Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

At act Fort Advocaten, the corporate and commercial practice is jointly led by Terry Steffens and Harro Schulz. The team is adept at handling a broad range of advisory matters and disputes in the space.
La Gro Geelkerken advocaten‘s corporate team is well known for handling joint ventures, sales, and reinvestment matters for clients in the agriculture and transport sectors, to name a couple of areas.
Squire Patton Boggs' presence in the Dutch legal market was reinforced by the opening of an office in Amsterdam in February 2024. Jeroen Sombezki is the key name in the commercial, corporate and M&A practice.

Commercial, corporate and M&A in Netherlands

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP‘s ‘strong, knowledgeable and hands-on’ commercial, corporate and M&A practice is jointly led by corporate law specialist Joyce Leemrijse and the ‘valued and trusted’ private equity and M&A expert Charles Honée. The team has a strong reputation for its vast capabilities in handling a wide range of complex mandates. Key areas of instruction include high-value M&A transactions, often with cross-border elements, joint ventures, and fund matters. Katinka Middelkoop has established strength in advising international corporates and financial institutions on transactions spanning Europe, Asia and the US. Jasper de Jong has impressive expertise in matters involving acquisitions, disposals and controlled auctions, and Christiaan De Brauw focuses on public M&A work. Olivier Valk made partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Leemrijse; Charles Honée

Other key lawyers:

Justin Steer; Megan McNutt; Gijs Linse; Christiaan de Brauw; Katinka Middelkoop; Jasper de Jong; Olivier Valk; Vincent Dogan


‘A strong, hands-on and knowledgeable team which is always available and open to feedback.’

‘Individuals know the market and industry-specific requirements therein. They have broad experience and are able to solve difficult challenges.’

‘The excellent Justin Steer leads a world-class team of associates, namely Megan McNutt, who is capable of navigating any international and complex transaction.’

Key clients


ProQR Therapeutics

APG Asset Management

OMERS Infrastructure Management


IHC Merwede


3i Infrastructure


Wolters Kluwer


Stora Enso

European Payments Initiative (EPI)

Van Lanschot Kempen


Prosus Group


Sif Holding

Astanor Ventures


De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

With impressive experience advising on public and private transactions, leveraged buy-outs, and corporate restructurings, Arne Grimme heads up the corporate practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, which is highly regarded for 'consistently providing top-notch advice'. The group regularly acts for a client base of domestic and international entities in a broad spectrum of matters. Gaby Smeenk is well known for advising on M&A and joint ventures, and Michael Schouten handles domestic and cross-border business acquisitions. Klaas De Vries specialises in assisting with significant cross-border transactions. Jaap Barneveld and Frank Hamming, who made partner in November 2023, are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Arne Grimme

Other key lawyers:

Klaas de Vries; Michael Schouten; Jaap Barneveld; Jan Willem Hoevers; Gaby Smeenk; Tijmen Klein Bronsvoort; Yi Duan; Frank Hamming; Anja Mutsaers


‘An excellent team and great even on an international scale.’

‘Arne Grimme, Klaas de Vries, Lennart Keijzer are each excellent in their own M&A fields; Michael Schouten stands out for governance and the unrivalled Jan Willem Hoevers does for equity capital markets.’

‘Gaby Smeenk and her team are second-to-none. Fantastic to work with, extremely smart and pragmatic negotiators.’

‘De Brauw is a very reputable firm with high-quality partners and teams, consistently providing top-notch advice. While their advice has always been of high quality and based on a sound theoretical understanding, the team is also pragmatic, which truly helps to get M&A transactions done.’

‘Jaap Barneveld combines in-depth knowledge on all relevant legal and other aspects of public-to-privates with a pragmatic mindset and is always focused on finding the best possible solution for the client.’

‘A good multi-disciplinary team that integrates with us seamlessly.’

‘Unparalleled experience in complex multijurisdictional deals. Thoughtful, deal-minded advice coupled with good technical expertise.’

‘Tijmen Klein Bronsvoort is a good lawyer with great technical skills.’

Key clients






Beter Bed Holding



Flow Traders



JustEat Takeaway

Royal Philips






Rivean Capital

Royal Schiphol Group





Work highlights

  • Advised AEGON on the combination of its Dutch operations with a.s.r. for a total consideration of €4.9bn.
  • Advised Teleperformance on its €3bn takeover offer of Majorel.
  • Advised Heineken on the sale of the Vrumona factory to Danish buyer Royal Unibrew.


NautaDutilh's commercial, corporate and M&A group, led by Jaap Stoop, is well-placed to advise on a broad spectrum of matters, including high-profile M&A deals, often including cross-border elements. Other key drivers of work for the team include private equity matters, business combinations, and the sale of shares. Finance, energy, life sciences and tech are key sector strengths. Jacqueline Clement focuses on corporate work in the finance arena, and Stefan Wissing fields expertise in M&A. Lieke van der Velden and Willem Bijveld are singled out for their contributions.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Stoop

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Wissing; Willem Bijveld; Lieke van der Velden; Jacqueline Clement; Sybren de Beurs


‘Great teamwork and good knowledge of M&A.’

‘Good cooperation with internal legal team, with specific know-how on certain areas like capital markets, asset management and regulatory law.’

‘Very good understanding of the specific needs of their clients, objectives and industry specifics.’

‘Lieke van der Velden is truly an expert in her field of expertise, extremely responsive and solutions-oriented and a great person to work with.’

‘Very knowledgeable about the law and market practice. The breadth of the firm’s experience enables them to always field a team that is appropriate for the situation at hand. A diversity in respect of background, experience, way-of-working, etc. that is unique for top-tier Dutch law firms.’

‘Stefan Wissing is often the smartest person in the room, but without the ego. Great to work with and committed.’

‘Willem Bijveld was the glue that held our entire legal experience together from a legal perspective. His professionalism is exceptional, follow-up and follow-through proactive and thorough, while his knowledge and ability to navigate difficult tasks was complete and also creative.’

‘Willem is a partner, contributor and leader.’

Key clients

a.s.r Nederland N.V.

Sky Group Holding B.V.

Rexel S.A.

Cooley (UK) LLP

NewAmsterdam Pharma

AEGON Asset Management Holding B.V.

Bluestar Alliance


Accell Group


Basic-Fit (listed Amsterdam Stock Exchange, largest operator of fitness centres in the Benelux)

Nouryon (former AkzoNobel Chemicals)

Vopak N.V. (world’s leading tank storage company, listed on Euronext Amsterdam)

HAL Investments (listed, net asset value of € 13.7bn)

SHV, including NPM (largest family office, net asset value €13 bn.)

Dutch Ministry of Finance

Lineage Logistics

ALD Automotive


Northsea Therapeutics


Mirage Retail Group


Liberty Mutual


At Stibbe, the team is highly regarded for advising on high-profile domestic and cross-border corporate and M&A transactions. Other key drivers of work for the group include high-value business combinations and sales of companies. The ‘very commercial and pragmatic’ Björn van der Klip is a private equity and public M&A expert, and Heleen Kersten is well versed in advising on high-value M&A transactions and corporate governance matters. Eva Das' workload includes joint ventures, private equity and M&A matters.

Other key lawyers:

Björn van der Klip; Duco de Boer; Eva Das; Heleen Kersten; Omar el Gachi; Marc Habermehl; Nora Offergelt; Manuel Lokin


‘The team provides a good combination of thorough legal analysis and practical guidance so that, as a client, one feels well-supported without getting stuck in unnecessary details or nit-picking.’

‘As a group and as individuals the members of the team are a pleasure to work with.’

‘A nimble and effective team.’

‘Björn van der Klip is very commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients


NN Group

FL Entertainment





PSG Equity


Work highlights

  • Advised on the €42bn merger of equals between Firmenich International SA and Koninklijke DSM N.V. to create DSM-Firmenich.
  • Advising FL Entertainment on its business combination with Pegasus Entrepreneurial Acquisition Company Europe B.V.
  • Advised Ordina on a public offer for all shares in the company by Sopra Steria.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance's practice stands out for its ‘good commercial sense’ and ‘strong M&A capabilities and resources’. High-value M&A transactions, with domestic and international elements, are a key pillar of strength for the group. Mark-Jan Arends leads the team; Jeroen Thijssen focuses on public takeovers and private equity and infrastructure investments, and Gregory Crookes, who has 'good business sense and a very sensible way of negotiating', specialises in handling complex cross-border M&A and high-value joint ventures. Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier, counsels Tim Heerschop and Pieter Leefers, and senior associate Stephanie Phillips are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark-Jan Arends

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen Thijssen; Stephanie Horowitz; Hansuya Reddy; Gregory Crookes; Pieter Leefers; Jan-Hendrik Horsmeier; Tim Heerschop; Stephanie Phillips


‘The team has strong M&A capabilities and resources and an ability to handle transactions across several jurisdictions.’

‘Stephanie Horowitz and Hansuya Reddy are well-connected with good knowledge of the Dutch market standards.’

‘The corporate team of Clifford Chance led by Greg Crookes is a very good, and efficiently operating team.’

‘The corporate team of Gregory Crookes, Pieter Leefers and Hansuya Reddy is a great team.’

‘The team takes ownership and acts quickly and efficiently. Where necessary, they seamlessly align with other sections with a careful, precise and very accurate and pragmatic approach.’

‘An excellent understanding of the main aims at a high-level are combined with due attention-to-detail, taking care that deadlines are met, results achieved and things do not fall through the cracks. ’

‘Strength in understanding private equity and the business. Good commercial sense.’

‘Gregory Crookes has a good business sense and a very sensible way of negotiating that makes sure that the important points are being taken care of without antagonizing people. It makes negotiations strong but amicable which helps in M&A.’

Key clients

Royal DSM

Koole Terminals



ABN Amro


Koole Terminals





Work highlights

  • Advised ING, ABN Amro & Rabobank on the sale of iDEAL to the European Payments Initiative (EPI).
  • Advised Prologis on the acquisition of a portfolio of 128 logistics facilities and six new developments from Crossbay.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s commercial, corporate and M&A team is very experienced in handling high-value mandates for clients in a range of sectors. The group's workload includes acting on the buy-side and sell-side of transactions, proposed acquisitions, and the sale of businesses, often spanning multiple jurisdictions. The practice is led by the triumvirate of Alexander Doorman, Saloua Ouchan and Harald Spruit, who is well versed in handling transactional, regulatory and contentious corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Doorman; Saloua Ouchan; Harald Spruit

Other key lawyers:

Dirk-Jan Smit; Hanneke Rothbarth; Marius Weyers


‘Saloua Ouchan is calm, composed, and always has a positive energy.’

‘They are quick to respond, accurate and sometimes offer advice that goes beyond expectations. As we, the clients, have different cultures and languages, we found their understanding of these differences very useful in providing us with advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised KLAR Partners on its proposed acquisition of Hallo, Group, an ICT service provider for mid and small-sized businesses in The Netherlands.
  • Advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its long-term investment partnership with Power2X.
  • Advised Macromill on the agreement to sell its 100% stake in MetrixLab to Toluna; the client will acquire a 17.4% stake in Toluna and a €63.5m receivable.


The commercial, corporate and M&A group at Houthoffbrings top-notch negotiation skills to the full spectrum of complex M&A transactions‘. Practice head Bram Caudriuses a very to-the-point approach to reach pragmatic solutions in international and complex deals‘. Corporate specialist Michiel Pannekoek is very experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions, and Philip van der Eijk is well versed in assisting tech clients. Alexander Kaarls is singled out for his contributions.

Practice head(s):

Bram Caudri

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kaarls; Michiel Pannekoek; Josephine de Bok; Philip van der Eijk; Grafton Cederburg; Guillette van Grinsven; Richard Witvliet; Margriet Kros


‘A professional firm with a flexible approach to assist international deals outside the Netherlands in a pragmatic way.’

‘Bram Caudri uses a very to-the-point approach to reach pragmatic solutions in international and complex deals. He is a pleasure to work with and have a high-quality output.’

‘The Houthoff team has assembled the best qualified subject matter experts I have worked with. The commercial, corporate and M&A team are knowledgeable, practical and very efficient. They have spent time learning and understanding our business needs, so they are better able to advise on risk and legal issues. They are an excellent M&A advisory team.’

‘Alexander Kaarls is an excellent and well-skilled M&A partner, who has a solid grasp on US company needs. He is a sensible and pragmatic team who has given us excellent support on all our deals. Josephine de Bok has also provided excellent support too.’

‘Michiel Pannekoek is worth every penny.’

‘The team has a highly established presence in the international M&A market. My go-to-team when it comes to Dutch transactions.’

‘They bring top-notch negotiation skills to the full spectrum of complex M&A transactions, are available and good fun to work with. Stand-outs include Bram Caudri, Philip van der Eijk and Grafton Cederburg.’

‘One-stop shop principle; fast and good-quality responses; innovative in terms of out-of-box thinking and solutions. Great intern team collaboration.’

Key clients




ABN AMRO Verzekeringen


Vitol Group

Van Oord




Royal IHC


(Robert) Bosch

Söderberg & Partners



EV Cargo

Dummen Orange

Avery Dennison


Work highlights

  • Advised Sopra Steria Group SA on its €518m public offer for Ordina N.V.
  • Advised Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corporation (FLAC) on a de-SPAC merger with New Amsterdam Pharma.
  • Advised Ariston Holding N.V. on its proposed acquisition of CENTROTEC Climate Systems GmbH.

Loyens & Loeff

At Loyens & Loeff, the 'committed' commercial, corporate and M&A team is co-led by Bastiaan Cornelisse, who handles reorganisations, restructurings, joint ventures and M&A, and corporate specialist Roel FluitAntoinette van der Hauw specialises in advising on private equity transactions and joint ventures, and Rob Schrooten assists with buy-out matters, and domestic and international M&A deals and joint ventures. Harmen Holtrop is a key practitioner to note.

Practice head(s):

Bastiaan Cornelisse; Roel Fluit

Other key lawyers:

Rob Schrooten; Wijnand Meijer; Herman Kaemingk; Antoinette van der Hauw; Harmen Holtrop


‘The notarial/corporate team is very hands-on, knowledgeable and very much embedded with other teams.’

‘The combination of this team, with their M&A, employment, tax and regulatory teams and our inhouse teams work really well.’

‘The Loyens & Loeff M&A team provides excellent service and quality.’

‘Rob Schrooten is an excellent M&A lawyer.’

‘A really committed team able to deliver within a complex environment. They are also able to work with several law teams in different countries and align everybody to move forward with pace in a competitive environment’

‘Excellent knowledge and advice – a great team, which is diverse and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Loyens delivered incredibly good team work – the Loyens team very much felt like a true extension of our family business during a hectic and crucial period for our firm. The various individuals of the team took on their respective roles in an excellent manner. They really spoke the language of our company, whilst simultaneously showing deep understanding of the issues at hand.’

‘The combination of the extremely seasoned Herman Kaemingk and the younger Rob Schrooten proved to be very successful. They took different roles during the process, which was very beneficial. Both were on top of things, managed the process perfectly and brought incredible value to the table’

Key clients

Heineken Holding

DPG Media B.V.



Keensight Capital


Opportunity Partners


Willis Tower Watson

Jan Linders B.V.


Croma Pharma GmbH


Work highlights

  • Assisted Jan Linders B.V. with a strategic agreement with Albert Heijn.
  • Advised easyHotel Limited on the successful acquisition of the easyHotel Benelux portfolio from Xcentric Hotels B.V., an affiliated business of Crossroads Real Estate.
  • Advised AstraZeneca on the acquisition of Neogene Therapeutics Inc.


The commercial, corporate and M&A group at AKD has a strong reputation for advising on high-value and cross-border M&A deals and private equity matters. The team reports an increase in instructions from clients in the tech, biotech, chemical and transport sectors. Carlos Pita Cao heads up the practice, and other key practitioners include public M&A specialist Lennart Crain, Nathalie van Woerkom and Wouter Kros, who brings experience in handling joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pita Cao

Other key lawyers:

Peter Cohen; Wouter Kros; Nathalie van Woerkom; Valéry Schaap; Lennart Crain; Inan Akdeniz


‘The AKD team are nothing short of fantastic. We have a complicated group structure with shareholders all around the world, and AKD’s ability to consider multiple jurisdictions and multiple elements of a deal and propose a structure that works considering all elements is phenomenal. They always have the company’s best interest at heart which has made us a customer for life.’

‘Always available, always willing to go the extra mile and always have a great attitude. Peter Cohen and Wouter Kros from the AKD team were nothing short of amazing in our most recent transaction.’

‘The team is very dedicated and always very helpful, as well as collaborative.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom is amazing to work with and really thinks along with us in our best interest. She is also a people person and really shows interest in her clients and team.’

‘A very professional, pragmatic and deal-orientated team.’

‘We have worked with Nathalie van Woerkom and Valéry Schaap. Both provided us excellent advice, were very skilled in navigating cross-border deals and the communication with them was top. I would certainly recommend them to others. An excellent team.’

‘The team we are working with is well coordinated, with a delightful blend of experience and expertise. Agile and efficient.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao is a likable, smart and trustworthy practitioner – very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Marlin Equity Partners


Culina Group Limited

Uniphar plc

KIC InnoEnergy EIT


Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland (OOST NL)

Perspectieffonds Gelderland B.V.

Rotterdam Port Authority


De Hoge Dennen Capital


Berk Partners (Private Equity)

Blackstone and a portfolio company

PAI and a portfolio company

Alpha Private Equity / IPCOM

Inkef Capital




Ballymore Group

Brian Beheer



Astek Group


ISA Pharmaceuticals

Westway Group

K3 Business Technology Group Plc. (LSE-AIM: KBT)

Total Produce Plc. (LSE: TOT, ISEQ: T7O)

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Facilicom Services Group

IOI Corporation

DW Partners

Oranjewoud (PE firm)


Work highlights

  • Advising Marlin Equity Partners its bid, together with Altor, for Meltwater.
  • Advising the shareholders of Youfone on its sale to KPN.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie‘s commercial, corporate and M&A practice is well-equipped to advise on a wide range of matters, including corporate reorganisations, a key area of instruction for practice head Kim Tan. The group regularly handles high-value acquisitions in the space. M&A and private equity specialist Mohammed Almarini, corporate expert Koen Bos, legal director Joost Polman and Rebecca Kuijpers-Zimmerman are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Kim Tan

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Almarini; Koen Bos; Joost Polman; Rebecca Kuijpers-Zimmerman

Key clients

Allegion plc

APG Asset Management

Brainchild Commodity Intelligence

Chesnara / Waard Group

Daiwa House Industry Company, Ltd.Group

DS Smith


Ellomay Capital Ltd


Ergon Capital Partners


Ford Motor Company

FSN Capital

Galapagos N.V.NV

GATX Corporation

Gradient Ventures



Keesing Media Group

Koch Media GmbH

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR)



Marel hf.

Nordic Capital

PMB Beheer BV


Qmulus Invest

Roularta Media Group

Royal De Heus

Royal Dutch Shell

Safe Life AB

Ufenau Capital Partners


Vertigo Games

Wagram Equity Partners B.V.


Yource B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised FSN Capital on the acquisition of the ilionx Group from Egeria.
  • Advised KKR on the acquisition of a majority stake in Refresco.

DLA Piper

The ‘very dedicated, results-oriented and highly practical’ commercial, corporate and M&A team at DLA Piper is well known for advising on a range of high-profile matters, including sales, acquisitions and divestments, often including cross-border elements. At the helm of the practice is Daphne Bens, who has extensive expertise in assisting multinational corporations with complex M&A deals. Other key names to note include Pieter Paul Terpstra, who advises on cross-border transactional work, and the 'top-notch' Henk Arnold Sijnja.

Practice head(s):

Daphne Bens

Other key lawyers:

Pabe Suurd; Henk Arnold Sijnja; Richard Fens; Pieter Paul Terpstra


‘The DLA team is very dedicated, results-oriented and highly practical. All advisors I have worked with are responsive and think ahead.’

‘Pabe Suurd is a dedicated, results-oriented and highly practical candidate civil law notary. He is very responsive, thinking ahead and planning well. Pabe understands his client’s business and priorities. He is reliable in meeting agreed deadlines without compromising quality, and has a positive attitude.’

‘A great group – they brought the correct resources to the correct piece and part of the process. We spent a couple of years working through a frustrating transaction and they were good and helpful all the way through.’

‘Henk and his team are top-notch; friendly and easy to deal with, but bringing the fire when needed!’

Key clients

Adriaan van Erk Groep

Aegon N.V.

Arcadis N.V.


Censo Energy Solutions

Collagen Matrix, Inc

Crossroads Real Estate

DEPT / The Carlyle Group

Dura Software, Inc.

Global Energy Storage

Global Transport Solutions

HSO Group / The Carlyle Group

ING Corporate Investments Participaties

Janssen Group of Companies

Majorel Group Luxembourg S.A.

NewPort Capital

Nordian Capital Partners

Oaktree Capital Management

Parabellum Acquisition Corp.


SABIC International Holdings B.V.

Samenwerkende Kinderopvang Groep



Synergia Capital Partners

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advised SABIC on the divestment of its Functional Forms business to Rohm.
  • Advised Collagen Matrix, Inc on its acquisition of all shares in Polyganics Holding B.V. from multiple sellers.
  • Advised SolarEnergyWorks and its founders on the sale of the SolarEnergyWorks business to Amypr Solar Europe.

Jones Day

At Jones Day, the team has a solid track record in advising on high-value corporate acquisitions, often with multijurisdictional elements; the Dutch office leverages the firm's wider global network to provide support to clients on a range of cross-border matters. The practice is led by the quartet of corporate law expert Mike Jansen, Floris Pierik, and Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen and Menno Geusens, both well known for handling cross-border instructions. Bastiaan Kout is lauded as 'smart, practical and great to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Mike Jansen; Floris Pierik; Marc Rijkaart van Cappellen; Menno Geusens

Other key lawyers:

Bastiaan Kout


‘Bastiaan Kout is smart, practical and great to work with: has a quick understanding of the matter, has an impressive ‘can do’ attitude, and is just fun to work with.’

Key clients

SHV Energy N.V.

Avient Corporation

Aurelius Equity Opportunities

Eurobio Scientific

Lam Research Corporation

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.

FleetCor Technologies, Inc.

Eastman Chemicals



Axiom Partners



The Mosaic Company

Dimeta B.V.

Climate Fund Managers

Work highlights

  • Advised Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. on its €700m acquisition of the remaining equity interests in Lamb-Weston/Meijer V.O.F.
  • Advised Aurelius on the acquisition of three European paper mills from Sappi Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of an 80% stake in Bio Energy Coevorden to VARO Energy.


The commercial, corporate and M&A team at Linklaters, led by Jan Willem De Boer, is recognised for its capabilities in handling M&A, private equity and restructuring matters, and is often instructed by Dutch and international investors and corporates. Business combinations and high-value acquisitions are also prominent in the group's workload. Guido Portier and Mariken van Esch are well versed in advising on a range of corporate law issues. Counsel Gijs Smit is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jan Willem de Boer

Other key lawyers:

Guido Portier; Mariken van Esch; Gijs Smit; Jaap Geleijns


‘Knowledge of all sectors of the renewable market from a wide-range of deals across different stages and involving various technologies. They also understand the latest regulatory updates as well as international precedents.’

‘Always available and able to answer questions on a range of topics.’

Key clients

Steinhoff International Holdings

Triton Advisors

Xenon Private Equity / Microtest

Shareholders of LeasePlan

VAM Investments SPAC

ING Bank, KBC Bank, Belfius and Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Advised ING, KBC Bank, Rabobank and Belfius on the sale of Payconiq International to the European Payments Initiative (EPI).

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright‘s commercial, corporate and M&A team is adept at handling M&A, joint ventures, business combinations and corporate restructuring matters. The group draws on the strength of the firm's wider global network to assist clients with domestic and international work. Corporate law expert Saskia Blokland is 'highly responsive, organised, knowledgeable, and very supportive'; she heads up the practice, in which the ‘thorough’ senior associate Joeri Noteborn and counsel Florian Fehres are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Saskia Blokland

Other key lawyers:

Heimon Smits; Jurriaan Jansen; Jasper Geerdes; Joeri Noteborn; Florian Fehres


‘NRF’s Amsterdam team has a number of good all-rounders in its commercial, corporate and M&A practice. They are driven, highly organised and knowledgeable.’

‘Saskia Blokland and Jasper Geerdes are highly responsive, organised, knowledgeable, and very supportive of the needs of the client.’

‘Heimon Smits is a nice and calm person to work with. He looks for solutions. Joeri Noteborn is thorough and delivers as promised.’

‘NRF is capable of having a large team working on all areas of law involved in M&A projects. They also have specific knowledge of our industry and have developed a competency on renewables energies.’

‘They are reactive and efficient.’

‘We work with Heimon Smits who is very efficient, precise, and proved to have very good negotiation skills.’

Key clients


Airborne International

Alcami Wisconsin Corporation


Allianz Nederland

Allianz Capital Partners


Anterra Capital

Atlantic Methanol (AMPCO)

ASR Real Estate


Ballast Nedam




Canadian Tire Corporation

CBOE Global Markets, Inc.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Clear Channel



Darling Ingredients




European Investment Bank

Emerald Kalama Chemical (Lanxess)


Frasers Centrepoint Limited

FTI Consulting

General Motors


Craven b.v.


Hunter Douglas Europe B.V.


Ingram Micro


Kerry Group


Louis Dreyfus Commodities



McLarens Acquisition Inc.

Monaghan Mushrooms




PMV (Participatie Maatschappij Vlaanderen)

pib Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers CEE

Regal Beloit Corporation


Rotterdam World Gateway






Swiss Life Asset Management

Tages capital




United Rentals

Vodacom Group Limited

VWR International

Warner Media


Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss Life Asset Managers on its acquisition of a 20% stake in Borssele III & IV from Partners Group.
  • Advised Enerflex Ltd. (Enerflex) on its business combination with Exterran Corporation (Exterran).
  • Advised the sellers on the sale of Eclipse Group B.V. and its respective subsidiaries to Novidam Capital Partners LLC.


9Corporate stands out in the Dutch market as a specialist M&A firm, and has a solid track record in handling mid-market transactions. Practice head Jan-Paul van der Hoek has expertise in advising on international M&A deals, and the group is well known for acting for tech, healthcare, retail and energy sector clients in the space. Tessa Rozendal, Mark Miedema, Daphne van Boxtel, Maurits de Haan and the ‘exceptional’ Jeanine Evertse are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Jan-Paul van der Hoek

Other key lawyers:

Tessa Rozendal; Mark Miedema; Daphne van Boxtel; Maurits de Haan; Jeanine Evertse


‘A very experienced team with a hands-on and practical attitude.’

‘They really understand the interests of the client and take responsibility for the process and explain the process steps and decisions.’

‘Full focus on practical solutions and best results for their client. I have been involved in many acquisitions and selling processes but 9corporate offers great quality for reasonable rates.’

Key clients

Odin Group

Rabo Investments

Fortino Capital

Impact Equity

Torqx Capital Partners

Plain Vanilla Investments

Quadrum Capital

Abn Amro Effecten Compagnie

DUPI Group

Holland Capital

Capital A





Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholder of Madern Group on its merger with CSi packaging.
  • Advised private equity firm Capital A on the acquisition of


The commercial, corporate and M&A team at CMS is very experienced in representing national and international clients, predominantly financial institutions, private equity firms and funds, in M&A deals, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Practice head Pieter van Duijvenvoorde​ has expertise in private equity matters, and Roman Tarlavski, who has 'exceptional strategic acumen', is a key name for cross-border work. Mark Ziekman is well versed in advising on mergers and takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van Duijvenvoorde​

Other key lawyers:

Gieneke van Nierop; Erik Vorst; Martika Jonk; Roman Tarlavski; Reinout Slot; Cecilia van der Weijden; Clair Wermers; Mark Ziekman; Elmer Veenman


‘Pieter understands M&A and has a view much broader than just the legal angle. Gieneke van Nierop is a top notary who is hands-on and delivers a great quality of work and proactive advice.’

‘Pieter is a well-known player in healthcare M&A transactions, who knows his business and only needs half a word to understand your needs.’

‘CMS possesses a deep understanding of the intricacies of M&A law and has consistently demonstrated the ability to navigate complex legal issues with precision and efficiency. Their attention-to-detail and commitment to ensuring that every aspect of a transaction is thoroughly analysed and executed is truly commendable.’

‘One of the standout qualities of Erik Vorst and team is their exceptional communication skills. Throughout our engagements, they have consistently kept all stakeholders informed and engaged; this transparency has been invaluable.’

‘Martika Jonk is a superb corporate partner who provides incredibly client friendly and pragmatic advice.’

‘CMS’s expertise in corporate and M&A is unparalleled, ensuring comprehensive and tailored solutions for clients. What sets them apart is their unwavering commitment to client success, evident through a proven track-record of favourable outcomes.’

‘Their deep industry knowledge and dedication to clear communication make them a top choice. CMS stands out for its client-centric approach and remarkable ability to navigate complex legal landscapes.’

‘Roman Tarlavski possesses exceptional strategic acumen, consistently delivering innovative solutions that surpass our expectations. His ability to simplify complex legal matters and communicate effectively sets him apart.’

Key clients



BBL Groupe





Carl Zeiss


FD Media Group


Glennmont Partners (Nuveen)





Mosa Meat



Oaktree Capital Management




Technology & Strategy Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Royal Unibrew A/S on its acquisition of Vrumona from Heineken for €300m.
  • Advised Bynder on the sale of a majority stake to Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (THL).
  • Advised Groupe BBL on its acquisition of the Share Logistics group.


Dentons' 'exceptional' commercial, corporate and M&A team has established strength in advising on joint ventures, M&A deals and private equity work. Casper Haket is well known for his expertise in corporate matters, and jointly leads the practice with public and private M&A expert Kuif Klein Wassink and Ico Jalink, who specialises in M&A and bring experience in advising on cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Casper Haket; Kuif Klein Wassink; Ico Jalink

Other key lawyers:

Nick de Rooij


‘The team is very approachable, knowledgeable and really feels like an extension of our own in-house team.’

‘They are pragmatic, practical and know the market inside-out. Very much value for money and exceptional in matter management.’

‘Kuif Klein Wassink is a very pleasant and knowledgeable partner who always stays calm and has a good feel for the wishes of the client and cultural sensitivities where relevant.’

‘Nick de Rooij is a very mature and talented associate who has the ability to take a step back and place the work, his clients and his role in a broader context. He is pragmatic and commercially versed.’

Key clients

AMC Ventures




Equinor Ventures

Franklin Templeton

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co

Pathé Theatres

VKR Holding (VELUX group)


Retreat Guru

Energetický a průmyslový holding (EPH)

Battery Ventures


Aventicum Capital Partners

BIG Shopping Centres Ltd

Round Hill Capital Partners


Work highlights

  • Assisted private equity firm Platinum Equity with the acquisition of Calderys for approx. €930m.
  • Advised Energetický a průmyslový holding (EPH) on the acquisition of the Rijnmond Power Plant.
  • Advised Europastry on its acquisition of an international frozen food manufacturing business from US-based Dawn Foods.


At Florent, the commercial, corporate and M&A group regularly acts for clients in a broad range of sectors, including food and beverage, media and entertainment, and tech. The practice is led by the triumvirate of Pieter van den Brink, who focuses on cross-border corporate transactions; Pieter Van Uchelen, who is 'focused and on top of every detail'; and David van Kessel. In January 2023 Matthijs Brons left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van den Brink; Pieter van Uchelen; David van Kessel

Other key lawyers:

Lidewei Lankreijer; Lisette von Oyen


‘Pieter van Uchelen has come to develop a great understanding of our organisation at all levels and is able to deliver work fit for purpose for us, our portfolio companies and their senior management.’

‘The team led by Pieter van Uchelen has provided excellent advice and process management skills and guided us through an ambitious M&A process with clear focus on delivering the target. Pieter and team mastered all aspects of the transaction, including managing outside counsel from various jurisdictions, and delivered solutions on time.’

‘Pieter van Uchelen was at all times responsive, focused and on top of every detail. He never failed to deliver a solution where one was needed. Lisette von Oyen was also responsive and a great asset on the deal team from day one.’

‘Florent has a pragmatic way of working atop specialist knowledge. With a personal and pragmatic approach, they know how to achieve objectives in a very efficient way. The deadlines and expectations are well-considered and realised.’

‘We work with Pieter van den Brink and Lidewei Lankreijer. Pieter is very involved with the client and has a lot of specialist knowledge as well as knowledge of the client and their file. Lidewei is Pieter’s right hand – she also has the file knowledge and they both always prepare all meetings very well, so that they run very effectively.’

‘Hands-on legal advice during transactions and after implementation.’

‘Pieter van Uchelen and his team are very pleasant to work with, they always keep an eye on the bigger interest of the transaction and are keen to make a deal work.’

‘Pieter van den Brink is very experienced, has an eye for detail and understands the really essential elements in a deal. A proactive negotiator who makes the deal happen.’

Key clients

Tony’s Chocolonely

New York Pizza

PHIT Holding B.V.

Solo Invest


WPG Uitgevers

Spring Investment Management


The Correspondent

Victus Participations



Plukon Food Group

Arcus Infrastructure Fund




Visscher Caravelle

Ancala Partners

O2 Capital Partners

Kubus Sports


Friesland Campina


Vendis Capital





SPX Corporation


Datamars SA

Meijer Beheer

BOM Capital I B.V.

Nozem Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Döhler on the proposed acquisition of SVZ from Royal Cosun.
  • Advised Tony’s Chocolonely on an investment by Verlinvest.
  • Represented Meijer Beheer in the €700m sale of its interest in the 50/50 Lamb-Weston/Meijer joint venture to Lamb Weston.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP's team has established capabilities in advising on M&A, outsourcing agreements and transactions in the technology sector. The 'friendly and very experienced' Herald Jongen co-heads the practice with Bas Vletter, who brings expertise in assisting Dutch entities with a wide range of private and public transactions. Linda Thonen left the firm in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bas Vletter; Herald Jongen

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen den Dunnen; Thédoor Melchers


‘A strong team of entrepreneurs, which is reflected in the way they do business; pragmatically and geared towards solving problems in an efficient and effective manner.’

‘Herald Jongen is the leading outsourcing M&A expert in the Benelux with a strong track record advising financial institutions.’

‘Fast, accurate, streetwise and value for money.’

‘Herald Jongen is friendly, very experienced, super fast and spot on. He is also a good strategist and negotiator.’

Key clients


Amarna Therapeutics B.V.

Andes C.V.

Andlinger & Company

APi Group Corporation

Athora Netherlands N.V.

BAS Consultancy


Bregal Freshstream

Bunzl plc.

City of Amsterdam

CIVCO Radiotherapy

Digital Turbine, Inc.

European Stability Management (ESM)

Greyline Partners, LLC


J.S.P. Bremer Holding B.V.

MessageBird Holding B.V.

Detailresult (Dirk and DeKa)

Norstat AS

Oddo BHF

OTB Ventures

Proeza Ventures


SK, Inc.

Stern Groep N.V. (Supervisory Board)


Towerbrook Capital Partners (UK), LLP

Van Losser

Volkswagen Financial Services AB

Volvo Construction Equipment AB

Wavecrest Growth Partners


The State of the Netherlands

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Justice and Security)

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Defence)

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education & Science)

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Interior Affairs)

Work highlights

  • Advised Stern Groep N.V. on the sale of all shares in SternFacilitair B.V. to Hedin Mobility Group AB.

Heussen B.V.

Heussen B.V.‘s commercial, corporate and M&A group has an established track record in handling cross-border mandates, and is known for its dedicated presence in China, Germany, Italy, Japan, North America and Sweden, to name a few jurisdictions. The team regularly acts on joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and M&A work. Practice head Stan Robbers is 'a fast thinker and a firm but friendly negotiator'. Rens Berrevoets is a key associate in the department.

Practice head(s):

Stan Robbers

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Koot; Rens Berrevoets; Oscar Hoefnagels


‘Very proactive, with a value for money attitude. They are always fast to respond and are my preferred referral firm in the region.’

‘Stan is my go-to person, and he always manages to find great people in the team to speak with on various specific matters.’

‘Very committed, available and skilled team. Associates are high-level and able to lead negotiations. We have been working with the team for 6 years and haven’t considered changing.’

‘Stan Robbers gives a lot of space to his associates so they develop well whilst always being available and ensuring that quality is guaranteed. He is very skilled and puts client interests first.’

‘Rens Berrevoets is like our own team member. Communication is great, and he is very skilled and able to lead negotiations.’

‘Stan Robbers plays a crucial role as the accountable partner in Heussen’s thriving Chinese practice, benefitting from an exceptional network. As a highly competent corporate lawyer, his expertise primarily lies in international areas.’

‘The Heussen teams works fast and has good market knowledge. That makes discussions on negotiation strategies in a M&A transactions constructive and they therefore bring added value to the table.’

‘Stan Robbers is a fast thinker and a firm but friendly negotiator. Martijn Koot always reacts quickly.’

Key clients

Tenaz Energy Corp.

China Eastern

Pan American Silver/Yamana Gold

Enerpac Tool Group

Denham Capital

Agnico Eagle Mines


China Cosco Shipping



Chervon HK Ltd.

Beijing Konggang Hongyuan Logistics Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Goodwe Power Supply Technology Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tenaz Energy Corp. on the acquisition of a private company.
  • Advised KidsFoundation on a number of acquisition matters.
  • Advised Perstorp Holding AB on the Dutch law aspects of the acquisition of its shares by PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP handles a broad range of matters, including corporate restructurings, investments, and M&A deals. The team is well versed in acting on cross-jurisdictional work. Victor de Vlaam co-heads the department with the 'very experienced' Danielle du Bois-Buné. Jan de Snaijer retired from practice in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Victor de Vlaam; Danielle du Bois-Buné

Other key lawyers:

Dane Solomon; Bastiaan van Rath


‘They are committed to the company clients and follow up well. They also cooperate well in cross-country contexts.’

‘Danielle du Bois-Buné and Bastiaan van Rath are noteworthy.’

‘Team members are hardworking, reliable and commercial with solid execution skills. ’

‘Danielle du Bois-Buné is a very engaged partner and an excellent team leader – she is always available, always on top of things and commercial when it matters. She is very experienced and responsive, and is able to deliver under pressure. Strongly recommended.’

Key clients

Stahl group

Tikehau Capital

Ufenau Capital Partners


Royal Terberg Group B.V. and AutoBinck Group B.V.

Bencis Capital Partners

Internet Mobile Communications Ltd.

Maguar Capital Partners

Revvity (PerkinElmer)

Work highlights

  • Advised Stahl on its acquisition of ICP Industrial Solutions Group (ISG).
  • Advising Euronext Paris on the acquisition of a majority stake in CReators of the Outside WorlD (CROWD) from i.a. Convent Capital.
  • Advised Azerion on the sale of its Youda Games portfolio to Playtika.


The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Lexence has a strong track record in handling buy-side and sell-side matters relating to M&A transactions, joint ventures, investments, acquisitions and private equity work. Energy and telecoms are core sector strengths for the group, which is co-led by Joost Kolkman and Wouter HelderLuc Habets left the firm in January 2024.

Practice head(s):

Joost Kolkman; Wouter Helder

Other key lawyers:

Bas de Mie; Kevin Beukeveld; Diederick de Boer


‘They present a no-nonsense attitude with focus on material matters and an ability to level with lawyers from other parties and to set the tone in negotiations.’

‘A very capable team of professionals who cover various aspects. They offer excellent advice and are to the point, providing a clear path and opinions. Billing is very transparent and fair. Their collaboration was beyond any expectations and the team delivered the service on time and in a very accurate and professional manner.’

‘Communicative and accessible.’

Key clients

Main Capital

Volker Wessels

Carepay International


NIBE Industrier AB

Royal Schiphol Group




ESRO Foods

Endeit Capital (Joop van der Ende)

A-Ware Food Group

KPN (Fiber Division)

Modern Dental Group

RTL Netherlands


Hibernia Worldwide Hotels

Intelligent NV

Agro Merchants Netherlands BV

Greenlane LLC

Dutch Greentech Fund

Truffle Capital

Avedon Capital Partners

Sirius Venture Partners

ING Bank

ABN AMRO Participaties

Triton Partners

International Wellness Resort

Dental Clinics

Normec Group

Hewlett Packard Bank Plc



Waterland Private Equity

Synergia Capital

DM Equity Partners

Antea Participaties

Glaspoort (KPN/APG)

Work highlights

  • Advised NIBE Industrier on the acquisition of all shares in the Dutch Climate for Life Group (CFL).
  • Advised on the formation of a joint venture named Glaspoort between Royal KPN and APG.
  • Advising Waterland Private Equity on the corporate aspects of the acquisition of two new platforms.

Osborne Clarke

At Osborne Clarke, the commercial, corporate and M&A team continues to act for an established client base of investors, shareholders, solar developers and software developers in the sale of businesses, mid-market sales and acquisitions, and joint venture matters. Cross-border work forms a key pillar of the practice. Herke van Hulst heads up the practice. Other key practitioners include Marie-Louise Weeda and Geoffrey Beurskens.

Practice head(s):

Herke van Hulst

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Beurskens; Nick Staes; Jim Margry; Marie-Louise Weeda; Niels Dolk; Wouter Kok; Marie-Louise Weeda


‘They work proactively, are trustworthy and always have the end goal of the client in mind.’

‘We have been really pleased with the excellent and pleasant service provided by Herke van Hulst.’

‘They have expert knowledge of the market we operate in, and provide an all-round service.’

‘Herke van Hulst is proactive, outcome-oriented, in control of processes, a great communicator, energetic, responsive and a leader, not just a facilitator.’

‘A strong team with excellent partner Geoffrey Beurskens leading the transactions. A full-service is provided, with various specialists involved across key areas.’

‘Geoffrey Beurskens is always fantastically commercial, clearly articulates the different positions on each side and gives suggested ways forward. He is particularly key given the cross-border nature of the transactions worked on where market norms differ.’

‘They are a full-service firm, offering legal support across the whole spectrum including fundraising, M&A, but also employment law and notarial work, so really a one-stop shop with deep and broad in-house knowledge to cover all elements in a transaction.’

‘Herke van Hulst and Nick Staes did a great job in supporting us in an intense and complex transaction with multiple stakeholders. They were always available and were a tremendous support. Jim Margry helped negotiating the founder provisions.’

Key clients

Ampyr Solar Europe

Amsterdam Data Collective

Garbe Institutional Capital

Genome Diagnostics B.V. and its founder and shareholders

Gilde Healthcare


Koa Health

Kodision B.V.



ODMedia Holding B.V.

Rockstart Energy Fund Cooperatief U.A. / Rockstart AgriFood Cooperatief U.A.

RS Group

Safran SA

Sound Bioventures Management

Superstruct Netherlands Holdings B.V.

Two Bulls Holdings Pty Ltd

Van Gool & Partners B.V.


Work highlights

  • Advised AMPYR Solar Europe (ASE) on its acquisition of SolarEnergyWorks, a Netherlands-based solar business.
  • Acted for Kodision in its sale to Atabix Group.
  • Advised Superstruct on the acquisition of Interstage Equipment B.V. and its subsidiary Interstage B.V. from eQ Management B.V.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' commercial, corporate and M&A practice is home to a team of 'top-notch legal experts who prioritise clients'. The group is well versed in handling sales and corporate restructurings. The ‘very experienced’ Leo Verhoeff co-heads the department with Rob Hendriks, who fields expertise in real estate investment matters. Elise Boehmer ‘stands out for her hard work, efficient project management and pragmatism’. David Shearer focuses on advising energy sector clients on corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Leo Verhoeff; Rob Hendriks

Other key lawyers:

Elise Boehmer; Michiel Boer; David Shearer


‘It is great to have Leo next to us and bring the deals to the finish quickly. The bigger picture matters. The team is great fun to work with, sharp, to-the-point, attentive to our way of working, while not afraid to challenge, and has a keen eye for sensitivities in process situations without losing focus on the heart of the matter.’

‘Elise Boehmer stands out for her hard work, efficient project management and pragmatism.’

‘A great team; thoroughly understanding of the fine art of M&A and made up of skilled individuals complementing each other in the various areas. I would highly recommend working with Simmons & Simmons.’

Key clients

Gilde Equity Management (GEM) Benelux

Dawn Foods

HQ Pack Group

Fletcher Hotels

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

ZF Friedrichshafen

The Dyson-Kissner Moran Corporation


Platinum Equity



Monument Re

Morningside Ventures


Surmount Ventures Fund

Symrise AG


90 North Real Estate Partners LLP

Brookfield Global Infrastructure Advisor Limited


CaseWare International Inc.

Capital Coach

Lightsource bp

ORIM Energy


DTN Europe

Trime North

Advanced Safety Technology

Work highlights

  • Advising Gilde Equity Management (GEM) on the proposed sale of Wasco.
  • Advised Dawn Foods B.V. on the restructuring and subsequent sale of its frozen business to Europastry.
  • Advised the shareholders of HQ Pack Group on the sale of HQ Pack Group to NPM.


Stek is well known for advising technology, renewable energy, maritime and life sciences sector clients on a broad range of corporate transactional matters, including high-value acquisitions. Cross-border mandates are prominent in the group's workload, and the team is equally adept at assisting with regulatory issues. Key practitioners in the practice include corporate law specialist Eelco Bijkerk, who brings experience in M&A, restructuring and private equity matters, the 'eloquent' Ruben Tros and the 'dedicated, conscientious, accurate and skilled' Dirk de Graeff.

Other key lawyers:

Reijnoud Homveld; Lodewijk Vonken; Pamela Buhrman; Eelco Bijkerk; Maarten van der Graaf; Ruben Tros; Dirk de Graeff; Ruben Tros; Claudia Beele


‘Strong energy, capabilities and pragmatism.’

‘Reijnoud Homveld and Lodewijk Vonken provide practical solutions and good quality of work. They are very helpful not only at thinking through a legal lens, but also from  a broader perspective to help close transaction in best way possible. They listen, understands client needs very well and are creative enough to achieve the goals of all parties.’

‘Professional, knowledgeable, client focused, responsive and efficient.’

‘Pamela Buhrman and Eelco Bijkerk are noteworthy.’

‘Very down-to-earth and pragmatic, as well as very responsive. They do their best to understand their clients’ business.’

‘Maarten van der Graaf easily forms a personal connection, is quick to grasp concepts and come with an appropriate solution, and often sees things from a viewpoint not yet considered by others.’

‘A nice team with a consistent composition during transactions.’

‘Ruben Tros builds a good, trustworthy relationship with the client and offers a commercial perspective to support the client, is eloquent, knows the topics very well and remains calm and bright. Dirk de Graeff is dedicated conscientious, accurate and skilled.’

Key clients


Biltz Group


Foresco Group




Onyx Group


SK FireSafety Group


Stork / Fluor

Tarkett Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a.s.r. on the acquisition of wind farm Strekdammen from Pondera and Rebel.
  • Advising LyondellBasell on the acquisition of a 50% stake in Stiphout Industries B.V.

Van Doorne

The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Van Doorne 'provides a quality service', and is regularly instructed in strategic alliances, acquisitions, joint ventures and technology transactions. Distressed M&A is a core pillar of expertise for the team. Friso Foppes heads up the practice; other key practitioners include the 'knowledgeable' Hugo Reumkens and the 'personable and professionalDimitri van Hoewijk. In August 2023 Jeroen Sombezki left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Friso Foppes

Other key lawyers:

Hugo Reumkens; Myrthe Sevinga; Cara Pronk; Dimitri van Hoewijk; Louis Jonker; Sjoerd Stokmans; Onno Boerstra; Meltem Koning-Gungormez


‘They provide swift and spot-on advice, including alternative solutions and recommendations for the best way forward. In other words, the team not only gives legal advice but also guides you in a very professional way.’

‘Hugo Reumkens and Myrthe Sevinga provide guidance and legal advice while trying to address the case at hand as if they were the client, which makes working with them very pleasant and fruitful.’

‘The team is responsive. It provides hands-on advice on a tactical level. Matters are being handled by a multidisciplinary team, with all relevant subject matter experts involved. The firm is able to engage international experts quickly too.’

‘Hugo Reumkens is knowledgeable and a great sparring partner. Cara Pronk is to the point, swift and sharp in her advice. She is a pleasure to work with.

‘Outstanding expertise – the team is reliable, discreet, responsive and provides a quality service.’

‘The team was very well integrated. The overall transaction was an exceedingly complex acquisition that had very complicated and integrated commercial relationships with third parties that all had to be negotiated in tandem and the Van Doorne team worked seamlessly to deliver an excellent product to enable us to complete the transaction.’

‘Dimitri van Hoewijk quarterbacked our transaction – he stayed on top of his internal team whilst being personable and professional. Louis Jonker was fantastic in all aspects — both in terms of foreseeing all the complexity at the outset and doggedly ensuring that we would achieve our necessary points, but still allowing the other side to feel part of the process. I could not praise him more strongly!’

‘Sjoerd Stokmans is able to put complex fiscal matters into perspective, is trustworthy and never caught off guard. Onno Boerstra is highly appreciated in the boardroom, is recognised as one of the best M&A lawyers and has lived up to that reputation.’

Key clients

ABN Amro





Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Assa Abloy

Live Nation Entertainment Group






Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of ERPlastics B.V. on the sale of its shares and establishing a joint venture with Braskem.
  • Advised The Netherlands to Cigna Corporation on the sale of its majority interest in the Cigna Sağlık Haya to QNB Finansbank.
  • Advised the Port of Rotterdam on a range of transactional matters, including a strategic joint venture.


BarentsKrans‘ ‘efficient’ commercial, corporate and M&A team is instructed on cross-border matters, focusing on transactional work for large Dutch corporates and foreign entities. Michiel Martin handles joint ventures, private equity matters and corporate restructurings, and co-heads the practice with Lisanne Vissers. Rhamsey Croes specialises in advising on M&A transactions for software and defence sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Martin; Lisanne Vissers

Other key lawyers:

Rhamsey Croes


‘Great, efficient and highly dedicated team.’

‘Rhamsey Croes is very commercially-oriented and pragmatic, very dedicated and stands out from the crowd.’

‘A team of likeable people who seem to genuinely enjoy their jobs. It was honestly a pleasure working with them in stressful times.’

‘The best legal firm I’ve worked with, or had dealings with, ever. ’

‘Rhamsey Croes was the best we’ve talked to by a long-shot. Knowledgeable, very likable and extremely competent. Highly recommended.’

Key clients

White & Case LLP

Huisman Equipment




Van de Velde Packaging

Zwanenberg Food Group



Dura Vermeer

Borealis Hotel Group

Quintes Holding


Addtech Nordic

Foreman Capital

Quadrum Capital

Daily Logistics Group

Fortescue Future Industries

Stichting Pensioenfonds/APG Asset Management



Work highlights

  • Advised Van de Velde Packaging on the acquisition of
  • Assisted Addtech with the acquisition of MCS Europe Group B.V.
  • Advised Lumera on the acquisition of AxyWare.

Bird & Bird

At Bird & Bird, corporate law specialist Pauline Vos heads up the commercial, corporate and M&A practice, and has established strength in assisting tech companies with M&A matters. Michiel Wurfbain handles a range of public and private transactions, while René Rieter advises on corporate-focused real estate deals. Sophie Dingenen regularly represents energy sector companies in corporate work.

Practice head(s):

Pauline Vos

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Wurfbain; René Rieter; Sophie Dingenen


‘They stand out for their responsiveness, pragmatism, professionalism, provision of great legal support, and drive.’

Key clients

Lonza Group AG

Digital Railway Solutions

Cellnex Telecom SA

TriMas Corporation

Athletic Sports Group

Tromm Beheer B.V.

SDU Uitgevers


Calypso Biotech B.V.

TotalEnergies Renewables SA

Reichmuth & Co Investment Management

BloomReach, Inc

Preceyes B.V.

Platina Partners LLP

Chinook Therapeutics, Inc

Junttan Oy

Bonaire Brandstof Terminals


Borealis Group


Unisun Energy Group


Work highlights

  • Advising Lonza Group AG on its acquisition of Synaffix B.V.
  • Advising Trimas Corporation on the acquisition of Aarts Packaging B.V.


BJTK stands out in the Dutch market as 'a boutique law firm with smart and hands-on lawyers'. The commercial, corporate and M&A practice is active in cross-border M&A transactions, and regularly represents IT, renewable energy, media and technology sector companies in mandates. The 'quick-thinking, calm, and solution-oriented' Quirijn Biesheuvel co-heads the departent with Wouter Brugma and the 'professional, knowledgeable, and communicative' Evert van der Kaa. Babette Waltman is singled out for her contributions.

Practice head(s):

Quirijn Biesheuvel; Wouter Brugma; Evert van der Kaa

Other key lawyers:

Babette Waltman; Rutger Janse; Rob van den Sigtenhorst


‘Quirijn has a longstanding relationship with us as clients so actually knows what drives us, is excellent in providing pragmatic advice, and sharp as a knife. Evert has in-depth knowledge of the area and great communicating skills – he is structured and totally switched on. Babette acts quickly, is easily accessible and has good knowledge.’

‘Evert van der Kaa is a very professional, knowledgeable, and communicative lawyer. He concisely and thoroughly grasps legal matters and translates them into understandable, accurate advice. He has a helicopter view, is an exceptional listener and a tough negotiator. He has helped us with great success and we would definitely recommend him.’

‘Mr Van de Kaa gets right to the point and makes complex concepts easy to understand.’

‘BJTK is a commercial M&A boutique law firm with smart and hands-on lawyers. Its people are quick-thinking and experienced. The team is diverse.’

‘Quirijn Biesheuvel is quick-thinking, calm, solution-oriented. Babette Waltman is a strong consultant who can manage large projects in a very client-oriented way. Rutger Janse is a problem solver and Rob van den Sigtenhorst is a very intelligent and practical lawyer. ’

‘They were superb in handling our position and in a very short time they proved to be trustworthy and capable. They are crystal clear and transparent.’

‘Quirijn Biesheuvel is great at defending our points. He is a great guy to work with – knowledgeable, trustworthy and responsive.’

‘Evert van der Kaa is a very pragmatic and commercially-minded lawyer.’

Key clients

AB&C Group

Ace & Tate

Burger King Netherlands

CEE Group

Cellnex Telecom

Delta Equity Partners

ENGIE (Euronext: ENGI)

Esdec Solar Group

Globitas Investments



Koninklijke Philips (NYSE: PHG, Euronext: PHIA)

Municipality of Amsterdam

OG Clean Fuels


Patronale Solar Nederland

Philips Healthtech Ventures


Standard Investment

Work highlights

  • Advised AB&C Group and its shareholders on the sale of AB&C (including its subsidiary Boer & Croon) to EPSA Group (France).
  • Advised Power2X on the investment by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, which acquired a majority stake in the client.
  • Advised Notice Group and its shareholders on the sale of Notice to M-Cube Group (Italy).


The team at Buren has solid expertise in advising on joint ventures, restructurings, and domestic and international M&A transactions. The practice is led by the quartet of Paul Deloo, the ‘very strongPaul Josephus Jitta, who has experience of corporate litigation, Steven van der Waal and Pieter van den Berg, who handles M&A deals, joint ventures and disposals.

Other key lawyers:

Tjeerd Aghina; Peter van Dijk; Cees Frans Greeven; Jan Greijdanus


‘The corporate team of Buren works together seamlessly on transactions while coordinating a lot in the background. The partner on the matter is always aware of any issues that are handled by the team. This results in a fully integrated approach which is not often seen with other full-service law-firms.’

‘Tjeerd Aghina stands out as a corporate M&A partner with a deep technical knowledge and great eye for detail while maintaining focus on what’s important from a commercial perspective. He is creative and comes up with solutions for any issues that arise.’

‘A strong M&A and corporate practice.’

‘Paul Jitta is a very strong lawyer and litigator who always goes above and beyond.’

‘A commercial focus, eagerness to prove themselves, keenness to build-up a relationship, reliability, and provision of an integrated M&A and finance service.’

‘They elaborate and are detailed when it comes to legal due diligence work.’

‘Pieter van den Berg is friendly and accessible, has lots of experience, and is the right person to have on your side of the table in a negotiation. His commercial mindset, clear focus on client’s interest and creativity in finding the right solutions make him stand out.’

Key clients

Planon Group

Bonum Group

RTL Nederland Holding B.V.


Holland Capital


Nova Resources B.V.


Bausch Health

Work highlights

  • Assisted Pelion through its Dutch holding company Corporation of European Pharmaceutical Distributors N.V. with an equity investment.
  • Advising Waterland Private Equity on the acquisition of a majority stake in trading company Steboma B.V.
  • Advised Emov Europe B.V. on the acquisition of a majority stake in Sand Hill Petroleum B.V.


At boutique firm deBreij, the team's workload includes advising on M&A deals, joint ventures and commercial agreements. The practice is led by the quartet of Laura OveresWytse HuidekoperGaston Freijser and Maurice Dudink, who is well versed in handling corporate governance issues. Private equity and venture capital matters are other core areas of expertise for the lawyers. Rutger Marres left the firm in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Laura Overes; Wytse Huidekoper; Gaston Freijser; Maurice Dudink


‘A very dedicated and proactive team, always thinking two steps ahead.’

‘Very talented and dedicated people who are always available when needed.’

‘A boutique firm which provides a personal service – they also have good availability.’

‘Wytse is everything you want. Very smooth and with a great skillset. His team is awesome.’

‘Very approachable and hands-on team.’

‘We in particular appreciated that they could translate their sound legal expertise into pragmatic solutions tailored to the transaction needs. Great team work with genuinely nice people.’

‘Maurice Dudink combines the expertise and experience from his magic circle firm years with a very personal, engaged and pragmatic approach to the file.’

Key clients



Zvoove Group


Nyenrode Business University

Bergman Clinics

Universal Music Netherlands

Dealergroup Pon

Dr August Oetker

Eurocept Group


Ackermans & Van Haaren

Grupo Bimbo

PIA Group

BTT Multimodal Container Solutions


House of HR

Work highlights

  • Advised Ackermans & Van Haaren on a €250m cross-border joint venture matter.
  • Advised Power2x on the €130m cross-border investment from Canadian pension fund CPP.
  • Advised Scotch & Sod on a cross-border restructuring matter.


HVG Law LLP is very experienced in handling mid-market transactions for clients in the energy, transport and food and beverages sectors, among other areas. Practice head Sijmen de Lange has an excellent track record in advising on acquisitions and divestments, as well as M&A, private equity and joint ventures. Other key practitioners to note include Matthijs Driedonks and Susan ten Haaf.

Practice head(s):

Sijmen de Lange

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld; Matthijs Driedonks; Susan ten Haaf; Sandra van Loon; Bart Wolters; Merel Zwankhuizen; Chaggai Kon

Key clients

De Jong Packaging Group

Samskip Group

EyeCare Groep

Coop Nederland

Redwood Software


Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics


Isah Software

Enreach Holding


Currence iDEAL

C.H. Robinson Europe

Topcon Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advised Redwood Software on a €315m strategic investment from growth equity firm Turn/River Capital.
  • Advised Fonterra on setting up a joint venture with Royal DSM.

Kemperink Maarschalkerweerd Wouters N.V.

At Kemperink Maarschalkerweerd Wouters N.V., the corporate team is very experienced in handling cross-border sales and acquisitions. The practice is led by the triumvirate of Sander Maarschalkerweerd and Rob Wouters, both singled out as dedicated, highly skilled and a pleasure to work with', and the 'seasoned governance practitioner' Guus Kemperink, who has 'a wealth of experience' in the space. Senior associate Luke van de Laar is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Guus Kemperink; Sander Maarschalkerweerd; Rob Wouters

Other key lawyers:

Luke van de Laar


‘An experienced and very dedicated team. Their thorough approach helps us to stay in control and manage the delicate situation we are in. Their experience and responsiveness make them unique in this area.’

‘Guus Kemperink has a wealth of experience and is very keen. Luke van de Laar is thorough, quick and customer-focused. One feels in safe hands dealing with KMW.’

‘The team is fully committed and extremely responsive; always ready to promptly provide the client with precise legal answers.’

‘Rob Wouters is an excellent lawyer. Hands-on, pragmatic and always at my side.’

‘An excellent knowledge of governance practices in Europe.’

‘Guus Kemperink is a seasoned governance practitioner.’

‘Rob Wouters us a great guy – sharp and responsive.’

‘Sander Maarschalkerweerd and Rob Wouters are corporate lawyers with broad experience in M&A transactions. They are dedicated, highly skilled and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Südzucker AG

Atradius Dutch State Business

SkyTeam Airline Alliance


IX Zon

Philips Domestic Appliances

Beneo GmbH

CropEnergies AG

Wärtsilä Corporation

General Motors

Iscal Sugar SA

Stichting Continuïteit Ahold Delhaize

Rosesta Medical



Cofra Holding



Work highlights

  • Advised Atradius Dutch State Business on the restructuring of Royal IHC and the sale of IQIP by Royal IHC to HAL Investments.
  • Advised CB on an asset sale transaction.

Orange Clover Law

Boutique firm Orange Clover Law‘s commercial, corporate and M&A practice is very experienced in handling the gamut of public and private corporate transactional and advisory matters. The team's workload includes private equity matters, investment issues, acquisitions and due diligence proceedings. Pien Van Veersen and restructuring expert Machiel Galjaart co-head the practice. Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen is a key name for international corporate law matters. Sierd Spithoven is a senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Pien van Veersen; Machiel Galjaart

Other key lawyers:

Marcel van den Nieuwenhuijzen; Christopher Parker; Sierd Spithoven


‘The OC team excels by taking a problem-solving and pragmatic approach to corporate law. The partners have a strong sense of business which leads to a situation wherein one has a truly value-added legal partner by one’s side.’

‘Proactive communication and always on-time delivery.’

‘Commercial, practicable approach and fast response times atop a good understanding of German market realities such that cross-border engagements are seamless.’

Key clients

Rivean Capital

Waterland Private Equity


Andlinger & Company

Fortino Capital

Capital A Investment Partners

Korian SA

Avedon Capital Partners

Vivoryon Therapeutics N.V.

Adler Group


Equate Group

PAI Partners

Dutch government pension fund ABP

Borski Fund

Royal Ten Cate


Coatue Management

NorthC Data Center Group

Manutan International


De Lage Landen


Oaktree Capital


Aterian Investment Partners

H2 Equity Partners

APG Asset Management

Hexagon AB

Linamar Corporation

Gilde Healthcare

Vitruvian Partners

Holland Capital

Apeiron Investment Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted U.S. Zinc with the acquisiton of EverZinc Holdings B.V.
  • Advising Waterland Private Equity on due diligence proceedings concerning the acquisition of ELK Groep.
  • Advising Gilde Healthcare on due diligence proceedings concerning the acquisition of Sanquin Reagents.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV‘s commercial, corporate and M&A team has established strength in advising on M&A transactions, and has a notable focus on handling sales and acquisitions for clients in the energy sector. Practice head Carel Van Swaay is lauded as 'a perfect advisor'. Menno Stoffer is very experienced in advising on corporate finance and transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Carel van Swaay

Other key lawyers:

Menno Stoffer; Benjamin Gideonse


‘Good in public sector M&A and sensitive stakeholder situations.’

‘They show exceptional sensitivity for challenges on a governance and interpersonal level, in addition to the more technical legal challenges and typical M&A discussions. They are also highly skilled in the drafting of not only contracts, but also memos, tactical emails, and summaries. ’

‘Carel van Swaay misses nothing and is clear in what he sees and on recommending the best course of action therein. A perfect advisor.’

‘They have been building a strong M&A reputation in the Dutch market over the last few years.’

‘Carel van Swaay is very pleasant and very competent.’

Key clients

The Dutch State (various ministries)

City of Amsterdam

City of Rotterdam

Altano Gruppe


Direct Ship Finance


Munt Hypotheken

Work highlights

  • Advised the City of Amsterdam on the sale of waste-to-energy plant AEB Holding N.V.
  • Advised the Dutch State on corporate and M&A projects in the energy sector.

Rutgers & Posch

The 'responsive, practical and solutions-oriented' team at Rutgers & Posch is led by the quintet of M&A specialists Bas Visée and Anouk Oosterom;  Bas Mees, who focuses on mid-market private equity deals and venture capital matters; Lennaert Posch, who has a solid track record in handling M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings; and Matthijs van den Broek, who brings experience in corporate governance work. Justus Fortuyn and Tijmen Noordoven are singled out for their contributions.

Practice head(s):

Lennaert Posch; Matthijs van den Broek; Bas Visée; Anouk Oosterom; Bas Mees

Other key lawyers:

Justus Fortuyn; Tijmen Noordoven


‘Rutgers & Posch’s efficient team is formed of members with specific knowledge. Sound advice is combined with sensible client-friendly billing, which is highly appreciated.’

‘The knowledge base within Rutgers & Posch is broad and fulfils needs as required. Collaboration is very friendly too.’

‘Lennaert Posch has a very hands-on and pragmatic approach, he keeps the interests of the client an extremely high priority. He is pleasant to work with, highly analytical and professional.’

‘Tijmen Noordoven provides sound legal labour law advice, is well-liked and highly appreciated by clients. He goes the extra mile.’

‘Responsive, practical and solution-oriented.’

‘The team are experts in what they do – Lennaert Posch is a trusted advisor.’

‘Lennaert and Justus are experienced lawyers with a lot experience and involvement realizing the best deals and contracts for their clients.’

‘Justus Fortuyn stands out as a high-flying associate who has great technical skills and an easy manner which facilitates easy exchanges with our team and the persons with whom we are negotiating.’

Key clients

Van Lanschot Kempen

Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk B.V.

Rinkelberg Capital Ltd

Smitsair Vastgoed B.V.

Sitech Services B.V.

Econic B.V.

Veolia Nederland B.V.

De Jong & Laan Accountants

Anders Invest

Total Specific Hosting (Strikwerda Investments)

Snoeks Automotive Group

DOEN Participaties (Postcode Loterij)

MPC Capital AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Principal Industries on the acquisition of SloanLED.
  • Advised CRH on the sale of its subsidiaries.

Taylor Wessing

The ‘highly experienced’ commercial, corporate and M&A team at Taylor Wessing is well versed in handling cross-border instructions, and is active in the technology arena. The practice is jointly led by M&A expert Zabdaj Pollen and the ‘brilliant lawyer’ Antony Jonkman, who joined the group in July 2023. M&A expert Maja Bolè and Marnix Geraerts field expertise in cross-border transactions. The ‘fantastic‘ Nina Le Grand is singled out for her contributions.

Practice head(s):

Zabdaj Pollen; Antony Jonkman

Other key lawyers:

Marnix Geraerts; Maja Bolè; Nina Le Grand


‘Anthony and Marnix have a vast experience in mid-market M&A and in venture capital in the tech industry, with an entrepreneurial and practical approach re how to advise and structure transactions, built on a profound knowledge of both applicable laws and more importantly market practices.’

‘Marnix Geraerts’ communication is fast, highly effective and creative where necessary.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team helped me not only to navigate the legal issues but also to quantify risks. They provided guidance on where to give and where not to give in the negotiation of the SPA.’

Key clients

Vescom Group




Sony Europe




Ceulen Group


Triodos Energy Transition Europe Fund


Work highlights

  • Advised VINCI Energies on several acquisitions, including the Aqualectra companies and the Aircotech Schilt companies.
  • Advised Sony Europe on the acquisition of Beyond Sports.
  • Acted as counsel to a number of start-ups on a range of corporate matters.

Boels Zanders Advocaten

The commercial, corporate and M&A team at Boels Zanders Advocaten is co-headed by Luuk Hendriks, Jeroen Oehlen, Janou Briaire and Roald SubnelHendriks has established expertise in advising on acquisitions, investments, shareholder relation issues and joint ventures; Subnel and Briaire focus on M&A work, with the latter often instructed in cross-border M&A deals. Oehlen is well known for advising on transactional and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Luuk Hendriks; Janou Briaire; Jeroen Oehlen; Roald Subnel

Other key lawyers:

Madelène Leurs; Marie-Louise Kneepkens; Milou Segers; Tim Stoffelen


‘Roald Subnel is a great lawyer who understands the conflicts that sometimes can occur between legal and business interests.’

‘It is about the deal and not about fighting or game playing with the other side.’

‘An excellent team with great legal expertise that provides excellent advice and a pragmatic approach to complex issues. The team is very professional, proactive, and dedicated, and has a personal approach.’

‘Luuk Hendriks stands out by managing to keep on top of detail throughout highly complex M&A transactions, quickly grasping issues and offering commercial or practical solutions. They are flexible and always consider the commercial contexts when catering for legal needs.’

‘Luuk Hendriks is a great partner who is highly knowledgeable, sharp, dedicated, responsive and delivers quality advice with a pragmatic approach. Luuk has a commercial mindset, is a great negotiator, is very engaging and offers practical solutions.’

‘Jeroen Oehlen is very dedicated and always gives me the feeling that I am his only client! He also knows me and guides me through processes.’

‘The unique strength from this team is the diverse knowledge and availability.’

‘The team is well-structured and supportive, with great knowledge.’

Key clients

NRC Media Holding BV

Mediahuis NV

N.V. Limburgs Instituut voor Ontwikkeling en Financiering (Liof)

Labour Power Company BV

TMG Holding BV

Koenen en Co Accountants & Adviseurs

House of Clouds BV

Aareon AG/Aareon Group

La Martiniquaise Benelux BV and – NV

Hygos BV

Interduct Holding BV

Mol Beheer BV

BOLT Advocaten

BOLT Advocaten‘s commercial, corporate and M&A group is noted for advising on corporate and financial transactions, including M&A, buy-outs, private equity, and venture capital. Mark EisingRogier Dahmen and Alexander Steenaert are the practice co-heads.

Practice head(s):

Mark Eising; Rogier Dahmen; Alexander Steenaert

Key clients

BESQ Group

Storefront / Strix


Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH


Dirkzwager is well versed in advising Dutch and international companies on mid-size mergers, acquisitions, and private equity transactions, and is recognised for its strength in handling work in the energy sector. Claudia van der Most heads up the team; other key practitioners include Deline Kruitbosch, Selma van Ramele, who brings expertise in contractual matters, and Maarten Kole, who is well known for advising on corporate-related energy sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Claudia van der Most

Other key lawyers:

Selma van Ramele; Maarten Kole; Deline Kruitbosch; Lotte te Linde; Valerie van Engelenburg-Sijberden


‘The Dirkzwager team brings its experience in this field and points out risks, opportunities and all the relevant conditions of the deal. They are very flexible and available and really helped our inexperienced organisation throughout the whole process.’

‘Claudia van der Most and Lotte ter Linde accompanied us throughout our process which was time limited. They both have the capabilities to combine their knowledge with a very pleasant way of working as well with both the client and counterparts in the deal. They each earned the trust of both parties.’

‘Able to manage major acquisitions under very high pressure, they take a straightforward and diplomatic approach to cases where difficult points are raised. We were very satisfied with the personal guidance provided.’

‘Claudia van der Most and Valerie van Engelenburg-Sijberden are well-experienced lawyers with a professional and personal approach. Both explain well the consequences of options and advise on what could work best.’

‘Claudia van der Most and Lotte te Linde were the cornerstone of our case. They have a lot of knowledge of M&A practice. They took our company (a newcomer to this practice) by the hand and took the time to explain things. They are knowledgeable, accurate and as a team very pleasant to work with!’

‘A very professional team, with a lot of expertise. It is a pleasure to cooperate with them – they can act very quickly and are capable of delivering the best legal quality at very short notice.’

‘Claudia van der Most is able to maintain an overview, keeps her team together such that all team members know exactly what’s expected of them. She really listens to her client and takes the time to involve the client, and explains in very simple terms complex aspects of what’s going on.’

‘Claudia van der Most is a good lawyer with a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Dormio Group B.V.

Capital A

Vendis Capital

Holland Capital

Rupro AG

Ebert Hera Esser GmbH

Obton A/S

Rubis SA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Dormio Group B.V. with the acquisition of 33 holiday parks, also known as Project Havana.
  • Assisted Ebert Hera Esser GmbH with the purchase of all shares in Sitech Services.
  • Assisted Vendis Capital with the acquisition of a 100% stake in Meubelzorg B.V.

DVAN Advocaten

DVAN Advocaten‘s commercial, corporate and M&A practice fields expertise in providing buy-side and sell-side representation on M&A and corporate transactions for clients in a range of sectors. Corporate specialist Stijn van der Stap co-leads the team with Tom van Dijk, 'an excellent lawyer and trusted advisor who excels in negotiations and is able to provide to-the-point legal advice'. The 'experienced' counsel Nathalie van Hellenberg Hubar is singled out for her contributions.

Practice head(s):

Tom van Dijk; Stijn van der Stap

Other key lawyers:

Nathalie van Hellenberg Hubar


‘The team is responsive, very dedicated and goes the extra mile to bring a transaction to a satisfying end.’

‘The team has an impressive track-record. They have both legal and practical knowledge, are very hands-on and are easy accessible.’

‘DVAN Advocaten works fast and efficiently and the lawyers make sure my interests are well-protected and I was fully advised on all potential risks, without losing sight of other (commercial) interests and context. ’

‘Tom van Dijk is an excellent lawyer and trusted advisor who excels in negotiations and is able to provide to-the-point legal advice.’

‘Nathalie van Hellenberg Hubar is an experienced lawyer with thorough legal and practical knowledge that keeps detailed sight on the overall process.’

‘Tom van Dijk and Nathalie van Hellenberg Hubar make a great team with complementing skillsets. Both are very easy to work with, thorough and diligent and are willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Direct contact at partner-level, good social skills and ambitious firm. DVAN has the right knowledge in the different legal areas our company is looking for.’

‘Tom van Dijk is very engaged and finds the right balance between family DNA and business objectives in his advisory role.’

Key clients

Sampa Group

Royal Van Beest B.V.


Borg Energy Storage Group B.V.

ToLocal B.V.

IT creation B.V.

IMP Participatie B.V.



Coöperatieve Zuidelijke Aan- en Verkoopvereniging (CZAV)

Work highlights

  • Advised Sampa Group with the strategic acquisition of Intertruck from Unipart.
  • Assisted Royal Van Beest Group with a strategic acquisition of Spanish company Sling Supply International.
  • Advised Venturion on its divestment of its portfolio company Uitzendbureau65+ to a competitor.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland advises on commercial transactions in a broad range of sectors, including energy and tech. Practice head Tom Van Wijingaarden is 'a true pleasure to work with'; other key names in the group include Wieger ten HoveLesley Koopmans and Miriam Van Ee, who brings expertise in handling transactions and spin-offs in the renewable energy space.

Practice head(s):

Tom van Wijngaarden

Other key lawyers:

Miriam van Ee; Wieger Ten Hove; Lesley Koopmans; Cornelius Litt; Ginou van den Berg


‘The team is very professional, extremely responsive and always pay attention to all the wishes of their clients.’

‘Their expertise is very good, they are collaborative and are professionals even in niche areas.’

‘They have a very good approach to international transactions and are always keen on proposing something innovative which is really appreciated.’

‘Lesley Koopmans and Wieger Ten Hove are very pragmatic and easy to work with. They always understand strict timelines clients may have and do their best to comply with it.’

‘They provide pragmatic advice, are well-seasoned in international transactions, have quick turnaround and offer reasonable rates.’

‘Wieger Ten Hove offers excellent and pragmatic support in international and Dutch corporate matters.’

‘The Eversheds team is extraordinarily focused on achieving the client’s objectives in an efficient manner and able to staff up or down the team as needed. We have used the Eversheds team on domestic and cross-border matters and have been pleased with their results-oriented approach.’

‘Tom van Wijngaarden has taken the time to understand our business goals and is very responsive. A true pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Allied Hydronics

Arcline Investment Management

Assa Abloy


Avery Dennison

Aveva Group Plc



AX for Pharma

Baird Capital


Bright Horizons Family Solution


Delta Airlines

Dry Line Partners


Duravant, LLC


EIC Fund




Ib vogt GmbH



Norges Bank Investment Management

Novar Projecten

Owens & Minor

Reconomy (UK) Ltd.



Rolls Royce


Smiths Group

Stepan, Inc


Technip Energies

Technip FMC


Tinsa/Troostwijk Groep

Vanguard Healthcare Solutions

Vistar Media

Westrock Plc

Work highlights

  • Assisted ASSA ABLOY Nederland Holding B.V. with the acquisition of all shares in Ravello Holding B.V.
  • Assisted Unipart International Holdings with the sale and transfer of all shares in Intertruck Benelux B.V. to Sampa Otomotiv Sanayi ve Ticaret S.A.
  • Assisted WEX Inc. with an investment in Chargetrip B.V., allowing the client to become a shareholder in the company.

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan's workload includes M&A transactions, corporate governance issues, restructurings, and management participations. The practice is jointly led by M&A and private equity specialist Gaby Heere and Jan-Berend Möller, who handles domestic and cross-border transactions for clients in the tech, construction and healthcare sectors. Lukas Suijkerbuijk is well versed in handling M&A deals in the healthcare space.

Practice head(s):

Gaby Heere; Jan-Berend Möller

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Suijkerbuijk


‘They provide guidance and keep their cool in continuously changing situations, and understand our business needs. They are also down-to-earth and have a good network of corresponding firms.’

‘Gaby Heere is pragmatic, thinks outside the box and understands our needs.’

‘KVDL have provided helpful and prompt advice on a range of matters for us over the years – they are a good choice for Dutch advice.’

‘Quick, professional, and positive – they get the deal done.’

‘Hands-on and committed to getting the deal done; they have strong sector knowledge.’

‘Great, no-nonsense collaboration with Gaby Heere and Jan-Berend Möller.’

‘A very pleasant team – very accessible, absolutely communicative and responsive. The KVDL team thinks along with us, points out further options and we feel we can trust them.’

‘Jan-Berend Möller is exceptionally bright and open-minded.’

Key clients

TBI Holdings


Karmijn Kapitaal


TSG Netherlands

Keolis Internationaal

Delta Participaties

Amerborgh Hotel Vastgoed


Croonwolter & dros




Work highlights

  • Advised Straco PE on the acquisition of Welten Groep from One Two Capital.
  • Advised TBI Holdings on the acquisition of Rutges Vernieuwt.


Under the leadership of Albert WiggersPloum‘s commercial, corporate and M&A practice has a solid track record in acting for a client base of prominent entities in sales and acquisition mandates, including assisting with negotiations, contractual issues and due diligence. Wiggers regularly represents domestic and international clients in the corporate space. Jeroen Terstegge has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Albert Wiggers

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Sluijters; Geert de Nijs; Arjen vd Belt; Tom Ensink


‘The Ploum team put forward very clear and robust legal advice in all the cases they handle for us. There is great partner involvement and they always go the extra mile in putting clients’ arguments forward. Ploum can manage complex commercial, corporate and M&A-related work.’

‘Stephan’s expertise spans corporate, M&A and energy-related matters. He is lauded in particular for his commercial and deal-making capabilities and is very good at managing clients’ interests. He is also responsive on-the-ball, and a really pragmatic, commercial and impressive operator.’

‘A very knowledgeable team – hands-on and pragmatic.’

‘Stephan Sluijters and Geert de Nijs are highly recommended. Both listen to the client and try to get the deal done without overcomplicating things but with a keen eye on the important aspects of the matter. The availability of both partners is excellent.’

‘A hands-on team who are pleasant to work with.’

‘They are responsive, accurate and simply meet expectations.’

‘Arjen vd Belt is a notary who cares for clients and understands which details are important.’

‘Tom Ensink is meticulous and keeps his cool in negotiations.’

Key clients





Siemens Project Ventures



Atlas Copco

BayWa re/Groenleven


Upfield (former Unilever)

European Energy

ABN AMRO Sustainable Impact Fund


Hutchison Whampoa

ACE Pharmaceuticals


Active Capital

SLR Consulting

Work highlights

  • Acted as Dutch counsel to Gorillas in the sale to Getir.
  • Assisted European urban real estate specialist Redevco with the acquisition of LIFE Europe.
  • Assisted Vopak with the sale of maritime services provider Vopak Agencies and a 50% stake in Dijze to Willemsen Port Services.


Vestius is a boutique firm with 'a good grasp of what is required in M&A transactions', and the practice has seen an expansion into handling commercial contract law matters. Helger Kamerman is experienced in handling cross-border transactions, particularly in the mid-market range, and garners praise for being ‘responsive, fast-thinking and has a good feel for the atmosphere of transactions'. Sander Pieroelie is ‘analytically strong and comes up with practical solutions', and co-heads the practice with Kamerman.

Practice head(s):

Helger Kamerman; Sander Pieroelie


‘Vestius is a small and highly effective firm with short lines and fast service.’

‘Helger Kamerman is by far the most senior partner delivering even more than you would expect from the experienced lawyer he is. Kamerman has strong negotiation skills and very effective contract writing skills.’

‘A loyal and knowledgeable team that puts client needs first and acts accordingly.’

‘Sander Pieroelie is reliable, analytically strong and comes up with practical solutions. A rock solid lawyer!’

‘Vestius has a good grasp of what is required in M&A transactions. In SME transactions they take a concise, practical approach to contracts that suits the SME market. When required, they respond swiftly and accurately.’

‘I enjoy working with Helger Kamerman, as he is responsive, fast-thinking and has a good feel for the atmosphere of transactions.’

‘A trustworthy M&A law firm in the Netherlands formed of experienced partners with a reputable track record. They are down-to-earth, sharp and always act in the best interests of client.’

‘Highly experienced and with a common sense and hands-on approach.’

Key clients

Vereniging Veronica/V-Ventures

GIGA Storage





European Directories (EDSA)

InShoring Pros

Collins Foods




Work highlights

  • Advised GIGA Storage on the investment by Rabo Investments and a second round of investments by several informal investors.
  • Advised Publitas on the acquisition of WePublish.

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh's corporate team has a strong track record in representing clients across the Benelux region on a broad range of matters, including general corporate matters, joint ventures and M&A. Environmental, IT and sustainability are key sector strengths for the group. Practice head Ep Hannema is a seasoned corporate and M&A specialist who frequently acts for venture capital and private equity companies. Counsel Joost Kooren is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Ep Hannema

Other key lawyers:

Joost Kooren

Key clients

Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.

ExpertDoc B.V.

Omnicals Pharma Ltd.

InnoGenerics B.V.

Wijsman Dental Clinics

Work highlights

  • Advised Hunter Douglas on the acquisition of Unilux Nederland B.V., Unilux IP B.V. and Unilux B.V.