Arjan Scheltema heads the Financial law, Capital Markets and Structured Finance department and specialises in advising financial institutions, private equity and debt investors in domestic and international financing transactions. His main areas of expertise relate to finance, structured finance, capital markets, factoring, portfolio acquisitions and distressed debt transactions.
Arjan was involved in the first covered bond transaction in the Netherlands, which was the ABN AMRO Covered Bond programme and has structured and set up the first conditional pass through transaction in Europe (IFR 2013 award winning) for NIBC and has acted in many covered bonds transactions and securitisation transactions.
Arjan was a member of the Dutch covered bond committee instituted by the Dutch Bankers Association on the Dutch covered bond legislation and regularly advises the Dutch Association of Covered Bonds Issuers. In addition, he has played an important role in the standardisation of Dutch securitisation transaction documentation and hosted the standardisation workgroup in this respect. He often publishes and lectures on subjects in his field. He is also a member of the European Round Table for Covered Bonds Legislation.
Arjan graduated from Leiden University in 1997, where he was also a lecturer from 1998 until 2002 and obtained his Doctorate in Law in 2003. He joined NautaDutilh in 2002. Arjan is admitted to the Amsterdam Bar.
Arjan is recommended in various expert guides:
Chambers Global 2019: (Band 1) "unequalled breadth of experience in covered bonds" and clients also value his "excellent structuring expertise and drive to find smart solutions".
IFLR1000 2020 (Market Leader): "His involvement in many different transactions enables him to bring very wide technical experience to the field of covered bonds. Very extensive knowledge of the market, and is very creative."
IFLR1000 2019 (Market leader): Arjan is classified as market leader and is regarded as "creative and responsive".
Chambers Global 2018: (Band 1) "He is a market leader for securities and structured finance matters, and is highly regarded for his work on covered bonds" and "very bright when it comes to technical legal elements".
IFLR1000 2018 (highly regarded): “The go-to person within NautaDutilh and the Netherlands when it comes to covered bonds” and “Arjan Scheltema is pleasant to work with and delivers on promises”.
Chambers Global 2017: (Band 1) "Expert in the field" Arjan Scheltema is "a pleasure to work with" according to clients, who add that "he is calm, reflective and observant. He resolves discussions on complex matters with transaction parties swiftly and smoothly".
Chambers Global 2016: (Band 1) According to clients, Arjan Scheltema has "an excellent position in the market. I would always go to him and recommend him to anyone who asks". He is noted for his expertise in structured finance transactions and covered bonds.