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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:

  • "Clifford Chance always offers the help that is needed and thrives on cross border work," says an in-house counsel working in the manufacturing sector. "The depth of experience and global nature of this outfit is impressive."
    IFLR 1000, 2017

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, 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

  • 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

Recent assignments

Work handled in 2017 includes advising:


  • Advising KKR on the acquisition of Q-Park
  • Advising Sanoma on disposal of 67% stake in SBS to Talpa Broadcasting Holding B.V.
  • Advising APG on the acquisition of DIF Infrastructure II from DIF


  • Advising Capital Stage AG on the acquisition and project financing of one of the largest solar deals until now in the Netherlands
  • Advising PostNL on EUR€400 million fixed rate Notes issuance
  • Advising Volkswagen on the issuance of EUR€3.5 billion hybrid bonds
  • Advising ABN AMRO on highly successful offering of CRDIV compliant Tier 2 capital instruments on Asian and European markets

Directory listings and client comments

Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017

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

IFLR 1000: The Netherlands 2018

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

Legal 500 EMEA: The Netherlands 2017

  • 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 Corporate/M&A
  • Tier Two in Energy
  • Tier Two in Restructuring & Insolvency

Client comments

  • We only have strengths to report. The team is highly professional and very well informed about market developments, very responsive and knowledgeable.
    IFLR 1000: 2018
  • Clifford Chance is a clear top tier firm in the Netherlands in banking and finance work.
    IFLR 1000: 2018
  • Clifford Chance Netherlands is providing top quality services in insolvency and banking and finance matters. Their work is of a high standard."
    IFLR 1000: 2018
  • "Our impression of the firm is excellent. They have skilled lawyers, who are solution-driven and pleasant people to work with." "The team is reliable, professional and pragmatic; we have a close relationship with the lawyers and they are approachable even when there is no deal on."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017 – Banking & Finance
  • "By far number one on anything complicated in capital markets" because it is "the most reliable" and has partners who "go the extra mile."
  • Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017 – Capital Markets
  • "They are great lawyers to work with. They are proactive and well informed on the legal aspects."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017 – Restructuring & Insolvency
  • "They were responsive and worked extremely well with their colleagues in other offices. They understood the key issues and detailed legal elements and also demonstrated strong commercial sense and an ability to prioritise."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017 – Corporate/M&A
  • "They are very detailed and commercial. They give you options in a concise manner and get you to the end result that you want. Excellent at mapping out the possibilities and very good at thinking creatively to find solutions to complex problems."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017 – Private Equity
  • "Clifford Chance stands out on availability and great turnaround," one client says, adding: "When you call they are always available to listen and have a very clear, fast follow up. Their attitude makes them a solid legal business partner whom we can call on when things get difficult."
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017 – Employment
  • "Practical team and in-depth knowledge of transactions" whilst also highlighting the firm's "international nature with a focus on Dutch taxes" as another key strength.
    Chambers Europe: The Netherlands 2017 – Tax