Industry focus: retail in Netherlands


The multidisciplinary retail practice at Dentons leverages strengths in construction, antitrust and employment, as well as the firm’s 50-lawyer real estate team, to provide top-of-the-market retail development and investment advice. Expertise includes leasing, administrative, regulatory and environmental law, as well as IT, IP and data protection matters. Wendela Raas, who leads the team, acts for investors, project developers and chain stores across the spectrum of retail matters. Another key name is counsel Jeroen le Clercq, who stands out for his ‘expertise, knowledge, and communication skills’.

Practice head(s):

Wendela Raas

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen le Clercq


‘The most important reason why Dentons stands out for me is absolutely their knowledge. This knowledge gives me trust and the feeling of hiring the best lawyers there are within the commercial real estate practice.’

‘Jeroen le Clercq is the lawyer that really stands out for me. What I particularly like about Jeroen is that he is approachable, easy to reach – or he always calls me back within a reasonable time frame. If I have an important legal question, often you want to have a quick (first) advice/answer. With Jeroen, you get a quick advice/answer. Besides his excellent responsiveness, he is also a very honest person. He can explain the “pro’s and con’s” in easy language and is honest about what he thinks about the feasibility of a case.’

‘The team has amazing coverage across the globe, super quick response time, great final products and an answer to everything.’

‘We worked with a few great people at Dentons, but Jeroen le Clercq is the one that really stood out for us. We reached out to him on multiple occasions with very diverse legal issues and challenges and he delivered gold, every single time. Always responsive, understands any challenge and gets straight to the point. Delivers the answers and sometimes even more inisghts and advice, has a great network too and is truly interested in his clients and cares about the projects.’

‘Wendela Raas and Jeroen le Clercq are a top duo. Best in class!’

‘We enjoy working with Wendela Raas, she is well informed, has a lot of experience in her field (not only legal) and acts quickly and efficiently. She knows our business and what are goals and wishes are. She understands our strategy and focus.’

‘Wendela Raas is the best lawyer I’ve ever worked with. She is very results-driven, commercial, good adviser, has top of mind knowledge, very good in court (sharp but charming). Her court documents are the best.’

‘Wendela Raas and Jeroen le Clercq are outstanding, very practical, sensitive and proactive litigators in retail issues.’

Key clients



Burger King

De Bijenkorf

Foot Locker




Landal GreenPark




Royal FloraHolland

Savills IM

Under Armour



Airwair (Dr. Martens)

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Patrizia, a German-based real estate investment manager with a substantial retail portfolio, provided extensive Covid-19 advice, such as renegotiating leases with retail tenants.
  • Trusted long-time planning law adviser to Pathé (formerly Euroscoop), a large European cinema chain, and our advice includes the full range of planning and administrative matters in relation to the company’s cinema sites in the Netherlands.

Kennedy Van der Laan

Kennedy Van der Laan has a ‘highly-skilled team capable of coordinating multijurisdictional matters for clients’. It has ‘excellent knowledge of the broader EU and Dutch regulatory framework for consumers and competition, in particular the regulatory framework relevant for product compliance, sustainability, advertising and greenwashing in commercial practices’. Practice head Martine de Koning is a leading authority on international franchising, distribution and agency, and her ‘knowledge about competition law is phenomenal’. Also recommended in her team is senior associate Jelle Blom, whose strengths include franchise and agency, commercial contracts, distribution, procurement, sourcing and EU competition law.

Practice head(s):

Martine de Koning

Other key lawyers:

Nico Jacobs; Jelle Blom


‘Highly skilled team capable of coordinating multijurisdictional matters for clients and through cooperation with other law firms in Europe, providing succinct advice on issues covering large number of jurisdictions.’

‘I have worked with Martine de Koning who is an excellent lawyer. She has high-level and demonstrable expertise and she has excellent writing/drafting skills. Martine is personable and easily gains the trust of the people that she works with.’

‘This office is really well known in the retail sector. Really a top office. They also have an incredible client base and are very commercial and pragmatic towards their retail clients. It is one of the strongest firms in the Netherlands in retail.’

‘Martine de Koning is really someone who is very strong for the retail sector. A very pragmatic lawyer. Nico Jacobs also has enormous experience and expertise in retail real estate. Highly recommended’.

‘The commercial & international trade team has excellent knowledge of the broader EU and Dutch regulatory framework for consumers and competition, in particular the regulatory framework relevant for product compliance, sustainability, advertising and greenwashing in commercial practices. Their advice is practical and straightforward.’

‘Kennedy Van der Laan is definitely a specialist in the legal field. Deep knowledge combined with a very pragmatic and open approach gives excellent results. KVdL offers exactly what the client needs – an in-depth legal know-how, solutions that match the point, fast and very helpful guidance.’

‘Martine de Koning combines knowledge of the law with understanding of her client’s business. Her strategic insight, making complex issues clear and concise is a real help for the clients. Very creative in providing solutions, smart, effective and an assertive negotiator. She is a kind of person that one simply wants and likes to work with.’

‘They offer a well organized cross-jurisdictional offering with streamlined client on boarding and billing processes. Martine De Koning in particular is very impressive, knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients



Marriott & Starwood






Danone Africa and Overseas (DNAO)



Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff leverages strengths across multiple disciplines to advise clients ranging from high-end retailers to retail property investors, with particular expertise in retail matters. The firm is also experienced in the areas of logistics and e-commerce, which are growing in importance. Team head Lonne Rooseboom  has expertise in transactions related to commercial real estate, acquisitions of (real estate) companies, turnkey projects and project development. Also active in the sector is Pauline Leegwater, who made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Lonne Rooseboom

Other key lawyers:

Pauline Leegwater

Key clients




High Brook Investors

IEF Capital



M7 Real Estate




Scoth & Soda

Simon Property

Sun Capital

The Blackstone Group



Work highlights

  • Assisted the ad hoc group of senior secured notes in continuous and intensive negotiations with inter alia HEMA, its shareholders and its other financiers with a view to agreeing upon a deleveraging plan that would result in a sustainable capital structure for HEMA.
  • Advises Zurich in relation to the bankruptcy of Hudson’s Bay Company in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Somerset Capital Partners, the largest developer in the Netherlands in large-scale logistics real estate projects, on a joint venture between USAA Realco and Somerset Capital Partners: the development and realisation for Zalando of an e-fulfilment center in Bleiswijk and the subsequent sale thereof to Midas/Warburg/HIH.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne leverages its strengths in dispute resolution, M&A, IP and real estate to advise on a range of matters in the retail sector. Particular specialisms of the firm include commercial contracts, litigation, insolvency, e-commerce, employment and distribution matters. Practice head Lisette Bieleveld acts for domestic and international companies and organisations, with notable expertise in commercial litigation, consumer law and liability law.

Practice head(s):

Lisette Bieleveld


‘Strong, no nonsense professionals.’

‘I have been working with Van Doorne’s practice for quite some time now. The work delivered is of excellent quality. If it is necessary to switch with other offices (national or international) or with other departments, this is done effectively and efficiently. As a customer, I can choose to be unburdened or to keep control in my own hands, but I can always count on the team’s high involvement and commitment.’

‘In my contact with the various lawyers within this team, the high degree of involvement, accessibility and speed of action is striking. Lisette Bieleveld fulfills an exemplary role in this. She always thinks one step ahead, can view the case from different angles and does this in a personal and empathetic way, without losing the necessary professionalism and sharpness.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management


AD International


Albemarle Corporation


Arovo B.V.


Astana Group

AutoBinck Holding


Barry Callebaut Belgium

Bedo Imex

BCC (Elektro-Speciaalzaken)



CBR Fashion Group


Cott Coporation


Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

Deli Home Holding B.V.

Denon & Marantz Group

Detailresult Groep


Dutch State Lottery

DRC Capital


D.I.O. drogisterijen

Eci Holding


Electronic Arts

Electronic Partner

E & M Holding B.V. (Eyes & More)



Green Swan


Hans Anders Retail Group

Helly Hansen


Hunkemöller International


Intergamma (Gamma and Karwei)

INTRAKOOP, Coöperatieve Inkoopvereniging voor zorg en welzijn U.A.


Laboratoires La Prairie

LG CNS Europe

Marqt B.V.

M7 Real Estate

McArthurGlen Group/Simon Property Group

North Technology Group

Office Depot



Paradox Interactive



Princess Stores



Renault Nederland

Retail Estates N.V.

RetourMatras B.V.


Royal Sanders

Staatsloterij / Nederlandse Loterij

Schwan-STABILO Schwanhäuber GmbH & Co. KG

Solidus Solutions Holding B.V.



Stella & Dot

Stern Group


Street One

Superunie (members including Coop, Dirk, Vomar, Deen)


Tag Heuer

Takko Fashion

Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.



Trionios Group International

Tony’s Chocolonely

TW Steel Europe


Walt Disney Company


Work highlights

  • Assisting DEEN with negotiations regarding the proposed sale of all 80 stores branches of DEEN Supermarkets in the Netherlands to Albert Heijn, Vomar Voordeelmarkt and DeKamarkt – including drafting and concluding several agreements, and advising on existing commercial agreements, liability aspects, internal and external communication and employment, corporate and real estate issues.
  • Advised Annexum Beheer on the financing of its acquisition of the Jumbo supermarket property portfolio (the largest supermarket real estate deal in the past year), and also on the refinancing of its Super Winkel Fonds, one of the largest Dutch supermarket investment funds in the Netherlands.
  • Advising Getir, a market disruptor, on its introduction to the Dutch market, covering various aspects of Dutch law including e-commerce, consumer law, labour law, zoning law and privacy.

act Fort Advocaten

act Fort Advocaten advises on a range of matters relating to the retail industry, including franchising, insolvency, restructuring and real estate. It also handles M&A, corporate and employment law issues, as well as dispute resolution. Katinka Verdurmen acts for real estate developers, investors, franchisors and retailers, notably in commercial litigation and real estate work. She co-heads the team with Dirk van den Berg  and Jodit de Bruin.

Practice head(s):

Katinka Verdurmen; Dirk van den Berg; Jodit de Bruin


‘Katinka Verdurmen has assisted us with all aspects relating to real estate primarily negotiations of lease agreements and discussions with landlords. During the last two years, Katinka has played a huge role in our COVID-19 crisis management. She has her client top of mind and combines her excellent legal skills with her commercial point of view to the benefit of her client.’

Key clients

Association of franchisees of Albert Heijn

Sports Unlimited B.V.

Nespresso Nederlands B.V.

Mirage Retail Group B.V.

Yves Rocher B.V.

Associaton of franchisees of McDonalds

Ball Wholesale ApS

Oogwereld B.V.

Xenos B.V.

JD Sports Fashion B.V.

Hendriks Brandstoffen B.V.

Sports Unlimited Fashion B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented the franchisees of Albert Heijn in a complex matter on financial settlements against franchisor Albert Heijn.
  • Advising Mirage Retail Group a.o. on the discussions with the associations of franchisees of both Blokker and Intertoys and on various rental, real estate and franchise law related matters.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's team is highlighted for its ‘industry knowledge, strategic advice and experience’. It advises retailers and brand owners across the product lifecycle from conception to product and store development, supply chain and distribution arrangements, as well as advising on product recalls, liability, warranty, commercial disputes and product end-of-life obligations. The firm also has expertise in digitalisation, advertising and labelling matters. Itse Oosterhoff is known for his ‘in-depth knowledge of corporate and commercial litigation, specifically in the area of retail’. He co-heads the practice with Wibren Veldhuizen, Harald van Dobbenburgh, Laura Rietvelt and Christiaan Van Der Meer.

Practice head(s):

Itse Oosterhoff; Wibren Veldhuizen; Harald van Dobbenburgh; Laura Rietvelt; Christiaan van der Meer


‘The practice stands out for it’s worldwide network of offices. The team actually performs as a team and the work is distributed efficiently which among other things makes the fees fair.’

‘Itse Oosterhoff is a very smart lawyer with in-depth knowledge of corporate and commercial litigation, specifically in the area of retail. He is an expert in contract disputes, director’s, officer’s and shareholder’s liability litigation and commercial fraud case, which makes him stand-out compared to experts of other firms when it comes to these areas. In addition, he has strong commercial knowledge of the retail industry.’

‘Itse Oosterhoff and his team are vey professional, organized and prepared. Their work is top notch. Their industry knowledge, strategic advice and experience provides confidence and comfort.’

‘Hard-working and smart bunch of very talented individuals that will not stop until they deliver.’

‘Laura Rietvelt in particular is great to work with. She acts like she’s part of the team. Has strong focus to deliver on the tasks at hand and gives you a lot of trust that the job will be done. Also very practical an not overly ‘overlawyering’ the regular stuff.’

‘The NL Dispute Resolution team of Baker & McKenzie supports our company always in the best way thinkable (they are very good listeners, clearly present their strategy and always balance the relevant commercial aspects).’

‘Itse Oosterhoff is an amazing person and exceptional Baker & McKenzie partner. Furthermore, a real problem solver, thinks very fast, intensely intellectual and logical with exhibiting flashes of creative brilliance.’

Key clients




Johnson & Johnson





British American Tobacco

Work highlights

  • Advised MyTheresa from a corporate law and tax perspective a pre-IPO restructuring that included a migration of MYT Netherlands Parent BV to Germany and the subsequent IPO of American Despositary Shares in the US.
  • Advised Unilever on the disposal of its Bertolli branded pasta sauces, pesto and mayonnaise business in Continental Europe to Enrico-Glasbest.


The broad practice at NautaDutilh advises on M&A, competition, insolvency, data protection, IP/IT, financial regulatory, tax and real estate matters related to the retail sector. Clients include investors, retail chains, start-up companies, e-commerce companies and real estate companies. Barbara Rumora-Scheltema specialises in corporate and commercial litigation, insolvency law and international arbitration. She co-heads the team with recently-promoted partner Willianne van Zandwijk.

Key clients


Blokker Holding



Cooperative Forever 21



Fedex Corporation

Foot Locker


HAL Investments





Media Markt / Media Markt Saturn


Nestlé (e.g. Nespresso)

Petrol Industries



Work highlights

  • Assisting the Dutch Forever 21 companies in their orderly wind down, following the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the US parent company.
  • Advised HAL on the sale of its 76.72% ownership interest in global optical retailer GrandVision N.V. to EssilorLuxottica (global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses; brands include Ray-Ban, Oakley, Persol and Vogue Eyewear) at a price of approx. €5.5bn.

Osborne Clarke

Known for its international retail expertise, Osborne Clarke provides a full service to clients operating in the sector, with it covering commercial contracts, dispute resolution, real estate, employment, and TMT, notably outsourcing and e-commerce matters. Jeroen Bedaux handles commercial litigation, financial services litigation, fraud, compliance, construction litigation, and directors and officers liability issues. He co-heads the team with Paul Brouwer, who is ‘very knowledgeable, experienced, flexible and a pleasure to work with’.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Bedaux; Paul Brouwer


‘Clear, sharp and spot-on advice.’

‘Paul Brouwer is very knowledgeable, experienced, flexible and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Professional lawyers who work quickly, adequately and practically.’

‘Very nice lawyers who think along well and where possible take work off your hands in a practical way.’

Key clients











Reckitt Benckiser


Taylor Guitars

Jumbo Supermarkten

Work highlights

  • Advised AG Beursplein Rotterdam Coöperatieve U.A. (as borrower) on its €90 million investment and development facilities agreement with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A in relation to the Beursgallery, an iconic retail asset in the heart of Rotterdam City. A large capex facility has been negotiated with the banks.
  • Advising international fast food/sandwich chain Subway International on a global restructuring.
  • Assisted HEMA, a retailer with 700 stores in the Netherlands, with disputes with several suppliers, including a dispute regarding the termination of a long-term contract with a supplier (approximately 80 years) for the delivery of various consumer goods.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is experienced in a wide range of retail matters, particularly those related to fashion, data protection, IP and regulatory issues. The firm advises clients from the entire retail supply chain, including local and international manufacturers, retailers, franchisors, distributors and brand owners. Practice head Manon Rieger-Jansen  focuses on retail and consumer matters, and has notable expertise in the growing areas of sustainability, influencer marketing, green advertising and retail tech.

Practice head(s):

Manon Rieger-Jansen

Key clients

Calvin Klein

Tommy Hilfiger


Holmes Place

AB InBev




Lloyd shoes

Treasury Wine Estates


Dawn Meats



Jouets Ecoiffier

Hello Fresh

Steigenberger hotels


Steak Ranches



Kraft Heinz

Work highlights

  • Representing Primark in a trade mark and copyright dispute against Airwair (makers of the Dr. Martens boot) regarding the design of a number of Primark boots. Litigating (and winning) at the Court of Appeal, and representing Primark in four cancellation actions at the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.
  • Supporting KFC in a wide variety of commercial matters, including franchise, marketing, e-commerce and lease related questions, which is a testament to our retail expertise.
  • Advising Tempur Sealy on a broad range of matters in connection with commercial contracts, competition and trade marks law.


CMS handles the full spectrum of retail sector matters for clients, with particular expertise in supply chain and transport, sustainability, M&A, data protection, cyber security and procedural issues. The firm also assists clients with contentious matters. Aukje Haan co-heads the team with Mark Ziekman, who focuses on corporate matters, notably cross-border M&A and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Aukje Haan; Mark Ziekman

Key clients





La Bouteille d’Or

Coca Cola European Partners


Shisheido (BPI)

Columbia Sportswear Company


Universal Electronics

Canada Goose






Formido Bouwmarkten

Praxis Doe Het Zelf Center

Viscon Fresh Produce

Husqvarna Nederland/Gardena

Intratuin Nederland

New Balance

Christian Dior

Peek & Kloppenburg






Object Carpet


Urus Europe

Brokking’s Beheer

Work highlights

  • Assisted Object Carpet with the collaboration with DSM Niaga (part of Covestro) for the development of fully recyclable and healthy carpet with innovative designs, specifically designed to use again.
  • Advising Formido and their parent companies on the termination of the retail franchise DIY formula “Formido” with 84 retail stores and the termination of the contracts with all the franchisees and other third parties.
  • Assisted French listed company Trigano with its acquisition of 60% of Gimeg. The remaining 40% of the shares are held by Gimeg’s management team and can be acquired by Trigano in the future.

DLA Piper

The multidisciplinary consumer goods, food and retail team at DLA Piper is experienced in acting for clients such as luxury designers, supermarket chains, DIY chains and general retailers. Its wide-ranging expertise spans brand management and protection issues, including advertising, trademark, copyright licensing and anti-counterfeiting, as well as cybersecurity, privacy and data protection. Other drivers of work include real estate, tax and regulatory matters. Khaled Dadi, who has expertise in digital transformation projects and commercial contracts, co-heads the team with IP and disputes expert Niels Mulder.

Practice head(s):

Khaled Dadi; Niels Mulder

Key clients

Apple Inc.



Conair (Babyliss) Corporation

Crocs Inc.

Deckers Outdoor Corporation

Domino’s Pizza Dutch investment company NPM Capital with retail portfolio companies including Suitsupply

Five Guys



Hugo Boss AG




Nike / Converse


Ralph Lauren Corporation

Rituals B.V.



Noted for its strength in IP matters, Leeway acts for retailers, fashion brands, consumer goods and leisure clients. Its team’s expertise includes marketing, advertising, franchising, technology and e-commerce. The practice is jointly led by Marga Verwoert, who has experience of working with with influential fashion and design brands, Michiel Odink and Remco Van Leeuwen. The team was boosted in 2021 by the arrival of Michiel van Ast from Grasp B.V.

Practice head(s):

Marga Verwoert; Michiel Odink; Remco van Leeuwen

Other key lawyers:

Michiel van Ast


‘Specialised IP boutique with speicalized lawyers with a lot of experiences. Practical approach.’

‘Leeway has a splendid team of highly qualified IP lawyers with exceptional knowledge and service level.’

‘Marga Verwoert is clearly leading in the field of IP-retail matters. She is an excellent lawyer and adviser, and very effective in handling the more complex IP matters. Knowledgeable, proactive, creative and fast.’

‘They have a very good international network of mainly IP boutique firms that work closely with Leeway where required. Leeway coordinates this cooperation in a very professional manner and always knows how to engage the right foreign lawyers.’

‘Remco van Leeuwen has a sharp business mind and this, combined with thorough legal and industry knowledge, leads to very sound and practical strategic advice. Remco sees the bigger picture, is client-minded and a very pleasant person to work with. For us, he is a ‘go-to lawyer’ for soft IP-related matters.’

‘Leeway is very well informed about the needs of clients in the retail sector, particularly in the area of intellectual property. They work closely with in-house legal departments to ensure that brands are well represented and protected.’

‘Marga Verwoert is an exceptional practitioner in the IP area and does excellent work on behalf of her retail clients.’

Key clients Inc.

Jumbo Supermarkten





Stox Energy Socks

Bi-Wear Clothing Company B.V.




Colourful Rebel B.V.

Denham The Jeanmaker B.V.

EGM Architecten

FieldTurf USA, Inc.


Hudson’s Bay Company

Karl Lagerfeld Group


Lampe B.V.


MagicFX B.V.

Maui Jim, Inc.


Minus Four Studio’s

University of Pretoria


Pentland Brands Limited

Royal Boch BVBA

Scotch & Soda B.V.


Takko Holding GmbH

The Agent-C

Brouwerij Hoop

United Soft Drinks B.V.

Urban Outfitters (URBN Netherlands B.V.)

Vacu Vin B.V.

Vanilia B.V.


Victorinox AS

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

The Analogues

Coppa Cocktails

Wieland Electric GmbH

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented McGregor IP, a client that sells clothing and accessories under the McGREGOR brand, in multiple trade mark litigation proceedings in the Netherlands.
  • Represent Dutch leading retailer HEMA B.V. in a variety of retail and IP matters both contentious and non-contentious.
  • Acting as Karl Lagerfeld Group’s trusted advisers in the Netherlands, handling the full range of IP, as well as licensing and franchise agreements, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting, and other commercial work.

Russell Advocaten B.V.

Focusing on corporate, labour and real estate law, Russell Advocaten B.V. handles a range of retail matters, including those related to employment and contractual matters. It also assists clients with real estate issues, notably the purchase and lease of shop premises and agency contracts. Managing partner Reinier Russell co-heads the team with employment, corporate and real estate law expert Jan Dop.

Practice head(s):

Reinier Russell; Jan Dop