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Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

BarentsKrans‘ dispute resolution group consists of multiple teams - a key pillar of the practice is the corporate, commercial, and financial litigation group led by William Schonewille, who acts as counsel for claimants in mass damages cases and other class actions (including financial services cases). Martijn van Maanen leads the private enforcement side of the practice, often acting for claimants in infringement cases, while Rieme-Jan Tjittes heads up the arbitration practice and Supreme Court litigation team, where Philip Fruytier is another key contact. Marjolein van Rest focuses on preventing and settling disputes, Annelies van der Ploeg handles complex post-M&A litigation, and Roeland de Mol frequently represents high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Martijn van Maanen; Rieme-Jan Tjittes; William Schonewille


‘Martijn van Maanen and his team have an excellent reputation in the field of litigation. Martijn is always actively involved in his cases and has a lot of experience in the field of mass claims litigation. Another excellent lawyer is Rieme-Jan Tjittes.’

‘Martijn van Maanen combines great legal and analytical skills with excellent mastery of legal language. His procedural documents read very well and are very convincing. Rieme-Jan Tjittes is always very personally involved in any case in which he and his team are required. He is very creative, and has long and vast experience in international litigation and arbitration.’

‘The team members are very professional and responsive. Their knowledge and understanding of the case is very deep. The lawyers act proactively and anticipate developments in a clever way. The combination of legal and economic aspects makes our case extremely challenging and the team members handle it correctly.’

‘Marjolein van Rest is dedicated and highly motivated to represent and help us on the case. The time and effort is never too much or too difficult for her. The sense of humour and team spirit help a lot along the way. They are always available and responsive, very confident and pleasant to work with.’

‘BarentsKrans has a very good dispute resolution team with smart and sophisticated lawyers.’

‘Rieme-Jan Tjittes is exceptional. He is a very sharp thinker, extremely experienced and a pleasure to work with. He has a great sense of humour and doesn’t take himself too seriously. He is a legal do-it-all: professor, lawyer, arbitrator, judge and mediator.’

‘Annelies van der Ploeg is very knowledgeable, extremely practical and hands-on.’

Key clients

Claims Funding Europe

Macedonian Thrace Brewery

Stichting Massaschade & Consument

Winiwadiniwi B.V. (founder Happy Italy)

Mr. Carlos Ghosn

The Office of the Public Prosecutor Saint Martin




Prisma Capital

Work highlights

  • Represented Aviva et all, subordinated bondholders that were expropriated when SNS Bank was nationalised, before the Supreme Court.
  • Representing Geosolutions c.s. in proceedings pending before the Dutch Supreme Court relating to the setting aside of an arbitral award of USD 115.618.213 against, among others, Sina Hong Kong Limited.
  • Representing the interests of several hundred corporations, including multinationals HP, Unilever, Novartis, Ericsson, Philips, Canon and Motorola, in seeking compensation from the members of the air cargo cartel.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 2

BarentsKrans‘ litigation-focused employment practice routinely represents clients before the courts of appeal and the Supreme Court, and is often sought out by clients seeking to reverse decisions made by the lower courts. Key issues addressed by the practice include TUPE disputes, collective employment matters, and disputes involving non-standard workers. Litigation specialist Max Keulaerds, who stands out for his prowess in appeals cases, co-leads the team with Laurens de Graaf, who is also an expert in litigation and handles cases related to complex reorganisations, collective dismissals, and integration processes. Supreme Court litigator Frank Dekker is also noted for his expertise in high-level employment cases.

Practice head(s):

Max Keulaerds; Laurens de Graaf

Other key lawyers:

Frank Dekker; Bart de Hek


‘Max Keulaerds’ team is a top team. Legal opinions are always of good quality and very useful in practice. Furthermore, every sub-specialism of employment law is available in the team.

‘Max Keulaerds is always involved in our cases. That is very pleasant as there are many law firms where the involvement of the partner is no longer the practice. Max is very experienced, is analytically strong, can explain something clearly, is very reliable, always does what we have agreed upon, is charming and feels like a fish in water in the courtroom.

‘Very professional in terms of their legal expertise, with a high level of knowledge and fast responses. They not only provide a very high quality of legal advice on regular topics, but often come up with solutions within the legal frameworks that are immediate applicable in practice. To me, BarentsKrans is one of the best law firms in the Netherlands.

‘Laurens de Graaf is exceptional. He is an excellent communicator and the kind of lawyer I know I could put in front of anyone in the business – from junior HR to CEO. He is very impressive in litigation especially. I would not use another employment lawyer in the Netherlands.’

‘The whole team is easily reachable – you have one or two main contact persons, the work is delegated seamlessly, and the quality is always great. They manage to handle complex matters in a practical, sensitive and quick way.’

‘Laurens de Graaf is by far my preferred lawyer. He is very service oriented and quick in his replies, and he is always straight to the point in even the most complex matters. He always thinks proactively of other points you need to check, for example consultation with the works councils or the supervisory board, and comes up with pragmatic solutions. He speaks English as though it is his mother tongue, which is very helpful with our English shareholders.’

‘It’s good to have a trusted partner who knows and understands the client’s reality and company culture. A strong team with different expertise and skills and good availability for urgent matters.’

‘The team of employment lawyers are real subject matter experts, with relevant experience in international establishments. Their approach to legal services is accurate and personal. Trusting relationships have been built during the time we have worked together. Excellent service and response times.’

Key clients





Canon Production Printing

SBM Offshore

Saudi Aramco

BASF Vegetable Seeds (Nunhems)

HES International


TAQA Energy

VDL Nedcar

Technip Energies



Work highlights

  • Represented Deliveroo in a series of lawsuits, at both lower and Supreme Court level, in relation to rider status, the applicability of collective labour agreements, back-pay and the right to work.
  • Advising VDL Nedcar on works council discussions, as a result of VDL Nedcar’s intention to dismiss 1,800 staff.
  • Represented Carlos Ghosn before the Amsterdam Court of Appeal in a multimillion-euro pay dispute with Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

BarentsKrans is known for handling the full gamut of regulatory issues for hospitals, health insurers, and pharma companies. The Hague-based group is well-placed to advise on marketing authorisations, government healthcare programs, and patent disputes. Practice head and IP litigator Jaap Bremer has a great deal of experience in acting for technology clients, while also advising on non-contentious IP mandates, such as cooperation and distribution agreements. Competition and procurement specialist Tim Raats advises both tendering authorities and tenderers within the healthcare sector, with a particular emphasis on those in the youth mental healthcare and home care spaces. Raats is also noted for his broad knowledge of vertical agreements and merger filings.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Bremer

Other key lawyers:


‘Good understanding of the sector; honest advice and – very importantly – on technology they have a great network with a few of the best patent attorneys.’

‘Jaap Bremer delivers on time and always to the point. Takes the extra step.’

‘Jaap Bremer is, simply, a fine patent lawyer with a first-class mind, combining his legal skills with practical commercial awareness.’

‘The team is active across the healthcare and life science sectors, and is particularly strong in patent litigation.’

Key clients


Stichting Haaglanden Medisch Centrum

Focus Care Pharmaceuticals

Supergarant Zorg

Medisch Specialisten Collectief RdGG UA

Advance Medical Designs


GGZ Noord-Holland

Zilveren Kruis


Vivisol Nederland B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Viatris (Mylan) in multijurisdictional patent litigation initiated by Novartis with respect to fingolimod, an immunosuppressant drug used for treatment of multiple sclerosis.
  • Represented Advance Medical Designs, Leapmed and Pelvitec in patent infringement (first instance and appeal) proceedings initiated by Corbin Clinical Resources.
  • Advised the cooperative of medical specialists of the Reinier de Graaf Gasthuis on the planned merger with two other hospitals (HagaZiekenhuis and LangeLand Ziekenhuis) into the Reinier Haga Groep.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

With a ‘stellar reputation for patent litigation', BarentsKrans is a good choice for contentious matters in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences industries, with further expertise in taking on disputes in the telecoms and high-tech sectors. ‘Exceptional patent lawyer’ Jaap Bremer leads the team, specialising in tech patent litigation and also advising on cooperation and distribution agreements. Jarieke Timmerman is also noted for her tech-focused patent litigation practice. The October 2023 arrival Marc Elshof from Dentons, who acts at the intersection of IP, data protection and tech law, further strengthened the practice.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Bremer

Other key lawyers:


‘Jaap Bremer brings the perfect balance to the table. He is a lawyer who understands the sector and technology, but teams up with expert patent attorneys when needed. He identifies risks and opportunities and is not afraid to share these. A real collaborator.’

‘They are very knowledgeable and have great courtroom presence.’

‘Jaap Bremer is an outstanding IP lawyer and has always achieved excellent results for us. He has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism, dedication and commitment.’

‘The team has a stellar reputation for patent litigation, particularly in the life sciences sector.’

‘Jaap Bremer is an exceptional patent lawyer, combining deep legal knowledge with commercial pragmatism.’

Key clients

Viatris (Mylan)

Advance Medical Designs



BlueAlp (Mourik)

Huisman Equipment

Work highlights

  • Represented Viatris (Mylan) in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation initiated by Novartis with respect to fingolimod, an immunosuppressant drug used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis.
  • Acted for Advance Medical Designs, Leapmed and Pelvitec in patent infringement proceedings initiated by Corbin Clinical Resources.
  • Represented Cheesepop in patent and know-how licence litigation against GEHO.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 3

BarentsKrans‘ planning and environment team has extensive experience in public law, and its work includes advising on planning aspects of large-scale developments, assisting with zoning and environmental issues, among others. Since publication, Jesse Zijlma and Joost Huijgen have taken over leadership of the department.

Practice head(s):

Jesse Zijlma; Joost Huijgen


‘Knowledge, reliability, advice and putting the customer’s interests first are all key attributes of the team.’

‘In-depth knowledge of and experience in this area of law.’

‘They combine civil law expertise and administrative law expertise in one team.’

‘They can consider a case from different perspectives which helps the client to find the best solutions. They do not hesitate to ask a lawyer from another law firm to cooperate with them, which shows that they always act in the best interest of the client.’

‘From my perspective what makes them different is that – in the interest of clients – they are able to integrate us into their work like we are part of the same team.’

‘They are more than able to help the client on a more strategic (political) level as well as the usual.’

Key clients


Daka Rotterdam Zuid

Ducor Petrochemicals



Municipality of The Hague

Municipality of Voorne aan Zee

Rabobank Nederland

Van Omme & De Groot

Work highlights

  • Advised Rabobank with regard to various aspects of planning and environment concerning the development of their new office buildings and 175 apartments in the city of Utrecht.
  • Represented Daka Rotterdam Zuid and J.P.G. Veranda in legal proceedings against the zoning plan “Feyenoord City” in Rotterdam.
  • Advised on behalf of LSI and J.P. van Eesteren with respect to a development area in Rotterdam and the right of first refusal of the municipality of Rotterdam and advising LSI on all environmental aspects related to this matter.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 3

BarentsKrans‘ The Hague office is home to its EU and competition practice, which is noted as having ‘extensive knowledge and experience’. The team handles a broad-range of contentious and non-contentious matters for its array of clients, with a particular focus on litigation. Its workload includes representing clients at the ACM in matters involving dawn raids, investigations, and merger control issues. European law specialist Joost Fanoy is at the head of the team, and leads in the majority of its follow-on cases; Fanoy also has expertise in cartel proceedings, as well as merger and joint venture matters.

Practice head(s):

Joost Fanoy

Other key lawyers:

Karlijn de Groes; Tim Raats


‘There is extensive knowledge and experience within one office, which is accessible for clients.’

‘Easy to reach, quick responses, accessible.’

‘Tim Raats is great to work with! He understands our complex business and gets a quick grasp of any issue. His advice is practical and in-line with our company’s attitude towards risk.’

Key clients

Global (The Media & Entertainment Group)

Porthos Project

Visma Connect




Dura Vermeer

Macedonian Thrace Brewery


Finco Fuel

Claims Funding Europe



Oshkosh Defense


BCD Travel



GGZ Noord-Holland-Noord

Pure Development & Wayland Real Estate

Stichting Sint Antonius Ziekenhuis

Stichting Elevator Cartel Claim

Work highlights

  • Advising Interovo Group during the ACM cartel investigation, the related civil proceedings and assisting Interovo with the administrative appeal regarding the ACM decision.
  • Assisting KPN with its acquisition of major MVNO Youfone and all merger control related elements of the acquisition.
  • Acting for two Dutch comparison websites in a follow-on claim relating to the Google Shopping case against Alphabet, Google LLC and Google Netherlands.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 3

With a team lauded for ‘consistently delivering unparalleled service,’ BarentsKrans is able to advise retail sector clients on commercial leasing arrangements, and is also instructed on commercial disputes concerning retail issues. Ingrid Reimert leads the group, representing both landlords and tenants on the spectrum of leasing disputes. Marlou Timmerman specialises in real estate development, and is also sought after for her skill in contentious matters, which are also areas of focus for Myrte Pielage.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Reimert

Other key lawyers:


‘The cooperation between the various colleagues means that you never have to wait long for an answer.’

‘Very hands-on, knowledgeable, flexible. True team members.’

‘BarentsKrans is a shining star in the legal industry, consistently delivering unparalleled service.’

‘Ingrid Reimert and Marlou Timmerman stand out as exceptional professionals in the field, who provide us with a unique and unparalleled legal experience.’

‘Ingrid Reimert is incredibly good at briefly and clearly explaining complicated legal matters. She is able to incorporate the commercial interest in her legal point of view, which allows us to take a decision that is not solely driven by either a legal or business perspective.’

‘Myrte Pielage has pleaded on our behalf in various court cases. Not only is she able to present a clear and convincing case, she can also refute the other party’s claims on the spot or answer questions a judge may have due to her excellent knowledge of the case.’

Key clients

Brilmij Groep B.V.

Pearle Opticiens


Kwantum Nederland B.V.

Leen Bakker Nederland B.V.

WE Netherlands B.V./WE Europe B.V.

Van Gils Retail B.V.

O’Neill Retail Netherlands B.V.

Bever B.V.

Rivièra Maison B.V.

Nelson Schoenen B.V.

Parfumerie Douglas Nederland B.V.

Eichholtz B.V.

Mister Minit B.V.

Tenstone Development B.V.

SH Development B.V.

IEF Capital N.V.

Vlamingstraat Investment C.V.

Koninklijke INretail



Work highlights

  • Advised Vlamingstraat Investment C.V. regarding the redevelopment of Priba in the city centre of The Hague.
  • Assisted Eichholtz B.V. with multiple lease agreements and sublease agreements for the first Eichholtz concept store on P.C. Hooftstraat in Amsterdam.
  • Advised IEF Berlage Amsterdam (Kalverstraat) B.V. on the lease agreement for one of ZEEKR’s first two stores in Europe, situated on the Rokin and the Kalverstraat.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

BarentsKrans has a diverse client portfolio that includes private equity houses, multinational corporations, hospitality companies, and financial institutions. Since publication, Michiel Martin has taken over leadership of the practice. Located in The Hague, Nuray Aslan is another notable member of the team with experience in both national and cross-border financial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Martin

Other key lawyers:


‘What makes this practice unique is that they are always available and will quickly think of who is the best person to help with the task.’

‘The practice has different individuals with specialties, and we always get the best person for the job.’

‘The team is easy going, involved, and knowledgeable.’

‘The team is hands-on, good value for money and has a good network.’

Key clients


BMW Financial Services

Borealis Hotel Group


DCL Corporation

Cornelder Holding


Ducor Petrochemicals

Foreman Capital

Huisman Equipment

Klimaatfonds Nederland

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

Meatpoint (Zwanenberg Food Group / Struik Foods Europe)

MSA Safety

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB)


Urban Gym Group







Lloyds Banking Group


Mid Ocean Group

North Wall Capital

Quintes Holding

R+V Lebensversicherung AG

Saudi Aramco Overseas Company

Work highlights

  • Assisted Borealis Hotel Group (a large hotel group using brand names such as Hilton, Hyatt, IBIS, Holiday Inn, Moxy and Staybridge) with the entry into of a new senior facilities agreement with Atlantic Park and Three Hills Capital Partners.
  • Advised DCL Corporation on a DIP credit agreement and a stalking horse asset purchase agreement.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 4

BarentsKrans represents clients in multi-jurisdictional copyright and trade mark disputes, assisting with infringement and counterfeiting matters, in addition to providing non-contentious and transactional IP advice. ‘Top-notch IP lawyer’ Jaap Bremer heads the practice, with a focus on the food and beverages, telecoms and retail sectors, frequently appearing before the Dutch courts and EUIPO on their behalf. Jan Jacobi joined the practice from an in-house role in August 2023, specialising in contentious IP matters in the fashion and fast-moving consumer good sectors. Marleen van den Horst moved to La Gro Geelkerken advocaten in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jaap Bremer

Other key lawyers:


‘Jaap Bremer is extremely strategic, sophisticated, smart and business-oriented and has always taken the time to fully understand our business objectives. Jaap is a top-notch IP lawyer with an outstanding track record.’

‘The trade mark, copyright and design rights practice is first class, with particular skills in cross-border issues.’

‘Jaap Bremer is highly skilled and a cross-border specialist.’

‘Jaap Bremer is in a class of his own. He is someone who always tries to find practical solutions. He is also able to translate complex matters into simple terms so that the business understands what the issues are.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Koninklijke KPN

Meta Technologies (Oculus)


Huisman Equipment


Palm Fruits

Delta Nuts

IPV Delft creatieve ingenieurs

Loesdau (Cheval de Luxe)

Work highlights

  • Represented Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in trade mark enforcement litigation against an independent European reseller.
  • Acted for a telecoms provider in a misleading advertising dispute with a competitor.
  • Represented a confectionery brand in a trade mark enforcement action against various infringing parties.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 4

Harry Rek, senior partner with strong capabilities advising both domestic and international clients, is at the helm of the The Hague-based 'hands-on' private equity team at BarentsKrans. The practice's client roster includes green energy, trade and service, and healthcare companies. Its workload predominantly involves advising its clients on sales, investments and M&A transactions. Senior associate Anne-Rieke van der Linden is described as 'very knowledgeable'. 

Practice head(s):

Harry Rek

Other key lawyers:


‘The strength of the team is its overall approach and hands-on mentality.’

‘Questions are answered right away and the colleague with the right expertise provides the answer.’

‘Anne-Rieke van der Linden is very knowledgeable and has a very pragmatic approach. In discussions, she takes time to give explanations and shares pros and cons of different possibilities. It’s a pleasure working with her.’

Key clients



Van der Velde Packaging


KPN Royal Dutch Telecom

Borealis Hotel Group BV

Quintes Holding

Sun Invest Holding

Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP (ABP)

MVGM Vastgoedmanagement

Wagram Private Equity


Foreman Capital

Indu-Tools Group

ROM Utrecht

Quadrum Capital

Sole Source Capital

Vitavanti Group

Valk Group

Fortescue Future Industries

Work highlights

  • Advised Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), a global green energy company, on its investment in Zhero, developer of green and clean energy projects.
  • Advised Exasun on the investment of the current shareholders, ABN Sustainable Investments and Invest-NL in Exasun in a complicated negotiation under time pressure, resulting in the expansion of exasun in Europe and beyond.
  • Advised on the sale of Indu-Tools, an industrial equipment rental company in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 4

Zoning, environmental law, leasing, project development and real estate transactions all fall within the scope of BarentsKrans’ real estate practice. Sustainable energy is another primary focus for the team and is handled by Jesse Zijlma. Joost Huijgen and Leonoor Lieben co-lead the practice, the former specialising in contract and liability laws and the latter focusing on notarial real estate. Jeffrey Koenecke handles commercial real estate issues.

Practice head(s):

Joost Huijgen; Leonoor Lieben

Other key lawyers:


‘Things that characterise Barentskrans are: knowledge, reliability, advice and putting the client’s interests first.’

‘The BarentsKrans team works very professionally.’

‘I think the key strength of the BarentsKrans real estate practice is its personal approach. Contact is very personal and quick. It’s easy to get a quick advice on something or a collaboration on a big project.’

‘The real estate team is well established in the ‘niche sub-market’ we are operating in. The strong knowledge and continuous track record in the fast changing market (from a regulatory perspective) helps us to make the right choices. The team is flexible, highly accessible and is able to shift quickly from operational legal matters to high level, strategic legal advice. Particularly strong in market specific matters, so goes beyond general legal knowledge.’

‘Jesse Zijlma holds in-depth specific knowledge on the market we operate in and is always ‘ahead’ of the market knowledge. As a partner he is very accessible, delivers as agreed and thinks in the best interest of the client. ’

Key clients

GARBE Institutional Capital Netherlands


Kavel Vastgoed




Van Omme & De Groot

Vereniging INretail

Work highlights

  • Advised Stebru on the development of the Maestro project, consisting of over 250 homes and a residential care centre on the site of the former Lozerhof nursing home in southwestern The Hague.
  • Advising Ecorus on the development, construction, management and operation of the second largest solar park in the Netherlands, Fledderbosch in Groningen.
  • Advised Pensioenfonds Metaal en Techniek on the sale of the Stadshart shopping centre in Zoetermeer, a shopping centre with 22,500 square metres of floor space.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

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:


‘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.

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection

The firm: BarentsKrans is an independent Dutch law firm located in The Hague with over 90 lawyers and civil-law notaries. The firm has an excellent reputation in dispute resolution and M&A, real estate and finance transactions. BarentsKrans offers dedicated service with a keen eye for its clients’ business goals. Through the firm’s strong referral practice, it has internationally active companies in addition to its domestic clientele in various sectors. BarentsKrans’ lawyers are regularly involved in ground-breaking cases and complex transactions, and are used to work in multi-jurisdictional teams.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial litigation: the firm’s corporate and commercial litigation specialists are recognised as leaders in this area. They advise and represent international and national clients in court proceedings and arbitration. The firm is involved in some of the most prominent international commercial and corporate disputes pending in the Netherlands, including cartel damages litigation (eg Air Cargo cartel and Paraffin wax cartel).

Commercial contracts: the firm has a number of recognised specialists in (international) contract law, who are able to act for companies and clients throughout the life cycle of a commercial contract: from the negotiation stage through to the contract termination. They work for both national and international companies, as well as advising renowned law firms that need extra expertise in the field of (international) contract law.

Banking and finance: BarentsKrans’ banking and finance team has many years of experience in advising and assisting clients with their entry into finance arrangements and on other complex finance issues, including financial regulatory and financial litigation matters. The lawyers of this team provide services to domestic and foreign banks, investors, other financial institutions, large companies, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. This can involve syndicated or bilateral loans (LMA and other recommended forms), project finance, real estate (development finance), direct lending, asset based finance, trade finance and restructurings. Clients include: Huisman Equipment, Zwanenberg Food Group, Quintes, TINC Development Partners, Landesbank Hessen – Thüringen Girozentrale and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), BNG Bank, Triodos Bank and MVGM.

IP and technology: BarentsKrans’ leading experts in this area deal with (multi-jurisdictional) disputes regarding infringement and validity of intellectual property rights as well as disputes regarding licences and exploitation of technology. The firm has extensive experience in representing clients before various national and European courts and institutions, including the Dutch Supreme Court, the Court of Justice and the EUIPO and has been involved in many prominent and pioneering cases.

EU and competition: the firm has broad experience in EU law and competition/antitrust law, including cartels, merger control, private enforcement and state aid. The BarentsKrans’ lawyers also specialise in public procurement law and can advise tenderers or contracting authorities before, during and after the tendering process.

Life sciences: the distribution of patented medicines often leads to proceedings. The firm’s life sciences team has been involved in many of these proceedings. In the sector, short and mid-term capital requirements remain a constant challenge. The firm has a proven track record in assisting in venture capital, private equity, MBO and MBI transactions, setting up joint ventures and financing agreements.

Supreme Court litigation: BarentsKrans belongs to a select group of firms with a traditionally large and highly regarded cassation practice. The supreme court litigation lawyers advise lawyers and their clients and conduct cassation proceedings covering the entire field of civil law. The firm has been involved in numerous landmark cases (eg Samsung/Apple, KPN/Staat, Delta/Staat).

Corporate/M&A: BarentsKrans corporate specialists, including civil law notaries, have a lot of experience in the field of corporate law. They service a broad range of national and international clients on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. Clients value the team for their efficient and problem solving approach.

Employment: the firm’s highly experienced specialists are known for their excellent service. They have been on top of the latest developments for well over a quarter of a century. BarentsKrans’ lawyers can assist with any employment law issue such as civil servants law, co-determination and pensions. All attorneys are members of relevant associations of employment law specialists.

Real estate: the firm consists of a large number of lawyers and civil law notaries with expert knowledge of and experience with real estate. Because the lawyers and civil law notaries work together closely, they are able to assist clients from the first negotiations through to the end result envisaged.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial litigation Roeland de Mol
Commercial contracts Rieme-Jan Tjittes
Supreme Court litigation Jan-Paul Heering
Employment law Laurens de Graaf
IP and technology Jaap Bremer
EU and competition Joost Fanoy
Real estate Nicole Soliana
Corporate and M&A Rhamsey Croes
Notary Jeffrey Koenecke
Notary Robert-Jan Zwaan
Banking & Finance Jason van de Pol
Arbitration Rieme-Jan Tjittes
Public law & regulatory Remco Bäcker
Photo Name Position Profile
Jaap Bremer photo Jaap Bremer Jaap specialises in trade mark, copyright and design (‘soft IP’) disputes and…
Rhamsey Croes photo Rhamsey Croes Rhamsey Croes is a lawyer since 2004 and joined BarentsKrans in 2015,…
Frank Dekker  photo Frank Dekker Frank is an attorney-at-law at our Employment Law department. He advises companies and individuals…
Marc Elshof photo Marc Elshof Marc is an expert in the field of data and technology. He…
Joost Fanoy photo Joost Fanoy Joost Fanoy is head of the EU & Competition practice group and a member head…
Philip  Fruytier photo Philip Fruytier Philip is a partner in BarentsKrans’s Supreme Court department, specialising in civil Supreme…
Max Keulaerds  photo Max Keulaerds Max Keulaerds works for BarentsKrans since 1983 (partner since 1986) and he…
Jeffrey Koenecke  photo Jeffrey Koenecke Jeffrey has over 20 years of notarial experience in commercial real estate.  Jeffrey and…
Michiel Martin photo Michiel Martin Michiel specialises in (i) corporate law with an emphasis on M&A, buy-ins, buy-outs, private…
Harry Rek  photo Harry Rek Harry has extensive experience with complex international transactions, often a combination of…
William Schonewille  photo William Schonewille William has been practising law since 1996 and had been a partner…
Rieme-Jan Tjittes  photo Rieme-Jan Tjittes Rieme-Jan is a very experienced litigation and arbitration attorney (‘advocaat’). He is…
Lisanne Vissers  photo Lisanne Vissers Lisanne has broad experience in Dutch corporate and company law. Her expertise…
Laurens de Graaf photo Laurens de Graaf Laurens de Graaf is a partner in our Employment Law department. He counsels many…
Bart de Hek photo Bart de Hek Bart mainly assists employers in matters concerning restructurings (collective dismissals), collective labour…
Roeland de Mol photo Roeland de Mol Roeland de Mol is partner of the Corporate Litigation practice group. His practice covers…
Martijn van Maanen  photo Martijn van Maanen Martijn van Maanen heads the Corporate Litigation practice group. His practice covers the…
Marjolein van Rest photo Marjolein van Rest Marjolein has been working with BarentsKrans as a lawyer since April 2012.…
Annelies  van der Ploeg photo Annelies van der Ploeg Annelies heads BarentsKrans’ Commercial Contracts team. She specialises in national and international commercial…
Number of lawyers : 91
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