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Banking & Finance: Regulatory — Netherlands


Baker McKenzie - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Philippe Steffens and Corinne Schot
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected international firm with strong technical skills in regulatory law and a broad knowledge of banking and finance. Regulatory expertise includes advising insurers on longevity swaps, capital solutions and Solvency II requirements. Also known for its handling of cross-border transactions and acquisition financing, acting for lenders, sponsors and corporates. Regularly represents clients in the transportation, renewable energy, commodities, pharmaceuticals and real estate sectors. Recent client wins include Greystar Capital and Enerco.

Strengths One client describes the team as "excellent" and is particularly impressed by the team's accessibility: "I really enjoy working with them. They are available 24/7 and offer clear advice."

The strengths of the team, as outlined by one client, are: "commitment, knowledge, work ethic, having a clear overview of matters and being pleasant to deal with."

Work highlights Advised China Minsheng Bank on aspects of the USD800 million financing agreement for the acquisition of the standard products unit of NXP Semiconductors NV, by the state-owned investment firm Jianguang and private equity firm Wise Road Capital, for USD2.75 billion.

Assisted Office Depot with the extension of a USD1.2 billion asset-based loan facility by five years with a syndicate of lenders led by J.P. Morgan.

Significant Clients ING, Rabobank, AMCI, AHAM, Delta Lloyd.

Notable practitioners

Fedor Tanke is "a very dedicated deal maker and also technical in his approach," according to clients. He specialises in financial restructuring, corporate finance matters and real estate finance transactions. His recent work highlights include advising Greystar on the financing of the Campus Diemen Zuid redevelopment projects by ABN AMRO.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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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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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 7 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent Dutch firm with highly regarded domestic and international experience. Advises on a variety of banking and finance matters, including acquisition finance, corporate financing and restructuring. Particularly strong in acting for borrowers, boasting an impressive clientele of Dutch and international corporations. Offers leading experts in regulatory matters and financial markets regulation and advises prominent Dutch banks on ECB supervisory rules.

Strengths According to clients, the team offers "excellent knowledge and experience, quick responses and the ability to come up with practical solutions."

Clients profess that the lawyers "are very sharp, smart and provide good tactical advice."

Work highlights Advised Royal BAM Group on the refinancing of its EUR400 million standby revolving credit facility.

Acted for Synthon on the refinancing of its EUR170 million revolving loan facility.

Significant Clients RELX Finance, ASML Holding, Fugro, Altice, TenneT.

Notable practitioners

Niek Biegman acts for investment banks, corporations and private equity investors and specialises in distressed debt transactions. Clients say: "Niek knows how to find the perfect balance between providing the client with accurate legal advice and practical tools at the same time. His commercial awareness and client services are highly appreciated." He recently advised BCD Travel on the USD380 million refinancing of a senior facilities agreement.

Menno Stoffer specialises in asset financing, credit facilities and acquisition financing, as well as advising on project finance matters. Clients praise him for offering "very good, to-the-point, pragmatic advice," as well as "focusing on the important issues, making things clear to the client, and approaching matters with the perspective of commercial relevance, legal exposure and risk management."

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Finnius - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing boutique firm specialising in regulatory advice on financial services. Assists with Dutch and international transactions including IPOs, capital issuances and acquisitions of financial institutions. Also handles litigation against financial regulators and acts mainly for banks, investment firms and fintech companies. Recent additions to the client base include Nederlandse Waterschapsbank and Aegon.

Strengths One client says: "Finnius is a specialised firm with deep industry and legal knowledge as well as a good network of contacts." The same source is also impressed by the firm's progression, reporting that "the firm has expanded throughout the years, providing good continuity in offering services" and adding that "all the lawyers live up to a high quality standard."

Sources also praise the team's adaptability and client focus: "They have the ability to customise their services to the need of the client. They are flexible and are able to meet the client's agenda and expectations."

Value for Money Several clients are also quick to praise the firm's value for money. One commentator notes: "They also have friendly billing rates, especially in comparison with the 'big firms,' and the quality is at least equal."

Work highlights Assisted the Dutch settlement institution, Equens, with the regulatory aspects of the acquisition of 64% of the shares in Equens by Worldline, including guiding the client through the approval process with the Dutch Central Bank.

Advised Bank Insinger de Beaufort on its compliance with clearing requirements under EMIR.

Significant Clients Mastercard Europe, Euronext, Aegon, CCV, Verbond van Verzekeraars.

Notable practitioners

Andries Doets focuses on financial regulation, acting predominantly for financial institutions, trust companies and directors. His scope of expertise also includes supervisory authority investigations and litigation. He recently advised Tele2 Finance on obtaining a licence from the AFM as credit provider. According to clients, he is "engaged, to the point and client-driven."

About the Team (content provided by Finnius)

The Finnius financial regulatory team is one of largest regulatory teams in the Netherlands. It assists its financial services clients on a broad range of financial law topics. Its client base includes Dutch and international banks, investment firms, insurers, funds, payment services providers, fintechs, trust offices, regulated markets and settlement institutions. Finnius advises these clients on all applicable financial laws (e.g. CRD IV, MiFID II, PSD II, Solvency II, AIFMD, Banking Union, Capital Markets Union, AML Directive, EMIR, etc.). Over the past years it has been involved in many landmark cases in the Dutch financial services landscape. For clients, the team maintains contacts with regulators and supervisory authorities. Finnius also assist in highly sensitive investigations and enforcements, and also litigates against supervisory authorities (when appropriate). Finnius benefits from an excellent network of Dutch and international law firms, with which it smoothly cooperates whenever the client or the case so requires.

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Loyens & Loeff - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Kitty Lieverse
- 6 partners
- 40 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team with great experience in financial regulation and litigation as well as a broad range of general banking mandates. Particularly prominent financial regulatory team which offers an integrated tax and legal approach, typically advising on regulatory exemptions and investigations by regulatory authorities. Also offers strong knowledge of asset-based lending, real estate and ship financing and securitisation. Predominantly acts for banks, investors, insurance companies and private equity houses.

Strengths Clients admire the team for being "pleasant to work with, very knowledgeable and easy to contact, even way beyond office hours."

One client enthuses that the lawyers "know and understand our business, provide consistently excellent service at the appropriate cost, are very responsive and give solid advice."

Work highlights Assisted Blackstone, as borrower, with several acquisitions and refinancings of various real estate portfolios, totalling over EUR800 million.

Acted for J.P. Morgan on the financing of the USD500 million acquisition by Cott Corporation of Eden Springs.

Significant Clients Aegon, BNP Paribas, European Investment Bank, Rabobank, Wells Fargo.

Notable practitioners

Willem Jarigsma has considerable experience in transactional finance, including asset financing and acquisition financing. He combines his role of managing partner with a partial role in the firm's financing matters, dividing his time between the firm's various Benelux and global offices.

Kitty Lieverse boasts market-leading expertise in financial markets regulation and supervision matters. One particularly impressed client notes: "Kitty Lieverse is one of the most knowledgeable and hands-on lawyers we typically use. She has this capability to apply something highly technical and translate very complex points into something easy to understand. She's probably one of the best in the Netherlands in that respect."

Gianluca Kreuze's areas of expertise include real estate finance and the transport sector, with an additional focus on acquisition financing. He recently advised Merrill Lynch on a bank financing and notes issue which related to the USD7.4 billion acquisition of Veritas Technologies by The Carlyle Group and GIC Special Investments. He is described as "a very nice guy, hands-on and very fast" by clients, who also praise his technical ability: "He is clearly on point with no unnecessary work. He is very efficient, very experienced and knows the market."

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The Banking & Finance Group at Loyens & Loeff delivers an all-encompassing service, with expertise in the area of Financial Litigation, Financial Regulatory, Fund Finance, Capital Markets, Asset Based Finance, Acquisition Finance, Project Finance, Real Estate Finance, Transportation Finance and Restructuring. The team is one of the largest of its kind in the Benelux and Switzerland, with 65 associates and 11 partners based across the region – in turn supported globally by a large number of offices in all major financial centres.

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NautaDutilh - Banking & Finance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: David Viëtor, Walter Schellekens and Larissa Silverentand
- 11 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Premier regulatory department which assists Dutch and international financial institutions with complex and innovative projects, across a broad spectrum of sectors. Also offers a high-quality banking and finance team with impressive experience of UK and US law deals, which boosts its transactional prowess through strong links to the firm's restructuring and insolvency practice. Scope of banking expertise includes acquisition finance, corporate lending, real estate finance and an increase in asset-based lending activity. Recently gained Wells Fargo Capital Finance as a new client.

Strengths Clients commend the team's "very good knowledge of financial law and regulatory matters," adding that "they know the sector and the regulators and work for multiple clients in that field, which adds to the value of their advice. They work fast and are dedicated."

One client is particularly glowing in their review of the practice, praising its overall expertise and service, and noting that "the team is very easy to work with and very accommodating." The client especially appreciated "the team's willingness to further research anything they do not have a direct answer for and their patience in explaining things to us until we fully understand the issue. They also go above and beyond to provide us with a summary of things to look for post-close so that nothing slips through the cracks."

Work highlights Assisted J.P. Morgan, as administrative agent, with a USD1.38 billion revolving credit agreement and a USD500 million term loan for Weatherford International and its subsidiaries.

Advised Mylan on securing term loan and revolving credit facilities totalling USD4 billion.

Significant Clients Bank of America, ABN AMRO, Rabobank, Deutsche Bank, ING.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed professor Willem (Pim) Rank specialises in regulatory supervision, financial products securities lending, and derivatives. He recently assisted with the drafting of the ISDA Bail-in Article 55 Protocol and the ISDA Resolution Stay Protocol for the Netherlands.

Larissa Silverentand is a prominent player in the regulatory market, advising a broad range of domestic and international banks, investment funds and asset managers. She recently handled the regulatory aspects of SNS Bank's updating of its EUR25 billion debt issuance programme. Clients admire her "in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters and ability to explain complex matters in simple words," and add that she is "very pleasant to work with."

David Viëtor is "extremely knowledgeable, very commercial and very attuned to what is going on internationally, as well as in the Netherlands," according to sources. He predominantly acts for financial institutions, debt investors, corporate clients and private equity houses on all aspects of domestic and international financing transactions, including corporate loans, structured finance transactions and acquisition finance. His recent work highlights include acting for Barclays, as administrative agent, on the financing of NEP's acquisition of Avesco Group.

Diederik Vriesendorp represents financial institutions, corporates and investment funds in a range of financing transactions, with particular expertise in real estate financing, acquisition finance and refinancing. He recently assisted KPN with its EUR1.25 billion group refinancing by a syndicate of international banks. Sources say: "He's a very knowledgeable man, very hard-working and has a pleasant way of explaining things and moving things forward."

About the Team (content provided by NautaDutilh)

NautaDutilh advises a large number of clients in the financial services sector, including banks, pension funds, insurance companies, private equity houses and hedge funds. We have in-depth expertise in fields such as capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, lending, structured finance, financial litigation, fraud and white-collar crime, market abuse and financial supervision and regulation. We provide advice on derivatives, financial services and regulation to almost all national or international banks, financial institutions and regulatory bodies with interests in the Netherlands. NautaDutilh’s Corporate / M&A group also has a strong presence in advising financial services organisations.

At NautaDutilh we are proud to have the largest team in the Netherlands specialised in acquisition finance, structured finance and general banking finance. We provide advice on complex, one-off financing arrangements and apply this knowledge to mainstream financing. We are also involved in banking and financial litigation, in arbitration, and in specialised alternative dispute-resolution bodies. These cases range from loan enforcement proceedings, tothe alleging of misleading or deceptive marketing of financial products, to duty of care claims and prospectus liability, and from auditor’s liability and regulatory enforcement procedures, to internal investigations involving financial regulators.


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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Banking & Finance Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Marieke Driessen and Rezah Stegeman
- 5 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Skilled team, consistently praised for its knowledge of financial services and regulatory law. Assists with contentious and non-contentious financial regulation matters including issues associated with MiFID II, EMIR and AIFMD. Also advises on cross-border financing transactions and asset management, typically acting for established insurers and financial institutions.

Strengths Clients praise the team's proactive approach and communicative nature, saying: "The quality of the services provided is high and there is a willingness to share a lot of up-to-date information." They add that the lawyers are "very approachable and easy to reach."

Other clients are impressed by the team's "customer-friendly approach," which has reportedly attracted many impressive client names, and they add: "They have great, client-friendly online tools."

Work highlights Assisted Rabobank with parts of its implementation process of MiFID2.

Advised Leaseplan on compliance with the collateral rules under EMIR regulation.

Significant Clients Citibank, Gilde Equity Management, Delta Lloyd, NN Investment Partners, BMO.

Notable practitioners

Rezah Stegeman climbs in the rankings this year after being heralded by clients as a "leader in the field of regulatory development," on top of which he is "often able to get answers that other firms can't get so easily." He specialises in financial markets law, including regulation and supervision, derivatives and clearing issues, and recently assisted Aegon Asset Management with MiFID implementation matters and outsourcing issues.

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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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Senior Statesperson

Willem (Pim) Rank

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Esteemed professor Willem (Pim) Rank specialises in regulatory supervision, financial products securities lending, and derivatives. He recently assisted with the drafting of the ISDA Bail-in Article 55 Protocol and the ISDA Resolution Stay Protocol for the Netherlands.

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Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kitty Lieverse boasts market-leading expertise in financial markets regulation and supervision matters. One particularly impressed client notes: "Kitty Lieverse is one of the most knowledgeable and hands-on lawyers we typically use. She has this capability to apply something highly technical and translate very complex points into something easy to understand. She's probably one of the best in the Netherlands in that respect."

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Larissa Silverentand

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Larissa Silverentand is a prominent player in the regulatory market, advising a broad range of domestic and international banks, investment funds and asset managers. She recently handled the regulatory aspects of SNS Bank's updating of its EUR25 billion debt issuance programme. Clients admire her "in-depth knowledge of regulatory matters and ability to explain complex matters in simple words," and add that she is "very pleasant to work with."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rezah Stegeman climbs in the rankings this year after being heralded by clients as a "leader in the field of regulatory development," on top of which he is "often able to get answers that other firms can't get so easily." He specialises in financial markets law, including regulation and supervision, derivatives and clearing issues, and recently assisted Aegon Asset Management with MiFID implementation matters and outsourcing issues.

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Finnius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andries Doets focuses on financial regulation, acting predominantly for financial institutions, trust companies and directors. His scope of expertise also includes supervisory authority investigations and litigation. He recently advised Tele2 Finance on obtaining a licence from the AFM as credit provider. According to clients, he is "engaged, to the point and client-driven."

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Orange Clover

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alex Gonzalez of Orange Clover focuses on regulatory finance and investment management work. He regularly represents fund managers, asset managers, proprietary trading businesses and other financial institutions in the implementation of new European legislative developments including EMIR, MiFID and AIFMD. His recent work highlights include assisting Credit Suisse with the Dutch regulatory aspects of the hive-off of its Netherlands investment services business to a new bank entity in Switzerland. According to one interviewee, he is "quick to grasp the nuances of the situation and maintains the overall picture."

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Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

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."

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Up and Coming

Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arno Voerman handles financial law with particular strength in fintech matters. Clients describe him as a "great lawyer with a practical approach."

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