Allen & Overy LLP

Banking & Finance Department

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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."