Financial Institutions

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

The Financial Institutions team of Kennedy Van der Laan advises a large number of clients in the financial sector, including banks, insurers, pension funds, payment institutions, asset managers and investment institutions. We are involved in (cross-border) financing transactions and advise, inter alia, about financial products, regulatory legislation and the scope of the duty of care of financial institutions. We also financial institutions in disputes and proceedings about the care and information duties, prospectus liability and mass claims.

The focus of the team lies in the following areas of expertise:

Chambers Europe 2017 – Banking & Finance – Band 5

What the team is known for Handles asset-based lending and investment grade facilities on a domestic and international basis. Acts for Dutch, European and global banks on banking litigation and maintains keen insight into FinTech industries and innovative payment services.

Strengths “The team provides quality advice and is able to work well in a cross-border transaction.”

“The team is very sector-focused and spots developments in the market.”

Work highlights Acted for Barents International on a EUR90 million facilities agreement arranged by ABN AMRO and ABN AMRO Commercial Finance.

Acted for Cortland Capital Market Services as Dutch counsel on a USD33 million senior secured term loan facility agreement.

Notable practitioners

Joris van Horzen handles FinTech and payment services as well as finance transactions. Sources view him as “responsive, practical and in tune with the concerns of banks. He is adept in articulating the distinctions between Dutch and US law.” He acted for Brand Loyalty Group on a EUR125 million facility agreement arranged by Deutsche Bank and ING.

Significant clients RBS, Silicon Valley Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, HSH Nordbank, Rocket Internet.


Chambers Europe 2016 – Banking & Finance – Band 5

What the team is known for Solid firm with an active banking and finance practice, noted for asset finance, syndicated lending and payment services matters. Also active in banking litigation, and has a strong focus on financial technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“Kennedy Van der Laan offers sound, high-quality legal advice. It has great sector knowledge and very capable lawyers.”

Work highlights Assisted RBS with a EUR150 million revolving credit facility agreement for Colt Group.

Assisted Cortland Capital Market Services with a USD33 million senior secured term loan facility agreement for Colt Defense.

Notable practitioners 

Clients describe Joris van Horzen as a “hands-on lawyer with a sharp mind,” adding: “He understands the relationship between Dutch and US law and is able to articulate the differences.”

Significant clients Silicon Valley Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, HSH Nordbank, Syntrus Achmea, Rocket Internet.


Legal 500 EMEA 2016 – Commercial Lending – Tier 4

The ‘pragmatic’ team at Kennedy Van der Laan is ‘very responsive and commercial in its approach’. 2015 saw the arrival of financial regulation expert Jan Broekhuizen from Boekel. Senior associate Joris van Horzen ‘is definitely a star’.

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Bart de Man

Bart de Man

Attorney at law, Executive Board, Managing Partner, Mediator

  • Bart de Man Attorney at law, Executive Board, Managing Partner, Mediator +31 20 5506 841
  • Joris van Horzen Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 655
  • Jan Broekhuizen Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 629
  • Annemieke van der Beek Attorney at law, Partner +31 20 5506 684