Banking and Finance

“We are a trusted partner to financial institutions and law firms around the world. ”

Our Banking & Finance team covers four main areas: Financing, Regulatory & Financial Services, Litigation and Restructuring and Insolvency.


Our finance practice has extensive experience in advising financial institutions and corporate borrowers on multi-jurisdictional finance transactions, such as:

  • bank lending
  • asset-based financing
  • project finance
  • lease financings
  • acquisition financing

Our experience covers the complexities of both domestic and international financings. We are a trusted source for financial institutions and law firms around the world for securing local collateral quickly and effectively. Clients value our solid expertise, ease of communication and practical approach.

Regulatory & Financial Services

We provide advice for financial institutions regulated by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) including:

  • banks
  • insurance companies
  • payment service providers and e-money institutions
  • investment funds
  • pension funds

We work in conjunction with our corporate and administrative law departments to address a wide range of regulatory issues. Our practice team closely monitors legislative developments, including proposals for reform of the financial regulatory regime.


Our litigation practice advises banks and other clients in all forms of legal proceedings related to banking and finance matters. As a particular area of expertise, we act on behalf of investors in inquiry procedures before the Enterprise Section of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, against Dutch listed companies.

We regularly handle matters concerning “lender liability” claims or other allegations of lender misconduct, actions to recover unpaid obligations from principals and guarantors, foreclosure actions and assertion of claims for fraud on the part of borrowers or their principals.

Restructuring and Insolvency

Our practice represents clients in all aspects of restructurings and insolvency matters. Severlal of our attorneys have broad experience in acting as trustee or receiver. Clients threatened with the bankruptcy of a customer or supplier, can rely on our wide-ranging insolvency experience. Clients are also helped to avoid the risks of business failure in their supply and customer chains through the use of reliable debt security instruments to support commercial transactions.

Our restructuring work addresses the critical period prior to insolvency, where a capital injection or other form of financial support must be arranged in order to stave off failure. Our insolvency attorneys work closely with our in-house civil law notary department to restructure the company or group of companies to ensure continuity of business and proper treatment of all creditors.


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Chambers Europe 2015 – Banking & Finance – Band 5

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice advising a range of national and international banks on a broad spectrum of finance mandates. Offers notable experience in cross-border transactions, restructurings, banking litigation and regulatory issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The lawyers are responsive and clear-thinking, with superb English. They are always helpful when we have questions, and are less bureaucratic than others we have dealt with.” 

“We always go back to the firm as it knows our company, is flexible, acts quickly and is always reachable.”

What’s new? Lendico Netherlands is a new client win.

Work highlights Acted for Hercules on a USD10 million loan agreement for uniQure.

Acted for Brand Loyalty on an amendment and restatement agreement of a EUR75 million arranged by banks including NIBC Bank and ING.

Notable practitioners 

According to a client, managing partner Bart De Man “delivers an amazing work product in a short period of time. He is structured and can oversee a deal.” He covers syndicated loans, refinancing and acquisition finance.

Associate Joris van Horzen wins effusive praise from sources, with clients describing him as “technically strong, commercial and efficient. He thinks with us to find solutions.”They continue: “He is straightforward and to the point, and keeps things moving.”

Significant clients Silicon Valley Bank, RBS, KPMG, HSBC, Bremer Landesbank.

Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – Banking & Finance – Tier 4

Kennedy Van der Laan, which attracts plaudits for its ‘succinct advice’ and ‘flexible and creative solutions’, has particular expertise in crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending. ‘Very professional’ senior associate Joris van Horzen is ‘extremely quick to respond’.

Chambers Europe 2014 – Banking & Finance – Band 5

What the team is known for Growing practice handling asset finance, project finance and acquisition finance. Well regarded for banking litigation, and frequently instructed by both borrowers and lenders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) “The quality is great, and we can always work with the same team. Every time we do a deal, we know the team and the team knows us.”

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Brand Loyalty on a EUR150 million secured facilities agreement arranged by Rabobank, Deutsche Bank, ING and NIBC.

Notable practitioners Senior associate Joris van Horzen continues to impress sources. One client says: “He knows how to put everything into context with his industry knowledge and is very hands-on and practical. He is dedicated to helping us.”

Significant clients ABN AMRO, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Nike, RBS.

Legal 500 EMEA 2014 – Banking & Finance – Tier 4

“Kennedy Van der Laan’s ‘very experienced and proactive’ team head Bart de Man handles transactional and regulatory matters. Clients include ABN AMRO and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Senior associate Joris van Horzen provides ‘no-nonsense solutions to complex structuring and collateral issues’.”

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Bart de Man

Bart de Man

Attorney, Executive Board, Managing Partner

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