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Mees Roelofs

Banking Partner, Amsterdam

“I advise on financing deals, from clean corporate facilities to complex asset-backed credits, delivering advice tailored to bespoke legal structures and clients’ requirements of that specific situation”.


Professional experience

Education and qualifications


As a banking partner, Mees advises international and domestic financial institutions, funds and corporates on a broad range of banking transactions, including corporate lending, leveraged finance, syndicated lending and asset-backed financing, as well as on structuring and restructuring transactions.

Mees also advises both issuers and underwriters on structured products such as securitisations, covered bonds and bespoke derivatives, with a particular focus on the insolvency aspects of these products, as well as on high yield and unsecured bond issues.

Mees has lived and worked in Germany, Italy and the UK, providing him with insight into different markets and valuable cross-cultural experience that allows him to close deals in a way that works best for all relevant parties whatever their background.  

Work highlights

Mees has advised on many cross-border banking and finance transactions. Highlights of his work include advising:

  • ABN AMRO as coordinator and the lenders generally on the debut revolving credit facilities for Dutch insurer Vivat
  • ING Bank and ABN AMRO Bank on a acquisition bridge facility agreement for to back the acquisition of Israeli target 10bis
  • The arrangers on the EUR 415m covenant lite dividend recapitalisation of Stage Entertainment, a portfolio company of CVC
  • CBRE on the EUR 200m financing of the CBRE Pan European Core fund backed by a portfolio of Dutch and German real estate
  • Western European oil trader Finco Fuel on its borrowing base facilities with a four bank syndicate

Professional experience

Mees writes regularly on insolvency, and has had published an acclaimed article on the issue of early performance as it affects insolvency. He is a monthly contributor to the Dutch magazine, Rechtspraak Contractenrecht. His articles include:

“(Voor?)tijdige nakoming: over de rechtsgevolgen van bedongen termijnen en van nakoming voor ommekomst van die termijn”, Rechtspraak Contractenrecht, 2013

Chapter on The Netherlands in Aircraft Finance, Hames and McBain, 2007, co-written with Loet Venrooy

“The Insolvency of Van der Hoop Bankiers: EU banking law in action”, International Corporate Rescue, 2006, co-written with Paul Kuipers

“Judicial Comity and Chauvinism: the need to go forum shopping in insolvency matters”, International Corporate Rescue, 2004, co-written with Paul Kuipers

Education and qualifications

Mees studied Dutch law at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and for a master’s in European and private law at Heidelberg University, Germany.

He speaks Dutch, English, German, Italian and French.