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Netherlands

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV advised KPN on its buyout of Dekatel; other recent clients variously include Total and the Municipality of Rotterdam. Practice head Luc Defaix joined the firm from AKD in June 2016; Frank Oranje and Cees de Zeeuw are also key figures.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice head Pieter Stuijt represented the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure in separate proceedings against three major engineering companies over service agreements. The five-partner team is strong in construction and procurement disputes, and regularly handles major PPP projects.

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 acts for public bodies and private companies in a range of merger control and behavioural competition matters. β€˜Outstanding lawyer’ Berend Jan Drijber heads the β€˜very dedicated’ team; other key figures include state aid specialist Allard Knook.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s β€˜very skilful, well-connected’ practice head Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage represented the Dutch state in interim injunction proceedings against FNV, regarding allegedly unlawful trade union agreements. Other clients include private companies such as KPN.

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Environment and planning
Environment and planning - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Specialising in public sector law, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV advised the province of Zuid-Holland on the €800m RijnlandRoute project, and acted for the municipality of The Hague on the environmental, planning and zoning aspects of the Spuiplein and Wijnhavenkwartier redevelopments. Liesbeth Schippers leads the four-partner team, which includes DaniΓ«lle Roelands-Fransen.

Leading individuals

Liesbeth Schippers - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

The team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is headed by Martijn Scheltema. He is supported by senior associate Sikke Kingma, a copyright and media law specialist.

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s practice is led by procurement expert Mark Birnage, with support from Maarten van Rijn. Birnage advised the Dutch government on the €750m Zeetoegang IJmond sea lock PPP project, as well as the €300m N18 road project and the €800m Afsluitdijk causeway reconstruction.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

β€˜Great sparring partner’ Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk leads the team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV with Cees de Zeeuw, who has much healthcare real estate expertise. RenΓ© Spit is also recommended.

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Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

The β€˜outstanding’ team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is best known for its extensive track record representing the Dutch state in complex arbitrations, though it also has a notable corporate client base. Martijn Scheltema has a substantial Supreme Court practice that takes in setting aside proceedings. Georg Huith is also recommended.

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

β€˜Well-respected’ firm Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is β€˜ahead of the curve’; its team comprises β€˜experienced, smart and very responsive litigators’, including the β€˜down-to-earth’ Willem Heemskerk, β€˜sharp lawyer’ Hans van Wijk and Bert-Jan Houtzagers, who β€˜always gives pragmatic advice’. Its longstanding reputation for Supreme Court litigation is a particular draw, where it has a good track record representing the Dutch state and numerous domestic and multinational companies.

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Netherlands: Industry focus

Energy
Industry focus: energy - ranked: tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s department is particularly strong in high-profile project development and contract-related negotiation and litigation; it also handles M&A, and is active in oil and gas, conventional power and renewable energy. It is led by the β€˜very client-focused’ Iman Brinkman, who has β€˜in-depth knowledge of the sector’, and β€˜experienced’ competition expert Berend Jan Drijber.

Next generation lawyers

Iman Brinkman - Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s Melita van der Mersch recently defended the Medicines Evaluation Board against a patent claim by Pfizer subsidiary WLC.

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IT
Industry focus: IT - ranked: tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Meine Dijkstra, who specialises in public procurement and commercial contracts, leads Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s team. Strong arbitrator Martijn Scheltema is active in the space.

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

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

XS4ALL, Reclame Code Commissie and the City of The Hague are among the clients of Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s department, which is led by senior associate Sikke Kingma.

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Telecoms
Industry focus: telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is β€˜very good in all respects’, with particularly strong contentious capabilities. Elisabeth Pietermaat heads the practice, which includes the recommended Arnoud Boorsma.

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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
  • New Late Payments Directive

    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the β€œCommission”) 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.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD
  • NETHERLANDS AS A GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD