Firm Profile > Houthoff > Amsterdam , Netherlands

Houthoff
GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 50
1082 MA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Construction Tier 1

Houthoff's team and practice head Michel Klijn are highlighted for 'a combination of in-depth knowledge about construction and building projects and legal expertise' and a 'client and results-oriented' approach. The practice, which includes Johan Rijlaarsdam and senior associate Sander van den Boogaart, is backed up by expertise from the real estate, planning, environment, and litigation departments, so offering clients a full service which includes PPPs and financing. The group represents Daimler and Mercedes Benz on the development, construction, and lease of new Dutch headquarters which was complicated due to this being part of a larger project and it is also acting for clients on projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

The ‘consistently excellent, very responsive’ team at Houthoff is, according to one client, 'in a class of its own' and its lawyers are 'tactically astute, intellectually great, and very commercial in their approach'. The ‘experiencedAlbert Knigge ('provides superb client care') and Bart van der Wiel jointly head the practice. Highlights included acting for Elliott Advisors in a takeover dispute concerning Dutch chemical giant Akzo Nobel and Pittsburgh-based PPG’s take-over bid amounting to over €24bn, and defending Petrobras in a securities class action concerning alleged financial fraud. Jan Willem de Groot is 'good at handling clients and giving them confidence' and is 'willing to take a view'. Rob Meijer is also noted.

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Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Houthoff's Marry de Gaay Fortman is a key contact. The firm has a track record handling domestic and international mediation procedures.

Employment Tier 1

Houthoff is 'top of the bill and better able to understand the needs of the customer compared to its peers'. The practice advises on the employment and pensions issues arising from complex transactions and high-stakes disputes and is noted for its Supreme Court work. Edward de Bock leads the team advising the Sligro Food Group on all of the employment and pension work that arose from its transactions with Heineken and the sale of its retail business to Jumbo and Coop. Practice co-head Rixt de Vries 'is outstanding in her performance and understanding client needs'. Other team members include Roland de Greef and senior associate Jet Stolk.

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Energy: transactional Tier 1

The 'pragmatic and client-focused' team at Houthoff is considered to be 'a great addition to any legal department'. The team is led by the 'responsive and practical' Kirsten Berger who joined from Stibbe in March 2018. Jacques Kroner and senior associate Marc van Beuge are also recommended for their 'great knowledge on energy law'; Willem de Nijs Bik handles corporate-related matters. The team offers the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory expertise which includes waste to energy matters.

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Environment and planning Tier 1

Houthoff’s team works in tandem with the corporate department to assist corporations, government bodies and project developers with environmental, planning and zoning matters. Group head Jan Frans de Groot is advising the Municipality of Almere on experimental zoning plan, land-use policy and expropriations related to the planning of Floriade, a proposed international exhibition and garden festival and subsequently a new residential area. Counsel Marloes Brans is a key member of the team.

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Next Generation Partners

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Houthoff is noted for its 'excellent knowledge of the insurance market and healthcare sector' and has an impressive roster of hospital clients. With a dedicated industry focus, it provides corporate/ M&A, competition, regulatory, real estate, litigation, IP & IT, and labour law expertise. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat, who has a competition focus, heads the practice while counsel Freeke Heijne, who is strong on the regulatory side, is noted for being 'really knowledgeable, proactive, and for providing pragmatic solutions'.  In typical work, the team advised Bergman Clinics on one of the largest mergers of two private groups of clinics which attracted an investigation by the Dutch Competition Authority.

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Thomas de Weerd heads a practice at Houthoff which is highlighted for 'its personal approach' and for collaborating with various specialists within the firm. Junior team member are also well regarded, particularly associate Jurre Reus 'who always provides suitable advice'. The team is advising Marktplaats (eBay Classifieds Group) on a range of matters including data protection,   commercial contracting, and consumer protection issues.

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Insurance Tier 1

Houthoff 'has an effective network enabling it to receive quick and efficient advice in the other jurisdictions – it is expensive but certainly worth it when you have an important dispute'. Senior advisors include Hans Londonck Sluijk,  'who is an outstanding strategist and litigator', and Huib Lebbing, who 'understands the problem very quickly – negotiations were very difficult but he managed to get the result we wanted'. Berry van Wijk also offers a wealth of experience. The team is acting for Nationale Nederlanden in ongoing, multibillion-euro class actions regarding millions of unit-linked insurances sold in the Netherlands in which the insured seek compensation for alleged mis-selling.

Investment funds Tier 1

At Houthoff, practice head Oscar van Angeren and counsel Daan Horsthuis have 'a deep knowledge of investment management agreements (IMAs) and all relevant regulation as it relates to IMAs' and provide advice that is 'always useful and to the point'. Recent highlights include advising Man Group on numerous regulatory and structuring matters. Dutch pension funds PFZW and PGGM are also clients. The group also acts for fund managers and large insurers.

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Real estate Tier 1

Jan Cees Kuiken and Herman Lohman spearhead the Houthoff team which is 'very attentive and pragmatic, always reachable, very driven, and with high technical understanding'. Construction expert Michel Klijn, assisted by associate Sander van den Boogaart, are especially noted for 'thinking proactively to prevent problems instead of only solving them'. Lohman led the advice to AMVEST (a residential investment fund) and Ymere (an Amsterdam housing corporation) on the development of Overhoeks, comprising 1,800 residential units, a park, and commercial space.

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Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Houthoff is credited with being 'a well-coordinated, clearly led team that quickly understands the business, the issues, and drives for results'. Team head Frédéric Verhoeven 'remains his calm and composed self under all circumstances making sure you get what you need'. Gerhard Gispen and Christiaan Zijderveld are other key members of a team. Recent work includes acting for American Industries Partners over two years in a complex restructuring of the Goss Group, through which bankruptcy was avoided.

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Tax Tier 1

Houthoff’s ‘excellent, professional’ tax team is experienced in a variety of cross-border tax matters. Group lead Sylvia Dikmans, who is praised for her ‘unique business acumen’, and Alexander Kaarls advised Intel on its tender offer to acquire Mobileye, valued at $15.3bn. Recently recruited partner Paulus Merks joined from DLA Piper and is 'a fantastic catch’ according to one client. He advised Uber as the lead partner on the client's $3.7bn merger with Yandex. Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk and Rob Havenga are other key names.

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Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

At HouthoffAndré de Neve is advising Petrobras Global Trading and Petroleo Brasileiro Petrobras on a $5bn term facility agreement entered into between Petrobras and China Development Bank. Practice head Loet Venrooy assisted Van Dalen Dordrecht, a Rotterdam scrap metal company, with its restructuring and sale. Real estate and acquisition financing are other areas of strength.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Houthoff’s practice is a popular choice for Dutch clients active in a wide range of sectors. Jessica Terpstra advised on the $6bn financing of the merger of CB&I and McDermott. She also assisted Nexperia with refinancing its $800m acquisition financing facility. The practice is headed by the well-regarded Loet Venrooy.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Houthoff fields 'a hands-on, practical and knowledgeable’ team, which acts for domestic and international banks. Jessica Terpstra is advising Crédit Agricole, as the lender and arranger, on the financing of the merger of CB&I and McDermott, valued at $6bn. Group head Loet Venrooy is another key name.

Capital markets: equity Tier 2

Houthoff's team stands out for its 'combination of great in-depth knowledge and the ability to connect to clients'. It is a key name for cross-border ECM work and, in a recent example of its strength in this area, practice co-heads Jetty Tukker and Alexander Kaarls ('an exceptional professional with proven skills in any important legal field') acted for Vitol Group and affiliates and the underwriters on Dutch law aspects of the IPO of Vivo Energy on the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Willem Liedenbaum was promoted to senior associate in 2018.

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Routinely handling standalone arbitration matters Houthoff’s ‘exceptional’ group has 'considerable experience in ICC arbitrations' and stands out for the 'accuracy and clarity of its legal advice'; it is also a key name for large-scale investment arbitration. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, whose 'advice is never wanting', and Rob Meijer are representing the Russian government in efforts to secure the annulment of arbitration awards against the Russian Federation totalling $50bn, in favour of the claimants, three former shareholders of Yukos Oil. The group is headed by the ‘excellentDirk Knottenbelt and also includes counsel Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk.

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Energy: regulatory Tier 2

Kirsten Berger, who heads the Houthoff team, offers a blend of transactional and regulatory expertise including in the renewables and waste to energy sectors. The team's latest work includes advising clients on the regulatory regimes and subsidy issues around solar and wind farm projects and a price review arbitration. The practice advised Huntsman on a complaint made by Ducor to the Dutch energy regulator regarding the method used by Huntsman for the calculation of the tariffs it charged. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce and senior associate Marc van Beuge are other key contacts.

EU and competition Tier 2

Praised for its ‘sound industry knowledge and professionalismHouthoff’s team further stands out for its 'specific industry knowledge and high-quality associates'. Enforcement and technology-related competition issues are key strengths. Group head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is representing VBO Makelaar, an association of realtors, in civil proceedings before the court of Amsterdam against Funda, the dominant online real estate portal in the Netherlands. Counsel Gerrit Oosterhuis, who has 'a solid legal knowledge combined with a very pragmatic and hands-on approach', is representing a Dutch-listed food and consumer goods wholesaler on its proposed acquisition of Heineken’s wholesale operations. Laura Parrett left for professorship at Utrecht University in December 2017.  Berend Reuder joined Stek as a partner in July 2018.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Houthoff’s group provides 'good advice' and is 'very responsive'; it has considerable experience in the space, and its white-collar criminal defence work extends to cross-border investigations and compliance issues. Practice co-head Alexander de Swart is defending Credit Suisse against allegations of aiding and abetting money laundering and tax evasion by Dutch citizens. Fellow co-head Vincent Affourtit specialises in regulatory enforcement and corporate investigations, and senior associate Frank Mattheijer is also noted.

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Houthoff's practices are grouped into IT/internet, outsourcing, telecoms, media and technology, and privacy and data protection. Thomas de Weerd heads the TMT group and counsel Thijs Van Aerde specialises in media and IP cases. In recent work, the team advised the owners of Spinnin Records on its sale to Warner Chappell Music Group. It also acted for the Telegraaf Media Group in Supreme Court litigation against the Dutch state concerning the incorrect implementation of the European Database Directive, which would have prevented the client from publishing its own programme guide.

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

Houthoff's TMT group has special expertise in corporate matters and litigation including Supreme Court cases and attracts both international and domestic clients. Thomas de Weerd heads the group that acted for New York investment firm Aurelius Capital on its investment in Brazilian telecom provider, the Oi group. In other work, it is handling a range of contentious issues for various telecoms clients.

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 2

Thomas de Weerd heads the practice at Houthoff which is recognised for its 'very strong Supreme Court practice'. Counsel Thijs Van Aerde, who is 'great to work with, is very strong in his field and has a great personality', is acting for Stichting BREIN in copyright litigation before the Supreme Court against Usenet provider News-Service Europe, which offers large amounts of media and entertainment content to subscribers. The case has been referred to the European Court of Justice.

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Private equity Tier 2

Houthoff fields 'a very smart and capable team' that is 'bright and easy to work with'. The group advised TMF on its ultimately abandoned IPO and eventual entire share sale to CVC Capital Partners. Counsel and energy sector specialist Kristen Berger was a new arrival from Stibbe. Bram Caudri and Michiel Pannekoek are also noted. Jan-Paul van der Hoek left the firm.

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Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Houthoff’s team is led by Bastiaan Siemers, and handles many of the major bankruptcies in the banking sector in the Netherlands. Siemers is advising iptiQ Life, a Swiss Re subsidiary, on its entrance into, and expansion of, its business on the Dutch healthcare insurance market.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Houthoff is appreciated for providing 'excellent, on the spot, informed advice at every stage'. This well-established team is headed by Alexander Kaarls whose broad expertise serves clients ranging from multinationals and private equity houses to institutional investors. He advised Wyndham Worldwide on the sale of its European vacation rental business which involved assets in numerous countries, to Platinum Equity for approximately $1.3bn. Other key members of the team include Michiel Pannekoek, Willem de Nijs BikBram Caudri and Maurits de Haan. Its clients include Booking.com, eBay, Kellogg, and EQT. Jan-Paul van der Hoek left the firm.

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Next Generation Partners

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Houthoff handles the financing and refinancing of large infrastructure investments, including wind power projects. Practice head Jessica Terpstra divides her time between the London and Amsterdam offices and specialises in cross-border banking and finance including acquisition and structured finance and bilateral lending. She is leading the team advising the Corneel consortium in connection with the Afsluitdijk PFI project. Michel Klijn and Loet Venrooy are senior members of a team that advised the Standard Bank of South Africa in respect of the project finance and structuring of three solar power plants in South Africa.

Capital markets: debt Tier 4

Houthoff’s practice has a strong issuer and investor client base. André de Neve advised Teekay Offshore Partners on the offering of $700m aggregate principal amount of senior notes and assisted Teekay LNG with the offering of up to €172.5m series b fixed-to-floating rate cumulative redeemable perpetual units. Jessica Terpstra is also noted.

The firm

Clients come to Houthoff in their most critical moments. When the action they take now will affect their business well into the future. Houthoff helps clients to transform these critical moments into long-term opportunities. The firm calls it Going Beyond.

Houthoff is an independent, leading law firm headquartered in the Netherlands, with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York, as well as having representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo. Their 310 lawyers work collaboratively to ensure they are there for their clients when they need them most.

Houthoff’s work is focused on highly complex transactions and dispute resolution, advising international and domestic corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms and governments on their most strategic and business-critical matters. Whether it is helping to assess the strengths of new opportunities or managing risk, the firm always looks beyond today and finds the long-term solution.

Areas of practice

Corporate/M&A: The firm’s Corporate/M&A team assists multinationals, listed companies and other large companies, government bodies and private equity parties. Clients engage the corporate/M&A team for pragmatic advice on matters such as national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Houthoff’s specialists have gained an important position within the food, energy and other sectors. Their multi-disciplinary Corporate/M&A Team comprises no less than 89 specialists. And they can scale our teams up to any desired size and can work on multiple large transactions at the same time.

Banking and finance: Houthoff’s banking and finance team has a comprehensive knowledge of the financial sector, and the laws and regulations that govern it. The experienced banking and finance team provides services to domestic and foreign banks, investors, other financial institutions, large companies and supervisory authorities. Its specialists give advice on a large variety of banking and financial transactions. This can involve high-end acquisition, real estate, asset or project financing, syndicated or bilateral loans, or restructuring, all of this in the context of complex financial regulations and legislation.

Dispute resolution: The dispute resolution team at Houthoff specialises in complex, mostly international matters, successfully handling several landmark cases in recent years. The firm is also one of the few Dutch law firms to have a renowned corporate and commercial Supreme Court practice. The dispute resolution team provides creative, result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory or criminal investigations by Dutch and EU regulators. It also advises on preventing liabilities in relation to compliance matters and risk management. The team litigates before Dutch, EU and other international courts, and domestic and foreign arbitration tribunals.

Tax: Houthoff’s multi-disciplinary tax team assists in matters ranging from fiscal assistance in high-end corporate and financial transactions to transfer pricing and litigation in national and international tax disputes. The firm’s tax team is one of the few tax teams that litigates before both civil courts and tax courts, and also, if necessary, before the Dutch Supreme Court. The tax team works closely with the other practice and sector teams and has become a market leader in the field of international restructuring, M&A, real estate, finance and investment management.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Albert Knigge
Managing partner Edward de Bock
Managing partner Gerhard Gispen
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Mr Marnix Aarts  photo Mr Marnix Aarts
Mr Vincent Affourtit  photo Mr Vincent Affourtit
Mrs Nathalie Amiel  photo Mrs Nathalie Amiel
Mr Aart Barkey Wolf  photo Mr Aart Barkey Wolf
 Kirsten Berger  photo Kirsten Berger
Mrs Martine Bijkerk  photo Mrs Martine Bijkerk
Mrs Marloes Brans  photo Mrs Marloes Brans
Mr Rick Cornelissen  photo Mr Rick Cornelissen
Mrs Sylvia Dikmans  photo Mrs Sylvia Dikmans
Mr Wouter Ekkelkamp  photo Mr Wouter Ekkelkamp
Mr Menno Griffiths  photo Mr Menno Griffiths
Mr Rob Havenga  photo Mr Rob Havenga
Mr Daan Horsthuis  photo Mr Daan Horsthuis
Mr Alexander Kaarls  photo Mr Alexander Kaarls
Mr Albert Knigge  photo Mr Albert Knigge
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Mr Rob Meijer  photo Mr Rob Meijer
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Mr Philippe Stille  photo Mr Philippe Stille
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Mr Jeroen Vossenberg  photo Mr Jeroen Vossenberg
Mr Christiaan Zijderveld  photo Mr Christiaan Zijderveld
Mrs Merel Zwankhuizen  photo Mrs Merel Zwankhuizen
Mr Edward de Bock  photo Mr Edward de Bock
Mrs Marry de Gaay Fortman  photo Mrs Marry de Gaay Fortman
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Mr Willem de Nijs Bik  photo Mr Willem de Nijs Bik
Mr Alexander de Swart  photo Mr Alexander de Swart
Mrs Rixt de Vries  photo Mrs Rixt de Vries
Mr Thomas de Weerd  photo Mr Thomas de Weerd
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Mr Oscar van Angeren  photo Mr Oscar van Angeren
Mrs Barbara van Gangelen  photo Mrs Barbara van Gangelen
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Mrs Frauke van der Beek  photo Mrs Frauke van der Beek
Mr Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk  photo Mr Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk
Mr Bart van der Wiel  photo Mr Bart van der Wiel
Number of lawyers : 310
Dutch
Chinese
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Lex Mundi
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Rotterdam

The firm

Clients come to Houthoff in their most critical moments. When the action they take now will affect their business well into the future. Houthoff helps clients to transform these critical moments into long-term opportunities. The firm calls it Going Beyond.

Houthoff is an independent, leading law firm headquartered in the Netherlands, with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York, as well as having representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo. Their 310 lawyers work collaboratively to ensure they are there for their clients when they need them most.

Houthoff’s work is focused on highly complex transactions and dispute resolution, advising international and domestic corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms and governments on their most strategic and business-critical matters. Whether it is helping to assess the strengths of new opportunities or managing risk, the firm always looks beyond today and finds the long-term solution.

Areas of practice

Corporate/M&A: The firm’s Corporate/M&A team assists multinationals, listed companies and other large companies, government bodies and private equity parties. Clients engage the corporate/M&A team for pragmatic advice on matters such as national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Houthoff’s specialists have gained an important position within the food, energy and other sectors. Their multi-disciplinary Corporate/M&A Team comprises no less than 89 specialists. And they can scale our teams up to any desired size and can work on multiple large transactions at the same time.

Banking and finance: Houthoff’s banking and finance team has a comprehensive knowledge of the financial sector, and the laws and regulations that govern it. The experienced banking and finance team provides services to domestic and foreign banks, investors, other financial institutions, large companies and supervisory authorities. Its specialists give advice on a large variety of banking and financial transactions. This can involve high-end acquisition, real estate, asset or project financing, syndicated or bilateral loans, or restructuring, all of this in the context of complex financial regulations and legislation.

Dispute resolution: The dispute resolution team at Houthoff specialises in complex, mostly international matters, successfully handling several landmark cases in recent years. The firm is also one of the few Dutch law firms to have a renowned corporate and commercial Supreme Court practice. The dispute resolution team provides creative, result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory or criminal investigations by Dutch and EU regulators. It also advises on preventing liabilities in relation to compliance matters and risk management. The team litigates before Dutch, EU and other international courts, and domestic and foreign arbitration tribunals.

Tax: Houthoff’s multi-disciplinary tax team assists in matters ranging from fiscal assistance in high-end corporate and financial transactions to transfer pricing and litigation in national and international tax disputes. The firm’s tax team is one of the few tax teams that litigates before both civil courts and tax courts, and also, if necessary, before the Dutch Supreme Court. The tax team works closely with the other practice and sector teams and has become a market leader in the field of international restructuring, M&A, real estate, finance and investment management.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Albert Knigge
Managing partner Edward de Bock
Managing partner Gerhard Gispen
Number of lawyers : 310
Dutch
Chinese
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Lex Mundi
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York

Diversity

At Houthoff, we believe diversity goes beyond respect for everyone’s background. Diverse teams, teams with a large mix of backgrounds, cultures, preferences and ideas are more productive and more creative and, consequently, better teams. That is why striving for diversity is not only the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do.

Over the years, Houthoff has launched multiple initiatives to promote diversity within the firm and throughout the legal profession:

Declaration of Intent regarding Diversity

Houthoff was the first law firm in the Netherlands to sign the Netherlands Bar Association’s Declaration of Intent regarding Diversity (Diversiteit binnen de advocatuur).

Talent to the Top Charter

For the past 10 years Houthoff has committed to this charter: a transparent commitment among a large number of Dutch top companies for equality between men and women in the workplace.

FORWARD Foundation

We are one of the founding law firms of the FORWARD Foundation. A foundation for legal professionals that organises meetings and networking drinks with the goal of increasing the diversity of affiliated organisations, creating a network for LGBT legal professionals and exchanging experiences and best practices.

Personal HR track

All our colleagues have a personal HR track that strongly emphasises their own strengths, talents and characteristics. Cultural backgrounds play an important part in defining personal development goals, since these backgrounds are so vital to the individual.

Global Corporate Ladies Event

The Global Corporate Ladies Event is a yearly event, organised for women leaders from different sectors. The event covers a specific topic with a cultural activity and the opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues. The event was first organised in 2015.

In 2018, we had this event – for the first time – at each of Houthoff’s six locations worldwide in their respective time zones.

Houthoff is involved in several social organisations and projects, including:

  • Johan Cruyff Foundation

The Johan Cruyff Foundation helps children move up by being active. Sport and play help children grow and develop, keep them fit and healthy, and teach them to hold their own in a complex society. Houthoff sponsors the Johan Cruyff Foundation in the form of legal advice. The firm’s advice focuses mainly on sponsorship contracts and further developing the organisation.

  • Stedelijk Museum

The Stedelijk Museum enriches people’s lives with modern and contemporary art and design. The firm supports the Stedelijk Museum through a variety of legal services.

  • JINC

JINC helps socially and economically disadvantaged young people aged between 8 and 16 gain a foothold in the employment market. Houthoff supports this initiative by providing different types of job application training and short traineeships each year.

  • The Cookie Project

This Houthoff initiative supports iambe, a bakery which acts as a training and activity centre for intellectually disabled young people in Amsterdam. Each day, our meeting centres are supplied with freshly baked cookies, made by participants in the programme at their city centre bakery.

Gerrit Oosterhuis & Greetje van Heezik, Partner & Counsel, Brussels

Gerrit Oosterhuis & Greetje van Heezik, Partner & Counsel, Brussels

How do you stand out from the competition in an increasingly globalised environment?

Houthoff prides itself as an innovative law firm in many fields. Not only in the area of legal services but also in our personal dealings – we like to do things in a ‘Houthoff way’.

Over the past decades, Houthoff was formed as a result of mergers between smaller firms. As the firm is now, it is the sum of the specialist knowledge and visions of all of these firms. In the words of our managing partner Edward de Bock: “No matter how many years our firm has been in business, we are still as curious and enthusiastic as youngsters. This mentality has benefited us and our clients for decades and continues to do so today.”

Many international corporations are doing business or have offices in the Netherlands. Rooted in Dutch law, we are an independent and strong legal partner who understands our clients’ specific needs.

In this increasingly globalised world, our clients need us to assist them with matters on an international scale. We are committed to guaranteeing our international clients the same services and quality that we provide to our clients in the Netherlands. For this reason, we have opened hubs and appointed representatives in key economic centres.

As we grow alongside our clients, we always have a team ready to meet their new challenges.

The firm has a number of representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo. What was the rationale behind this and what are the main advantages to this model? Conversely, what are the main challenges?

Instead of opening offices all around the world, we introduced our Global Representative Programme. Each representative is appointed to serve a strategically chosen economic hub. Their goal is to foster our international law firm network, stay close to our clients and create brand awareness. The representatives have profound knowledge of the local market because they have already lived in the cities for a long period of time.

In the last year, our Global Representative Programme has proven to be successful which has only made our international ambition grow. Globalisation requires more than being able to work remotely. Personal relationships are invaluable in our line of work; clients state that they appreciate the physical presence a lot.

One of the challenges we face is how to ensure that our representatives keep in close contact with Houthoff despite the physical distance. Twice a year we organise a homecoming week. During this week our representatives meet their colleagues at our offices in the Netherlands and share knowledge and accomplishments in person.

What are the key challenges in maintaining an integrated network as one firm and how do you adapt to this? How does legal tech assist with this?

We make sure our key values are represented at every Houthoff location. If you are working at our office in London, New York or Amsterdam, you’ll experience the same Houthoff culture. Our partners regularly visit our offices and colleagues abroad. In addition, we have different communication resources that we use to get in contact with our international colleagues. With videoconferences, Skype for business and telecommunication devices we can stay in contact with each other non-stop.

Increasing efficiency is at the core of what we do. We are a known leader and innovator in Legal Tech. For example, we were the first Dutch law firm to adopt Luminance, an AI platform for due diligence. We use this platform to secure file sharing and online collaboration, and our colleagues and clients have 24/7 online access on any device to critical project documentation.

How does the combination of domestic offices, international offices and representatives encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?

It is inspiring to learn from each other. Our representatives stimulate our resident partners and vice versa. Because we are well-connected, we spot cross-border opportunities others might miss. Our clients and friends benefit when we are able to connect organisations.

What do you see as the main challenges and opportunities in maintaining overseas offices in the next three years? Where do you expect to see growth and what will be the driving force behind this?

Globalisation provides both opportunities and challenges. Now more than ever, today’s clients demand that the law firms they work with have a global outlook and can assist them anywhere in the world.

The challenge is to keep the relatively small offices involved with our people in the Netherlands. We aim to achieve this by offering our colleagues in the Netherlands the opportunity to work temporarily at our foreign locations. Our colleagues abroad regularly return to the Netherlands.

Our unique positioning allows us to serve clients with agility and confidence in growing key markets. Houthoff’s presence abroad will allow us to deal with our clients in their relevant jurisdiction while opening up a gateway to opportunities.

 

Cecile Eijsink Bonnier, Representative Tokyo & Michiel Pannekoek, Partner Corporate M&A | Chief International Officer

Cecile Eijsink Bonnier, Representative Tokyo & Michiel Pannekoek, Partner Corporate M&A | Chief International Officer

How do you stand out from the competition in an increasingly globalised environment?

Houthoff prides itself as an innovative law firm in many fields. Not only in the area of legal services but also in our personal dealings – we like to do things in a ‘Houthoff way’.

Over the past decades, Houthoff was formed as a result of mergers between smaller firms. As the firm is now, it is the sum of the specialist knowledge and visions of all of these firms. In the words of our managing partner Edward de Bock: “No matter how many years our firm has been in business, we are still as curious and enthusiastic as youngsters. This mentality has benefited us and our clients for decades and continues to do so today.”

Many international corporations are doing business or have offices in the Netherlands. Rooted in Dutch law, we are an independent and strong legal partner who understands our clients’ specific needs.

In this increasingly globalised world, our clients need us to assist them with matters on an international scale. We are committed to guaranteeing our international clients the same services and quality that we provide to our clients in the Netherlands. For this reason, we have opened hubs and appointed representatives in key economic centres.

As we grow alongside our clients, we always have a team ready to meet their new challenges.

The firm has a number of representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo. What was the rationale behind this and what are the main advantages to this model? Conversely, what are the main challenges?

Instead of opening offices all around the world, we introduced our Global Representative Programme. Each representative is appointed to serve a strategically chosen economic hub. Their goal is to foster our international law firm network, stay close to our clients and create brand awareness. The representatives have profound knowledge of the local market because they have already lived in the cities for a long period of time.

In the last year, our Global Representative Programme has proven to be successful which has only made our international ambition grow. Globalisation requires more than being able to work remotely. Personal relationships are invaluable in our line of work; clients state that they appreciate the physical presence a lot.

One of the challenges we face is how to ensure that our representatives keep in close contact with Houthoff despite the physical distance. Twice a year we organise a homecoming week. During this week our representatives meet their colleagues at our offices in The Netherlands and share knowledge and accomplishments in person.

What are the key challenges in maintaining an integrated network as one firm and how do you adapt to this? How does legal tech assist with this?

We make sure our key values are represented at every Houthoff location. If you are working at our office in London, New York or Amsterdam, you’ll experience the same Houthoff culture. Our partners regularly visit our offices and colleagues abroad. In addition, we have different communication resources that we use to get in contact with our international colleagues. With videoconferences, Skype for business and telecommunication devices we can stay in contact with each other non-stop.

Increasing efficiency is at the core of what we do. We are a known leader and innovator in Legal Tech. For example, we were the first Dutch law firm to adopt Luminance, an AI platform for due diligence. We use this platform to secure file sharing and online collaboration, and our colleagues and clients have 24/7 online access on any device to critical project documentation.

How does the combination of domestic offices, international offices and representatives encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?

It is inspiring to learn from each other. Our representatives stimulate our resident partners and vice versa. Because we are well-connected, we spot cross-border opportunities others might miss. Our clients and friends benefit when we are able to connect organisations.

What do you see as the main challenges and opportunities in maintaining overseas offices in the next three years? Where do you expect to see growth and what will be the driving force behind this?

Globalisation provides both opportunities and challenges. Now more than ever, today’s clients demand that the law firms they work with have a global outlook and can assist them anywhere in the world.

The challenge is to keep the relatively small offices involved with our people in the Netherlands. We aim to achieve this by offering our colleagues in the Netherlands the opportunity to work temporarily at our foreign locations. Our colleagues abroad regularly return to the Netherlands.

Our unique positioning allows us to serve clients with agility and confidence in growing key markets. Houthoff’s presence abroad will allow us to deal with our clients in their relevant jurisdiction while opening up a gateway to opportunities.

Esther Veltman, Representative Singapore & Bram Caudri, Partner Corporate M&A

Esther Veltman, Representative Singapore & Bram Caudri, Partner Corporate M&A

How do you stand out from the competition in an increasingly globalised environment?

Houthoff prides itself as an innovative law firm in many fields. Not only in the area of legal services but also in our personal dealings – we like to do things in a ‘Houthoff way’.

Over the past decades, Houthoff was formed as a result of mergers between smaller firms. As the firm is now, it is the sum of the specialist knowledge and visions of all of these firms. In the words of our managing partner Edward de Bock: “No matter how many years our firm has been in business, we are still as curious and enthusiastic as youngsters. This mentality has benefited us and our clients for decades and continues to do so today.”

Many international corporations are doing business or have offices in the Netherlands. Rooted in Dutch law, we are an independent and strong legal partner who understands our clients’ specific needs.

;In this increasingly globalised world, our clients need us to assist them with matters on an international scale. We are committed to guaranteeing our international clients the same services and quality that we provide to our clients in the Netherlands. For this reason, we have opened hubs and appointed representatives in key economic centres.

As we grow alongside our clients, we always have a team ready to meet their new challenges.

The firm has a number of representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo. What was the rationale behind this and what are the main advantages to this model? Conversely, what are the main challenges?

Instead of opening offices all around the world, we introduced our Global Representative Programme. Each representative is appointed to serve a strategically chosen economic hub. Their goal is to foster our international law firm network, stay close to our clients and create brand awareness. The representatives have profound knowledge of the local market because they have already lived in the cities for a long period of time.

In the last year, our Global Representative Programme has proven to be successful which has only made our international ambition grow. Globalisation requires more than being able to work remotely. Personal relationships are invaluable in our line of work; clients state that they appreciate the physical presence a lot.

One of the challenges we face is how to ensure that our representatives keep in close contact with Houthoff despite the physical distance. Twice a year we organise a homecoming week. During this week our representatives meet their colleagues at our offices in the Netherlands and share knowledge and accomplishments in person.

What are the key challenges in maintaining an integrated network as one firm and how do you adapt to this? How does legal tech assist with this?

We make sure our key values are represented at every Houthoff location. If you are working at our office in London, New York or Amsterdam, you’ll experience the same Houthoff culture. Our partners regularly visit our offices and colleagues abroad. In addition, we have different communication resources that we use to get in contact with our international colleagues. With videoconferences, Skype for business and telecommunication devices we can stay in contact with each other non-stop.

Increasing efficiency is at the core of what we do. We are a known leader and innovator in Legal Tech. For example, we were the first Dutch law firm to adopt Luminance, an AI platform for due diligence. We use this platform to secure file sharing and online collaboration, and our colleagues and clients have 24/7 online access on any device to critical project documentation.

How does the combination of domestic offices, international offices and representatives encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?

It is inspiring to learn from each other. Our representatives stimulate our resident partners and vice versa. Because we are well-connected, we spot cross-border opportunities others might miss. Our clients and friends benefit when we are able to connect organisations.

What do you see as the main challenges and opportunities in maintaining overseas offices in the next three years? Where do you expect to see growth and what will be the driving force behind this?

Globalisation provides both opportunities and challenges. Now more than ever, today’s clients demand that the law firms they work with have a global outlook and can assist them anywhere in the world.

The challenge is to keep the relatively small offices involved with our people in the Netherlands. We aim to achieve this by offering our colleagues in the Netherlands the opportunity to work temporarily at our foreign locations. Our colleagues abroad regularly return to the Netherlands.

Our unique positioning allows us to serve clients with agility and confidence in growing key markets. Houthoff’s presence abroad will allow us to deal with our clients in their relevant jurisdiction while opening up a gateway to opportunities.