Infrastructure & Construction

Nicolien van den Biggelaar
Bommel van der Bend
Menno Stoffer
+ 38 other experts

We've been building expertise in large-scale landmark projects, for decades

Our position in contentious and non-contentious construction matters is unrivalled in the Netherlands. We help our clients with shaping contract strategies for our clients’ most important large scale construction projects, have wide experience with project financing including PPP-financing, provide in-depth procurement and public law advise, and have an unrivalled track record in litigating and arbitrating complex construction disputes.

Our construction group focusses on both large-scale projects with a high grade of complexity, and on construction projects with an international character. One of our key success factors is our focus on technical and commercial issues, making it possible for our lawyers to truly team-up with clients’ technical and commercial experts. Over the years, we have been involved in many landmark projects in a wide variety of sectors and jurisdictions. These projects include the construction of breakwaters and harbour facilities, terminals, including offshore jetties for the oil and gas industry, oil and gas rigs and pipelines, special purpose vessels, and largescale (renewable) energy projects.

Our specialists are adept in covering all aspects of construction projects, both contentious and non-contentious, including advising on tender and contracting strategies; applying international standards, such as FIDIC, Logic and Ichem in both common law and civil law jurisdictions; project financing; zoning and permits; and dispute resolution, including DAB, mediation and arbitration under the leading arbitration rules.

Recent Matters

16 August 2021

DSV Panalpina A/S completes USD 4.2 billion acquisition of Global Integrated Logistics from Agility

DSV Panalpina A/S (DSV) has completed its acquisition of Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics business (GIL) from Agility Public Warehousing Co KSC. With the acquisition of GIL, DSV is becoming a global top-three player within transport and logistics and the aim is to continue to grow the business from this strong position. The value of the GIL acquisition is USD 4.2 billion.De Brauw acted as Dutch counsel to DSV.
5 August 2021

High-tech ticketing serviceprovider Sqills to be acquired by Siemens Mobility.

De Brauw advised Sqills and its founders on the sale of the business. Sqills is the worldwide market leader in inventory management, reservations and ticketing software for public transport operators. Sqills will be acquired by Siemens Mobility, one of Europe's largest technology companies. The strategic acquisition by Siemens Mobility supports Sqills' ambitions to expand into Asia Pacific and the Americas, and contributes to the ongoing investments in the team, product, and long-term partnerships with operators. Sqills' founders will stay involved in the execution of the company's growth strategy.
29 May 2021

Technip Energies issues EUR 600 million senior notes

De Brauw advised Technip Energies on the issue of EUR 600,000,000 1.125% senior unsecured notes due 2028. The offering of the Notes was more than three times oversubscribed among a large European investor base. Technip Energies intends to use the net proceeds from the offering of the Notes for general corporate purposes, including the refinancing of a €650,000,000 bridge facility made available to Technip Energies in connection with the spin-off of Technip Energies from TechnipFMC plc, which was completed on 16 February, 2021. The Notes are listed on the regulated market of Euronext Paris.

De Brauw has leading edge competence in construction law and knows how to interweave this effectively in the client’s process, in such a way that there is added value for the projects involved.

Chambers Europe, 2021
Chambers Europe, 2021

Insights

2 August 2021

Efficiently resolving disputes in construction projects

Bommel van der Bend and Sebastien Davys-Brown wrote an article for Who's Who Legal in May 2021. They believe that additional efficiencies in project dispute resolution can be achieved by (i) providing additional legal competence to the project team and (ii) adopting "active claim management" methods to identify, review and analyse issues around the disputed areas of a project at the same time. The goal being to develop an informed and legally consistent strategy so that appropriate decisions can be made to resolve the dispute at the time it occurs. Click here to read the online article and here for the PDF.
15 July 2021

Dutch government plans to introduce foreign investment screening with retroactive effect

A bill was recently submitted to parliament establishing a national security screening regime where target undertakings active in the Netherlands in vital processes or sensitive technology, are being acquired. In 2020, the Dutch government indicated its intention for the screening mechanism to apply retroactively. Under the current bill, the regime would apply to qualifying investments made after 8 September 2020.
16 March 2021

Consultation launched on new legal entity for social entrepreneurs

In July 2020, the Dutch government announced its plans to introduce the BVm (maatschappelijke BV) in Dutch corporate law – see our previous In Context article. The BVm is a new type of private limited liability company for social entrepreneurs active in addressing societal issues. The new type of legal entity will make it easier to identify companies with a positive impact on society. This will in turn help social enterprises and stakeholders connect and do business with each other.