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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Netherlands

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 almost 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, Project Finance, Real Estate 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 TEDxWomen, International Theatre Amsterdam, SAIL, the Stedelijk Museum, De Regenboog Groep and many more.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones:

Work handled between 2019 and 2021 includes:

Directory and client comments

  • One client sees the team as "a go-to for refinancing and acquisition financing" matters, adding that "the firm has a very strong banking team." Another client lauds the team for being proactive and adds that "the lawyers have an intimate knowledge of applicable regulation." Clients also report that it is a "very strong and entrepreneurial team" that is "very easy to work with."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020 – Banking & Finance – Band 1
  • "High quality advise and wide range of experts."
  • "Strong track record, up-to-date knowledge of market dynamics, professional, and has a pragmatic approach."
    IFLR 1000: 2020 – Banking & Finance, Capital markets (debt / equity), Project Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency – Tier 1
  • One client stresses in particular that the team is "very good on bond issuances and DCM transactions," describing the lawyers as "seasoned and very familiar with the business and they know exactly what they're talking about."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020 – Capital Markets - Debt – Band 1
  • One client emphasises that the team does "a fantastic job," and is "always available, able to deploy good-quality resources" and offers "pragmatic advice."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020 – Restructuring & Insolvency – Band 1
  • Clients appreciate that the team is "pragmatic, which is always helpful in transactions," and "knows how to solve things." Others particularly stress the "very strong Dutch private equity practice".
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020– Corporate/M&A – Band 2

 

Directory listings

Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020

  • 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 2020

  • 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 2020

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

Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019

  • 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 2019

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

Legal 500 EMEA: The Netherlands 2018

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets - Debt
  • Tier One in Private Equity
  • Tier One in Asset Finance & Structured Finance
  • Tier One in Project Finance & PFI

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