Nearly all of the designated partners and associates of the US team have lived and worked in the United States.

Supported by our approx.240 lawyers, tax lawyers and civil-law notaries, AKD’s United States Desk renders advice to US-based clients on an integrated and full-service basis. The wide range of issues our firm advises on includes corporate structuring and restructuring of US entities with a global presence structured through the Benelux, but also finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, international holding and financing entities, employment law, shipping, and offshore and real estate investments.

Nearly all of the designated partners and associates of the US Desk have lived and worked in the United States or have been seconded to US law firms or institutions, are fluent in English and have a profound knowledge of the US market, business practice, and American culture. We pride ourselves on a 24/7 mentality and responsiveness.

A non-exhaustive list of transactions performed for US-based clients in the last financial year includes:

  • Assisting large US financial funds in a Chapter 11 restructuring of an NYSE listed US-based chemicals and paints multinational;
  • Assisting the borrowing entities in the refinancing of an NYSE listed multinational in the field of battery power;
  • Structuring and implementing the legal and tax structure supporting the international expansion of a US-based cosmetics group; and
  • Designing transfer-pricing policies for one of the world’s leading music publishing groups.

Our contact person for the US Desk for corporate matters is Vincent Bettonville. A partner within, and practice head of, AKD's Amsterdam finance & structuring department, Vincent has ample experience  advising United States clients.He worked as a lawyer in New York for 16 years and is highly experienced in (syndicated) loan and security transactions, advising on LMA documentation and general corporate advice. Vincent is also a member of AKD's legal opinion committee, the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

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