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HEUSSEN Lawyers & Civil Law Notaries is an independent law firm based in Amsterdam advising on a broad spectrum of corporate and private client related legal matters. Its founders have all worked for large traditional Dutch law firms. With a network in 3 countries in Europe, spanning 8 offices, HEUSSEN provides fast, responsive and solution driven advice to clients seeking specialized expertise.

HEUSSEN provides legal services of the highest quality standard without losing sight of practical issues or commercial considerations while making sure its clients always receive the personal attention they desire.

HEUSSEN believes in a multi-disciplinary approach. Its lawyers have extensive experience in working together with other professional service providers, such as tax advisers, accountants and corporate finance consultants. Consequently, the firm not only understands their language, but also realizes that combining these strengths at an early stage is highly efficient and beneficial to its clients.

HEUSSEN has a strong international focus. Its client base comprises large and medium-sized Dutch and foreign companies, whereby in particular clients from the United States and Canada, Europe and Asia (mainly Japan and Great China area) are well represented. To provide an excellent service to its clients the firm has established Chinese, Japanese, German and Swedish desks, headed by lawyers who are native speakers. There is also a North America and a Spain and Latin America desk.

Areas of practice

Corporate and corporate structuring: general corporate law matters, director’s liability, corporate governance, European company (SE), (cross-border) corporate structurings, contributions by and distributions to shareholders, audit and publication rules and requirements, (cross-border) legal mergers and demergers, capital increase and decrease, liquidation of Dutch companies and other legal persons, formation of Dutch companies and other legal persons, partnerships issuance of shares, migration of companies to and from the Netherlands.

M&A: buyer and vendor due diligence, joint-ventures and other corporate alliances, management and leveraged buy outs and buy ins, acquisitions, divestitures, pre- and post-deal structuring, private equity, shareholders’ agreements.

Banking and finance: financial assistance, structured finance, legal opinions, loans, bonds, notes and other finance documentation, security rights.

Contracts and commercial law: agency and distribution, general terms and conditions, customer relations, franchising, private international law, international sale and purchase of goods, intra-group agreements, partnerships, product liability.

Employment law: general employment and social security related issues, employee (stock) incentive plans, employment and assignment contracts, employment litigation, termination of employment contracts, industrial relations and collective labor agreements, international (cross-border) employment issues, works council issues, outsourcing and secondments, company transitions and transfer of an undertaking, reorganizations and collective dismissals.

Corporate and commercial litigation: liability issues, interpretation of contracts, breach of contract, tort litigation assessment, corporate and commercial litigation, insurance litigation, earn-out disputes, seizure of assets, summary proceedings, international disputes.

  • Number of lawyers (total): 150
  • Number of lawyers Amsterdam office: 25
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Japanese
  • Swedish
  • Chinese

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