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 remains one of the strongest firms in the Dutch market for borrower-side financial mandates, with a client base that includes many of the largest domestic corporates, in addition to several notable international players. Menno Stoffer leads the group, and has recently led several of the firm’s largest refinancing mandates. Other key names within the practice include Ferdinand Hengst, who is particularly recommended for insolvency-sensitive work, and Niek Biegman, who splits his time between the firm’s Amsterdam and London offices, and is a key figure in many of the firm’s cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer

Other key lawyers:

Ferdinand Hengst; Niek Biegman

Testimonials

‘They always make sure to put the right person with the relevant level of seniority on the job and get the right specialists involved in the matter.’

‘Menno Stoffer is probably the best restructuring lawyer in Holland. His advice has the right balance between commercial interests and compliance with relevant legislation.’

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

AkzoNobel

ING Bank

ABN AMRO Bank

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Royal Philips

Royal Ahold Delhaize

HEMA

RELX Group

DSM

NXP Semiconductors

Royal Schiphol

LeasePlan Corporation

Fugro

Signify (previously Philips Lighting)

Royal Vopak

TenneT

Nederlandse Gasunie

BC Partners

Carlyle Investment Management

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek remains one of the strongest firms in the Netherlands for financial regulatory work, with a client list that includes the largest domestic financial institutions, which the firm advises on the full spectrum of regulatory work. Mariken van Loopik heads the group and has significant experience in regulatory capital transactions, as well as contentious matters before both domestic and European courts. Other key areas of work for the firm include the structuring of financial services and products, recovery and resolution planning and mergers. The team also has a strong track record in the investment management sector, with Kees Groffen handling fund regulation matters.

Practice head(s):

Mariken van Loopik

Other key lawyers:

Kees Groffen

Testimonials

‘With a good knowledge base, the team is composed such that on any subject service can be delivered instantly. Integration of law, regulation, network and governance is a strength.’

Key clients

LeasePlan Corporation

ING Group

De Volksbank

ABN Amro

Aegon

Achmea

Robeco

Rabobank

NN Group

APG

DLLI

Capital markets: debt Tier 1

The capital markets team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a real force within the Dutch market, with a client list that includes many of the largest domestic corporations, which primarily instruct the firm in relation to the setup, updating of, and issuances under large-scale EMTN programmes. London-based Niek Biegman heads the group, which also houses experienced practitioners Menno Stoffer and Ferdinand Hengst, who operate from the firm's Amsterdam office, both of whom are highly experienced in debt matters, with Hengst focusing particularly on international corporate clients, while Stoffer acts for a range of corporates and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Niek Beigman

Other key lawyers:

Menno Stoffer; Ferdinand Hengst

Testimonials

The firm provides hands-on advice.

Key clients

Akzo Nobel

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group

Axalta

BC Partners

Digital Realty

Fugro

Gasunie

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

HEMA

Leaseplan

LyondellBasell

Nomura

Philips

RELX

Shell

TenneT

Capital markets: equity Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek remains one of the premier capital markets teams in the Netherlands, with a client list that includes many of the nation's largest corporates, in addition to handling high-value transactions for large multinationals, in both a lead and international counsel capacity. Share buyback programmes have been a prominent part of the firm's practice recently, in addition to large-scale IPOs. Gaby Smeenk leads the practice alongside Jan Willem Hoevers, who focuses primarily on cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan Willem Hoevers; Gaby Smeenk

Other key lawyers:

Vivian Lee

Testimonials

‘Lead partner Jan Willem Hoevers combines a practical and realistic mindset with his high level of knowledge and experience both in EU and US capital markets/debt matters and disclosure issues.

Key clients

CM.com

Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V.

Fugro N.V.

Beter Bed Holding N.V.

Altice N.V.

ABN AMRO Group N.V.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

TechnipFMC plc / Technip Energies N.V.

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Gazit Globe

Unilever N.V.

Topicus.com

LeasePlan Corporation N.V.

Affimed N.V

Koninklijke Philips N.V. (Royal Philips)

Royal Ahold Delhaize

AkzoNobel N.V.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is praised as a corporate powerhouse in the Dutch market, and regularly acts on high-end M&A, divestments or regulatory matters. Alongside a notable international client base, the practice also assists a variety of Dutch companies including Heineken, Gilde Buy Out Partners and Royal Philips. The sizeable team includes highly regarded practice head Arne Grimme, Michael Schouten, equity capital markets specialist Gaby Smeenk, Reinier Kleipool and corporate governance expert Sven Dumoulin, who joined from an in-house position. Klaas de Vries is also highly active in this space and recently advised Takeaway.com on its merger with Just Eat.

Practice head(s):

Arne Grimme

Other key lawyers:

Michael Schouten; Gaby Smeenk; Reinier Kleipool; Sven Dumoulin; Klaas de Vries

Testimonials

‘Klaas de Vries is excellent, particularly for private M&A.’

Key clients

Royal Philips

Heineken

AkzoNobel

NXP Semiconductors

Ahold Delhaize

Just Eat Takeaway.com

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Boels Rental

Parcom Capital

Beter Bed Holding

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Madison Industries

Silverfleet Capital

Synthon Holding

GrandVision

Triton Partners

Construction Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is well regarded for high-stakes construction litigation and has carved a niche handling construction arbitration before international arbitral institutions. It also handles non-contentious matters, often with a cross-border element, including project financing, PPP projects and public law. Practice head Bommel van der Bend focuses on European and Dutch public procurement law and complex international arbitration in the construction and natural resource sectors. Edward van Geuns handles high-value disputes. Senior associate Stefan Derksen is recommended for commercial litigation, arbitration and contract issues.

Practice head(s):

Bommel Van Der Bend

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Derksen; Edward van Geuns

Testimonials

‘Stefan Derksen has good knowledge and experience in the practice area.’

‘Good tailor-made advice.’

‘Easily accessible and willing to help.’

‘This is a very diverse team – so, the solutions are rounded and creative.’

‘What I find impressive is the team’s ownership of the case, and an almost old-fashioned sense of responsibility and accountability.’

‘The sense of real ownership and pride in their work are some of the attributes that make the team stand out to me.’

‘Junior team is very strong.’

‘A broad range of experts in all areas.’

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Schiphol Airport

Eindhoven Airport

TenneT

ProRail

McDermott (CB&I)

Port of Rotterdam

PALLAS

SBM Offshore

Gasunie

Ahold Delhaize

ENGIE

VolkerWessels

BAM Group

Tebodin

DSM

VTTI

Novolipetsk Steel Company (NLMK)

Heineken

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

As 'the absolute go-to firm in the Netherlands for high-profile data privacy matters', De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a key name in the market for enforcement mandates and data litigation, handling work for a notable client roster which includes Facebook, Uber and Booking.com. Senior associate Axel Arnbak jointly leads the practice with Geert Potjewijd, who recently rejoined the group after a stint as the firm's managing partner. The team's wide-ranging expertise encompasses handling enforcement actions, damages claims, cybersecurity issues, competition-related work and transactional matters. Arjan Kleinhout advises on matters at the cross section of privacy and public law.

Practice head(s):

Geert Potjewijd; Axel Arnbak

Other key lawyers:

Arjan Kleinhout

Testimonials

‘Axel Arnbak has a high level of knowledge. Clients are big companies in diverse markets, therefore providing experience and knowledge of the complete field of working. Well-connected in the field so he always has knowledge of the latest developments. Thinks ahead, considering future developments which has a great added value. Quickly available if needed.’

‘Brilliant team, excellent knowledge, always available to help out and extremely organised. ’

‘Geert Potjewijd and his team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. They are true experts in the field, but are also super organised and proactive. Axel Arnbak is an associate to watch out for; he is very connected and a brilliant lawyer.’

‘The absolute go-to firm in The Netherlands for high-profile data privacy matters. The De Brauw privacy team is integrated into their broader advisory and litigation practice, without compromising on in-depth knowledge of data protection laws. This allows the team to give top-quality advice in high-profile matters that require a bigger picture view. The team is very good at providing pragmatic advice based on excellent legal and strategic analysis. ’

‘Geert Potjewijd is an incredibly sharp lawyer who always thinks multiple steps ahead. Calm, friendly and an excellent strategist. He stands out from other data privacy experts through his broad legal knowledge, pragmatic approach and sharp strategic mind. Axel Arnbak is one of the top experts on data privacy and data protection laws. He brings a fresh, pragmatic approach and always seems to find creative solutions.

‘A very professional team and very pleasant to work with. They have in-depth knowledge of data protection legislation and administrative law combined with being tech savvy. They are the must go firm when needing advice on investigations by data protection authorities.’

‘Arjan Kleinhout is a highly qualified lawyer with extensive knowledge of administrative law and a broad experience with investigations of regulators. His advice is sharp, to-the-point, but also pragmatic.’

‘De Brauw particularly shines in litigation related to privacy, data protection and cyber security. The practice has deep understanding of and experience in Dutch litigation combined with excellent knowledge and a track record in data protection & cyber security.’

Key clients

Facebook

Uber

CM.com

Booking.com

DAF

Aegon

ABN AMRO

Public Interest Litigation Project (PILP)

Talpa Network

Port of Rotterdam

Dutch Chamber of Commerce

NN Group

Schiphol

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has 'outstanding knowledge of domestic and international arbitration proceedings and are experts within their field.' A true heavyweight, the firm represents leading muliti-nationals and state governments on some of the most high-value and high-stakes arbitrations at home and globally, drafting in expertise from its international network where needed. Pre-eminent in the field, Marnix Leijten became managing partner of the firm in 2020 but remains head of the practice; it includes the expertise of Singpore-based Dutch lawyer Albert Marsman, Edward van Geuns and Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Leijten

Other key lawyers:

Albert Marsman; Edward van Geuns; Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch

Testimonials

‘De Brauw has the biggest and broadest arbitration team in the Netherlands. They can handle any type of arbitration, no matter how voluminous or complex. The team is first rate and generally pleasant to work with.’

‘This is an excellent team capable of helping the client ‘make the impossible possible’ in highly-complicated cases by strategic planning, well-versed logic and thorough legal analysis, coupled by extraordinary performance in arbitration proceedings.’

‘Marnix Leijten is an extremely good arbitration practitioner who has acute, sharp thinking, very detail-oriented, can identify crucial issues/evidence and use good logic sense to put all the arguments together. He always strives for the best solution, and drives for professional excellence. In my view, if you once work with Marnix and his team, you do not need to have a second Dutch lawyer if you encounter another big arbitration case governed by Dutch law. ’

‘The team has outstanding knowledge of domestic and international arbitration proceedings and are experts within their field. It is multilingual, takes a strategic approach and is very client-friendly. The team delivers high-quality work, often in a challenging political context and has proven to be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances. They respond quickly and communication has always been friendly and fun. Great team to work with!

‘During the work, we have got to known Albert Marsman as a sharp, smart and pleasant counsel to work with. His work is excellent and his friendly personality makes it great to work with him and his team. ’

‘Excellent knowledge of law and full dedication to the case. They provide a 360° assistance to clients, understanding complex matters and identifying the legal strategy with competence and capabilities.’

‘Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch is an outstanding professional , she analyses and studies everything. Always available, pragmatic, methodic and strategic at the same time.’

‘Excellent team of outstanding lawyers across the different levels of seniority, very high quality of submissions, very committed, strong focus on strategy, knowledge of the industry, open to discuss the issues, fun to work with. ’

 

Key clients

Yukos Oil majority shareholders

COFCO Coöperatief U.A. and COFCO International

Royal Dutch Shell

Naftogaz of Ukraine

GasTerra

Amlyn Holding

Nationale Nederlanden

Republic of Kazakhstan

PJSC Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK)

ABN Amro Bank

Rabobank

Nouryon Industrial Chemicals

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

With the 'biggest and brightest group of lawyers who work on complex commercial litigation in The Netherlands', home-grown international firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek dominates in terms of resources and caseload, fielding over 100 litigators in Amsterdam alone. Clients highlight the seamless collaboration between its litigators and other specialist departments, attracting the most high-profile, high-value and sensitive disputes domestically and overseas. The team is led by Edward van Geuns who is leading advice to Vivendi in its dispute against Mediaset. Daan Beenders is also highlighted as an 'ideal advisor'.

Practice head(s):

Edward van Geuns

Other key lawyers:

Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk; Daan Beenders; Eelco Meerdink

Testimonials

‘Total dedication to the client’s case, even though the subject-matter of the case could have been unpopular on the market. Full determination to succeed on appeal after an unfavourable first instance decision. Partners have a hands-on approach and direct engagement in brainstorming and executing legal and litigation strategies and there is seamless integration between litigation and corporate law teams.’

‘Edwad van Geuns and Sven Dumoulin stood out on this assignment, thanks to their complete personal dedication to the design and execution of the litigation strategy, brief writing and courtroom skills.’

‘The effortless cross-practice cooperation between the competition and litigation departments, the sheer number of associates they are able to dedicate to our matter and the willingnes to work around the clock are unprecedented. De Brauw has the biggest and brightest group of lawyers that works on complex commercial litigation in The Netherlands and, also due to its best friends network, can easily compete in Europe with the UK magic circle firms or other big players in the market.’

‘Jolling de Pree’s competition knowledge and expert guidance on both Dutch as well as European competition issues is top-notch, best in class. Machteld de Monchy has superb client skills and a keen insight into all issues that are relevant for the client, whether big or small. She is also able to manage a complex multi-jurisdictional litigation matter, which is not a given for a lawyer. Helen Gornall was rightfully promoted to partner this year. She provides good competition knowledge with above standard project management skills and, always important, a pleasant and outgoing personality. Kees Saarloos is a counsel you would want to have on your team anyday: unprecedented attention for details and facts and always willing to go the extra mile. Tilly Alberga Smits is partner material: very knowledgeable and someone who always stays calm under intense pressure. Stand out associates are Georgiana Mirza and Irina Popov. They are exceptionally good in handling clients (especially given their lack of seniority and the male-orientated industry of their client) and seem to be working 24/7. ’

‘Great knowledge and experience in ligitation. In my opinion a top-class litigation team. Jeroen van der Schrieck is a great litigator. He is creative, sharp-minded, dedicated and has a calm but convincing litigation style.’

‘The team really regards the case as a whole, connecting legal arguments, facts and a strong narrative and thus builds a case that can withstands most arguments and changes in momentum. Constantly challenges its own argument and strategy and thus always aiming at improving its work for the client. Machteld de Monchy, extremly quick thinker, points right to the paint-points of the legal argument at stake, even in a foreign jurisdiction.’

‘The team has a deep understanding of our business. The team always oversees the bigger picture and consistently delivers high quality practical legal advice.’

‘Daan Beenders has been our go-to partner for a long time now. His profound legal knowledge, strategic talent and commercial savviness make him an ideal advisor. In addition, he is highly accessible and responsive, and a lot of fun to work with. Andries Polkerman and Malte Malycha are highly-talented senior associates in the team, consistently outperforming our expectations.’

Key clients

PACCAR and DAF Group

Yukos Oil Company

Nissan-Mitsubishi

(Former) SNS REAAL

Royal Dutch Shell

Several representatives of the transgender community

Vivendi

Enel S.p.A. and EnelPower S.p.A.

Centerbridge Partners Europe

Shareholder committee of the 44 Dutch municipalities which hold shares in Eneco Holding

Intergamma Group

J&C Acquisition Holding

TenneT

Defence for Children, Nederlands Juristen Comité voorde Mensenrechten (NJCM)

Airbnb

Grandvision

FrieslandCampina

Employment Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek fields ‘one of the biggest employment teams in the Netherlands with a huge spectrum of knowledge and experience’. The group is vastly experienced in Supreme Court litigation and advises on the HR and employment matters of large international M&A. In addition, it is also noted for its expertise in high-profile individual dismissal cases, remuneration issues and collective dismissals. Stefan Sagel is the ‘Jedi Master of Dutch employment law’. Barbara Kloppert, who jointly leads the team with Sagel, advises on and litigates the full spectrum of employment-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Sagel; Barbara Kloppert

Other key lawyers:

Janneke van der Kroon

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and up to date’.

‘Rendering well-thought-out and comprehensive advice’.

‘Stefan Sagel for his strategic advice in very complex projects and his litigation skills, not only in writing but also his pleadings in court’.

‘Super-smart lawyers who are very responsive and able to give pragmatic advice’.

‘Really the best of the best in the Netherlands’.

‘Janneke van der Kroon is very effective and super-smart’.

‘One of the biggest employment teams in The Netherlands with a huge spectrum of knowledge and experience’.

‘Stefan Sagel is a very knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer with a great sense of humour’.

Key clients

Unilever

Philips

Friesland Campina

Achmea

Tata Steel

Justeat Takeaway

RELX (formerly Reed Elsevier)

Shell

Leaseplan

AkzoNobel

Holland Casino

NXP

SBM Offshore

Rabobank

Schiphol

Booking.com

Building Materials Europe

Royal BAM Group

HEMA

Energy: regulatory Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek leverages its international reach to handle cross-border transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement matters. The firm was one of the first to play an active role in emissions trading and climate change, and remains at the forefront of market developments. Practice head Nicolien Van Den Biggelaar focuses on energy transition and climate change issues, and acts for domestic and international companies, and state-owned enterprises. Counsel Arjan Kleinhout specialises in energy sector regulation. Bregje Korthals Altes left for YSQUARE B.V..

Practice head(s):

Nicolien van den Biggelaar; Menno Stoffer

Other key lawyers:

Arjan Kleinhout; Marnix Leijten; Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch; Matthias Kuscher; Claire van der Hoeven

Testimonials

‘Very good knowledge of the sector’s regulatory framework and capacity to get into technical detail.’

‘Arjan Kleinhout has the capacity to master technical matters quickly and in a detailed manner’.

‘Arjan Kleinhout has great flexibility and availability’.

‘De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek B.V. is an outstanding, high-profile firm operating at the very top in the Netherlands’.

‘Their attorneys guarantee a combination of high legal quality, due care and focus on solutions’.

‘If you are a client looking for truly high-end treatment of a case involving energy law, De Brauw is an excellent choice’.

‘Nicolien van den Biggelaar is an expert in all areas, including the construction of high-voltage lines’.

‘Nicolien van den Biggelaar has extensive legal knowledge and knows how to turn this knowledge into creative solutions without ever losing sight of the ultimate objective’.

Key clients

TenneT

Porthos – consortium of Port of Rotterdam, EBN and Gasunie

Shell Malaysia

Port of Rotterdam

Kallista Energy

Shell International

Gasunie

Impax Asset Management Ltd

Shareholders of Eneco

Westermeerwind – Wind farm managed by Ventolines

NEA / Gemeenschappelijke Kernenergiecentrale Nederland (GKN)

Stichting voorbereiding PALLAS reactor

Royal Vopak

Gate Terminal

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Energy: transactional Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek acts as lead counsel in high-end transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement matters, both nationally and internationally. The firm covers the full spectrum of energy projects, including those in the oil and gas, nuclear and renewables industries. The team is now jointly led by Menno Stoffer and Nicolien  van den Biggelaar after former energy head Anja Mutsaers was promoted to the firm’s management board. Stoffer has over 20 years of experience in finance transactions and projects. Bernard Roelvink left the firm for an in-house role at COFRA Holding.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer; Nicolien van den Biggelaar

Other key lawyers:

Michael Schouten; Bernard Spoor; Joël Erwteman

Key clients

TenneT

Porthos – consortium of Port of Rotterdam, EBN and Gasunie

Shell Malaysia

Port of Rotterdam

Kallista Energy

Shell International

GasTerra

Gasunie

Impax Asset Management Ltd

Ørsted Wind Power A/S (1)

Shareholders of Eneco

Westermeerwind – Wind farm managed by Ventolines

NEA / Gemeenschappelijke Kernenergiecentrale Nederland (GKN)

Stichting voorbereiding PALLAS reactor

Royal Vopak

Gate Terminal

Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.

Ørsted Wind Power A/S (2)

Environment and planning Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek specialises in complex, high-end international energy and environment work, which includes climate change and energy transition issues. The firm is able to field a multidisciplinary team, which draws on expertise in public law, infrastructure, energy and environment. It acts for both State-owned entities (SOEs) and leading corporates on high-profile transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement matters. Practice head Nicolien Van Den Biggelaar handles Dutch and European environmental law, and is an experienced litigator. Counsel Arjan Kleinhout handles energy law, market regulation, state aid and public enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicolien van den Biggelaar

Other key lawyers:

Arjan Kleinhout; Claire van der Hoeven

Testimonials

‘Their expertise in Dutch environmental and spatial planning is market leading’.

‘The team is clearly leading in the environmental and planning field’.

‘Nicolien van den Biggelaar and Arjan Kleinhout stand out in their expertise in the field of environmental law and in their dedication and empathy to the client’.

De Brauw has all the capabilities we require and is able to advise on complex matters in very short time. ’

‘Nicolien van den Biggelaar and Arjan Kleinhout are extremely knowledgeable, fast and good team players’.

‘Large experience, good analytical skills and ability to quickly get to the core of matters’.

‘Nicolien van den Biggelaar is very experienced, knowledgeable and is able to quickly get to the core of matters’.

‘We are happy to have them on our side in the most complex environmental matters’.

Key clients

TenneT

Port of Rotterdam, Gasunie and EBN (Porthos Project)

Royal Schiphol Group

Royal Dutch Shell

Gasunie

Port of Rotterdam

Chemelot/Sitech

Ørsted Wind Power A/S

NEA/GKN

House of Representatives

Bureau Clara Wichmann

EU and competition Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek fields ‘a well-integrated team of highly qualified competition lawyers at all levels of seniority’ led by Jolling de Pree, who splits his time between Amsterdam and Brussels. The practice covers the full spectrum of competition work and is notably active in innovative mandates relating to online platforms; the group handled the high-profile merger between Takeaway.com and Just Eat. The team also utilises its best friends network to handle cross-border matters. Clients also praise ‘trusted adviserBart de Rijke, merger control, litigation and advisory specialist Helen Gornall; competition litigator Machteld de Monchy and senior associate Stephanie The.

Practice head(s):

Jolling de Pree

Other key lawyers:

Bart de Rijke; Helen Gornall; Machteld de Monchy; Stephanie The; Maikel van Wissen

Testimonials

‘De Brauw has in-depth knowledge of our business and the retail business (as well as the market). They are fun to work with, very easily accessible, pragmatic approach and – when we have an urgent question/case – we can skip through the usual induction and explanations etc. because they know what we want from them.’

‘We work a lot with Jolling de Pree and Bart de Rijke. Both very seasoned and skilled competition law professionals. I especially value their accessibility and above all the fact that they know our business so well. This avoids misunderstandings, things not being taken into account etc. If we do not think about it, they will. And they are fun to work with.’

‘A very well-organized team with capable lawyers on each seniority level. The team with which I have been working for 3 years is headed by Jolling de Pree, who is a fantastic lawyer.’

‘Jolling de Pree is an exceptional lawyer. He has the rare ability to understand problems quickly, grab their essence and think of pragmatic and strategic solutions. A joy to work with.’

‘Machteld de Monchy is a young, talented and ambitious lawyer and definitely a rising star in her field.’

‘Bart de Rijke provides good practical advice and is easily approachable and available for his clients.’

‘The De Brauw competition team is a well-integrated team of highly qualified competition lawyers at all levels of seniority.’

‘The principal lawyers who really stand out are Jolling de Pree and Maikel van Wissen. Jolling is very effective in handling the most complex competition issues and in mastering large projects. Maikel is an upcoming star focusing primarily on merger control.’

Key clients

AkzoNobel

AholdDelhaize

Unilever

Shell

ASML

Royal Philips

DAF Trucks

DSM

SHV Group / Nutreco

Celanese

Leaseplan

Schiphol

Hema

FrieslandCampina

HAL Investments

Parcom Capital

JDE

Gasunie

Danone

Fugro

Booking.com

Facebook

Signify

DS Smith

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is primarily active in internal investigations, with a sizeable, dedicated team that acts for some of the largest Dutch corporates including Royal Dutch Philips, Achmea, and SNS Reaal. Leadership duties within the sizeable team are split between export control and sanctions specialist Marnix Somsen, litigator and investigations expert Patrick Ploeger, and Roan Lamp, who focuses on contentious financial regulatory matters in addition to corporate criminal law. The team was bolstered in 2020 by the return of Geert Potjewijd to the practice full-time, following a stint as the firm’s managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Marnix Somsen; Patrick Ploeger; Roan Lamp

Other key lawyers:

Geert Potjewijd; Marlies Heemskerk-De Waard; Angelique Groen-Boon

Testimonials

‘Lead partner Marnix Somsen combines a practical and realistic mindset with a high level of knowledge and experience both in EU and US compliance matters, providing hands-on advice’

‘DBBW has a broad portfolio of corporate legal services and experience with large important clients.’

‘Marnix Somsen is trustworthy and knowledgeable. He has an excellent track record. He is friendly and tries to understand the needs of the client. There’s no better lawyer on US sanctions export controls.’

‘Innovative ideas, excellent legal advice, service 24/7.’

‘Marnix Somsen: innovative mind, excellent legal advice, service oriented, clear and fair billing. Marlies Heemskerk-De Waard: excellent legal advice, service oriented. Angelique Groen-Boon: excellent legal advice, service oriented.’

Insurance Tier 1

International firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek acts as lead counsel in high-end transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement matters, and is well placed to handle cross-border mandates. It often acts alongside other independent firms internationally, as demonstrated through its membership of the Best Friends network in Europe. Its multi-disciplinary team has expertise in M&A, fraud and white-collar criminal law, dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency. Practice head Dennis Horeman is well regarded for litigation and arbitration, with a focus on the financial sector. Eelco Meerdink advises clients in the insurance, technology, energy, construction, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. Mariken van Loopik is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Horeman

Other key lawyers:

Mariken van Loopik; Eelco Meerdink; Eva Schram

Testimonials

‘International team with resources and knowledge regarding every aspect in high-value litigation’

‘The practice is unique given its ability to solve complex and complicated matters, notably class actions regarding alleged misselling’.

‘Having excellent Supreme Court barristers available in all stages of proceedings gives a great advantage’.

‘Their D&O policies practice is excellent. ’

Key clients

Ageas

SRLEV

Achmea B.V.

Onderlinge Waarborgmaatschappij Centrale

Zorgverzekeraars groep, Zorgverzekeraar U.A. (CZ)

Koninklijke BAM Groep N.V.

Nielsen

AkzoNobel N.V.

AEGON

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

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's team head Tobias Cohen Jehoram offers 'unparalleled commercial and strategic savviness' combined with 'a great sense of humour'. This integrated IP team covers the full range of complex contentious cases including in the Supreme Court together with transactional work. It can also bring to bear expertise in areas such as competition, corporate, and product liability. It has an exceptional cohort of junior lawyers, including senior associates such as the 'calm and clever' Roos van der Poel and the 'highly talented' Bertrand ter Woort. Also a core team member, Selmer Bergsma has been involved in a range of IP litigation. Litigators such as Daan Beenders and Stefan Derksen add further disputes heft to the team. The group has expanded with the hire of senior associate Irenah Klink who joined in September 2020 from Taylor Wessing.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Other key lawyers:

Roos van der Poel; Selmer Bergsma; Bertrand ter Woort; Daan Beenders; Stefan Derksen; Irenah Klink

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise, great availability at all levels, creative team.’

‘Combining superb expertise with profound knowledge of our work field and its sensitivities.’

‘The team is very accessible, extremely knowledgeable and really makes an effort to understand the business. This only enhances the quality of their advice.’

‘Both Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Daan Beenders are exceptional lawyers but also very accessible and friendly human beings with a keen interest in the business we operate in and the people who are running it.’

‘The IP team of De Brauw is very committed to delivering high standard legal (IP) services and is quick to deliver hands-on advice. Their arguments are logical and well reasoned and communicated in a very clear manner. The team really understands the interplay between IP law and marketing and is well versed in the alcoholic beverage sector. They give practical, clear, and creative advice in a timely manner.’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram heads the IP team and has been our primary contact. He is a formidable IP expert and trusted advisor of our business. His impeccable judgement is very much valued. He provides excellent IP advice and is reliable, friendly, and approachable. He has an outstanding senior counsel in Roos van der Poel.’

Roos is calm, very clever, accurate, fast, and responsive. She is a specialist in commercial contracting and licensing agreements, and capable of keeping complex matters simple. Tobias and Roos have both proven to be extremely helpful to our company, its brands and products, and services. They both provide thorough advice, including all angles of a case or matter, while conclusions are often practical and therefore directly usable.’ 

‘The team is knowledgeable, experienced, and quick to respond.’

‘Both Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Stefan Derksen provide excellent counsel in the field of contract and media law.’

‘The team consistently delivers high quality legal and strategic advice in (complex) trade mark matters. They are highly effective, with a deep understanding of our products and business landscape. ’

‘Tobias Cohen Jehoram is our go-to partner for important trademark matters. He combines his thorough legal knowledge with an unparalleled commercial and strategic savviness. His effective way of operating often result in swift results, which leads to exceptional value for work done. In addition, he has a great sense of humor and is a lot of fun to work with. Tobias consistently exceeds our expectations and comes with the highest recommendations.’

Bertrand ter Woort is a highly talented senior associate.’

‘They have impressive experience in trade mark litigation before the Supreme Court, led by top player Tobias Cohen Jehoram.’

‘Tobias is a top player in (especially) trade mark law. He is approachable, and he and his team (in our case Gertjan Harryvan) deliver great work within the deadline set.’

Key clients

P&G

Unilever

AkzoNobel

Shell

JDE

NXP

PepsiCo

Adidas

Impossible Foods

Disney

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Investment funds Tier 1

The De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek team is considered 'the best you can get in the Netherlands' and Kees Groffen 'is an undisputed authority'. The team handles high-end transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement matters, and also advises on related tax issues. It can coordinate cross-border matters utilising its network of offices in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Shanghai and Singapore. It can also draw upon a best friends network elsewhere including the US. Clients benefit from the team's good connections with the Netherlands Authority for Financial Markets (AFM) and the practice also advises industry bodies such as the  private equity industry body Nederlandse Vereniging van ParticipatieMaatschappijen (NVP). Pensions expert, René Maatman advises companies, pension funds and pension providers, including asset managers and of counsel Minke Hoekstra is noted for her extensive experience. Senior associate Mariska Enzerink combines commercial/corporate support with regulatory structuring advice.

Practice head(s):

Kees Groffen

Other key lawyers:

Minke Hoekstra; Mariska Enzerink

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the practical approach and hands on mentality.’

‘This team is the best you can get in the Netherlands when it comes to investment funds. They have substantive knowledge and experience and rightfully have this reputation for many years now.’

‘Kees Groffen is the undisputed authority within this team. He is very approachable and knowledgeable. Furthermore, Kees is a hands-on lawyer who works pragmatically and comes up with real solutions.’

Minke Hoekstra also deserves special mention as with her extensive experience as in-house lawyer within asset managers, she is really able to think like her customers. ’

‘Responsive and practical.’

‘Kees Groffen has extensive knowledge and authority in the field, but at the same time is very practical. Mariska Enzerink is the rising star in Kees’ team and is a pleasure to work with: very responsive and knowledgeable. ’

‘The Investment funds practice of De Brauw is a team of very kind and knowledgeable professionals. They are constantly in close contact with supervisors and body industry groups and have always accurate knowledge of recent developments. ’

‘Apart from the state of the art knowledge, I very much value the accessibility of the individuals working in this team and their quick turn arounds if necessary. ’

‘I work with De Brauw in my capacity as legal & regulatory policy advisor. I am always very impressed by their willingness to put time and resources into the common good and advocating the interests of the sector. Both on the national and international level their knowledge is top-notch, and in international fora I am always very pleased to have them by my side. Few other Dutch firms would fit or survive in this top tier European league, but for de Brauw this seems like their natural habitat.’

‘The people I work with seem very genuinely interested in the subject matter, and very willing to put aside short term interests of their own firm for longer term interests of the sector as a whole. That is a quality that is to be truly admired. Special praise should go to Kees Groffen and Minke Hoekstra who take part in both national and international fora, but also ad hoc special sessions or questions. The time and energy they spend for the common good is to be lauded.’

‘The team offers excellent, sharp advisory services both in the area of corporate law and financial law which is an ideal combination. The team is able to think out of the box and suggest creative, innovative solutions new to the market place. Their close contacts with Dutch regulators add value to our day to day business as well as putting implementing entirely new solutions. This team puts the interests of their clients first instead of putting the focus on billing the client and maximizing billable hours.’

‘We highly appreciate working with Mariska Enzerink in particular and have been working very closely with her for many years. She is not only a top notch lawyer from a content perspective but she is also very easy to deal with, pragmatic, pro-active, committed and offers quick turnaround times. ’

‘What we value most from this firm is the fact that they provide very pragmatic advice and are able to help us think through most issues with both a legal and commercial lens. Prior to being formally appointed for a mandate, they are always available to assist us in the preliminary stage of a project without charging us trusting that we will come back to them if the project materialises. This is great added-value from the firm.’

‘Mariska Enzerink – very knowledgeable – very clear advice.’

Kees Groffen – always straight to the point and help addressing key issues very effectively.

Key clients

Achmea Investment Management

ACTIAM

Aegon Asset Management

Allianz Paraplufonds

APG Asset Management

ASR Vermogensbeheer

Avedon Capital Partners

Bouwinvest

CBRE Global Investors

DIF Management

NN Investment Partners

Prime Ventures

PGIM

Redevco Investment Management

Robeco Institutional Asset Management

SPF Beheer B.V.

Triodos Investment Management

Waterland Private Equity Partners

Pensioenfonds ING

Pensioenfonds Ahold NoUnivest

Private equity Tier 1

Led by Lennard Keijzer, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department advises Dutch and international private equity houses on the buy-side and sell-side of high-profile and complex transactions. Notable recent mandates include advising Triton Partners on its acquisition of a majority stake in Royal Reesink and acting for Parcom Capital on its acquisition of Euramax Coated Products. Corporate group head Arne Grimme, M&A specialist Klaas de Vries and cross-border expert Pete Lawley also contribute to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lennard Keijzer

Other key lawyers:

Arne Grimme; Klaas de Vries; Pete Lawley

Key clients

Advent International

Apollo

Bain Capital

BC Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Fortino Capital Partners

Gilde Buy Out Partners

Mollie

Nordion Capital Partners

Parcom Capital

Pon Holdings

Ramphastos Investments

Silverfleet Capital Partners

Summa Equity

Summit Partners

Triton Partners

Waterland Private Equity

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

With several international offices De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is well placed to handle international mandates. It handles high-end transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement matters for large multinational clients, including corporates and private equity investors. The practice also provides recommendations for legislative proposals submitted by the Dutch government. Reinout Vriesendorp is a professor and influential figure in insolvency law and security rights. Ferdinand Hengst is a fellow of Insol International, an international federation of national associations of accountants and lawyers who specialise in turnaround and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Reinout Vriesendorp; Ferdinand Hengst

Testimonials

‘Very thorough, knowledgeable, great experience and clarity of how to run the process and the way forward.‘

‘Ferdinand Hengst knows how to manage the various stakeholders and has brought the whole process to a great end.’

‘Excellent team, in particular impressed by Ferdinand Hengst’.

‘Unique, in that it combines insolvency advice with deep knowledge of specialised industry fields’.

‘Ferdinand Hengst is recommended for his responsiveness, intelligence and helicopter view’.

‘Reinout Vriesendorp is recommended for his academic insights and international knowledge’.

Key clients

HEMA

Central Bank of Curacao and St Maarten

Unilever

Royal Ahold Delhaize

Royal Philips

ASML

SBM Offshore

ABN AMRO Bank

Rabobank

ING Bank

De Volksbank

UBS Bank

Waterland Private Equity

Family office of Blokker

Credit Suisse

Tax Tier 1

Excelling in transactional support at the highest level, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's 19-strong tax team advises on the tax aspects of M&A, corporate restructuring and finance transactions, but also has strength in tax dispute resolution and advisory work. Maarten van der Weijden co-heads the practice and is widely recognised for his tax capability. Other names to note include fellow co-head and transaction specialist Paul Sleurink , Wiebe Dijkstra, whose 'detailed solutions are always very clear and practical' and Henk van Ravenhorst, who is an  'ideal external colleague to partner with'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Sleurink; Maarten van der Weijden

Other key lawyers:

Wiebe Dijkstra; Henk van Ravenhorst; Frank Pötgens

Testimonials

Strong points: pragmatism, high quality of service, pro-active, a good level of awareness of the items that are relevant within the business of a client (i.e. our company). In addition, we have longevity of relationship, ie, limited movements in internal teams, or at least the relationship partner is constant. The relationship partner is an active contributor to the services, and not merely delegating to other team members.’

Henk van Ravenhorst: pragmatic approach, down-to-earth whilst maintaining high-quality standards. Is very knowledgeable about our current and historic activities and is aware of what adds value. No unnecessary services/suggestions, but to the point and clear. Provides for a comforting cooperation, even on the most complex of matters. Able to explain complex legal/tax matters in a pragmatic way to non-topic specialists as ourselves. Overall an ideal external colleague to partner with.’

The partner I work with is Henk van Ravenhorst. The senior associate I work with is Vera Gal. They both have strong technical expertise and are still able to be practical. Their availability and engagement makes them exceptional.’

Last interactions with the team was in the area of M&A. What I do like is the enormous speed in keeping track of the developments during negotiations and the good interaction in the deal team, next to providing excellent tax technical know-how.’

‘Most of my interactions were with Wiebe Dijkstra (partner) and Mustafa Al Saady (senior assiciate). I really do appreciate the tax technical skills and very responsive attitude.’

Next to their knowledge, there is a very good interaction between the individuals in the team, in order to provide the client with the best solution. In my opinion they have a broad experience, which covers all parts of the field. There are other law firms, but those merely focus on a few subjects. Plus, it is a relief to have a lawyer who is aware of the challenges of our sector.’

I worked with Maarten van der Weijden and Wiebe Dijkstra. Wiebe Dijkstra mostly. He has not only an excellent knowledge of the subject, but also ample experience in the (asset management) sector. Extensive network, amongst them policymakers and supervising authorities. His detailed solutions are always very clear and practical.’

Key clients

Unilever

Royal Dutch Shell

Takeaway.com

Digital Realty Trust

Inter Ikea

Fugro

NXP

Deutsche Telekom

Royal Philips

Pfizer Inc.

Friesland Campina

Parcom

ABN AMRO

ING

Siemens

APG

Robeco

Port of Rotterdam

eBay

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek handles high-end disputes, transactions and regulatory enforcement matters. Its cross-practice team draws on expertise from its IP, competition, M&A, IT, litigation and finance groups. The team is headed by Jolling de Pree, Lennard Keijzer, Gertjan Kuipers and counsel Oscar Lamme. de Pree focuses on European and Dutch competition law, and related litigation. Kuipers specialises in patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

Sisvel

NXP

KPN/High Point

KPN ACM

Fortino Capital Partners

Everynet BV

CM.com

Be-In Mediagroup

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek serves clients in the biotech, pharmaceutical, food and beverages, telecoms, high-tech, chemical, and engineering sectors. In addition to its track record in patent litigation, it also handles oppositions before the EPO in addition to proceedings in the Dutch courts. On the advisory side, it assists clients with advice ranging from inventorship issues to international agreements on the exploitation of IP assets. More broadly, it can also advise on related competition, tax, and regulatory issues and it also undertakes significant pro bono work. Gertjan Kuipers is a 'go-to partner for complex patent matters' and Tobias Cohen Jehoram can handle all types of IP matters. Senior associates include Carlos van Staveren, who is gaining increasing notice for his handling of Supreme Court patent litigation, and Bertrand ter Woort, who focuses on a blend of IP and IT. Irenah Klink has joined the team from Taylor Wessing as a senior associate and Oscar Lamme has departed to join Simmons & Simmons.

Practice head(s):

Gertjan Kuipers

Other key lawyers:

Tobias Cohen Jehoram; Carlos van Staveren; Bertrand ter Woort; Irenah Klink

Testimonials

‘De Brauw is a strong, well known, and reliable law firm.’

‘Gertjan Kuipers is easy to work with, and highly intelligent.’

‘Excellent Dutch full-service firm with a strong patent litigation practice. Gertjan has been the driving force for years and been able to maintain a strong practice. Strong in pharmaceuticals and telecom.’

‘Gertjan Kuipers is excellent, a strong litigator who is always honest in his advice to clients. Carlos van Staveren is an excellent senior associate focusing on Supreme Court patent litigation; he has great analytical skill and can build strong arguments.’

This team is unique in their extraordinary abilities and knowledge in IP law, applying it in court and turn it into victory. They are a pleasure to work with both on a professional and a personal level.’

‘Gertjan Kuipers has an extraordinary intelligence, resulting in him being a stellar litigator and strategist. He is available to us whenever we need him and always has the answers!’

‘Carlos van Staveren is a rising star having been trained by Gertjan Kuipers.’

‘De Brauw’s patent ligation team is extremely dedicated and reactive. They are experienced litigators with a solid knowledge of the law and a quick understanding of the technical background. The team is very approachable and fun to work with.’

‘Gertjan Kuipers is an exceptional litigator. He has a unique understanding of cross-jurisdiction strategies and the business aspects of patent litigation cases. He has an exceptional legal mind and has an in-depth comprehension of the technical fields. When handling a patent case, Gertjan will leave no stone unturned to bring a claim to its full potential.’

‘The team’s understanding of our products (and the various stakeholders involved) is very impressive. They always keep the bigger picture in mind and consistently render high-quality legal advice.’

‘Gert Jan Kuipers is our go-to partner for complex patent matters. He is an extremely effective lawyer, combining thorough legal- and technical knowledge with strategic insight. Gert Jan and his team continue to consistently exceed our expectations.’

Key clients

Sisvel

Biogen

Bayer Pharma

JDE Peet’s

Ferring

Välinge

Eli Lilly No

KPN No

Coloplast

Zimmer Biomet

Bolton Adhesives

Silverfleet Capital

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is highly regarded for high-end disputes, transactions and regulatory enforcement matters in the life sciences sector. Although it has a strong focus on patents and IP litigation more generally, the firm also advises on regulatory matters, pharmaceutical advertising, and food and health issues. It is experienced in handling cases at all levels, including at the Supreme Court and before the European Patent Office. Gertjan Kuipers, Tobias Cohen Jehoram and Reinier Kleipool are the practice heads. Counsel Oscar Lamme is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Gertjan Kuipers; Tobias Cohen Jehoram; Reinier Kleipool

Other key lawyers:

Oscar Lamme

Testimonials

‘The team is unique in combining legal and technical thinking when developing strategies and arguments’.

‘The leading partner holds university degrees in law but also in physical chemistry, a combination seldom seen for lawyers’.

‘Gertjan Kuipers is an excellent patent litigator’.

‘Strong Dutch full service firm with the patent department also having a focus on Life Sciences’.

‘Gertjan Kuipers is excellent and has been for years’.

‘This team is unique in their extraordinary ability to learn the subject matter in a very short time, applying it in court and turn it into victory’.

‘They are a pleasure to work with both on a professional and a personal level’.

Key clients

Synthon Holding B.V.

Eli Lilly

Biogen

Coloplast A/S

Ferring

ARYA

Bayer Pharma

Pfizer Inc.

Qiagen

Zimmer Biomet

Affimed N.V.

Sandoz B.V.

Northsea Therapeutics

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has an extensive background acting for investors, sponsor companies, lenders, as well as public authorities on public-private joint ventures and the project financing of real estate, infrastructure and nuclear energy/renewables technology developments, including its advice to Pallas on the tender, construction, financing and regulatory aspects of a new state-of-the-art nuclear research reactor. Menno Stoffer specialises in corporate financing matters, particularly in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Menno Stoffer

Key clients

Royal Vopak

Royal BAM

Royal Schiphol

VTTI

Port of Rotterdam

TenneT Holding

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

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.