank on the €500m project financing of Windpark Zeewolde and the development of the largest onshore wind farm in the Netherlands. The sizeable multi-disciplinary team also has a stellar reputation acting for lenders, sponsors and institutional investors in the energy sector. Hein Tonnaer is frequently supported by associate Mike Niekoop. Other key figures include Liesbeth Buiter, English-qualified Angela McEwen, counsel Nanette Rutgers and senior consultant Jaap Koster.

Practice head(s):

Hein Tonnaer; Liesbeth Buiter; Nanette Rutgers; Titus de Vries

Other key lawyers:

Mike Niekoop; Angela McEwen; Jaap Koster

Testimonials

‘Knowledge in the digital infrastructure space – thinking about novel structures in order to accommodate the fast growth profile in this space’

‘Hein Tonnaer – knowledgeable and people driven. Mike Niekoop – detail-driven, safe pair of hands, fast turn around’

‘Great track record in financing renewables, especially in NL market and aware of all relevant issues and ways to mitigate.’

‘Hein Tonnaer, very approachable, smart and flexible in finding ways to bring diverging interests together.’

‘Nanette Rutgers – very good work, grasp of details as well as keeping a focus on the big picture. Focused on improving the transaction for all parties involved and solution oriented. Next to that great people skills.’

‘Clifford Chance are market leaders in PF across Europe with unparalleled insight and a very commercial view on transactions. They can be trusted to ensure smooth execution of deals. The advice and diligence is thorough, but with a strong understanding of how deals are closed allowing for efficient negotiation’

‘Mike Niekoop – Mike responsive, diligent, commercial. He understands the finance market and is proactive in finding solutions to ensure transactions are moving towards close ’

‘A professional deal team with Project Finance subject matter experts. This team knows where the market is from a legal standpoint. They are involved in many project finance transactions. ’

‘Partner Hein Tonnaer and Associate Mike Niekoop can be considered subject matter experts, are professional up to the highest of standards and are readily available when needed. ’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced industry team taking a pragmatic view on matters.’

‘Hein Tonnaer – solid lawyer, strong industry knowledge, pragmatic Liesbeth Bleeker – dedicated, thorough understanding of EPC contracts, customer oriented, no nonsense lawyer.’

Key clients

Rabobank

the Nederlandse Waterschapsbank (NWB Bank)

Deutsche Bank AG

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Banco Santander S.A.

Natixis

ASN Bank

BNG Bank

Triodos Bank

Triodos Groene Funds

EAIF

Eurus Energy

YARD ENERGY

Windpark Fryslân

NIBC Bank N.V

Nomura

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sociéte General

Mitsubishi

FMO (NEDERLANDSE FINANCIERINGS-MAATSCHAPPIJ VOORONTWIKKELINGSLANDEN N.V.)

Blue Elephant Energy AG

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Clifford Chance advises lenders, funds, alternative investors, sponsors and companies on complex domestic and international restructurings. Its multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional team leverages the strength of the firm's banking, capital markets and corporate practices. Jelle Hofland is experienced in leveraged finance transactions, syndicated lending and complex restructurings. Ilse van Gasteren jointly heads the team with Hofland.

Practice head(s):

Ilse van Gasteren; Jelle Hofland

Key clients

Rabobank

ING Bank N.V.

ABN AMRO

NIBC

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Transport Tier 1

Clifford Chance combines strong asset financing capabilities for shipping and aviation clients with notable litigation and regulatory expertise, including English law capabilities courtesy of Angela McEwan, who also specialises in structured finance and syndicated lending. The firm advises major domestic and international banks, as well as flag carriers, shipping companies, and other owner-operators, regularly advising on complex cross-border arrangements. The team is led by Hein Tonnaer, who focuses on asset and project finance, and has deep knowledge of the shipping and aviation sectors. Associate Mike Niekoop is noted for his broad financing expertise and work on cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Hein Tonnaer

Other key lawyers:

Mike Niekoop; Carlijn Tenge; Angela McEwan

Testimonials

‘The firm is very efficient and gets to the core of the problem.’

‘Mike Niekoop, Carlijn Tenge, Hein Tonnaer and the rest of the team in Netherlands, Italy and all over the world that we have engaged together have been supporting us throughout these years with so much passion and dedication. You can expect them to provide legal advisory incorporating commercial elements.’

Key clients

BOC Aviation Limited

Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V.

Milestone Aviation Group Limited

Transavia Airlines C.V.

Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Ireland) Ltd.

Goshawk Aviation Limited

Credit Agricole

BNP Paribas SA

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Limited

Investec

IC AirLease One Limited

PK AirFinance

SMBC

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd

ABN AMRO

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

Clifford Chance continues to act for several of the largest domestic financial institutions, in addition to a cadre of high-profile international clients, particularly in relation to mortgage-backed securities and collateralised loan obligations. The practice is led by receivables financing specialist Folko De Vries along with Jurgen van der Meer, who specialises in capital markets transactions, with recent work including several high-value covered bonds matters. Senior counsel Tineke Kothe is also highly recommended, while the firm saw the departure of Peiter van Welzen in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Jurgen van der Meer; Folko de Vries

Other key lawyers:

Tineke Kothe

Key clients

NIBC Bank

ABN AMRO

Barclays Bank

Morgan Stanley

Floryn

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Clifford Chance acts for large-scale borrowers active in a wide variety of industry sectors, with significant recent mandates in energy financing, acquisition financing for private equity, and real estate financing. The firm is also recommended in regard to its work for consortiums of multiple corporates, handling large-scale acquisition financing. Titus de Vries heads the group, while other key names within the team include Folko de Vries and Hein Tonnaer. Jelle Hofland is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Titus de Vries

Other key lawyers:

Folko de Vries; Hein Tonnaer; Jelle Hofland

Testimonials

‘Expertise; reactive; international.’

Key clients

Grandvision N.V.

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Picnic

Hemisphere International Properties B.V.

Windpark Fryslân

Eurus

YARD ENERGY

Cooperatieve Rabobank

EQT

Waterland

Parcom

IK Investment Partners

Gilde Healthcare

Nordian

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Titus de Vries and Jurgen Van Der Meer lead the team at Clifford Chance, which is recommended for cross-border work and work involving the fintech sector. Senior counsel Marian Scheele is another key figure within the team, with significant experience in the regulatory aspects of investment funds, as well as acting for fintech clients alongside Amsterdam managing partner Bas Boris Visser, while Robert Smits is highly regarded for AIFMD and UCITS work.

Practice head(s):

Titus de Vries; Jurgen van der Meer

Other key lawyers:

Marian Scheele; Bas Boris Visser; Robert Smits

Key clients

Adyen

TenCent

Worldpay

Florijn

ING Group

MarketAxess

DeGiro

LiteBit

Emesa

Rabobank

BNP Asset Management

Blue Sky Group

IMC

Aegon Investment Management

CACEIS

Capital markets: equity Tier 2

Clifford Chance maintains strong relationships with a wide array of large domestic and international financial institutions, and as such the firm is a frequent presence in large IPOs and other offerings, acting on behalf of bookrunners, coordinators, and lead managers. In addition, the firm remains active on the corporate side, undertaking several large IPO mandates as issuer counsel. Hans Beerlage leads the group along with senior counsel Han Teerink, both of whom take leading roles on the firm's largest ECM deals.

Practice head(s):

Hans Beerlage; Han Teerink

Testimonials

‘The Clifford Chance team combines unparalleled local and international expertise. Clifford’s responsiveness, diligence and commercial focus is unrivalled in the market. The team was the key in getting the deal through the finish line in spite of the various hurdles, including those posed by Covid-19. ’

‘Hans Beerlage is great and very experienced. He knows the intricacies of capital markets and IPOs inside out. Han Teerink has unmatched knowledge and a wealth of experience. He provides advice with an invaluable commercial focus.’

Key clients

Adyen

Mondelez International

ING Bank N.V.

Morgan Stanley

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Flow Traders

NSI

Rabobank

CACEIS

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

JC Flowers

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 2

The ‘high-quality team of very experienced partners’ at Clifford Chance is led by Mark-Jan Arends, who ‘adapts quickly to the needs of the client’ and handles corporate and corporate finance matters, as well as the related notarial issues. The group’s extensive sector expertise is notably prominent in the financial services and banking sectors, with clients including ABN AMRO, Rabobank and KKR. The team also leverages the firm’s one-Europe approach and wider global network to excel in cross-border transactions; most notably, Blackstone’s acquisition of CRH Europe Distribution. Other key practitioners include Hans Beerlage, Gregory Crookes and Jeroen Thijssen. Thijs Alexander retired in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mark-Jan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Hans Beerlage; Gregory Crookes; Jeroen Thijssen; Hansuya Reddy

Testimonials

‘It is a very comprehensive team. They have short internal lines and work well together. Compared to others I really see a very good hands-on mentality.’

‘The individuals that work at the firm are very pragmatic and always willing to go the extra mile. They will reach out to partners across the globe to provide you with the best possible solution.’

‘High quality team, very experienced partners and expertise on all legal niches available in-house.’

‘Jeroen Thijssen: a highly experienced partner, very good in complex and multi-faceted transactions. Low ego, focused on getting the deal done.’

‘Hansuya Reddy: a very strong associate, responsive, accurate, very good subject matter expertise. Real pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Blackstone Group

CACEIS

Cinven

Gilde Buy Out Partners

KKR

Rabobank

Mitsubishi Corporation

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Royal DSM

Partners Group

Sanoma

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Dirk-Jan Duynstee and aribtrator Juliette Luycks lead a 'top-of-the-bill' disputes practice at Clifford Chance which is particularly dominant in high-level insolvency litigation. Duynstee, a 'fantastic defence counsel', is leading advice to the Dutch State in respect of a claim brought by the former CEO of DNB following the bank's bankruptcy. The hire of partner Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer from top-tier NautaDutilh adds valuable fire power to the practice, along with key instructions, such as defending Deloitte Accountants in a malpractice claim brought by Steinhoff International.    

Practice head(s):

Dirk-Jan Duynstee; Juliette Luycks

Other key lawyers:

Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer

Testimonials

‘The most important qualities of those lawyers are the responsiveness, the orientation to business and the professionalism.’

‘Very knowlegable team operating according to the highest standards of service. Dirk-Jan Duynstee is a great strategist with the ability to very efficiently achieve the commercial goals. He is also a fantastic lead defence counsel in international disputes when the stakes are high. The recent arrival of Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer is also very postive. He is top-notch in defending and settling mass damages claims ’

‘The team is qualified, quick to understand the very specific facts around the software branch and very focused on building a relationship. Dirk-Jan Duynstee stands out for his ability to truly advise on the best approach/course of action. He is not afraid to take a stance.’

‘Good people, high quality, both from a legal and strategic perpsctive, very accessible, top of the bill and comparable to other firms we work with. The entire team is very good, but both Evert Verwey and DJ Duynstee are truly outstanding, in all ways, great to work with.’

‘The strongest point of the firm is the knowledge, ability to deal with complex multijurisdictional cases, the level of experience of the professionals involved in combinaiton with a personal touch when dealing with the case.’

‘Excellent team. Easy to work with. Down-to-earth and strategic approach. Dirk-Jan Duynstee is an excellent/creative litigator and fun to work with. He is to the point and easy going even under difficult circumstances.’

‘Dynamic, sharp and unafraid of hard conflict, this team is an ideal partner for the toughest disputes. Jeroen Owehand and Jeroen Regouw are agile and dynamic, skilled in asserting a client’s legal position and always closely aligned with client goals.’

‘We used the team for Dutch insolvency law advice regarding a key supplier. Flexible team, staffed to the appropriate level of seniority, which provided astute, clear, pragmatic and commercially realistic advice and support.

 

Key clients

The Dutch Ministry of Finance (Staat der Nederlanden – Ministerie van Financiën)

Lucerne Capital Management

Airbus

Nalco Water

Maxeda DIY

Deutsche Bank

Shell

Louis Dreyfus Company

Crédit Agricole

ING Bank

Deloitte Accountants

Morgan Stanley

Eneco

Energy: transactional Tier 2

Clifford Chance draws on expertise from its corporate, finance, notarial and tax lawyers to provide a holistic approach to transactional matters in the energy sector. With it having Dutch and English law capabilities, the firm is well-placed to handle innovative cross-border finance transactions and M&A. The group is jointly led by Hein Tonnaer, recently promoted partner Liesbeth Buiter and counsel Nanette Rutgers. Tonnaer focuses on project finance and is noted for his deep knowledge of the renewables sector, including offshore, onshore, solar, wind and battery storage.

Practice head(s):

Hein Tonnaer; Liesbeth Buiter; Nanette Rutgers

Other key lawyers:

Angela McEwan; Thomas Heijerman; Mike Niekoop; Lotte de Bruin; Philip Walsh

Testimonials

‘Good availability and reactivity’.

‘Most importantly out-of-the-box thinking’.

‘They seem to actively try to avoid being rigid in thinking about structures’.

‘Hein Tonnaer and Nanette Rutgers have gone the extra mile on several projects I worked with them; they have a calm and clear way of explaining complex topics’

‘Great track record in financing renewables’

‘Hein Tonnaer is very approachable, smart and flexible in finding ways to bring diverging interests together’.

‘Nanette Rutgers has a very good grasp of the details, as well as keeping focus on the big picture’.

‘Knowledgeable, solution-focussed, fast and client-oriented.’

Key clients

Rabobank

Eurus Energy

YARD ENERGY

Windpark Fryslân

EAIF

Mitsubishi Corporation

BEEGO/Blue Elephant Energy AG

Encavis

Deutsche Bank AG

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Banco Santander S.A.

Natixis

ASN Bank

BNG Bank

Triodos Bank

Triodos Groene Funds

NIBC Bank N.V

Nomura

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Sociéte General

FMO (NEDERLANDSE FINANCIERINGS-MAATSCHAPPIJ VOORONTWIKKELINGSLANDEN N.V.)

Investment funds Tier 2

Clifford Chance is highly rated for providing 'high quality, cross-border advice on complex structures'. Marian Scheele has a wealth of experience spanning financial regulatory and legal aspects of financial institutions, with a focus on asset managers. Robert Smits also has a broad practice including expertise in AIFMD and Ucits depositaries. The firm's client roster covers fund managers, sponsors and institutional investors, assisting with the gamut of work from fund formation to structuring and ongoing licence requirements. Michiel Sunderman provides specialist tax advice, and senior associate Tjerk de Jonge routinely advises on the establishment of funds, and the establishment of separate managed accounts.

Practice head(s):

Marian Scheele; Robert Smits

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Chester; Tjerk de Jonge; Michiel Sunderman

Testimonials

‘Very experienced in regulatory matters around investment management business ’

‘Pleasant cooperation with all involved (partners & associates). practical approach. ’

‘The team led by Alexander Chester have excellent skills and knowledge in the Investment funds practice, who are assisting us on a daily basis with setting up complex carry and co-investment structures. Compared with other firms Clifford Chance is able to better handle the complexity of our schemes and very high pace in which we are setting them up. Unlike many other firms, Clifford is able to always arrange for their teams to be perfectly staffed for dealing with the high workload we are bringing them.’

‘Alexander Chester is an excellent lawyer, who is always able to find a super practical solution rather than throwing extensive memos. Alex really helps our working more efficient.’

‘Tjerk de Jonge is a rising star, who has an excellent skill-set as both a corporate but also as an investment fund lawyer. Always finds the most practical no-nonsense solution for complex issues. ’

‘Strong combinations of regulatory, legal and funds practice. High quality cross border advice on complex structures. ’

‘Michiel Sunderman: excellent fiscal lawyer, with extensive knowledge of the manner in which funds can be set up. Marian Scheele: regulatory expert.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Asset Management

Rabobank

Aegon Asset Management

PGGM

Blue Sky Group

EQT

Multifund

Tax Tier 2

Clifford Chance supports its premium client base in high-end, cross-border M&A and finance transactions, as well as advising on the tax aspects of real estate and energy projects. It can assist on all aspects of corporate and financial taxation including international cross-border structures and transactions. The modest-sized team in Amsterdam is part of one of the largest international tax teams globally. Michiel Sunderman is widely respected and 'always available for good discussions with a broader scope'. Nolan Groenland  is a key associate and a 'very knowledgeable and proactive tax lawyer'.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Sunderman

Other key lawyers:

Nolan Groenland

Testimonials

Pro-active attitude, quick responses and always available for discussions.’

Michiel Sunderman has a pro-active attitude, always available for good discussions with a broader scope, well prepared, good knowledge, clear impact description/explanation of the (proposed changes of) provisions in legal documentation.

Availability and very easy to approach all service lines.

Associate Nolan Groenland is my contact person and is a very knowledgeable and proactive tax lawyer.’

Stern Flik is our main contact. He is an exceptional tax expert as he has direct answers on basically any tax matter in the real estate market in the Netherlands. He is always our go-to guy.’

They are all-round. And have immediate answers.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Corporation and Chubu

Rabobank

Goldman Sachs

Sanoma

AXA IM

Partners Group

Blue Elephant Energy

Orange Capital Partners/GIC

NIBC

BlackRock

Equistone

CACEIS

Quantum

Avignon Capital

Pacific Asset Management Company

OCI

J.P. Morgan

Employment Tier 3

Clifford Chance offers high-end, cross-border employment and pensions services, with noted strengths in M&A-related employment work. The ‘pragmatic and cost-efficient’ team is well-regarded for reorganisations, remuneration and employee co-determination matters. Its integrated pensions practice advises Dutch and international clients on cross-border issues, including international asset transfers, restructurings and litigation. Floris van de Bult, who is a co-head of the global employment group, counts international blue-chip companies as key clients.

Practice head(s):

Floris van de Bult

Other key lawyers:

Wijnanda Rutten; Sara Schermerhorn

Testimonials

‘International practice with a single point of coordination between all countries’.

‘Quick follow-up on outstanding actions’.

‘Good advice and alternative solutions where necessary’.

‘The team is very knowledgeable, has a very short response time and is always available for calls’.

‘I feel like I am the only client of the team’.

‘Pragmatic and cost-efficient approach’.

‘Combining local knowledge and presence with an international network’.

‘Good partner availability and high responsiveness’.

Key clients

Various clients

HSBC

Naspers

Mitsubishi Corporation

CACEIS/Credit Agricole

Natwest Markets / RBS

British Steel

Allego

Adyen

Pensioenfonds ING

Aegon

Sanoma

Koole Terminals

Market Axess

Municipality of Rotterdam

NSI

BME | Building Materials Europe

Pon Holdings

Prologis

Aalberts

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3

Clifford Chance’s TMT practice sits within the firm's wider technology group and draws on strength from its global network to advise corporates, private equity houses and financial institutions on telecoms matters. The team is headed by counsel Jaap Tempelman.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Tempelman

Key clients

Xiaomi

Telefónica

Booking.com

Delta Fiber

Deutsche Telekom

Tele2 Sverige AB

OneWeb

Real estate Tier 3

Clifford Chance focuses on the corporate aspects of the real estate market, handling high-value transactions and related matters, such as investment, development projects, joint ventures and tax matters. Its client base includes financiers, borrowers, real estate investment trusts and funds. The team is headed by Titus de Vries, Jelle Hofland, Mark Jan Arends, Michiel Sunderman and recently promoted partner Liesbeth Buiter.

Practice head(s):

Liesbeth Buiter; Titus de Vries; Jelle Hofland; Mark Jan Arends; Michiel Sunderman

Testimonials

‘Provides good service, flexibility and availability’.

‘The power of Clifford Real Estate is a dedicated team that is always available for its clients’.

‘There are no delays, and immediate answers’.

‘They collaborate effectively with their tax, or other relevant, departments’. 

‘The individuals all give you the feeling you are their number 1 client.

They are available and put in the maximum effort. ’

Key clients

Avignon Capital

AXA IM – Real Assets

Patrizia AG

Grape Hospitality International

Prologis

BlackRock Eurozone Core Property Fund

CEREIT

Orange Capital Partners

Credit Suisse

British School

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LLP

NWI Management GmbH

GreenOak

GIC

PGIM

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

Clifford Chance has significant capability in handling some high-value matters on behalf of major companies, including financial institutions. Arbitration under all major international rules is undertaken, including investment treaty arbitration within ICSID rules, for example. Counsel and arbitrator Juliette Luycks has broad experience and works closely with colleagues from the firm's international network where needed.

Practice head(s):

Juliette Luycks

EU and competition Tier 4

The ‘incredibly attentive and responsive’ group at Clifford Chance focuses on multi-jurisdictional merger control work, foreign investment issues, antitrust matters and cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings. The practice, which is led by counsel Frans Muller, counts Spotify, Sanoma and Tele2 as key clients. Associates Céline Vermeulen and Jurre Jurriëns are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Frans Muller

Other key lawyers:

Céline Vermeulen; Jurre Jurriëns

Testimonials

‘The EU Competition practice, and, in particular, Frans Mueller, are incredibly attentive and responsive. They provide insightful, practical and easy to understand advice on even the most complicated topics.’

‘Frans Mueller, based in Amsterdam, is a great lawyer, sage counsellor and effective advocate.’

‘Strong expertise and able to translate this to practical advice.’

‘Frans Muller and Jurre Jurriëns are always approachable for a quick sanity check. Practical advice.’

‘Transaction mindset, close interaction with corporate M&A team and supporting expert lawyers. Quick and easy access to global network and local counsel input with same good quality and quick response times.’

‘Frans Muller, competition law counsel in Amsterdam is a quick thinker, very sharp and knowledgeable.’

‘Excellent focus on partnership with companies by understanding their business and concerns.’

‘Frans Muller has a deep well of knowledge to draw on.’

Key clients

Nouryon

Spotify

Upfield

Sanoma

Royal DSM

Naspers

Tele2

Xiaomi

Pfizer

Teva Europe

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

Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers

Women lawyers open up about their careers and defining choices

Advice To My Younger Self: Reflections of Successful Women Lawyers is published by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Now in its second release, the book is a practical resource for anyone interested in charting a successful career path at a law firm or by moving in-house. It features interviews with 20 women partners, alumnae and in-house counsel, with additional contributions from members of Clifford Chance’s senior management and US-based recruiting team. Visit our website to learn more about practical tips for building your career.

http://www.legal500.com/clifford-chance/advice-to-my-younger-self


RISING LAWYERS open up about their priorities and strategies for success

Their Voices: Insights from Today’s Rising Lawyers by The Legal 500‘s GC Magazine in collaboration with Clifford Chance. Geared primarily for students and junior lawyers, the book is a practical resource for those considering law school or just beginning a legal career. Twenty junior lawyers offer diverse perspectives on what inspires them about the law, and the strategies that are helping them stay in touch with their priorities and define the future of their careers. Their Voices also provides insights for senior lawyers as they mentor the next generation of leaders.

http://www.legal500.com/clifford-chance/their-voices