Finnius has consistently been recognized by the market and business for delivering exceptional client service and possessing unrivalled expertise on financial regulation. Our firm and our individual lawyers have received high rankings from a wide range of leading publications for overall excellence and for our work in the financial regulatory field. Please find the most recent notable rankings below.
"Client dedication, detailed expertise, industry knowledge and responsiveness."— Chambers Europe 2021
Banking & Finance Regulatory (Band 2)
“Impressive financial regulatory boutique known for acting for international fintech clients. Demonstrates expertise representing established multinational financial services clients in a range of contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters. Regularly advises on banking licence applications, MiFID II implementation and PSD2 projects, as well as assisting with investment fund and insurance regulatory matters. Also represents clients in litigation proceedings against Dutch and Dutch Caribbean supervisory authorities.”
One client reports that “Finnius impressed me with its hard work and practical approach.”
Bart Bierman acts for a clientele of financial institutions, he maintains a broad regulatory practice spanning licensing matters, payment services and fintech regulations. He is noted for having “a lot of knowledge on the payment industry.“
Casper Riekerk assists private equity firms and other clients from the financial services sector with regulatory investigations. Clients highlight his succinct manner of counsel, one calling him “very clear in his communication.”
Rosemarijn Labeur enters the rankings this year following excellent feedback from clients, who rate her pragmatism, with one characterising her as “hands-on with exceptional expertise in financial supervision.” She advises asset managers and private equity firms on regulatory topics, including licensing issues.
Investment Funds (Band 3)
Finnius enters the rankings this year following impressive interviewee feedback and a strong work portfolio. Offers regulatory and compliance advice for fund managers, including MiFID, AIFMD and UCITS licence applications. Assists with the establishment of real estate and venture capital funds. Acts for both domestic and international clients.
Clients focus on the team’s pragmatism, one describing it as “solution-oriented,” going on to highlight the “very smooth communication and quick responses.” Another rates the firm for its commercial sense, claiming it“understands the client very well and knows how its business works,”and describing the lawyers as “to the point, quick and practical.”
Rosemarijn Labeur advises fund managers on regulatory issues, particularly licensing applications. She is also experienced in setting up real estate and venture capital funds. Clients attest to her attentiveness, one presenting her as “extremely knowledgeable, responsive and time-efficient.”
“Finnius is one of the largest financial regulatory law boutiques in the Netherlands. Its staff are predominately senior practitioners with years of experience in previous roles at larger, international law firms. The firm combines both non-contentious and contentious regulatory services in advising on MiFID and PSD2 as well as assisting in sensitive investigations and enforcement proceedings. The firm often lobbies directly with the legislator on behalf of clients.”
“They’re a nice, smaller firm. For startups they’re excellent – they have a strong bench of lawyers who do lots of financial regulatory work”
Casper Riekerk is a partner who focuses on market access and compliance matters. His expertise extends to litigation against supervisory authorities and criminal investigations into financial institutions. Riekerk spent over 12 years of his career at the Dutch Central Bank, including as head of the enforcement department. “Casper is a real asset for the firm because of his background in the Dutch Central Bank,” insists a market expert. “He’s a very relaxed and knowledgeable guy, perhaps a little academic too. Ultimately he’s got lots of experience in this field and was great for us.“
"Finnius has a hardcore regulatory team and offering."— Chambers FinTech 2021
'Effective advice and out-of-the-box thinking.'— Legal 500 EMEA 2021
Banking & Finance: Regulatory (Tier 2)
Financial regulatory boutique Finnius continues to act for a wide range of both domestic and international financial institutions, for which it handles both contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters. Recent work has included license applications for foreign entrants into the Dutch market, Brexit planning, fund regulation, PSD2, and AML compliance. Key individuals in the team include Casper Riekerk, who specialises in handling potential interventions by regulators, compliance specialist Bart Bierman, and Guido Roth, who focuses on investigations and enforcement cases.
‘Bart Bierman understands clients’ need for practical advice and combines that with in-depth knowledge about the industry and (upcoming) rules and regulations.’
‘Small, highly dedicated group of competent lawyers who complement each other.’
Investment Funds (Tier 3)
Finnius is especially lauded as ‘the go-to team for all fund-related regulatory matters’. When setting up a fund, the team provides bespoke regulatory services to an array of clients from private equity, listed and non-listed equity funds and Ucits funds, to real estate, fund of funds and crypto funds. Highly respected in the industry, Rosemarijn Labeur, who heads the team, advises on the practicalities of steering businesses through an ever-changing regulatory landscape. Senior associate Tim de Wit is skilled at advising on regulation regimes such as the EuVECA and investigations by the AFM in respect of new funds and Maurice van Oosten is another key senior associate.
‘Finnius is the go-to team for all fund related regulatory matters. They are hands-on, extremely knowledgeable and likeable and fun to work with.’
‘I work with Rosemarijn and Tim. Tim is the upcoming man, eager and fully on the ball. Rosemarijn is the senior partner and well known in the market. What they have in common is that clients love them.’
‘The team has a personal way of communicating and know which topics to raise and dare to be critical where needed. They do not only advise by the letter of the law, but focus on what the regulators expectations are and the size of the organization.’
Partner Bart Bierman recommended in the category Banking: Regulatory