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Houthoff, Berry van Wijk, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

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Berry van Wijk

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Berry van Wijk specialises in insurance law and liability issues. She advises and litigates in the fields of regulatory law, reinsurance, life and non-life insurance, distribution of insurance, the transfer of portfolios and the liability of insurers for their products. 

Berry has been a key voice in the nationwide discussions about unit-linked insurance since the debate began in 2006. This discussion has led and still leads to a variety of claims from different consumer organisations and individual policy holders. She advises a vast number of insurers, including Nationale Nederlanden, in such matters.

Berry advises on the development of new life and non-life insurance products as well as new distribution forms. She helps clients in their contacts with the main Dutch regulators, the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), and assists them with the implementation of regulatory requirements in the Netherlands. Berry further advises on the regulatory component of M&A transactions in the insurance industry.

Berry is a trusted adviser to the legal counsel and board members of several insurance companies. She is a daily board member of the Association for Insurance Sciences (Vereniging voor Verzekeringswetenschap) and member of the Advisory Committee on Insurance of the Dutch Bar Association (Orde van Advocaten). She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Albert Schweitzer hospital and of the VNAB (Dutch Insurance Exchange Association).

Berry is an editor of the journal 'Liability, Insurance and Damage' (Aansprakelijkheid, Verzekering & Schade), writes a regular column in de Beursbengel and publishes in other trade journals. She is a lecturer on the post-academic Financial Law programme at the Eggens Institute of the University of Amsterdam and the Co-Insurance course (Leergang Co-Assurantie) at Erasmus University.



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Berry van Wijk - Houthoff

Within: Insurance

Houthoff 'has an effective network enabling it to receive quick and efficient advice in the other jurisdictions – it is expensive but certainly worth it when you have an important dispute'. Senior advisors include Hans Londonck Sluijk,  'who is an outstanding strategist and litigator', and Huib Lebbing, who 'understands the problem very quickly – negotiations were very difficult but he managed to get the result we wanted'. Berry van Wijk also offers a wealth of experience. The team is acting for Nationale Nederlanden in ongoing, multibillion-euro class actions regarding millions of unit-linked insurances sold in the Netherlands in which the insured seek compensation for alleged mis-selling.

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