Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Amsterdam, Netherlands

DLA Piper
AMSTELVEENSEWEG 638
1081 JJ AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Paul Hopman leads the financial regulatory team at DLA Piper, which handles the full spectrum of non-contentious work, with notable recent matters involving Brexit-related relocation and EU licensing, cross-border mergers of financial institutions, and obtaining regulatory approvals for new financial products. The firm is also at the forefront of legal developments in the sector, having been one of several firms instructed by the European Commission to assist in drafting model clauses for the outsourcing of financial services to the cloud. Legal director Martijn Boeve joined the firm in 2020 from an in-house position at ING Bank.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hopman

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Boeve; Sophie Gillam

Testimonials

‘Internationally oriented with regard to financial regulations. Able to think cross-border and determine potential (business) risks. In-house legal knowledge combined with market experience.’

‘Paul Hopman and Sophie Gilliam both have a lot of experience within the Dutch Financial market, with local and international legislation and the various regulators. Proactive in thinking of solutions for issues, helping the business forward.’

Key clients

ING Bank N.V.

Rabobank

Societe Generale

Natwest

StarStone Underwriting Services B.V.

APG Asset Management

Avalara

Avantgate/2checkout

Kuwait Petroleum (Q8)

Verra Mobility Corp.

Tesla

BMW

Oracle

Enel Group

Lufthansa

ADP

Takeaway.com

VEON

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Lex Oosterling heads the finance team at DLA Piper, and is particularly experienced in acquisition and leveraged finance, as well as real estate financing. The firm is also highly active in the field of non-bank lending, with English-qualified Max Mayer acting for several private credit funds on their lending mandates, both as sole lenders and on combination financing deals with banks. Gerard Kneppers is another key name within the team, focusing mainly on the energy and infrastructure sectors; he frequently handles cross-border work, making use of his English and South African qualifications.

Practice head(s):

Lex Oosterling

Other key lawyers:

Max Mayer; Gerard Kneppers

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A.

ING Bank N.V.

BerlinHyp

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

OLB

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG)

FMO (Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden (Netherlands Development Finance Company))

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Zurich Insurance plc

Triodos Bank

Investec

Barings (Private Credit)

Capital Four

Crescent Capital

CVC Credit Partners

IdInvest

HPS

KKR Credit Advisors

Permira Debt Managers

Pemberton

SMBC/Park Square

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

DLA Piper offers a 'very high level of expertise', particularly in the area of corporate and financial litigation. A high quality client base of international and domestic heavyweights include Gazprom, Airbus and ING Bank - it is advising the latter in pending Supreme Court litigation against former clients Van Doorn Trust Group. Practice head Ewald Netten is highly regarded for his financial services disputes practice, as is Paul Hopman, while Léon Korsten specialises in competition and antitrust litigation, where he is global practice head.

Practice head(s):

Ewald Netten

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hopman; Léon Korsten; Marnix Holtzer

Testimonials

‘Quick and alert response. A very high level of expertise. Always thinking in terms of opportunities. Very accessible for us as a client. The communication with us is to-the-point and transparent. The team is very professional and thinks pro-actively along with us and the issues which are relevant for our company.’

‘Léon Korsten is very alert and with a great deal of persuasion in arguing with opponents in court sessions, always with powerful substantive arguments. Martijn Van Wanroij has a keen eye for relevant detail in (the preparation of) legal procedures, without losing track of the main legally relevant message.’

‘Great time management, high quality people, very pleasant to work with, very solid and providing maximum comfort.’

‘The entire team is great, but I would like emphasise Ewald Netten, which I have known for a long time, top-of-the-bill, never letting down or disappointing us, extremely good. The same goes for a star, Simone Zwartenkot, highly talented, we expect a lot from her as well.’

‘The team consists of a group of smart, sharp and clear lawyers with pleasant and straightforward communication.’

‘Michiel Coenraads is always looking to find a mutual ground and finding ways to get to a solution without losing sight of our interest; he is open in describing the different ways, and is clear in what he thinks will be the best way to get there.’

 

Key clients

Airbus

Aberdeen Standard Investments

ING Bank

Afvalsturing Friesland

Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering (DEME)

Ballast Nedam

Gazprom

OSI Foods

Steinhoff

SNS Reaal

Crossroads Real Estate

Philafrica Foods

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 2

With a cross-border and cross-disciplinary team, DLA Piper is well placed to handle international mandates for large multinational clients. It handles the full gamut of IT-related issues, including IT disputes, corporate transactions, and digital transformation and cloud strategy issues. Daphne Bens, who is the team head, also handles broader corporate matters. Khaled Dadi was recently promoted to partner and is adept at advising on contentious and non-contentious matters, including outsourcing litigation for TMT clients. Joris Willems left the team to join NautaDutilh.

Practice head(s):

Daphne Bens

Other key lawyers:

Khaled Dadi; Jian-Cheng Ku

Testimonials

‘This IT group is different in that is very forward looking in terms of technology law’.

‘They are always ahead of their peers.’

‘Khaled Dadi is very versatile, knowledgeable and always on the ball.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of IT Software & SAAS contracts, with a good understanding of what is going on with specific software vendors at a global level’.

‘Excellent services for software purchasers’

‘Khaled Dadi stands out, with extensive in-depth but always practical support’.

‘The IT team of DLA Piper in Amsterdam is a highly effective and cross-functional team with experienced lawyers’.

‘They have great attention for detail, diligent, pragmatic approach to difficult matters and thanks to diverse long-term expertise, they can assess the IT- but also commercial risks very well’.

Key clients

Prosus

Atos (including Equensworldline)

Irdeto, a MultiChoice Group company

Naspers

Accell

Inter IKEA

Tesla

Uber

The Financial Times Group Limited

ING Bank N.V.

The Carlyle Group, Carlyle European Technology Partners Funds

Saab Technologies

NetApp

CyberArk Software Inc

European Commission – DG CNECT

PayU

Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper has a multi-disciplinary approach to real estate matters, drawing on the firm's bench strength in corporate, tax, regulatory and financing to handle high-profile transactions. As part of a global network, it is well placed to handle cross-border transactions and it recently became a member of the INREV (the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate) community. Civil notary Monique Laenen heads the practice and is well versed in the logistics, office, retail and finance sectors. Former legal director Max van Drunen left for Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Monique Laenen

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Mark Giezen; Rutger Oranje; Leen van der Marel

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, professional and a deal maker’.

‘This business is a people’s business and DLA has notaries and lawyers that are a delight to work with.’

‘Monique Laenen is a notary who really stands out and is highly regarded by both clients and staff’.

‘The team is fully integrated and strongly committed to their clients’.

‘They work closely together from different angles of legal expertise, including lease law, transactional experience, regulatory and real estate, ’

‘Monique Laenen is well known in the Dutch real estate market for her expertise in real estate matters’.

‘They are very pragmatic and hands on and really go the extra mile’.

‘They are always available and can react at very short notice if needed’.

Key clients

Corum Asset Management

Intervest

Portico

The Carlyle Group

Aviva

Patrizia

Urban Industrial

RJB Group of Companies

Urban Real Estate Partners (UREP)

NH Hotels

Prologis

Gazeley

Uber

WeWork

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Schiphol Real Estate

Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper's stellar client base includes Tesla, Snowflake, Pfizer and the Carlyle Group, testament to a team that is 'friendly, involved and amazing at their job'. It is led by Daan Arends, who has broad expertise, and the team includes the highly experienced corporate and international tax specialist Roderik Bouwman and recently made up Jian-Cheng Ku. Work undertaken ranges from the tax issues in private equity, M&A and real estate transactions, through to state aid assessments, transfer pricing planning and executive and employee compensation packages.

Practice head(s):

Daan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Roderik Bouwman; Jian-Cheng Ku; Gabriël van Gelder

Testimonials

Super-involved and highly informed about our structure.’

Friendly, involved and amazing at their job.’

Very informative, easily accessible and professional. Daan Arends is very professional and always available for guidance.’

Experienced and knowledgeable team. Able to quickly and efficiently draw in partners/resources from other geographies to contribute to the final product. Ability to approach tax/structuring from a commercial/business perspective.

Gabriel Van Gelder has completed several transactions with us and is our go-to person for tax structuring advice in the Netherlands.

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc/Uber B.V.

TESLA

Snowflake

ServiceNow

Juniper Networks

Pfizer

Crocs

Hugo Boss

Conair (Babyliss) Corporation

The Carlyle Group

Elliott Advisors (UK)

Aviva Investors

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Rituals B.V.

Avalara, Inc.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

The Hilton Group

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Leveraged financing and real estate financing specialist Lex Oosterling leads the team at DLA Piper, which is highly active in the private equity space, with the firm handling a range of acquisition financing mandates on both a domestic and cross-border basis. English law-qualified Max Mayer is another key name within the team, along with Gerard Kneppers, who focuses primarily on project and infrastructure financing.

Practice head(s):

Lex Oosterling

Testimonials

‘The team is very hands-on and efficiently managed by Lex Oosterling. The service is very good at competitive pricing.’

‘Experienced leveraged finance team with good knowledge of the marked combined with a pleasant pro-active and hands-on approach towards solving problems. The team is very pleasant to work with.’

‘Lex Oosterling – knowledgeable lawyer with a pro-active, pragmatic and commercial approach towards solving problems and managing the process. Very pleasant to work with, honest in his advice, great in working out solutions and an excellent focus on the commercial interests.’

‘I’ve been working with DLA’s banking and finance team for years. They always provide a good service. The team appreciates the fine line between taking into account commercial points and sitting on the chair of the principal. The team works well with other practices within DLA which is important for real estate deals.’

‘Apart from client understanding, strong quality and reasonable pricing, I believe their people/working culture makes the cooperation very pleasant and effective. I always enjoy working with the employees of DLA.’

‘Lex Oosterling: Knowledgeable on the subject, pragmatic, and solution driven in the interest of all parties. Furthermore, I consider Lex as a very friendly, attentive, and dedicated person whom you can contact any time without any hesitation.’

‘The DLA Piper banking and finance team in Amsterdam is probably the most active law firm in this space in the Benelux. They take a central role in the Benelux mid-market lending space for corporates and PE-owned borrowers, knowing everyone and always having a ton of precedents available from previous deals as a result of their high deal flow. They have a very experienced team with great lawyers on all seniority levels.’

‘The team differentiates itself from the competition by its international deal flow, its experience with alternative lending options, up-to-date knowledge on the financing markets, the quality of their documentation and their ability to stay within the budget.’

‘Lex Oosterling – Lex is an exceptional lawyer with an exceptional team. He knows how to get a deal to the finish line by applying maximum pressure sometimes and having a keen eye for the interpersonal at other times. He is proactive, creative in finding legally feasible solutions to difficult commercial discussions and the general level of all the legal work is of the highest quality.’

‘Benno Leemans – Great associate in the DLA banking and finance team. Fantastic guy to work with, very diligent and proactive in managing the legal work and the process. Rising star! 

‘Max Mayer (Partner) – in my view Max is one of the strongest financing partners in the Netherlands legal landscape for financings. Given he works both for the sponsor and the financing side, he is fully aware of the commercial sensitivities each party cares about and is fully up to date on what is consider current “market standard”. He has a no nonsense approach and is able to clearly identify the key commercial hurdles and suggest solutions.’

‘Lex Oosterling (Partner) – Lex is another one of my favoured financing partners to work with. His focus is normally more on the financing side and he has a very good network within the Amsterdam market. Service levels are high and he is quick to come back to you when required.’

‘Adam Abou Habaga (Senior Associate) – Adam supports both Max and Lex and is a core member of the DLA AMS financing team. He is very capable technically and can translate finer legal points easily into commercial language. Very approachable at all times and a great asset to the overall team.’

‘The team has a thorough knowledge of our company as well as our financing arrangements which allows for tailor-made, effective and efficient support.’

‘The team I have worked with (amongst others Lex Oosterling, Ceryl Verbokkum, Tamy Howie and recently Noor Gerven) stand out by their professionalism, subject matter knowledge and customer orientation.’

Key clients

EMK Capital

Bencis Capital

Carlyle Europe Technology Partners

Ergon Capital

Chint Astronergy

Egeria

RAI Convention Centre

G-Square Capital Partners

IK Invest

TIP Trailer Europe

Talpa

Royal Boskalis

Riwal

Actief (Gilde Equity Management)

Parcom Capital

Deutsche Finance International

Carlyle European Realty Fund

NPM Capital

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

The ‘practical and to-the-point’ team at DLA Piper leverages the firm’s wider global network to handle key cross-border high-end and mid-market transactions across the full spectrum of corporate issues. The practice is led by Daphne Bens, a technology sector specialist, and also fields chemical and energy expert Richard Fens and Pieter Paul Terpstra, who focuses on clients in the energy or insurance industries. Henk Arnold Sijnja is also a key name to note for life sciences and financial services clients.

Practice head(s):

Daphne Bens

Other key lawyers:

Richard Fens; Pieter Paul Terpstra; Henk Arnold Sijnja

Testimonials

‘Less formal, very capable, practical and to the point.’

‘Knowledge and team work in the law firm. Good bedside manners.’

Key clients

NewPort Capital

IMF Bentham Limited

Algeco Holdings

Elliott Advisors (UK)

Qargo Packers

Alphacomm Digital Commerce

Worldline

Sykes Seafood

Global Petro Storage

The Financial Times Group Limited

Aegon

ID&T Holding

Jindal/JPF Netherlands

M3 self-storage

The Carlyle Group

Ergon Capital Partners

Global Transport Solutions

Best Global Logistics

Construction Tier 3

DLA Piper’s construction group makes use of the firm’s expertise in real estate, litigation and regulatory, finance, projects and restructuring. It acts for both public and private clients on all stages of a project, from procurement to construction, to post-development litigation. The team is headed by newly promoted partner Janet Meesters, who sits in the firm's wider litigation and regulatory department.

Practice head(s):

Janet Meesters

Other key lawyers:

Rutger Oranje; Leen van der Marel; Hans-Mark Giezen

Testimonials

‘Strong analytical skill, very hands-on, practical approach and attuned to the customer’s need for a commercial approach alongside legal one’.

‘Janet Meesters was outstanding in how she supported our firm regarding a public tender and both her approach and legal support in drafting were key to achieve the desired effect we were aiming for.

‘The team which works for us is loyal, always available and is performing perfectly. ’

‘Very strong commitment to our company and specific knowledge of our business.’

‘Janet Meesters knows construction law and the construction business like no other’.

‘Their business approach is very practical and creative in bringing up solutions to make the deal’.

‘I truly believe that they take a neutral and independent stand in deals without losing sight of the interests of the client that they represent’.

‘Open and transparent communication’.

Key clients

Ballast Nedam

DEME

Royal Reesink

the Dutch Central Bank

Asset Rail

Alpha Trains

NH Hotels

Saab Technologies

Dura Vermeer

LyondellBasell

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Delft University of Technology

RJB Group of Companies

Lego (Netherlands B.V.)

Sicca Dania

ArcelorMittal

Emmi Group

ASR Real Estate

Mecno Service

MG Demolition

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

DLA Piper handles cross-border and multi-jurisdictional arbitration via its extensive international network, with 'impressive work' undertaken in Amsterdam. Michiel Coenraads leads a 'group of smart, strategic-thinking lawyers' that is noted for its business acumen, earning an impressive panel win from a well-known company during the past year to lead all arbitration and litigation matters. Headline work includes acting for Gazprom in relation to its dispute with Naftogaz. Marnix Holtzer is a key adviser.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Coenraads

Other key lawyers:

Marnix Holtzer

Testimonials

‘DLA’s arbitration team in Amsterdam is doing impressive work. They are extremely enterpreneurial and are building a very solid practice with big cases for impressive clients. It is well integrated in the international network and these guys combine technical skills with business acumen and tactical and strategic thinking. I think they are well ahead of the other international firms in Amsterdam!’

‘Michiel Coenraads is absolutely very good. He is smart, eloquent, approachable and personable with great hearing presence. He understands deal dynamics. He is someone who can speak to our CEO and is well-connected, seems to know everybody. Jorian Hamster is a smart and technically gifted lawyer. I see a great future for him.’

‘The team consists of a group of smart, strategic thinking lawyers with a pleasant communication.’

‘Michiel is very pleasant to work with, is easily available, and is always looking for mutual ground in finding a solution without losing sight of our interest. He is always taking the time to advise us in the ways he thinks we can best reach our goals and come to an understanding with the other party.’

 

Key clients

Airbus (Defence and Space)

Gazprom

Urban Green Technologies (Sun Africa)

Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME)

Argent Energy

Mitsubishi Caterpillar

OSI Foods

Ballast Nedam

SNS Reaal

VEON

Petrobras

Steinhoff

Employment Tier 3

DLA Piper’s global presence makes it well-placed to advise on international employment and pension-related litigation, restructurings and M&A transactions. Practice head Hélène Bogaard advises a number of US clients on European issues and is particularly experienced in the aviation and tech sectors. Johan Zwemmer, who recently joined as a legal director from Stibbe, is highly recommended for flexible workforce employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Hélène Bogaard

Other key lawyers:

Marnix Holtzer; Erik Lutjens; Johan Zwemmer

Testimonials

‘Johan Zwemmer’s knowledge on some specific areas is of a very high standard and quality’

‘Johan Zwemmer always has some first thoughts and tells you what works’.

‘They have a broad base in pensions, not only in terms of knowledge, but also many contacts’.

‘Erik Lutjens is super fast in answering complex issues and always comes up with a surprising angle’.

Key clients

Uber

PVH

G4S

SoftwareOne

Crawford

Talpa Network

El Al

Various industry-wide Dutch pension funds, including the largest Dutch pension fund Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP

NetApp

Rai (Convention Centre) Amsterdam

Environment and planning Tier 3

The environment and planning and climate change focus group at DLA Piper is embedded in several practice areas, including energy and natural resources, industrials and real estate. With legal director Arjen de Snoo at the helm, the team handles administrative, zoning and planning, environmental and nature preservation law. Jaap Lameijer was promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Arjen de Snoo

Other key lawyers:

Jaap Lameijer

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the latest developments in the planning space’.

‘In-depth understanding of the complex planning landscape in the Netherlands and key legal documentation associated with it’.

‘Provide the right hands-on and practical legal advice and can accurately anticipate any issue or sensitive matter that might materialise’.

‘The team works very well’.

‘Arjen de Snoo is very sensitive and commercial’.

Key clients

GPS Group

PWN

DFI

Waterland Real Estate

Unilever

BG Retail

Stena Realty

Omrin

Deutsche Bank

Segro

EU and competition Tier 3

DLA Piper’s ‘highly accessible’ team is ‘always thinking in terms of opportunities’ and is singled out for its expertise in competition litigation, merger control work and public procurement law. Léon Korsten heads up the department and also co-leads the firm’s international antitrust and competition group; he focuses on dawn raids, investigations and cartel defence work. Other notable individuals include newly promoted partner and public procurement specialist Janet Meesters, and legal director Martijn van Wanroij.

Practice head(s):

Léon Korsten

Other key lawyers:

Janet Meesters; Martijn van Wanroij

Testimonials

‘Quick and alert responses. A very high level of expertise. Always thinking in terms of opportunities. Very accessible for us as client. The communication with us as client is to-the-point and transparent. The team is very professional and thinks pro-actively along with us and the issues which are relevant for our company.’

‘Léon Korsten: very alert and has a great deal of persuasion when arguing with opponents in court sessions, always with powerful substantive arguments. Martijn Van Wanroij: a keen eye for relevant details in (the preparation of) legal procedures, without losing track of the main legally relevant message.’

‘A specialist for every field, where they have the best for procurement law. A strong organisation.’

‘Janet Meesters – There is no better in her field. The personal contact distinguishes her even more.’

Key clients

Afvalsturing Friesland

Asset Rail

Ballast Nedam

Dura Vermeer

Société Générale

The Carlyle Group

Ergon Capital Partners

Hoeksema Totaal Recycling

ASR Real Estate

Ocean (previously Ngage Media)

Mecno Service

DEME

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

DLA Piper advises biopharmaceutical, medical device, research and diagnostics clients on regulatory, commercial, corporate and enforcement matters. Paul Reeskamp heads the patents team which sits within the IP and technology practice group; he is adept at handling cross-border patent disputes. Henk Arnold Sijnja acts for pharmaceutical companies, healthcare investment firms and biotech companies on corporate transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeskamp; Henk Arnold Sijnja

Key clients

Medtronic

Allergan

Omron

Pfizer

Exponential Biotherapies

MBH International

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Fresenius Kabi

Sakata

CoreLab

Advanced Accelerator Applications(AAA)

Dexcom

SmileDirectClub

Iovance

Danone

Stichting DeRotterdamseZorg

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

DLA Piper’s global media, sport and entertainment practice draws on cross-practice and cross-border expertise from its international network of offices. Its broad expertise includes corporate issues, IP protection and enforcement, antitrust and competition, and disputes. Richard van Schaik has over 20 years’ experience in the media and entertainment industry, handling contentious and non-contentious matters, including data protection.

Practice head(s):

Richard van Schaik

Key clients

Insight TV

Asics

Goldman Sachs

Zenimax

Interactive Advertising Bureau Nederland (IAB Nederland)

beIN Sports

Ocean Outdoor (formerly: Ngage Media)

Discovery

Disney / Marvel

Omnicom Media Group

DentsuAegis

ZIGT Mediabureau

Greentube

Industry focus: retail Tier 3

The retail focus group at DLA Piper is part of the wider consumer goods, food and retail sector group, and is able to provide a cross-disciplinary service. Recently promoted partner Khaled Dadi, who focuses on digital transformation and commercial contracts, jointly heads the team with IP specialist Niels Mulder.

Practice head(s):

Khaled Dadi; Niels Mulder

Key clients

Inter Ikea

Nike / Converse

Apple Inc.

ASICS

Hema

Crocs Inc.

PVH

Hugo Boss AG

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Conair (Babyliss) Corporation

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

MHCS

Bacardi

NPM Capital

Five Guys

Rituals B.V.

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3

DLA Piper has a cross-practice and cross-border approach to its telecoms practice, which is a sub-sector of the firm's technology group. The practice advises on commercial issues, corporate transactions, restructuring, regulatory and tax matters in the telecoms space. Khaled Dadi was recently made up to partner.

Other key lawyers:

Marnix Holtzer; Khaled Dadi

Testimonials

‘Joris Willems is quite simply exceptional’.

‘Joris Willems is exceedingly well versed in the area, surpassed only by his fantastic ability to provide a spot-on service to his client. ’

‘They really want to comprehend the business (what makes us tick) before giving advice.’

Key clients

VodafoneZiggo (including Ziggo’s works council)

Irdeto

Lebara

VEON

European Commission – Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology

Verizon Communications

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

'Star of the team' Paul Reeskamp, heads the DLA Piper patent practice and co-heads the firm's life sciences sector team. In addition to patent litigation, the team handles a range of transactional matters including patent licensing, and the management and restructuring of patent portfolios. It is especially strong in the areas of biotech, medical devices, and mechanical engineering. Legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis' broad practice includes a specialism in plant breeders rights, trade marks, and copyright in addition to his patents expertise, while Marijn van der Wal takes on cross-border patent litigation, especially in relation to life sciences matters.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeskamp (co-head Patents)

Other key lawyers:

Marijn van der Wal; Alexander Tsoutsanis

Testimonials

‘The IP practice at DLA Piper is strong and varied. The IP team is proficient at handling both large and small clients and cases.’

Both the advisory skills and litigating skills are strong. They are generally very responsive.’

‘Paul Reeskamp is the star litigator of the IP team of DLA Piper Amsterdam. Paul excels in patent law, design law, and other fields of IP law. Paul is also great in an advisory role.’

The IP team of DLA Piper Amsterdam comprises a number of other lawyers who are very good and pleasant to work with, o.a. Marijn van der Wal.’

‘DLA has excellent experience and expertise in IP law. They are able to define a strong strategy for fighting successfully IP infringement.’

‘They are dynamic and active. They take time and consider well the options and provide is with a good strategy.’

Key clients

Fresenius Kabi

Euro-Caps

Glen Dimplex / Basic Holdings

Sakata

Dexcom

Allergan

Fugro

MBH International

Glen Dimplex

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 3

Niels Mulder heads the soft IP practice and co-heads the DLA Piper international trade mark and copyright practice, which has a long-established, global reputation for the protection and enforcement of IP rights. The firm also provides a range of IP-related tax and IP valuation services. Mulder has litigation experience across all court levels in the Netherlands and Europe and coordinates multi-jurisdictional IP disputes across Europe. Legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis' litigation expertise includes trade mark and copyright matters; he is co-counsel representing  Skykick before the European Court of Justice in a significant trade mark dispute with Sky.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Tsoutsanis

Testimonials

‘Niels and his team are great to work with. Coming from his team as well: they still make me feel as part of the team and as feeling at home and at ease. They pretty much take care of our TM portfolio for us. Making my life as the responsible legal counsel very easy.’

Key clients

Moët & Hennessy c.s.

Barack Obama Foundation

Spin Master Ltd.

Five Guys

Louis Vuitton

Gucci

Polo / Ralph Lauren Corp.

Converse / Nike

ITT Inc

Nikon

Premier League

Rituals

Rakuten

Jas Hennessy & Co

Bacardi

VEON

Conair (Babyliss)

NXP

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

DLA Piper's Amsterdam office, headed by Gerard Kneppers is recognised for its project finance work in renewables, particularly in solar energy, where the team is working alongside Coöperatieve Rabobank on financing the construction and operation of the Netherlands' largest solar park, Solar Park Vloeivelden Hollandia. Kneppers is the main figure for DFI-based lending, renewables and infrastructure financing transactions and is able to advise on Dutch, English and South African law.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

With the support of its global network, DLA Piper's team is well positioned to handle cross-border mandates. The group handles contentious and non-contentious matters, including financial restructurings and foreclosure sales. Practice head Marc Molhuysen has significant experience of acting for companies in distress, the purchasers of companies in distress and large banks on the restructuring of debtors' businesses.

Practice head(s):

Marc Molhuysen

Other key lawyers:

Lex Oosterling; Ewald Netten

Key clients

ING Bank

Rabobank

ABN AMRO Bank

Deutsche Bank

HEMA works council

DEME

Diebold Nixdorf

Royal Reesink

Standard Investment

Amtech

Energy: transactional Tier 4

DLA Piper has a strong focus on renewables and is very active in the solar sector. M&A and project finance are key areas of focus for the multidisciplinary group, which is also sought out for advice on project contracts, permits, subsidies, real estate and tax issues. Gerard Kneppers and Pieter Paul Terpstra are the joint heads of the team. Janet Meesters made partner. Max van Drunen, who has particular expertise advising real estate energy clients, left for Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V. in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Kneppers; Pieter Paul Terpstra

Other key lawyers:

Richard Fens; Arjen de Snoo; Jaap Lameijer; Stefanie Postema; Janet Meesters

Key clients

Hamburg Commercial Bank

FMO (Nederlandse Financieringsmaatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden)

Rabobank

ING Bank

Triodos Bank

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG)

Chint Solar / Astronergy

SABIC

GPS Group

Private equity Tier 4

DLA Piper’s cross-departmental group is jointly led by corporate partner Casper Hamersma, and Max Mayer and Lex Oosterling, who are members of the firm’s finance, projects and restructuring department. Alongside it’s increasing domestic expertise, the firm’s global network also enhances the group’s international work. The practice handles buy and sell-side transactions and management mandates. Jochem Beurskens also focuses on private equity work, acting for private equity sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Casper Hamersma; Max Mayer; Lex Oosterling

Other key lawyers:

Jochem Beurskens; Stefan Spaans

Testimonials

‘The DLA team stands out in its ability to connect with the counter side, both the client as well as their lawyers. We find this extremely important to achieve the best possible outcome for us.’

‘Casper Hamersma and Stefan Spaans were able to connect to the other side, both to the clients as well as their lawyers on the project we worked on, which has helped us to win the transaction at the best possible outcome.’

‘Smart, practical and realistic team with a good hands on approach. Not in the business of overcomplicating matters.’

‘Casper Hamersma is a seasoned professional with a practical hands on approach and a good team around him.’

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Waterland Private Equity

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Synergia Capital Partners

NewPort Capital

Ergon Capital

IK Invest

Avedon Capital Partners

NPM Capital

Ploeger Oxbo Group (part of the NPM Capital portfolio)

Rabo Investment

Vivo Capital LLC

Global Transport Solutions

Larendael Investments

IDinvest

EQT Ventures

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Max Mayer photo Mr Max Mayer
 Johan Zwemmer photo Johan Zwemmer

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.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com