Firm Profile > Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Houthoff
GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 50
1082 MA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Capital markets: equity Tier 1

Houthoff advises on high-end IPOs, share issues, sell-downs and share buy-backs, with a notable capability in delistings and bookbuild offerings demonstrating a strong offering across traditional and alternative equity transactions. The team handled a unique transaction involving the sale of a purchase price in exchange for cash and shares, sold on the same day in an accelerated bookbuild, a complex arrangement that exemplified the capabilities of Jetty Tukker, who leads the practice alongside Alexander Kaarls. Clients include major listed companies and asset managers.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls; Jetty Tukker

Testimonials

Strong availability and pragmatic approach.

Jetty Tukker continuously shows excellent understanding of market dynamics within the legal framework. We very much appreciate her communication and pragmatism.

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

The Vitol Group

Royal VolkerWessels

Reggeborgh

Renewi

BTG Pactual/PPLA Participations

TMF Group

DP Eurasia N.V.

Ronson Europe N.V.

The State of the Netherlands

Vimetco

Globalworth

ShoppingParks

Kempen & Co

KBC Securities

Batenburg Techniek

Telia Company

Construction Tier 1

Headed from Rotterdam by Michel Klijn, the Houthoff construction team provides a full range of services, across both the contentious and advisory spaces, along with strong collaboration with other departments to provide a full service in all areas of legal work. Senior associate Sander van den Boogaart is highly recommended for matters involving public private partnerships. Associate Rikkert Pilaar is another key figure to note at the more junior end of the spectrum.

Practice head(s):

Michel Klijn

Testimonials

The Houthoff team has a broad package of expertise on both legal as well as tax and insurance matters. Besides the team is not only legally focused but also technically skilled.

Very knowledgeable team, both on the legal part as for the technical and commercial aspects relating to construction.

They have everything in-house to help with different types of legal problems.

Michel Klijn is highly skilled and really understands the legal position you are in and assists in a very positive manner.

Sander van den Boogaart is an all-rounder for PPP’s and financing. Practical, very easy to work with and very efficient.

Zara Gulikers is not as senior yet as Michel, but she already makes impressive memos according to the matters we have in our projects.

Houthoff partners and associates involved in our process are fully dedicated with quick response. Serious in handling our cases with a sense of humour in our relationship.

Michel Klijn – no nonsense and straight to the point, but with the needed in depth knowledge, ample experience and legal expertise. He’s not cutting corners, just driving fast towards the goal.

Key clients

BAM Groep

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Boskalis

Invester United Benefits

Rotterdam Erasmus University

DST Group / Bysteel

Daimler / Mercedes-Benz

VolkerWessels

Attero

Eneco

Spitzke Rail

International Criminal Court

Siza

Giant

Jaarbeurs

OPCW

Waterschap Aa en Maas (Water control board)

CPD Alpha Tech

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Houthoff fields a 'professional, responsible and talented team of lawyers', which has 'extensive experience with ICC and other international arbitrations'. The firm is heavily involved with various matters for its longstanding client, the Russian Federation, including representing it in four separate setting aside proceedings, which have a value range from $50m to $5.2bn. Key names to note are 'very analytical' practice head Dirk Knottenbelt; Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, who is 'tough, independent-minded and always goes the extra mile for the client'; and Rob Meijer. Also recommended are the 'razor-sharpThomas Stouten, who recently made partner, and counsel Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Knottenbelt

Testimonials

Leading arbitration team in the Netherlands, active both on investor-state and commercial arbitration matters. Successful in the world’s most high-value complex disputes matters.

‘Ability to think outside the box in very complex and high-stakes matters.

Marielle Koppenol-Laforce stands out. She’s tough, independent-minded and always goes the extra mile for the client.

The team consists of lawyers with different capabilities/areas of expertise which makes the team well equipped to handle a variety of cases.

Knottenbelt: True advocate, great at hearings. Knows how to present his case. Very analytical. Koppenol-Laforce: great manager, knows how to handle the big ticket arbitrations. Stouten: appointment to the partnership well deserved, rising star within the team.

Houthoff has a large and outstanding arbitration team that is capable of handling high-end and large-scale arbitrations. They have extensive experience with ICC and other international arbitrations.

This practice is unique because Houthoff helped us eventually win the case and as client of Houthoff, I feel very delighted to be working with such a professional, responsible and talented team of lawyers. They are always patient and work with great passion and efficiency.

A well balanced team with outstanding arbitration skills. The really know when to push through and when to settle. Compared to other firms the Houthoff team combines outstanding legal knowledge with practical business skills.

I worked with Dirk Knottenbelt, Thomas Stouten and Matthew Brown during the whole arbitration process. They are polite, passionate, smart, professional and always fully prepared for upcoming situations. Besides, they do wonderful paperwork.

Thomas Stouten just received a well-deserved partner appointment. Thomas’ legal skills are exceptional which he combines with a pragmatic approach to our legal issues. He is razor-sharp, both orally and in writing, and really knows what is going on in our business. The team is led by senior partner Dirk Knottenbelt who is leading in arbitration and has an overwhelming presence.

Key clients

Russian Federation

Petrobras

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

The litigation team at Houthoff is highly active in corporate litigation, including shareholder and post-M&A disputes, as well as having a strong presence in financial and securities litigation matters. Another key area by which the firm differentiates itself is its Supreme Court practice, led by Bart van der Wiel,  which has been involved in several important cases, either carrying on mandates generated by the firm or undertaking referral work from other leading litigation teams. Team head Albert Knigge is strong on class-action litigation, acting as defence counsel for large corporates and financial institutions and counsel David Heems is recommended for insolvency-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Albert Knigge

Testimonials

The team is very quick to respond, friendly, easy to talk to. They team is efficient and very hard-working.

The team led by Albert Knigge is very experienced in a wide range of disputes and provides commercial and user-friendly advice.

Bart van der Wiel excels in Supreme Court advice and litigation. He is a quick and strategic thinker with a keen eye on its client’s opportunities. One of his unique strengths is that you can always reach him. Another strength is that he is very hands on.

Key clients

Russian Federation

Avery Dennison

Owens-Illinois, Inc

Huntington Ingalls Industries

ING Group

LG Electronics

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS),

Petrobras

Tota

Trafigura

Nationale-Nederlanden

Cargolux Airlines

Volvo Trucks/Renault Trucks

Singapore Airlines

Elliott Advisors

AIG

Allianz

NIBC Bank

Ministry of Finance (Dutch Government)

Kroonenberg Group

Vion Food Group

Heritage B / TEKA Group

Amplifon

Eolia

Travelport Worldwide

Employment Tier 1

Houthoff's 'customer-focused, responsive, and professional' employment and pensions department has a focus on boardroom-level issues and strategic advice, in addition to its high-quality pensions practice. Also notable is the team's significant experience in  the medical and healthcare sectors. The team is jointly led by Edward de Bock  and Rixt de Vries, with de Bock leading the pensions sub-group in addition to work on executive remuneration and dismissals. De Vries is well-regarded in matters involving the unilateral amendment of employment conditions, amendment of co-determination structures and consultations, along with a strong track record in M&A-related employment advice.

Practice head(s):

Edward de Bock; Rixt de Vries

Testimonials

The labour law team has a quick understanding what is needed and to which scale their skills and effort are needed. When talking to one you know the other team members will be informed the next time you speak to them. Especially on law concerning the collective labour agreement they have a great insight in how to act and negotiate‘.

Key clients

Hearst Netherlands

Landal Greenparks

ATOS

Colgate Palmolive

Renewi

Royal IHC

Royal VolkerWessels

Unibail-Rodamco

De Bijenkorf

Selfridges

HEMA

Blokker

InsingerGillissen

ABN Amro Pensionfund

Energy: transactional Tier 1

Houthoff acts for a broad variety of clients such as banks and financial institutions, government bodies, suppliers, producers, investors and large energy companies and consumers. The team is engaged in M&A transactions and restructurings in the oil and gas and the renewables sectors as well as industry-related transactions. Waste to energy is another area of expertise - the team is led by Kristen Berger, who 'is a clear expert' and 'stands out as one of the best in her field'.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Berger

Testimonials

Practical and commercially focused when needed combined with a broad and deep expertise on corporate law, finance, security, M&A, regulatory, etc. I am confident to tackle a new challenge or negotiation with Houthoff, and confident they can help settle a fair structure with a view to the real risks. Belong to the small group of the best finance and energy firms in the Netherlands.

Maurits de Haan and Kirsten Berger in particular embody the qualities described above, offering a broad range of skills for complex structuring, deals and negotiations.

Sound knowledge and outstanding expertise about energy business in general and our business in particular. In energy business relevant and practical experience is key, otherwise engaging outside counsel is useless. Houthoff has succeeded in locking in this experience and therefore is able to give high quality no nonsense and relevant advice. Compared to other firms the team holds a very competitive position, the number of law firms that can supply equivalent services is very limited.

Marc van Beuge’s knowledge about energy law in combination with commercial contracting is unrivalled. He is extremely motived, always delivers (day and night), easy going, very responsive and also a nice guy to closely work with. He easily blends into an organisation, to come to tailor made and practical advice.

The team is hands-on, services minded and very pleasant to work with. They bring ample knowledge and expertise and to the heavy lifting to get the deal done!

With Houthoff we found a dedicated team player that is geared towards swift, practical and strong solutions for international initiatives from multinational companies in pursuit of hitting their ambitious sustainability targets. They help us meet our challenges in putting in place renewable energy power purchase agreements across the world.

The team is led by Kirsten Berger who stands out as one of the best in her field. She is a clear expert. Sharp, practical and very professional. She delivers and clearly enjoys working her magic. I would strongly recommend her to any multinational with a challenging sustainable energy transformation agenda.

Key clients

Heineken

Renewi

Petrobras

ENGIE

Plastic Energy

Vitol

Attero

Van Oord

Huntsman

Uniper

Environment and planning Tier 1

Houthoff is valued by clients for being able to mobilise a well-coordinated team that can bring the required specialism to a case and for its fees being 'money well spent'. Practice head Jan Frans de Groot's extensive experience includes handling Supreme Court cases and Marloes Brans is also well rated for permitting and enforcement matters. Its clients are made up of long-standing industrial and corporate clients, project developers and governmental bodies in a broad range of sectors including energy, real estate and healthcare.

Practice head(s):

Jan Frans de Groot

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

There is one central contact person who coordinates quotations, order confirmation, billing, etc. The team who advises on different aspects of our projects make sure that other colleagues within the firm (including the ones in other locations.) are well aware of the total scope and recent activities.’

In particular Marloes Brans and Jan Frans de Groot are very nice to work with. They understand the business we are working in, are easy to contact and quick to reply. They have a firm hourly rate, but it’s money well spent. They deliver clear advice that can be applied instantly.’

Key clients

Alco Energy Rotterdam

Royal VolkerWessels

Snippe Project B.V.

Huntsman

Unibail-Rodamco

Tata Steel

Ministry of Environment & Infrastructure

Hapimag AG

Municipality of Amersfoort Municipality of Utrecht

Municipality of Den Helder

Makelaarsland

Ballast Nedam

GEM Spiegelhout

Royal Flora Holland

Gemeente Bergen

Gemeente Almere

RDW

Sonate (cooperation between Delta Projectontwikkeling and

Reggeborgh)

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Hedwigepolder

World Food Center Development

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Houthoff provides a broad range of services to its clients in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and insurance industries. It handles commercial and corporate transactions including many of the biggest hospital mergers, and assists with regulatory, competition and IP matters. The group is also increasingly advising on data privacy mandates and handling issues relating to the distribution of medicines by online pharmacies. Competition specialist Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is chair of the healthcare practice group and counsel Freeke Heijne has expertise in regulatory regimes.

Practice head(s):

Weyer VerLoren van Themaat

Key clients

Amsterdam UMC Hospital

Erasmus MC (academic hospital)

Bergman Clinics

LUMC (academic hospital)

EuropeanMedicines Agency

NVZ Verenigingvoor Ziekenhuizen

Leger des Heils(Salvation Army)

Thermo FisherScientific B.V.

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

Houthoff provides its high-profile roster of clients with the full range of TMT services including IT outsourcing advice, litigation representation and transactional support, especially in the financial sector. The group is also sought out for its expertise in data protection and storage matters and its understanding of new technologies including drones, connecting cars and virtual reality devices. Thomas de Weerd is the well-known team head, and Jurre Reus and Robbert Santifort are up-and-coming names in the field.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Testimonials

This practice is unique in their friendly and practical approach. They give good, quick and workable advice. The firm is also very easily accessible.’

‘Thomas de Weerd and Robbert Santifort stand out because of their friendly and practical approach to problems or advice I ask of them. They always treat every matter with great professionalism. They are very easily accessible which makes it easy to approach them with a variety of questions to which they always provide practical input.’

Key clients

eBay

PayPal

Booking.com

Intel Corporation

Marktplaats (largest Dutch classifieds website)

Media Markt/Saturn

Ziggo

Volvo, Kia, Renault, FIAT, Subaru, Mazda, Ford, Pon’s Automobielhandel (Volkswagen Netherlands), Jaguar Land Rover

Telegraaf Media Group

RDW (Dienst Wegverkeer; the Dutch Driver and Vehicle Licensing

Agency)

HP inc.

Exact Software

Stichting BREIN (the joint anti-piracy foundation of rights owners)

DSB Bank

Insurance Tier 1

Houthoff's insurance team stands out for its 'excellent client service' and 'useful experience' and it is well equipped to deal with all major issues affecting the insurance industry, both contentious and non-contentious. Along with increasing activity in M&A deals in the insurance sector, the practice handles international multiparty disputes and professional indemnity and D&O matters. Berry van Wijk, who jointly heads the practice with Hans Londonck Sluijk, 'combines great legal knowledge with a business mind'. Also recommended is Huib Lebbing, 'with whom it is a pleasure to work'.

Practice head(s):

Berry van Wijk; Hans Londonck Sluijk

Testimonials

Good knowledge, quick availability, quick responses.

Berry van Wijk is very good.

Quick setup of a team of lawyers if necessary, always reachable. In-depth knowledge of many fields which can be easily combined if necessary. Offices or related law firms in other countries to be used if necessary.

Berry van Wijk is always very clear and honest about the timetable and projection of costs if you discuss this with her beforehand. She has a lot of knowledge, not only of insurance law but also of the insurance industry and relates/applies that very well to our company and its needs. Furthermore, she has been a very pleasant sparring partner already for many years, not only in good times, but also when the going got tough.

Excellent client service; practical and to the point legal advice.

Both Huib Lebbing and Lucas Dröge are excellent lawyers, with whom it is a pleasure to work.

Very pleasant cooperative way of working together. Never let the interests of those involved out of sight. Easily approachable.

A lot of very useful experience. Very approachable and pleasant cooperation. It is important that we know and can rely upon the thought that our matter is in good professional hands and the approach is very well-considered and coordinated.

Personal, individual and efficient legal advice to the highest professional standards.

Berry van Wijk (partner) combines great legal knowledge with a business mind, solution-focused, goes the extra mile to provide strategic advice that enhances the business.

Key clients

Allianz

Zurich

AIG

Swiss Re

NN Group (Nationale Nederlanden)

MS Amlin

AXA XL

CNA

Aon

Atradius Credit Insurance

HDI-Gerling

eBay

Marktplaats

Investment funds Tier 1

Houthoff is strong on both sides of the aisle in funds work, advising a wide range of manager-side and investor-side clients, with a particularly strong showing in the pensions sector. The 'knowledgeable, reachable, and up-to-date' team is led by Oscar van Angeren, whose practice focuses largely on formation work. The firm also provides funds-related tax advice in the form of Sylvia Dikmans, who advises on both Dutch and Luxembourg tax law, while the junior end of the team is not lacking for quality either, with counsel Daan Horsthuis and senior associate Harm-Paul Plas key names.

Practice head(s):

Oscar van Angeren

Testimonials

The team understands the fund prospectus through and through! Since 2006 we have worked together with Oscar van Angeren, Daan Horsthuis and Harm-Paul Plas in the alternative investment field. The team, managed by Oscar with his elephant brain, truly understands the business from the perspective of the fund manager as well as from the asset manager side (such as pension funds).

Up to date knowledge, easily accessible, pleasant contact and realistic in their approach. If there is a game you cannot win they tell you to avoid unnecessary costs for the client. 

Oscar van Angeren, Daan Horsthuis and Harm-Paul Plas’ strengths are: good knowledge of laws and regulations, and good knowledge of our business.

Key clients

Man Group

CBRE Global Investors

Candriam Asset Management (previously Dexia Asset Management)

Pension Fund for the Healthcare Industry (PFZW/PGGM)

Transport Industry Pension Fund

Pension Fund (Campina)

A.S.R.

Pension Fund for the Bakeries

Pension Fund for the Medical Specialists

bpfBOUW

Real estate Tier 1

Houthoff's team is 'both very knowledgeable and practical' as well as 'highly professional' and 'pleasant to work with'. Clients include Dutch and international banks, pension funds, investors and developers. In recent highlights, the practice assisted Kroonenberg Groep with its €82m acquisition of 65 retail units and two office buildings in the city centre of Almere. Practice heads Jan Cees Kuiken and Herman Lohman assist clients with national and cross-border real estate transactions and projects as well as real estate M&A. Michel Klijn and senior associate Sander van den Boogaart handle construction-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan Cees Kuiken; Herman Lohman

Testimonials

The team operates effectively, each specialist taking their role and dedicated to delivering within the set time frames. They don’t rush things off, but make sure to address all due diligence items diligently.

Houthoff has some excellent partners and associates, they have a thorough and very good understanding of the transaction being worked on. To me, the partner and associate that we highly recommend is Herman Lohman – very committed, pro-active, analytical and keeps a close eye on the ultimate goal of the client, so has a commercial mindset as well.

Best in class legal advisory firm in the Netherlands.

Lucas Louwerier is one of the best real estate lawyers (notaries) in the Netherlands. He is involved in high end transactions and complex projects. Lucas has very good technical skills and market knowledge. It is a pleasure working with him and his experienced team members. He is a nice person and has a very practical approach.

Large team, so always available, even on last-minute large assignments. Able to support in all legal aspects (acquisitions, notary, banking, zoning, etc), all coordinated by the same partners, which is very convenient and efficient for clients.

Jan Cees Kuiken is highly respected and (in my opinion) the best real estate notary in the Netherlands. Marco Witmer is great support, always thinking about solutions and always available in the notary department. Andre de Neve is exceptional in terms of case knowledge and being able to anticipate the implications of all aspects when in negotiations.

The team is both very knowledgeable and practical. They are well informed and pleasant to work with. We have built a trusting relationship with the team.

Dolf de Jong and Thijs Harperink both act as true advisers to the client but are also committed to finding a solution to get the deal done. Thus, they keep in mind the specific requirements of the client.

The Houthoff team is highly professional, no nonsense and not too aggressive. They are very responsive and really support their clients.

We work with great pleasure with Lucas Louwerier and Pieter Tieskens and their team.

Key clients

CBRE Global Investors

Unibail-Rodamco

Nuveen Real Estate

ASR Real Estate

Amvest

LCN Capital Partners

UBS

Gramercy Property Europe

Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance

Delta Lloyd / Nationale Nederlanden

VolkerWessels

Wereldhave

NSI

PATRIZIA

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft

Heimstaden

Greystar

Egeria

Hannover Leasing

Barings

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Houthoff has extensive experience in restructuring and insolvency and assists its clients with advice, representation in litigation, or as a bankruptcy trustee. The firm is particularly capable in cross-border restructuring work and has been involved in the restructurings of Agrokor, Oi, Steinhoff, and more. Practice head Frédéric Verhoeven has a 'deep understanding of insolvency matters'; he is acting as bankruptcy trustee of Sissy Boy, the well-known Dutch high street retailer. Clients praise the team's 'boutique approach with partners' and 'client-oriented' service. Also noted is Christiaan Zijderveld a 'creative' and 'client-friendly' lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Verhoeven

Testimonials

Houthoff is one of our favourite law firms to work with on complex cross-border insolvency matters, and we have built a long-standing relationship and trust with them. Compared to larger firms, Houthoff has a boutique approach with partners that are very committed and are available and responsive during a deal‘.

The primary attorney I work with at Houthoff is Frederic Verhoeven. Frederic is available 24/7 and he has a deep understanding of insolvency matters‘.

The team has earned a distinguished international reputation. They are a committed and dedicated team with likeable lawyers who have specialist expertise in complex cross-border restructurings and insolvency proceedings. My experience is that their lawyers are hard-working, commercial and solution-oriented‘.

Christiaan Zijderveld is an excellent, technical and creative lawyer who is very commercial and client-friendly‘.

Key clients

Fortenova Group

Finqus

Lehman Brothers Treasury

International Bondholders Committee in Oi restructuring

Unlimited Sports Group

Goldman Sachs

ING Bank

Independent Derivatives Committee

Diageo

Imtech N.V. supervisory board directors

Tax Tier 1

The 'passionate and driven' team at Houthoff has 'a good international focus' and provides 'great quality advice'. It has a core focus on the tax-related aspects of five key areas, namely international restructuring, M&A, real estate, finance, and investment management, including VAT and transfer pricing. The firm also takes on litigious work, which is the particular focus of Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk. Notable are 'technically excellent' practice head Sylvia DikmansRob Havenga and Alexander Kaarls. New arrival Jeroen van Mourik brings with him experience of advising private equity clients and financial institutions, as well as clients in the automotive and consumer products industries.

Practice head(s):

Sylvia Dikmans

Testimonials

Great quality advice, responsive and a pleasure to work with.

Strong and charming personalities, with a passion for their job, responsiveness, knowledge of the US market place and able to deliver top quality service.

Good international focus, good Dutch focus, hands on, pro-active.

Good network in the US and Asia, easy to contact, quick responses, knowledgeable.

The team has given us in the past five years consistently excellent technical advice, very clear and straightforward. The discussions are always at partner level. We had several complicated tax matters and we always felt very comfortable with the advice that we received. Most of the work we had with Houthoff was in partnership in relation to one single client (one of the the biggest companies in Portugal) and the client is extremely satisfied with this arrangement, mostly due to the high quality of the legal advice given by the Houthoff team.

Sylvia Dikmans is our contact partner. She is technically excellent and she gives us very clear and straightforward advice, even in extremely complicated matters. She is very responsive and available. They are top-notch in terms of technical competence but much more client-focused than their competitors. Wiet Crobach has also been excellent in his advice, both from a technical standpoint and from the point of view of responsiveness. I am sure he will be an excellent tax partner very soon.

Overall quality across the team, specialisation in taxation of financial services.

I have been working with the tax people of Houthoff for several years and in my view they remain almost unique in the Dutch tax arena. They have a rare combination of professional skills and business acumen and they always come out with a solution which accommodates everybody’s needs. Furthermore, they are very proactive and responsive.

Sylvia Dikmans is an excellent professional in corporate tax (with a focus on M&A and real estate). She is highly skilled in technical matters and she also has a pragmatic approach. She is a unique problem solver. Furthermore, she is available 24/7 if needed.

Passionate and driven, content experts in their fields of expertise (tax & corporate).

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Disney

PVH (including the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands)

IKEA

UBS

ABN AMRO

Attestor Capital

Aermont Capital (formerly Perrella Weinberg RE)

Mangroup

Petrobras

Crystal Cruises

Renault Nissan

Tesla

Hearst Corporation

Ford Motor Corporation

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

With a strong presence in asset and structured finance, Houthoff's team acts for a wide range of prominent clients on the borrower and lender side of financing matters. The firm is particularly active in the infrastructure financing space, and has been involved on several such transactions in the last year. Practice head Loet Venrooy is strong across several aspects of banking and finance and Jessica Terpstra is another key figure within the team, particularly for international clients.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Testimonials

There is good know-how sharing within the team, good knowledge of each other’s transactions.

The team has a hardworking and commercial approach – delivering on time excellent work products.

Loet Venrooy is very professional, practical, reasonable and commercial. He understands the complexity of the deal and will find solutions.

Nadia Nartey Wemegah is talented, very responsive and on the ball.

Jan Veeningen is practicable, easy to approach, and has good availability.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank / FGH

Bank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America

Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal

VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Houthoff's team is involved in a wide range of borrower-side side financing work, including refinancing, syndicated and bilateral lending, cross-border transactions, property and real estate financing, and infrastructure finance. Loet Venrooy heads the practice and is active in a wide range of work for large funds and corporates. Jessica Terpstra, who specialises in energy and infrastructure transactions and is also qualified in English law, splits her time between the firm's Amsterdam and London offices and is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Testimonials

Very professional and efficiently run team that I enjoyed working with. Quality advice from experienced specialists with junior lawyers effectively supporting the seniors.

Partner Jessica Terpstra is a highly regarded finance lawyer in the Dutch PPP space, and she lived up to that reputation in the work she did for us in 2018/2019. She has been instrumental in closing a complicated amendment to our financing arrangements. She provides clear and practical advice on legal matters, she is a great sparring partner on strategic/tactical matters but most importantly Jessica always provides insights and recommendations on how to achieve the required end result, also during heated debate.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank / FGH Bank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Houthoff's team undertakes a wide range of work for lenders and arrangers, including high-end acquisition, real estate and project finance, syndicated and bilateral lending, and asset-based financing, with several matters involving cross-border elements. The practice is particularly active in assisting with large infrastructure investments for large wind power projects. In recent highlights, practice head Loet Venrooy led a team that advised a consortium of banks, including BNP Paribas and Citibank, on a senior-secured borrowing base facility of $600m to the Dana Petroleum Group. Jessica Terpstra is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank / FGH Bank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

Capital markets: debt Tier 2

Houthoff specialises in complex debt arrangements, including high-yield bond issues, note replacements, and private placements, for major international financial institutions, banks, and corporations. In recent work, the team worked on a number of cross-border debt transactions. The practice is led by Jessica Terpstra and André de Neve, who are both focused on debt capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Terpstra; André de Neve

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

The Vitol Group

Royal VolkerWessels

Lehman Brothers Treasury

Reggeborgh

BTG Pactual/PPLA Participations

DH Private Equity

TMF Group

DP Eurasia N.V.

Ronson Europe N.V.

Vimetco

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

J.P. Morgan

Globalworth

Petrobras

Teekay Offshore Partners L.P.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 2

Houthoff is home to a 'great team of top professionals' who also have 'perfect people skills'. The team, headed by Alexander Kaarls, has attracted a number of high-value and complex deals. 'Great negotiatorWillem de Nijs Bik led the advice on Qualcomm's $44bn takeover bid for NXP. It has also handled a number of transactions in the private equity space, and has an ever-growing roster of Asian-based clients. Michiel Pannekoek (in Rotterdam) and newly made up partner Maurits de Haan are some of the highly rated senior members of the team. Jan-Paul van der Hoek has moved in-house.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Testimonials

The team is very hands-on and service oriented. The partner is well aware what needs to be done, who is doing what and what the status is, while the rest of the team is working on proper delivery. So, very efficient and effective with a focus on our ball.’

‘Willem de Nijs Bik is a trusted partner for our firm. Sound legal mind and also a great negotiator. Goes the extra mile for his clients. Highly recommended.’

‘The team was the right mix of partner and competent senior associates on the transaction. The senior associates did much of the work with oversight from the partner, and partner involvement on the most challenging issues. Quality service, and advice.’

‘Great team, top professionals, excellent technical skills and above that perfect people skills. Its a pleasure to work with Maurits de Haan, Tessa Rozendaal, Floor de Graaff en Jasmijn.’

Key clients

General Motors

Bloomberg

Intel

Hitachi

Booking.com

Petrobras

Invista / Koch Industries

eBay

Dassault

Kellogg

Siemens

Media Markt Saturn Group

Hearst Corporation

Apollo Global Management

China Investment Corporation

BC Partners

Van Oord

EQT

Vitol

Tesla Motors

Energy: regulatory Tier 2

The 'hands-on' team at Houthoff, which 'brings ample knowledge and expertise', covers the full gamut of energy sector transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. The firm's diverse clientele includes energy companies' shareholders; banks and financial institutions, government bodies, suppliers, producers, investors and large energy consumers. Apart from dealing with matters in the chemical and refinery industry, the group, led by Kristen Berger, is active in renewables, particularly off- and onshore wind projects and waste to energy.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Berger

Other key lawyers:

Marc van Beuge

Testimonials

In depth knowledge and experience in the oil and gas business and related transactions, good understanding of the business and commercial issues that are key to the client. Next to that its responsive communication and ability come up with creative solutions to get there, also on non-legal issues.

Practical and commercially focused when needed combined with a broad and deep expertise on corporate law, finance, security, M&A as well as regulatory. I am confident to tackle a new challenge or negotiation with Houthoff, and confident they can help settle a fair structure with a view to the real risks. They belong to the small group of the best finance and energy firms in the Netherlands.

Sound knowledge and outstanding expertise about energy business in general and our business in particular. In energy business relevant and practical experience is key, otherwise engaging outside counsel is useless. Houthoff has succeeded in locking in this experience and therefore is able to give high quality no nonsense and relevant advice. Compared to other firm the team holds and very competitive position, the number of law firms that can supply equivalent services is very limited.

The team is hands-on, services minded and very pleasant to work with. They bring ample knowledge and expertise and to the heavy lifting to get the deal done!

With Houthoff we found a dedicated team player that is geared towards swift, practical and strong solutions for international initiatives from multinational companies in pursuit of hitting their ambitious sustainability targets. They help us meet our challenges in putting in place renewable energy power purchase agreements across the world.

Kirsten Berger is offering a broad range of skills for complex structuring, deals and negotiations.’

I have been working with Marc van Beuge for numerous years now. His knowlegde about energy law in combination with commercial contracting is unrivalled. He is extremely motived, always delivers (day and night), easy going, very responsive and also a nice guy to closely work with. He easy blends into an organisation, to come to tailor made and practical advice.

Jacques Kröner is a very service minded and pragmatic lawyer who brings great value to the table for a legal knowlegde as well as negotiation perspective. He has a very good sense for tactics/emotions and is very capable to find the compromise that gets a deal over the line.

Key clients

Heineken

Renewi

Petrobras

ENGIE

Plastic Energy

Vitol

Attero

Van Oord

Huntsman

Uniper

EU and competition Tier 2

Houthoff has a full service EU and competition practice with cross-border capabilities. The firm has strong expertise in competition litigation, merger control and cartel investigations. Practice head Weyer VerLoren van Themaat possesses 'sound industry knowledge' and 'out of the box' thinking, evidenced by his representation of Singapore Airlines and Cargolux in numerous Dutch private enforcement proceedings. Also recommended are Gerrit Oosterhuis and Greetje van Heezik.

Practice head(s):

Weyer VerLoren van Themaat

Testimonials

Weyer VerLoren van Themaat: sound industry knowledge and professionalism and easy to work with and has a practical approach‘.

Excellent expertise in the field of European law and good contacts with the European Commission‘.

Key clients

LG Electronics

Singapore Airlines

Huntsman

NL Healthcare

Cargolux

SHV Energy

Alcogroup SA

Bergman Clinics

Sligro Food Group

Renewi

Dümmen Orange

Varo Energy

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Houthoff advises and defends a range of prominent corporate clients, handling litigation, assisting with internal investigations, and providing criminal law advice. Clients include defendants and injured parties. Its caseload includes financial mismanagement, fraud, and corruption proceedings, including several politically sensitive matters. The practice is led by Vincent Affourtit, who is focused on corporate investigations.

Practice head(s):

Alexander de Swart; Vincent Affourtit

Key clients

Dutch Railways (NS)

Vestia

Credit Suisse AG

Gyron Crew

Spoorwegmuseum

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Houthoff's team brings its 'business-minded focus and practicality' to both M&A in the media sector and media-related litigation. Practice head Thomas de Weerd is 'a very pleasant person to work with' and 'thinks about the business values and goals'. He has particular experience advising on cases concerning the crossover between media and technology, and assists clients including Royal Theatre Carré with data protection and GDPR implementation. Counsel Thijs van Aerde frequently represents clients before the Supreme Court, as well as Dutch lower courts and regulating bodies, including the Advertising Code Committee.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Testimonials

Key strengths are their business-minded focus and practicality.

Thomas de Weerd is a very pleasant person to work with. He thinks about the business values and goals we are trying to reach and adapts the legal work to fit with those.

Key clients

Telegraaf Media Group

HP inc.

Dell

Imation Europe

FIAR C.E.

Central Bank of Aruba

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

Thomas de Weerd heads up the Houthoff IT, telecoms, media and technology team and the privacy and data protection practice groups, which work in close co-operation with the corporate and M&A and litigation practices. In a recent highlight, the team worked with a US firm to advise Tele2 on its exit from a joint venture with Kazakhtelecom; it is also advising telecoms clients on regulatory issues and anti-bribery matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Key clients

Wingtech

Tofane

Telia Company

Tele 2 AB

Raga Establishment Ltd.

High Point

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

Houthoff has extensive IP litigation experience and advises on the IP aspects in M&A transactions. The firm has a significant automotive sector practice and regularly advises leading car companies including Ford, Kia, and Renault. Key individuals in the team include practice head Thomas de Weerd and Thijs van Aerde. Aerde is acting for the European Pallet Association in Supreme Court trade mark litigation against PHZ.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Testimonials

I have only worked with Mr Thijs van Aerde (counsel). Thijs stands out as a Supreme Court lawyer in patent litigation matters. He is very creative and gets to grips quickly where complex subject matter is concerned‘.

The team at Houthoff provides high quality, corporate-faced patent litigation services. Houthoff has a long tradition in litigation and this shows – also in the patent field‘.

Although I know of several individuals having a good profile at Houthoff, I have personally only interacted with counsel Fleur Tuinzing. Fleur has vast experience in non-contentious and contentious IP matters including patent litigation and one can tell this when she handles a case‘.

Key clients

HP inc.

Media Saturn

Ryanair

Stichting Brein

Car manufacturers/importers such as

Volvo

Kia

Renault

Peugeot

FIAT

Ford

VDL Nedcar

Enza Zaden

Dümmen Orange

 

Nadorcott

GRAPA

Driscoll’s

The Dutch National Opera & Ballet

VolkerWessels

 

Fresenius Kabi

 

Organik Kimya

Private equity Tier 2

Houthoff  fields a 'creative and solution-oriented' team which is 'very effective' at negotiating. As part of the corporate/M&A group, the private equity team has strong expertise in the oil and gas, agri-food, infrastructure, utilities and technology sectors. It is also building a strong Asia client base. The team is headed by Alexander Kaarls, who has a 'great approach to challenging issues' and Bram Caudri  and Michiel Pannekoek are also noted practitioners. Maurits de Haan has been promoted to partner.  

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Testimonials

‘One of the Netherlands’ leading PE teams – and deservedly so. Responsive, hands-on, creative and solution-oriented.’

‘Alexander Kaarls has great business acumen to advise on commercial issues in the deal and a great demeanor and approach to challenging issues. His approach is firm but fair.’

‘Responsive, practical mindset and strong interpersonal skills.’

‘Maurits de Haan is the Partner I work with on all my deals. He is able to oversee the deal in its entirety, also aspects beyond his responsibility. He organizes the full integration on the legal side, helps to negotiate and gives solicited and unsolicited advice throughout. He is always available and always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Bram Caudri is always available and engaged, plugged-in and well liked.’

‘The Houthoff M&A team is extremely dedicated. They are a full extention of the deal team in many aspects. Of course, they provide top-quality legal advise, and they do this in a pragmatic and effective way. They are very effective negotiators to win key points in the deal. And they are a great team to work with.’

‘Michiel Pannekoek is a creative, entrepreneurial legal advisor who always comes up with a working solution. He thinks as an entrepreneur and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Business and strategic approach. Not only taking the legal perspective.’

‘Bram Caudri puts pragmatic solutions above all else. He is also effective and to the point.’

‘The deal team was a good combination of strong, experienced associates with partner oversight. The associates on the deal had the requisite amount of deal experience to handle most issues, with great management at the partner level. I highly recommend this team for large PE backed deals.’

‘They understand the mid market characteristics very well, combined with an in depth legal knowledge.’

Key clients

IK Investment Partners

Active Capital Company

Waterland Private Equity

H2 Equity Partners

Elliott Management

Latour Capital

BC Partners

EQT

Apollo Global Management

Doughty Hanson

Lion Capital

Riverside

Equistone Partners Europe

European Capital

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Thomas de Weerd heads the practice at Houthoff, offering a wealth of experience to e-businesses as well as a track record advising car manufacturers and distributors on data protection matters and the issues around connected cars and smart charging of electric vehicles. In addition to advising on data protection and compliance, the practice also assists clients with investigations by the Dutch Data Protection Authority and Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Key clients

eBay/Marktplaats

Volvo, Kia, Peugeot,Citroën, Renault, Fiat(FCA), Subaru, Mazda,Ford, Jaguar Land Rover,Accell, and other car and vehicle manufacturers

Royal VolkerWessels

Bloomon

RDW (DienstWegverkeer; the DutchDriver and VehicleLicensing Agency)

Stichting Vestia

Felyx (e-scooter ridesharing service)

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Houthoff is particularly active in the infrastructure space and advises on financing and refinancing arrangements for large projects. Practice head Jessica Terpstra is highly regarded in the project financing space, with a focus on cross-border mandates and experience in financings in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Other key figures in the team include construction specialist Michel Klijn and banking and finance expert Loet Venrooy; Venrooy is particularly active on the lender side of project finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Terpstra

Testimonials

As far as I can see the team was always able to deliver good quality advice in a timely way.

Very professional and efficiently run team that I enjoyed working with. Quality advice from experienced specialists with junior lawyers effectively supporting the seniors.

Jessica Terpstra is a highly regarded finance lawyer in the Dutch PPP space, and she lived up to that reputation in the work she did for us. She has been instrumental in closing a complicated amendment to our project financing.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Crédit Agricole

HSBC

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 4

Houthoff frequently handles high-profile cases for leading industry names, including representing Fresenius Kabi in Supreme Court patent proceedings against Eli Lilly concerning the client’s pemetrexed product. Thijs van Aerde advised Fresenius Kabi on this matter and clients praise Aerde's expertise in Supreme Court litigation. Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is also noted for her patent litigation knowledge and 'eye for detail'. Thomas de Weerd leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Testimonials

Thijs van Aerde stands out as a Supreme Court lawyer in patent litigation matters. He is very creative and gets to grips quickly where complex subject-matter is concerned‘.

The team at Houthoff provides a high quality corporate faced patent litigation services. Houthoff has a long tradition in litigation and this shows – also in the patent field. Supreme court litigation is combined with litigation and non-contentious work in first instance and the level is very consistent. They deliver their services to high tech companies, and in the life sciences field and it surprises me that they are not more visible in the market‘.

Although I know of several individuals having a good profile at Houthoff, I have personally only interacted with counsel Fleur Tuinzing. Fleur has vast experience in non-contentious and contentious IP matters including patent litigation and one can tell this when she handles a case. Her eye for detail is phenominal yet she knows exactly where the opportunities are to negotiate in real world commercial settings‘.

 

Key clients

HP inc.

Media Saturn

Ryanair

Stichting Brein

Volvo

Kia

Enza Zaden

Fresenius Kabi

Organik Kimya

Renault

Peugeot

FIAT

Ford

VDL Nedcar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Albert Knigge
Managing partner Edward de Bock
Managing partner Gerhard Gispen
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Marnix Aarts  photo Mr Marnix Aarts Marnix advises both Dutch and foreign clients on commercial real estate transactions,…
Mr Vincent Affourtit  photo Mr Vincent Affourtit Vincent is head of Houthoff’s Investigations & Public Enforcement practice. He specialises…
Mrs Nathalie Amiel  photo Mrs Nathalie Amiel
Mr Aart Barkey Wolf  photo Mr Aart Barkey Wolf Aart advises on notarial security rights, real estate financing, real estate investments…
 Kirsten Berger  photo Kirsten Berger Kirsten specialises in energy law and has extensive experience in the energy…
Mrs Martine Bijkerk  photo Mrs Martine Bijkerk Martine’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and equity capital markets…
Mrs Marloes Brans  photo Mrs Marloes Brans Marloes specialises in environmental law and spatial planning law. She advises and…
Mr Rick Cornelissen  photo Mr Rick Cornelissen Rick specialises in competition litigation (private enforcement) with a specific focus on…
Mrs Sylvia Dikmans  photo Mrs Sylvia Dikmans Sylvia specialises in corporate tax and dividend tax, and in particular in…
Mr Wouter Ekkelkamp  photo Mr Wouter Ekkelkamp Wouter works in the Real Estate practice group and specialises in real…
Mr Menno Griffiths  photo Mr Menno Griffiths Menno specialises in directors’ and officers’ liability, and professional and corporate liability.…
Mr Rob Havenga  photo Mr Rob Havenga Rob specialises in advising international clients on investment funds, structuring such funds,…
Mr Daan Horsthuis  photo Mr Daan Horsthuis Daan specialises in the establishment and restructuring of investment institutions and advises…
Mr Alexander Kaarls  photo Mr Alexander Kaarls Alexander Kaarls’ practice focuses on corporate and securities laws, with a particular…
Mr Albert Knigge  photo Mr Albert Knigge Albert specialises in handling complex international disputes. He has considerable experience in…
Mr Herman Lohman  photo Mr Herman Lohman Herman is co-head of the Real Estate practice group. He advises mainly…
Mr Hans Londonck Sluijk  photo Mr Hans Londonck Sluijk Hans specialises in professional, corporate, and directors’ and officers’ liability. He is…
Mr Rob Meijer  photo Mr Rob Meijer Rob specialises in liability matters, insurance law and Dutch Supreme Court litigation…
 Paulus Merks  photo Paulus Merks
Mrs Helena Sprenger  photo Mrs Helena Sprenger Helena works at Houthoff’s New York office. She advises clients, including large…
Mr Philippe Stille  photo Mr Philippe Stille Philippe specialises in notarial company law which involves restructuring (of both for-profit…
Mr Jessica Terpstra photo Mr Jessica Terpstra Jessica works at both the London and Amsterdam offices and specialises in…
Mrs Kyoko Tollenaar  photo Mrs Kyoko Tollenaar Kyoko specialises in corporate law, national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint…
Mrs Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis  photo Mrs Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis specialises in technology-related intellectual property matters, with a focus on…
Mrs Jetty Tukker  photo Mrs Jetty Tukker
Mr Jan Veeningen  photo Mr Jan Veeningen Jan specialises in corporate finance, structured finance and real estate financing, with…
Mr Loet Venrooy  photo Mr Loet Venrooy Loet is head of Houthoff’s Banking & Finance practice group and of…
Mr Weyer VerLoren van Themaat  photo Mr Weyer VerLoren van Themaat Weyer specialises in competition law and leads Houthoff’s Competition practice group. He…
Mr Frédéric Verhoeven  photo Mr Frédéric Verhoeven Frédéric specialises in cross-border insolvency law and restructuring. He advises clients involved…
Mr Jeroen Vossenberg  photo Mr Jeroen Vossenberg Jeroen specialises in banking and securities law, and in particular in acquisition…
Mr Christiaan Zijderveld  photo Mr Christiaan Zijderveld He assists clients that face financial difficulties. He also assists creditors (e.g.…
Mrs Merel Zwankhuizen  photo Mrs Merel Zwankhuizen
Mr Edward de Bock  photo Mr Edward de Bock Edward was appointed to Houthoff’s Board of Directors on 1 January 2016,…
Mrs Marry de Gaay Fortman  photo Mrs Marry de Gaay Fortman Marry is involved in public-private regulatory matters, and specialises in public economic…
Mr Jan Willem de Groot  photo Mr Jan Willem de Groot Jan Willem specialises in corporate and commercial litigation, with a focus on…
Mr Jan Frans de Groot  photo Mr Jan Frans de Groot Jan Frans specialises in public law and Supreme Court litigation. He is…
Mr Willem de Nijs Bik  photo Mr Willem de Nijs Bik Willem specialises in company law, corporate governance, and strategic and cross-border mergers…
Mr Alexander de Swart  photo Mr Alexander de Swart Alexander is a partner at Wladimiroff Advocaten. He is a renowned criminal…
Mrs Rixt de Vries  photo Mrs Rixt de Vries Rixt specialises in employment law, including the law on collective and individual…
Mr Thomas de Weerd  photo Mr Thomas de Weerd Thomas specialises in IT, privacy, outsourcing and intellectual property. His daily work…
Mr test t  photo Mr test t
 Thijs van Aerde  photo Thijs van Aerde
Mr Oscar van Angeren  photo Mr Oscar van Angeren Oscar heads Houthoff’s Investment Management practice group and works at both the…
Mrs Barbara van Gangelen  photo Mrs Barbara van Gangelen Barbara focuses mainly on advising clients (such as creditors, banks and directors)…
Mr Walter van Overbeek  photo Mr Walter van Overbeek Walter has a general commercial practice and specialises in contract law, litigation…
 Sander van den Boogaart  photo Sander van den Boogaart
Mrs Frauke van der Beek  photo Mrs Frauke van der Beek Frauke specialises in insolvency law and restructuring. Her work involves the settlement…
Mr Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk  photo Mr Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk Alexander specialises in corporate litigation, with a special focus on accounting law…
Mr Bart van der Wiel  photo Mr Bart van der Wiel As a Supreme Court specialist, Bart has been involved in numerous landmark…
Number of lawyers : 310
Dutch
Chinese
English
French
German
Italian
Portuguese
Spanish
Lex Mundi
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : London
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Rotterdam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diversity

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

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

Declaration of Intent regarding Diversity

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

Talent to the Top Charter

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

FORWARD Foundation

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

Personal HR track

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

Global Corporate Ladies Event

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

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

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

  • Johan Cruyff Foundation

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

  • Stedelijk Museum

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

  • JINC

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

  • The Cookie Project

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

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

Gerrit Oosterhuis & Greetje van Heezik, Partner & Counsel, Brussels Clients expect cross-border advice and support across the globe. Houthoff is an independent firm that provides advice on Dutch law in an international context.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Helena Sprenger, Partner, New York & Kirsten Berger, Partner, Head of Energy & Carmen Bakas, Representative Houston

Clients expect cross-border advice and support across the globe. Houthoff is an independent firm that provides advice on Dutch law in an international context.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Jessica Terpstra & Oscar van Angeren, Partner, London

Jessica Terpstra & Oscar van Angeren, Partner, London Clients expect cross-border advice and support across the globe. Houthoff is an independent firm that provides advice on Dutch law in an international context.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can you give a practical example of how the London office has added value to clients’ business?

London remains one of the most important cities in the legal and financial world and we value our presence there. The office is an important Houthoff hub. Our lawyers closely follow developments in the British and Dutch markets and are therefore able to respond well to the needs and wishes of our British and American clients. Being physically present in London provides us the opportunity to meet with our clients in person as often as needed, and that personal contact is essential for a trusted relationship.

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

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

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

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

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

We also see a lot of opportunities. Houthoff’s presence abroad is essential for building and maintaining good friendships with other law firms. Our ambition to grow further is shaped by the representative programme.

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