Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Houthoff
GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 50
1082 MA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Capital markets: equity Tier 1

Houthoff’s equity capital markets offering has both specialist corporate practitioner Alexander Kaarls, who is experienced advising international companies on ECM transactions, and equity and debt capital markets expert and ‘dedicated and trusted adviser’ Jetty Tukker at its helm. The practice is experienced in assisting clients on the breadth of related matters, including on IPOs, SPAC, and de-SPAC transactions and investments, as well as in matters involving secondary offerings, and tax relocations and conversions. Additionally, the team supports in matters of general regulatory compliance therein. The cases the team handles are consistently cross-border in nature; ‘deal-driven’ counsel Willem Liedenbaum frequently supports on such work.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls; Jetty Tukker; Jessica Terpstra; André de Neve

Other key lawyers:

Willem Liedenbaum; Emma Schutte

Testimonials

‘The team has excellent knowledge of Dutch capital market law and practice.’

‘Jetty Tukker is extremely available, hands-on and professional, and Emma Schutte is also worthy of note.’

‘The Houthoff team is professional, proactive, works well with international law firms, is knowledgeable and very friendly.’

‘They understand our needs and provide clear and pragmatic advice on many different transactions like IPOs, SPAC listings, business combinations and capital raises.’

‘Jetty Tukker and Emma Schutte are very professional, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jetty Tukker is very committed. She doesn’t hang around and she knows what she is talking about. A dedicated and trusted adviser.’

‘The equity capital markets team of Houthoff comprises intelligent lawyers who are very responsive and provide tailor-made legal advice.’

‘Exceptional lawyers within their team are partner Jetty Tukker and counsel Willem Liedenbaum are very responsive and very deal-driven.’

Key clients

Ariston Holding N.V.

European Healthcare Acquisition & Growth

Company B.V.

Ease2pay N.V.

Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corporation

Fimalac and De Agostini

Intel

Ally Bridge Group

WeTransfer / The Creative Productivity Group N.V.

Corre Energy B.V.

GP Bullhound Acquisition I SE

Corporation Service Company

Meltwater N.V.

Deutsche Industrie REIT-AG

Brembo S.p.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corporation (FLAC) in a de-SPAC merger with NewAmsterdam Pharma Holding B.V.
  • Advised European Healthcare Acquisition & Growth Company B.V. (EHC) on its de-SPAC transaction/business combination with Austrian-based Croma-Pharma GmbH.
  • Advised Intel on its 2022 NASDAQ listing of Mobileye.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 1

The construction practice at Houthoff is regularly sought out by clients for its all-round skills in both contentious and non-contentious construction mandates. Highlights of the team’s work include complex procurement and regulatory issues in large new development projects, the team also aids these clients with claim prevention and management. The firm assists both developers and contractors on contentious work. Team lead and construction specialist Michel Klijn is known for his expertise in complex projects involving different contracts as well as his litigation and transactional skills. He is supported by notary Dolf De Jong who on the construction side focuses on project development. Sander van den Boogaart assists clients from construction, infrastructure, and energy sectors in a variety of construction law matters.

Practice head(s):

Michel Klijn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Both Michel Klijn and Sander van den Boogaard are always happy to assist. They are responsive, have to the point advice and helping me to get to finalization of contracts. The cooperation is very well. ’

‘Michel Klijn stands out by knowing how to close transaction on (supervisory) board level by using a combination of deep sector knowledge and skills: problem solving, taking initiative and being trusted by all parties to the table.’

‘The team is involved, very skilled, takes very good note of the case in a very short amount of time and seems to enjoy a good conversation to find out the relation between the details. ’

‘I would also like to mention Michel Klijn in particular. Michel supports us with complex procurement issues and execution of a civil engineering work. An expert lawyer due to contribute weight to the file. Legal content if necessary, but also focused on solution-oriented cooperation if possible. Michel is the sparring partner I look for in a lawyer.’

‘Michel Klijn is very committed, pragmatic and a sharp lawyer. Thinks in solutions and does not lose sight of commercial interests either. Always willing to respond to adhoc and last minute requests as well. ’

‘Houthoff has an extraordinary amount of substantive knowledge and skilled people in the contraction team. The team is efficient and always available’

‘The team of Houthoff was very quick in response on a complicated legal matter, proactive during several developments, made a very good strategic approach. ’

‘Michel Klijn: has the special combination of engineer and lawyer, which makes him very effective in legal advice in construction projects.

Key clients

Bol.com

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Royal Schiphol Airport

Bysteel S.A., Portuguese firm part of DST Group

Bristol Myers Squibb

Goodman Group

Greystar

Attero

HagaZiekenhuis (Haga Hospital)

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch National Railways)

EDGE

Jaarbeurs

Zadelhoff

FCC

VolkerWessels

Waterschap Aa en Maas

OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)

Regionale Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Drechtsteden N.V. (ROM-D)

Milence

Wonen Limburg

Kondor Wessels Vastgoed

Work highlights

  • Advising the online retail giant Bol.com on the multimillion euro development of a new automated fulfilment centre which will mechanically handle its orders.
  • Representing EDGE Development in the multimillion euro development of ABN AMRO Bank’s new headquarters in Amsterdam.
  • Advising Milence, a joint venture between Daimler, Traton and Volvo, on all construction matters linked to its project to install and operate at least 1,700 charging points for heavy-duty trucks and coaches across Europe by 2027.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Houthoff continues to be a premier arbitration firm in the Netherlands, in addition to regularly assisting with complex, high-value arbitration-associated court and Supreme Court litigation, including the enforcement and annulment of arbitral awards. The team has wide-ranging expertise in commercial arbitration matters, as well as investment treaty arbitration, where it represents states and investors in a range of ICSID, UNCITRAL, and other investor-state proceedings. The practice also assists with cross-border mandates and cases that require cross-sector knowledge. Practice head Dirk Knottenbelt focuses on international arbitration and is especially well versed in corporate and commercial arbitration. Thomas Stouten typically handles matters with cross-border elements and is co-chair of the enforcement and recognition subcommittee of the IBA Arbitration Committee. Remme Verkerk is experienced in enforcement and set-aside proceedings. Eva Milou Moison is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Knottenbelt

Testimonials

‘Houthoff has one of the leading international disputes practices in the Netherlands. A very broad bench of advocates, skilled in both litigation and arbitration matters. Of particular note is their experience in set-aside cases.’

‘Thomas Stouten definitely stands out as a leader. He is a razor-sharp lawyer, with a very strong personality that helps in both hearings and negotiations. Thomas will always go the extra mile for his clients, leading to outstanding results.’

‘Thomas Stouten provides a state-of-the-art skillset to achieve the resolution of complex disputes. He is highly knowledgeable in arbitration cases and also masters soft skills in handling other counsels and tribunals.’

‘Thomas Stouten is a quick thinker, providing different perspectives and creative solutions. Eva Milou Moison provides tailor-made advice and writes sharp pleadings.’

‘Houthoff is an exceptional choice when it comes to matters related to complex, cross-border arbitration and enforcement. Having had the privilege of working closely with their team on a number of high-stakes enforcement matters, I can attest to their unwavering commitment to excellence, deep expertise, and unparalleled dedication to achieving a successful outcomes for their clients.’

‘Tom Stouten is an outstanding lawyer. We used him in an enforcement dispute before the Dutch courts. He knows what he’s talking about and delivers great results for the client. Without a doubt my go-to counsel in the Netherlands for arbitration-related work.’

‘Thomas Stouten especially stands out. He is responsive, pragmatic and understands the business and needs of the client. He is very effective without compromising on being respectful to the courts, tribunals and opposing party. His knowledge of arbitration, also enforced by being a court member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, is excellent. Thomas and his team are the team you want to have on your side.’

‘Thomas Stouten is young, bright and truly goes the extra mile for his clients. Dirk Knottenbelt is very well respected in the Dutch arbitration sphere. His advocacy skills are unparalleled.’

Key clients

Petrobras Brasileo

Eni

Surpass Commercial Corp. Ltd.

Wells Ultimate Service LLC

Heidelberg Cement

EcoDevelopment

AES Solar

Ampere Equity

Blasket renewable Investment LLC

Perenco

The Republic of India

Iraq

TotalEnergies

Heirs of the Sultan of Sulu

Plurinational State of Bolivia

Work highlights

  • Representing several claimants in three disputes against PDVSA, the national oil company of Venezuela, and its subsidiary, Bariven.
  • Representing Solar Energy, Ampere Equity and Blasket Renewable Investments, as investors, in various proceedings against the Kingdom of Spain in Amsterdam.
  • Representing Mare/OIEG in the Dutch enforcement of a USD 600m ICSID award against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: class actions Tier 1

Houthoff is a go-to firm for defendants requiring representation in class actions and mass claims proceedings. The practice has wide-ranging knowledge across a large number of sectors such as finance, transport, aviation, and energy. The team has advised clients on diesel-related class actions, mass claims for cartel damages, securities collective actions, consumer class actions, and mass damages follow-on litigation. Expert in cross-border disputes and civil procedures Albert Knigge spearheads the class actions practice within the large dispute resolution group and is the leading lawyer on high-profile class actions for the firm. Working closely alongside Knigge, Rick Cornelissen focuses on follow-on cartel and abuse of dominance damages claims. In Rotterdam, Huib Lebbing acts as defence counsel in class action cases involving health and safety issues. Paul Sluijter is also key to the team and is specialised in international mass claims.

Practice head(s):

Albert Knigge

Testimonials

‘They are extremely client focused, provide top notch product within very tight deadlines and are always available to discuss. Houthoff has a very large team ensuring that all workstreams are followed up appropriately and work is done by the appropriate level of experience. ’

‘Albert Knigge is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with: extremely knowledgeable, always available and client focuse. He will not overpromise and is a very strong communicator. Rick Cornelissen is very pleasant to work with, and always willing to find a client focused solution.’

‘We are very content with Houthoff’s work in our class action. The team is highly experienced, responsive delivers high quality work and is pleasant to work with. ’

‘Albert Knigge truly is a trusted advisor. Albert stands out in quality and expertise in this space.’

‘In our class action, Houthoff did a great job getting to know about a complex case in a short time period with successful results. The collaboration was great (e.g. clear answers, good strategy, fast learners)’

‘Rick Cornelissen did a great job in the hearing providing clear views about our case and providing always good solutions to the different problems we faced.’

‘The advantage of Houthoff as an advocate for an insurer as a defendant in a collective procedure is the broad knowledge that this law firm has of insurance products and of the insurance market. The firm understands what is considered important in the boardroom and that collective proceedings are mainly about reputation and stakeholder management.’

‘Very professional litigation team with a client centric approach. The team consists of good litigators, applies a structured approach in preparing litigation and takes specific client requests into account with flexibility. ’

Key clients

Petrobras

Volvo Trucks / Renault Trucks

Stellantis N.V.

Audi AG

Nationale-Nederlanden Levensverzekering Maatschappij N.V. (Nationale-Nederlanden)

Trafigura

Singapore Airlines Limited,|Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd

Royal FloraHolland

Cargolux Airlines International

Ennatuurlijk B.V.

The Dutch State (Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport)

Royal FloraHolland

Draad Nijmegen B.V., part of the multinational IRCE S.p.A. Group of steel welding companies

Work highlights

  • Representing Petrobras and its subsidiaries as defendants in a large international securities collective action.
  • Representing Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks in multi-party cross-border litigation before the Dutch courts in relation to mass damages claims following on from the Commission’s claims of competition law infringements in the trucks sector.
  • Representing several car manufacturers, including Stellantis and Audi, as defendants in four class actions brought in the Diesel-matter.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Houthoff stands out in for its comprehensive dispute resolution practice, covering commercial and corporate litigation and insolvency cases, including frequently handling cases at Supreme Court level. The team is comprised of top-notch litigators: practice head Jan Willem de Groot takes the lead on cases such as shareholder, director’s liability and joint venture disputes. Bart van der Wiel is an expert in representing clients in commercial disputes before the Supreme Court, and often collaborates with Remme Verkek (who also specialises in international arbitration). Albert Knigge is sought after for class actions and mass litigation proceedings and is assisted by competition litigation specialists Rick Cornelissen and Paul Sluijter. Dirk Knottenbelt chairs the arbitration practice at the firm, while David Heems is experienced in insolvency litigation. Marjolein Heuten is known for her focus on high-stakes transaction-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jan Willem de Groot; Bart van der Wiel; Albert Knigge; Dirk Knottenbelt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Albert Knigge is a pleasure to work with. He is a first-class lawyer and extremely commercial.’

‘I am impressed by David Heems’ capacity to truly immerse himself into a complex case and advise on and design a litigation approach whereby he has deliberately and methodically covered all possible angles, providing adequate cover against possible approaches from the opponent, whilst still staking out a clear, well-backed-up legal course for the client.’

‘Jan Willem de Groot and Marjolein Heuten are truly brilliant. They work as a team and are worth any number of partners in other law firms.’

‘Bart van der Wiel and David Heems are a perfect match, bring good results, and are great fun to work with.’

‘Deep strength in both litigation and arbitration, with strong experience of international disputes as well as domestic. They combine a real understanding of the client’s objectives and outstanding legal analysis to create an exceptional strategy, which they then execute with great skill. The team is also huge fun to work with.’

‘Albert Knigge handles highly complex, multi-faceted international disputes. He uses his considerable intelligence and wide experience to explore all angles and develop the best strategy for his clients. He is also expert in Supreme Court litigation.’

‘His dedication, understanding, proactive approach and warm personality make it a joy to work with Rick Cornelissen.’

‘What stands out is the dedication of the team. They do not leave any stone unturned and double-check any potential risk.’

Key clients

BC Partners

HPS Investment Partners

Dummen Orange

CBRE

Elliott Management

NatWest

Trafigura

Avery Dennison

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Owens-Illinois, Inc.

Centerbridge

TotalEnergies

AIG

ING Group

LG Electronics

Volvo Trucks/Renault Trucks

Petrobras

Audi AG

Nexans

Sligro Food Group

Fortenova

Supervisory Board Imtech

Cargolux Airlines International

Stellantis

Work highlights

  • Representing the Fortenova group in litigation before the Enterprise Chamber against Russian state-owned bank Sberbank and its shareholders concerning voting rights within the Croatian conglomerate.
  • Acting for BC Partners and Dummen Orange in several proceedings, including post-restructuring litigation before the Enterprise Chamber.
  • Defending SMQDC, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., against a claim of over USD 92m that was brought before the courts of St Maarten in relation to the failed development of part of a cruise terminal in the port of St Maarten.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 1

The environment and planning cohort at Houthoff has a strong reputation for its capabilities handling a broad scope of high-end advisory and litigious work. The team’s client portfolio spans industries ranging from the chemical, waste processing and energy, including renewables, sector to real estate. Examples of its high-value, and often cross-jurisdictional work includes advice on large-scale redevelopment projects and zoning matters on the planning side, and on climate action plans on the environmental side. Co-lead of the public law team Marry de Gaay Fortman supports team head Marloes Brans, whose broad expertise includes particularly issues surrounding climate risk and sustainability. Brans took over from former team lead Jan Frans de Groot, who departed in January 2023 to a position in The Dutch Council of State. Zoning and spatial planning specialist counsel and former practice head at CMSLuurt Wildeboer bolstered the team in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marloes Brans

Other key lawyers:

Marry de Gaay Fortman; Freeke Heijne; Monica Sonderegge; Luurt Wildeboer

Testimonials

‘Houthoff’s teams go to great lengths to understand the case and develop a completely conclusive legal line of reasoning.’

‘Every step in the line of reasoning has been thought through, all possible side-tracks have been finished and understood. A lot of time and work is put into it, and it shows.’

‘There are many different areas of expertise that can all be used in cases by the team members.’

‘Houthoff lawyers have strong personal skills and are able not only to assist and handle complex matters efficiently, but they also show that they have a good understanding of the business and the client needs.’

‘We worked with Marloes Brans and were always satisfied with the service provided, including his quality of advice, responsiveness, analytical skills, knowledge of the local market and business considerations.’

Key clients

Royal VolkerWessels

PPG

Huntsman

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Tata Steel

Arup

Brancheorganisatie Kinderopvang

Milence

Municipality of Amersfoort

Municipality of Utrecht

Municipality of Hilversum

Nationale Politie

Makelaarsland

Royal Dutch Schiphol

G&S

Dutch National Opera & Ballet

VDL Nedcar

Nederlandse Spoorwegen N.V.

CBRE

Attero

Work highlights

  • Advising and litigating for a range of corporates with heavy industrial activities in the Netherlands, regarding complex permitting, regulatory, supervision and enforcements matters, including for Huntsman, Attero and Givaudan, both at executive and administrative level.
  • Working extensively with a range of governmental bodies at all levels, as well as many municipalities, such as Hilversum, on contracting and zoning law matters in relation to the redevelopment of Arenapark, the city’s main sport and business district.
  • Advising and representing various companies with advice and litigation representation in zoning matters, and with transactional work.

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

Houthoff is a popular choice for insurers and their insureds facing class action suits, with the firm handling several such cases over the past year, including those tied to the alleged mis-selling of unit-linked insurance products. The practice also assists with regulatory matters, focusing on prudential insurance and business conduct, as well as the launches of new insurance products, while also providing transactional support. Berry van Wijk leads the team, with a regulatory practice that covers both life and non-life insurance products and issues tied to M&As. Huib Lebbing specialises in contentious insurance matters, with a particular focus on health and safety-related incidents. Former practice co-head Hans Londonck Sluijk co-founded his own firm, insurance boutique Londonck & Kos, in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Berry van Wijk

Other key lawyers:

Huib Lebbing; Lucas Dröge; Gijs Hamelijnck

Testimonials

‘Huib Lebbing is a great lawyer, who uses efficiently his legal knowledge, human skills and humour to get things done. For large claims with public exposure that also need case management, he is the go-to person in the Netherlands.’

‘Houthoff’s team focuses on the more complex cases. When dealing with such matters, the team not only has a clear added value legally, but also strategically. Attention is not only paid to substantiating the legal position, but also to achieving solutions.’

‘In their mutual cooperation, they draw up procedural documents, which impress with their completeness and good factual substantiation. In this process, all potentially relevant angles are analysed and weighed.’

Key clients

AIG

a.s.r.

Achmea/Centraal Beheer

Allianz

Aon

Atradius Credit Insurance

AXA XL

CNA

De Goudse

Generali

HDI-Gerling

Lifetri

Marsh

MS Amlin

NN Group

Onderlinge ‘s Gragenhage

Soderberg & Partners

Swiss Re

The Ardonagh Group

Tokio Marine

Yarden

Work highlights

  • Acted for AIG and its insured Lincoln Electric BV in relation to litigation following allegedly unsafe working conditions in the latter’s Dutch steel cable welding factory.
  • Represented Tate & Lyle and its insurer AXA XL in the aftermath of a global product recall concerning animal feed supplied to hundreds of businesses in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Belgium.
  • Advised Onderlinge ‘s-Gravenhage on the sale of its entire second pillar pension portfolio to Zwitserleven.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 1

Houthoff continues to be a leading force for real estate matters in the Netherlands, assisting both international and domestic real estate developers, investors, construction companies and banks. The firm is known for its comprehensive practice, which covers all types of property, such as residential, retail, offices, industrial and hospitality. The team handles real estate transactions, development projects, acquisitions and joint ventures, and is headed up by Herman Lohman, who excels in complex real estate transaction mandates, including cross-border issues and redevelopments. He is joined by a team of notaries: Jan Cees Kuiken is the go-to for advising Dutch and international banks, pension funds and developers on transactions; Lucas Louwerier handles commercial and corporate real estate matters; and Dolf De Jong focuses on project development and corporation agreements for purchase and sale, as well as property law structuring. Anna Wijnans was promoted to partner in January 2023 and focuses on international real estate transactions as well as commercial tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Herman Lohman

Other key lawyers:

Jan Cees Kuiken; Lucas Louwerier; Dolf de Jong; Anna Wijnans; Paul Asselbergs

Testimonials

‘Houthoff is able to offer a dedicated team with mainly one point of contact to maintain the overview. We choose Houthoff because they have the capacity to deliver all specific competences for very complex deals. A fast and pragmatic approach is essential and the team is well aware of that necessity. Furthermore they are capable (and Dolf de Jong specifically) of summmarising complex matters to the essence in a short and concise manner.’

‘Dolf de Jong is extremely good in context and overview, in combination with a commercial vision. He has created a very strong team, in his absence matters are also taken care of in a very professional way. We also consult Dolf when it concerns very complicated contractual matters as a counsel in combination with the team of lawyers.’

‘Houthoff was not just our legal counsel whilst investing in the Netherlands, but they really act as a partner and dealmaker. This is the extra and special touch which we are always looking for ’

‘The Houthoff team members are perfectly guided by their partner Herman Lohmann and every team member knows and understands exactly what to do. We experienced with them a very smooth and successful way of negotiating and closing several deals.’

‘The team is collaborative, practical and solution-oriented. They understand their client’s interests and wishes and ensure that these are taken care of on a legal level.’

‘Dolf de Jong is a very open, active and knowledgeable notary.’

‘The practice is locally embedded but has a distinctive reputation both nationally and internationally. The firm falls back on a strong and diversified team that masters all facets within the real estate sector. In addition, all these facets are brought together in a centralised consultancy. The practice is also capable of cooperating with other law firms regarding cross-border aspects of cases.’

‘Houthoff has always made us feel like the most important client they have and above all we have absolute trust in working alongside them. Their deep understanding of the real estate industry is second to none and they have a well structured team who clearly enjoy working together as well. We have always felt Houthoff provides a supreme level of service.’

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

Unibail-Rodamco

Nuveen Real Estate

ASR Real Estate

Amvest

LCN Capital Partners

UBS

Clarion Partners Europe

Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance

Delta Lloyd / Nationale Nederlanden

VolkerWessels

Wereldhave

NSI

PATRIZIA

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft

Heimstaden

Greystar

La Française

EDGE

Macquarie

Time Equities, Inc

Buysse & Partners /BPSA Smart Assets

State Street

Hannover Leasing

Credit Suisse

AXA IM

Dudok

Orange Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising KEES on Project MARK, a residential and mixed-use development in Utrecht consisting of three low-rise buildings and three towers (Vertical Village).
  • Advised Greystar on the approx. €180m acquisition, from GGI, of 592 to-be-developed residential units in the Ensemble project in Amsterdam.
  • Advised Ontwikkelcombinatie KJ Plein (Amvest and Synchroon) on the development, sale and transfer of the major KJ Plein Project in the centre of The Hague.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Houthoff‘s restructuring and insolvency team has strong capabilities handling the broad range of matters for its clients, including advising on the complex restructuring schemes of multi-million euro companies; on suspension of payments matters; and on the distribution of high-value interest claims to high numbers of creditors in multi-party cases. At the team’s helm is ‘trusted partner and impressive negotiator’ Christiaan Zijderveld, who is well equipped to advise clients on the array of distressed situations. Frédéric Verhoeven is another noteworthy practitioner in the team with a banking and finance specialism and particular experience in cross-border matters. David Heems is focused on the full-range of contentious work in relation to insolvencies, while senior associate Karien van Boekel is noted as being ‘a reliable expert in her field’.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Zijderveld

Other key lawyers:

Frédéric Verhoeven; Joost den Hollander; David Heems; Philip van der Eijk; Karien van Boekel

Testimonials

‘A dedicated and diverse team with key expertise, that go the extra mile and seamlessly work together. They are pragmatic and business-oriented.’

‘Christiaan Zijderveld is an expert – collaborative and solutions-oriented with very good business sense. He is a pragmatic team player who goes above and beyond – a trusted partner and impressive negotiator.’

‘Philip van der Eijk is a trusted advisor and good communicator with an ability to manage complex cases. Karien van Boekel is professional, dedicated and gets things done – a reliable expert in her field.’

‘Houthoff’s practice is one of the best regarded in the Netherlands – they are creative and understand the business.’

‘Christiaan Zijderveld is creative and great to work with. Frédéric Verhoeven is able to align parties with opposing interests.’

‘A truly joined up team which through its composition and leadership performs highly, which results in comprehensive, powerful and robust solutions to our sometimes complex restructurings.’

‘David Heems stands out in his approach combining a holistic, architectural method, which ensures that all angles are covered.’

‘Frédéric Verhoeven and Christiaan Ziderveld are intelligent, resourceful and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

teinhoff International Holdings N.V.

Fortenova Group

HPS Investment partners LLC

Loyalty Ventures Inc.

Brand Loyalty Group

BC Partners

Dümmen Orange

DSB Bank

Lehman Brothers

Goldman Sachs

ING Group

CBRE

AIG

Supervisory Board Imtech

Sogestran Shipping

Indofin

Amvest

Time Bio Ventures

ABNAMRO

Bomo (Hotels van Oranje)

Directors of Fortress Group

Lumileds Group

Work highlights

  • Advising HPS ($95bn under management) in multiple proceedings against Sportcity, a major Dutch gym chain to which HPS financed €130m, following Sportcity’s court approval restructuring scheme, for not properly reporting or accounting their figures.
  • Advised joint administrators in the suspension of payments (SoP) of Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. (SIHNV) – the total estimated debt (consolidated) was greater than €15bn.
  • Advising DSB Bank in a successful offering of a composition plan to a committee of representatives, involving the €650m distribution of post-bankruptcy interest claims to more than 280,000 creditors.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The commercial, corporate and M&A group at Houthoffbrings top-notch negotiation skills to the full spectrum of complex M&A transactions‘. Practice head Bram Caudriuses a very to-the-point approach to reach pragmatic solutions in international and complex deals‘. Corporate specialist Michiel Pannekoek is very experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions, and Philip van der Eijk is well versed in assisting tech clients. Alexander Kaarls is singled out for his contributions.

Practice head(s):

Bram Caudri

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Kaarls; Michiel Pannekoek; Josephine de Bok; Philip van der Eijk; Grafton Cederburg; Guillette van Grinsven; Richard Witvliet; Margriet Kros

Testimonials

‘A professional firm with a flexible approach to assist international deals outside the Netherlands in a pragmatic way.’

‘Bram Caudri uses a very to-the-point approach to reach pragmatic solutions in international and complex deals. He is a pleasure to work with and have a high-quality output.’

‘The Houthoff team has assembled the best qualified subject matter experts I have worked with. The commercial, corporate and M&A team are knowledgeable, practical and very efficient. They have spent time learning and understanding our business needs, so they are better able to advise on risk and legal issues. They are an excellent M&A advisory team.’

‘Alexander Kaarls is an excellent and well-skilled M&A partner, who has a solid grasp on US company needs. He is a sensible and pragmatic team who has given us excellent support on all our deals. Josephine de Bok has also provided excellent support too.’

‘Michiel Pannekoek is worth every penny.’

‘The team has a highly established presence in the international M&A market. My go-to-team when it comes to Dutch transactions.’

‘They bring top-notch negotiation skills to the full spectrum of complex M&A transactions, are available and good fun to work with. Stand-outs include Bram Caudri, Philip van der Eijk and Grafton Cederburg.’

‘One-stop shop principle; fast and good-quality responses; innovative in terms of out-of-box thinking and solutions. Great intern team collaboration.’

Key clients

Siemens

T-Mobile

DSB

ABN AMRO Verzekeringen

NVIDIA

Vitol Group

Van Oord

NIBC

Hearst

Sligro

Royal IHC

Renewi

(Robert) Bosch

Söderberg & Partners

Ardonagh

SunMed

EV Cargo

Dummen Orange

Avery Dennison

IDEX

Work highlights

  • Advised Sopra Steria Group SA on its €518m public offer for Ordina N.V.
  • Advised Frazier Lifesciences Acquisition Corporation (FLAC) on a de-SPAC merger with New Amsterdam Pharma.
  • Advised Ariston Holding N.V. on its proposed acquisition of CENTROTEC Climate Systems GmbH.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 2

The employment and pensions practice at Houthoff combines contentious and non-contentious expertise to advise on the employment aspects of M&A, reorganisations, and pensions litigation. The team also assists with wider pension portfolios, executive dismissals and appointments, and collective labour agreements. Practice head Jet Stolk is regularly sought out by both employers and employees to assist with corporate employment law matters. Roland De Greef and Anouk Boutens, who was promoted to partner in January 2024, are highlighted for their expertise in pensions law.

Practice head(s):

Jet Stolk

Other key lawyers:

Anouk Boutens; Roland de Greef

Testimonials

‘They always keep the client’s requirements in mind, are easy to contact and react quickly. They always follow up.’

‘Anouk Boutens and Jet Stolk are amazing. Really practical advice, really thoughtful, and really understand what they are talking about.’

‘Jet Stolk is very precise, fast and sharp.’

‘The lawyers within Houthoff’s employment law team are very qualified. They provide excellent advice and are for us a true sparring partner on employment law and works council issues.’

‘We work a lot with Jet Stolk from Houthoff’s employment law team. Jet is a very highly qualified employment lawyer. Practical in her advice, strong on business matters and knows how to operate in the boardroom amongst managing directors within the company. She also takes the lead in termination and settlement cases and truly represents the company.’

‘The attorneys from Houthoff’s employment practice are down to earth and straightforward. They have a good client focus.’

‘Jet Stolk is a standout partner. She has an enormous drive to get the best result for her clients. She is an independent thinker, and extremely persuasive and determined. A force to reckon with in court due to her ability to explain complex matters in simple terms and her sense of empathy.

‘Practical , solution-focused attorneys.’

Key clients

Hearst Netherlands

Danone/Nutricia

Landal GreenParks

Tata Steel Nederland

Renewi

Royal IHC

Stellantis (FCA Netherlands (Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep) and PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, Opel))

Ford

Honda

KIA

Tesla

Renault

Volvo

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

HEMA

Samsung Electronics Airconditioning

InsingerGilissen

DAS Rechtsbijstand

Pension fund ABN Amro

Pension fund PGB

Miro

Torqx

H2

Egeria

Platinum

Work highlights

  • Advising Platinum and its portfolio company Landal GreenParks on the significant employment aspects of its acquisition by Roompot, a portfolio company of the private equity fund KKR.
  • Advising Sopra Steria on the significant employment issues involved in its takeover of Ordina, including a works council process in the Netherlands, the settlement of Ordina’s long-term incentive plans, and the negotiation of the future agreement for Ordina’s board members.
  • Assisting Onderlinge ‘s-Gravenhage with all pensions issues linked to its agreement with Athora Netherlands regarding the transfer of its second-pillar pension portfolio to Zwitserleven.

Netherlands > Energy

Houthoff‘s ‘excellent and very knowledgeable’ energy group has strong capabilities handling both regulatory and transactional work for its roster of clients. Its regulatory workload features guiding clients through issues including administrative disputes with regulators, as well as advising on planning and environmental issues, transmission tariffs, and on competition aspects of related matters. M&A and joint ventures form a large portion of the team’s transactional offering, wherein it handles restructurings and financings in the oil and gas and renewables sectors in particular. Jacques Kröner has particular expertise in transactional energy work, whilst team lead Kirsten Berger is experienced assisting with the full range. ‘True industry specialist’ Marc Van Beuge is a disputes-focused counsel to note.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Berger

Other key lawyers:

Bas van der Mei; Marc van Beuge; Jacques Kröner

Testimonials

‘The team is very approachable, makes the client feel they can be contact them and asked any question throughout the transaction.’

‘The team as a whole is constantly up-to-date on developments and requests of the client which is very convenient. Discussing a topic with one member would effectively mean that the other members were informed on said topics as well.’

‘An excellent and very knowledgeable energy team. We worked with them on a gas case, and we were impressed.’

‘Marc van Beuge is a true industry specialist and is very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Porthos

Eni

ENGIE

Corre Energy

Petrogas

Huntsman

TotalEnergies SE

Ocean Winds

Plastic Energy

NOGEPA

VEN

VGN

VLNG

Van Oord

Vitol

Titan

Arkema

Plant One

Westlake

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Varo Energy

DCC

Renewi

Shareholders Alliander and Shareholders ZEH

Ennatuurlijk

Work highlights

  • Advised VARO, owned by Carlyle and energy trader Vitol, on its acquisition of 80% of the shares in Bio Energy Coevorden (BEC), one of the largest biogas manufacturers in Europe.
  • Advising Porthos, an EBN, Gasunie and Port of Rotterdam partnership, which aims to develop the first large-scale, open access, offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure in the Netherlands.
  • Advised DCC on its acquisition of PVO International B.V., a leading European solar and clean energy technology distributor.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 2

The EU and competition practice at Houthoff is led by Yvo De Vries who joined from Allen & Overy LLP in June 2023. The ‘excellent team’ has strong expertise handling cartels and abuse of dominance matters, including damages litigation; matters relating to state aid, which is the focus area of De Vries; and on EU law and European litigation matters. The practice services clients spanning the array of industry sectors but it has noteworthy capabilities in the healthcare and energy sectors in particular. Former co-lead Weijer VerLoren van Themaat retired from practice in December 2023.

Practice head(s):

Yvo de Vries

Other key lawyers:

Murat Duman; Rick Cornelissen; Gerrit Oosterhuis; Karmijn Krooshoff; Eline Groen

Testimonials

‘Murat Duman has proven able to combine in-depth sector knowledge with legal expertise, leading to strong argumentation overall.’

‘Accessible, fast, excellent quality, and well familiar with our company.’

‘Weijer VerLoren van Themaat, Murat Duman and Karmijn Krooshoff make an excellent team as well as excellent individual advisors.’

‘Rick Cornelissen is one of the best competition litigation lawyers around. He is very knowledgeable, practical, and communicates well.’

‘A very proactive team that not only takes care of imminent tasks but looks ahead and provides guidance on how to best take care of matters ahead.’

‘Rick Cornelissen is very client-oriented and excellent in resolving misunderstandings that can emerge.’

‘A very hands-on approach from the business-centric, efficient and pragmatic team.’

‘Gerrit Oosterhuis is a very experienced competition lawyer with strong advocacy skills who is able to get even the most tricky transaction approved.’

Key clients

Imperial Brands

Nexans

Volvo Trucks

Renault Trucks

Nexperia

EY

TotalEnergies

Cordes & Graefe Gruppe

Bergman Clinics

Aramis Consortium: Shell, TotalEnergies, EBN, Gasunie

Milence

Equipe Zorgbedrijven

Consortium of VodafoneZiggo, T-Mobile, KPN and Delta Fiber

Cargolux International Airlines

LG Electronics

Kia Nederland

Volvo Car Corporation

Volvo Car Nederland

Bugaboo International

Work highlights

  • Advising Nexans et al. on its defence strategy against cartel damages claims filed by Electricity & Water Authority of the Government of Bahrain; GCC Interconnection Authority from Saudi Arabia; Kuwait Ministry of Electricity and Water; and Oman Electricity Transmission Company SAOC.
  • Representing Imperial Brands in its appeal before the District Court of Rotterdam against a record fine of €82m by the ACM on tobacco manufacturers for alleged collusion.
  • Representing Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks in multi-party cross-border litigation before the Dutch courts in relation to mass damages claims following on from the Commission’s claims of competition law infringements in the trucks sector.

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

The investigations and public enforcement team at Houthoff is a go-to advisor for large companies and banks regarding corporate investigations, allegations of fraud, and regulatory enforcement matters. Led by Vincent Affourtit, the team has in-depth experience handling international sanctions, environmental offences, and compliance programmes. With her previous experience as a public prosecutor, Marianne Bloos is an excellent source of advice for prosecution matters and is skilled at handling settlements and transactions. Frank Mattheijer is another notable member of the team who advises on fraud, corruption, and internal investigations. Hans Londonck Sluijk  left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Affourtit

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Wore

Bovemij

Royal FloraHolland

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance

Fortenova Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Credit Agricole Consumer Finance Nederland on enforcement investigations by Dutch financial regulators and related internal corporate investigations.
  • Advising the Supervisory Board of the Dutch insurance giant Bovemij and has performed a substantial corporate investigation following a whistle blower’s report addressing compliance issues directly involving the institution’s Executive Board.
  • Advising Vestia, one of the Netherland’s largest public housing associations on various matters relating to the unwinding of its €20 billion derivatives portfolio, including a corporate investigation process involving allegations of bribery.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Primarily based in Amsterdam, the team at Houthoff dispays vast experience in advising on competition mandates, with particular emphasis on merger clearance and investigations, in addition to damages claims. Practice co-head Weijer VerLoren van Themaat is noted for his broad expertise in acting for hospitals and private clinics in cases against public authorities and restructurings, while co-head Freeke Heijne primarily handles regulatory matters for healthcare insurers and investors. Rotterdam-based litigator Huib Lebbing represents clients in class actions and collective claims, having deep knowledge of contractual liability related disputes. Having previous experience working for the Dutch Healthcare Authority, Murat Duman is well-placed to represent associations of hospitals and private clinics in cases before government authorities.

Practice head(s):

Weijer VerLoren van Themaat; Freeke Heijne

Other key lawyers:

Huib Lebbing; Greetje van Heezik; Murat Duman

Testimonials

‘The team communicates in a clear and sharp way. Practical and trustworthy. Has extensive knowledge and track record in competition law. Is always available for questions and support. ’

‘Expertise, quality, accessible consultation, thorough.’

Key clients

Amsterdam UMC

Bergman Clinics

Equipe Zorgbedrijven

ZKN

GIMV

Leger des Heils

ONVZ

The Dutch State

William Schrikker Groep

Ottobock

Work highlights

  • Represented the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport in proceedings related to claims of damages by the Dutch Trade Union Confederations FNV and CNV for potentially thousands of healthcare workers.
  • Acted for Bergman Clinics in a court procedure against the decision by the Dutch Competition Authority to block the acquisition of Mauritskliniek.
  • Acted for an individual caretaker and the largest Dutch women’s right organization Bureau Clara Wichmann in litigation against the applicability of a regulation dating from 1930s.

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

Houthoff's ‘innovative and creative’ practice is a strong choice for clients that require specialist Supreme Court litigation support, with Thijs van Aerde handling complex, often cross-border trade mark and copyright disputes, including issues tied to the collection of copyright levies, seizures of infringing goods and IP contract disputes. Led by IT, privacy and IP specialist Thomas de Weerd, the team also includes Nicole Bilderbeek, a Supreme Court litigator who handles software-related IP litigation, in addition to assisting with IP-heavy transactions, licensing and transfer agreements.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Thijs van Aerde is excellent in translating our arguments to the Supreme Court.’

‘Exceptionally well-organised, non-intrusive and supportive, with flexible communication times and channels.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable in the areas of law needed. Innovative and creative, thinking both legally and commercially.’

Key clients

HP

Airwair International

Philip Morris

Dell

Dummen Orange

Netherlands Vehicle Authority

Spinnin’ Records (Warner Music Group)

Nexperia

Brein

VolkerRail

Novartis

Buma Stemra

Work highlights

  • Represented HP and Dell in a copyright test case before the Dutch Supreme Court concerning the issue of tethered downloads.
  • Representing Buma Stemra in copyright and competition litigation against Associated Music Business Distributors and its members.
  • Acted for Philip Morris in a trade mark litigation before the Supreme Court concerning the seizure of tobacco products destined for a non-EU market.

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 2

Houthoff‘s investment funds team is known for its ‘diversity of knowledge and experience'  and ‘unique perspective’ as it takes on a range of work. It is headed up by London and Amsterdam-based practitioner Oscar van Angeren. Assisting its well-known clients on the structuring, formation and management of funds forms a large portion of the team’s caseload; its workload is often of noteworthy value, consistently reaching the billions. The team’s client roster includes entities from a variety of industry sectors, and features an array of pension funds. ‘Exceptionally good lawyer’ Marthe Bollen is a noteworthy counsel within the team with experience in the establishment, restructuring and due diligence aspects of investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Oscar van Angeren

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The diversity of knowledge and experience within the team offers a unique perspective. ’

‘The ability of team members to look at every side of the case provides the clients with the confidence that an optimal solution for the short and long-term can be achieved.’

‘A forward-thinking team with good industry knowledge and a high level of legal expertise.’

‘Marthe Bollen is an exceptionally good lawyer, with great experience on the subject matter – razor sharp and definitely recommended. ’

Key clients

Amvest REIM

Man Group

CBRE Global Investors

Volt Investments

Aqua-Spark

ASR RE

Atlas Holdings

Scotch Whisky International

Transport Industry Pension Fund

Architects Pension Fund, Pension Fund Smurfit Kappa, Pension Fund General Practitioners, Pension Fund Security and Pension Fund, Painters Industry Pension Fund

MSMEDA

Painters Industry Pension Fund

Pension Fund Smurfit Kappa

Nexperia

Agricultural Industry Pension Fund

Pension Fund Medical Specialists

PGB

VolkerWessels

Work highlights

  • Advised Amvest REIM, one of the largest real estate AIFMD licensed fund managers in the Netherlands, on all its legal, regulatory and investment management related matters
  • Advising CBRE Global Investor on a range of investment funds-related matters including the ongoing restructuring of its Dutch CBRE European Co-Investment Fund and CBRE Eurosiris Fund.
  • Advising Volt Investment Holdings on the formation of three new Dutch private equity funds: Kallos Investments C.V., Kallos Investments II C.V., and Iaso Investments C.V.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 2

Rotterdam-based practitioner Bram Caudri is at the helm of Houthoff‘s private equity team, which is adept at advising its clients on the range of transactions, both national and international; international matters are Guillette van Grinsven‘s area of focus. The team works on company takeovers and acquisitions which are consistently of high-value. Noteworthy practitioner Michiel Pannekoek has impressive expertise advising on complex M&A and private equity matters, whilst Ivar Brouwer is described as 'technically strong’ and is ‘wholeheartedly recommended’ by clients.

Practice head(s):

Bram Caudri

Other key lawyers:

Guillette van Grinsven; Jeanne Beck; Ivar Brouwer; Esmee de Bos; Michiel Pannekoek; Alexander Kaarls; Richard Witvliet

Testimonials

‘The team is great and works in a collaborative manner. The team is very diverse. Billing practices are commercial and suit our needs.’

‘Bram Caudri has a down-to-earth approach and manages to break open stalled negotiations. He remains pragmatic and commercial in approach.’

‘Jeanne Beck is hands-on, and executes deals strongly.’

‘Ivar Brouwer is technically strong, with deep expertise and a pleasant way of working. Wholeheartedly recommended.’

‘The team excels at being pragmatic while giving comfort on key legal points and always with a smile – very pleasant and effective collaboration.’

‘Bram Caudri and Guillette van Grinsven’s team are both available and helpful and know how to read situations and adapt to them. They are both very pragmatic and instil their way of working in their broader team with whom the collaboration is always smooth.’

‘Esmee de Bos is a noteworthy associate.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Apax

Avedon Capital Partners

Castik Capital

I-Squared Capital

BC Partners

HG Capital

ECI Capital Partners

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

TA Associates

3i

Inflexion

Bridgepoint

Waterland

Atlas Holdings

IK Partners

Crestview Partners

Agilitas Private Equity

Egeria

Argos Wityu

Navitas Capital

Equity Europe B.V.

Torqx Capital Partners B.V.

H2 Equity Partners

Prime Ventures

Accel

Work highlights

  • Advised Apax Funds and Boasso Global, a premier provider of depot, maintenance, cleaning and transportation services for the ISO tank container industry, on Boasso’s takeover by KKR.
  • Advising Bridgepoint Development Capital on its acquisition of Data Expert.
  • Advising the Cinven-backed company, Barentz, on its acquisition of Natural a supplier of premium, naturally sourced, herbal, and functional ingredient solutions for the nutraceuticals industry.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 2

Houthoff is well positioned to assist clients with both contentious and non-contentious tax matters, handling tax aspects of cross-border M&A and real estate transactions, restructurings and transfer pricing arrangements. With Chantal Presilli, the firm is also able to represent clients in tax disputes before the Dutch Supreme Court. Heading the team is Jeroen van Mourik, who advises on international tax treaties and BEPS matters, with a focus on US and Asia-based clients. ‘Outstanding corporate tax partner’ Sylvia Dikmans assists clients with tax matters tied to private equity and M&A deals, and is also noted for her experience in advising Latin American clients on their European tax structures. Rezan Ökten moved to Dentons in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen van Mourik

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very skilled and flexible and has a deep knowledge of the Dutch tax market. They have great expertise in international transactions, in particular in structuring.’

‘Sylvia Dikmans is an outstanding corporate tax partner with whom I worked for several decades, always to great client satisfaction. She is extremely competent, business-oriented and flexible.’

‘The team has a solid practice, always showing strong technical skills and a proactive approach regarding clients’ needs.’

‘Houthoff’s tax team is very consistent from a technical point of view, but also are very accessible. They answer our queries quickly and efficiently, with great professionalism and clarity.’

‘The Houthoff tax team handles complicated corporate tax issues very well and advises in a pragmatic manner.’

‘Sylvia Dikmans and Jeroen van Mourik are experts in their fields and have a great responsiveness. They know the clients’ needs and are nice to work with.’

‘The tax team led by Sylvia Dikmans is a wonderful business partner to move forward with in complex matters. Their availability and willingness to collaborate is different to other market participants.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Funecap

Veon Ventures

TMF

Volker Wessels

Attestor Capital

Prio

ASR

Heimstaden

BC Capital

Landal

Lumileds

Argos Wityu

TK Maxx

Lumileds

Schroders Capital

Amplifon

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo Global Management LLC on the tax aspects of its investments.
  • Assisted Heimstaden with its acquisition of a portfolio of 10,000 residential units.
  • Advised Funecap on the acquisition of crematoria owned by Yarden and the acquisition of the Facultatieve Group.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Houthoff regularly acts for borrowers on both domestic and cross-border mandates, including real estate finance, acquisition finance, refinancings, and syndicated loans. The team, which is led by Loet Venrooy, has notable experience of acting for private equity borrowers from jurisdictions across the globe. Prominent members of the team include André de Neve, who has more than two decades of experience handling international finance transactions, and Jessica Terpstra, who works in the firm’s London and Amsterdam offices. Sjors Panis, Jeroen Vossenberg, and Nadia Nartey-Wemegah are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Testimonials

‘Houthoff’s first-rate bank lending team has deep sector knowledge and a very strong and loyal client base built up by very commercial, pragmatic and client-focused lawyers. They are very responsive, knowledgeable and have a good breadth of team members below partner level who are extremely responsive, give excellent advice and always meet deadlines.’

‘Having been one of the Netherlands’ most important law firms for many years, it is difficult to keep improving their very consistent high level of quality across all their practice areas. Their active presence in leading legal networks is a clear added value to cope with enviable international clients’ cross-border projects.’

‘Loet Venrooy has unique experience in advising on borrower-side financing work. He is a great problem solver and his knowledge of how to get things done is unparalleled. Moreover, Loet offers his clients an unparalleled degree of specialisation.’

‘In our latest complex project Houthoff has proven itself as a leading authority in banking and finance law with a deep understanding of the complex regulatory environment that is specific to the case.’

‘Houthoff’s team consistently deliver thorough and well-reasoned legal advice, ensuring that all stakeholders involved are well informed on time and equipped to make decisions.’

‘Jeroen Vossenberg is highly responsive, always available and possesses excellent communication skills. He excels in presenting legal concepts to the stakeholders, ensuring that all parties are well-informed and aligned. His professionalism and strong commitment to the case delivered the best possible legal solutions.’

‘The team consistently demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to securing favourable outcomes for our company.’

‘What truly sets the firm apart from competitors is their exceptional ability to combine deep legal knowledge with a practical, client-focused approach.’

Key clients

Royal De Heus N.V.

Castik

Dümmen Orange

Hg Capital

Boart Longyear

Schletter Group/Schletter International B.V./Nordic Trustee

Astorg Asset Management

Greystar

Boreal IM

Bridgepoint

Sligro Food Group

Van Oord Group

Savardhana Motherson Group

Goodyear

Keter Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal De Heus N.V. on the €900m financing required for its acquisition of the Masan Group in Vietnam.
  • Advising Keter Group in respect of the refinancing of its €1.36bn credit facilities.
  • Advised Hg Capital on the financing of its acquisition of Sky Group Holding BV and its subsidiaries.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

The financial regulatory team at Houthoff advises on a wide range of matters, including market supervision, licensing and insurance, among others. The firm offers a comprehensive service to traditional banking institutions as well as fintech companies, payment platforms, and cryptocurrencies. Leading the team is Berry van Wijk, a financial regulatory expert who frequently navigates cases with the Dutch regulatory authorities. Lisanne Haarman works closely alongside van Wijk and is noted for her knowledge of regulations concerning anti-money laundering, banking, and payment services.

Practice head(s):

Berry van Wijk

Other key lawyers:

Juan Vervuurt; Lisanne Haarman; Gijs Hamelijnck

Testimonials

‘Their core expertise and style set them apart from many other firms. The are very thorough and skilled in approaching advice on evolving financial transactions presenting novel challenges in regulation. They take into account likely interpretations and future regulations affecting regulation of security platforms.’

‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities are their knowledge and expertise.’

‘Houthoff is a very competent, approachable and reliable advisor.’

‘They are a pragmatic team that understands our business as a customer.’

‘They are professionals who understood the short time constraints and came up with ready-made answers.’

‘A very well-rounded team. They are honest and personal. They are always up-to-date and on the ball.’

‘They stand out for their personal touch combined with great professionalism and expertise.’

Key clients

Corporation Service Company (CSC)

Credit Agricole Consumer Finance/Interbank

eToro

PSA Financial Services Nederland/Stellantis Financial Services Nederland

De Goudse N.V.

NN

Onderlinge’s Gravenhage

Worldcoin

Bayerische Landesbank

EMS (European Merchant Services)

Work highlights

  • Advising eToro, one of the larger ‘real’ crypto services providers in the Netherlands, on the scope of the MiFID II European passport and assisting with obtaining its crypto services registration at the Dutch Central Bank under Dutch AML laws, screening of directors and structuring of financial products.
  • Advising Credit Agricole Consumer Finance Group on regulatory matters regarding governance, compliance, capital and outsourcing in relation to its large-scale reorganisation, including coordinating and drafting the application for a declaration of no objection from the Dutch Central Bank.
  • Advising Corporation Service Company on the financial regulatory aspects (including coordinating and drafting the application for a declaration of no objection from the Dutch Central Bank) of its €1.8 billion public offer for Intertrust, and the subsequent transfer of shares and (compliance) integration process.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Houthoff regularly acts for some of the leading financial institutions in the Netherlands, such as ING Bank, ABN Amro Bank, and Credit Suisse, on their lending transactions. Spearheading the team, Loet Venrooy is a veteran in the field of banking and finance who has extensive experience acting for Dutch and international banks on matters concerning loan portfolios. Jan Veeningen has nearly three decades of experience advising on corporate lending and leveraged finance, among other matters. Nadia Nartey-Wemegah and Jessica Terpstra, who divides her time between London and Amsterdam, are also prominent members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Testimonials

‘Houthoff is an outstanding firm with strong market knowledge and specialised teams for issues including structured finance, restructuring, corporate loans and regulatory compliance.’

‘They are very responsive, knowledgeable and have top-rate partners who are commercially minded and able to see things from the clients’ point of view.’

‘They are highly business oriented and client focused.’

‘Jessica Terpstra is an extremely good and clever lawyer who provides accurate legal advice in an efficient and pragmatic way. Her broad knowledge of the sector makes her one of the most remarkable practitioners of the banking and finance sector in the Netherlands.’

‘The team is very well coordinated. They know exactly what they are working on and where each other’s knowledge and skills lie.’

‘Jan Veeningen is very pragmatic, easy to work with, and has great availability.’

‘Jessica Terpstra is admirable for her technical expertise and her knowledge in the lending sphere, which is one of the best in the Netherlands. Her pragmatic and sharp advice is another key success factor for Houthoff’s finance team.’

‘Excellent experience. Pragmatic team. Always think two steps ahead.’

Key clients

Credit Agricole Consumer Finance

DSB N.V.

Banque J. Safra Sarasin

AXA Investment Management

Baring Asset Management

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Sixth Street Specialty Lending, Inc

Ares Management Limited

NIBC Bank N.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Credit Europe Bank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Hypo

Work highlights

  • Advised DSB Bank N.V. and Finqus B.V. on the sale of a loan portfolio (mortgages and consumer loans) with a purchase price of approximately €1.5 billion to NIBC Bank.
  • Advising ABN AMRO Bank N.V. with respect to a sustainability-linked revolving loan facility for the Luxembourg-based fund CBRE Europe Logistics Partners for the purpose of financing logistics assets in the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg.
  • Advising the lender, Ares Management, on matters of Netherlands law in respect of the financing provided to Epiris for the acquisition of Inchcape Shipping Services Holdings Limited and its group companies.

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Regulatory enforcement and litigation alongside data compliance and privacy advice are all handled by the data team at Houthoff. The team sits within the IP and IT practice and has been increasingly working on issues such as profiling, automated decision-making, and representing clients before the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). Chairing the practice, TMT expert Thomas de Weerd handles both privacy and cybersecurity issues. Jurre Reus is key to the practice, he focuses on tech and platform-related data issues and is also particularly adept at matters involving mobility and automotive industries. Nicole Bilderbeek advises clients on the GDPR.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team shows a high level of knowledge both in automotive and the juridical field. They know what is happening in the automotive sector in the Netherlands and in Europe. Not only do they give answers and advice, they have an added value in supporting our business processes.’

‘Jurre Reus is highly valued senior associate who makes the perfect match between European and local privacy law. He always reacts promptly to our requests and he is always willing to go for the extra mile. He thinks further than only answering the questions and challenges us with his in depth questions. ’

‘The Houthoff team is comprised of real professionals. We have a very short line to contact them and to discuss eventual information related to an specific case. We built a very good working relationship with them and I see them more as real colleagues than as an external partner. They take every single case very serious. ’

‘Very high standard, approachable and business minded. ’

‘Jurre Reus is our go to person with regard to IP and GDPR related matters. He is hands-on, has excellent knowledge, is on top of what is going on in the market and delivers pragmatic advice. ’

‘The people – all team members are very well versed in their chosen specialty and have provided exceptional service. Knowledge of the specialist area of Data privacy and data protection has been impressive vs other practices we have dealt with.’

‘Always willing to go above and beyond, working on tight timelines, and making themselves available at short notice and at all timings given we have colleagues across time zones.’

‘A very professional organisation with a lot of expertise’

Key clients

Marktplaats (part of Adevinta)

2dehands.be (part of Adevinta)

Schiphol Airport

Kia Nederland

Royal VolkerWessels

Ola Cabs

Renault Groupe and Renault Nederland

RDW (national Vehicle Licensing Authority)

Hyundai Motor Netherlands and Hyundai Motor Europe

Ford Nederland and Ford Motor Corporation

Goodix Technology

Huawei Digital Power Technologies

Volvo Car Corporation

Tesla Motors

Polestar Automotive

XPeng

Pensioenfonds Detailhandel

Nebu (part of Enghouse Systems)

InShared (part of the Achmea group)

MOCS

Work highlights

  • Advised Marktplaats and 2dehands.be on ‘DAC7’ (EU Directive 2021/514), an EU Tax Directive which imposes strict requirements on online platforms to report user activity on their platforms to the Tax Authorities.
  • Represented Ola Cabs (its Dutch subsidiary Ola Netherlands B.V.) in a case of three London app drivers invoking their data protection rights to get personal data and other information from Ola Cabs before the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.
  • Representing an individual in complaints proceedings with the Brussels’ European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) regarding the handling of an access request and the alleged unlawful processing of personal data by Europol.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

The IT division at Houthoff stands out in IT contracting, contractual disputes, M&A and digital marketing, collaborating effectively with the firm’s dispute resolution, M&A and automotive departments. Thomas de Weerd oversees the team, with experience in leading complex negotiations for tech and outsourcing contracts, particularly in areas like digital platforms, cybersecurity and mobility. Jurre Reus specialises in data protection, platform regulation and digital business matters, as well as litigation. Nicole Bilderbeek brings her expertise in data protection, IT and intellectual property law, playing a significant role in M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Houthoff and its network excel in multi-jurisdictional expertise, particularly in e-commerce and consumer law. They’re highly adaptive, quickly aligning with changes in international laws and regulations. Key capabilities include efficient dispute resolution and meticulous contract review.’

‘Jurre Reus stands out for his good analytical skills and pragmatic approach.’

‘They provide practical, solution-oriented, business-minded legal advice.’

‘Thomas de Weerd is a very accessible and enjoyable person to work with. He has great legal knowledge and to-the-point advice with business priorities in mind.’

‘Jurre Reus proactively brings in other suggestions or additions which make the end result better.’

‘Jurre Reus is an excellent lawyer who has a deep interest in IT-related matters. Jurre is a very approachable lawyer, who has a pragmatic approach and knows how to write succinct advice about complex subjects.’

‘The Houthoff team proved to be the agile firm being proactive in supporting us as a client in a rapidly transforming auto industry.’

‘The Houthoff employees have a wide range of expertise and can treat cases within challenging deadlines.’

Key clients

Marktplaats (part of Adevinta)

2dehands.be (part of Adevinta)

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

eBay International

Jaguar Land Rover

Stellantis

Capgemini

Volvo Car Netherlands and Volvo Car Corporation

Royal FloraHolland

Hyundai Motor Netherlands and Hyundai Motor Europe

ParkBee

Ford Nederland and Ford Motor Corporation

Verisure

Milence

Koninklijke Jaarbeurs

Koninklijke Van Oord

SOOPS (developer of trading software for energy markets)

Miro

SPS Commerce

Work highlights

  • Advised Marktplaats on the preparation for the Digital Services Act, an EU Regulation which will have a major impact on platforms.
  • Assisted Milence, a joint venture of Volvo Trucks, Daimler Trucks and Traton, in the process of rolling out a pan-European network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for heaving commercial trucks.
  • Advised NASDAQ-listed SPS Commerce on its intended acquisition of TIE Kinetix.

Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3

Houthoff’s TMT group, directed by Thomas de Weerd, collaborates closely with the firm’s M&A, dispute resolution, and automotive practices to provide counsel on various telecoms-related issues. Public law specialist Freeke Heijne concentrates on telecoms law and other regulated markets, offering guidance on the enforcement of current regulations, the effects of proposed legislation, and associated legal disputes. Jurre Reus contributes significant expertise to the team, particularly in advising on telecoms regulations within the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Royal Schiphol Group

XPeng

Work highlights

Netherlands > Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Houthoff‘s patents team, led by IP and IT specialist Thomas de Weerd, is noted for its position as a Supreme Court appeals specialist, with Thijs van Aerde frequently being instructed by clients and other law firms on a variety of disputes, notably those concerning generic drugs. The practice also advises clients in the life sciences and automotive sectors, and handles patent licensing matters in addition to its contentious work. Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is an agritech patent expert, litigating cases concerning national and community plant variety rights.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Testimonials

‘Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis and Thijs van Aerde provide impeccable service, are easily reachable and pleasant to work with. I would recommend them to anyone.’

‘The Houthoff patent team has assisted us with several Supreme Court appeals. Thijs van Aerde is one of a handful of very skilled Supreme Court patent litigators, and has the ability to understand a case very quickly.’

‘Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis has excellent procedural knowledge, is very pleasant to work with, and is always readily available. She adds a lot of value for us. Thijs van Aerde is also a strong procedural lawyer and a Supreme Court lawyer specialised in patent law.’

‘Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis provided outstanding legal advice and is very responsive. Thijs van Aerde is an excellent Supreme Court lawyer.’

Key clients

HP

Airwair International

Philip Morris

Dell

Dummen Orange

Netherlands Vehicle Authority

Spinnin’ Records (Warner Music Group)

Nexperia

Brein

VolkerRail

Novartis

Work highlights

  • Represented RDW, the holder of the Dutch vehicle registration register in patent invalidity proceedings at the Dutch Court of The Hague.
  • Acted for Novartis in patent litigation before the Dutch Supreme Court against Mylan.
  • Represented Vermeer in preliminary injunction proceedings at the Court of the North Netherlands in Leeuwarden in a post-transactional patent and trade secret dispute.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Houthoff represents sponsors and lenders in Dutch and cross-border projects, particularly those involving the financing and refinancing of large infrastructure investments. The team is led by Jessica Terpstra, who is based in London but regularly splits her time between London and Amsterdam. Terpstra focuses on international financial transactions and is particularly adept at real estate financing. In Rotterdam, Michel Klijn is well versed in numerous contract types including DBFMO and EPC, and advises on construction, infrastructure and energy-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Terpstra

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Amazing team with extremely qualified and excellent people. Always up to date and available.’

‘Michel Klijn has an exceptional understanding of the complex construction industry.’

Key clients

OpenIJ B.V.

Kaltun Madencilik A

FCC Construcción

Milence

Work highlights

  • Advised the senior lenders on the Dutch aspects of the £2.2bn financing of the 1.4GW NeuConnect Inter Connector Project.
  • Advising OpenIJ on finance and project-related legal questions relating to a sea lock in Europe, with a matter value of over €700m.
  • Advising FCC Construcción on the A9 Badhoevedorp – Holendrecht PFI project.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 4

With Thomas de Weerd heading the team, Houthoff advises clients within the media and entertainment sector on a variety of matters, including regulatory requirements, intellectual property and advertising law. Thijs van Aerde has experience handling litigation matters for broadcasters in the Dutch Supreme Court, while Jurre Reus possesses in-depth capabilities in the audio-visual sector. Nicole Bilderbeek is also noted for her skill assisting clients within the music and television industries.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Key clients

Spinnin’ Records

Buma Stemra

Hearst Netherlands

Fremantle

Work highlights

  • Representing Spinnin’ Records in a copyright contracting litigation before the Supreme Court against DJ Martin Garrix.
  • Representing Buma Stemra in copyright and competition litigation against Associated Music Business Distributors and its members.

Netherlands > Fintech

The fintech practice at Houthoff is well versed in advising on financial regulatory matters. Berry van Wijk heads up the practice, in which IT specialist Thomas de Weerd and Juan Vervuurt are names to note.

Making our clients and people successful
We place the client at the heart of everything we do. Whatever their market, strategy or ambition, our clients trust our people to be behind them every step of the way, just as much as they trust our advice to take them where they desire to go. We are Houthoff – an independent full-service Dutch law firm.

Today’s clients gravitate towards trusted advisers who are collaborative and extremely capable in every aspect of their highly complex and strategic transactions or disputes. Advisers who are as proactive, innovative and commercial as they are – not just as lawyers, but as business advisers and sector experts. Whether our clients are local or global corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms or governments, we concentrate on bringing energy, insight and integrity to every conversation. We combine this with an expert grasp on the opportunities and challenges our clients face today and in the future, helping them manage risk and reward.

We have a clear focus on our mission, purpose and values, which reflect those of our clients and their environment. Like them, we also believe in giving back to the communities we live and work in and the world we all share.

We make our people successful and provide a culture in which our employees can thrive and grow, because of, not in spite of our differences. Diversity of thought and approach is essential to us commercially and culturally. We mirror our client base as we collectively strive towards ensuring an inclusive and supportive attitude, with trust at its heart.

With offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York, as well as representatives in Asia and the United States we are able to offer an extensive global service network. Leading legal directories acknowledge in depth our strengths. As the exclusive member firm in the Netherlands for Lex Mundi and TechLaw, we can provide our clients seamless access to some of the world’s finest law firms. In addition to our own extensive and highly prized network of experts, we work collaboratively with our clients to ensure their international success.

Sustainability
Houthoff goes beyond reducing its paper consumption and constantly strive to make their operations more sustainable. The firm takes part in different initiatives, such as the Green Business Club Zuidas (GBC) and are one of the many parties to put its name to the Zuidas 2021-2025 ambition statements. In addition, the firm provides advice on various innovative sustainable energy projects and sustainability initiatives.

Sponsorship
Since January 2018, Houthoff has proudly been the main sponsor of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Together we have created many special initiatives and events that have bridged the cultural and legal world. Both our ambitions and characteristics connect seamlessly. The passion for the profession and the desire to provide excellence and to stimulate innovation are the greatest common denominators.

Houthoff is the first main sponsor of the triad: the theatre Dutch National Opera & Ballet and the companies Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet.

Social commitment
The firm is involved in several social organisations and projects including:

  • Forward Foundation, the first LGBT network in the Dutch legal landscape that strives for acceptance and recognition of the LGBT community in the legal world. Houthoff was one of the founding firms of the network.
  • The Johan Cruyff Foundation helps children move up by being active.
  •  JINC, this organisation helps socially and economically disadvantaged young people aged between 8 and 16 gain a foothold in the employment market.
  • Lawyers for Lawyers, an independent and non-political organisation that aims to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing the free and independent practice of law

Diversity/community
We firmly believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is essential to provide everyone the opportunity to develop and make a valuable contribution to the firm that we want to be. Teams with a mix of people with different backgrounds, cultures, preferences and ideas are more productive, creative and innovative.

We have included diversity and inclusiveness in our core values and this is safeguarded by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity-committee. The committee is responsible for further shaping and implementing the DE&I policy, in line with the board’s stated aim of making Houthoff more diverse. Knowing that we operate in a world where there is still systematic prejudice and underrepresentation of people based on certain diversity characteristics, we want to include everyone, but focus our policy on a specific number of aspects such as gender, cultural richness, LGBTQI+, age, visible and invisible work limitations and employee life cycle. The actions included in the policy focus on awareness raising, coaching programmes and collaborations with social institutions and bicultural organisations.

Pro bono
Our commitment to social responsibility is demonstrated by the considerable value we place on doing pro bono work for organisations and people that pursue or support the public interest. Our aim is to enhance access to legal assistance and to make our knowledge and expertise available to organisations and people that lack the resources to obtain such services.

Houthoff’s pro bono work focuses mainly on organisations that aim to bring about an inclusive society with equal opportunities for all. We see it as our duty to make an active contribution to a world in which a variety of backgrounds, preferences and appearances is viewed as a strength rather than a source for discrimination.

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Managing partner Alexander Kaarls
Managing partner Lucas Louwerier
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Vincent Affourtit photo Mr Vincent Affourtit Vincent is head of Houthoff’s Investigations & Public Enforcement practice. He specialises…
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Kirsten Berger photo Kirsten Berger Kirsten specialises in energy law and has extensive experience in the energy…
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Rick Cornelissen photo Mr Rick Cornelissen Rick specialises in competition litigation (private enforcement) with a specific focus on…
Sylvia Dikmans photo Mrs Sylvia Dikmans Sylvia specialises in corporate tax and dividend tax, and in particular in…
Murat Duman photo Murat Duman Murat specialises in competition law. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, intercompany…
Philip van der Eijk photo Philip van der Eijk Philip specialises in national and cross-border M&A transactions. He advises corporates as…
Wouter Ekkelkamp photo Mr Wouter Ekkelkamp Wouter works in the Real Estate practice group and specialises in real…
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David Heems photo David Heems David has a broad dispute resolution practice with a focus on commercial,…
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Alexander Kaarls photo Mr Alexander Kaarls Alexander Kaarls’ practice focuses on corporate and securities laws, with a particular…
Michel Klijn photo Mr Michel Klijn Michel’s work focuses on projects, PPS, construction and procurement law, and public…
Albert Knigge photo Mr Albert Knigge Albert specialises in handling complex international disputes. He has considerable experience in…
Jan Cees Kuiken photo Mr Jan Cees Kuiken Jan Cees specialises in real estate transactions, city centre redevelopment and turnkey…
Willem Liedenbaum photo Mr Willem Liedenbaum Willem works in the Corporate/M&A practice group and has extensive experience with…
Herman Lohman photo Mr Herman Lohman Herman is co-head of the Real Estate practice group. He advises mainly…
Frank Mattheijer photo Frank Mattheijer Frank specialises in corporate crime and export controls. His experience includes advising…
Rezan Ökten photo Ms Rezan Ökten Rezan is counsel and Head of the Transfer Pricing practice at Houthoff.…
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Paul Sluijter photo Paul Sluijter Paul specialises in corporate, commercial and private international law. His focus lies…
Monica Sonderegger photo Monica Sonderegger Monica specialises in advising on and litigating matters concerning general administrative law,…
Philippe Stille photo Mr Philippe Stille Philippe specialises in notarial company law which involves restructuring (of both for-profit…
Jet Stolk photo Jet Stolk
Jessica Terpstra photo Mrs Jessica Terpstra Jessica works at both the London and Amsterdam offices and specialises in…
Kyoko Tollenaar photo Mrs Kyoko Tollenaar Kyoko specialises in corporate law, national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint…
Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis photo Mrs Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis specialises in technology-related intellectual property matters, with a focus on…
Jetty Tukker photo Mrs Jetty Tukker
Marc Van Beuge photo Marc Van Beuge
Greetje Van Heezik photo Ms Greetje Van Heezik Greetje specialises in EU law and competition law, including State aid and…
Jan Veeningen photo Mr Jan Veeningen Jan specialises in corporate finance, structured finance and real estate financing, with…
Loet Venrooy photo Mr Loet Venrooy Loet is head of Houthoff’s Banking & Finance practice group and of…
Weyer VerLoren van Themaat photo Mr Weyer VerLoren van Themaat Weyer specialises in competition law and leads Houthoff’s Competition practice group. He…
Frédéric Verhoeven photo Mr Frédéric Verhoeven Frédéric specialises in cross-border insolvency law and restructuring. He advises clients involved…
Juan Vervuurt photo Juan Vervuurt Juan is Counsel, specialising in Dutch and EU financial regulatory law. He…
Jeroen Vossenberg photo Mr Jeroen Vossenberg Jeroen specialises in banking and securities law, and in particular in acquisition…
Richard Witvliet photo Richard Witvliet
Christiaan Zijderveld photo Mr Christiaan Zijderveld He assists clients that face financial difficulties. He also assists creditors (e.g.…
Edward de Bock photo Mr Edward de Bock Edward was appointed to Houthoff’s Board of Directors on 1 January 2016,…
Marry de Gaay Fortman photo Mrs Marry de Gaay Fortman   Marry is a lawyer corporate governance and an expert in the…
Jan Willem de Groot photo Mr Jan Willem de Groot Jan Willem specialises in corporate and commercial litigation, with a focus on…
André de Neve photo Mr André de Neve
Willem de Nijs Bik photo Mr Willem de Nijs Bik Willem specialises in company law, corporate governance, and strategic and cross-border mergers…
Paul de Vries photo Mr Paul de Vries Paul specialises in mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic corporate transactions. He…
Thomas de Weerd photo Mr Thomas de Weerd Thomas specialises in IT, privacy, outsourcing and intellectual property. His daily work…
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Oscar van Angeren photo Mr Oscar van Angeren Oscar heads Houthoff’s Investment Management practice group and works at both the…
Jeroen van Mourik photo Jeroen van Mourik Jeroen leads Houthoff’s Tax practice. He specialises in the application of tax…
Walter van Overbeek photo Mr Walter van Overbeek Walter has a general commercial practice and specialises in contract law, litigation…
Berry van Wijk photo Mrs Berry van Wijk Berry van Wijk specialises in insurance law and liability issues. She advises…
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Frauke van der Beek photo Mrs Frauke van der Beek Frauke specialises in insolvency law and restructuring. Her work involves the settlement…
Bart van der Wiel photo Mr Bart van der Wiel As a Supreme Court specialist, Bart has been involved in numerous landmark…
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DIVERSITY
We firmly believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is essential to provide everyone the opportunity to develop and make a valuable contribution to the firm that we want to be. Teams with a mix of people with different backgrounds, cultures, preferences and ideas are more productive, creative and innovative.
We work in a constantly changing environment at the heart of society. Our clients represent all sorts of people in the Netherlands and worldwide. To properly understand the dynamics of our clients, diversity is very important to us. We give room to ambitious people irrespective of who they are. This requires a culture in which everyone has the freedom to be themselves and to have an open mind.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity-committee
We have included diversity and inclusiveness in our core values and this is safeguarded by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity-committee. The committee is responsible for further shaping and implementing the DE&I policy, in line with the board’s stated aim of making Houthoff more diverse. Knowing that we operate in a world where there is still systematic prejudice and underrepresentation of people based on certain diversity characteristics, we want to include everyone, but focus our policy on a specific number of aspects such as gender, cultural richness, LGBTQI+, age, visible and invisible work limitations and employee life cycle. The actions included in the policy focus on awareness, coaching programmes and collaborations with social institutions and bicultural organisations.
Over the years, Houthoff has launched multiple initiatives to promote diversity within the firm and throughout the legal profession:
• Houthoff was the first law firm in the Netherlands to sign the ‘Diversity in the legal profession’ declaration of the Netherlands Bar Association.
• 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.
• 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. Read more about the 2023 edition of the event.

COMMUNITY
Corporate social responsibility is of paramount importance at Houthoff. We are involved in numerous social organisations and projects, including:
• Lawyers for Lawyers
Lawyers for Lawyers is an independent and non-political organisation that aims to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing the free and independent practice of law.
• 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.
• 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.


DIVERSITY
We firmly believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is essential to provide everyone the opportunity to develop and make a valuable contribution to the firm that we want to be. Teams with a mix of people with different backgrounds, cultures, preferences and ideas are more productive, creative and innovative.
We work in a constantly changing environment at the heart of society. Our clients represent all sorts of people in the Netherlands and worldwide. To properly understand the dynamics of our clients, diversity is very important to us. We give room to ambitious people irrespective of who they are. This requires a culture in which everyone has the freedom to be themselves and to have an open mind.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity-committee
We have included diversity and inclusiveness in our core values and this is safeguarded by our Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity-committee. The committee is responsible for further shaping and implementing the DE&I policy, in line with the board’s stated aim of making Houthoff more diverse. Knowing that we operate in a world where there is still systematic prejudice and underrepresentation of people based on certain diversity characteristics, we want to include everyone, but focus our policy on a specific number of aspects such as gender, cultural richness, LGBTQI+, age, visible and invisible work limitations and employee life cycle. The actions included in the policy focus on awareness, coaching programmes and collaborations with social institutions and bicultural organisations.
Over the years, Houthoff has launched multiple initiatives to promote diversity within the firm and throughout the legal profession:
• Houthoff was the first law firm in the Netherlands to sign the ‘Diversity in the legal profession’ declaration of the Netherlands Bar Association.
• 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.
• 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. Read more about the 2023 edition of the event.

COMMUNITY
Corporate social responsibility is of paramount importance at Houthoff. We are involved in numerous social organisations and projects, including:
• Lawyers for Lawyers
Lawyers for Lawyers is an independent and non-political organisation that aims to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing the free and independent practice of law.
• 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.
• 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.