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Jan Holthuis

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Agriculture, Commercial Contracting, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, IT&IP, (FDI) China


Jan Holthuis is an experienced advisor in China related cross-border M&A transactions and complex international litigation cases on corporate, commercial and intellectual property, insurance and reinsurance related disputes. Jan is active in the China legal practice since 1995 and predominantly living and working in China since 2009.


He is a registered arbitrator at the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and at the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHAIC) / Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SIAC). Jan is a visiting lecturer at Erasmus University (Chinese commercial and corporate law and practice), Wageningen University (Chinese agricultural law and practice) and East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai (Intellectual Property dispute settlement & technology transfers).

Jan holds various positions at multinational companies operating in China and Europe and is often involved in legal strategy decision-making processes of international clients.

Jan Holthuis is the founder of the former HIL International Lawyers & Advisers, an international niche law firm with a specialization in Chinese law and practice. HIL, active in China since 1995, with offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Beijing, was the first Dutch firm to be granted a license from the Chinese Ministry of Justice to operate a foreign law firm branch in China in 2004. In 2016 HIL merged with Buren and Jan joined Buren as a partner.


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“Admitted to the Bar”
• Dutch qualified lawyer registered at the Amsterdam Bar
• Non-practicing solicitor registered with the Law Society of England & Wales

• Dutch Bar Association (NOVA)
• International Bar Association (IBA) and initiator to establish the IBA Agriculture Law Working Group
• European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
• American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham)
• Member of the Beijing Capital Club
• Member of the Economist Corporate Network


Jan graduated in 1992 from Erasmus University Rotterdam in Dutch law. In 2003, Jan (re) qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. In 2009 he successfully completed the Grotius specialist course International M&A transactions.


Commercial, corporate and M&a

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a

'Commercially oriented and providing pragmatic advice', Buren has offices in  Amsterdam, The Hague, and Luxembourg, and a strong Asia-facing practice thanks to its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Pieter van den Berg, Paul Deloo, and Tjeerd Aghina are the notable partners and senior associate Coen van der Mark is also recommended. The group advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals on the merger of Netherlands-based Valeant Europe into a Hungarian pharma company. Recent arrivals include Jan Holthuis, who specialises in Chinese law, and Damien Berkhout who joined from Stibbe.

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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

The ‚Äėpatient and understanding‚Äô team at¬†Buren¬†has developed its cross-border capability, especially in Asia, where it has strengthened its client base. Co-practice heads Damien Berkhout, who was a new arrival from¬†Stibbe, and Philip W M ter Burg are defending Cathay Airways and Latham Airlines in several proceedings involving civil law antitrust follow-on damage claims, arising from EU Commission fines for cartel activity.¬†Marc Velden van der and Jan Holthuis are also recommended.¬† Nippon Suisan and BDO are other clients. Evert Jan van Drongelen is now with the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service.

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