Clifford Chance LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Regarded as one of the strongest international firms in the Netherlands, with Clifford Chance's Amsterdam office fulfilling an important strategic role in the firm's wider European strength. The team has a clear transactional focus in the Netherlands, with corporate M&A, banking and capital markets being the key pillars of its practice. It is most highly rated in international financing, being recognised by sources as one of the two definitive leading practices for Dutch banking work with cross-border, pan-European or global elements.

Clifford Chance's thriving banking and finance team leads a significant amount of outbound and cross-border transactions from Amsterdam, including project finance, leveraged acquisition financing and syndicated lending. It acts for an impressive array of international borrowers on credit facilities and debt capital issuances and demonstrates its strong integration in the Dutch market through regular leading roles for large Dutch financial institutions in international lending transactions. Other strengths of the firm's international work include M&A, with the team often leading outbound transactions for Dutch and international private equity firms, as well as banking litigation and corporate law disputes.

Strengths Across a range of areas and sectors, clients note that the firm is well set up for international work: "For international transactions, I would choose a firm like Clifford Chance, which is why we appreciate them - they are pleasant, on top of it and you can reach them anytime." Another adds: "They have the international expertise and international footprint."

One client says: "We especially use them for cross-border transactions, they deal with that and we involve them if there are multiple jurisdictions." The client particularly praises the firm's skills in "trade receivables and receivables financing," while the firm's "relevant English law experience" is also referenced as an important attribute in international financing transactions.

One source summarises the appeal of the firm in complex multi-jurisdictional matters: "It was really helpful for us that they're so internationally capable because the several countries have differing opinions and the law is different and there was a lot of discussion to be had to sort these out. If we had three separate law firms it would possibly take much longer, but Clifford Chance sorted this really quickly and well."