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Erik Geerling

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Erik Geerling holds a market-leading position for ship finance deals, including leasing, corporate and asset-based finance transactions, as well as maritime notarial work.
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A former chair of NautaDutilh, Erik heads the Project Finance Group (a group of lawyers specialised in Energy & Utilities and PFI projects) and the Ship Finance Group (a group of lawyers and paralegals specialised in international ship finance and the sale and leasing of new construction vessels), which expertise also includes full notarial services.

  • Work highlights
    • He has advised Anthony Veder Group and all Dutch banks and funds on financing all types of vessels, including floatels and off-shore vessels such as FPSOs.
    • Erik also leads the team assisting Stadion Feijenoord in its plans for a new stadium and area development in the Feijenoord district.
    • Erik mainly acts on behalf of financiers, but also has a long and broad experience in acting on behalf of sponsors and owners. His clients, both internationally and nationally, include: ABN AMRO, Anthony Veder Group, BAM Group, Boskalis, Dredging International, DVB Bank, (stadium) Feyenoord, HSH Nordbank, ING Bank, Jumbo Maritime, Maersk, MPC Group, NIBC, Nordea Bank, Rabobank, Seatrade Group, SMT, Spliethoff and Anthony Veder Group.
    • Erik has earned his spurs not only through ship financing but also through his project finance skills.
  • What others say
    • According to Chambers & Partners, clients say he excels in terms of knowledge and work ethic; in particular, clients appreciate that he is always there for them and that he is very solution-oriented.
    • The Legal 500 mentions that, according to clients, Erik is a very experienced lawyer with very good knowledge of the transport sector and the institutions that fund it. He was also ranked as 'Highly Regarded' in PPP/PPI, project finance by the IFLR1000 in 2021.
    • Chambers Europe mentions about Ship Finance Group that the team's prompt service is highly appreciated by clients, who say the team is very knowledgeable and responds quickly to queries. It works efficiently and responds well to client needs, both in terms of quality and schedule. Another respondent praised the team's 'practical' approach, describing it as a 'no-nonsense team with a get-the-deal-done mentality'.
  • Qualifications

    Erik graduated from the University of Groningen in 1988. He joined NautaDutilh in 1988 and became partner in 1996. He joined the firm's board in 2010 and served as chair from 2014 until 2017.

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