Firm Profile > De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek > Amsterdam, Netherlands

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
CLAUDE DEBUSSYLAAN 80
1082 MD AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is one of the strongest finance teams in the Dutch market, advising several of the largest domestic clients on their borrowing needs. The team is able to undertake work across the full spectrum of financing including bilateral and syndicated lending, emergency funding, refinancing, leveraged financing, and acquisition financing. Practice co-heads Menno Stoffer and Niek Biegman are highly regarded for international work, while senior associate Pim Van Leersum is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer; Niek Biegman

Testimonials

The team that assisted us with various facilities, understands the need of our company. They flag relevant issues well, without claiming too much time and internal resources for more technical discussions.

They had a very good feeling for making sure that people with the right seniority took care of the various tasks – with juniors to handle the uncontroversial stuff and seniors and partners ready to step in when needed.

Menno Stoffer is a very capable financing practitioner but never seems to be too busy to take the time to involve himself in the complicated matters where his expertise and experience is needed to get to the right result. He does not over complicate things and creates a good atmosphere when matters could get tense.

My main contact is Pim van Leersum, who is very responsive, quick and clear in his elaborations.

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

AkzoNobel

Royal Philips

Royal Ahold Delhaize

RELX Group

DSM

NXP Semiconductors

Royal Schiphol

LeasePlan

Fugro

Signify

AMG

TenneT

Nederlandse Gasunie

VIVAT

BC Partners

Waterland Private Equity Investments

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

'Availability, experience and knowledge come together' at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The team utilises its international reach and its 'advantage of broad experience with different regulators' to assist clients with a wealth of regulatory matters, including licensing and market access, requirements in the context of mergers and acquisitions of banks, and governance and structure of business operations. Contentious work is also undertaken, with practice head Mariken van Loopik representing De Volksbank in proceedings against the Single Resolution Board (SRB) at the EU Court of Justice in relation to the calculation of its contribution to the Single Resolution Fund (SRF). Niek Biegman is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mariken van Loopik

Testimonials

Profound and always up-to-date knowledge in a continuously changing area, offering the advantage of broad experience with different regulators allowing for high quality of advice in determining approach, strategy, tactics.

Individuals think and perform and are different from competitors in accessibility/availability, working well under pressure, quality of network. Stand-out partner: Mariken van Loopik.

Excellent regulatory and governance practice.

Availability, experience and knowledge come together. In most cases includes access to regulatory bodies. Stand-out: Mariken van Loopik- regulatory.

Key clients

ING Group

Rabobank

ABN AMRO

LeasePlan

De Volksbank

DLLI

Robeco

APG

AEGON

NN Group

Achmea

Capital markets: debt Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek primarily advises companies and banks on debt transactions and regulatory capital instruments, and is a popular choice for clients including Phillips and Shell. Matters include bond and notes issues, and private placements, with a particular strength in green bonds, advising several clients on market-leading issuances. The practice is led by Niek Biegman and also includes key names Menno Stoffer and Ferdinand Hengst. Senior associate Pim van Leersum is highly recommended for his 'practical approach' and work on private placements.

Practice head(s):

Niek Biegman

Testimonials

The team that assisted us understands the needs of our company. They flag relevant issues well, without claiming too much time and internal resources for more technical discussions.

What we feel is important is a proper allocation of resources. Partners should be available for certain parts of the transaction, but should not necessarily be involved in all details. De Brauw generally plays this well.

Pim van Leersum is friendly, mature, knowledgeable and always available.

We have been very happy with De Brauw’s work on our High Yield Bond earlier this year – they combine theory with practice in a way that supports the success of the transaction rather than impeding it or slowing it up. They are very responsive – even parachuted in an able-bodied junior when my transaction threatened to be bogged down in fact back-up and data requests and my own team didn’t have the bandwidth to handle it. At the same time, they gave us helpful commentary and advice, while rapidly turning around the 952-page prospectus I asked them to review. We are very happy with De Brauw’s support on every level.

Pim van Leersum was our primary point of contact. He has a nice combination of expertise and a practical approach that makes it valuable and a pleasure to involve him.

Key clients

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group

Akzo Nobel

BC Partners

DSM

Gasunie

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Innogy

Leaseplan

NXP Semiconductors

Nomura

Philips

Royal Schiphol Group

Takeaway.com

Tennet

Shell

Capital markets: equity Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek advises corporations and banks on high-value equity transactions, including IPOs, share issues, and share buy-backs. The team, led by experienced specialists Jan Willem Hoevers and Gaby Smeenk, also offers expertise in complex regulatory capital instruments and market infrastructure issues, allowing it to advise clients across the full range of equity capital market concerns. Matters include dual-track sales, international listings, and share consolidation, and it is frequently involved in cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jan Willem Hoevers; Gaby Smeenk

Testimonials

Great combination of strength in depth as well as very impressive team performance. Excellent overall quality.

The team is very available and understands the business. The cooperation with other expert groups within De Brauw is great. Overall De Brauw’s advice is practical and clear.

Jan Willem Hoevers is an exceptional individual in every aspect of his work. Great quality, strong market knowledge, down to earth, gets things done mentality and very client and service focused. Excellent all around.

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize

AkzoNobel

Altice

ASML

LeasePlan

Philips

RELX

Takeaway.com

Unilever

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 1

For 'complex transactions under time pressure', De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a top choice for clients. Arne Grimme heads a practice that offers global services through its offices in Europe and elsewhere and its extensive best friends network. It undertakes the gamut of domestic and international corporate and commercial work ranging from public and private transactions, leveraged buy-outs and complex cross-border transactions to corporate restructurings and private equity deals. It handles transactions of the scale of the acquisition of HEMA by Ramphastos Investments and AkzoNobel's €10.1bn sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to Carlyle and GIC. Klaas de Vries, Michael Schouten and Reinier Kleipool are some of the senior advisors.

Practice head(s):

Arne Grimme

Testimonials

Great sparring partners and excellent lawyers. The De Brauw team manages the project, is considerate of the corporate’s specifics and fully understands the business. Especially when it comes to complex transactions under time pressure, I would engage De Brauw. The different departments within De Brauw work closely together, which is helpful in projects that require different expertises.’

The team is very knowledgeable on all varieties of M&A deals you can think of and does not only have the legal knowledge and drafting skills but they also really understand the financial logic behind it. The team also clearly acts as a team and ensure that there is continuous and proper support during the trajectory towards the client. And the team is really fun to work with.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

APG Group

BC Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Eneco Groep shareholders

Fiat Chrysler

Gilde Buy Out Partners

GrandVision

HollyFrontier Corporation

Koninklijke Wessanen

Parcom Capital

Pfizer

Ramphastos Investments

Rabobank/Bouwfonds IM

Siemens

Synthon Holding

Takeaway.com

TomTom

Construction Tier 1

The construction team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek provides a full service across all types of work in the sector, but is most notable for its litigation and arbitration experience, particularly in international construction matters. Practice head Bommel van der Bend is highly regarded in arbitration work, as well as having substantial expertise in procurement law on both a Dutch and European level. Stefan Derksen is another key name for construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Bommel Van Der Bend

Testimonials

De Brauw has leading edge competence in construction law and knows how to interweave this effectively in the client’s process, in such a way that there is added value for the projects involved.

Nicolien van den Biggelaar and Arjan Kleinhout bring their excellent knowledge in the right way into the appropriate form in clients processes.

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Schiphol Airport

Eindhoven Airport

TenneT

ProRail

McDermott (CB&I)

Port of Rotterdam

Nuclear Research Group

SBM Offshore

Gasunie

Ahold Delhaize

ENGIE

Ventolines

VolkerWessels

Unilever

BAM Group

Tebodin

Surrey Paving

DSM

VTTI

Novolipetsk Steel Company (NLMK)

Heineken

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's 'very international, engaged and knowledgeable' team frequently represents blue-chip clients in high-stakes cross-border arbitration. The global reach of the practice can be seen in its recent work highlights, including representing Royal Dutch Shell in arbitration surrounding the construction of one of the biggest offshore oil platforms in the world in Malaysia. Practice head Marnix Leijten is noted for his ability to 'quickly spot the relevant issues and approach them with a focus on strategy' and Matthias Kuscher are also key names to note. Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch made partner in January 2019. Bregje Korthals Altes-van Dijk  has left the practice to join Ysquare Dispute Resolution.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Leijten

Testimonials

I have been working with the team for some time now on a complicated cross-border matter involving a number of jurisdictions. An outstanding team led by Albert Marsman and Marnix Leijten. Very international, engaged and knowledgeable.

Albert Marsmann and Marnix Leitjen are both exceptional lawyers. They work with an international mindset understanding the needs of other jurisdictions involved in the same case. They are strong litigators.

Focus on strategy, in-depth knowledge of the industry and the case, excellent collaboration within the team and with us as the client.

Marnix Leijten: ability to quickly spot the relevant issues and approach them with a focus on strategy and to translate them for the outsider. Bregje Korthals Altes-van Dijk: excellent knowledge, good communicator.

The team I worked with was very diverse. I really appreciate how this diversity and different perspectives contributed to what ultimately became a very dynamic litigation strategy. The execution of that strategy was project-managed very well – we were therefore always a few steps ahead. This disciplined approach really shone through at the hearing when compared to the team from the other side.

Very efficient team with all team members showing a high degree of knowledge.

Albert Marsman with his team is very competent and able to adjust to an international environment. Very humble, but firm and strong technically.

Creative thinking; professional and diligent; very experienced with ICC arbitration.

The team is professional, and have lots of experience in arbitration.

Key clients

Yukos Oil – former majority stakeholders

Royal Dutch Shell

GasTerra B.V.

Amlyn Holding

BYD Auto Industries

Crystallex

National Bank of Kazakhstan

Ecuador

Czech Republic

Achmea

NLMK

Tiffany

COFCO

Nationale Nederlanden

Waterland

Heineken

Nouryon

Rabobank

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek houses one of the strongest dispute resolution teams in the Netherlands, with depth across a wide range of specialisms, including in-house Supreme Court litigation. Other key areas of expertise include franchise disputes, where the firm has acted for the franchisors in several key disputes, and large-scale cartel damages litigations. Additionally, the firm is home to several litigators with strong specialist experience, including Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk, who is noted for corporate and securities litigation, Daan Beenders, who is focused on liability and contracting, and technology and finance sector specialist Stefan Derksen. Senior associate Tilly Alberga-Smits is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bommel Van Der Bend

Testimonials

Daan Beenders and his team have been advising us for many years now. It feels like they are direct colleagues who understand our business better than we do. They are extremely pragmatic, business savvy, commercially astute and an absolute pleasure to work with. In addition, they are very dedicated and have consistently outperformed our expectations. They have a unique talent to create the impression that you are their only client.

De Brauw are a high quality, responsive team with a deep bench.

Daan Beenders is absolutely top-notch. He combines a thorough knowledge of the law with enormous commercial insight. Highly intelligent, effective, pragmatic lawyer and a true pleasure to work with. Responsiveness could not be better. 

Andries Polkerman is a star senior associate. Deep understanding of our business, always one or two steps ahead and always with a clear view of the bigger picture involved. Also, great fun to work with. 

Selmer Bergsma shows great insight into our specific industry sector and has a pragmatic approach to the situation at hand.

Partner Bregje Korthals-Altes Van Dijk is the perfect dispute strategy partner for a client. Senior associate Tilly Alberga-Smits is excellent across the client relationship, provides timely, to the point advise and spares no effort in understanding the specific needs of the client. Senior associate Johan Valk is a rising star. Senior associate Jacob van de Velden is highly recommended for his excellent legal mind. 

Key clients

Aegon

Rabobank

Yukos Oil Company

Ahold Delhaize

DAF Trucks

Aegas

SNS

Royal Dutch Shell

Sisvel

Enel

Intergamma

Supreme Site Services

Employment Tier 1

The employment team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is highly recommended for its role as a support function to the corporate team, advising clients on the employment aspects of their acquisitions, and particularly concerning works council negotiations. The firm also represents clients in disputes, both with individual employees and larger organisations such as unions or pension funds, in addition to undertaking advisory work for large employers. The practice is jointly led by Barbara Kloppert and Stefan Sagel .

Practice head(s):

Barbara Kloppert; Stefan Sagel

Testimonials

The De Brauw team operates fast and in a very pleasant way with thorough knowledge of labour law and the capability of thinking out of the box. It has the guts to open new perspectives and stands for the interests of its clients.

Very knowledgeable and up to date, rendering well-thought-out and comprehensive advice. The trainings that the firm organizes on regular basis for its clients are very useful and with added value for the participants.

Stefan Sagel and Irina Timp fit seamless in the description as mentioned above. Both have a very pleasant way to communicate with contacts on a base of equality and with humour. But always with the absolute goal to get the best solution for the client. 

I have particular good experiences with Barbara van Duren. I find her to be analytic but also realistic. She is ready to strike a deal of come up with a practical solution, without losing sight of her client’s best interests.

Stand-outs include Stefan Sagel for his strategic advice in complex projects and his litigation skills, not only in writing but also his pleadings in court. Janneke van der Kroon for her helicopter view and drafting skills in complex transactions. Mirjam Kerkhof for her excellent writing and negotiation skills.’

I also work with Janneke van der Kroon. She is pleasant to work with and has a sound legal analysis, that she uses to come to practical terms with her counterparts.

Key clients

Booking.com

Unilever

Philip

Friesland Campina

Achmea

Tata Steel

Takeaway.com

RELX (formerly Reed Elsevier)

Shell

Intergamma

AkzoNobel

Holland Casino

NXP

SBM Offshore

Rabobank

Schiphol

Energy: regulatory Tier 1

Recognised for its 'very strong energy practice, covering the whole spectrum from regulatory to litigation to M&A and project finance, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's sizeable team handles national and cross-border matters. The team, under the leadership of Nicolien Van Den Biggelaar remains at the forefront of market developments, having been one of the first to be involved in emissions trading and climate change, and is very active in the field of renewable energies including on and offshore wind, solar, waste to energy, biomass and carbon storage. Counsel Arjan Kleinhout is 'the go-to-person for extremely complex and technical energy regulatory questions.'

Practice head(s):

Nicolien van den Biggelaar

Other key lawyers:

Arjan Kleinhout; Marnix Leijten; Bregje Korthals Altes; Edward van Geuns; Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch; Matthias Kuscher; Claire van der Hoeven

Testimonials

Very strong energy practice, covering the whole spectrum from regulatory to litigation to M&A and project finance. The regulatory team is lean and efficient and their industry knowledge and technical legal expertise are impressive.

Large span of expertise in house, i.e. not only energy but also related areas as well as a general law practise. The team is diverse in the sense of years of experience. Thus there is an opportunity to make use of junior lawyers with a lower hour rate combined with more senior lawyers that results in high quality services.

De Brauw has leading edge competence in administrative and regulatory law concerning energy production and transport. De Brauw knows how to interweave this effectively in the client’s process, in such a way that there is added value for the projects involved.

Very knowledgable team that provides great service.

The individuals are experienced, sympathetic and reliable. Interests of the client/strategic interests are taken into account.

Nicolien van den Biggelaar and Arjan Kleinhout have leading edge competence in administrative and regulatory law concerning energy production and transport. They bring their knowledge in the right way into the appropriate form in clients processes.

Arjan Kleinhout is very much able to think with the client, he puts client’s interest first and is thereby very much cooperative to us. He provides his comments in an understandable way, and thinks one or several steps ahead in proceedings.

‘Key partner Nicolien van den Biggelaar is highly knowledgeable, always up-to-date and a great sparring partner for clients on strategic and legal matters. She works with an excellent team and staffs lean so as to offer clients efficient and excellent legal products.’ 

‘Counsel Arjan Kleinhout is the go-to-person for extremely complex and technical energy regulatory questions. He is down to earth and his calm personality helps diffuse volatile situations in negotiations and litigation.’ 

‘Senior associate Claire van der Hoeven is well-versed in both energy regulatory and energy M&A. Clients are in good hands with her as she is on the ball and never gives up. Definitely someone to keep an eye out for.

 

Key clients

Shell

AkzoNobel

TenneT

Gasunie

Engie

Shareholders of Eneco

Waterland Private Equity Investments

GasTerra

Caldic

Port of Rotterdam

Enel

NEA

GasTerra

Shell

Vopak

Energy: transactional Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's sizeable team is involved in energy infrastructure projects, transactions and disputes at national level as well as cross-border. One of the firm's key strengths is its ability to draw on its integrated M&A, corporate, regulatory, finance, environment, arbitration and litigation practices. Anja Mutsaers, who is frequently handles matters for Dutch and foreign clients relating to the energy transition debate, leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Anja Mutsaers

Other key lawyers:

Menno Stoffer; Nicolien van den Biggelaar; Arjan Kleinhout; Diederik Maessen; Frank Hamming

Key clients

Shell

AkzoNobel

TenneT

Gasunie

Engie

Shareholders of Eneco

Waterland Private Equity Investments

GasTerra

Caldic

Port of Rotterdam

Enel

NEA

GasTerra

Shell

Vopak

Environment and planning Tier 1

'The best environmental and planning team out there' - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is hailed for its mastery of all aspects of this practice area, including climate change and energy issues and for always providing an element of added value. It provides a multidisciplinary approach to complex cases which cuts across administrative law and litigation. Nicolien  van den Biggelaar and Arjan Kleinhout are highly rated for their 'leading edge competence in administrative and environmental/spatial planning (court) law' and senior associate Claire van der Hoeven is also a key team member.

Practice head(s):

Nicolien van den Biggelaar

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

De Brauw is an excellent law firm that has been highly regarded in the market for decades. The lawyers of the Planning and Environment practice area combine high legal quality with a practical approach.’

They are very approachable and very pleasant to work with.’

I have very good experiences with Nicolien van den Biggelaar.  She always knows how to outline the legal framework in a modest way. She is always solution oriented. There is no lawyer with such in-depth and broad knowledge in this area of law. It seems almost be scientific.’

Nicolien is creative, has humour, is easily accessible and is always on time. Her documents are accessible and good to understand. Working with her on a project is a real pleasure.

Nicolien van den Biggelaar is pragmatic, fast, to the point. High quality at high speed.’

Arjan Kleinhout is quick to understand underlying interests and knows where he can add value.’

De Brauw’s environmental law team actively participates in creating added value for its clients’ projects. The team has leading edge competence in this area and communicates proactively with it’s customers in a very effective way.’

In my view this is the best environmental and planning team out there. We worked with the team on various different matters and their expertise and ability to translate complex and not very accessible legal issues into very practical advice is to us very important.’

Arjan Kleinhout is also a valued resource. He knows a lot about economic regulation and is also broadening his expertise more towards the environmental and planning side.’

For both Nicolien and Arjan I have to say that they also very much invest in really understanding our business Oversight, good technical knowledge and ability to structure and solve complex matters.’

Key clients

TenneT

Port of Rotterdam

AkzoNobel / Nouryon

Schiphol

Royal Dutch Shell (RDS)

Stichting

Voorbereiding PALLAS/Foundation Preparation PALLAS

Gasunie

Chemelot/Sitech

NEA/GKN

Facebook

Uber

EU and competition Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek offers 'practical and clear' advice and its practice is active across the entire spectrum of competition law. The firm has notable experience in international competition litigation, cartel and fraud investigations, merger control, and state aid. Practice head Jolling de Pree is acting for British Airways in multiple follow-on actions in the Netherlands relating to the alleged air cargo cartel. Also noted are Helen Gornall, Bart de Rijke, Machteld de Monchy, and senior associates Stephanie The, Gurgen Hakopian, and Zeynep Ortac. Maikel Van Wissen joined from Linklaters and divides his time between Amsterdam and Brussels.

Practice head(s):

Jolling de Pree

Testimonials

The team is very well available and understands the business. The cooperation with other expert groups within De Brauw is great. Overall De Brauw’s advice is practical and clear.’

‘Hands-on, easy to access, cooperative while maintaining a helicopter view. In particular, Helen Gornall is truly pleasant to work with as she understand the position an inhouse counsel is in. Her availability on all hours of the day is very amazing.’

Key clients

Philips

Unilever

ASML

Vopak

Parcom

Jacobs Douwe Egberts/JDE

Heerema

Hikvision

Takeaway.com

Nutreco

DSM

AholdDelhaize

DAF Trucks

Port of Rotterdam

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

NedriSpanstaal

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is best known for its dedicated internal investigations practice, acting for a range of blue-chip corporate and financial clients in international fraud and corruption proceedings. The practice has an integrated approach to its financial and corporate crime matters, combining representation in proceedings with compliance advice. The team maintains a strong relationship with authorities in multiple jurisdictions, allowing it to effectively manage investigations on behalf of clients. The practice is jointly led by Marnix SomsenPatrick Ploeger and Roan Lamp, who all have significant international experience.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Somsen; Patrick Ploeger; Roan Lamp

Testimonials

Hands on, practical, skilful, good drafters, knowledgable about the relevant laws and practices and all its facets. Good availability and really nice to work with. Very dependable in this important area.

Patrick Ploeger and Iris Pauw are very pragmatic, hands-on in the handling of our cases. It is very easy to shift gears with them in the pollical arena of our case and its stakeholders.

There are two aspects that I really appreciate in De Brauw’s team: (i) their risk-based approach, which ensures that all the angles of a matter, including the pure business angle, are taken into consideration always; and (ii) their broad expertise in handling cross-border matters in cooperation with all kind of firms around the globe.

Marnix Somsen is an excellent strategic advisor and always the trusted sparring partner that any in-house lawyer wants to have close to him. Roan Lamp combines a deep academic expertise on regulatory enforcement matters with a extremely pragmatic approach based on a deep understanding of business needs and circumstances. James Wang is a senior associate in the Amsterdam office that, in my opinion, has all the elements to become a star lawyer: expertise, balance, reasoning, clarity, etc.

Key clients

Philips

Uber

SBM Offshore

KPMG

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

NXP

Heineken

Fugro

Ahold Delhaize

Unilever

Achmea

Vopak

Arcadi

Insurance Tier 1

The insurance team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek collaborates closely with colleagues in areas such as M&A, dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency to provide holistic and 'high quality legal advice' on the whole spectrum of insurance matters. Work ranges from acting for insured corporate parties in disputes to assisting insurers with regulatory and enforcement matters, transactions and mass-claim litigation. Dennis Horeman is 'a very thoughtful but at the same time very practical lawyer'. Mariken van Loopik, who focuses on regulatory challenges, and Eelco Meerdink, who 'has a great eye for small details and their potential relevancy in extremely large cases' are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Horeman; Mariken van Loopik; Eelco Meerdink

Testimonials

The team provides very hands-on advice that is immediately valuable for the client.

Dennis Horeman is a very thoughtful but at the same time very practical lawyer.

A multi-linguistic international team with a lot of expertise in international disputes and all the difficulties arising with such disputes.

Eelco Meerdink has a great eye for small details and their potential relevancy in extremely large cases.

High quality legal advice. Practicable and to the point.

Mariken van Loopik is a power house.

Hands on, practical, skillful, good drafters, knowledgeable about the relevant law and practice and all its facets. Good availability and really nice to work with.

The team was able to quickly understand our specific insurance business and translate this to the applicable legal framework. Thanks to their good communication skills, our conversations were very pleasant.

I worked with Dennis Horeman and Remco Kloppenburg. Dennis has been very helpful in structuring our arguments before the court. Remco was very easy to approach and helped us in explaining how we had to interpret rulings in relation to our day to day business.

Key clients

Achmea B.V.

Ageas

SRLEV

CZ

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's strength and expertise in IP law allows the firm to deal with all aspects of litigation. With a sizeable team, the firm is able to tackle complex and ground-breaking cases, such as acting for Royal Smilde before the European Court of Justice on the question whether tastes can be copyright protected. Practice head Tobias Cohen Jehoram is a widely recognised intellectual property litigator in the fields of trade mark, design, trade secrets and copyright law. Other key team members include senior associates Selmer Bergsma and Gertjan Harryvan, and associate Roos van der Poel. Koen Limperg has retired from the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Testimonials

‘Selmer Bergsma shows great insight into our specific industry sector and has a pragmatic approach to the situation at hand’.

Key clients

Heineken

Royal Shell

Unilever

JDE

PepsiCo

AkzoNobel

RELX

NXP

Royal Smilde

TenneT

Tommy Hilfiger/PVH

Procter & Gamble

Booking.com

Royal Philips

Beiersdorf

FrieslandCampina

Pon

Impossible Foods

Disney

Nolet

The Ocean Cleanup

Fyffes International

Société en Commandite Simple MHCS

TakeAway

University of Amsterdam

Anne Frank Stichting

Adidas

Investment funds Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek houses an integrated funds team that provides the full range of legal and tax services to clients across the investment funds sector. The firm has a very strong base of fund manager clients, as well as receiving a steady flow of limited partner-side instructions for review and negotiation mandates. Key figures include Kees Groffen, who undertakes a wide range of regulatory and structuring work, pensions specialist René Maatman, and corporate-focused senior associate Mariska Enzerink. Bernard Spoor returned to practice following a stint as a full-time member of the firm's management board.

Practice head(s):

Kees Groffen

Testimonials

De Brauw is without any doubt one of the best law firms in the country; they have been holding this position for decades. The Financial Markets Regulation team (which covers Investment Funds) is clearly outstanding, with all partners being recognized as top tier specialists in their fields of knowledge. Their Dutch client base is convincing evidence thereof. They combine best in class legal expertise and skills with in-depth knowledge of their client’s markets. They have a firm finger on the pulse of any new developments through their omnipresence in this field.

The team delivers what we ask of them: the team has excellent knowledge of all relevant matters in the investment funds business, they have the necessary experience and they deliver the work flawlessly within the time frames.

Both Rene Maatman and Kees Groffen have in-depth knowledge of financial regulatory law. As they also frequently liaise with the legislator and supervisors, they are able to advise adequately and take into account any potential future changes of the law and the supervisor’s stand point on matters.

Kees Groffen is the perfect embodiment of what a business lawyer should be. He gives clear, concise and very much to the point practical legal advice. In a 5 minutes call with Kees you get most of what you need and then he follows up very quickly with his advice in writing. For that reason, he is better value than many of his peers.

Mariska Enzerink is a rising star in this field, with great potential. Mariska is very knowledgeable, sharp, fast and to the point. She delivers great availability and excellent quality advice apparently without effort. Highly recommended.

Mariska Enzerink is mature, knowledgeable, and provides value for money. 

Key clients

Achmea Investment Management

ACTIAM

Aegon Asset Management

Allianz Paraplufonds

APG Asset Management

ASR Vermogensbeheer

Avedon Capital Partners

European Assets Trust

NN Investment Partners

Prime Ventures

Redevco Investment Management

Robeco Institutional Asset Management

SPF Beheer B.V.

Triodos Investment Management

Pensioenfonds ING

Private equity Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s prominence in the private equity sphere has made it a go-to firm for both domestic and international private equity clients. The ‘highly motivated’ team is led by practice head Lennard Keijzer. As one of the foremost names in the sector, he has handled sell-side and buy-side mandates for clients such as Waterland Private Equity and BC Partners and also has strong knowledge of warranty & indemnity insurance and management participation schemes. Work of particular note includes acting for the buyer in the $655m cross-border acquisition of Sonneborn by HollyFrontier Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Lennard Keijzer

Key clients

ABN AMRO

BC Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Fortino Capital Partners

Gilde Buy Out Partners

HollyFrontier Corporation

Mollie

Parcom Capital

Rabobank / Bouwfonds IM

Ramphastos Investments

Summa Equity

Synthon Holding

Triton Partners

Waterland Private Equity

247TailorSteel

3i

Advent International

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is frequently involved in large global restructurings and is also involved in making recommendations for legislative proposals submitted by the Dutch government. The firm's expertise lies in advising financial institutions, multinational companies, private equity investors and management on all types of restructuring or insolvency-related issues. The practice is co-headed by Reinout Vriesendorp and Ferdinand Hengst. Notable highlights include Vriesendorp advising PTIF (Oi Telecom) on its cross-border restructuring, the largest debt restructuring in Latin America. The firm is the only Dutch law firm to be a member of INSOL G36.

Practice head(s):

Reinout Vriesendorp; Ferdinand Hengst

Testimonials

Skillfull team‘.

Johan Valk did excellent work on some difficult files‘.

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten

Oi Telecom

Unilever

Royal Ahold Delhaize

Royal Philips

ASML

SBM Offshore

Etihad Airways

ABN AMRO Bank

Rabobank

ING Bank

De Volksbank

UBS Bank

Waterland Private Equity

Providence Equity LLP

Blokker

Tax Tier 1

At De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the 'team is made up of great professionals' and is strongly transaction driven, with the firm bringing its 'very pro-active approach and technically robust advice' to a variety of tax matters including M&A, corporate restructuring, finance transactions, management compensation and employee benefits. The practice is expanding its influence in litigious matters, with tax disputes representing a particular area of growth. Paul Sleurink 'seeks practical solutions to problems', and heads the practice jointly with 'very experienced tax partnerMaarten van der WeijdenHenk van Ravenhorst and Wiebe Dijkstra are also noted. 

Practice head(s):

Paul Sleurink; Maarten van der Weijden

Testimonials

The firm is highly specialised in Dutch tax matters. The team is made up of great professionals who act jointly and in co-operation. You can always ask any of them as they are all able to solve any queries you may have.

Paul Sleurink is a partner of the firm who always provides us with his services even as a matter of urgency. He responds with a high technical qualification and seeks practical solutions to problems. Yolande Wu helps Paul to answer our queries. She also does it with solvency and high technical qualifications.

Very pro-active approach and technically robust advice.

Maarten van der Weijden is a very experienced tax partner within De Brauw and stands out as being a very pleasant person to work with, as well as having the necessary technical skills and a proactive approach when it comes to assisting me as a client. He understands exactly what is needed for a certain transaction/question and as such is able to ensure I am very satisfied with the particular service requested.

Key clients

Unilever

AkzoNobel

Takeaway.com

Inter Ikea

Altice

Royal Dutch Shell

Royal Philips

ABN AMRO

ING

NXP

Siemens

Deutsche Telekom

Fugro

Friesland Campina

Parcom

APG

Robeco

Port of Rotterdam

RELX

Elastic

Tata Steel

Banco Santander

Charles Jobnson

Grandvision N.V.

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Axel Arnbak and Geert Potjewijd co-head the data privacy team, while Nicolien Van Den Biggelaar heads the overall regulatory enforcement practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The team handles the full range of data protection/security including international issues, investigations and enforcement actions, and can bring together expertise in administration law and experts in competition law. Arjan Kleinhout brings his public law expertise to the team, especially where it intersects with privacy. The team is preparing an unprecedented court case against the Dutch State on the sweeping mass surveillance law, Wiv2017, popularly known as "sleepwet", that was voted down in a historic referendum in May 2018.

Practice head(s):

Axel Arnbak; Geert Potjewijd

Testimonials

Axel masters legal intricacies and the grand overview. He is hands-on, practical, knowledgable about GDPR and all its ambiguities. Good availability and just nice to work with. Reasonable rates.’

‘De Brauw’s data privacy and data protection team has shown the courage and boldness to want to take on the human rights violations in the new Dutch law on the secret and intelligence services, by exploring litigation routes and showing a willingness to litigate. The team is helping a coalition of human rights and privacy rights NGO’s, tech companies, lawyers and journalists. They help by bringing their legal expertise on data, privacy, data protection and EU law and by offering to be  case lawyers in the possible litigation that could follow the full implementation of the new law.’ 

‘Excellent combination of knowledge of privacy laws and administrative law which is key when assessing risks, and facing litigation, in the field of privacy.’ 

Key clients

Facebook

Port of Rotterdam decades

Rabobank decades

NN Group

Booking.com

Schiphol Airport decades

Dutch Chamber of Commerce

Takeaway.com

ABN AMRO

Signify decades

Verbond van Verzekeraars (Dutch Association of Insurers)

The Ocean Cleanup

Public Interest

Litigation Project

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek acts for an impressive range of telecoms clients on corporate and M&A, competition, regulatory, patent protection and litigation work. Jolling de Pree is a specialist in European and Dutch competition law including litigation, while Lennard Keijzer specialises in M&A mandates, and Gertjan Kuipers and counsel Oscar Lamme provide a wealth of patent expertise to technology clients.

Practice head(s):

Jolling de Pree; Lennard Keijzer; Gertjan Kuipers; Oscar Lamme

Testimonials

‘De Brauw’s telecoms practice includes a highly skilled team of patent litigators lead by Gertjan Kuipers and Oscar Lamme. This year, we worked in close cooperation with the De Brauw team in a number of high profile patent cases before the Dutch court involving standard essential patents (SEPs) and FRAND licensing issues. The work also includes assisting patent litigation teams in other jurisdictions. The team is capable of handling both complex procedural matters as well as highly complex technology taking into account multi jurisdictional issues. The work they deliver is always of the highest quality.’ 

‘I have worked closely with Oscar Lamme and Gertjan Kuiper in several SEP patent cases, one which involves coding techniques, a field which is known to be particularly complex. Oscar’s science background helps him to quickly grasp the essence of the technology and to present the case in a clear and convincing way. His technical skills in combination with an exceptional knowledge in patent law makes him a fierce opponent in patent litigation cases.’

Key clients

KPN

Altice

T-Mobile

Siemens

Portugal Telecom International Finance BV

Deutsche Telekom

Ericsson

NXP

Sisvel International S.A.

Oi Telecom

Open Tower Company B.V.

Fortino Capital Partners

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek  is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and representing clients before the Supreme Court and the European Patent Office. The firm has expertise in a range of sectors including biotech and pharmaceutical, technology and telecoms, chemical, and engineering. Key clients include Biogen, KPN,  and Sisvel. Practice head Gertjan Kuipers has extensive experience in patent litigation, and also advises on licensing and IP strategies. Kuipers, along with Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Oscar Lamme, are representing KPN in patent infringement litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gertjan Kuipers; Tobias Cohen Jehoram; Oscar Lamme

Testimonials

The team I work with at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek are excellent litigators in IP litigation and constantly keep updated on all new case law. They are available to me practically 24/7 and give outstanding advice in IP matters‘.

I work with Gertjan Kuipers, who is a stellar IP litigator and stellar strategist. He acts for our company as if he is part of it, part of the family! Our “stuff” matters to him and he makes sure to be constantly updated. I would not replace him with anyone else!

The Patent Litigation group at De Brauw is first class. The team is responsive, engaged and a pleasure to work with. They have a depth of litigation experience across a range of industry/technology sectors and always have an eye on the client’s ultimate commercial objectives‘.

I have worked with Gertjan on a number of matters over a period of over 15 years. He is a pleasure to work with – bright, responsive and commercial. He has an eye for the detail but never loses sight of the bigger picture‘.

Oscar Lamme is an impressive senior associate – bright, analytical and a pleasure to work with‘.

Key clients

Bayer Pharma

Ferring

AIMM

Merck Sharpe & Dome

Biogen

Royal Shell

ASML

Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)

Sisvel

AkzoNobel

Eli Lilly & Company

KPN

Corbion

Wavin

Bolton Adhesives

Our Oceans Challenge

Gazelle

Coloplast A/S

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 3

The finance team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is experienced in a wide range of structured financing work including synthetic leasing transactions, securitisations, tax and regulatory-driven structures, collateralised debt obligations and credit default swap transactions. On the asset financing side, the team covers all asset classes and has experience of US lease financing. The practice is headed by Menno Stoffer, while Niek Biegeman is a key contact for UK clients, operating out of the firm's London office and collaborating heavily with the Dutch team.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer

Testimonials

The team was very responsive with pragmatic and incisive advice. They stand-out not only because of their strong business acumen but also because they are very much aware of what it takes to drive their client through the deal.

We credit Menno Stoffer for acting wisely and decisively when our opponents’s outside counsel were driving themselves into the ground at the final hours of the closing. Menno floated above the parties. He managed to conceal his anticipation on how the others would respond when he repeatedly had to convince them in order to save the deal.

The De Brauw team are knowledgeable and practical, looking for solutions instead of issues.

Key clients

Bank of America

Rabo Real Estate (BIM)

Gazit Globe

VION

BAM PPP

Dutch Railways

ABN Amro

APG Group

AutoBinck

BC Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Eneco Groep N.V. – shareholders

Friesland Campina

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC)

Intergas

Koninklijke Wessanen N.V.

Parcom Capital

Ramphastos Investments

Rabobank / Bouwfonds IM

Siemens

Summa Equity

Synthon Holding B.V.

Takeaway.com

TomTom

ABN Amro

APG Group

AutoBinck

BC Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Eneco Groep N.V. – shareholders

Friesland Campina

HollyFrontier Corporation (NYSE: HFC)

Intergas

Koninklijke Wessanen N.V.

Parcom Capital

Ramphastos Investments

Rabobank / Bouwfonds IM

Siemens

Summa Equity

Synthon Holding B.V.

Takeaway.com

TomTom

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The 'supportive and strategically savvy team' at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is singled out for its patent protection and litigation offering to its life sciences clients, which is combined with expertise in corporate and M&A, regulatory and competition mandates. 'Master strategist' Gertjan Kuipers has a wealth of experience in patent and biosciences litigation; Tobias Cohen Jehoram is an experienced IP litigator, and Reinier Kleipool handles corporate, M&A and governance work, often with cross-border aspects. The 'bright and analytical' Oscar Lamme is also singled out for his patent litigation knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Gertjan Kuipers; Tobias Cohen Jehoram; Reinier Kleipool

Testimonials

‘Gertjan Kuipers and his team have a long and excellent track record in dealing with patent and regulatory matters in the life sciences sector (and outside).’

‘Gertjan is a master strategist who doesn’t lose sight of the details.’

‘I would very happily instruct Gertjan and Oscar.  Both are extremely knowledgeable, clever litigators and have shown great commitment to delivering a positive result for our clients.  I have been especially impressed by their attention to detail and willingness and ability to get stuck into the technical (scientific) details of the cases.’  

‘Well-organised, low-level entry, flat organization, also for non-legal clients and experts.’

‘Advocate Gertjan Kuijpers also holds a technical degree. He quickly understands and analyses technology and is very active in the development of technical arguments in support of the case, and appreciates possible weaknesses. Hence, hands-on and dedicated.’

‘The team has excellent experience in pharma/biotech patent litigation. Benefiting from strength in depth, they are a supportive and strategically savvy team offering timely and well thought through advice.’

‘Gertjan Kuijpers is an impressive advocate with a powerful presence in court. On top of that he is helpful, thoughtful and generally good guy to have on your side!’

‘Oscar Lamme is also recommended. Still quite a junior partner, but has a very mature, sensible and knowledgeable approach.’

‘The Patent Litigation group at De Brauw is first class. The team is responsive, engaged and a pleasure to work with. They have a depth of litigation experience in the life sciences / healthcare sector and I have worked with them on cases in this sector on a number of occasions over the last few years, including high-profile biosimilar-related patent litigation.’

‘Gertjan Kuipers – I have worked with Gertjan on a number of patent litigation matters for life science companies over the last few years. He is a pleasure to work with – bright, responsive and commercial.  He has an eye for detail but never loses sight of the bigger picture.’

‘Oscar Lamme is an impressive senior associate – bright, analytical and a pleasure to work with.’

‘The individual I work with is Gertjan Kuipers, a stellar litigator, a stellar strategist who I would not replace with anyone else when it concerns European IP litigation in the field of life sciences.’

Key clients

Ferring

Merck Sharp & Dohme

AIMM

Biogen

Royal Philips

Bayer Pharma

Fujirebio

Pfizer Inc.

Eli Lilly

Coloplast

Synthon Holding B.V.

GSK

Coloplast A/S.

Sandoz B.V.

Zimmer Biomet

IGEA Pharma

Affimed N.V.

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's strength lies in data protection and cybersecurity matters. The group also assists multinationals, start-ups and government departments with data-heavy projects, investigations and instances of cyber crime. Axel Arnbak, Nicolien  van den Biggelaar and Geert Potjewijd are the senior advisers. Richard van Staden ten Brink departed to the private sector.

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's project finance department has significant expertise in the energy sector, with recent high-profile instructions in the nuclear, renewable, and LNG spaces. Practice head Menno Stoffer is experienced in handling a wide range of financing work and often collaborates with other teams on project finance mandates including the construction practice, which is headed up by Bommel van der Bend.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer

Key clients

Royal Vopak

Royal BAM

Royal Schiphol

VTTI

Port of Rotterdam

TenneT Holding

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

PALLAS nuclear reactor

Volker Wessels

TBI

The firm: De Brauw is a law firm with a global reach, a robust corporate practice, a centre of excellence in litigation and with an unparalleled team of regulatory experts. Big matters, big risks and big arenas require multidisciplinary and multinational teams composed of strong strategic thinkers willing to dig deep. De Brauw believes it is possible to strike a balance between rigour and pragmatism, especially when the stakes are high.

De Brauw puts business in a legal context, not the other way around. So the needs of the clients come first, legal expertise second. That’s why it goes out of its way to recruit graduates and hire people with a variety of interests, experience and nationalities. It takes the long view, leaving no stone unturned along the way. De Brauw practises the art and science of collaboration – across all disciplines and national borders – with both internal and external legal experts, with in-house counsel and with other specialists.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, De Brauw also has offices in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Shanghai and Singapore. The Best Friends network – composed of premier European law firms – and their system of informal contacts around the world mean De Brauw can always draw on the best local expertise as and when required.

Areas of practice: The firm’s practice covers a broad range of Dutch and EU law. This includes corporate, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking, equity and debt capital markets, asset and structured finance, project finance, financial markets regulatory, regulatory and criminal enforcement, corporate recovery and insolvency, restructuring, investment management, tax, corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, EU/competition, intellectual property, information technology and communication, public law, insurance, real estate, employment and employee benefits. The firm has cross-practice groups for, among others, energy, telecoms, financial institutions, private equity, public-private partnerships and transport.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, M&A Arne Grimme
Corporate, M&A Klaas de Vries
Corporate governance Reiner Kleipool
Corporate governance Martin van Olffen
Corporate litigation Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk
Corporate litigation Jeroen van der Schrieck
Banking and capital markets Niek Biegman
Banking and capital markets Jan Willem Hoevers
Asset and structured finance Menno Stoffer
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Ferdinand Hengst
Corporate restructuring and insolvency Ruud Hermans
Investment management Kees Groffen
Tax Maarten van der Weijden
Tax Paul Sleurink
Employment and employee benefits Stefan Sagel
Employment and employee benefits Barbara van Duren-Kloppert
Information technology Richard van Staden ten Brink
Intellectual property Tobias Cohen Jehoram
Intellectual property Gertjan Kuipers
Real estate Mark Rebergen
Energy Anja Mutsaers
Energy Marnix Leijten
Competition and EU law Jolling de Pree
Competition and EU law Martijn Snoep
Private equity Lennard Keijzer
Arbitration Marnix Leijten
Arbitration Bregje Korthals Altes-van Dijk
Healthcare and life sciences Gertjan Kuipers
Photo Name Position Profile
 Arne  Grimme  photo Arne  Grimme Partner
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Our purpose is to stand besides our clients, the world over – this is what defines De Brauw. We know that a diverse and inclusive workforce is sharper, and more insightful. This allows us to see our clients’ challenges and opportunities through different lenses, and adds value and builds trust for and with clients.

We recruit our people from a diverse range of experience, interests, and nationalities, and collaborate across all disciplines and geographical borders with our own and other legal experts, industry specialists and in-house counsel.

Trained leadership, D&I experts, and diversity committees all help to shape our business priorities, inform decision-making and continually develop best practices. We partner with our clients and other organisations to identify potential and provide equal opportunity for all.

We recognise that we are not there yet. But we are committed to pursuing and realising our aspirations for diversity and inclusion, for the benefit of our employees, and for our clients.