Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding full-service firm with exemplary skills in complex international transactions. Displays a wealth of experience in leveraged finance, acting on syndicated international transactions as well as local unilateral mandates, regularly assisting both banks and sponsors. Offers additional expertise in project finance and real estate finance, assisting clients with large PPP and PFI projects, including both renewable energy and infrastructure mandates. Regulatory team acts for financial institutions on interest rate matters and Brexit-related queries, including the establishment of regulated businesses in the Netherlands.

Strengths Clients recognise Allen & Overy as "one of the global leading law firms" and describe the Amsterdam team as "experts in the field of project finance."

Others add: "They have the relevant deal experience and the depth of resources we need to move things quickly and deal with a large number of documents."

Work highlights Advised Euroma Holding and Parcom Capital on the EUR75 million acquisition of Clearwood Investment.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Thomas is experienced in international leveraged finance and syndicated corporate lending. He advised 3i and Action Holding on the EUR2.41 billion fifth recapitalisation of the Action Group. One client describes Thomas as "a very experienced person who really takes care of us when it comes to negotiations."

An increasingly prominent name in the Dutch finance market, Aroen Kuitenbrouwer handles domestic and cross-border leveraged finance, corporate lending and structured finance. A client says he is "very sharp and bright," and another interviewee notes that he is "extremely thorough and commercial." He acted on a EUR150 million refinancing of an existing unitranche facility for Suit Supply.

Femke Bierman is recognised as a leading figure in corporate lending and leverage finance, and clients appreciate her hands-on approach, noting that "she will step up when needed."She acts for both banks and private equity clients. Bierman advised ABN AMRO on the EUR43 million financing of the acquisition of Albelli by Gilde Buy Out Partners.

Described by clients as a "knowledgeable and pleasant" lawyer who "communicates well," Niels de Ru is principally focused on borrower-side corporate lending and trade finance. He acted for ABN AMRO on the financing of a USD230 million borrowing base facility for the Tiryaki Agro Group.

Victor de Serière has extensive experience advising clients on corporate finance, structured finance and regulatory matters. "A very well-respected academic," according to sources, he is also valued by clients as a "sounding board for finance matters."

Werner Runge enjoys a leading position in the Dutch renewable energy project finance market. Clients highlight his ability to handle large projects and negotiations, noting that "he is successful in getting various parties aligned and to the finish line." He advised EdgeConneX on the EUR300 million financing of a portfolio of data centres across Europe.