Established in 1930, Van Doorne is an independent domestic Dutch firm that today is among the top 10 largest in the country with around 185 lawyers across its base in Amsterdam and an office in London.
Focusses / specialisms
The firm is well-known in the Dutch market for mid-market banking, M&A, project finance and restructuring and insolvency work.
In the banking and project finance space the firm specialises in real estate and healthcare sector financings and does a fairly even mix of borrower and lender side work.
In M&A the firm can often be seen on mid-sized domestic deals or as local counsel on large cross border deals. It advises on both strategic and financial M&A and is experienced on the buy and the sell side. The firm is experienced advising management in the context of private equity exits and investments. It is often involved in deals in the energy, life sciences, real estate and technology sectors.
Some of the firm’s notable clients include Endemol, HgCapital, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Rabobank, and York Capital.
Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)
During the research period the firm was active across the areas of banking and finance, M&A and restructuring and insolvency.
The firm’s recent lending and borrowing highlights mostly came in two sectors of focus for its banking and finance practice. The team was primarily engaged in real estate/property finance for acquisitions and development, and on financings for healthcare providers or hospital developments. It had a mix of borrower and lender side work.
In M&A the firm's recent deal highlights tended to involve private equity. It worked on a number of deals where the buyers or sellers were financial sponsors - often cross-border - working on the side of funds or their portfolio companies on a number of deals but also doing work for management on acquisitions or investments.
The firm’s recent restructuring and insolvency work has been varied. It advised a banking client as a creditor in a case, worked for funds on their involvement as investors in businesses in restructurings, and assisted a healthcare client involved in a restructuring.
A recent staffing change saw partner and leading fintech specialist Arno Voerman leave to join Dentons.
Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)
Blackstone €1.64 billion acquisition of CRH’s European distribution business
Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP) acquisition of 80% in Fortnum’s Nordic wind portfolio
First State Investments acquisition of Vopak’s Algeciras, Amsterdam and Hamburg terminals
Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen buy-to-let securitization programme
Noordwest Ziekenhuisgroep €230 million financing
Radboudumc €390 million refinancing
Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)
“Hands-on, flexible and cooperative.”
“Very knowledgeable of market and responsive.”
“Hands-on approach, informal in the internal dialogue and have a high level of partner attention.”
“Van Doorne are extremely diligent, communicative and fair in their services.”
“Great negotiation skills, practical approach, straight to the point, strong opinion and understanding of the situation. Great and professional advice.”
“The Van Doorne team is very effective and stands out in their proactive and pragmatic approach.”
“Good communication, timeliness and accuracy.”
“Solution-oriented – legal knowhow is excellent. The lawyers we work with stay calm in all circumstances and do not put pressure in case of negotiating. Their arguments are based on deep knowledge is their power to convince the counterparty. They will not rewrite a sentence unnecessarily.
“Very responsive and knowledgeable of the market.”
Anneloes van Uhm
“Takes ownership through to deal-completion, is always accessible, practical, has good knowledge of banking and finance and finds solutions.
“Excellent knowledge of the real estate finance market, stays calm in all circumstances, and remains professional in all circumstances. Excellent legal knowledge and has the ability to express and explain.”
“Good in interactions with counterparty.”
“Jeroen is an excellent professional, a fair lawyer and a highly capable negotiator.”
“Communication and timeliness.”
“Great negotiation skills, practical approach, straight to the point, strong opinion and understanding of the situation. Great, professional advice; knowledgeable and sharp. A great partner to be on your side.”
“Steffen Alleman is a brilliant lawyer and easy to work with. Unmatched understanding of client needs and able to negotiate and close complex deals with the best result.”