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Netherlands

Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 7

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Private equity and family office work are busy areas for Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice, which is also particularly active in privatisations and regulated-markets M&A. Department head Luc Defaix advised Domicil Real Estate Group on its purchase of a 95% stake in IWF Duitsland Holding and IWF Duitsland Holding 2. Senior associate Carel van Swaay joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in March 2017.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Sharp and to-the-point’, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s ‘creative, easily accessible’ practice, which is known for advising the Dutch state on the country’s largest construction projects and in high-profile disputes, has ‘real acumen’ and ‘great knowledge of the industry’. Maarten van Rijn and Pieter Stuijt are the key contacts for procurement litigation; René Kiers, Mark Birnage and Georg Huith are experienced construction arbitrators.

Next generation lawyers

Christina Muntinghe - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s ‘extremely competent, very responsive’ team is ‘fun to work with’; it is often instructed by public bodies and private corporations across the full spectrum of competition matters. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Erik Pijnacker Hordijk from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Berend Jan Drijber is now at the Supreme Court.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Assisting large public sector employers is the calling card of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice, though it also acts for private corporations. Senior associate Annette de Jong advised KPN on its human resources policy and on certain union agreements. Monique de Witte-van den Haak and Ruben van Arkel jointly head the team.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

The ‘very effective communicators’ at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV are ‘always impressive’, delivering ‘high-end solutions to complex issues at very short notice’. Planning expert Liesbeth Schippers leads the group; Hans Besselink is an environment expert. The team’s clients largely comprise the Dutch state and numerous municipalities.

Leading individuals

Liesbeth Schippers - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Known mostly for advising the Dutch state, the team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is frequently seen on the nation’s most high-profile PPP projects. Group head Mark Birnage and senior associate Elisa Palm acted for the Dutch state on the €1bn Blankenburgverbinding road project. Maarten van Rijn is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Elisa Palm - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Clients of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV include corporates such as Domicil Real Estate Group, public bodies such as the municipalities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam, and banks such as BNG. Esso instructed the team on a rent review mechanism dispute. Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk, Cees de Zeeuw and René Spit head the department.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s highly regarded practice specialises in acting for the Dutch state on cross-border arbitration matters across a broad range of sectors. Clients ‘fully endorse’ practice head René Kiers, who primarily represents government bodies in complex arbitration matters regarding infrastructure projects. Other names to note are Martijn Scheltema, who has extensive experience in handling enforcement proceedings, and construction law expert Georg Huith.

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Commercial litigation
Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

At Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV, the team’s advice to multinationals and the Dutch state is ‘always very concise, clear and excellent’. It is jointly led by ‘real litigatorWillem Heemskerk, who is ‘committed to his clients’ and ‘always able to think outside the box’, and the ‘sharpHans van Wijk, who is ‘a specialist in Supreme Court matters’ and ‘very thorough in his approach’. Bert-Jan Houtzagers is also recommended for ‘always delivering pragmatic advice on complex matters’.

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Netherlands: Energy

Regulatory
Energy: Regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is noted for its strong state-side work, though it also advises corporations such as Chemours. Iman Brinkman heads the team; senior associate Robin Aerts is also recommended. Competition expert Erik Pijnacker Hordijk arrived from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in July 2017. Berend Jan Drijber left to join the Supreme Court.

Next generation lawyers

Iman Brinkman - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Healthcare and life sciences
Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team is particularly strong in regulatory healthcare work. Elisabeth Pietermaat represented the Dutch Healthcare Authority in cases regarding the fees general practitioners can charge healthcare insurers and patients. Marije Batting, Karlijn Teuben and Wemmeke Wisman are also recommended.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Though it acts mostly for public bodies, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team also counts KPN as a client. Senior associate Jeroen Naves represented KPN in commercial litigation against Entropia. Meine Dijkstra and Sikke Kingma head the practice. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne was a new arrival in September 2018 from Brinkhof.

Leading individuals

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Media and entertainment
Industry focus: Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Acting mostly for public sector clients, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice is headed by Sikke Kingma. The team also advises private companies: Kingma acted for XS4ALL in a case brought by BREIN regarding the granting of access to The Pirate Bay.

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Telecoms
Industry focus: Telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Key clients of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice, which is noted for its regulatory strength and contentious capabilities, include the Dutch Telecommunications Authority and Agentschap Telecom. Elisabeth Pietermaat heads the department; she, Jannetje Bootsma and Arnoud Boorsma are administrative law experts.

Next generation lawyers

Jannetje Bootsma - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Netherlands: Intellectual property

Trade marks, copyrights and design rights
Intellectual property: Trade marks, copyrights and design rights - ranked: tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Supreme Court litigator Sikke Kingma heads Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team. He acted for XS4ALL in a copyright case brought by BREIN regarding the granting of access to The Pirate Bay. Other clients include the Medicines Evaluation Board and various Dutch state bodies. Kingma made partner in January 2017.

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Legal Developments in Netherlands

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
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    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the “Commission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
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    - AKD
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    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

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  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

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    - AKD