Linklaters ramps up Amsterdam

Linklaters has continued its campaign to develop a notable Dutch practice by raiding former ally and 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 last 18 months. It follows high-profile appointments such as Martijn Koopal, who was head of banking and finance at DLA SchutGrosheide, in June.

He 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 corporate partner Pieter Riemer.

The firm has been trying to develop a Dutch presence 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 of Nauta Dutilh since May 2000. This was his second stint at the firm, having left Nauta Dutilh to join PwC Legal Services in Rotterdam in September 1998.