…as Freshfields attacks the Dutch finance market

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is ramping up its global finance capability with the relocation of newly made-up partner Andrew Petry and a team from London to Amsterdam.

Petry joins three Dutch finance partners in the Amsterdam office, all of whom have worked in other jurisdictions. The team includes Richard Nobrius, Jeroen Thijssen, who joined from Nauta Dutilh in March, and newly made-up partner Pieter van Welzen.
Petry said: “All four of us fit into a mould of lawyers used to doing cross-border work. Because of our experience, we fit into an international finance team.” Their aim is to offer Dutch clients local access to a worldwide network of banking and finance lawyers.
“One reason I'm here is to help Dutch organisations access deeper and more liquid international capital markets,” said Petry. “We're creating an integrated team of Dutch and English lawyers in a way that our clients want, which means being proactive – anticipating problems before they come to a head.”
Petry has taken with him assistant Rebecca Winsor and he will be joined by another assistant and a trainee in the autumn. The strategy is also aimed at fostering greater integration within Freshfields.
He said: “Traditionally, lawyers in the Continental jurisdictions aren't used to working in the same ways as UK and US firms. In international deals they've tended to perform the role of local lawyers acting on the domestic end of a transaction, with the finance documents done in London or the US. If you're used to being the domestic end of an international transaction, it's quite a big change to be fully involved in the bigger picture. We're building on the experience of our Dutch associates in order to integrate them into our worldwide team.”