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Banking & Finance: Project Finance — Netherlands


Allen & Overy LLP - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 43 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. Maintains an impressive integrated team to coordinate both Dutch and UK law issues and regulatory matters.

Strengths "The firm acts assertively to close deals with a favourable result."

"The team can advise on highly complex international matters and act as a single point of contact, which is very efficient for us."

Work highlights Assisted ABN AMRO with a EUR825 million, cross-border transaction.

Advised Erasmus MC on gaining multiple intercreditor arrangements for the financing of a EUR800 million university hospital project.

Notable practitioners

Venerable practitioner Victor de Serière garners immense respect for his work in financial restructuring and securities work. Sources appreciate that "he is able to deliver high-quality advice at short notice." He recently represented the Dutch Ministry of Finance in administrative proceedings.

Head of department Femke Bierman is a renowned expert in acquisition and leverage finance, acting on a domestic and international basis. Clients say: "She always tries to advise on what she thinks is best for you and her drive is fantastic."

Werner Runge "shows keen commercial awareness and a client-focused approach" in his area of expertise in project finance. He advised on a EUR450 million refinancing of the 129MW Q10 Luchterduinen wind project.

Ben Fox is highly regarded for his expertise in real estate and asset financing, as well as syndicated corporate lending. He can advise on both Dutch and UK law and receives great praise from sources, who say "everyone likes to work with Ben, he looks for solutions and works for his clients."

Niels de Ru is known for "his singular focus on the quality of service he provides" in his area of trade and commodities financing. He assisted ING with a USD142 million refinancing of borrowing base facilities for Peninsula Petroleum.

Andrew Thomas is a "tough negotiator" according to sources and tackles acquisition finance, syndicated loans and international leveraged finance. He is qualified to practice in the UK and Australia as well as the Netherlands and recently handled a EUR70 million refinancing of Telegraaf Media Groep's working capital facility.

Aroen Kuitenbrouwer acts on Dutch and cross-border structured finance and lending transactions. He assisted Suit Supply with a primary EUR70 million syndicated loan deal. Sources appreciate his "thorough knowledge and pragmatic resolution of discussion points; he is a good team leader."

Significant clients Rabobank, Delta Lloyd, Deutsche Bank, Aegon, GE Artesia.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 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.

Strengths "Our impression of the firm is excellent. They have skilled lawyers, who are solution-driven and pleasant people to work with."

"The team is reliable, professional and pragmatic; we have a close relationship with the lawyers and they are approachable even when there is no deal on."

Work highlights

Advised Citibank on a EUR1.5 billion deal to finance the construction of two cruise vessels for Carnival.

Acted for the lenders on a USD5.3 billion refinancing of Trafigura Group's European revolving credit facility.

Notable practitioners

A former managing partner of the firm's Amsterdam office, Bas Boris Visser advises on acquisition finance, bank regulation and restructurings, in addition to his role as global head of innovation and business change. He also offers significant international experience in transactions and transfers of businesses.

Jelle Hofland is a "driving force" at the firm and advises on syndicated lending and leveraged finance. "He is a very popular lawyer because he's very pragmatic and seeks solutions" according to sources, one of whom remarks: "I have not seen such a sharp banking lawyer before." He advised Intermediate Capital Group on acquiring Loparex Holding with the backing of USD70 million mezzanine and USD275 million senior financing.

UK-qualified head of department Mark Huddlestone is recommended by sources as "a good negotiator and a great guy." He acts on syndicated lending and restructuring as well as trade and commodities finance and private placements. He represented Varo Energy in a merger with Argos Group involving a USD1.6 billion facility agreement.

Titus De Vries is well versed in corporate lending transactions, leveraged finance and also has considerable knowledge of alternative combination financing, acting for lenders and borrowers. "As well as his legal expertise, Titus is strong in managing client relationships and cross-border transactions," clients say.

Clients say Angela McEwan "always stays focused, professional and constructive" when handling complex cross-border financings. She is highlighted for her experience with African development banks. She advised Rabobank on a EUR320 million revolving facility which financed Bankiva's acquisition of Plukon Food Group.

Frank Graaf is widely known for his regulatory practice and operates extensively across compliance work and financial services. Sources say "he really masters the elements of regulatory work including the difficult prudential rules of capital adequacy."

Clients praise Hein Tonnaer's "strength in infrastructure project finance" and his notable skills in PPPs and wind-power refinancing. His other areas of expertise include aviation, asset and export finance. He assisted Eneco Wind and Diamond Generating Europe with a refinancing of the 129MW offshore Project Luchterduinen wind farm.

Jackie Jones practises widely across all areas of banking and lending, with particular interests in asset finance and syndicated lending. She is recognised for her UK law advice and sources note that she is "well respected by banks."

Significant clients ING, Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, LeasePlan, FMO.

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Houthoff - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 31 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.

Strengths "Houthoff Buruma is a truly reliable business partner with a great understanding of our company."

"The firm maintains a pragmatic, personal element to its work and gives us all the attention that is required."

Work highlights Advised the OpenIJ consortium on a EUR480 million PPP financing relating to the IJmond Sea Locks project.

Advised Petrobras Global Trading on variety of finance transactions including a USD600 million offshore trade-related revolving loan and guarantee and a USD5 billion term loan facility.

Notable practitioners

Jessica Terpstra advises on Dutch law, particularly project finance and divides her time between the UK and the Netherlands. Clients say she is "good at overseeing the whole picture, translating that and linking the various elements together. She is loyal but not afraid to confront or challenge the position of the client." She advised Jianguang Asset Management on a USD600 million acquisition financing relating to the RF Power Business of NXP Semiconductors.

Loet Venrooy is "a very senior, experienced lawyer who is able to advise on highly complicated matters and still keep arrangements very practical," clients say. He advises financial institutions, private equity houses and corporates on syndicated and bilateral lending, acquisition finance and debt restructuring. He advised a consortium of 15 banks including HSBC, Crédit Agricole and BNP Paribas on a USD4.4 billion project financing for Oyu Tolgoi.

Significant clients ABN AMRO, Deutsche Hypothekenbank, Credit Suisse, NIBC Bank, Merrill Lynch.

Department profile by Houthoff

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

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with a well-known reputation for project finance, trade finance and commodities. Also advises domestic and international banks, leasing companies and asset managers on corporate lending and asset finance.

Strengths "Norton Rose Fulbright differentiates itself through clear advice, being a one-stop shop, thinking both in the spirit and letter of the law and having expertise in our niche."

"We appreciate the firm's ability to operate internationally; the team is able to do the business of the Netherlands together with European business."

Work highlights Assisted a consortium of 3i, Heijmans and Fluor as the lenders with the EUR700 million PPP financing of the IJmuiden Sea Lock.

Advised Merrill Lynch on a USD350 million asset based revolving credit facility, including the implementation of security structure in the Netherlands.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Wouter Hertzberger is a venerable specialist in Dutch and international project finance. Clients describe him as "a finance expert with a good international network." He led the advice on the financing of the IJmuiden Sea Lock.

Berend J H Crans, who recently joined the firm from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, advises on asset and project finance and is particularly recommended for international leasing transactions and aircraft finance. He works with equity investors, lenders and lessors.

Significant clients Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, ABN AMRO, Macquarie, FMO.

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Stibbe - Banking & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 2 counsel
- 20 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, real estate finance and acquisition finance. Also offers expertise in regulatory and compliance matters and deals with the financing of high-profile infrastructure projects, particularly those involving roads.

Strengths "I really enjoy working with the lawyers at Stibbe. They are collegial, extremely responsive and give very good, practical, commercial advice."

"Stibbe did much more than you could expect in a client relationship."

Work highlights Advised Intertrust as issuer and Blackstone as selling shareholder on regulatory issues relating to InterTrust's EUR1.5 billion IPO.

Acted as lenders' counsel on VolkerWessels EUR400 million bid concerning the Courthouse Amsterdam PPP.

Notable practitioners

Head of the regulatory practice, Rogier Raas advises a mix of domestic and international clients and acts as an expert witness on financial services litigation. He also offers experience of regulatory issues arising in high-profile IPOs and advised ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley as the joint global coordinators of ABN AMRO's EUR16.7 billion IPO.

Significant clients Ballast Nedam, BAT, Cimpress, PostNL, Smurfit Kappa.

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Wouter Hertzberger

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Wouter Hertzberger is a venerable specialist in Dutch and international project finance. Clients describe him as "a finance expert with a good international network." He led the advice on the financing of the IJmuiden Sea Lock.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Werner Runge "shows keen commercial awareness and a client-focused approach" in his area of expertise in project finance. He advised on a EUR450 million refinancing of the 129MW Q10 Luchterduinen wind project.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say Angela McEwan "always stays focused, professional and constructive" when handling complex cross-border financings. She is highlighted for her experience with African development banks. She advised Rabobank on a EUR320 million revolving facility which financed Bankiva's acquisition of Plukon Food Group.

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Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jessica Terpstra advises on Dutch law, particularly project finance and divides her time between the UK and the Netherlands. Clients say she is "good at overseeing the whole picture, translating that and linking the various elements together. She is loyal but not afraid to confront or challenge the position of the client." She advised Jianguang Asset Management on a USD600 million acquisition financing relating to the RF Power Business of NXP Semiconductors.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Hein Tonnaer's "strength in infrastructure project finance" and his notable skills in PPPs and wind-power refinancing. His other areas of expertise include aviation, asset and export finance. He assisted Eneco Wind and Diamond Generating Europe with a refinancing of the 129MW offshore Project Luchterduinen wind farm.

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