REAL ESTATE TIER 3
Lexence has recently seen an uptick in instructions with sustainability aspects and draws on strengths from its construction, leasing and environmental practitioners to serve clients in this area. The firm is able to handle the full life-cycle of real estate projects and has considerable experience in sale and purchases, development and redevelopment projects, zoning and public law, financings and civil notary services. The team is headed up by Bob Bekker and Tomas Steenmetser, and Michiel de Wit is a name to note for litigation.
EMPLOYMENT TIER 4
Lexence fields a ‘service minded, accessible and practical’ team which handles a range of employment matters under the collective leadership of Mark Keuss, Judith Schulp, Floor Damen and Frank ter Huurne. Damen has considerable experience in advising companies on collective and individual dismissals, TUPE and employee co-determination matters, while Schulp leads on disputes. Lucas Stuurop was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2021.
PRIVATE EQUITY TIER 3
Lexence is principally focused on mid-market transactions, often acting on deals within the €10m to €500m range. Luc Habets acts for a number of private equity firms on both the buy- and sell-side transactions and Michiel van Schooten is a TMT sector specialist with significant exposure to management buy-outs and buy-ins; the pair co-lead the practice alongside Joost Kolkman, who has a track record handling food and beverage, education and IT deals, as well as Wouter Helder, often active on real estate and manufacturing-related deals.
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A TIER 4
At Lexence, a corporate and real estate boutique, the team has an emphasis on mid-market transactions, honing its focus on deals valued between €10m up to €500m. Joost Kolkman, who is particularly active on the cross-border front, is well-established within the food and beverage, retail, IT and education sectors and Michiel van Schooten serves as the group’s go-to for management buy-ins and outs in addition to collaborative agreements; the pair head the practice alongside Luc Habets and TMT specialist, Wouter Helder.
BORROWER SIDE TIER 3
Charles Destrée heads up the banking and finance practice at Lexence, which combines transactional and regulatory expertise to handle a myriad of issues for borrower clients. On the transactional side, Destrée (who is experienced in both domestic and cross-border finance transactions) has a notable focus on real estate finance. Elsewhere, the team is sought after for advice on leveraged and corporate lending transactions. Bas Zandvliet is another key individual.
BANKING AND FINANCE: FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATORY TIER 3
Lexence‘s finance team is noted for its expertise in regulatory issues, with a particular focus on those concerning investment funds and investment firms, as well as payment services providers. Charles Destrée and Bas Zandvliet are among the key practitioners in the group, which is able to advise clients on matters such as business expansions in the Netherlands, acquisitions of regulated businesses and restructurings, as well as regulatory issues associated with setting up investment funds. In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, the firm works closely with international law firms in this space.
CONSTRUCTION TIER 3
The real estate, construction and development team at Lexence handles a range of construction and real estate matters. It handles residential and commercial projects and acts for large developers, contractors, lenders and private equity parties. Bob Bekker heads the team and is recommended for transactions, large-scale area developments and litigation.
ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING TIER 3
Lexence is well known in the market for its strong real estate practice and it frequently handles the zoning, planning and environmental aspects of large development projects. The practice group undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work, including planning permission; soil, air and water quality-issues; matters pertaining to land rights and litigation. The team is led by public law specialist Michael Klijnstra who advises on environmental permits and liability, compliance and enforcement matters.
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: COMMERCIAL LITIGATION TIER 4
The Lexence litigation team offers ‘top-notch service and razor-sharp knowledge on commercial litigation’. The team is well known for commercial and corporate litigation and is active in the energy, IT, media, financial services and real estate sectors. Timo Jansen co-heads the team and is recommended for contractual disputes and professional liability cases, while Bram Thomas Craemer , who also co-heads the team, handles commercial disputes.