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IFLR1000 Reviews


Solicitors governing body: Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten

Competition authority: Autoriteit Consument & Markt

Financial regulator: Autoriteit Financiële Markten

IFLR1000 ranking categories for this jurisdiction:

Financial and corporate (published October) – Banking, Capital markets: Debt, Capital markets: Equity, Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation, M&A, Project finance, Restructuring and insolvency

Jurisdiction overview

The largest of the Benelux nations, in terms of area, population and economy, the Netherlands is a major global economy. By any measure it is among most prosperous nations in the world, with a GDP above that of Turkey or Switzerland and a GDP per capita ratio that exceeds that of major economic powers such as Germany, Canada and Australia.

It is also a major global transit point for business. The Port of Rotterdam is the largest port in Europe and was, for four decades, the world’s busiest port before being surpassed by Singapore. It is also a major trading hub, with Amsterdam home to the world’s oldest stock exchange and strong current capital markets structures.

An open and stable economy, the Netherlands is considered to be one of the best places to do business in the world, and subsequently it is an attractive market for many foreign companies looking to establish a presence within the EU. It has also become something of a hub for investment in Africa, with a large number of funds focused on projects on the continent.

While the country has a diverse economy, it was hit particularly hard by the global financial crisis. However, the situation continues to improve and recent years have seen increasingly sophisticated and complex products coming to the market, along with regulatory changes aimed at improving the business environment.

As one of the more open markets in the world, it is little surprise that there are few restrictions on international firms and lawyers operating in Amsterdam, where virtually all financial and corporate lawyers operate from. Indeed, the legal market itself is a vibrant mix of international, regional and domestic firms, from the very top down to smaller offices. There is also a good for choice for clients in terms of the different types of firms operating, with full service organisations operating alongside boutiques in a number of practice areas.

Being an established and sophisticated market, lawyers tend to be specialised in their work, with a strong focus on a particular practice area. In some, such as capital markets or banking, there is an increasing tendency towards highly-specialised lawyers with a strong focus on specific areas. Generally speaking, though, the quality of lawyers from the largest to the smallest firms is of a very high quality, comparable to any in the world, and they are regularly involved in matters with global significance.

Jon Moore - Journalist - EMEA

IFLR1000 2019: Netherlands market trends and developments

Financial and corporate

The Dutch office of AKD is best known for M&A and restructuring work. 

In the banking area the firm works for both lenders and borrowers in matters including refinancings, acquisition financings and regulatory matters.  

A notable recent capital markets transaction saw the firm act on an innovative healthcare financing for Bernhoven, which issued convertible bonds. 

The firm’s M&A team regularly works on cross-border matters for a mix of corporate, private equity and high net-worth clients. During the research period the firm assisted buyers and sellers on private and public M&A deals, financial investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances. 

In the restructuring and insolvency space the firm’s lawyers are regularly seen acting for companies on their bankruptcies and financial restructurings.  

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • Bernhoven convertible bond issue
  • Bunge $946 million acquisition of 70% stake in IOI Loders Croklaan
  • Mentha Capital acquisition of Lucardi
  • Pacombi Group acquisition of Broekhof
  • Partners Group $2 billion acquisition of Ammeraal / Megadyne
  • Strijp-S renovation
  • Vinci Energies acquisition of Bosman Bedrijven
  • Woowa Brothers acquisition of Asia 

Client feedback 

"A very professional law firm which is extremely supportive and responsive. They are truly experts in the field of financial services regulatory." – Banking 

"Knowledgeable, down to earth, quick, and efficient." – Banking 

"Very committed with sound legal knowledge, and solution driven." – Banking 

"A very good law firm which is very responsive and has very good market knowledge. They are not only extremely good lawyers, they also come with practical and creative solutions." – M&A 

"Close involvement of the partners combined with small dedicated teams enhance the decision-making process and ensures that deadlines are met." – M&A 

"Efficient, knowledgeable, engaged and fairly priced." – M&A 

"It is an excellent firm. They are very competent and proactive." – M&A 

"The firm has proven to be extremely responsive and have been hands on with a high level of competence. The cooperation between their Amsterdam and Luxembourg office is seamless." – M&A 

"They always provide excellent work. They are very responsive and demonstrate in-depth market knowledge, specifically with regard to contracts, cooperation and development agreements." – M&A 

"Very efficient and commercial." – M&A 

"Very knowledgeable, focused on important deal aspects, has both good soft and hard skills." – M&A 

"Very satisfied with the overall involvement and services provided by the firm. We will certainly go back in any future deal." – M&A 

"Work was of a high quality and pragmatic." – M&A 

"In-depth actual knowledge of legal matters delivered at speed. Have the ability to listen, and are flexible and creative." – Project development 

"The firm has been very proactive, punctual, and complete in their assessment of actions to be taken. They are also flexible in case of last minute changes. Overall, we are very satisfied with the work provided by them and would surely recommend them." – Project development 

"Experienced, practical, to-the-point." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"Fast, accurate and flexible." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"Very professional, communicative, prompt, and business-oriented." – Restructuring and insolvency 

Vincent Bettonville 

"Very commercial, available, and responsible." 

"Very committed, very experienced, and great to work with." 

Carlos Pita Cao 

"Dedicated to his job. High level knowledge about M&A contacts, and has very high standards in all the work he is doing. He is very good with negotiations, and keeps a clear view on the direction to go." 

"Open minded, has good access, and is well respected." 

"He gains a lot of trust for his Spanish skills from both clients and opponents alike. Aside from that he is an excellent negotiator and very well respected in our field." 

Lennart Crain 

"When I need support on Dutch law I call him. He is skilled, responsive and has deep knowledge of both legal and financial matters." 

Taco de Lange 

"Good advisor and a nice guy." 

Thijs Hekman 

"A good lawyer. He solves problems very well and is very well organised." 

"Very professional and skilled lawyer." 

Nathalie van Woerkom 

"Competent, knowledgeable, and punctual." 

"She understand the dynamics of M&A deals very well, both the legal and the financial side. She is very service minded and you can always reach her if needed." 

"Very strong. Good in both hard and soft skills, and gets the message across effectively." 

Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn 

"His communication skills and his understanding of complex trans-border issues was very good." 

"Skilled, professional, and very experienced lawyer." 

"Solid, thoughtful and practical." 

Jasper Verhoog 

"He has been very proactive and punctual, and is flexible in case of last minute changes. Overall, I'm very happy with the work provided and would surely recommend him." 

"He has been very solution-oriented and has an extremely quick grasp of the matter at hand and various legal issues." 

"He is a great lawyer, who is a professional and an expert in his field. His knowledge and expertise help us successfully achieve our objectives." 

Marc Wintgens 

"Has a good depth of legal knowledge. He is also assertive and very experienced." 

"He is an excellent lawyer and a negotiator. He knows his stuff."

Allen & Overy

The Dutch office of Allen & Overy is one of the best firms in the Netherlands in every practice area ranked by the IFLR1000. 

The firm is renowned for its work for international and Dutch lenders in the banking space. It often works on large-scale refinancings, acquisition financings and bridge to bond financings, and has market leading expertise in syndicated lending work.

In the debt capital markets area the firm often represents underwriters on bond and hybrid capital issuances. In the equity space the firm recently worked on IPOs, rights issues and accelerated bookbuildings. The firm tended represent issuers as they entered and exited the Euronext Amsterdam. 

On securitisation and structured finance mandates the firm has experience representing investment banks and has assisted the likes of Aegon on RMBS and the set-up of funding platforms.

The M&A team is among the market’s most prolific by deal value and volume, with transactions for technology companies and financial services groups making up a significant amount of the firm’s recent work. The firm is also one of the strongest at representing private equity firms on investments and divestments in the Netherlands.

The firm’s restructuring and insolvency team advises clients on matters ranging from financial restructuring to distressed loan portfolio sales. During the research period the firm was particularly busy within the construction, real estate and retail sectors - the industries struggling most in the local market.

A notable staffing change saw banking partner Ben Fox depart to Jones Day. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • Alfen Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • Bridgestone €910 million acquisition of TomTom telematics unit
  • Fastned Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • NIBC Bank Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • OW Bunker Group bankruptcy
  • PAI / Charles Jobson €885 million acquisition of Wessanen
  • Saudi Aramco €1.4 billion takeover of Arlanxeo
  • Thales €4.8 billion acquisition of Gemalto

Client feedback

"A seasoned and very experienced project finance team. It has valuable knowledge and insights of the industry and provides first class advice." – Banking

"Combines strong legal advice with common sense and commerciality." – Banking

"Excellent know-how, fast and efficient." – Banking

"Excellent knowledge, critical thinking and client responsiveness." – Banking

"Has a strong international network, strong knowledge of both international project finance standards as well as local regulatory framework, and a strong commercial mindset." – Banking

"Knowledgeable and accessible. Offers good case management." – Banking

"Knowledgeable and open to corporate discussions." – Banking

"Knowledgeable and willing to share their knowledge. Service minded and client focused." – Banking

"Their strengths include good knowledge, expertise, commitment, and delivery - especially in regard to PPP matters." – Banking

"Pro-active, thinks in solutions instead of barriers. Easy to get access too." – Banking

"Professional and accessible." – Banking

"Very strong internationally. In-depth knowledge and good people." – Banking

"Very knowledgeable, with an excellent response and turnaround time." – Capital markets: Debt

"Very strong capabilities all gathered in one firm. This makes working with them efficient and pleasant when dealing with very complex matters." – Banking

"Very strong knowledge of the legal issues, market practices and business requirements of our industry. Great communications and follow through." – Capital markets: Debt

"Very professional, has a high level of expertise, and corporate savvy." – Capital markets: Equity

"Good quality work, responsive team and willing to think through complex matters on new and changing regulations." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"High quality of advice at all levels." – M&A

"Very deep industry knowledge of PPP projects and project finance. Very accessible lawyers. They most certainly know what they are doing" – Project development

"High quality work and staff. Dedicated, has in-depth knowledge and offers an eye for stakeholders." – Restructuring and insolvency

"Professional, down-to-earth, straight forward and to-the-point." – Restructuring and insolvency

"We have been happy with the support of the advisor." – Restructuring and insolvency

"Well considered, experienced and commercial." – Restructuring and insolvency

Baker McKenzie

The Dutch office of Baker McKenzie acts on matters across the financial and corporate spectrum, with a particular strength in banking.

The firm’s banking team works on a range of matters from restructurings and acquisition financings to project and export finance. A recent trend saw the firm increase its work for lenders on cross-border asset and real estate finance work. 

In the financial services regulatory space the firm notably advised banking groups and international corporations on matters such as the consequences of Brexit, MiFID II and PSD2.

A notable staffing change saw the departure of corporate partner Jeroen Hoekstra to Eversheds Sutherland.

Biesheuvel Jansen

Corporate boutique Biesheuvel Jansen is best known for its work within the Dutch M&A space, where it also has a credible transactional private equity offering.

The firm works for a mix of individuals, corporate and private equity clients on M&A transactions, representing both acquirers and sellers. The firm has a focus on mid-market transactions and has recently acted on prominent domestic work within the electronics, retail and technology sectors.

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • H2 Equity Partners acquisition of a majority stake in Poultry Machinery Joosten
  • INKEF Capital €3.5 million investment in Withlocals
  • Jibes acquisition of Data Dogs
  • Karmijn Kapitaal acquisition of 40% stake in Gielissen
  • M7 acquisition of Fiber Nederland
  • Midwich acquisition of 70% stake in VanDomburg
  • Philips acquisition of Forcare
Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is best known for its M&A and projects work in the Dutch market. 

The firm is active in the capital markets space, and notably advised a retail group on its IPO and a Dutch issuer on its private placement. 

The firm takes a strong sector focus within the M&A space, and regularly completes transactions for acquirers and sellers within the pharmaceuticals, technology and telecommunications space. The firm also has a strong presence in the energy sector, where it often represents developers on making European solar and wind farm acquisitions for their portfolios. 

In the projects space the firm has a focus on energy mandates and often assists firms on engineering, procurement and consultation (EPC) contracts. 

The firm opened its Amsterdam office in January 2018 to add to an office already present in The Hague. A notable staffing change saw the firm add former Simmons & Simmons lawyer Michiel Wurfbain as a corporate partner. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • China Power / Visor joint venture
  • Forescout €113 million acquisition of SecurityMatters
  • Gamma Communications €27.2 million acquisition of DX Groep
  • ImmunoPrecise Antibodies €7 million acquisition of ModiQuest Research
  • Lundbeck acquisition of Prexton
  • Tech Mahindra acquisition of Dynacommerce
  • Proximus acquisition of ION-IP
  • Proximus acquisition of Umbrio 

Client feedback

"Pragmatic, knowledgeable, and hands-on." – Capital markets: Equity

Clifford Chance

Magic circle firm Clifford Chance is renowned in the Netherlands for its strength in financing mandates – especially within banking, debt capital markets and project finance – where it ranks among the very best in the market. 

In the banking space the team is active on arranging facilities agreements, spreading its work evenly between lenders and borrowers. The firm has further expertise on export credit, trade and commodity finance matters.

In the debt capital markets space the firm works with a wide variety of banks on bond issues, and has recently represented the likes of ABN Amro and Rabobank on issues under existing debt programmes. 

The equity capital markets team has been active on IPOs on the Euronext Amsterdam recently, working for both issuers and underwriters on deals in the fintech and transport sectors. 

The firm also worked on several securitisation and structured finance matters, notably assisting international banks on CMBS and RMBS transactions.

The M&A team acts on high value transactions for acquirers and sellers, and often takes on multi-jurisdictional mandates. The firm also has a strong presence within the private equity market, acting for sponsors on acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures.

In the projects space the firm often takes on financing and development mandates concerning international and domestic solar parks and wind farms. Other types of projects taken up by the firm includes the implementation of broadband networks and data centres, as well as road infrastructure PPPs.

The firm’s restructuring and insolvency team is active, and often represents lenders on large restructuring deals in sectors such as metals, retail and real estate.

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • 3i €200 million acquisition of Hans Anders
  • Adyen Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • Air France-KLM / Delta Airlines / Virgin Atlantic joint venture
  • Fastned Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • NIBC Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • Partners Group €2 billion acquisition of Megadyne and Ammeraal
  • Toray €930 million acquisition of TenCate Advanced Composites
  • Volkswagen €2.75 billion bond issue

Client feedback

"Practical, approachable, and well organised." – Banking

"Professional, experienced, hands-on." – Banking

"Strong track record, up-to-date knowledge of market dynamics, professional, and has a pragmatic approach." – Banking

"They are responsive and will work the extra hours when needed." – Banking

"Excellent rapport, good communication, and accurate work." – Capital markets: Debt

"High quality advise and wide range of experts." – Capital markets: Debt

"Has a strong focus and dedication towards its clients." – Capital markets: Equity

"Knowledgeable partner, quick, strong negotiator." – M&A

"Outstanding technical skills combined with a commercial mindset. Cooperation between M&A and banking team is seamless, which is very pleasant as a client." – M&A

"Very responsive, hard-working and dedicated." – M&A

"Excellent service, high quality output and responsive staff." – Restructuring and insolvency

CMS Derks Star Busmann

CMS is best known for its banking and M&A work in the Netherlands, with the firm maintaining a good share of the market’s significant deals in the real estate sector. 

The firm’s banking team has been involved in a variety of transactions for borrowers and lenders – though its key strength lies in real estate financing. Other sectors where the firm has expertise include financial institutions lending and renewable energy. 

In M&A the firm is best known for working in the hospitality, life sciences and oil and gas sectors. It represented a mix of buyers and sellers during the research period, taking on work on acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and financial investments. 

Healthcare and retail were among the key sectors for the firm’s restructuring and insolvency team during the research period. The team worked as administrator and bankruptcy trustee in insolvency proceedings. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • Advance acquisition of Stage Entertainment
  • Cinven acquisition of PPF
  • Computacenter acquisition of Misco Solutions
  • Cooper Surgical $1.8 billion financing
  • European Dental Group acquisition of Excent Tandtechniek
  • FD Media acquisition of Sizo Solutions
  • Getronics acquisition of Pomeroy
  • Portugal Telecom bankruptcy 

Client feedback 

"A firm with great sector expertise. They understand the dynamics, timings, financial and personal aspects of a deal. This made them crucial in getting the deal completed in time. Moreover, they produced so we reached the desired result." – M&A 

"Excellent corporate work. A highly responsive team. Knew the right answers and helped us successfully navigate Dutch law issues." – M&A 

"Positive climate. Always involved in finding solutions." – M&A 

"Produced a good performance and were reliable, sharp and impactful." – M&A 

"Professional, reliable, sharp, quick, and has the ability to drive complex tasks forward." – M&A 

"They are always there if you need them and are very constructive in the discussions." – M&A 

"Very professional, experienced, and hands-on." – M&A 

"Accessible, capable, and great people." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"Proactive and quick adequate response. They have a lot of experience on insolvency and restructuring matters." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"Provided very strong advice and coordination. Helped develop strong relationships with stakeholders." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"The firm is well positioned for debtor restructuring work in the Netherlands. They maintain a bankruptcy trustee practise which is an asset as a relatively large firm." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"Very competent, creative and takes on swift implementation of the necessary steps." – Restructuring and insolvency 

"Very reliable and very clear. They know their work, and can explain in clear and simple language what the situation entails." – Restructuring and insolvency 

Jan Willem Bouman 

"Offers clear communication and is very accessible. Also very knowledgeable and experienced." 

"Proactive, very experienced and knowledgeable. He always exceeds my expectations." 

Marlous de Groot 

"She is very competent and effective." 

Christian Delgado 

"Very client-oriented, reliable and delivers profound work." 

Marcel Groenewegen 

"Capable, smart, and knows our business." 

"He is an authority in his field and uses his knowledge and skill to achieve the optimum result for us." 

Reinout Slot 

"Very smart and very savvy. A tough negotiator." 

Roman Tarlavski 

"Very strong at finding solutions." 

Pieter van Duijvenvoorde 

"Sharp, fast, excellent lawyer. Without a doubt, an excellent partner to work with on M&A transactions." 

"Very open and structured. A pleasure working with him." 

Marc van Zanten 

"Strong in-depth knowledge, and is result driven." 

"Very professional and very open for communication." 

Mark Ziekman 

"He is a lawyer with great sector expertise. He is able to transfer the business demands into practical and excellent business solutions." 

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is one of the best domestic firms in the Netherlands and has particularly strong M&A and equity capital markets offerings. 

The work of the banking team often supports other practices in the firm. It most notably acts on financings related to acquisitions. In recent times the firm has acted for borrowers on several mandates within the construction, financial services and technology sectors.

The firm has strong expertise in the equity capital markets area. It worked for issuers on a mix of IPOs, dual track listings and bookbuilding offerings during the research period. On the debt side the firm is often involved in advising issuers on bond programmes and issuances.

The firm is regularly involved in the market’s largest M&A transactions and has experience in acting for acquirers and sellers. The firm works for a mix of local and global private equity houses on their strategic investments and divestments, while it also counts the investment arms of Dutch banking groups such as ABN Amro, Rabobank and ING as its clients.

In the projects space the firm is particularly strong in financing work for borrowers. The firm works with developers BAM PPP on a number of projects, including the Supreme Court of the Netherlands in The Hague, the Afsluitdijk dam and the A12 and N33 Motorways. In recent times the firm has also taken up work for the client in Germany and the United Kingdom.

Despite the general reduction in work across the jurisdiction, the firm is active in the restructuring and insolvency space. Recent mandates have seen the firm work for international clients on large global restructurings, where it advised on US Chapter 15 regulations. 

A notable staffing change at the firm was the arrival of M&A specialist Sven Dumoulin from an in-house role at AkzoNobel.

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • Afsluitdijk dam PPP
  • Carlyle Group/GIC €10.1 billion acquisition AkzoNobel specialty chemicals business
  • Just Eat / merger
  • Michiel Witteveen €280 million acquisition of Blokker Holding
  • Mylan / Pfizer Upjohn merger
  • PAI / Charles Jobson €885 million acquisition of Wessanen
  • Siemens $628 million acquisition of Mendix
  • €930 million acquisition of Lieferheld, and foodora

Client feedback

"Strong team which is knowledgeable of both project finance and leveraged finance." – Banking

"Very responsive and reliable team." – Capital markets: Equity

"Excellent work. Not only outstanding legal skills, but also very good soft skills." – M&A

"High quality, very professional, and extremely responsive. Efficient and pragmatic." – M&A

"Provides excellent, high quality, tactical and strategic support, which exceeds the traditional legal boundaries." – M&A

"Very capable, locally entrenched law firm." – M&A

"Very professional and available when needed." – Restructuring and insolvency

Paul Cronheim

"Highly skilled and professional, both on legal matters and soft skills."

Arne Grimme

"A leader, who is a sharp strategist and a tactical negotiator."

"High quality legal work. Very professional, responsive and accessible. A true sparring partner."

Ferdinand Hengst

"A strong and knowledgeable lawyer. Also convincing in meetings."

Dentons Boekel

Dentons Boekel is best known in the Netherlands for its offerings in banking, where it specialises across a broad range of transaction types including acquisition, export and commodity finance. 

A recent highlight in the banking sector included acting alongside its global offices on advising investment firm KKR on the financing aspects of its acquisition of the Unilever spreads business. The firm also regularly works for Dutch lenders such as ING and Rabobank on several financing deals. 

In the M&A area the firm regularly takes on upper and middle market work, and has a strong capability on advising on deals within the private equity space. In recent times, the firm has assisted acquirers and sellers on a range of cross-border deals within the automotive, real estate and renewable energy sectors.  

During the research period key staffing changes included the arrival of projects partner Jan Jakob Peelen from Norton Rose Fulbright, and banking partner Jacqueline Bell, who had been advising as an independent consultant. Going the other way, Jeroen den Hamer quit the firm to become a general counsel at ZBG Group. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • BASF €5.9 billion acquisition of Bayer Crop Science
  • Calsonic Kansei €5.8 billion acquisition of Magneti Marelli
  • Egypt-Israel gas pipeline
  • Equinor $250 million acquisition of a 40% share in Apodi 162MW solar asset
  • InfraRed Capital $1 billion acquisition of Ciudad Juarez 900MW power plant
  • KKR £6 billion acquisition of Unilever's spreads business
  • Sev.en Energy €192 million acquisition of a 50% stake in InterGen
  • Velux €200 million acquisition of Jet Group 

Client feedback

"Friendly, capable, and eager to get the instruction and deliver." – Banking

"We were pleased with the responsive and constructive support." – Banking

"Very good at understanding the needs and wishes of the client. A friendly, professional approach to the work. Very knowledgeable." – M&A


Domestic firm Dirkzwager is best known in the Netherlands for its M&A offering.  

The firm has a strong presence on mid-cap Dutch M&A deals and works with a mix of international and domestic acquirers and sellers. During the research period the firm’s M&A team advised clients in the life sciences, manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors, among others.  

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • Kamera Express acquisition of Foto Konijnenberg
  • Nobia acquisition of Bribus
  • Vendis acquisition of Alpine 

Client feedback 

"A reliable and correct firm for its work." – M&A 

"Has a fast response time, and provides good quality of advice." – M&A 

"Highly effective and efficient work by a multidisciplinary team (lawyers, fiscalists, notaries)." – M&A 

"They are simply excellent." – M&A 

 "Very personal. Understands all kinds of business quickly. Available around-the-clock." – M&A 

Claudia van der Most 

"Excellent lawyer, highly committed, and capable of allocating adequate resources immediately." 

"Very hardworking person in the business. Available around-the-clock." 

Eversheds Sutherland

The Dutch branch of international firm Eversheds Sutherland is recognised for its strength in M&A mandates.  

The firm acts on a mix of domestic transactions as lead counsel, and international transactions as local counsel. The firm often completes cross-border deals for both acquirers and sellers across sectors such as life sciences, renewable energy and technology.  

A notable staffing change saw the arrival of corporate partner Jeroen Hoekstra from Baker McKenzie. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • Asso Abloy acquisition of Marenco
  • Beauparc acquisition of Renes
  • BVB / Vapo joint venture
  • Gofilex / Motion Picture Solutions merger
  • Infor acquisition of Alfa-Beta Solutions
  • Iron Mountain acquisition of EvoSwitch Netherlands
  • ProPharma acquisition of Xendo 

Client feedback

"Effective communication, all-round support and good patience levels." – M&A

"Strong involvement of the professionals." – M&A

"Well prepared, strong availability and a good follow-up on issues." – M&A


Florent is a strong mid-market boutique firm, which is active in the financial and corporate space.  

The firm is best known for its M&A work, where it is also particularly efficient at assisting clients on post-transaction conflicts, by drawing the experience of its strong restructuring and insolvency team. The firm’s recent work saw it act for buyers and sellers on a mix of mid-market domestic and cross-border deals. It has recently been active in representing clients within the media, retail and private equity sectors. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • Anders Invest acquisition of a 40% stake in Visscher Caravelle
  • BlueStar acquisition of RH Offshore
  • EAB Group acquisition of 14% stake in Fortum Sun
  • Green Park acquisition of Bartosz
  • Link Asset Services acquisition of FlexFront / Nationaal Hypotheek Loket
  • Singel Uitgevers acquisition of Querido Kind
  • Victus Participations acquisition of Enrico
  • Victus Participations acquisition of PB Techniek
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a strong focus on high-end, multi-jurisdictional transactions in the Dutch market, with its banking and securitisation practices ranking among the leading teams in the country.

The capital markets team is recognised for its strength in the structured finance and securitisation space but is also widely recognised as a top performer for both debt and equity work. In recent times the firm has often worked on mandates involving overseas disruptors, and is one of the few firms able to advise international clients across multiple jurisdictions. The firm notably advised RNHB and CarVal Investors on the acquisition by RNHB of part of the commercial real estate loan portfolio of FGH Bank.

In M&A the firm works on high-end mandates in the market, often assisting on multi-jurisdictional transactions and on European private equity work. The firm works on a range of acquisitions, sales and joint venture mandates in key sectors such as energy, healthcare and technology.

Operating through a relatively small team for the market, the firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice is active and notably advises on a mix of nationally prominent bankruptcies and cross-border restructurings. The firm has recently been involved in recovery work for investors and companies within the metals and retail sector. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • APG / GIC €435 million acquisition of HHR Euro
  • CarVal Investors / RNHB €1.3 billion acquisition of FGH Bank loan portfolio
  • CVC €1.75 billion acquisition of TMF
  • Gilde Equity Management acquisition of Wasco
  • Neptune Oil & Gas $3.9 billion acquisition of majority stake in Engie exploration and production business
  • PAI / Charles Jobson €885 million acquisition of Wessanen
  • PAI Partners and bcIMC €1.6 billion acquisition of Refresco
  • Partners Group €2 billion acquisition of Megadyne and Ammeraal

Client feedback

"Excellent - both in terms of legal expertise and also client care." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Extremely knowledgeable and commercially savvy, and able to look beyond the pure legal framework." – Restructuring and insolvency

"I am very happy with the firms work, especially on the restructuring aspects." – Restructuring and insolvency

"Professional, fast, structured, and knowledgeable." – Restructuring and insolvency

"They are hands on and tough on the contents and details no matter how complex the case is." – Restructuring and insolvency

Greenberg Traurig

The Amsterdam office of US firm, Greenberg Traurig, is recognised for its work in the M&A space within the Dutch legal market.  

The firm has a particular expertise in high-end real estate M&A work in the Netherlands, where it acts for a mix of buyers and sellers. The firm also has a notable presence on transactional work within sectors such as hospitality, retail and technology.  

A notable staffing change saw the firm add veteran corporate partners Bas Vletter and Herald Jongen to its team from Loyens & Loeff and Allen & Overy, respectively. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • BEWi Group €117.5 million acquisition of Synbra
  • Bunzl €25 million acquisition of 85% stake in QS Nederland
  • Creative Clicks acquisition of Digitial Turbine
  • Garmin acquisition of Tacx
  • Lagardère Studios €17 million acquisition of Skyhigh TV
  • MRP €300 million acquisition of the World Fashion Centre 
Habraken Rutten

HabrakenRutten is best known in the Dutch legal market for its project finance and development expertise. 

The firm often works as the borrowers’ counsel on project finance matters and has taken roles on several nationally prominent PPP projects. The firm is also active within the renewable energy sector, and has recently worked on the financing of solar project developments in Kenya, Namibia and Nigeria for an infrastructure investment fund. 

In the project development area the firm takes on a mix of construction, procurement and regulatory work for developers. Through its niche focus, the firm regularly picks up roles on key Dutch land, sea and housing projects. 

A notable staffing change saw the arrival of project finance partner Gerard Moussault from Bird & Bird.  

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • Evolution II Fund financing
  • Lans financing

Client feedback

"Accurate, quick, and keeps things simple." – Project development

"The firm is pro-active, knowledgeable, and down-to-earth. Offers outstanding service levels." – Project development

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells is best known for the strength of its banking team in Amsterdam. The firm has completed recent deals within the financial services, private equity and real estate sectors. 

The firm’s banking and finance team acts across a range of transaction types – acquisition, project and real estate financings. It often acts for lender banks and debt funds, but also has strong expertise representing corporate and private equity borrowers. The firm has recently increased its work with alternative lenders and has taken an active role within the Dutch unitranche debt market. 

In the capital markets area, the firm is recognised for acting across debt and structured finance mandates by working on matters such as factoring and on covered bond programmes. The firm often appears for issuers, taking on drafting counsel roles for Dutch banks. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • Agro Merchants Group financing
  • Apax acquisition of Expereo
  • Business Lease / Terberg Leasing merger
  • Blackrock acquisition of Infradata
  • NL Healthcare refinancing
  • TransIP refinancing

Client feedback

"He understands complex structures very well and has a thorough knowledge of the developments in the market. He is service minded towards his clients and always keen to brainstorm on current transactions or upcoming topics." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation


Houthoff has a strong financial and corporate team in Netherlands and is best known for its work within the capital markets area.

The firm is particularly strong in the equity capital markets space, where it has recently worked for issuers on listings made on the LSE, Euronext Amsterdam, and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The firm acts for a mix of issuers and underwriters in debt capital markets and recently worked on Dutch elements of large bond issues by technology and oil and gas firms.

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • Agrokor Group restructuring
  • AzInTelecom €222 million acquisition of 51.3% stake in Azercell
  • B&S Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • Kazakhtelecom $446 million acquisition of Kcell
  • PostNL €130 million acquisition of Sandd
  • S4 Capital €300 million acquisition of MediaMonks
  • Siemens $628 million acquisition of Mendix
  • Vivo Energy JSE / LSE IPO

Lexence is best known in the Dutch market for mid-market private equity and M&A work. 

The firm had a prolific year during the research period as the M&A team represented both the buyers and sellers on a large number of deals across sectors such as food and beverage, oil and gas, and technology. The firm notably also advised Digital Insurance Group (DIG) as it entered into a multi-year collaboration agreement with Zurich Insurance Group to further drive the global growth of the company. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • Base Logistics acquisition of SLS Benelux
  • Debuut Horeca acquisition of Beer & Barrels
  • Gamma €27 million acquisition of Dean One
  • Logistyx acquisition of Transparix Software
  • PCI acquisition of Docutopics
  • Sator-LKQ acquisition of MPM International Oil Company
  • The Brisker Group acquisition of Nextpayroll
  • We Are You acquisition of Virtual Affairs

NautaDutilh is best known in the Netherlands for its work in M&A, restructuring and insolvency, and equity capital markets, where it features among the best firms in the market.

The banking team is active across a range of different sectors, acting for borrowers, lenders and sponsors on matters including acquisition financings, corporate lending and refinancing. Construction, shipping and technology are some of the sectors in which the team have completed recent transactions.

In the capital markets space the firm splits its work fairly evenly between debt and equity work, largely working on the side of the underwriters. Notably, in the equity space, the firm acted for international banks on two large Euronext Amsterdam IPOs and a private placement during the research period. On the debt side the firm’s recent highlights include work for an issuer on a debt-to-equity swap and for underwriters on high yield bond issues. 

In structured finance and securitisation the firm is a strong domestic performer on the Dutch market and regularly assists regional banks on the set up of their mortgage loan platforms.

The firm is strong in the M&A space, operating regularly for acquirers on the market’s most valuable deals. Public offers and private equity work are two particular areas of strength for the firm, and it regularly works for corporates on cross-border deals. The firm also has seen a lot of recent work within private banking as the sector consolidates in the Netherlands.

The project finance team works on several ongoing projects of national prominence and supports lenders on developments of major highways and flood protection infrastructure. The project development team takes on similar projects and has experience on PPPs.

The restructuring and insolvency team represents distressed parties and creditors fairly evenly and works on cross-border restructurings and large domestic bankruptcies. Recent clients include Croatian agribusiness, Agrokor, and Apollo, a major lender to distressed Dutch group Airopack.

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • ABB $2.6 billion acquisition of GE industrial solutions business
  • Alfen Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • Just Eat / merger
  • Mylan / Pfizer Upjohn merger
  • NIBC Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • NWB Bank $2 billion acquisition of ABN Amro loan portfolio
  • Toray €930 million acquisition of TenCate Advanced Composites
  • Vantiv £9.1 billion acquisition of Worldpay Group

Client feedback

"An outstanding team of experienced and talented attorneys. Extremely responsive, professional, commercial and collaborated well internally." – Banking

"The firm has the resources to staff a large project with the relevant experts. Those experts had the ability to grasp the nettle of issues quickly and effectively. The internal communication between staff is good. I was impressed with their ability to pre-empt questions from the regulator." – Banking

"They always brought a high level of client service to the team and I felt very confident in their work product and their timing." – Capital markets: Debt

"The team is very strong, client-focused, collegial and very hard working." – Capital markets: Equity

"Exceptional high quality of work combined with creativity." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Good knowledge of mortgage platforms and investment structures. Pleasant people to work with." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"High quality of work, great initiative and keeps a good eye on the commercial aspects." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"In-depth knowledge, great technical skills and expertise." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"The structured finance practice is unequalled in the Netherlands when it comes to experience, knowledge and power to execute." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"The team is very hard working and collaborative and has particular strength in advising on corporate governance and structuring matters, both on Amsterdam and US listings." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"The team knows the Dutch and Belgium securitisation market like no other and they know their clients and their specific requirements, which makes it easy to reach out to brainstorm on upcoming topics, trends and potential transaction structures." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Very knowledgeable and have an in-depth knowledge of the securitisation and covered bond market - both from a legal and structuring perspective." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"Dedicated, committed, engaged and pragmatic." – M&A

"Full service offering with a good command of Dutch law." – M&A

"They are our 'go-to' firm for Benelux work. I think their level service is outstanding. We felt fully supported throughout the entire transaction." – M&A

"The firm has an excellent reputation and business acumen. He is great in what they do, hands-on and above all they are genuinely nice people to work with." – M&A

Joost den Engelsman

"He focusses on getting the deal to the finish line, even on tight deadlines. He is fully in tune with what is on the market at the relevant time."

"He has good business acumen and industry knowledge and is an excellent negotiator."

Liza Gerritsen

"A very knowledgeable senior lawyer who is always keen to give in-depth and thorough advice during a transaction. She is the lioness of Dutch securitisations. She's sharp, quick, witty and timely. Her dedication and service to her clients and network is unbeatable."

Arjan Scheltema

"His involvement in many different transactions enables him to bring very wide technical experience to the field of covered bonds."

"Very extensive knowledge of the market, and is very creative."

Ruud Smits

"Very practical. Good at managing his team. Country-specific expert."

"Very supportive and responded to our questions and requests in a timely manner."

Antonia Netiv

 "She is very collaborative and is always looking for ways to expand the range of equity mandates."

Arjan Pors

"A people-orientated lawyer who is very committed."

Larissa Silverentand 

"Excellent knowledge and excellent communication. Also excellent knowledge of business and commercial aspects."

Diederik Vriesendorp

"Quick thinking, and very much solution-oriented."

Michaëla Ulrici

"A fantastic, creative and innovative lawyer."

"She provides an in-depth and thorough service on complex structures and also thinks outside the box."

"Systematic in the project. Punctual and accurate. Convincing in commercial negotiations."

"Together with her years of experience and strong technical knowledge, her ability makes her the lawyer that you want to have on your team."

"Very knowledgeable and proactive."

Roderick Watson

"He quickly gained a full understanding of the proposed operating model, which he then successfully tuned so that it became acceptable to the regulator."

Orange Clover

Orange Clover is a domestic boutique firm with a focus on financial and corporate work. 

The banking team is active across the board and takes on a range of acquisition finance, corporate lending, project finance and regulatory work, for borrowers and lenders. The firm notably advised the lenders in respect of financing Carlyle and GIC’s acquisition of AkzoNobel’s chemical division, the largest Dutch transaction of 2018. 

The M&A team acted on several deals for private equity firms, Gilde Buy Out Partners and Nimbus, during the research period. In this aspect, the firm advised on a multitude of transactions, including the acquisitions of industrial parts supplier Elcee, saw blades maker De Kinkelder, tyre maker Gundlach Automotive, and coffee vending machine maker Maas International. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • Carlyle Group/GIC €10.1 billion acquisition AkzoNobel speciality chemicals business
  • Fosun International acquisition of 80% stake in International Gemological Institute
  • Gilde Buy Out Partners acquisition of De Kinkelder
  • Gilde Buy Out Partners acquisition of Gundlach Automotive
  • Nimbus acquisition of Koninklijke Van Zanten
  • Nimbus acquisition of Maas International
  • ProDelta €300 million refinancing
  • Triton acquisition of Sunweb 

Client feedback

"My overall assessment is very positive. The firm focuses on finding pragmatic solutions, has strong personal communication and a good level of experience." – Banking

"Very pro-active, and looks for creative and simple solutions." – M&A

Rutgers & Posch

The team at Rutgers & Posch is best known for its M&A work in the Netherlands, where it represents clients including banking groups, stock exchanges and technology companies. 

The firm’s M&A practice has been active working across several sectors such as financial services, healthcare and technology. Recent highlights include acting on a large merger between two leasing companies, and representing international investors as they acquire Dutch businesses. 

Recent Deal Data highlights  

  • Accell acquisition of Velosophy
  • Airopack Technology acquisition of Scholle IPN Equipment
  • Bolster Investments acquisition of Careflex Zorg
  • Business Lease / Terberg Leasing merger
  • Highbrook Investors €170 million acquisition of Groothandelsgebouwen
  • JBT acquisition of FTNON
  • Scholle IPN acquisition of Frischmann Kunststoffe
  • Veolia acquisition of Aufderhaar Kunststof Recycling 

Client feedback

"Very professional." – M&A

Simmons & Simmons

International firm Simmons & Simmons has a strong financial and corporate offering across the board in Amsterdam. Debt capital markets, M&A and project finance are some areas where the firm takes on large, complex mandates.

The firm has a strong track record in the banking and finance area, where it often provides advice to international and domestic banks. In particular the firm has expertise on real estate and project finance mandates and is regularly involved in the financing of the largest ongoing Dutch property developments.

In the capital markets space the team is mostly active on the debt side, where it has a particular strength for acting green bonds. The firm also is arguably the market’s leader in offering US securities transactions and advises Citigroup, Kiadis Pharma and the Dutch government on deals of this type.

In recent times the firm completed M&A work for acquirers and sellers in sectors including agriculture, retail and technology. The firm is also active in the private equity space and collaborated with the likes of Certitudo Capital and Gilde Equity Management on a number of strategic Dutch investments and divestments.

The projects team has a particular strength within the construction and real estate sector and is often seen acting for developers on PPPs. On financing mandates the firm is active mainly for borrowers in sectors including energy and infrastructure.

The firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice often works on large Dutch restructurings and distressed debt deals. In recent years the firm has taken on mandates within the healthcare sector for clients undertaking financial reorganisation.

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • América Móvil $333 million acquisition of Telefónica Guatemala and $315 million acquisition of Telefónica El Salvador
  • Bridgestone €910 million acquisition of TomTom telematics unit
  • Gilde Equity Management acquisition of Wasco
  • Hines €116.5 million acquisition of ABC Westland
  • Hines acquisition of Fresh Park Venlo
  • Intergamma €510 million acquisition of Benelux DIY retail business of CRH
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands €5.98 billion 0.5% green bond issue
  • Royal Schiphol Group €500 million 1.5% green bond issue

Client feedback

"A very solid, 'lean and mean' law firm with very capable lawyers who are very experienced in the field of project finance, procurement law and construction law. They are very service-oriented, quick at responding and very enjoyable, communicating lawyers who focus on the interest of the client. They also try to offer different solutions when a solution from a legal perspective is not possible." – Banking

"Goes without saying that we are provided with sound legal advice and solutions. We know they deal with the most innovative and challenging types of projects, so we know we are in good hands." – Banking

"Pragmatic and responsive partner." – Banking

"Provides accurate and hands-on advice." – Banking

"A great set up in Amsterdam, which is extremely knowledgeable and service minded." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"The firm's work is first-rate." – Capital markets: Debt

"The overall level of service is in my opinion very good to excellent. They are pro-active team-players who do more than only advising on what is required, but also offer tips and insights to help their clients achieve their goals. Response times are very quick, and they have extensive industry knowledge." – Project development


Stibbe has a strong financial and corporate offering across the board. It is particularly renowned for its equity capital markets and M&A practices and takes on some of the market’s most complex mandates of these types.

The banking team often advises on financing related to acquisitions and real estate transactions. It has acted for borrowers like Advent International and alternate lenders such as Ares Management in relation to financing large Dutch transactions. The firm also regularly offers advice regarding corporate lending and asset finance.

In the capital markets space the firm thrives in the equity space, advising issuers and underwriters. The firm notably acted on large Dutch IPOs in the consumer goods and fintech space during the research period. On the debt side the firm worked on bond issues for a series of food and beverage, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies.

Working across a range of sectors, the M&A team regularly works on large, multi-jurisdictional mandates in the Dutch market. The firm has a strong private equity practice and has assisted the likes of Blackstone and KKR on major investments during the research period. Other work handled by the team in recent times includes joint ventures, privatisations and public offers.

In the projects space the firm has been particularly active in dealing with construction and transport work. The firm notably acts on a number of highway related PPP projects, including on the construction of the Blankenburgtunnel.

The restructuring and insolvency group acts on international and domestic bankruptcies and recently participated on the large Oi Móvel case, where it represented the subsidiary of the Brazilian parent Oi, itself.

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • Adyen Euronext Amsterdam IPO
  • APG / GIC €435 million acquisition of HHR Euro
  • Elementis $500 million acquisition of Mondo Minerals
  • ING Bank €270 million acquisition of 75% stake in Payvision
  • Orange €515 million acquisition of SecureLink
  • PostNL €130 million acquisition of Sandd
  • SurveyMonkey $80 million acquisition of Usabilla
  • €930 million acquisition of Lieferheld, and foodora

Client feedback

"Good organisational skills, with an ability to summarise complex content into easy to understand information." – Banking

"Strong team, knowledgeable and quick to respond." – Banking

"The team were very good. I especially appreciate a law firm that is pragmatic and commercial in nature, helping the group come to acceptable positions in an efficient manner." – Banking

"To-the-point, complete and quick." – Banking

"In addition to being knowledgeable and experienced, they were also empathetic to our commercial interests and position as a service provider to large financial institutions. When negotiations with certain clients became difficult, they were able to navigate the situations and greatly assisted us in maintaining our position of independence and integrity." – Capital markets: Structured finance and securitisation

"The firm are extremely thoughtful and responsive. I would recommend them to anyone doing real estate or private equity M&A in the Netherlands." – M&A

"The firm do extremely conscientious work. They are very responsive and pleasant to work with. Overall, our experience was excellent." – M&A

"Very professional and hands on. Practical in finding solutions and skilled negotiators. Lots of experience." – M&A

Duco de Boer

"Very strong and trustworthy professional."

David Orobio de Castro

"Very strong knowledge, good network and knows how to lead his team."

Ingmar de Groot

"Skilled professional, who is attentive and proactive."

Rein van Helden

"Very quick and agile in reacting to requests."

"Very strong and trusty professional."

Martin In de Braekt

"Knowledgeable and capable."

Suzanne Kröner-Rosmalen

"Has excellent market knowledge and a grasp over a wide range of details on various topics."

Allard Metzelaar

"An outstanding M&A professional, who is pragmatic and good in explaining the broader Netherlands environment to new entrants."

Robert Steeg

"Great technical knowledge but also a good appreciation of our commercial interests. Client oriented and very professional."

Rein van Helden 

"A good technical mind and has good appreciation of our commercial interests. Very professional and client oriented." 

Hans Witteveen

"He has lots of experience and provides very thoughtful advice. He is very responsive and helpful on all of the transactions where he has advised our clients."

Van Doorne

Van Doorne has strong banking and M&A practices. 

The firm’s banking team is best known for its strong fintech and leveraged finance work, and regularly represents lenders. On the borrower side the team is experienced in healthcare financing and general corporate lending. The firm is also active on real estate financings, primarily working for developers on deals concerning the construction of large real estate such as designer outlets and luxury hotels. 

In M&A the firm regularly acts for buyers and sellers on cross-border deals in the energy, life sciences and technology sectors. Its mandates range from assistance on mid-size domestic transactions to local counsel roles on large international deals. In recent times the firm has increased its work for private equity clients such as Montagu and Nordic Capital. 

In the restructuring and insolvency area, the firm acted for creditors and debtors across a mix of debt restructurings, distressed debt matters, and bankruptcies. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

  • Carlyle Group/GIC €10.1 billion acquisition AkzoNobel speciality chemicals business
  • Eurazeo Capital €300 million acquisition of DORC
  • M7 Real Estate €333 million financing
  • North Technology Group / Oakley Capital acquisition of MBrands International
  • Radboud University Medical Centre expansion
  • SecurCash bankruptcy
  • Verifone acquisition of Dimebox
  • Visma €600 million acquisition of Raet 

Client feedback 

"Personal, pragmatic advice. The firm genuinely cares about its client and invests the time to get to know them." – M&A 

"Pleasant and agile to deal with." – M&A 

Friso Foppes 

"He is pragmatic, focused and client friendly. He quickly identifies the points to fight for and is well-controlled throughout the transaction."

Jeroen Sombezki

"Very pleasant to deal with, easily accessible and flexible."

Babette Vos

"Very good lawyer."

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is a boutique Dutch restructuring and insolvency firm. It regularly acts for Dutch clients across a variety of sectors, while it also often works a bankruptcy trustee. 

Recent highlights include advising a group of lenders within the Steinhoff structure in relation to Hemisphere International Property’s revolving credit facility, and assisting football club FC Twente on its restructuring plans. 

Recent Deal Data highlights

  • AMST acquisition of Simteq simulator and software business
  • Europe Islamic University bankruptcy
  • European Care Residences and Resorts restructuring
  • FC Twente €50 million restructuring
  • Pyroban Benelux bankruptcy
  • Ulstein bankruptcy 

Client feedback 

“Personal, high quality service and delivers with speed." – Banking 

"Fast, flexible and professional. Also very competent, pragmatic, and effectively contributes to solutions." – Restructuring and insolvency 

Marcel Windt 

"Professional and has high problem solving skills. He is able to convince other people in difficult situations and on complex questions."