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DLA Piper

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

DLA Piper’s 'experienced' team provides ‘a practical approach to solutions’. In recent work, the group advised Berlin Hyp on the syndicated senior financing for the purposes of financing part of the acquisition of the “Maastoren” by the joint venture between FOM Real Estate, Asia Pacific Real Estate and Coquine. Max Mayer joined as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Lex Oosterling and Gerard Kneppers are other names to note.

Next Generation Partners

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 2

At DLA PiperJoris Willems, data protection specialist Richard van Schaik, and M&A expert Daphne Bens are the key partners who advised a raft of clients including the Rijks Museum on data privacy compliance. The team is also advising ING Bank on a variety of IT and IT outsourcing matters such as a SaaS outsourcing to Aeos.

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

DLA Piper can deliver comprehensive capabilities to its telecoms clients, including IP, outsourcing, corporate and litigation expertise combined with its cross border reach. It counts the likes of Vodafone-Ziggo, Lebara, Alcatel-Lucent and EchoStar Mobile as clients and assisted Irdeto negotiate a master framework agreement with KPN for the supply of Irdeto’s conditional access technology for KPN’s digital terrestrial broadcasting services in the Netherlands and for the hosting Irdeto’s OTT services for KPN second screen services. Joris Willems and Léon Korsten are the key contacts.

Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper is well rated for 'direct access to partners' who 'understand client objectives, translate this into tailor-made advice, and can act quickly'. Core partners are Monique Laenen, Rutger Oranje, Hans-Mark Giezen, and Leen van der Marel, who was made up in May 2018. It is well known for its cross-border capabilities and full service including corporate, tax, regulatory, and finance services. The team is advising the RJB Group of companies on the purchase of project Valley which will be developed by OVG Real Estate and will include 196 residential units, office space, commercial units, a sky bar, and 375 parking spaces.

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Paul Hopman leads the regulatory practice at DLA Piper. Hopman's clients include banks, insurance companies, investment firms and investment funds.

Construction Tier 3

The 'hands-on' team at DLA Piper is led by Hans-Mark Giezen and Janet Meesters, who joined the practice from Houthoff in June 2018. Meesters, who can 'bring parties together in negotiations and of course gives great practical advice' provides procurement and construction expertise to clients in the infrastructure, waste management, energy, and education sectors. The team is advising RED on the development of what is called the thinnest residential tower in Europe located in Rotterdam. The group is advising on the civil law and public aspects of the acquisition of the land and the construction agreement.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

At DLA Piper, practice head Léon Korsten is ‘calm and calculated’, He successfully represented the ‘Baak' consortium, consisting of Deme Concessions Infrastructure, Ballast Nedam Concessies and Macquarie Corporate Holdings, in litigation concerning the grant of a major infrastructure project. Counsels Janet Meesters  and Arjen de Snoo were new arrivals from Houthoff. Michiel Coenraads has been promoted to partner.

Employment Tier 3

As part of a global network, DLA Piper provides a strong cross-border service in addition to its domestic work. It is advising JD Sports and Sports Unlimited Retail on a class action regarding age discrimination which was filed with the Dutch Human Rights Tribunal. Team head Hélène Bogaard continues to act for easyJet following the strike actions in 2016; the client was successful in the Court in Appeal and the matter is pending at the Supreme Court. Erik Lutjens  and Bas Degelink are both recognised for their pensions expertise. Legal director Johan Zwemmer was a new arrival from Stibbe in 2019.

Environment and planning Tier 3

DLA Piper's 'broad band of specialties' is highlighted as one of its strengths; the team works collaboratively with the real estate, corporate and project finance departments. The group is led by Léon Korsten and has been boosted with the arrival of 'proactive' legal director Arjen de Snoo from Houthoff who 'will always be recommended for environment and planning-related topics'. Acting with their colleagues in Belgium, the Amsterdam-based team advised the DEME Group on matters of planning and environment including flood risk and soil structures in relation to a construction.

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

DLA Piper specialists offer expertise in IP, corporate tax, and employment as well as regulatory and biochemistry matters. Paul Reeskamp and Johan Renes advised Fresenius Kabi in a high-profile patent infringement case against Eli Lilly over a generic version of the latter's Alimta drug, a matter that is being litigated globally. Daphne Bens is advising UK-based Dechra Pharmaceuticals on its acquisition of AST Farma and Le Vet, both based in the Netherlands.

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

Richard van Schaik leads the media and entertainment and data protection groups at DLA Piper and counts the likes of Amazon, VEON, and beIN Media Group among his clients. In recent work he is advising the media company,  DentsuAegis on a dispute concerning a media database.

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

DLA Piper excels in its offering of global IP services and 'its teamwork combined with its European network' is a noted strength. The practice is representing Canadian company Smart Technologies in a patent infringement claim against Dutch company CTouch in respect of patents relating to interactive whiteboards. Experienced IP litigators Paul Reeskamp and Johan Renes are acting for MBH International and its Dutch distributor, Medical4You, against Coloplast before the Court of Appeal concerning a patent for a medical device. Legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis is a key team member.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

DLA Piper is appreciated for its 'in-depth knowledge and experience'. Practice head Marc Molhuysen and his team 'are able to quickly and practically come to a solution for disputes and are very pleasant to deal with'. The group's cross-border capabilities are a hallmark; it is advising the bankruptcy trustee of the Bakker group on the co-ordinated sale of its Dutch and European assets and is running the distressed M&A process.

Tax Tier 3

DLA Piper’s ‘pro-active and knowledgeable ’ team has considerable transfer pricing and cross-border expertise. Practice head Daan Arends acted for The Walt Disney Company in a matter concerning the tax implications of its intellectual property restructuring and migration, securing a favourable tax ruling from the authorities. Legal director Jean Paul Dresen joined in January 2018 from Houthoff. Paulus Merks is now at Houthoff.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

DLA Piper’s team has experience in acquisition financings, especially for private equity clients. Group head Lex Oosterling led advice to Ploeger Oxbo Group and NPM on the financing of the investment by NPM Capital in the Ploeger Oxbo Group. He also assisted Capital Square partners with its financing from a bank consortium to acquire the Aegis Group. Gerard Kneppers and Max Mayer are other names to note.

Next Generation Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

DLA Piper draws praise for its 'straightforward, agile, and commercial' approach. Team head Daphne Bens, who also heads the technology group, attracts mandates from a range of  US and European tech companies. Pieter Paul Terpstra is also highlighted, especially for his experience in the insurance and energy sectors; he advised Zurich Insurance Group on its investment in Digital Insurance Group. Richard Fens is another noted partner who assists clients in the chemical, energy, and technology industries.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

The team at DLA Piper is jointly headed by recently promoted partner Michiel Coenraads and well-regarded arbitration specialist Marnix Holtzer. Coenraads, assisted by legal director Wouter de Clerck, is acting for Gazprom in an enforcement dispute following the conclusion of two inter-related SCC gas-pricing arbitrations in Stockholm. Holtzer is representing Lone Star in arbitration proceedings against the Dutch state arising from the client's acquisition of all shares in Propertize.

Energy: transactional Tier 4

Gerard KneppersRichard Fens, and Pieter Paul Terpstra head up the practice at DLA Piper and count Tesla, Wintershall, ING Bank, and SABIC as clients. Of late the team is advising HSH Nordbank on the construction and financing of a ground-mounted solar PV project.

EU and competition Tier 4

DLA Piper's competition practice, which is led by Léon Korsten, is defending Uralita in cartel damages litigation brought against it and three other companies by litigation funder CDC. Legal director Martijn van Wanroij and senior associate Sophie Gillam are also singled out. Janet Meesters joined as a legal director from Houthoff in June 2018.

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

Paul Reeskamp heads the DLA Piper IP and technology practice in Amsterdam which benefits from the firm's global reach. Niels Mulder, whose clients include Conair, Nike, Spin Master, and Five Guys, is representing Bacardi in coordinated litigation in numerous European jurisdictions concerning parallel or wrongly exported goods. The team also handles anti-counterfeiting work for brands including Polo/Ralph Lauren.

Private equity Tier 4

At DLA PiperDaphne Bens advised Accruent BC Holdings on its acquisition of BlueCielo, an engineering asset management services firm. Other clients include Rabo Investments and Temasek Capital Management. Casper Hamersma is another name to note.

The firm

DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

Areas of practice

The banking litigation team has specialists who represent and advise financial institutions on a wide range of disputes and conflicts in relation to a variety of financial issues, such as foreclosure activities, debt recovery, consumer complaints and claims in relation to asset management and advice.

The firm’s corporate lawyers handle all types of transactional and advisory matters in private equity, capital markets and M&A, as well as advising large and medium-sized (listed and non-listed) companies and institutions on corporate governance, joint ventures, professional associations and (dis)investments.

The employment lawyers advise on the full range of employment issues. The group has a strong advice and litigation practice, focusing on a practical approach to often complex legal problems.

The firm’s finance and projects team consists of experienced lawyers who act for both domestic and international financial institutions, providing a wide range of banking and finance services. Core specialties are leveraged and structured finance, asset-based finance and trade finance.

The firm’s IP and technology lawyers provide contentious and non-contentious advice to clients in the areas of commercial, IT, telecommunications and IP.

The firm’s highly experienced litigation and arbitration specialists represent clients before the Dutch and European courts in national and international arbitration cases, and they provide guidance to their clients in proceedings before foreign courts.

The real estate group provides top-quality, multi-disciplinary services to corporate occupiers, developers, the public sector, and rapidly changing industry areas such as construction, retail, hotel and leisure.

The restructuring lawyers work with the advisers and managers of underperforming companies and their investors. The Netherlands’ insolvency courts regularly appoint the firm’s lawyers as administrators in administration and as trustees in corporate bankruptcies.

The firm’s tax lawyers have experience with M&A work, corporate restructuring, wage taxes, tax litigation, VAT, customs, transfer pricing, and excise and anti-dumping duties, as well as tax and estate planning for wealthy individuals.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking litigation Paul Hopman
Banking litigation Ewald Netten
Civil law notarial service – corporate Sander Wiggers
Civil law notarial service – corporate Manon den Boer
Civil law notarial service – real estate Monique Laenen
Corporate Daphne Bens
Corporate Pieter Paul Terpstra
Employment Hélène Bogaard
Employment Marnix Holtzer
Finance and projects Gerard Kneppers
Finance and projects Lex Oosterling
Intellectual property Niels Mulder
Intellectual property Paul Reeskamp
Media and telecoms Joris Willems
Media and telecoms Richard van Schaik
Private equity Richard Fens
Private equity Casper Hamersma
Real estate Rutger Oranje
Real estate Hans Mark Giezen
Regulatory and government affairs Léon Korsten
Regulatory and government affairs Bart Koolhaas
Restructuring Marc Molhuysen
Tax Roderik Bouwman
Tax Daan Arends
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Michiel Coenraads  photo Mr Michiel Coenraads
Mr Casper Hamersma  photo Mr Casper Hamersma
Mr Bart Koolhaas  photo Mr Bart Koolhaas
Mr Rutger Oranje  photo Mr Rutger Oranje
Mr Paul Reeskamp  photo Mr Paul Reeskamp
Mr Pieter Paul Terpstra  photo Mr Pieter Paul Terpstra
Number of lawyers : 4,000
at this office : 125+
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At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

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