Financial Services

Financial Services

The financial sector is subject to increasing regulation, both within and outside Europe. It has become more complex and challenging for financial institutions to continuously anticipate and comply with constantly changing regulations. Financial service providers are expected to be available 24/7 for their consumers and have to organise their services accordingly. What's more, the market demands a wide-ranging package of financial services, and alternative forms of finance are making inroads. The Financial Services Team at Houthoff keeps a close eye on these developments and has an excellent understanding of national and international trends in the financial sector.

  • “Sources appreciate that the lawyers ‘have a good understanding of what we like and do not like,’ adding: ‘They assist us in making decisions due to their pragmatic approach.’”
    Chambers Europe, Banking & Finance (2019 Edition)
  • “A client highlights the firm’s ‘insight and knowledge of the market,’ adding: ‘The firm has a vast set of capabilities and provides resources for a one-stop shop. Response times are very reasonable and always adhered to.’”
    Chambers Europe, Banking & Finance (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Banking & Finance (2019 Edition)
  • “Houthoff fields ‘a hands-on, practical and knowledgeable’ team, which acts for domestic and international banks.’”
    Legal 500, Banking & Finance: Lender or arranger side (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Banking & Finance: Borrower side (2019 Edition)
  • "According to clients, the team consists of 'very qualified professionals who provide legal advice and service of an exceptional level'."
    Chambers Europe, Banking & Finance (2018 Edition)
  • "One commentator praises the firm for demonstrating 'a good understanding of the European leveraged finance market,' adding that the lawyers are 'responsive and offer pragmatic advice'."
    Chambers Europe, Banking & Finance (2018 Edition)
  • "Houthoff’s ‘responsive’, ‘high-quality team’ is often instructed by major Dutch and international banks on high-value financings."
    Legal 500, Banking & Finance: Lender or arranger side (2018 Edition)
  • "Houthoff’s practice has considerable experience in handling financing transactions for clients in a wide range of sectors, including real estate and infrastructure."
    Legal 500, Banking & Finance: Borrower side (2018 Edition)
  • "Houthoff’s practice covers a wide range of asset and structured financing matters, including real estate and acquisition financing."
    Legal 500, Banking & Finance: Asset Finance and structured finance (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Project finance and PFI (2018 Edition)
  • "Houthoff Buruma is a truly reliable business partner with a great understanding of our company."
    Chambers Europe, Banking & Finance (2017 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global, Banking & Finance (2017 Edition)
  • "The firm maintains a pragmatic, personal element to its work and gives us all the attention that is required."
    Chambers Europe, Banking & Finance (2017 Edition)
  • "The ‘lean and very dedicated’ banking team at Houthoff Buruma has resources in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London and New York, making it well placed to assist in multi-jurisdictional matters. Project finance is 'a particular area of expertise'."
    Legal 500, Banking and Finance: borrower side (2017 Edition)
  • "The financial markets practice group at Houthoff Buruma is one of the firm’s cornerstone departments; project finance, real estate finance and real estate loan transfer transactions are among its areas of expertise."
    Legal 500, Banking and Finance: lender or arranger side (2017 Edition)
  • "Houthoff Buruma has a broad finance practice, which in recent months has seen an uptick in asset finance deals."
    Legal 500, Banking and Finance: asset finance and structured finance (2017 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Project finance and PFI (2017 Edition)

Our expertise in the financial sector

Today's economy can no longer do without a wide variety of types of finance. Financial institutions, investors and insurers are among the organisations calling on our Financial Services Team for advice and support with finance transactions. Banks have a far-reaching duty of care that is ever-expanding. Our team has specialised in this area and advises domestic and foreign banks. Banking and financial disputes can cause severe reputational damage and high costs. Our clients are aware of this and rely on the assistance of our experienced litigation specialists in finance-related proceedings. FinTech companies that facilitate digital payment options are subject to very strict financial legislation and turn to our specialists for strategic advice. Players within the financial sector must be and remain compliant with complex laws and regulations. Our specialists work with them in their compliance work, such as assessing and drafting policies and monitoring transactions.

Our Financial Services Team has an excellent national and international track record. Our specialists seek practical solutions to urgent problems, made possible by our integrated sector knowledge and expertise in many areas including M&A, financial supervision, employment law, competition, mass claims, fraud and organised crime.

  • Houthoff represented the sellers of Kompas International, a provider of trust and corporate services, in their divestment of Kompas International to Praxis IFM, one of the largest independent and owner-managed financial services groups headquartered in the Channel Islands.

  • Advised publicly listed investment fund Value8 on all of its capital markets transactions including its reverse acquisition of Source Group, a publicly traded parent company of a group of companies that focuses on managing contracts of external personnel and the mediation of IT professionals, and its takeover acquisition of health care company Kersten Next B.V., a Dutch specialist in mobility, health care and communication devices.
  • InsingerGilissen Bankiers N.V. ("InsingerGilissen") and Lombard Odier (Europe) S.A. ("Lombard Odier") have entered into an agreement with regard to the acquisition by InsingerGilissen of Lombard Odier's Dutch private banking business. Upon closing of the transaction, the entire Amsterdam-based Lombard Odier staff will join InsingerGilissen, increasing assets under management by roughly EUR 1 billion.
  • Advised various parties on Brexit including Lloyd's and VSZ, a Dutch managing agent acting on behalf of a number of Lloyd's syndicates.

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Amsterdam
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+31 20 605 61 07
+31 6 5365 8037
Jessica Terpstra

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London
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+44 207 422 50 42
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Andé de Neve

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Rotterdam
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+31 10 217 24 23
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Helena Sprenger

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New York
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+1 212 403 67 05
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