Dentons Boekel has strengthened its banking and finance practice in Amsterdam with the addition of an English law specialist.

Jacqueline Bell joins as a partner, and will advise banks, financiers, leasing companies and borrowers on English law-governed transactions, which was not previously offered in the Amsterdam office.

Dentons says Bell is particularly well known for her capabilities in transport financing – including aviation, shipping and offshore financing, as well as commodities trading.

The addition of Bell brings Dentons’ Amsterdam banking and finance team up to 10 members.

Previously, Bell founded and spent four years leading the English Law Consultancy, a freelance advisory business, providing consulting services to clients such as ABN Amro, Dutch development bank FMO, and IPF Partners, a specialised platform for investment funds.

She also brings experience from time spent as a senior associate at Allen & Overy and as an associate at Norton Rose Fulbright.

“We have made significant investments in the development of our banking and finance practice in Amsterdam and can now offer our full scope legal advice covering both transactional and regulatory matters,” says Marien Glerum, Netherlands managing officer.