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Great results for Lexence in Legal 500

April 16, 2020 – The new Legal 500 rankings have been announced. We are proud of the great results! Read below the quotes and descriptions that Legal 500 was able to formulate thanks to our referees.

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EMPLOYMENT  – TIER 2

“The firm is also highly active in contentious matters, representing clients in disputes concerning dismissal, discrimination, and wages among others. ‘Driven and solution-oriented’ professional Floor Damen (leading individual) is a key figure within the team, focusing on issues arising from restructuring such as transfer of undertakings, and both collective and individual dismissals. Esther van der Meulen and Jordi Rosendahl both made partner in 2019.”

ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING – TIER 2

“Lexence handles a wide range of environment and zoning issues in combination with its real estate work. Key clients include Kroonenberg Groep, Slokker Vastgoed, and De Realisatie. Practice head Michael Klijnstra is praised for his exceptional client service and ability to simplify complex situations. Klijnstra is assisting Cementbouw B.V. with permits and zoning issues concerning cement plants.”

REAL ESTATE – TIER 2

“Lexence’s ‘practical and creative’ real estate team brings its ‘high level of knowledge’ and ‘practical approach towards problems’ to a wide variety of real estate matters, including sale and purchase transactions, zoning and public law, and real estate financing. The practice also fields a large and experienced leasing law department, where Tomas Steenmetser (leading individual) is a key contact. Other notable partners at the firm are practice head Bob Bekker, Ferry van Schoonhoven, who has a wide focus including assisting with redevelopments, renovations, and leaseback constructions. ‘Precise and reliable lawyer’ Michiel de Wit (leading individual) is also highly regarded for his ‘great expertise and pragmatic goal-oriented approach’. Jip Spierings and Stephan Westera made partner in January 2019.”

BANKING AND FINANCE: BORROWER SIDE – TIER 3

“The banking and finance team at Lexence is led by English law-qualified Charles Destrée, and handles a wide range of work including acquisition financing, syndicated loans, bridge financing, and cross-border mandates. At a junior level, leveraged and real estate finance specialist Bas Zandvliet is the key name to note.”

BANKING AND FINANCE: FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATORY – TIER 3

“The team at Lexence receives instruction from a range of clients within the financial services sector, in particular investment funds and companies, and payment services providers. Practice head Charles Destrée frequently provides regulatory advice concerning MiFID II, the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the European Marke Infrastructure Regualation, as well as communicating with regulators on behalf of clients, and ensuring all documentation and internal processes are updated to satisfy the requirements of Dutch financial law. He is supported by associates Bas Zandvliet and Max de Vreede.”

BANKING AND FINANCE: LENDER OR ARRANGER SIDE – TIER 3

“The team at Lexence assists with asset, real estate and acquisition finance for lenders largely active in the mid-market. The practice counts real estate consultants, private equity funds, manufacturers, and asset management companies among its clients. Practice head Charles Destrée is experienced in Dutch and English law. Associate Bas Zandvliet, who focuses on the logistics, infrastructure and food sectors, is also noted.”

COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A – TIER 3

“The Lexence team has a strong presence in mid-market transactions – both domestic and cross-border. Its expertise spans M&A, private equity deals, corporate structurings, and all aspects of commercial law. In addition to attracting new clients, it has a solid roster of those that are long-standing. In addition to their extensive expertise across M&A and private equity, Joost Houtman (leading individual), Joost Kolkman, Luc Habets (leading individual) and Michiel van Schooten are the leading team members advising on banking and securities law and management buy-outs and buy-ins.”

CONSTRUCTION – TIER 3

“The firm is highly experienced in contract work on both sides of the aisle, and also provides a full service to developer clients including sale and leasing work in collaboration with the real estate practice. Bob Bekker heads the team”.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: COMMERCIAL LITIGATION – TIER 3

“Lexence’s dispute resolution team has experience across a wide range of client sectors, with a strong core of recent mandates from IT, media, financial services, investment management, and energy companies. In addition to the broad spectrum of commercial and corporate litigation cases, the firm also handles more niche work such as professional liability cases, or director’s and officer’s liability matters. The practice is jointly led by Bram Thomas Craemer and Timo Jansen, while corporate litigation specialist Arnout Schennink is also recommended.”

PRIVATE EQUITY – TIER 3

“Lexence is particularly active in mid-market transactions, acting for a range of private equity houses in both cross-border and domestic transactions. The ‘diverse and constructive’ deal team is praised for being ‘supportive and dependable’ while Luc Habets is described as a ‘sharp individual in legal problem-solving’. Notable recent work by other practice head Michiel van Schooten has included assisting the shareholders of UTI Forwarding and ETE Transport with the sale of all shares in both companies to Nordian Capital.”