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Amsterdam alumni newsletter - October 2013

  1. 1. Amsterdam alumni newsletter 1 Amsterdam alumni newsletter This is the first issue of our Amsterdam alumni newsletter. Those who leave Clifford Chance tend to remember their time here fondly. All of you have played an active role in putting the firm on the map. A crucial part of our alumni activities is creating a chance to get together and catch up. We trust you enjoy this first edition. TEDxAmsterdam organises annual events and aims to create a movement around ‘ideas worth spreading’. The well-known and high- level annual conference, which offers top speakers from around the world, is also the finale of the annual idea competition to support great ideas. Being gold partner of TEDx, our managing partner Bas Boris Visser is one of the jury members of the Dutch version of this competition. We also offer specific legal expertise to TEDx. The annual November conference, this time in the Concertgebouw, is accessible by invitation only and tickets are not for sale. Therefore, TEDx business partners also stage exclusive viewing parties close to the venue of his event. In this first year of our partnership with TEDx, the viewing party is especially aimed at our Amsterdam alumni. TEDxAmsterdam is organised by a nonprofit foundation driven by volunteers and financially supported by sponsors from the corporate world. October 2013Amsterdam alumni newsletter YOU ARE INVITEDALUMNI EVENT COMING UP On 6 November 2013 you are invited to come to the Stedelijk Museum to attend an exclusive 'viewing party' of the TEDxAmsterdam Conference. The party will start around 16hr00 that day. Of course there will be drinks too! An excellent opportunity to catch up with both alumni and current Clifford Chance people. An invitation will follow soon. Please log on to our alumni website to make sure we have your correct (contact) details.
  2. 2. 2 Amsterdam alumni newsletter In this first issue of the alumni newsletter we present an overview of al rs/events Amsterdam partner Pieter van elzen was recently appointed ption e to students ''practiced r days. They got to karaoke. of the highlights and milestones the Amsterdam office. The information in this newsletter has been derived from our intern quarterly Strategy Update newsletter. Semina Lecture in memory of Geert van der Klis Opening of the São Tomé e Príncipe consulate W honorary consul to STP. A rece and seminar was held in our offic celebrate the opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Democratic Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe (STP) in the Netherlands. Select Class Ruth and her proud son In May, 24 top law'' during fou know our people and our way of working by visiting our offices in Amsterdam and London and work on a case that properly displayed international aspects of our work. ing Our traditional course programme for in-house counsels was once again a success. Thirteen Clifford Chancers educated a large number of clients during two days. Please contact us, if you would like to attend this lecture next year. the Golf day 2013 – Kennemer Golf & Country Club In cooperation with Leiden University we organised for the second time a seminar in memory of Geert van der Klis in May. A number of guest speakers discussed the ins and outs of the European Stability Mechanism, a subject very close to Geert's field of interest. Ruth van Andel's leaving party Ruth van Andel said goodbye with a bang at the West-Indisch Huis: drinks, laughter, walking dinner, speeches and… disco! Client Colloquium The winning golf team consisted of clients from Delta Lloyd, BNP Paribas, ABN Amro and our very own Mark Huddlestone. One player even managed to hit a hole-in-one that day. BBQ at Jeroen Koster's home (Weesp) About 60 lawyers and business services people were welcomed by Jeroen Koster for a corporate get- together and to celebrate his years as corporate practice area leader. Business Services Outing to Antwerp About 80 business services people headed for Belgium to engage in city tours, enjoy local chocolate bars, have a Belgium beer and excel at
  3. 3. Amsterdam alumni newsletter 3 Hoogtestage In June, 15 stagiaires participated in our annual Hoogtestage programme. Special congratulations to Charlotte Lieth, Lotte van Aanholt, Hugo van der Molen and Loes Mensink, who all graduated cum laude. Lunch-Seminar "Doing business in China" Clifford Chance lawyers from Amsterdam, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore interacted with a number of top clients about business challenges and opportunities in China. Holland Festival Young Our 60 youngest lawyers were given the opportunity to take their peers to one of three performances at Carré, preceeded by a casual dinner. Ranging from Algerian blues and acrobatic acts to the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra playing the ''soundtrack'' of West Side Story. League tables Clifford Chance Amsterdam ranked number one in Overfusies' M&A league tables top 10 of legal advisors in terms of deal value for H1 2013. We claimed the first half of 2013 with 19 deals worth EUR 34.25 billion. This means that for the first time we claimed the top position thanks to our clients who instructed us on a number of very impressive deals this calendar year. This proves once again that we act at the top-end of the market and have the best local and global capabilities. Offering a very powerful combination of advice from all our practice areas sets us apart from the competition. As an office we can be very proud of this great achievement. We were also very successful on an international level with more tier one rankings than any other firm in the Chambers Guides and winning many awards at the same time (see graph below). Deal highlights Some major deals or cases that we advised on between April and June (in random order): Advising: Pon Holdings on its sale of Pon Material Handling Europe to Koninklijke Reesink. Rabobank on the Gilde Buy Out Partners /HG Group deal. Alpinvest Partners on the secondary sale of shares of Nielsen Holdings. América Móvil on the rights issue by KPN. Gamma Holding on the sale of Clear Edge Filtration to Filtration Group Corporation. SHV Holdings on the sale of Siam Makro to SP All. Nedsense Enterprises on the partial sale of its shares to Nantahala Capital Management. Refresco Holding on its merger with Gerber Emig.
  4. 4. 4 Amsterdam alumni newsletter the participating banks on the DE Master Blenders 1753 deal. European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS N.V. and its subsidiary EADS Finance B.V. on its debut US bond issue. ABN AMRO on financing the construction of the Solliance Building at High Tech Campus Eindhoven. ING Real Estate Finance on the refinancing of a loan to W.P. Carey for the Jumbo distribution centres. HSBC and a syndicate of banks in their role as financing banks of the AVR takeover by CKI. ABN Amro and NIBC on the IHC deal. Twitter Did you know that… The number of followers on Twitter is steaming up to 1,500, which means popularity has almost tripled in a year and a half. Our office's Twitter account is listed in the top 100 of most influential legal Twitter users in the Netherlands according to an analysis by PeerReach that was published on Mr-online. Media highlights On 23 May German chancellor Angela Merkel visited the Radboud University Nijmegen. Part of her visit was a meeting with Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and Clifford Chance lawyer Ben Schuijling. Together they discussed new insolvency regulations (see picture below). Some highlights: NRC Handelsblad interviewed managing partner Bas Boris Visser on the challenges of making partner at top law firms. NRC Handelsblad interviewed Jeroen Koster on our M&A report on the European market. The survey behind this very successful global report was conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Het Financieele Dagblad dedicated two articles to our M&A report on the European market. Hans van Meerten co-wrote an opinion article on pensions that was published prominently in Het Financieele Dagblad. Mr magazine announced the Boskalis/Dockwise deal being voted Deal of the Year 2012 and interviewed Jeroen Koster who was advisor to the Executive Committee of Dockwise . Alvin Khodabaks was quoted as IP expert in Het Financieele Dagblad on the AEX - TOM ''kort geding''. Mark Huddlestone and Jurgen van der Meer commented in a three-page article in CFO Magazine and M&A Magazine on alternative funding for midsize companies. Frank Graaf was quoted in Het Financieele Dagblad on the possible impact of EMIR on the derivatives market. Hans van Meerten commented in De (Financiële) Telegraaf on a European Court of Justice case. Publications Hans van Meerten stated in an article on that it would be easy to involve a works council (OR) in decision-making on pension provision, simply by stating the right of approval in the pensions contract. Juliette Luycks and Floris van Hees wrote an article for ILO titled "Draft bill amending Arbitration Act submitted to Parliament''. Ruud Niesink wrote an article for ILO with the title "Supreme Court confirms legal privilege for in- house lawyers''. Joost Heurkens and Joost Tonino contributed to Bedrijfsjuridische berichten with an article titled ''Invloed van internationale sancties op verplichtingen van Nederlandse partijen''. Juliette Luycks and Ruud Niesink co-wrote an article for NTER on a new EU investment policy. Simone Peek and Wendy Duinkerke wrote an article for the Dutch journal JGRplus on the recent proposal of the European
  5. 5. Amsterdam alumni newsletter 5 Commission for a new medical devices regulation.. Hein van den Hout wrote an article for Tijdschrift voor Arbeid & Onderneming claiming that the enforcement framework controls the remuneration policy and position of CEOs and supervisory board members at financial companies. Jeroen Ouwehand wrote an annotation to a judgment in the case of VEB NCVB versus liquidator SDB that was published in JOR. Corporate responsibility As an office we are dedicated to reducing the use of energy, paper and other resources. To become completely climate neutral, compensation must be purchased for the remaining emissions. In May, the Amsterdam office voted for a new compensation project. There were two absolute favourites which are now both supported: The ''Life Straw'' Project (a water treatment programme) is a direct investment in public health, women and girls, and the future of Kenya. he ''Basa Magogo Cookstov e Football Cup 2013 all Champio e 13th Artis Zoo taries volunteered at up T es'' Furthermore…Project in South Africa helps to improve the living standards of 40,000 families with in-house smoke reduction and more tim for women to spend on work or family. The European Footb nship As a tribute to the great 1988 team the Dutch Eurolawyers team 2013 dressed up as Ruud Gullit, one of the players that excelled at the championship in 1988. When they posted the picture on Facebook, Mister Ruud himself actually ''liked'' their post! for Lawyers took place in Italy. The Netherlands was represented by a team including Mike Niekoop, Leen Kranenburg and Amin Tamaddoni (see also the story to the right). For Mr. Online Mike Niekoop kept an exciting blog on the team's performances. The team cam place in the overall ranking, Romania went home with the cup. Eight secre ''Kinderfeestbeest'' and spent an evening at Artis Zoo hosting a gro of 4,000 children that all suffer from severe illnesses. They offered them a great evening out. 1988 The next generation A class of school children from Amsterdam-Zuid paid a visit to our office to learn more about the law profession. The class included Bas Boris Visser's daughter Nina.
  6. 6. 6 Amsterdam alumni newsletter Appointments Titus de Vries was elected to become partner. Hans Beerlage was elected practice area leader for corporate. Bas Boris Visser was re-elected as office managing partner. Rick Verhagen was appointed as professor (the Conrat chair) at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam. Dirk-Jan Duynstee was appointed education partner. C joins Law Firm School On 1 Septembe Chance stagiair lifford Chance r 2013 the first Clifford s joined as cation nd ve chosen to participants of the Law Firm School (LFS). The professional edu programme for lawyers (Beroepsopleiding) has changed, a as a consequence we ha be become a member of the LFS. Contact Register here to be part of the Clifford Chance global alumni network: Clifford Chance alumni network Also check out the Amsterdam alumni LinkedIn group if you would like to be informed on ''local'' news. For any other alumni related questions, please contact Roos ten Doesschate (+31 20 711 9234).