Amsterdam alumni newsletter

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January 2014

Amsterdam alumni newsletter

WE WISH YOU
A VERY HAPPY

Amsterdam alumni news...
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Amsterdam alumni newsletter

adventures (that were not in the
book!), illustrated by amazing images
on screen. Jimmy al...
Amsterdam alumni newsletter

League tables,
rankings,
nominations
Hans Beerlage and Thijs
Alexander were nominated for
Bes...
4

Amsterdam alumni newsletter

Inge Hamstra gave her opinion in
Amsterdams Balie Bulletin on
the ''glass ceiling'' female...
Amsterdam alumni newsletter

Furthermore…
STiC Football Tournament

would be for their ability to dress up
for a party(!)....
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Amsterdam alumni newsletter - January 2014

  1. 1. Amsterdam alumni newsletter 1 January 2014 Amsterdam alumni newsletter WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY Amsterdam alumni newsletter 2014 First of all, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year! In this second issue of our Amsterdam alumni newsletter we take a look at the recent alumni event and give you an insight in the many other activities that took place. More importantly, we invite you to tell us what you would like to find in this newsletter. Great success: alumni event of 6 November On 6 November 2013 nearly one hundred Amsterdam alumni had registered for our viewing party of the TEDx * Conference in the Stedelijk Museum. Being a gold partner of TEDx, we were allowed to stage an exclusive viewing party. Many alumni took the chance to catch up with former and present colleagues/partners of the Amsterdam office. In case you missed it… hope you can join next time. The event hit off at 17hr00 with a warm welcome by managing partner Bas Boris Visser. As a jury member of the TEDx Awards he was heavily involved with the conference that same day and he gave some very enthusiastic descriptions of the talks earlier that day. Amsterdam alumni Diederick Croese, who is director at TEDx, introduced the live screening that followed, including some very inspiring speakers. Like Fons Trompenaars who gave an insight in the subtle differences in moral dilemma within different cultures. Sounds like a very serious topic, but Fons presented it with a lot of humour and charm. Highlight of the evening was the very personal talk by photographer Jimmy Nelson at the museum. Jimmy shared his journey of three years across the world which resulted in a book and a film capturing the beauty of over 30 remote tribes ('Before they pass away'). He revealed many
  2. 2. 2 Amsterdam alumni newsletter adventures (that were not in the book!), illustrated by amazing images on screen. Jimmy also explained his fascination with people that are other than ''normal''. After answering many questions from the audience, everyone was invited for drinks. During drinks alumni and current staff could share their thoughts about the talks and meet old friends. They also had the opportunity to buy a copy of Jimmy's book and get it autographed by the author at the same time. Highlights: seminars/events July: Beach party This summer party for all staff goes without introduction. At Bloomingdale's there were drinks, a great buffet and some spectacular moves on the dance floor! programme was a live interview with David Entwistle, the Global Head Legal Risk of Deutsche Bank. There was also a client panel consisting of experts from Citibank, EADS and Vitol, moderated by Jeroen Ouwehand (host of the retreat) and a panel of former and current secondees. Jeroen Ouwehand hosted the retreat www.beforethey.com www.tedxamsterdam.nl * TEDxAmsterdam organises annual events and aims to create a movement around ‘ideas worth spreading’. TEDxAmsterdam is organised by a nonprofit foundation driven by volunteers and financially supported by sponsors from the corporate world. Check out the Amsterdam alumni LinkedIn group if you would like to be informed on these events and other ''local'' news. September: ICLG Retreat Late September, the International Commercial Litigation Group (ICLG) Retreat was successfully organised in Amsterdam, bringing together over 100 litigators from close to 20 Clifford Chance offices. Part of the
  3. 3. Amsterdam alumni newsletter League tables, rankings, nominations Hans Beerlage and Thijs Alexander were nominated for Best M&A Lawyer 2013. Hans van Meerten was nominated for the NPN Awards in two categories (best consultant and important contributor to the sector). MergerMarket shortlisted us for Benelux Firm of the Year. Deal highlights Belgium and Luxembourg for lack of jurisdiction. Some major deals or cases that we advised on (in random order): The Dutch Supreme Court ruled in the Promneftstroy / Yukos Finance case that the receiver in the Russian bankruptcy of Yukos Oil could sell the shares of the Dutch subsidiary Yukos Finance. This judgment sets aside the previous decision of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. Our L&DR team is acting for the buyer Promneftstroy (together with Houthoff Buruma). ABN Amro and NIBC on the acquisition of IHC Merwede by Indofin Group. América Móvil on selling E-Plus, the KPN subsidiary. Imtech on its rights issue. Rabo Capital on selling Van Houtum group Holding to Van Houtum Beheer. América Móvil on its KPN bid. Telegraaf Media Groep (TMG) on selling its stake in ProSiebenSat.1.Media AG. PGGM on an investment in the Nogat pipeline. Simal on the acquisition of Simac. ING on an innovative RMBS transaction. Eneco on a green loan agreement. Selling shareholders on blocktrade of 25,000,000 registered shares in NXP. Some other cases from our practice areas: Advertisement in Het Financieele Dagblad of 16 December 3 Juliette Luycks, Steven Verschuur and Stana Maric (L&DR) obtained a first victory for their client Kone Corporations and various of its subsidiaries in proceedings brought by Stichting Elevator Cartel Claim for damages suffered as a result of infringements by the large elevator companies which were fined by the European Commission in 2007. The Rotterdam court dismissed all cases brought on behalf of numerous claimants for damages resulting from cartels in Germany, Twitter Did you know that… Clifford Chance Amsterdam has more than 1,600 Twitter followers, which is the highest number within Clifford Chance, except for the London PR desk. Media highlights Overfusies published a lengthly interview with Hans Beerlage on his role as an M&A lawyer and his appointment to PAL. Het Financieele Dagblad covered the outcome of the Euronext/TOM court case ruling quoting Alvin Khodabaks on the implications for stock exchanges. Our office was listed in a top 100 ranking: The Netherlands' Ideal Employers 2013. The joint press release with Tocardo Tidal Turbines on our strategic partnership was picked up by many media. Het Financieele Dagblad published the KPN/América Móvil negotiations on its front page mentioning us and featuring Hans Beerlage on page two.
  4. 4. 4 Amsterdam alumni newsletter Inge Hamstra gave her opinion in Amsterdams Balie Bulletin on the ''glass ceiling'' female lawyers are confronted with. Corporate responsibility Inge Hamstra and Jaap Tempelman made a contribution to FD Outlook on the subject of cyber security. Dam tot Damloop Our office is mentioned in an interview in the Financiële Telegraaf on private placements. Martijn Mouwen (PwC) stated he works with us on this topic. Marketingtribune picked up our involvement with TEDxAmsterdam. Frank Graaf was quoted as an EMIR expert in the EuroTreasurer newsletter 14/2013 as a result of his participation in an EMIR roundtable hosted by ING. Publications Within one week time ILO published three articles by Amsterdam litigators. Juliette Luycks contributed to the Arbitration Newsletter by writing 'Right to enquiry into company's policy and affairs in not arbitrable', while Jeroen Ouwehand, Leonore Bruining and Stana Maric provided an article for the Litigation Newsletter, 'Act amended to improve class settlement system'. Finally Dirk Jan Duynstee and Andrei Mikes commented with 'Supreme Court extends application of Haviltex principle to commercial contracts'. Early August the leading guide on Pension Law - Pensioenwet: Analyse & Commentaar - was published. The guide includes a contribution by Hans van Meerten and Hein van den Hout A group of 35 runners from our office participated in the Dam tot Damloop on 22 September. All Clifford Chance participants made it to the finish. Advolympics that relates to national and international pension providers and fits well with the IORP practice we are building in Amsterdam. Sara Schermerhorn and Hein van den Hout published an article in ArbeidsRecht Maandblad titled:''Albron na de Hoge Raad: operatie geslaagd?''. They discuss the impact of the ruling by the Dutch Supreme Court concerning the Albron case for payrolling constructions. This year's edition of the Advolympics was again a great day of sports, fun and an opportunity to raise money for nd charity. We raised EUR 1,317 euro by selling lottery tickets. The money goes to United Cubs (www.unitedcubs.com). Rumour has it that we raised the highest amount of all firms!
  5. 5. Amsterdam alumni newsletter Furthermore… STiC Football Tournament would be for their ability to dress up for a party(!). The Race is an annual sailing event, this year over 680 young talents joined and got on board of 24 classic sailing ships. Contact Register here to be part of the This year the second annual Clifford Chance STiC Football Tournament was held again at the sporting complex of SC Buitenveldert. It was a very successful day with ten teams competing for the cups without big ears (bekers zonder grote oren). Eventually, ABN AMRO took home the first price. The Mario Balotelli award went to a player of Procter & Gamble for his impressive technical skills and for being the biggest clown of the day. The STiC tournament was put up for nomination for Clifford Chance's annual CR Awards as it is a great opportunity to raise money for less privileged kids (Jeugdsportfonds). Race of the Classics for Young Professionals Our young lawyers again made us proud during the Race of the Classics for Young Professionals between 8 October and 13 October 2013. If it wasn't for their sailing skills, then it 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). SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS For any comments/thoughts concerning this newsletter, please contact Jeroen de Bruin (+31 20 711 9273). www.cliffordchance.com 5

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