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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance
Netherlands<br />


We provide innovative legal solutions with local expertise and global quality standards for the world's leading businesses of today and tomorrow.

Full-service offering from top-ranked teams

We are a full-service top-tier law firm. Our Amsterdam office has been providing our clients with the highest-quality advice and legal insight for over half a century. We combine the firm's global quality standards with our in-depth expertise of the Dutch market. Our clients include major financial institutions, financial investors and multinationals with a traditional focus on finance, capital markets, private equity, cross border M&A and an increased focus on the tech sector.

Our clients come to us for complex work and innovative solutions. We are well known for both our domestic work and our cross-border, cross-practice transactions.

Our lawyers work across top tier practices in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate M&A, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy & Infrastructure and Tax, Pensions & Employment.

We are committed to be the law firm of choice in The Netherlands for the world’s leading businesses and the best talent of today and tomorrow.

Client-focused and forward thinking

We always put our clients first. We invest highly in understanding client organisations, their operating context and the opportunities and challenges they face. We use the depth of our expertise to develop commercial, effective solutions. Comments in independent legal directories suggest that clients appreciate the way we work as much as the results we deliver.

We embrace innovation and invest across our network in smart technology, redesigning end-to-end transaction types and low-cost delivery centers setting new standards in the value and outcomes achieved. Every client requirement is unique. So we listen, then provide the best mix of legal talent and technology for each task. That makes our delivery more effective, every time.

Focus on Tech and ESG

We recognise that rapid advances in technology such as AI, robotics, blockchain, big data and cyber security are significantly impacting our clients' business models, their growth strategies and even day-to-day decision making, bringing opportunities to be harnessed and risks to be navigated. Our Tech Group consists of 30 tech lawyers in Amsterdam and over 400 across the globe and helps our clients stay ahead of the curve and outstrip the pace of change by providing strategic tech law advice. Read more about tech.

Environmental, Social and Governance ("ESG") factors have fast risen to the top of the board agenda with companies increasingly aware that a failure to address these matters can be detrimental to their businesses, both financially and reputationally.

We have been involved in many first-of-a-kind and award-winning matters across the full spectrum of environmental issues, including green and blue financing, renewable energy, carbon off-setting and net zero strategies, and waste and pollution. Read more about ESG.

Community outreach

Responsible Business has a central part in our strategy. As we are deep-rooted in the Netherlands, we use our skills to make a meaningful contribution to our local community. We are motivated to help address social disadvantage and provide access to justice, finance and education. We encourage our people to spend 50 hours per year on corporate responsibility projects such as IMC Weekend School, NL Cares, JINC and pro-bono. We are also passionate supporters of great initiatives such as SAIL, the Stedelijk Museum, De Regenboog Groep and many more.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones:

  • Best Deal: Public offer by Sopra Steria for all shares in the capital of Ordina
    Dutch M&A Awards 2023
  • Best Mid-Cap Deal: European Payments Initiative's acquisition of Currence iDEAL and Payconiq International
    Dutch M&A Awards 2023
  • European Digital Infrastructure Data Centre Deal of the Year: EQT's EdgeConneX European Data Centre Financing
    IJGlobal Awards 2022
  • European Offshore Wind Refinancing Deal of the Year: Gemini Offshore Wind Farm Refinancing, Netherlands
    IJGlobal Awards 2022
  • Renewable Energy ESG Award - Europe: Hollandse Kust Zuid
    IJGlobal ESG Award 2022
  • Legal Transformer Award
    Gouden Zandlopers/SDU 2022
  • Law firm of the year in the Netherlands
    IFLR Europe Awards 2022
  • Most Innovative Technology Initiative
    The Lawyer European Awards 2021


Recent work highlights includes:


Directory and client comments

  • "The team is praised for its outstanding capabilities in financing, with particular strength in mainstream banking, project finance, DCM and restructuring deals. These core areas of the firm account for a significant amount of cross-border work, often involving complex regulatory issues. […] The law firm equally demonstrates a strong track record in handling cross-border corporate transactions, including high-end M&A, private equity and tax mandates. The team is well equipped to coordinate work covering multiple jurisdictions, assisting a high-profile client base. Additionally, pan-European litigation relating to bankruptcy and securities are a key part of the cross-border financial disputes practice."
    Chambers Global, 2023
  • "Unrivalled insight into the Dutch regulatory capital market."
    Legal 500 – Capital markets, 2023
  • "Business orientated, always available and able to cover all areas."
    Legal 500 - Corporate M&A, 2023
  • "Provides an excellent service, with a dedicated and focused team that has a full understanding of the issues involved and the sensitivities."
    Chambers Europe – Dispute Resolution, 2022
  • "Pro-active attitude, creative problem-solving and strong communication with management teams."
    IFLR1000 – Private Equity, 2022


Directory listings

Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2023

  • Band One in Banking & Finance
  • Band One in Capital Markets – Debt
  • Band One in Project Finance
  • Band One in Restructuring & Insolvency

IFLR 1000: The Netherlands 2023

  • Tier One in Banking
  • Tier One in Capital Markets – Debt
  • Tier One in Capital Markets – Equity
  • Tier One in Project Finance
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency

Legal 500 EMEA: The Netherlands 2023

  • Tier One in Capital Markets - Debt
  • Tier One in Private Equity
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tier One in Project Finance & PFI



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