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
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.
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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
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
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In this first issue of the alumni
newsletter we present an overview
Amsterdam partner Pieter van
elzen was recently appointed
r days. They got to
of the highlights and milestones
the Amsterdam office. The
information in this newsletter has
been derived from our intern
quarterly Strategy Update
Semina Lecture in memory of Geert van der
Opening of the São Tomé e
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
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.
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
the Golf day 2013 – Kennemer Golf &
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
Ruth van Andel's leaving party
Ruth van Andel said goodbye with a
bang at the West-Indisch Huis: drinks,
laughter, walking dinner, speeches
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
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
About 80 business services people
headed for Belgium to engage in city
tours, enjoy local chocolate bars,
have a Belgium beer and excel at
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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
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.
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
Some major deals or cases that we
advised on between April and June
(in random order):
Pon Holdings on its sale of Pon
Material Handling Europe to
Rabobank on the Gilde Buy Out
Partners /HG Group deal.
Alpinvest Partners on the
secondary sale of shares of
América Móvil on the rights
issue by KPN.
Gamma Holding on the sale of
Clear Edge Filtration to Filtration
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.
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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
ING Real Estate Finance on the
refinancing of a loan to W.P.
Carey for the Jumbo distribution
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Frank Graaf was quoted in Het
Financieele Dagblad on the
possible impact of EMIR on the
Hans van Meerten commented in
De (Financiële) Telegraaf on a
European Court of Justice case.
Hans van Meerten stated in an
article on IPE.com 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
Juliette Luycks and Floris van
Hees wrote an article for ILO
titled "Draft bill amending
Arbitration Act submitted to
Ruud Niesink wrote an article for
ILO with the title "Supreme Court
confirms legal privilege for in-
Joost Heurkens and Joost Tonino
contributed to Bedrijfsjuridische
berichten with an article titled
''Invloed van internationale
sancties op verplichtingen van
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
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Commission for a new medical
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
Jeroen Ouwehand wrote an
annotation to a judgment in the
case of VEB NCVB versus
liquidator SDB that was
published in JOR.
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
The ''Life Straw'' Project (a water
treatment programme) is a direct
investment in public health,
women and girls, and the future
he ''Basa Magogo Cookstov
Football Cup 2013
taries volunteered at
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
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''
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.
''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.
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.
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Titus de Vries was elected to
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.
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