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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

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    Netherlands

    Amsterdam

    Clifford Chance, Amsterdam

    IJsbaanpad 2
    1076 CV Amsterdam
    PO Box 251
    1000 AG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Please note that Clifford Chance Amsterdam has moved temporarily to IJsbaanpad until spring 2021 while a renovation of the current office at the Droogbak takes place.

    Additional information for Amsterdam

    Netherlands

    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 appreciate that the team is "pragmatic, which is always helpful in transactions," and "knows how to solve things". One client lauds the team's "outstanding knowledge and expertise in combination with great availability of resources. Another praises the "pragmatic, thorough and efficient team," noting that the lawyers "managed both the content and the process in a pleasant and effective way."
      Chambers Europe 2020

    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 TEDxWomen, 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

    • Nominated for Legal Innovation Award
      Gouden Zandlopers/SDU 2020
    • Renewables Deal of the Year: Borssele III/IV
      PFI Awards 2019
    • Most Innovative National Firm of the Year
      IFLR Europe 2019
    • Equity Deal of the Year (Adyen IPO)
      IFLR Europe 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
    • 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 2019/2020 includes:

    • advising Mitsubishi Corporation and Chubu on EUR 4.1 billion acquisition of Eneco
    • advising Sanoma on its divestment of Sanoma Media Netherlands to DPG Media
    • advising international private equity firm Cinven on its strategic investment in Barentz
    • advising Blue Elephant Energy on the acquisition and financing of two solar parks in the Netherlands of a total of 146 MW
    • 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 2020

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

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

    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
    • Tier Two in Tax

    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

    • "High quality advise and wide range of experts."
      IFLR 1000: 2020
    • "Has a strong focus and dedication towards its clients."
      IFLR 1000: 2020
    • "Strong track record, up-to-date knowledge of market dynamics, professional, and has a pragmatic approach."
      IFLR 1000: 2020
    • 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."
      Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020 – Banking & Finance
    • 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
    • One client emphasises the 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
    • 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" at the team.
      Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020– Corporate/M&A
    • "They are immediately up to speed with any mandate, they understand the commercial considerations and intensity, while being highly knowledgeable and remarkably pragmatic."
      Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2020 – Employment