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We established our office in Amsterdam in 1972. Today, our clients in the Dutch market come to us for complex work and innovative solutions, often in an international context.

We help clients navigate the technical and commercial aspects of large financings, M&A and private equity work, capital market and funds transactions, regulatory and compliance issues, and litigation. Our full-service offering includes tax, employment, intellectual property, notarial and EU competition.

Everything we do is focused on helping our clients achieve their business goals and advising them how to manage the risks that are part of doing business. Recent client comments include:

"They've got a perfect setup, an excellent team"; "We've never been happier with the service when using outside counsel.IFLR 1000, 2014

Another point of focus is the strong commitment to our local community through our corporate responsibility and pro bono work. Our lawyers are encouraged to spend at least 50 hours per year on corporate responsibility projects, for instance by providing advice to young entrepreneurs and charities free of charge. We are passionate supporters of great initiatives such as TEDxAmsterdam, Holland Festival Young, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, SAIL, the Stedelijk Museum, Voedselbank Amsterdam, JeugdSportFonds and many more.

Top-tier clients and a focus on cross-border work

We are a leading firm in the Dutch market with a track record of over 40 years and a can-do attitude. But what makes us stand out is that we are as well known for our domestic work as we are for our complex international transactions and the reach and resources of our international network.

We have a well-established sector focus and our team of over 130 lawyers and 21 partners includes specialists who advise on Dutch, UK and international law. Clifford Chance is considered to be one of the best firms in the Netherlands by clients and peers alike.

Working on front-page private equity and M&A deals

Our clients include Shell, KLM, Stork, Staples, DSM, PGGM, ABN AMRO, CVC and KKR and we are considered a Tier One  firm for transactional work. Several of our partners have been nominated for Best M&A Lawyer in the Netherlands over the last few years.

Recent examples of our Amsterdam-led international work include advising América Móvil on its much publicised partial offer for Royal KPN; Darling International on the acquisition of Vion Ingredients and Staples on the sale of its printing-systems division to CoBe Capital.

Extensive banking, finance and capital markets experience

Banks, financial institutions, corporates and private equity houses such as ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, Deutsche Bank, Citi, BNP Paribas, LeasePlan, PON, CVC, Montagu and Gilde rely on our technical excellence, extensive experience, pragmatic advice and client-focused approach. Among other areas, our finance and capital markets group covers: secured lending, restructurings, asset finance, commodities finance, acquisition finance and project finance. Together with our clients we are at the forefront of thought-leading initiatives in, for example, alternative sources of financing and private placements.

The leading directories widely recognise our quality by ranking us Tier One.

Addressing the challenges and conflicts that clients face

The carefully tuned Dispute Resolution team handles an extensive range of corporate, commercial and financial disputes, including securities litigation for Bank of America Merrill Lynch (the Fortis case) and acting for investors in proceedings relating to the bankruptcy of Yukos Oil.

Our close-knit cross-practice Financial Regulatory and Compliance group guides both financial and corporate clients through the maze of legislative and regulatory changes they face. The Dutch State and regulatory authorities, including the Dutch Central Bank, come to us for our competence and skills. We are also part of the firm's European Regulatory team that won Financial Regulation Team of the Year :IFLR European awards, 2013.

An innovative leader in the Dutch funds market

We have built a strong Funds group integrated with our TPE (Tax, Pensions and Employment) specialists to help clients get fast, effective answers to complex multi-jurisdictional questions. Working for leading organisations such as PGGM and AlpInvest, the group has earned a reputation for innovative work and market firsts, including the development of new pension vehicles.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • Best Tax Firm Netherlands Award: World Finance Magazine 2013
  • European Port Project Finance Deal of the Year Award
  • Shortlisted for Benelux Firm of the Year: Mergermarket: 2013 
  • Top three firm for M&A in the Dutch M&A League Tables
  • Nominationed for Best M&A Lawyer Netherlands at the Dutch M&A Awards 2011-2013
  • Deal of the Year for the Boskalis/Dockwise acquisition: Mr magazine: 2013

Recent assignments

Work handled in 2013 includes advising:

  • América Móvil on its partial offer for Royal KPN, one of the most high profile matters of the year in the Netherlands 
  • the Dutch Central Bank on the nationalisation of SNS Reaal, the fourth largest systemically important bank in the Netherlands
  • Royal Dutch Shell on the Dutch law aspects of its acquisition of certain LNG assets of Repsol
  • Darling International Inc. on the acquisition of Vion Ingredients
  • Rabobank, ING and other lenders in relation to the high profile restructuring of, and proposed rights issue by, Imtech
  • ABN AMRO and ING as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners on the successful equity offering of €320 million in new ordinary share capital by Royal Boskalis Westminster
  • ABN AMRO as issuer and transaction counsel in connection with a 'dim sum' issue under its MTN programme
  • a consortium of private equity firms and Nielsen Holdings on the launch of a public offering on the New York Stock Exchange
  • the selling shareholders, including KKR, Bain, Silverlake, Apax and AlpInvest on a blocktrade of 30 million registered shares in NXP Semiconductors
  • EADS NV and its subsidiary EADS Finance BV on its debut US bond issue.

Directory listings and client comments

Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2013

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets - Debt
  • Tier One in Private Equity
  • Tier One in Investment Funds
  • Tier One in Transportation - Aviation
  • Tier Two in Corporate/M&A
  • Tier Two in Tax
  • Tier Two in Restructuring & Insolvency

IFLR 1000: The Netherlands 2014

  • Tier One in Banking
  • Tier One in Capital Markets - Debt
  • Tier Two in Capital Markets - Equity
  • Tier Two in M&A
  • Tier Two in Project Finance
  • Tier Two in Restructuring & Insolvency

Legal 500 EMEA: The Netherlands 2013

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets
  • Tier One in Private Equity
  • Tier One in Asset Finance & Structured Finance
  • Tier One in Project Finance & PFI
  • Tier One in Mediation
  • Tier Two in Corporate/M&A
  • Tier Two in Energy
    Tier Two in Restructuring & Insolvency

Client comments

  • ''This firm is universally regarded as housing one of the best Banking and Finance teams in the country, thanks to its breadth of expertise and considerable local and international presence.''
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2013 - Banking & Finance
  • ''We're very happy with the firm – there's good co-operation between offices."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2013 - Banking & Finance
  • Clifford Chance is considered one of the best firms in the Netherlands by clients and peers alike. "They've got a perfect setup, an excellent team," says one client. ''We've never been happier with the service when using outside counsel."
    IFLR 1000: 2014
  • "Exceptionally good" Clifford Chance has a strong reputation and client base among private equity houses, allowing it to remain active despite sluggish market conditions.
    Legal 500 EMEA: The Netherlands 2013 - Private Equity