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Banking & Finance: Project Finance — Netherlands


Allen & Overy LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Femke Bierman, Werner Runge and Gerard Kastelein
- 11 partners
- 53 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding full-service firm with exemplary skills in complicated international financings and transactions. Displays a wealth of knowledge of financial instruments and boasts expertise in project finance as well as trade and export finance. Also has a dedicated financial markets regulation practice that advises financial institutions on interest rate matters and Brexit-related queries, including the establishment of regulated business in the Netherlands. Maintains an impressive integrated team to co-ordinate both Dutch and UK law issues, acting for both banks and borrowers.

Strengths Clients note the firm's global network and assert that the team "has good knowledge, is pragmatic and is very committed to delivering high-quality work." One client adds: "When the going gets tough, they have got going and delivered on time."

Sources also report that the team is "very responsive, client-focused and dedicated," with one client describing the lawyers as "very friendly, approachable guys" who leave a positive impression.

Work highlights Acted for 3i and Action Holding on the EUR1.675 billion recapitalisation financing of Action.

Advised Delta Lloyd on its EUR600 million corporate facility.

Significant Clients Dutch Ministry of Finance, Aegon, Dutch Central Bank, Deutsche Bank, Anbang Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Victor de Serière is vastly experienced in structured finance, securities work and corporate finance. Clients regard him as "excellent, knowledgeable, flexible and client-oriented."

Femke Bierman is a seasoned banking lawyer with particular expertise in corporate financing, syndicated lending and leveraged finance. She recently advised ABN AMRO on a EUR160 million multicurrency term and revolving credit facility for Catamaran. Clients describe her as "very clever, pragmatic and solution-driven, without losing balance between legal doctrine and business practicality," adding that "she will always keep you focused on the important legal issues and also get the deal done in a way that's legally sound and concise."

Werner Runge heads the energy, projects and infrastructure group and specialises in project financing, PPP/PFI projects and leveraged and secured financing. Clients contend that he is "pragmatic and to the point." His recent work highlights include acting for Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the EUR34 million financing of the development and operation of a photovoltaic solar park.

Ben Fox represents both banks and borrowers, domestically and internationally, and focuses on asset finance, syndicated unsecured corporate lending and leveraged finance transactions. He recently advised Rabobank on an EUR800 million transaction involving amendments to its financing arrangement with Pon. He is known for advising on both Dutch and UK law, and impressed sources claim: "He is very capable and experienced and has a very pleasant way of communicating. He is also a good, pragmatic negotiator."

Niels de Ru is "a very responsive, loyal, communicative guy who's very friendly and lovely to work with," according to clients, who feel his social skills and ability to co-ordinate the financing process are a real asset. His areas of expertise include export finance, leveraged finance and commodity finance. He recently assisted ING with its capital solution supply chain finance business, across 76 jurisdictions, in a deal worth EUR242 million.

Andrew Thomas regularly handles acquisition finance, syndicated loans and cross-border leveraged finance. He recently advised Miktom on its EUR275 million dual-track financing transaction.

Rising star Aroen Kuitenbrouwer draws praise from clients for being "very pragmatic, fast and diligent." His focus is on domestic and cross-border lending and structured finance. His recent work highlights include assisting ABN AMRO and a consortium of other banks with an EUR80 million credit facility for the Hans Anders Group.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Mark Huddlestone
- 7 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading international law firm with UK and Dutch qualified lawyers. Advises borrowers and lenders across the full range of finance law, including fintech matters. Acclaimed regulatory team that works with a broad client base and provides comprehensive advice on Dutch compliance matters. Integrated practice also includes a prominent project finance group acting for lenders, sponsors and institutional investors across the rail, road and energy sectors.

Strengths Clients enthuse that "the whole team is very diligent and has a very good knowledge of leveraged finance documentation," also praising the firm's "tremendous depth of resources" and adding that the team is "always well aware of what is going on in the market."

Another client commends the "strong team" and appreciates that it "uses its network to the benefit of the client." The same source also praises the lawyers for being "pragmatic and solution-driven" and for "thinking out of the box."

Work highlights Advised Compass Partners and its rolling sponsor Bridgepoint on the EUR400 million financing of the acquisition of Infinitas Learning.

Assisted ING with the Atradius-backed export credit facility agreement, worth in the region of USD430.5 million, for the Republic of Angola.

Significant Clients Lloyds Bank, Varo Energy, Aalberts Industries, H.I.G. Capital, Rabobank.

Notable practitioners

Bas Boris Visser heads the firm's financial regulatory and risk group and boasts substantial experience in advising Dutch and international financial institutions as well as supervisory authorities. His scope of expertise includes fintech and assisting the Dutch Central Bank with resolution matters.

Jelle Hofland regularly represents financiers and borrowers in leveraged finance, syndicated lending and restructuring matters. He is heralded by clients as an "excellent lawyer and adviser," and they further underline that "he really oversees all aspects of the transaction and has the ability to use his experience and creativity in difficult and complex situations." His recent work highlights include assisting TKH with the refinancing and extension of its various facilities, with a total value of EUR580 million.

According to one client, head of department Mark Huddlestone is among "the most experienced partners in the Dutch market." He acts on every aspect of bank lending, including asset-based finance, acquisition finance, general syndicated lending and commodity finance. He recently advised BNP Paribas Fortis on a EUR384 million export credit facility agreement for Brazilian company Fibria-Ms Celulose Sul Mato Grossense, for the expansion of an industrial plant. Huddlestone is also UK-qualified and frequently advises on matters with Dutch and UK elements.

Titus De Vries acts for both lenders and borrowers, specialising in corporate lending transactions and leveraged finance. He recently advised NPM Capital on the financing of its acquisition of Deli Maatschappij. Clients profess that he is "an incredible guy who is really good in negotiations," further highlighting that "he's very fair, very strong and has all the arguments."

Angela McEwan specialises in general syndicated lending and commodity finance, project finance and acquisition finance. She recently acted for Rabobank on a EUR667 million term and revolving facilities agreement for the acquisition of MPS Holding III and its subsidiaries by Marel Holding. Clients describe her as "very capable, diligent, clear and straight."

Hein Tonnaer specialises in acting for sponsors on project finance, boasting particular expertise in renewable energy. He also advises on asset finance and export finance. His recent work highlights include advising ABN AMRO on a EUR290 million facility for EdgeConneX, in relation to the development of an Amsterdam-based data centre. He is touted by clients as a "strong project finance lawyer, very pragmatic and creative, and an excellent sparring partner in new financing structures."

Jackie Jones has an all-encompassing bank lending practice with a particular focus on asset finance, trade and commodity finance and syndicated lending. She assists with both UK and Dutch law.

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Houthoff - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Loet Venrooy, Jessica Terpstra and Bastiaan Siemers
- 6 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service law firm with dedicated teams working broadly across regulatory law, project finance and general banking and finance. Has great experience in bankruptcies within the financial sector and unwinding convoluted derivative-driven products. Often called upon for advice on the financing of real estate and infrastructure projects by a variety of clients, including domestic and international banks and funds. Particularly active in the real estate loan portfolio market, and the project finance team's growth in prominence sees it climb in the rankings this year. Recently added Deutsche Bank to its list of clientele.

Strengths According to clients, the team consists of "very qualified professionals who provide legal advice and service of an exceptional level."

One commentator praises the firm for demonstrating "a good understanding of the European leveraged finance market," adding that the lawyers are "responsive and offer pragmatic advice."

Work highlights Assisted Amvest with the refinancing of the Amvest Residential Core Fund via a new EUR700 million loan facility.

Acted for JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital on the USD800 million financing for the acquisition of NXP's Standard Products business unit.

Significant Clients ABN AMRO, ING, Petrobras, NIBC, BNP Paribas.

Notable practitioners

Jessica Terpstra advises on acquisition finance, syndicated and bilateral lending and asset-based lending, in addition to being strong in project finance transactions. She recently advised Credit Suisse on the Dutch aspects of its USD885 million refinancing package for the Avantor Group. One interviewee adds: "Jessica is great: she combines strong technical legal skills with pragmatism, is always very responsive and, above all else, is a pleasure to deal with."

Loet Venrooy acts for financial institutions, corporate entities and private equity houses on real estate finance, financial restructuring and acquisition finance. His recent work highlights include representing Merrill Lynch and Neuberger Berman in a EUR400 million Shari'a-based financial restructuring. Sources contend that he displays "sound knowledge of the files, strong commercial awareness and effectiveness" and also report that his "customer service is of a high standard."

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Houthoff’s Banking & Finance Team has a comprehensive knowledge of the financial sector, and the laws and regulations that govern it. The experienced Banking & Finance Team provides services to domestic and foreign banks, investors, other financial institutions, large companies and supervisory authorities. Their specialists give advice on a large variety of banking and financial transactions. This can involve high-end acquisition, real estate, asset or project financing, syndicated or bilateral loans, or restructuring, all of this in the context of complex financial regulations and legislation.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Wouter Hertzberger
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with a reputation for project finance, trade finance and commodities. Also advises domestic and international banks, leasing companies and asset managers on corporate lending, asset finance and export finance, particularly in the financial services sector. Recently added Shell and the European Investment Bank as clients through new panel wins.

Strengths One client notes that the lawyers are dedicated to looking for solutions rather than seeking problems.

Work highlights Represented Crédit Agricole and Société Générale in connection with the financing of 16 railway vehicles, to be manufactured and operated on certain railway lines in the Netherlands, in a deal worth in the region of EUR124.5 million.

Acted for Ballast Nedam Concessies, Heijmans Capital and 3i Infrastructure on the EUR200 million project financing of a convention centre in Rotterdam.

Significant Clients ABN AMRO, Bank of America, CME Group, Northern Trust, VimpelCom.

Notable practitioners

Wouter Hertzberger specialises in project finance and asset finance restructuring, with particular expertise in ship finance, regularly representing both shipowners and lenders. He recently advised the lenders on the financing of the EUR220 million PPP A27/A1 road project.

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Stibbe - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Jaap Willeumier
- 4 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust and wide-ranging banking and finance practice, acting for borrowers and lenders from both domestic and international markets. Handles corporate lending and real estate finance and is increasingly active in acquisition finance matters. Also offers expertise in regulatory and compliance matters and climbs in the project finance rankings, following its work on high-profile infrastructure projects, particularly those involving roads. Also recently secured a number of panel wins with major European banks.

Strengths One source enthuses that the team "understands what clients need" and adds: "They are responsive, efficient and very good at what they do."

Clients note that the lawyers in the project finance team are "knowledgeable, flexible, proactive and committed."

Work highlights Assisted Intertrust with all financing and regulatory aspects of its EUR557 million acquisition of Elian Group.

Acted for BAT on its GBP5.7 billion revolving credit facilities agreement linked to the acquisition of shares in Reynolds.

Significant Clients Accor, Ballast Nedam, Blackstone, PostNL, Q-Park.

Notable practitioners

Rogier Raas acts for financial institutions, leading and global corporates and international investors on complex financial regulatory matters, as well as routinely acting as an expert witness in national and international financial regulatory litigation. He recently assisted Vistra and Orangefield with ongoing financial regulatory and compliance matters and in their dealings with the Dutch regulators. One interviewee reports: "He's got a lot of knowledge of the European environment; if there are cross-border issues, then he is the one to turn to. He knows so much about other jurisdictions and European rules. He is a great source of knowledge."

Rein van Helden predominantly represents large corporations and specialises in cross-border leveraged finance transactions, restructurings and syndicated lending. He recently advised Avedon Capital Partners on all finance aspects of its acquisition of Olympia Nederland from NIBC. He draws praise from clients for being "very accomplished, super responsive and very energetic." Clients add: "He is good at problem-solving."

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Band 1

Wouter Hertzberger

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wouter Hertzberger specialises in project finance and asset finance restructuring, with particular expertise in ship finance, regularly representing both shipowners and lenders. He recently advised the lenders on the financing of the EUR220 million PPP A27/A1 road project.

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Band 1

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Werner Runge heads the energy, projects and infrastructure group and specialises in project financing, PPP/PFI projects and leveraged and secured financing. Clients contend that he is "pragmatic and to the point." His recent work highlights include acting for Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the EUR34 million financing of the development and operation of a photovoltaic solar park.

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Band 2

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hein Tonnaer specialises in acting for sponsors on project finance, boasting particular expertise in renewable energy. He also advises on asset finance and export finance. His recent work highlights include advising ABN AMRO on a EUR290 million facility for EdgeConneX, in relation to the development of an Amsterdam-based data centre. He is touted by clients as a "strong project finance lawyer, very pragmatic and creative, and an excellent sparring partner in new financing structures."

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Band 3

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Angela McEwan specialises in general syndicated lending and commodity finance, project finance and acquisition finance. She recently acted for Rabobank on a EUR667 million term and revolving facilities agreement for the acquisition of MPS Holding III and its subsidiaries by Marel Holding. Clients describe her as "very capable, diligent, clear and straight."

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Band 3

Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jessica Terpstra advises on acquisition finance, syndicated and bilateral lending and asset-based lending, in addition to being strong in project finance transactions. She recently advised Credit Suisse on the Dutch aspects of its USD885 million refinancing package for the Avantor Group. One interviewee adds: "Jessica is great: she combines strong technical legal skills with pragmatism, is always very responsive and, above all else, is a pleasure to deal with."

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