Firm Profile > Dirkzwager legal & tax > Arnhem, Netherlands

Dirkzwager legal & tax

Insurance Tier 2

Dirkzwager legal & tax fields 'a quick, effective and pragmatic team with a lot of knowledge in the insurance field'. The practice has particular 'experience in dealing with large and complex D&O matters', where it frequently represents insurance companies, among them international names including Royal Sun Alliance, Amlin and Liberty Mutual. Daan Baas, who regularly conducts litigation in civil courts, is 'quick and realistic and a pleasure to work with'. Harry Kruitwagen, who has 'a swift and practical approach', advises insurers on aspects of liability in the business sphere. Other key names to note are René Wildenburg and Joost Bindels.


Quick, effective and pragmatic team with a lot of knowledge in the insurance field.

Daan Baas is quick and realistic and a pleasure to work with. Daan looks for quick pragmatic solutions to avoid unnecessary litigation.

A solid and good office. They are knowledgeable and are always willing to help.

Daan and his team provide a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with large and complex D&O matters.

Daan Baas, Harry Kruitwagen, Joost Bindels: Very good lawyers.

Dirkzwager is unique in how they practice law. They are friendly, easy to contact and have all the knowledge I need. And no matter what I want, there is always time for me as a customer.

Harry Kruitwagen has a vast knowledge in his area of expertise, is pleasant to deal with (even as the opponent’s lawyer) and has a swift and practical approach to complex matters.

Harry Kruitwagen – in liability a straight triple A. Daan Baas – young, full of knowledge, eager, out of the box. Susanne Hermsen – for all my German problems, she handles them. And all three have the time to help me with little questions/problems, just in between cases. And besides the great problem solvers they are, it’s also nice to just have a talk and lunch/drink.

A sympathetic and capable team well versed in Dutch liability and insurance law. Special mention to Harry Kruitwagen, Joost Bindels (both are partners) and Pieter Bloemendal (associate).

Dan Baas is excellent.

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

Amlin Insurance SE (MS Amlin)

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Allianz Benelux N.V.

Delta Lloyd

Royal Sun Alliance

AIG Europe SA


Achmea Schadeverzekeringen (Avéro)

Zurich Insurance plc

HDI Gerling

QBE Insurance (Europe) ltd





Nationale Nederlanden




Industry focus: Information technology Tier 4

Ernst-Jan van de Pas leads the Arnhem-based team at Dirkzwager legal & tax, which is recommended for its 'extensive knowledge of the IT field in combination with tailored specialist legal expertise'. The group's experience covers IT software and hardware contracts, service agreements and outsourcing work, and also encompasses cloud computing, SaaS and data protection issues. Koen Christianen and Marc Janssen are also noted practitioners.

Practice head(s):


‘Considering the team, Dirkzwager has a wide and deep range of knowledge in the IT and connected/overlapping domains. Therefore they are a good partner for our software company.’

‘We mostly work together with Ernst-Jan van de Pas. He has a deep and broad understanding of IT and legal. What makes him stand out is his pleasant personality and that he always wants the best solution for all parties, while still representing the interests of the client. This makes the solutions longer lasting.’

‘The team has handled many different things. A cooperation agreement with our most important supplier, standard terms and conditions, user agreement, processor agreement, advice on changes to our product in connection with the GDPR. All in Dutch and English.’

‘Especially Ernst-Jan van de Pas and Koen Christianen impressed us. They are precise, communicate well and bring seniority around legal advice. They are really professional.’

‘Extensive knowledge of the IT field in combination with tailored specialist legal expertise. Practical view, focused on the client’s interests. Clear interpretation of often complex, substantive and legal issues. Able to formulate and operationalize a concrete action perspective.’

‘Ernst-Jan van der Pas distinguishes himself with a strong analytical capacity to unravel issues, make them accessible and manageable. Focused on consultation and solutions from a substantive and legal framework. High professional standard and excellent communication skills.’

‘The team knows their case and always gives good advice. Ernst-Jan van de Pas and Marc Jansen are outstanding due to their knowledge of privacy laws and IT-law.’

Key clients

Stichting Elisabeth-Twee Steden Ziekenhuis


Centrum VeiligWonen

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 7

Arnhem-based Dirkzwager legal & tax fields a 'no-nonsense, hands-on team', which is led by Claudia van der Most. The group has expertise in handling mergers, acquisitions and private equity transactions combined with a significant tax offering. It counts Dutch and international companies on its client roster and has a well-established international referral network.

Practice head(s):


Hands on, no nonsense, and looks for practical solutions.’

‘Broad knowledge of all the disciplines, very committed towards the client. So many legal specialisations and experts under one roof. So far as I know criminal law is the only legal specialisation they do not facilitate. Good explanation of why actions were taken and little overkill on details.’

‘Claudia van der Most’s knowledge as well as client focus plus her  determination to solve issues is great. With her creativity, keeping it simple and practicality plus the mentality to solve problems or issues are most often quickly solved.’

Key clients

TBRE-Industry B.V

Shareholders of W.A. SandersColdenhove Holding B.V.

Shareholders ofHeilbronParticipaties N.V.

Rupro Beheer B.V.

SecureLinkNederland B.V.

KranendonkHolding B.V.

Procornea HoldingB.V.

Aelbers Groep B.V. and Flex Factory B.V.

Koninklijke Smals N.V.

B&C International B.V.

ATUS Nederland B.V.

The firm: Dirkzwager was founded over 125 years ago and has offices in Arnhem and Nijmegen. It is a 36 partner firm supported by approximately 140 legal experts, 107 lawyers, 22 civil-law notaries and junior civil-law notaries and 15 tax advisers employing a total of 340 employees, which provides legal and tax services that are distinctive for being of high quality as well as being tailored to meet the needs of its clients.

Dirkzwager is ranked the 14th largest law and tax firm in the Netherlands according to and the second firm in terms of quality according to MT Top 1000 magazine.

Dirkzwager very much appreciates sharing its knowledge through its knowledge portals and  the Dirkzwager Academy, organising workshops and internal courses on a regular basis. As a result, Dirkzwager has been recognised by SDU Uitgevers as the ‘most innovative sharer of knowledge in the legal profession’ and by the KNB, the professional organisation for civil-law notaries, as the ‘most innovative firm of civil-law notaries’ in the Netherlands and was commended by the Financial Times in the most innovative law firm report.

Areas of practice: At Dirkzwager, it has created a working culture that enables its people to consistently offer high standards of client service. The firm’s offices offer legal and tax as well as notarial services from specialised practice departments. Its approach is commercial, flexible and pragmatic. The firm works with its clients as business partners and not simply as suppliers of legal services. It commits to excelling not only in its individual areas of practice, but in the way it delivers service to its clients – with enthusiasm, effort and integrity. The firm serves as its client’s legal trusted advisor, helping clients achieve their business objectives while managing their legal risks, difficulties and expenses. Furthermore, Dirkzwager takes great pride in not only knowing its client’s industries but also understanding their unique business process.

The firm offers full legal services in the Netherlands. In addition, it offers legal services in Germany through its own German desk run by both Dutch and German accredited attorneys. Through the TELFA (Trans European Law Firm Alliance) and USLAW network, it is able to assist its clients in all EU countries as well as all 50 US states. As members for the past 20 years, Dirkzwager have worked closely with most affiliated firms from the network.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment Tom Vandeginste
Corporate Karen Verkerk
Corporate Selma van Ramele
Procurement Tony van Wijk
Insurance Harry Kruitwagen
Insurance René Wildenburg
Insurance Joost Bindels
Insurance Henriek Kragt
Insurance Daan Baas
Environment Jasper Molenaar
Employment Eric Boerma
Employment Buby den Heeten
Finance Chantal van den Borne
Business recovery Claudia van der Most
Litigation Frans Knüppe
Litigation Harry Kruitwagen
Healthcare Louis Houwen
Healthcare Pieter Bergkamp
Intellectual property and IT Ernst-Jan van de Pas
Real estate Bart van Meer
Real estate John Wijnmaalen
Real estate Robert Rijpstra
Rent Jasper Molenaar
Real estate Anouk Bisseling
Rent Robert Rijpstra
Government Frank Delissen
Government Hanna Zeilmaker
German desk Susanne Hermsen-Pfeiffer
Energy Maarten Kole
Pensions Henk Hoving
Pensions Frédérique Hoppers
Civil law notary Ton Lekkerkerker
Intellectual property and IT Joost Becker
Tax Gerton Rademaker
Tax Robert de Vries
Tax Cuno Wittrock
Healthcare Luuk Arends
Corporate Bas Bookelmann
Corporate Klaas-Albert Veerbeek
Healthcare Koen Mous
Number of lawyers : 140
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Other offices : Nijmegen