Linklaters ramps up Dutch team with Nauta rainmaker

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Linklaters has continued its campaign to boost its Dutch practice by raiding local market leader Nauta Dutilh to hire corporate partner Peter Goes.

Goes’ appointment to the Amsterdam office is the fourth notable addition to the firm’s Dutch arm in the past 18 months. It follows high-profile appointments such as that of Martijn Koopal, who was head of banking and finance at DLA SchutGrosheide, in June.

Goes is also the second partner to join Linklaters’ local corporate group, after the magic circle firm launched its Dutch corporate capability in January with the hire of former Allen & Overy (A&O) corporate partner Pieter Riemer.

The firm has been trying to develop a presence in the Netherlands since the collapse of its formal alliance with Dutch giant De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in 2002. It subsequently worked closely with Nauta Dutilh (Slaughter and May‘s best friend), before launching its own Amsterdam office in 2004 with the recruitment of capital markets specialist Pim Horsten, also from A&O.

Significant instructions for the Dutch office this year have included advising ABN Amro Rothschild on a €2.5bn (£1.7bn) share offering by ABN Amro Holding, the largest equity offering by a Dutch issuer in several months. Nauta Dutilh advised ABN as issuer on this deal.

Goes had been an equity partner at Nauta Dutilh since May 2000. This was his second stint at the firm, having left Nauta Dutilh to join PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal Services in Rotterdam in September 1998.

Comment
It looks like Linklaters’ Dutch outpost is gathering momentum. Anyone can bolt on partners, but Peter Goes is the real deal, an equity partner and a big name in M&A and Nauta Dutilh will be sad to see him go. Linklaters will be hoping that his public and private M&A and private equity expertise will gel well with Richard Levy and Pim Horsten’s capital markets nous. True, Linklaters in the Netherlands is still a fledgling player and is a long way off what it had with De Brauw, but for the partners who have joined it so far, that is part of the attraction, as is the flow of top-tier international deals – something that, sadly, Nauta simply cannot offer.