Transport in Netherlands


AKD has a broad transport practice which covers the shipping, aviation, road and logistics sectors, among others. It has notable experience in cross-border litigation and has a strong track record in shipping collisions and marine accidents. The team is headed up by veteran shipping litigator Haco van der Houven van Oordt and Jan Kromhout, who is recommended for transactional and contracts work in the offshore, oil and gas, and shipping industries. Annemieke Spijker is a name to note for international logistics contracts.

Other key lawyers:

Annemieke SpijkerJos van der Meché  ;


‘AKD’s transport team is the most hands-on team in the Netherlands’.

‘A highly flexible team that is always accessible and available to provide to-the-point legal assistance’.

‘The team is characterised by their market knowledge and practice-oriented solutions’.

‘Annemieke Spijker is our first port of call for transport-related cases in the Netherlands’.

‘Haco van der Houven van Oordt is a top practitioner with international recognition’.

‘AKD’s transport team are not only easy to deal with but reliably efficient and always provide solid practical advice’.

‘A highly skilled team of professionals, that never fail to deliver’.

‘Responsive, result driven and legal excellence are a few words that describe the AKD transport team’.

Key clients

Royal Boskalis

Maersk Line



North of England

TT Club


The Swedish Club

APM Terminals

ECT Hutchinson Ports

Royal IHC

Royal Huisman Shipyard

Nationale Nederlanden


Royal Philips

Work highlights

  • Assisted seven charterers of feeder vessels in multiple actions initiated by labour unions about lashing activities.
  • Represented the owners and insurers of the Stolt Commitment in multiple legal actions relating to the collision with the Thorco Cloud.
  • Advising a Dutch bank on a multi-million euro cross-border ship (re)financing deal.

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is known in the market for its shipping and aviation finance expertise. It acts for a broad range of clients, including car importers, shipping companies, airlines, regulators, brokers and financiers. As a fully integrated notarial practice, the team is well placed to handle asset finance transactions. Hein Tonnaer leads the practice and combines his knowledge of aviation, shipping and export finance to advise banks, lenders and sponsors on a range of transactional matters. Counsel Mike Niekoop is a name to note for leveraged finance and corporate lending work, and is active in cross-border financing matters.

Practice head(s):

Hein Tonnaer

Key clients

BBAM Aircraft Management LP

BOC Aviation Limited

Falko Regional Aircraft Limited

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Ireland) Ltd.

Milestone Aviation Group Limited

JP Lease Products & Services Co., Ltd.

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited


Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij N.V. (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines)

Transavia Airlines C.V.

BNP Paribas and NTT Finance Corporation

Weststar Europe B.V.


CMS has a broad offering which draws on strength from its public procurement, competition, corporate, regulatory, employment and IP practitioners. It has niche expertise in mobility as a service mandates and also handles shipping, automotive and public transportation work. The team is headed up by Petra Heemskerk and Herman Boersen; Heemskerk is recommended for procurement matters and Boersen focuses on corporate and international tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Petra HeemskerkHerman Boersen


‘Good knowledge of the automotive sector and they really understand our business and our challenges’.

‘What we very much appreciate is that the CMS team is always available’.

‘They deliver good quality and they are capable of meeting tight deadlines’.

Key clients

All Nippon Airways (ANA)

Boluda Towage

Port of Rotterdam


BIOS Personenvervoer


NS (Dutch Railways)


Unibarge Holding

Qatar Airways


Strukton Rail

BAM Rail

RCI Financial Services (Renault Finance)

Opel Vauxhall Finance

Pon Holdings

Work highlights

  • Assisted Unibarge Holding with the sale of a Bunkering and Trading company.
  • Representing ANA in follow-on damages proceedings resulting from the Air Cargo case.
  • Advised Spanish shipping and tug boat group Boluda Towage on the acquisition of Iskes Towage & Salvage.


NautaDutilh draws on strength from its regulatory, corporate, commercial and financial practitioners to assist shipping, aviation and other transport clients with a range of contentious and advisory matters. Erik Geerling is recommended for leasing work, restructurings, mortgage transactions and ship finance deals. Kasper Krzeminski is a name to note for cross-border disputes, including arbitration and litigation proceedings, while Teun Struycken handles restructuring and insolvency work, secured transactions, and asset finance and asset based lending mandates internationally. Jolize Lautenbach deals with public law work and regulatory compliance issues.


‘Transparent communication and practical approach’.

‘This is the top shipping finance team in The Netherlands’.

‘Erik Geerling is very experienced and commercial in his approach’.

‘Nauta is always solution minded and they never make things more complicated than they are’.

‘Taking full responsibility of the project and making it happen’.

‘Working with Nauta is always a pleasure, they are always open for “extracurricular” questions outside of project and any time’.

‘Always pro-active, thinking along the process and very accommodating’.

‘What makes Nauta stand out is their full commitment to projects they are involved in’.

Key clients


Acta Marine

Anthony Veder Group N.V.

Atlas Air

Carisbrooke Shipping


Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Damen Ship Lease Holding

Damen Shipyards

Deme Offshore

Danish Shipfinance

EasyJet plc

Fincantieri S.p.A

GVB (municipal public transport company of Amsterdam)

ING Bank N.V.

Jumbo Heavy Lift Company

Maas Capital

MPC Container Ships ASA

Nesec Shipping Debt Fund B.V.

NIBC Bank N.V.


Van Weelde Shipping Group


Work highlights

  • Representing easyJet in litigation before the highest administrative court (the Industry and Trades Appeal Tribunal) in aviation matters against the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), in which the ACM has approved an airport charges system set by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for 2019-2022.
  • Assisting NIBC Bank N.V. in relation to the financing of the instalment of Ballast Water Treatment Systems.
  • Representing GVB during the renewal of its in-house public transport concession.

Van Traa Advocaten

Rotterdam-based boutique firm Van Traa Advocaten handles a broad range of domestic and international matters in the rail, road, aviation, shipping and logistics sectors, among others. Practice head Leendert van Hee  has considerable experience in dry shipping, road transport and logistics matters, and acts for insurers and businesses. Vincent Pool handles litigation and advisory work, while Robert Pessers is recommended for contentious and regulatory matters. Richard Latten often acts for German and Austrian transportation companies and their underwriters, and Jolien Kruit  focuses on dry shipping mandates.

Practice head(s):

Leendert van Hee


‘Strong capabilities in international economic law, especially in transport and warehouse-related contractual matters’.

‘Professional and spot-on presentation of Dutch Civil Code matters for non-Dutch lawyers’.

‘Exceptional and solution-oriented advice, often on short notice’.

‘They know the law, the market and are very good negotiators’.

‘In any single case they deal with, they come up with a comprehensive assessment that includes the pros and cons of the possible next steps to take’.

‘Leading experts in the world of trade, transportation and logistics, and insurance and liability’.

‘Great team with a lot of knowledge on trade and transport law’.

‘We have a long partnership with Van Traa due to their understanding of our industry and their personal engagement’.

Work highlights

  • Assisted several Dutch underwriters in the general average process, following the stranding of the ‘Ever Given’ in the Suez Canal.
  • Assisting various leading airlines (Dutch and international) with Covid-19 related issues: advising on various contractual issues that arose as a result of the pandemic and the affect it had on airlines (force majeure, pricing, termination etc.).
  • Advising a globally active manufacturer of plastic crates for the consolidation of fruit, vegetables and other perishables on a contract dispute with two rail carriers.

Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten

Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten has notable experience in a broad range of transport areas, including aviation, shipping, logistics and international trade. It handles advisory matters, as well as contentious issues which are often resolved through arbitration, mediation and alternative dispute resolution methods. On the non-contentious side, it advises clients on international logistics contracts. The team is jointly led by Carlijn Ten Bruggencate and Joeri Cox, with Cox recommended for logistics matters and damages claims.

Key clients

MS Amlin

Nationale Nederlanden

Axa XL







Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff has a strong track record in ship finance work, acting for banks, ship owners and operators in relation to the acquisition of a broad range of vessels. Ehsan Shirzadi is a key name to note for transportation finance and energy transition projects, and he is experienced in general secured financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ehsan Shirzadi

Key clients

ING Bank N.V.


Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

LCI (Lease Corporation International) Aviation

De Poli Tankers Holding B.V.

Arklow Shipping UC

Braskem Netherlands B.V.

Vertom UCS Holding B.V.

Star Clippers

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong focus on shipping and aviation finance work, and also handles transport-related M&A, rail finance issues and tax structuring matters. The practice has notable experience in export credit agency (ECA) backed financings and often handles international mandates, with particular experience in Latin America. It acts for banks, ship owners and leasing companies on a range of asset finance matters. Wouter Hertzberger heads up the team and is well versed in structured finance transactions and restructuring matters.

Practice head(s):

Wouter Hertzberger


‘Dedicated and specialised team with background knowledge in required areas’.

‘As a client you feel at home with this firm because they care about your interests and do what they promise’.

‘The team of NRF cares about you and the specific problems you encounter’.

‘They act as a moderating party where required without losing your interests’.

‘They are able to quickly adapt, even with difficult foreign parties, to bring everybody to a good result’.

Key clients

De Staat der Nederlanden

TCG fund


ING Bank N.V.



Volga-Dnepr Group

Aerovias de Mexico


The Boeing Company

Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing

Waypoint Leasing Limited

China Aircraft Leasing Company

Stena Line Limited

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Carlyle Aviation Partners

Apollo Aviation Group


BNP Paribas

HES Hartel Tank Terminal B.V.

I.M.P. Group

Nordic Aviation company

Ocean Rig UDW Inc.

PAL Aerospace



UK Export Finance

Work highlights

  • Providing regulatory advice to AeroMexico in connection with (i) the utilisation of AeroMexico’s rights under the bilateral air transport agreement between The Netherlands and Mexico, as amended by the air services agreement between the EU and Mexico, (ii) code sharing under EU rules and regulations and (iii) certain custom matters.
  • Advising long standing client ICTSI on multiple areas.
  • Advising The State of The Netherlands on the public procurement for the acquisition of a new government aircraft.


The transport and logistics team at Rotterdam-based Ploum draws on strength from its corporate, IT, banking and employment offerings to provide advice around regulations, litigation and international trade matters. Jikke Biermasz is experienced in transport law, customs law, anti-dumping issues and trade-regulatory law; Marijn van Tuijl acts for carriers, terminals, warehousing companies and insurers on compliance and disputes; and Albert Wiggers is recommended for transport-related M&A.


‘Ploum has a highly skilled, professional and experienced team in all areas of the logistics sector’.

‘Marijn van Tuijl understands the sector, provides practical and understandable advice and listens carefully to his clients’.

‘Jikke Biermasz and Marijn van Tuijl are always open for discussions; they are well known experts in their fields’.

‘Collaboration is easy and fast’.

‘The team does not bore you with pages long memos when asking a question but really supports in finding a practical answer or solution’.

‘Very well connected in the market, good knowledge of key players and dedicated to their work’.

‘Well-balanced team, excellent service, able to combine agility with a firm stand when needed’.

‘High level of knowledge, willing to share that knowledge and able to put it in perspective’.

Key clients

Wintershall Noordzee

Base Logistics




Customs Support Group

Hutchison Ports Europe




APM Terminals

Marlow Navigation



Work highlights

  • Representing DSV in injunction proceedings under logistic services contracts.
  • Advised APM Terminals on the sale of one of its terminals in Rotterdam seaport to Hutchison Ports.
  • Advised Customs Support Group on more than 10 acquisitions of customs brokering businesses throughout Europe.

Smallegange N.V.

Boutique transport specialist Smallegange N.V. handles insurance and maritime issues from its Rotterdam base. Its client roster includes shipping companies, road carriers, freight forwarders, insurers and P&I clubs. Jan Van Der Stelt draws on his experience in deep-sea sailing to advise on collision cases and salvage matters; Julian Van De Velde is recommended for cargo claims and insurance disputes; Willem Boonk handles international trade matters and disputes; and Robert Hoepel has considerable experience in international shipping litigation.


‘Very nice and capable people, who are willing to think out-of-the-box and are prepared to take the time to explain the aspects of a case’.

‘Smallegange is a boutique law firm with a very strong cross-border reputation for all commercial, maritime and transport matters’.

‘Robert Hoepel stands out for his 24/7 accessibility for any matter, as well as for his hands-on and practical approach combined with strong theoretical knowledge’.

‘Excellent lawyers with in-depth knowledge of the maritime industry’.

‘Willem Boonk is always available and provides commercial advice and recommendations, so that an appropriate strategy can be agreed’.

‘Young thriving team with excellent speed of response and legal knowledge’.

‘Very skilled within shipping and dispute resolution’.

‘A well-assorted team, made of expert professionals devoted to the case and the client, with a practical approach to the matter’.

Key clients

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited

Seatrade Group N.V.

Noord Nederlandse P&I Club

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Stek has a strong focus on the aviation sector, handling transactional work, leasing issues, and the financing of commercially operated aircraft, business jets, helicopters and flight simulators. The practice, which handles both domestic and international matters, is well versed in aviation legislation and provides regulatory advice to clients, as well as handling contentious matters. Practice head Jeroen Timmermans handles cross-border deals and contract work.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Timmermans


‘We collaborated with Stek over the past few years on several transactions and they have always been very professional and diligent’.

‘The team is very proactive on transactions’.

‘We worked closely with Jeroen Timmermans on various transactions and he is be available, efficient and knowledgeable’.

‘Good value for money, service is excellent, hard-working and always accessible’.

‘Jeroen Timmermans is professional, knowledgeable and attentive, with deep expertise and knowledge in the areas of need’.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance

Aircastle Advisor LLC

Atlas Air

Corendon Holiday Group / Corendon Dutch Airlines B.V.


Fokker Services/Fokker Techniek

GEFA Bank GmbH

Netherlands Aircraft Company N.V. / Panta Holdings B.V.

Transavia Airlines B.V.


Work highlights

  • Advised Dutch investment company Panta Holdings with respect to the acquisition of Fokker Services B.V. and Fokker Techniek B.V. from Fokker Technologies/GKN Aerospace.
  • Advised aircraft leasing company Aircastle in respect of the lease of 15 new Embraer 195-E2 aircraft to Dutch operator KLM Cityhopper B.V.
  • Representing Polar Air Cargo LLC in third party indemnification proceedings brought forward by KLM, Martinair, Air France, Lufthansa and Thai Airways in civil damages claim proceedings in the Netherlands related to alleged cartel arrangements in the air cargo industry.