Commercial, corporate and M&A
The ‘diligent, talented’ team at Houthoff Buruma does ‘excellent work every time’. Alexander Kaarls acted for Freescale Semiconductor on its €14.27bn merger with NXP Semiconductors, the largest-ever transaction in the semiconductor industry. Jan-Paul van der Hoek heads the practice, which also includes the ‘pragmatic’ Willem de Nijs Bik, who has ‘good negotiation skills’.
Maurits de Haan - Houthoff Buruma
Houthoff Buruma provides ‘very accurate, immediate advice’, and has ‘thorough industry knowledge’. ‘Hands-on’ department head Michel Klijn is ‘a sharp litigator’; he also acted for WFCD on the development of the World Food Centre in Ede. Other clients include BAM Groep, Boskalis and Hochtief.
Michel Klijn - Houthoff Buruma
EU and competition
Houthoff Buruma has the size and experience to handle the full range of competition law matters – recent highlights include its defence of LG Electronics in a cartel damages case, wherein the ‘smart and strategic’ Weyer VerLoren van Themaat led the advice. Laura Parret and counsel Berend Reuder also receive strong praise.
Berend Reuder - Houthoff Buruma
Houthoff Buruma’s key figures are ‘outstanding’ employment law partner Rixt de Vries and ‘strategic, knowledgeable’ pensions expert Edward de Bock. Clients include Nederlandse Spoorwegen and Volvo; large-scale reorganisations, litigation and high-profile dismissals are particular strengths of the practice.
Environment and planning
Houthoff Buruma has ‘in-depth industry knowledge’ and gives ‘to-the-point advice’ on a wide range of environmental, planning and zoning matters. ‘Very pleasant, open-minded’ counsel Marloes Brans represented Tata Steel IJmuiden in at least two cases regarding its plants’ emission levels. Jan Frans de Groot heads the practice.
Jan Frans de Groot - Houthoff Buruma
Marloes Brans - Houthoff Buruma
Fraud and white-collar crime
Houthoff Buruma’s expertise spans regulatory enforcement, criminal environmental cases, criminal tax and internal investigations. The senior level team comprises Alexander de Swart, Vincent Affourtit and Marry de Gaay Fortman.
Hans Londonck Sluijk and ‘dedicated overseer’ Berry Jonk-van Wijk head the ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘cutting-edge’ full-service practice at Houthoff Buruma, which is consistently involved in high-profile matters. Clients include Allianz, XL Catlin and Nationale Nederlanden.
Berry Jonk-van Wijk - Houthoff Buruma
Hans Londonck Sluijk - Houthoff Buruma
Thomas de Weerd leads the widely capable team at Houthoff Buruma. Counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is ‘knowledgeable and hands-on’; senior associate Thijs van Aerde is ‘a well-versed litigator’ and a ‘star’.
Thijs van Aerde - Houthoff Buruma
Houthoff Buruma’s practice head Oscar van Angeren is ‘a really good negotiator’, who has ‘good regulatory and business knowledge’. Counsel Daan Horsthuis is ‘thorough, clear and responsive’. Clients include Man Group, CBRE Global Investors and Candriam Asset Management.
Jan-Paul van der Hoek heads Houthoff Buruma’s practice; he advised Active Capital Company on its purchase of a majority stake in Amphitec. Michiel Pannekoek and counsel Bram Caudri are ‘great negotiators, and creative in their solutions’.
Bram Caudri - Houthoff Buruma
Project finance and PFI
Jessica Terpstra and Loet Venrooy are the key contacts at Houthoff Buruma, whose clients include Spitzke’s Dutch subsidiary and developer G&S Vastgoed. Terpstra advised Consortium OpenIJ on its €480m financing of the new sea locks at IJmuiden.
Houthoff Buruma’s Jan Cees Kuiken advised Unibail-Rodamco on its purchase of the Leidsenhage shopping centre in The Hague. Marnix Aarts is ‘quick, friendly, accurate and knowledgeable’; Herman Lohman is another key partner.
Jan Cees Kuiken - Houthoff Buruma
Restructuring and insolvency
Houthoff Buruma’s ‘super-smart’ department head Frédéric Verhoeven advised Aurelius Capital Management on Oi’s high-profile debt restructuring. The practice’s bankruptcy trustee abilities stand out; on the liquidator side, Lehman Brothers Treasury is a client. The ‘very able’ Gerhard Gispen recently joined the four-partner team from Simmons & Simmons LLP.
Frédéric Verhoeven - Houthoff Buruma
Houthoff Buruma assists its corporate colleagues in major transactions and also has a buoyant standalone tax practice, with experience in contentious and non-contentious tax. ‘Skilled and experienced’ practice head Sylvia Dikmans’ ‘constant and close involvement gives clients a sense of security’. Rob Havenga also attracts praise. Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk is the key contact in tax litigation.
Netherlands: Banking and finance
Asset finance and structured finance
Houthoff Buruma has a broad finance practice, which in recent months has seen an uptick in asset finance deals. Real estate finance is a particular area of strength, where Aart Barkey Wolf is a key name. Loet Venrooy recently advised a client on the acquisition of a distressed loan portfolio.
Loet Venrooy heads the ‘lean and very dedicated’ banking team at Houthoff Buruma, which has resources in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, London and New York, making it well placed to assist in multi-jurisdictional matters. Project finance is a particular area of expertise. Jessica Terpstra is recommended.
Lender or arranger side
The financial markets practice group at Houthoff Buruma is one of the firm’s cornerstone departments; project finance, real estate finance and real estate loan transfer transactions are among its areas of expertise. In one standout deal, Loet Venrooy advised 15 banks on the $4.4bn project financing provided to Oyu Tolgoi. Jessica Terpstra is another key figure in the team.
Netherlands: Capital markets
Jetty Tukker joined Houthoff Buruma’s department in August 2016 from Allen & Overy LLP. The team’s clients include Entertainment One and Petrobras. André de Neve and the ‘quick, practical, reliable’ Jessica Terpstra are particularly active in the space; they spend half their time in London and New York, respectively.
Houthoff Buruma’s ‘very responsive’ department has ‘good industry knowledge’. ‘Quick, practical, reliable’ practice head Alexander Kaarls advised Piero Ferrari on Ferrari N.V.’s €866m IPO. He also acted for Freescale Semiconductor on the equity aspects of its $40bn merger with NXP Semiconductors. Jetty Tukker joined from Allen & Overy LLP in August 2016.
Netherlands: Dispute resolution
‘One of the few firms in the Netherlands with a truly international arbitration practice’, Houthoff Buruma ‘has become one of the main participants in this field’. In particular, ‘straight-shooter’ Marielle Koppenol-Laforce ‘thinks outside of the box’ and is ‘a great team player’. Dirk Knottenbelt heads the practice. Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk and Thomas Stouten were promoted to counsel in January 2017.
Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk - Houthoff Buruma
‘Highly sophisticated and efficient law firm’ Houthoff Buruma is regularly instructed in high-profile disputes, with a particular specialism in financial services and corporate litigation. Albert Knigge represented the former CFO of Fortis Bank in litigation following major losses suffered by investors in 2007 and 2008. Supreme Court litigator Bart van der Wiel is also recommended.
Rob Meijer - Houthoff Buruma
Houthoff Buruma has longstanding expertise in the field and was a co-founder of the Netherlands Mediation Institute. Marry de Gaay Fortman is the name to note.
Netherlands: Industry focus
Highly experienced in various areas, including M&A, restructuring and insolvency, project finance and high-profile litigation, Houthoff Buruma’s department is active in oil and gas, conventional power, and renewable energy. The practice is headed by ‘very pragmatic’ corporate partner Willem de Nijs Bik.
Willem de Nijs Bik - Houthoff Buruma
Healthcare and life sciences
Marry de Gaay Fortman and the ‘smart, strategic’ Weyer VerLoren van Themaat head Houthoff Buruma’s multidisciplinary practice, whose clients include MEE NL, Leger des Heils and various medical centres.
Houthoff Buruma’s clients include eBay, Marktplaats and PayPal. ‘Very practical’ practice head Thomas de Weerd advised Volvo, Renault, Ferrari and Ford on the legal aspects of connected cars.
Thomas de Weerd - Houthoff Buruma
Media and entertainment
Houthoff Buruma recently represented Golden Earring in litigation regarding the publishing rights to the band’s music. IT expert Thomas de Weerd leads the team, in which senior associate Thijs van Aerde is a ‘star litigator’.
Houthoff Buruma’s team recently advised Eurofiber Nederland during its €875m sale by Doughty Hanson and Reggeborgh to Antin Infrastructure Partners. VolkerWessels Telecom and LetterOne Telecom are also clients. Thomas de Weerd is the name to note.
Further information on Houthoff Buruma
Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Houthoff Buruma in other jurisdictions.
- Banking and finance : Asset finance and structured finance
- Banking and finance : Borrower side
- Banking and finance : Lender or arranger side
- Capital markets : Debt
- Capital markets : Equity
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution : Arbitration
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : Mediation
- EU and competition
- Environment and planning
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Industry focus : Energy
- Industry focus : Healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus : IT
- Industry focus : Media and entertainment
- Industry focus : Telecoms
- Intellectual property
- Investment funds
- Private equity
- Project finance and PFI
- Real estate
- Restructuring and insolvency