Allen & Overy LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Allen & Overy has a truly top-tier, full-service practice in Amsterdam, which combines the advantages of the resources and network of a large international law firm together with a strong, high-end practice which is deeply rooted in the Dutch market. The firm initially entered the market through a merger with an established Benelux firm, which is often referenced as a reason for the firm's popularity with Dutch-headquartered clients with international operations as well as its ability to serve foreign and overseas investors.

Clients particularly highlight the firm's capabilities in corporate and finance matters, which accounts for a significant portion of its cross-border work. The Amsterdam team is frequently labelled as a standout choice, with an edge over many competitors on international syndicated lending matters, debt capital markets and securitisation transactions. It often acts for large Dutch banks in a strategic or lead counsel role in global financing. Large corporate transactions, IPOs and global litigation and arbitration are also areas where the firm's Dutch team has significant international pedigree, with the Netherlands becoming an increasingly common forum for high-profile international arbitration cases.

Strengths Clients report that the firm is a clear favourite for a wide range of cross-border work from the Netherlands, with one saying: "For international presence, I would go to A&O first," and another recommends the practice as a first-choice counsel "for international deals from Amsterdam with international bank syndicates."

Clients highlight the international outlook and focus of the lawyers in the firm's Amsterdam office and across the practice. One remarks: "They have an international mind set. They are part of an international company and the way they work is way more international than other law firms in the Netherlands."

The firm's wider international network is appealing to clients who require strong Dutch and European presence, who say: "The benefit of using them is that they have international presence in Europe. We always ask A&O to provide a quote."