This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Benelux firm Stibbe has expanded its network in recent years by adding an office in Dubai, Luxembourg and most recently in Hong Kong.
|Business Crime Defence||2||Information Technology||2|
|Commerical Litigation||2||Life Sciences||2|
|Corporate Governance||4||Product Finance||3|
|Corporate Tax||4||Public Procurement||3|
The opening of the Hong Kong office demonstrates the firm’s continued focus on China and the increase in business in the region. With many Chinese investments in Europe structured through Hong Kong, the office is a “logical next step” according to the firm. The office will provide Belgian and Dutch legal advice.
|Total Listings in WWL||46||Established||1911|
|Home jurisdiction||Benelux||Total size of firm||over 350|
|Number of partners||74||Number of offices||7|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
The firm’s corporate team is “distinguished” in the market by its experience in domestic and cross-border deals. The practice encompasses M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, finance, litigation and financial reporting. Examples of the firm’s work include advising Marel Group on the amendment and extension of its corporate credit facilities and ING on the sale of ING REIM. Allard Metzelaar heads the firm’s corporate practice and counsels clients and financial institutions on company law and regulatory issues. He is “sought after” by non-executive directors and boards and regularly advises on disputes with shareholders and other stakeholders. Managing partner Derk Lemstra has a broad practice covering capital markets, corporate governance and M&A. He is “held in high esteem” by peers for his extensive knowledge. Marc Fyon is a “leading authority” on corporate law and corporate finance matters while Jan Peeters specialises in mergers and acquisitions, financial services regulation and project finance.
Head of the banking and finance practice Jaap Willeumier advises on restructuring and regulatory matters and securities advisory work. He is also active in debt capital market transactions. Ivan Peeters specialises in structured finance, banking and capital market transactions. He is a “font of knowledge” on regulatory issues, securitisations and securities laws.
Thierry Denayer is a key figure in Stibbe’s tax practice. Based in Brussels, he advises on local and international law and focuses on the tax aspects of restructurings, real estate transactions and financial products, as well as tax litigation. Maarten de Bruin specialises in the corporate tax aspects of commercial and finance transactions. His representative work includes advising Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP and Kantoren Fonds Nederland (KFN) on the sale of KFN to funds managed by ING Real Estate.
The corporate fraud, investigations and asset recovery practice is “highly regarded”. Hans Van Bavel has experience in all aspects of company-related criminal law and represents companies and their directors before the Belgian courts. He is also recommended for his experience in investigations and internal fraud. Daan Doorenbos is a “leading individual” in the area of white-collar crime. Based in Amsterdam, he represents and assists companies facing criminal investigations or prosecutions.
Joop Janssen is noted for his experience in construction and public procurement. He has worked on industrial heavy plant, co-generation and offshore facilities, road infrastructure, tunnels, office, shopping centres and housing projects. He is joined by David Orobio de Castro, who is also noted for his public procurement experience, in addition to his project financing skills.
The firm’s pro bono committee selects cases that hold demonstrable social significance or set a legal precedent, where the party concerned has limited financial resources and is not entitled to legal aid, where the firm can provide value and there is no conflict with the interests of existing clients. Examples include representing the Clara Wichmann Test Cases Fund Trust and other social special interest groups in a lawsuit against the SGP political party and the state of the Netherlands to obtain a ruling on the value of the fundamental right to equal treatment of men and women when weighed against the right to freedom of religion or the right to freedom of association.
The firm has extended its global reach considerably in recent years while maintaining its leading reputation in the Benelux countries. The market will watch the firm’s next steps with interest.
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