Amsterdam – LawFuel – Law Firm Newswire – DLA Piper has appointed Gerard Kneppers as a partner in its Finance and Projects group in the Netherlands. He joins from Dutch law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Gerard will lead the leveraged finance practice, working closely with Finance and Projects Location Head, Bart Joosen.
Gerard has a 13-year track record in international transactions, including significant experience in acquisitions, asset and project finance. His wide-ranging finance experience, which includes mergers and acquisitions makes him ideally suited to lead the team advising local and international lenders and borrowers on their debt-related finance needs.
Bart Joosen said: “Gerard is a respected finance lawyer who has, during his career, built up a wealth of relevant transactional experience, and I am therefore delighted that he chose to join DLA Piper in the Netherlands. We have a growing finance practice and Gerard is the ideal person to contribute to the further expansion of this practice, which has been experiencing significant growth in recent years. I look forward to working with him.”
Lawyers in the practice advise the finance teams of some of the major lenders and borrowers in the Netherlands and abroad on a variety of finance transactions. They advise debt providers, financial institutions, senior and mezzanine lenders, arrangers, agents, equity capital providers and other strategic investors, private equity funds and other borrowers on all aspects of leveraged debt financing.
Gerard, 38, has a B Proc (cum laude) and an LLB from the Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa. He is a South African qualified lawyer.
Gerard joins DLA Piper on 1 September.