DLA Piper > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

DLA Piper
AMSTELVEENSEWEG 638
1081 JJ AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

In addition to fielding five dedicated financial regulatory experts in the Netherlands, DLA Piper is also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners in ancillary departments (and across the global network) to provide full-service support. Paul Hopman leads the Amsterdam-based team, which acts for Dutch and international banks, payment services providers, fintech companies and insurance companies, among other clients. One of the names to note in the group is Martijn Boeve, who has expertise in IBOR transition and Benchmark Regulation matters. Elsewhere, the group is also sought after to advise clients on matters such as market entry, prudential supervision, the regulatory aspects of corporate transactions and product launches. It also advises on sustainable finance and ESG, as well as payment services regulatory matters. On the contentious side, regulatory investigations, enforcement actions and litigation are other drivers of work.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hopman

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Boeve; Aline Kiers

Testimonials

‘Very flexible and proactive team. Easy to contact and fair rating structure. Very capable with respect to documentation, second opinions or litigation.’

Key clients

Amazon

Athora Atradius

Avalara

Be Quick

Enel Group

Flexport

FMO

ING Bank N.V.

Kuwait Petroleum

Liberty Insurance Group

NatWest Group

Rabobank

Societe Generale

StarStone Underwriting Services B.V.

Verifone/Avangate/2checkout

Verra Mobility Corp.

Volvo

Work highlights

  • Assisted NWM with preparing a gap analysis between, on the one hand, the Supervisory Statement in April 2019 (PRA SS 3/19) on “Enhancing banks” and insurers’ approaches to managing the financial risks from climate change” and “Dear CEO” letter, and on the other hand, the EU rules, regulations and regulatory guidance as well as the Dutch laws, regulations and regulatory guidance in relation to climate change. Although the gap analysis focused on requirements relating to climate change, the firm also advised on matters with a broader environmental footprint.
  • Assisted Rabobank with its first CRU trade with a large corporate, in addition to drafting the standard documentation. The firm also provided regulatory advice on the status of the CRU under financial regulatory law.
  • Assisted StarStone with obtaining a Brexit related passportable EU managing general agent licence from the Dutch regulator (AFM). Having obtained the AFM licence, StarStone was able to underwrite business in the EEA through the Lloyd’s Brussels subsidiary after the Brexit transition period. After the licence was obtained, the firm continued to act for StarStone on an ongoing basis in relation to its governance and day-to-day operations in the Netherlands. This included preparing analyses and practical manuals for internal use with regard to notification obligations and  screening requirements, assisting with board changes and ultimately also the run-off of StarStone in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Equally strong acting for private credit funds and financial institutions, DLA Piper‘s recent workload included sustainability financings, acquisition finance transactions and real estate finance matters. Practice head Lex Oosterling and senior associate Adam Abou Habaga were among the advisers to ABN AMRO and ING Bank on their recent financing of NPM Capital’s acquisition of Futurewhiz. On the real estate finance side, Oosterling and legal director Stephanie Menz assisted Berlin Hip with financing the acquisition and development of the Zandkasteel building (ING’s former headquarters). Max Mayer, who is an English law-qualified solicitor, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Lex Oosterling

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cooperatieve Rabobank U.A.

ING Bank N.V.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Deutsche Bank

Siemens Bank

BerlinHYP

HSBC Bank

OLB

Investec

SocGen

Natwest

SNS

Ares Management

Barings

Capital Four

Crescent Capital

CVC Credit

Idinvest/Eurazeo

HPS

Permira

Pemberton

Kartesia

Partners Group

KKR Credit

Work highlights

  • Advised Rabobank and NWB Bank on the sustainability financing provided to Nationaal Groenfonds for the benefit of its new climate fund (Klimaatfonds) in order to finance projects in the agriculture projects that contribute to the sustainability goals of the Dutch State.
  • Advising Helaba on the financing of the acquisition by Warburg-HIH of the largest single tenant logistics property in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands on behalf of Korean investors.
  • Advised on the amendment and restatement of the €175m senior facilities agreement provided to Five Arrows for the acquisition of the Sucsez/Heilbron Group to facilitate a €467.5m financing for the Sucsez Group and its acquisition of the Voogd & Voogd Group.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

DLA Piper is able to draw on support from the firm's huge global network for support in multi-jurisdictional litigation, and focuses on cases in the finance, corporate and construction sectors. Marnix Holtzer  heads the practice - his work has a particular emphasis on corporate litigation and governance matters. Commercial litigator Ewald Netten  focuses on financing, securities and insolvency matters, while managing partner Paul Hopman  is recommended for financial regulatory issues. Michiel Coenraads is a name to note for international arbitration and ESG-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Holtzer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper delivers the required quality – top quality, that is.’

‘Ewald Netten and Simone Zwartenkot are outstanding lawyers and great people to work with.’

Key clients

Abengoa

Argent Energy

Crossroads

Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering

Eiffel Energy Transition Funds

European Bank for Restructuring and Development

FrieslandCampina

Generali Insurance Asset Management

ING Bank

Laureate

OSI

Petrobras

Petronas

Rijksmuseum

Shell

Steinhoff

STX Group

Unilever

World Freight Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Christo Wiese, majority shareholder of the Steinhoff Group, and his investment vehicles in several high-profile multijurisdictional cases relating to the Steinhoff’s group 2017 accounting scandal.
  • Representing Generali in a multimillion and multijurisdictional bond dispute.
  • Acting for 15 former board members of SNS Reaal and SNSBank, the bank and insurance company that was nationalised by the Dutch state in 2013.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

DLA Piper’s real estate offering is well placed to handle cross-border mandates, drawing on strength from its international network and its in-house notaries and tax advisers. Its broad clientele includes include private and public companies, institutional investors and government entities, which it advises on large-scale development projects. The practice has recently seen an uptick in instructions in alternative asset classes, including data centres, and healthcare and life sciences projects. Leen Van Der Marel heads up the team and is well versed in real estate M&A, often acting for high-profile real estate investors. Civil-law notary Monique Laenen  is another key practitioner who is recommended for portfolio deals, and sale and lease back transactions.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper Netherlands provides a full and diversified dedicated team in the real estate industry’.

‘They are very familiar with institutional investors’ expectations’.

‘Seamless service across legal disciplines (attorneys, notaries and tax) and therefore very well placed to act on complex integrated projects involving more than one specialisation, such as sale and lease back and turnkey purchase transactions’.

‘The team is helpful and quick to respond’.

‘Monique Laenen has particular expertise in transactions and sale and lease back arrangements within the logistics sector’.

‘Monique Laenen is very pleasant to work with’.

‘Monique Laenen is result-oriented and always looking for solutions in difficult situations’.

‘Monique Laenen has excellent knowledge of the market’.

Key clients

Adriaan van Erk

Amsterdam Logistic City Hub

Arrow Global

Being Development

Bristol Meyers Squibb

Corum Asset Management

DHL Yes9 GLP

La Francaise (LF Netherlands Office)

Realterm

RED Company

Royal Cosun

Stena

Syngenta Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted RED Company with the acquisition of the shares in an entity holding the leasehold title to a parcel of land located at Hofplein/ Coolsingel in the city centre of Rotterdam.
  • Assisted Amsterdam Logistic City Hub B.V. on the acquisition of a 94,000 pharmaceutical production site from Lanxess Manufacturing, its subsequent remediation and the redevelopment of the existing site into an emission free state of the art multi-storied logistic city hub.
  • Advised French real estate fund Corum Asset Management on numerous single asset, portfolio and sale and leaseback acquisitions in the office, logistics and retail sectors.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper has a strong track record acting for Dutch, European and US multinationals on their most significant contentious and non-contentious tax matters. The practice is led by Daan Arends, who is noted for his expertise in domestic and international indirect tax issues, such as customs, VAT and Dutch Transfer Tax. Other members of the team provide full support on transactional tax, general corporate tax and transfer pricing matters and tax controversies/litigation. Roderik Bouwman  is active in matters such as cross-border M&A, private equity issues, corporate restructurings, capital market transactions and Advance Pricing Agreement (APA)/Advance Tax Ruling (ATR) mandates. Another name to note is Jian-Cheng Ku, who led the tax advice to Snowflake in relation to the set-up of its non-US headquarters in the Netherlands in 2020. Legal director Jean Paul Dresen is also recommended. Since publication, Gabriël van Gelder and Sebastiaan Wijsman left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Daan Arends

Testimonials

‘Responsive and able to offer a wide range of expert services.’

‘The DLA Piper Netherlands team has been incredibly great to work with. They are very responsive and accommodating. The team has assisted us in finding efficient solutions that are still practical to implement. There are other firms that will present a planning opportunity to us without thinking through the impact on the business on the whole; this is not the case for DLA Piper. They are thorough in their understanding of both tax and our business as a whole.’

‘We often have last minute requests and they respond in a detailed, quick fashion, while always maintaining a positive attitude.’

‘Responsiveness, efficiency, highly skilled team, flexibility in fees, best value for money’

‘DLA’s tax team is proactive when informing us of any tax developments relevant to our business. They understand our business, and by having regular contact, they know of changes to our business model. They are then more than capable of analysing and concluding if there are challenges from a tax perspective.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and always thinks outside the box in relation to our projects/issues.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Avalara, Inc.

Aviva Investors

Box Inc.

Crocs Inc.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Dept

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited

Hugo Boss AG

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Pfizer, Inc.

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Rituals B.V.

ServiceNow, Inc.

Snowflake, Inc.

TESLA, Inc

The Carlyle Group

The Hilton Group

Uber Technologies Inc. / Uber B.V

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Snowflake on setting up its non-US headquarters in the Netherlands from a tax, transfer pricing and VAT perspective.
  • Advised Centroid Investment Partners on the tax aspects of the acquisition of TaylorMade Golf Company Incl, a company backed by PE house KPS Capital Partners.
  • Advised Wintershall Dea GmbH on the tax aspects of the issuance of its first subordinated notes in two tranches in the total amount of €1.5bn.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

DLA Piper has a strong track record advising corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors on complex transactions that often involve a combination of different types of finance. The team is led by Lex Oosterling, who has particular expertise in financings where corporate financing is combined with an asset-based financing element. In 2020, he worked with Adam Abou Habaga to advise Royal A-ware Food Group on a €330m ESG-linked asset-based and corporate financing provided by Rabobank, ING Bank, ABN AMRO Bank and KBC Bank. Also notable is that Oosterling co-heads the real estate finance practice with Stephanie Menz. Max Mayer is another key individual in the group, whose many other areas of strength include leveraged/acquisition finance, renewables finance, project finance and non-performing loans.

Practice head(s):

Lex Oosterling

Other key lawyers:

Max Mayer; Stephanie Menz; Adam Abou Habaga; Nine Scheenjes

Testimonials

‘Hands on team, proactive and available. We felt fully supported by DLA and were glad to have chosen them to represent us for our crucial refinancing.’

‘We were especially impressed with the support of Adam Abou Habaga. Adam was always available and able to advise with “out of the box” alternatives and hands-on solutions. He proved to have mastered an understanding of our business in a short amount of time, allowing him to provide tailored advice.’

Key clients

Torqx Capital

EMK Capital

Bencis Capital

Carlyle Europe Technology Partners

Carlyle European Realty Fund

Ergon Capital

Egeria

G-Square Capital Partners

IK Invest

Parcom Capital

NPM Capital

Avedon Capital Partners

RAI Convention Centre

ACT Commodities Group

Royal A-ware Food Group

Royal Paardekooper

The Greenery

TIP Trailer Europe

Talpa Network

Royal Boskalis

Riwal

VolkerWessels

Van Adrighem

Work highlights

  • Advised ACT Commodities Group and ACT FS Group on the ESG-linked asset based and corporate financing provided by Deutsche Bank, ING Bank and Rabobank.
  • Ongoing advice to global logistics group TIP Trailer (including its subsidiaries in Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Romania, Poland, Canada, Norway, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy) in connection with its secured borrowing base financing arranged and provided by, among others, ABN AMRO Bank, Bank of China, Commerzbank, Rabobank, HSBC Bank, ING Bank, KBC Bank and NIBC Bank.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

DLA Piper’s construction team handles contracts, litigation, financing and regulatory work. It advises on large construction and infrastructure projects, and has recently been advising clients on the European energy transition. Under the leadership of Janet Meesters, the practice handles contentious and non-contentious matters, and acts for contractors, engineers, consultants, suppliers and contracting entities. Meesters has recently been advising on environmental social governance (ESG) matters as they relate to procurement.

Practice head(s):

Janet Meesters

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Janet Meesters is very skilled; she knows the business, is an excellent communicator and is reliable in meeting deadlines’.

‘The team has a great track record in construction law suits and providing legal advice for tendering’.

‘Janet Meesters understands construction delay issues, is a great lawyer and a very pleasant person’.

‘DLA possess a large range of legal services in the construction business’.

‘They think proactively and are conscious about our weaker points in a contractual or litigation fight.

‘They always try to pinpoint a solution to overcome weaker points’.

‘Janet Meesters understands the art of adapting to different situations’.

‘With DLA, we have a partner and a team that is always available’.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

The litigation and regulatory department at DLA Piper houses the firm’s arbitration offering and forms part of its expansion global dispute resolution practice. The team is well positioned to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates by virtue of its large international network. Practice head Marnix Holtzer has notable experience in corporate litigation; he is supported by Michiel Coenraads, who is recommended for international arbitration and ESG-related disputes, with a focus on the energy and natural resources sectors.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Holtzer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s international arbitration team is really good’.

‘Smart, with business acumen, commercially minded, and technically really good’.

‘They handle big cases for bluechip clients’.

‘This is a really well integrated firm and they are able to handle disputes globally, wonderfully ran and coordinated by the Amsterdam team’.

‘Great sector knowledge’

‘Michiel Coenraads is smart, hands-on, and understands our business goals and speaks our language’.

‘They have a big and very talented team’.

‘Good culture and nice people’.

Key clients

Aciturri Composites S.A.

Argent Energy

ENEL

Infinera

Laureate

Petrobras

Petronas

Shell

Urban Green Technologies (Sun Africa)

Van den Heuvel Handel & Techniek B.V.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

The DLA Piper team is ’highly competent, very responsive and provides excellent service’. A part of the international firm's huge global network, it handles cross-border restructuring and the employment aspects of M&A deals, as well as contentious matters. Hélène Bogaard  heads the practice and has considerable experience in advising US clients with a presence in Europe. Johan Zwemmer was promoted to partner in May 2021 and is recommended for flexible workforce employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Their availability is great and they are very responsive’.

‘During the pandemic they were amazing at sending updates that were generally very useful’.

‘Hélène Bogaard is a particularly strong legal professional.’

‘Hélène Bogaard is very aware and on top of all that is employment law, while she also remains very approachable and human’.

‘Erik Lutjens is an excellent lawyer, very reliable, and it’s a pleasure to work with him’.

‘Johan Zwemmer has great employment law knowledge, knows our business and way of working and has a pragmatic approach’.

‘Always quick and sharp responses that are exact and to-the-point’.

‘Johan Zwemmer is a very easy going and empathetic lawyer’.

Key clients

Crawford

Deloitte

EI AI

Fox-IT

G4S

NetApp

Onyx Power Group

PVH

Software One

TalpaNetwork

Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP

Work highlights

  • Advising the Onyx Power Group on the employment law aspects of the closing of the coal-fired power plant in Rotterdam (Power Plant Rotterdam) in exchange for a subsidy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.
  • Advising the industry-wide pension fund for the Dutch road haulage sector on the court ruling – and appeal proceedings – that Deliveroo is active in the road haulage sector and therefore must pay pension contributions
  • Advised Fortissimo Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake of Sanquin Plasma Products B.V. (the sole Dutch manufacturer of abroad range of medicines derived from blood plasma) from the Sanquin Blood Supply Foundation, a Dutch non-profit organization responsible for the blood supply in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 3

DLA Piper’s environment and planning and climate change practice has considerable experience in administrative, environmental and nature-preservation law, along with zoning and planning. The team takes a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on the strength of the firm’s real estate, corporate, energy and litigation departments. Legal director Arjen de Snoo heads heads the firm’s sustainability and ESG committee as well as the practice group, and advises companies and public authorities on the implementation of new environmental laws and regulation.

Practice head(s):

Arjen de Snoo

Other key lawyers:

Jaap Lameijer

Key clients

BASF

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Finance International (DFI) and Waterland Real Estate (WRE)

ING and Rabobank

PWN

Rijkswaterstaat

Segro

Unilever

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

DLA Piper‘s team of competition, EU procurement and European law specialists provides cutting-edge advice to Dutch and multinational clients, under the leadership of practice head Léon Korsten. On the competition side, the group advises on horizontal and vertical agreements, as well as ACM and EU merger filings. Also notable is that it handles contentious work, such as state aid litigation and follow-on damages actions. Recent highlights included Janet Meesters and Martijn van Wanroij acting for Danish shipbuilder Pro Safe in litigation against the Dutch Ministry of Defence over the outcome of a tender procedure for the delivery of so-called Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) vessels. Elsewhere, the team is sought after by clients for advice on compliance with EU sanctions and export control regulations.

Practice head(s):

Léon Korsten

Other key lawyers:

Janet Meesters; Martijn van Wanroij

Testimonials

‘The reason for working with this team is their no-nonsense approach, pragmatic and to the point advice. Janet Meesters and her team are experts in their field. The very pleasant additional advantage is that the team is friendly and fun to work with. And they always keep their word.’

‘Janet Meesters is a businesswoman with a human touch and that is simply very pleasant.’

‘Deep competition law knowledge. Down to earth. Pragmatic. High availability.’

‘A team of people who were dedicated to getting all the information related to our case right.’

Key clients

Afvalsturing Friesland

Arcadis

ASR Real Estate

Asset Rail

Ballast Nedam

DEME

Dura Vermeer

Dustin

Ergon Capital Partners

ForFarmers

Hoeksema Totaal Recycling

HTM Personenvervoer

Ocean

Pro-Safe

Société Générale

Waterland Private Equity Investments

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Afvalsturing Friesland against state aid and misuse of procurement law allegations in civil litigation.
  • Advised Arcadis Nederland on several multimillion, multi-year framework agreements which are of significant strategic importance to Arcadis Nederland’s core business.
  • Acted for ForFarmers on the successful competition approval of its acquisition of its competitor De Hoop Mengvoeders.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

DLA Piper‘s IT practice is led by Daphne Bens  and Khaled Dadi, who was made partner and is considered a stand-out ‘for his pragmatism, crisp and to the point advice‘ with over 20 years of experience advising suppliers of IT services, financial institutions and other global clients on complex IT agreements and disputes. The firm provides a global, multi-practice service to the tech industry and a range of other corporates, advising on corporate transactions, digital transformation mandates, cloud matters, digital payments, data protection, regulatory and tax matters. Joris Willems departed in March 2021 and senior asssociate Floris de Wit joined from Allen & Overy LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Daphne Bens; Khaled Dadi

Testimonials

‘I am very impressed with this highly responsive team. Their turnaround time was incredibly fast, as were responses to ad hoc queries. There were cross-border elements and these were also handled seamlessly. The advice we received was clear and commercial and greatly assisted us to reach a rapid conclusion with a counterparty with significant bargaining strength.’

‘Khaled Dadi displayed a deep understanding of the information technology sector, common contractual issues and negotiating strategy. He is highly responsive, knowledgeable and commercial and obtained a great result for us in a timely manner.’

‘The team covers a wide range of IT, IP and contracting areas, which makes it a one-stop-shop for most commercial contracting and disputes needs. They have broad experience in commercial contracting and have a very good understanding of the IT/Tech industry.’

‘Khaled Dadi really stands out for his pragmatism, crisp and to the point advice, and his in-depth knowledge of the IT industry and his legal experience. He’s able to translate complex legal issues into practical and hands-on advice, taking into account not just the interests of his client, but also of the opposing party.’

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

The multidisciplinary cross-border practice at DLA Piper handles a range of domestic and international media, sport and entertainment matters. It leverages strengths across the key related areas of intellectual property, technology, corporate, tax, litigation, regulatory, finance, projects, restructuring and employment. Sports is a key sector of expertise for the practice; it advises leagues, clubs, franchise owners, broadcasters, advertisers, international and national governing in the space. Richard van Schaik  specialises in TMT, with an emphasis on media, entertainment and data protection matters. He co-heads the team with Pieter Paul Terpstra.

Practice head(s):

Richard van Schaik; Pieter Paul Terpstra

Key clients

21th Century Fox

ASICS

Aurum Entertainment Limited

DentsuAegis

Discovery

Greentube

Interactive Advertising Bureau Nederland (IAB Nederland)

Kantar media

Motorsport Games

NEDIX LTd.

Ocean Outdoor (formerly: Ngage Media)

Omnicom Media Group

ZeniMax

14 ZIGT Mediabureau

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 3

The multidisciplinary consumer goods, food and retail team at DLA Piper is experienced in acting for clients such as luxury designers, supermarket chains, DIY chains and general retailers. Its wide-ranging expertise spans brand management and protection issues, including advertising, trademark, copyright licensing and anti-counterfeiting, as well as cybersecurity, privacy and data protection. Other drivers of work include real estate, tax and regulatory matters. Khaled Dadi, who has expertise in digital transformation projects and commercial contracts, co-heads the team with IP and disputes expert Niels Mulder.

Practice head(s):

Khaled Dadi; Niels Mulder

Key clients

Apple Inc.

ASICS

Bacardi

Conair (Babyliss) Corporation

Crocs Inc.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Domino’s Pizza Dutch investment company NPM Capital with retail portfolio companies including Suitsupply

Five Guys

Footlocker

Hema

Hugo Boss AG

Inter

Ikea

MHCS

Nike / Converse

PVH

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Rituals B.V.

Staples

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

The Netherlands DLA Piper team is highlighted for being ‘genuinely invested in getting a result for the client‘. It has experience of an array of sectors but is noted for its strength in the biotech/life sciences, medical devices and mechanical engineering spheres. Senior partner Paul Reeskamp is an experienced patents litigator, while legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis also handles complex IP litigation as part of his broader practice. Senior associate Marijn Van Der Wal’s practice comprises both advisory and litigation work with a focus on life sciences cases and cross-border litigation. On the client service front, the firm provides various automated tools for areas such as document review and data analysis.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeskamp

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Paul Reeskamp is the head of the patent team and is second to none in the Netherlands. He has an amazing capability of focusing on what is important and to keep that focus during the full length of a case. Furthermore he is a lawyer pur sang, having in-depth knowledge of all aspects of patent law and able to see the relevant legal concepts. He is also very convinced that his view on a case is the correct view and that conviction is contagious and spreads to courts who decide on a case.’

Marijn van der Wal is a reliable attorney at law who works together with Paul Reeskamp. Together they form a well oiled machine.’

‘Paul Reeskamp: Always focusses on the important issues. Thorough knowledge of IP law. Great convincing power.

‘Marijn van der Wal: Fine attorney at law. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Personalised service from people who are genuinely invested in getting a result for the client. They are happy to engage and take input from others to build the strongest possible case.’

‘Alexander is a gentleman, a pleasure to work with, and proactive to get a result.’ 

‘The DLA Team take our IP rights as seriously as we do. They provide very active participation in all activities related to matters we refer to them on. They provide also innovative ways of also being able to deal with such events (collaboration, resolving conflict etc).’

‘Alexander Tsoutsanis has been an excellent partner to our IP rights enforcement program and process. he is quick thinking, provides innovative ways of dealing with specific issues, has a great understanding of the law, and provides us with great support.’

Key clients

Asetek

Easypath

Euro-Caps

Fresenius Kabi

Fugro

Glen Dimplex / Basic Holdings

ING Bank

Merus N.V.

uniQure

Work highlights

  • Representing Fresenius Kabi against Eli Lilly in relation to alleged patent infringement concerning Lilly’s blockbuster drug Alimta®.   This case is being litigated all over the world against numerous defendants, Fresenius Kabi being one of them. DLA Piper Amsterdam handles both the case in the Netherlands and in Belgium.
  • Continuously advising Euro-Caps on freedom-to-operate type analyses and is co-representing Euro-Caps in EPO opposition proceedings against the grant of a patent of Alice Allisson.
  • Representing Asetek in proceedings against two competitors pertaining to computer cooling technology. Asetek invoked its patent against Cooler Master and Coolergiant in the Netherlands.

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

Niels Mulder  heads the practice which is part of the well-known DLA Piper global offering. The team handles all aspects of trade mark protection and enforcement from the prosecution of applications through to litigation for famous-name brand owners and is entrusted with cases that go to the Supreme Court. Equally, the team is skilled in the areas of copyright and design rights and anti-counterfeiting which the firm is known for globally. Litigator Paul Reeskamp is well known for his handling of trade mark infringements and copyright cases, as is legal director Alexander Tsoutsanis who handles disputes across all types of IP.

Practice head(s):

Niels Mulder

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reeskamp; Alexander Tsoutsanis

Testimonials

‘DLA has provided us excellent support in terms of our management of trade marks and trade mark activities. They have an excellent amount of knowledge and most importantly, how best to protect and manage a brand correctly.’

‘Alexander Tsoutsanis has provided us with exceptional support related to trademark matters, helping us to outline a chain of management of brands and preventing the establishment of generics. An excellent help to us.’

Key clients

Burberry

EV-Box

Five Guys

Glen Dimplex / Basic Holdings

Hikvision

Jack Daniels Properties Inc.

Krakatau

Moët & Hennessy c.s.

Moncler

Nike

Nikon

Pernod Ricard

Polo / Ralph Lauren

Premier League

Prosus

Rakuten

Ravensburger

Renault

Rituals

Sakata

Spin Master

Work highlights

  • Representing Converse and Nike in a number of important trademark disputes in the Netherlands and Europe against organisations involved in importation and trade in Europe of large amounts of Converse and Nike counterfeit products.
  • Representing Moët Hennessy in a number of trade mark disputes both in the Netherlands and elsewhere in and outside the EU in relation to well-known spirits brands such as Hennessy, Belvedere, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon.
  • Handling and coordinating an EU wide IP dispute concerning the production and sale of professional gymnastics equipment in the Netherlands and Italy for Shandong Taishan Sports Equipment Company Co. Ltd., a global leader in sports equipment.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 3

DLA Piper focuses on the core areas of renewable energy, DFI-based lending (where the team is active in impact directed investments in developing countries) and infrastructural based project finance work, advising sponsors and lenders on large infrastructure PPP transactions. Gerard Kneppers  leads the team and focuses on renewable energy and infrastructure projects, PPPs, development financial institution lending and project finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Kneppers

Key clients

ABN Amro

Bank Nederlandse Gemeenten (BNG)

BASF

Chint Solar / Astronergy

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A

FMO (Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden)

Hamburg Commercial Bank

ING Bank

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)

Work highlights

  • Advised BASF on the purchase of 49% in offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Zuid by BASF from Vattenfall.
  • Advising Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A in its capacity as mandated lead arranger in relation to the syndicated project financing of Solar Park Vloeivelden Hollandia.
  • Advising Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) in its capacity as mandated lead arranger in relation to the syndicated project financing of Solar Park Dorhout Mees.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

DLA Piper is well equipped to handle cross-border restructuring and insolvency mandates by virtue of its international network. It offers broad expertise in the sector, drawing on strength from corporate and financial practitioners to assist with contentious and non-contentious matters. Marc Molhuysen  heads up the practice and counts banks, financial institutions and companies in distress among his clientele.

Practice head(s):

Marc Molhuysen

Testimonials

‘Marc Molhuysen is very pragmatic and knowledgeable’.

‘Marc Molhuysen pursues solutions, is straightforward and always available’.

‘The team were focused and delivered quality work within required timeframes’.

‘They thought out of the box and came with pragmatic solutions’.

‘We are a large and agile business and we needed, and received, close client attention’.

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard

ABN AMRO Bank

Deutsche Bank

Diebold Nixdorf

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

HEMA works council

HPS Investment Partners

ING Bank

Oost NL

Standard Investment

Work highlights

  • Advising Diebold Nixdorf on the controlled wind-down and bankruptcy process of its SecurCash entities.
  • Advising DEME on the restructuring of IHC, of which DEME is the largest customer.
  • Advising Standard Investment in its capacity as the potential purchaser of BCC, a large retail electronics chain in financial distress whose shareholders launched a distressed M&A auction process.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

DLA Piper is home to one of the market’s most active global M&A practices; its offering in Amsterdam is characterised by a focus on mid-market merger, acquisition and divestment transactions, including those with a cross-border or multidisciplinary component. Practice head Daphne Bens is an expert in the technology sector and has been directly instructed by several Silicon Valley-based players. Elsewhere, Henk Arnold Sijnja is the key contact for deals in the life sciences and financial services fields and Richard Fens is recognised for his work within the energy and chemical industries. Up-and-coming partner Pieter Paul Terpstra is also a key member of the team and is noted for his ‘no-nonsense commercial approach.’

Practice head(s):

Daphne Bens

Testimonials

‘Dedication, commitment and knowledge.’

Pieter Paul Terpstra is a superstar.’

‘The DLA team gave us the high quality, practical, advice that we needed. Based on their experience, they were well able to tell us what is market and what is clearly not, including from the perspective of a US buyer (with its own requirements). Even though mainly dealing with the transaction team, if so required they had the specialists available to deal with specific topics (such as notarial and IP driven topics). Compared with the team who were sitting on the other side of the table, I much preferred DLA’s agility when dealing with any issue that came up.’

‘Pieter Paul Terpstra is a great person to work with, responsive and good a meeting timescales. Pieter Paul has a no-nonsense commercial approach, never letting our interests out of sight.’

Key clients

ADM Group

Aegon

Algeco

Alphacomm Digital Commerce

Box Inc.

Dustin Group

Elliott Advisors

FOX International Channels / The Walt Disney Company

Global Petro Storage

Global Transport Solutions

ID&T

IMF Bentham Limited

JD Sports

Jindal/JPF Netherlands

M3 self-storage

Qargo Packers

Rheem Manufacturing Company

The Carlyle Group

The Financial Times Group

Waterland Private Equity

Worldline SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Box, Inc., a cloud storage and collaboration giant on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of SignRequest B.V., a cloud-based electronic signature (e-signature) company based in the Netherlands, in a deal worth $55m, partly based in cash partly in shares of Box, Inc.
  • Advised Dustin Group AB on the controlled auction acquisition of Centralpoint Holding B.V.
  • Advised Hunter Douglas N.V. on the public offer by Bergson Holdings B.V. for all outstanding common shares of Hunter Douglas N.V.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 4

The energy and natural resources group at DLA Piper focuses on the renewables’ market, establishing multidisciplinary teams to handle the finance, corporate, real estate, regulatory and contentious aspects of energy deals. Particularly strong in project finance, the team is led by Gerard Kneppers and Pieter Paul Terpstra.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Kneppers; Pieter Paul Terpstra

Other key lawyers:

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

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 4

Global firm DLA Piper serves as a one-stop shop, handling deals of all sizes across a number of markets; it combines corporate, finance and tax services and supports at all stages of the private equity lifecycle, from fundraising, investments and buy-outs through to management equity arrangements, portfolio transactions and exits. Casper Hamersma  is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Casper Hamersma

Other key lawyers:

Jochem Beurskens

Testimonials

‘Broad and deep team, able to act as seamless one-stop shop across various legal disciplines and a wide range of countries. Able to deal with complex cross-border transactions and integrate legal and fiscal support. Regular and detailed fee updates avoid large surprises at the end of projects. Frequent and detailed internal communication across lawyers from different disciplines makes sure the entire team is aligned and able to support a client to the best of their abilities. Acceptable relation between price and quality. Dedicated to provide 5-star service (but not always required) and willing to go the extra mile for clients whenever required.’

‘Jochem Beurskens – Focused on delivering high-quality service to clients, 24/7 availability and high level of responsiveness, able to keep a high-level overview of all key parts of a transaction, good process management, eager and more than willing to go the extra mile, firm in negotiations and only moving in the direction of the other party after client consents.’

Key clients

Bencis Capital Partners

Egeria Private Equity

EMK Capital

Ergon Capital Partners

Fortissimo Capital

Sun Capital Partners

Synergia Capital Partners

The Carlyle Group

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised EMK Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in VDK Group, a group of electrotechnical and mechanical installation and maintenance companies that is based and active in the Netherlands from its founding shareholder who has reinvested alongside EMK Capital.
  • Advised Waterland Private Equity on the acquisition of the Celestia Group, a group of high-tech space technology companies across Europe (active in 8 jurisdictions) and subsequent re-invesment of the founder of the Celestia Group into the new holding structure.
  • Advised Bencis Capital Partners on the acquisition of Pe-Pe Parts.

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.


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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