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We think and work with our clients. Our lawyers are recognised for their commercial understanding and for daring to take a stand and provide clear recommendations; a rare phenomenon in legal practice.

Allen & Overy's Amsterdam office, is known for its individual experts and their ability to join forces, across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions in highly complex cases.

We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is also a long-term business partner. In today’s world, legal risk management is an integral part of running a business, going well beyond transactions and disputes. We use our knowledge and experience to help our clients mitigate risks and navigate the pitfalls, on deal and off deal.

Allen & Overy is an international legal practice with approximately 5,500 people, including some 550 partners, working in more than 40 offices worldwide. What we share is deep-seated local knowledge and networks, a spirit of collaboration and the drive to exceed client expectations.

Our office in Amsterdam includes over 330 staff and 33 partners and offers legal advice to clients in almost every sector, including large and mid-sized companies, financial institutions and government organisations. Our clients benefit from our global reach and scalability. We are universally recognised market leaders in corporate transactions, banking & capital markets, governance & regulatory and disputes.

Our experience

Corporate Transactions

Corporate Transactions

Primark
on its roll out in the Netherlands by acquiring and leasing various shop locations.

CSM
on the EUR1.05bn sale of its international bakery supplies businesses and activities  including the CSM brand name to Rhone Capital.

Liberty Global
on the approximately EUR4.9bn public takeover of the remaining shares of Ziggo (total enterprise value EUR10bn).

D.E Master Blenders
on its EUR7.4bn public takeover by a consortium led by JAB.

Advent
on the EUR1.17bn public takeover of Unit4Agresso. 

 
Disputes

Disputes

Corporate
The Dutch State (Ministry of Finance) in legal proceedings resulting from the nationalisation of SNS REAAL before the Enterprise Court in Amsterdam.

Financial
Rabobank in a multi-billion Euro liability claim filed on behalf of shareholders (VEB) for an alleged misleading prospectus issued by Fortis for a rights issue relating to the ABN AMRO acquisition for which Rabobank was one of the underwriters.

IP
Eyeworks on the successful defence against an infringement claim by Banijay asserting that Eyeworks infringed the rights on one of its television show formats.

Arbitration
A German cable manufacturer in ICC arbitration proceedings against an Egyptian contractor for cables installed in the Egyptian dessert.

Antitrust
Delta in litigation against the Dutch State regarding the ownership unbundling of energy companies.

Governance & Regulatory

Governance & Regulatory

OCI N.V.
on the governance structure for its USD9bn public exchange offer for Orascom Construction Industries SAE listed on the Cairo Stock Exchange and simultaneous listing on the AEX.

Wegener
on the successful  reduction of a fine imposed by the Dutch Competition Authority (ACM) in relation to the (alleged) violation of remedies offered by Wegener while acquiring VNU newspapers.

ING
on the establishment and structuring of a fund founded by entrepreneurs to provide growth capital to SMEs and start-ups through private placements and participations.

USG
on the EC approval for the sale of its staffing operations in Spain, Italy,Switzerland, Luxemburg and Austria.

Our offices

Amsterdam

News & insights

Publications: 16 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: impact on Luxembourg employers

Over the weekend, the measures taken by the governments of Luxembourg and the neighbouring countries have strengthened, including notably restrictions on border passing and a closure of restaurants, bars and retail shops.

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News: 12 MARCH 2020

A&O advises BAML on EUR653 million CMBS backed solely by Dutch assets

Allen & Overy has advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) on the first commercial mortgage backed securitisation (CMBS) under their Taurus programme to be backed solely by Dutch assets.

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Publications: 10 JANUARY 2020

Podcast: The Dutch scheme - How it will work and what it will mean for the European Restructuring market

The Dutch scheme (also known as WHOA), which is set to come into effect next year, will offer an alternative restructuring tool to the English scheme of arrangement and U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings.  Amsterdam-based restructuring partner Sigrid Jansen and Brechje van der Velden, senior partner in Allen & Overy's Amsterdam office, join London-based restructuring partner Jennifer Marshall to discuss the main features of the Dutch scheme and how it compares to the English scheme of arrangement.  

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Publications: 25 OCTOBER 2019

Antitrust in focus: October 2019

This newsletter is our take on the antitrust developments we think are most interesting to your business. Marta Sendrowicz, partner based in Warsaw, is our editor this month. She has selected:

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Our events

The Amsterdam Seminar Series is a programme of monthly seminars that provides expert views and information on current issues.

The series channels our office's knowledge into a programme that offers clients legal guidance in today's rapidly-evolving markets. The topics covered include trends in M&A, banking and capital markets, governance & regulatory and disputes. The seminars are open to all clients and contacts and take place on the first Tuesday of the month from 8.00 to 10.00 am. Please note that all seminars are held in Dutch unless stated otherwise.

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As a truly global firm, with strong attachment to our national roots and our Dutch clients, Allen & Overy is in the best position to advise clients on legal developments in all areas of law in major jurisdictions throughout the world.

 

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Jessica Klugkist
Jessica Klugkist

Head of Business Development & Marketing

Amsterdam

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