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

DLA Piper

The β€˜quick, service-minded’ team at DLA Piper provides β€˜tailored advice’ and has β€˜in-depth industry knowledge’. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ Richard Fens advised GPS Netherlands on its purchase of Hydrocarbon Hotel from Varo Energy Tankstorage. Group head Daphne Bens acted for Cushman & Wakefield on its acquisition of DTZ Zadelhoff. Pieter Paul Terpstra made partner in May 2017. Barbara van Hussen left the firm.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

Part of the firm’s wider international trade, regulatory and governmental affairs department, DLA Piper’s competition practice is β€˜very familiar with the market’. Practice head LΓ©on Korsten advised Mortelcentrale Cuijk on an ACM investigation. Other clients include ING, Royal Reesink and OSI Group.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s practice handles a wide range of employment and pensions matters, and counts technology, retail, aviation and the financial services as sectors of particular activity. Group head HΓ©lΓ¨ne Bogaard advised AkzoNobel’s central works council on the company’s self-defence against various takeover bids; Marnix Holtzer is also recommended.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

With experience in the public and the private sector, Bart Koolhaas leads DLA Piper’s team, which counts Sabic, Deme Group, Legio International and Welcome to the Future among its client roster. Associate Jaap Lameijer is also recommended.

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Private equity
Private equity - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s β€˜quick, service-minded’ department is led jointly by Daphne Bens and Casper Hamersma; Bens advised Avedon Capital Partners on its purchase of an 80% stake in WCC Group. Other clients include Rabo Investments. Barbara van Hussen left the firm.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s β€˜extensively knowledgeable’ department is often involved in high-value cross-border transactions. The β€˜strategic’, β€˜very calm and highly experienced’ Hans-Mark Giezen is β€˜especially knowledgeable about hotels and leisure’; he and β€˜very friendly, smart’, β€˜creative’ practice head Monique Laenen acted for Hansteen Netherlands on the €300m sale of its Dutch logistics portfolio to Blackstone and M7 Real Estate.

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

The β€˜well-organised’ team at DLA Piper β€˜understands business and finance perspectives as well as legal R&I frameworks’. β€˜Hands-on’ practice head Marc Molhuysen provides β€˜to-the-point advice’; he assisted Care International Group with its cross-border restructuring.

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Tax - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s β€˜very good’ team is known for its international strength and transfer pricing expertise. Practice head Daan Arends acted for Hansteen Holdings on the tax aspects concerning the €1.3bn sale of its German and Dutch industrial property portfolio to Blackstone. The β€˜very creative and pragmatic’ Paulus Merks, who is β€˜a true global player’, is leading advice to Discovery Communications on the tax aspects of Brexit-related migration planning and structuring matters. The team was bolstered by the arrival of transfer pricing expert Clive Jie-A-Joen from EY.

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Netherlands: Banking and finance

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

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s β€˜efficient’ team has experience in acquisition financings, especially for private equity clients. Group head Lex Oosterling led advice to Royal A-ware on the cross-border refinancing of a number of subsidiaries. Gerard Kneppers is a name to note. Max Mayer was a new arrival from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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Financial services regulatory
Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Jointly led by Paul Hopman and associate JuliΓ«t de Graaf, DLA Piper’s department has strong cross-border capabilities. De Graaf is advising Rabobank on the regulatory issues regarding a derivatives misselling matter. Other clients include ING, MS Amlin and Ares Management.

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Lender or arranger side
Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s β€˜excellent’ finance and projects group is noted for its β€˜great cross-border transactions expertise’. The β€˜pragmatic’ Gerard Kneppers, who β€˜smoothly coordinates negotiations’, is advising ING, Rabobank and ABN Amro on a secured financing for Trading Company Rotterdam. The practice is headed by the β€˜reliable’ Lex Oosterling, who is β€˜a true dealmaker’. Other clients include RBS, Amsterdam Trade Bank and Aareal Bank.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

The β€˜thriving practice’ at DLA Piper has considerable international arbitration expertise. Marnix Holtzer, along with well-regarded senior associates Wouter de Clerck and Michiel Coenraads, is leading advice to Lone Star on arbitration proceedings against the Dutch state arising from Lone Star’s €1bn acquisition of all shares in Propertize. LΓ©on Korsten heads the practice.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Considered to be β€˜very client-oriented’ and β€˜to the point’, DLA Piper’s practice handles corporate, commercial and financial litigation. Practice head LΓ©on Korsten acted for Conservatrix in a shareholder litigation matter brought before the Enterprise Chamber arising from its disposal by DNB to Eli Global. Clients also recommend Marnix Holtzer and Ewald Netten, who β€˜makes the difference in litigation’ and β€˜has an eye for finding a solution’.

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Netherlands: Energy

Energy: Transactional - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s practice is led jointly by projects specialist Gerard Kneppers and β€˜very knowledgeable, service-minded’ restructuring and transaction expert Richard Fens. Pieter Paul Terpstra advised Navigant Consulting on its €10m purchase of Ecofys from Eneco.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

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

DLA Piper

Though known mostly for its patent capabilities, the team at DLA Piper often handles commercial contracts, corporate structuring and data privacy. Paul Reeskamp heads the group jointly with patent attorney Johan Renes, who arrived from JPWaVe in March 2017. Merus and Fresenius Kabi are clients.

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Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s team is jointly headed by Joris Willems and M&A expert Daphne Bens, with support from data protection specialist Richard van Schaik. Willems advised Naspers on negotiating agreements with over 25 IT service providers.

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

At DLA Piper, IP expert Richard van Schaik, who is frequently active in data protection and advertising matters, is the key name. Clients include beIN Media Group, HBO Netherlands and Netflix. Barbara van Hussen left the firm.

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Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper

IT and telecoms expert Joris Willems heads DLA Piper’s practice, with support from regulatory, competition and procurement specialist LΓ©on Korsten. Willems advised Veon on the establishment of a global shared services centre. Vodafone Libertel is another client.

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: Patents - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper

Paul Reeskamp leads the team at DLA Piper, which counts multi-jurisdictional litigation and parallel import litigation as key strengths. He represented Fresenius Kabi in a case against Eli Lilly regarding a generic for the latter’s Alimta drug. Patent attorney Johan Renes joined from JPWaVe in March 2017.

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Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 4

DLA Piper

The practice at DLA Piper has strong experience in multi-jurisdictional matters. Group head Niels Mulder coordinated pan-European trade mark infringement proceedings for MoΓ«t-Hennessy, and assisted Spin Master with enforcement actions against retailers of counterfeit versions of its Bunchems toy.

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

Legal Developments in Netherlands

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  • New Late Payments Directive

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

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

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

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

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

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
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    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
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  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

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

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

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