IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

NautaDutilh is a leading Benelux law firm with offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, New York and Rotterdam. The firm was established in 1724.


Focuses / specialisms

The firm covers a variety of financial and corporate areas including M&A, corporate, banking and capital markets.

The firm is also active in the Luxembourg investment funds space.


Key clients

Key clients include Altisource Portfolio Solutions, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Danske Bank, Goldman Sachs, UBS, IBM, Jefferies Finance, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Komatsu, Luxembourg postal services (POST), Carlyle, Bridgepoint Oaktree and Silverfleet Capital.


Research period review: 32nd edition (2022/2023)

The firm’s banking team was mainly involved in several cross-border financing work with strong focus on acquisition finance.

The debt and equity capital markets practice of the firm was also visible with the team advising both foreign and local clients on several debt issuances and IPOs. Notable examples of such deals are Indigo Merger Sub $500 million 2.875% senior secured notes and HSE finance $250 million senior secured floating rate notes.

In investment funds the firm was engaged in advising on fund formation and restructuring.

The firm was particularly active in the M&A space during the research period where it advised investment companies/private equity firms and corporate clients on several acquisitions.

Partner Yoanna Stefanova departed the firm during the research period.


Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2022/2023)

La Mancha Fund SCSp

OpenGate Capital €48.5 million acquisition financing

Signature Aviation $330 million add-on acquisition financing


Client feedback: 32nd edition (2022/2023) 


Bank lending : Borrower side 

"Responsive and efficient in handling local matters." 


Banking and finance 

"Good follow up. Lawyers in charge try to accommodate all reasonable requests and to take into account the respective legal culture of the person and entities involved in the transaction. They deliver work always on time despite short notice." 


Financial services regulatory 

"Great knowledge, responsive and pleasant to work with." 



"Speedy, commercial, problem-solving." 


Investment funds : Private equity funds 

"Good knowledge and understanding of the matter." 


Investment funds : Registered funds 

"Responsive, professional." 


Investment funds : Retail funds 

"The firm is business oriented and provides timely and practical advice." 


Private equity 

"They have an excellent corporate/M&A team in Luxembourg who provide thorough advice in a commercially sensitive manner." 


Luc Courtois 

"Professional, responsive." 

"He is very accessible and responsive. He communicates clearly and has a very good knowledge of the industry." 

"He is very accessible and provides to-the-point and pragmatic advice." 


Meliha Dacic 

"Meliha is easily accessible. She always meets the deadline even on short notice. She sticks to the budget even if there are unforeseen questions arising during the transaction. She is client friendly and she has a problem-solving approach." 

"She is easily accessible. She always meets the deadline even on short notice. She sticks to the budget even if there are unforeseen questions arising during the transaction. She is client-friendly and she has problem-solving approach." 


Romain Sabatier 

"We have worked together for over 10 years. Very clear and thoughtful on law and practice in Luxembourg. A key and wide-ranging adviser." 


Peter-Jan Smet 

"Understanding and knowledge. Availability. " 


Josée Weydert 

"Very good knowledge." 


Margaretha Wilkenhuysen 

"She is responsive, to the point and practical."