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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, risk 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:

  • 'Clients highlight Clifford Chance's exceptionally strong reputation and "huge experience" in the Dutch market, describing the team as "very pragmatic and solution-driven." Other sources highlight the "depth of international resources," and appreciate that the team is "very approachable and able to think in terms of solutions rather than problems."'
    Chambers Europe 2019

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, International Theatre Amsterdam, SAIL, the Stedelijk Museum, De Regenboog Groep 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 22 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, 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 Staples on the sale of a controlling interest in Staples' European operations to a Cerberus affiliate; ABN AMRO on landmark first ever Formosa Tier 2 bond following rule change and Refresco Group’s three largest shareholders in the second post-IPO sell-down.

Extensive banking, finance and capital markets experience

Banks, financial institutions, corporates and private equity houses such as ABN AMRO, ING, Rabobank, 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 (Financial 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. 

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

  • Renewables Deal of the Year: Borssele III/IV
    PFI Awards 2019
  • Best ECM Deal: Adyen IPO
    Dutch M&A Awards 2018
  • Nominated Best M&A Lawyer: Hans Beerlage
    Dutch M&A Awards 2018
  • Nominated Best Young M&A Lawyer: Tim Heerschop
    Dutch M&A Awards 2018
  • Most Innovative National Firm of the Year
    IFLR Europe 2019
  • Equity Deal of the Year (Adyen IPO)
    IFLR Europe 2019
  • Winner of Best Banking & Finance Lawyer
    Dutch M&A Awards 2017
  • Nominated for Best ECM Lawyer
    Dutch M&A Awards 2016
  • Nominated for Best Banking & Finance Lawyer
    Dutch M&A Awards 2016
  • Nominated for Best Dutch M&A Law Firm
    Dutch M&A Awards 2016
  • Overall Deal of the Year for the Gemini offshore wind farm project
    IJ Global Awards 2015
  • Power Deal of the Year for the Gemini offshore wind farm project
    PFI Awards 2015

Work handled in 2019 includes:

  • Advising Eurus and YARD on Windpark Deil as it reaches financial close
  • acting as transaction counsel on a EUR 1.5 billion post-IPO placement of Adyen shares
  • Advising Sanoma on the sale of Mood for Magazines (LINDA. Magazine) to Talpa
  • Acting for lenders on Port of Rotterdam's sustainability-linked facility
  • Acting as transaction counsel on the EUR 98.3 million post-IPO placement of NIBC shares by J.C. Flowers & Co

Directory listings and client comments

Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019

  • Tier One in Banking & Finance
  • Tier One in Capital Markets – Debt
  • Tier One in Project Finance
  • Tier One in Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tier Two in Transportation - Aviation
  • Tier Two in Corporate/M&A
  • Tier Two in Tax

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
  • Tier Two in Capital Markets – Equity
  • Tier Two in Capital Markets – Structured Finance
  • Tier Two in M&A

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
  • Tier Two in Tax
  • Tier Two in Restructuring & Insolvency

Client comments

  • “Very strong international practice. Fully up to speed on the most recent developments in the area.”
    IFLR 1000: 2019
  • “Professional, pragmatic, clear, knowledgeable.”
    IFLR 1000: 2019
  • “The lawyers we worked with were highly professional, innovative and client-focused. They fulfilled the role of issuer council exactly how we would like them to
    IFLR 1000: 2019
  • Clients highlight Clifford Chance's exceptionally strong reputation and "huge experience" in the Dutch market, describing the team as "very pragmatic and solution-driven." "They really understand our business and provide relevant and helpful legal advice. They grasp both the commercial and legal issues quickly and respond appropriately."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019 – Banking & Finance
  • The team is "very approachable and able to think in terms of solutions rather than problems." "Able to guide the client through difficult processes" and offers "thorough experience and knowledge."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019 – Capital Markets
  • "The lawyers are knowledgeable and always provide high-quality assistance, they are very creative and present new ideas and alternative paths."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019 – Restructuring & Insolvency
  • "They have huge breadth and depth across multiple jurisdictions, which is an extremely valuable and reassuring proposition."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019 – Corporate/M&A
  • Clients say that the team provides "good insight into complex processes" and is "hands-on, practical and results-driven."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019 – Employment
  • Sources emphasise that the lawyers "are technically very strong" and "have the necessary helicopter overview to be able to properly advise on the tax-related aspects of SPA negotiations."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2019 – Tax