Firm Profile > Houthoff > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Houthoff
GUSTAV MAHLERPLEIN 50
1082 MA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Capital markets: equity Tier 1

Houthoff remains highly active in the capital markets space, with a strong cadre of issuer-side clients including large domestic corporates and private equity funds. Recently the firm has engaged in some notable cross-border work, such as secondary listings on Euronext Amsterdam, international share offerings for Dutch companies, and IPOs of domestic clients on foreign exchanges. Alexander Kaarls and Jetty Tukker are the key names to note within the team, and lead the firm's capital markets offering alongside the more debt-focused André de Neve and Jessica Terpstra. Senior associate Willem Liedenbaum is also noted.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Willem Liedenbaum

Key clients

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.

The State of the Netherlands (the Dutch government)

Vimetco

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

J.P. Morgan

Globalworth

Petrobras

Construction Tier 1

The construction team at Houthoff is based in Rotterdam and provides a full-service offering, inclusive of financing, regulatory, insurance, environmental and planning expertise. The ‘very proactive’ group is adept at handling construction litigation, public procurement, and project development. Practice head Michel Klijn provides ‘sharp analysis’ and ‘always has an eye on the strategic line’. Klijn advises on transactional and contentious matters. Sander van den Boogaart, who was recently promoted to counsel, is noted for projects, project financing and PPPs.

Practice head(s):

Michel Klijn

Other key lawyers:

Sander van den Boogaart

Testimonials

‘Broad expertise and easily approachable.’

‘Empowerment, expertise and clear advice.’

‘Besides the in-depth knowledge and easy contact, I appreciate the flexibility of the way Houthoff answers questions.’

‘They always deliver, never disappoint and are always are worth the money.’

‘Most of the time I work with Michel Klijn. I can reach Michel almost any time, he even picks up the phone when he’s on holiday’.

‘Michel Klijn has much knowledge in the top of his head, so you get immediate answers’.

‘The team is very proactive and fast paced.’

‘The Houthoff team gives excellent advice and legal strategy, always with a long-term focus and the aim to avoid litigation.’

Key clients

BAM Groep

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Boskalis

Invester United Benefits GmbH

Rotterdam Erasmus University

DST Group / Bysteel

Hansa Invest

Attero

FCC

Eneco

Spitzke Rail

International Criminal Court

Siza

Giant

Jaarbeurs

OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons)

Waterschap Aa en Maas (Water control board)

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

A 'superb' and 'razor-sharp' team at Houthoff is praised highly for its 'deep experience' and 'combination of being strong in local as well as international counsel roles'. The work includes matters of the highest profile and significance, such as acting for the Russian State in its dispute with the shareholders of Yukos Oil, advice led by leading arbitration practitioners Marielle Koppenol-Laforce and Rob Meijer. Another market-leading figure is  Dirk Knottenbelt , who 'has gravitas', and the recently made-up Thomas Stouten, who is 'highly persuasive, both in writing and orally'. Total, Petrobas and ING Group are clients. 

Practice head(s):

Albert Knigge; Dirk Knottenbelt; Bart van der Wiel

Other key lawyers:

Marielle Koppenol-Laforce; Rob Meijer; Thomas Stouten

Testimonials

‘Houthoff has deep experience within the Dutch market (and therefore is effective in set aside and enforcement proceedings), but also has strong commercial arbitration experience as lead counsel. That combination of being strong in local as well as international counsel roles makes them excellent in contributing to a global litigation strategy and in executing that strategy.’

‘Dirk Knottenbelt knows the Dutch arbitration and litigation environment deeply, and has gravitas. Thomas Stouten is highly personable and is an effective arbitration strategist.’

‘The team is well balanced and stands out in arbitration. It provides pragmatic solutions and advice to avoid arbitration which allows us to focus on the business. They understand our needs, providing not a lengthy or complicated advice, but a solution. ’

‘Our first point of contact is Thomas Stouten who remains a razor sharp lawyer. Thomas is highly persuasive both in writing and orally. Thomas is eager, very responsive and great in hearings. Over the years he has really won our trust and also acts as a trusted advisor in various non-dispute related matters. In my opinion Thomas has really earned his place as an established partner over the last year and I see him carrying Houthoff’s dispute resolution practice for the coming years. ’

‘Superb, market-leading team. Houthoff punches above its weight. Thomas Stouten is a rising star in the field, someone to watch.’

‘Houthoff is one of the main players in the field of international arbitration in the Netherlands. The firm has one of the few full-time arbitration practices and are active in the larger arbitration (related) cases in the Netherlands at this moment.’

‘I work with Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, who is extremely hands on. I also work with Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk (counsel). Isabelle has extensive knowledge of international arbitration matters and seems to function as the brain of the team.

‘Razor sharp from a legal content perspective, highly responsive and T- shaped organised. `Thomas Stouten is a one-of-a-kind specialist, moreover a real pleasure to work with. A most promising arbitration specialist with a next level approach on arbitration.’

 

Key clients

Russian Federation

Aurelius Capital Management

Avery Dennison

Owens-Illinois, Inc

Huntington Ingalls Industries

ING Group

LG Electronics

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)

Petrobras

Total

Trafigura

Nationale-Nederlanden

Sligro Food Group

Elliott Advisors

AIG

Allianz

NIBC Bank

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Houthoff's substantial team leads the way in the defence of major class actions, Supreme Court litigation and high-end corporate and financial disputes. It is the firm of choice for an array of leading international law firms requiring Dutch disputes collaboration. Acting alongside Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in defending Petrobras in a securities class action, advice at the firm led by highly-rated Albert Knigge. Other key client partners include Rob MeijerJan Willem de Groot and recently made-up partners Rick Cornelissen and David Heems, among others.

Practice head(s):

Albert Knigge; Dirk Knottenbelt; Bart van der Wiel

Other key lawyers:

Rob Meijer; Jan Willem de Groot; Rick Cornelissen; David Heems

Testimonials

‘Analytical thinkers, easy to communicate with, keep their promises.’

‘Smart lawyers who understand what is relevant to the client.’

Key clients

Russian Federation

Aurelius Capital Management

Avery Dennison

Owens-Illinois, Inc

Huntington Ingalls Industries

ING Group

LG Electronics

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)

Petrobras

Total

Trafigura

Nationale-Nederlanden

Sligro Food Group

Elliott Advisors

AIG

Allianz

NIBC Bank

Employment Tier 1

The employment team at Houthoff is particularly experienced in strategic issues, boardroom counselling and complex and high-stakes litigation. It advises both employers and employees, and national and international companies. Edward de Bock has expertise in remuneration and board-level dismissals.

Practice head(s):

Edward de Bock

Other key lawyers:

Jet Stolk; Naomi Dempsey

Testimonials

‘Highly professional’.

‘Very good quality’.

‘Great response times to questions’.

‘When one person is not available, there is always a great colleague to step in’.

‘Very good knowledge and experience, very professional, good sense of humour too, and quick response to questions also outside office hours’.

‘Hands-on and very knowledgeable’.

‘Knowledgeable, no-nonsense advice’.

‘Jet Stolk is appreciated for her knowledge, ability to support with complicated matters, and interaction with different stakeholders within our business and dedicated support’.

Key clients

Hearst Netherlands

Landal GreenParks

ATOS

Tata Steel Nederland B.V.

Renewi

Royal IHC

Royal VolkerWessels

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

De Bijenkorf

HEMA

Keesing Media Group (KMG)

AES Corporation

Environment and planning Tier 1

The public law team at Houthoff acts for longstanding industrial and corporate clients, project developers and governmental bodies on specialised planning and zoning matters, as well as environmental issues. It is deeply experienced in negotiating with the government at both a local and national level. Head of practice Jan Frans de Groot is well-regarded for his vast experience in Dutch Supreme Court cases. Experienced litigator Marloes Brans heads the climate change practice and works closely with the M&A department on cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jan Frans de Groot

Other key lawyers:

Marloes Brans

Key clients

PPG (AmericanFortune 500 company)

Amazon Web Services

Diageo

Royal VolkerWessels

Snippe Project B.V.

Huntsman

Unibail-Rodamco

Tata Steel

Siemens

Vestia (semi-public social housing corporation)

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Hapimag AG

Insurance Tier 1

The insurance practice at Houthoff focuses on large and high-end insurance claims and transactions. It has further expanded its expertise in financial regulatory work, with a focus on insurance prudential and conduct of business advice. On the contentious side, the firm handles international multiparty disputes, professional indemnity and directors and officers (D&O) liability matters, among others. Hans Londonck Sluijk has considerable experience and sits on the board of the Dutch association for insurance law. Berry van Wijk focuses on corporate and regulatory issues. Counsel Roel Theissen is a  key name for prudential supervision matters.

Practice head(s):

Berry van Wijk; Hans Londonck Sluijk

Other key lawyers:

Huib Lebbing; Roel Theissen

Key clients

AIG

Allianz

Aon

a.s.r.

Atradius Credit Insurance

Axa

AXA XL

CNA

Cover Genius

Achmea/Centraal Beheer

Generali

HDI-Gerling

Marktplaats/e-Bay

Marsh

MS Amlin

NN Group (Nationale Nederlanden)

Swiss Re

Tokio Marine

Yarden

Zurich

Investment funds Tier 1

Houthoff is noted for its efficiency and for its skill in being able to provide the best lawyers to fit a client's needs. The highly rated Oscar van Angeren leads the team, and serves an array of funds clients, including private equity, hedge, real estate and retail funds. The team also advises asset managers, in addition to pension funds and other institutional investors. Sylvia Dikmans specialises in international tax planning, private equity and fund structuring, advising on both Dutch and Luxembourg tax law. Daan Horsthuis is highlighted for his extensive funds expertise; setting up investment funds and advising on areas such as  discretionary and fiduciary/integral asset management matters and regulations; he counts the Man Group among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Oscar van Angeren

Other key lawyers:

Sylvia Dikmans; Daan Horsthuis

Testimonials

‘The team is very involved in all requests made. They are very dedicated.’

‘Oscar van Angeren – Very dedicated, always happy to service. Daan Horsthuis – a very capable lawyer. Always very cooperative. Julia Nesselaar – always happy to look into solutions even in challenging times. Wouter Ekkelkamp – a very capable notary. Harm Plas – a very capable lawyer. Always very cooperative.’

‘This Houthoff team performs at top speed with worthwhile advice. The team has three levels; normal business at normal price, difficult advice and support at serious price and top quality from the Partner himself. The internal checks are efficient and fast, the services of the entire team are top.’

‘Houthoff has hired best in class lawyers. Yorick Kool is great for the day-to-day support, Daan Horsthuis supports with the Funds we’re building and has extensive knowledge of what’s doable and what’s not, Oscar van Angeren supports us with special advice and is the coordinator of the business. I know Oscar for years now. He has a fabulous memory of what we have discussed and agreed upon in the past. If any issues occur he is available and supports both clients and our own interests on a very integer basis. So to say: Oscar is fair; I appreciate this highly.’ 

Key clients

Man Group

CBRE Global Investors

Candriam Asset Management (previously Dexia Asset Management)

Hof Capital

A.S.R.

GLP Pte Ltd

Pension Fund for the Healthcare Industry (PFZW/PGGM)

Transport Industry Pension Fund

ABP (APG)

bpfBOUW

Real estate Tier 1

Houthoff has a market-leading practice in this area and is well regarded for complex real estate transactions and disputes. Its broad client base includes investors, project developers, financiers, construction companies, housing corporations and end users. Practice co-head Jan Cees Kuiken counts Dutch and international banks, and pension funds among his clients, and is recommended for real estate M&A. Herman Lohman, who jointly heads the practice, is adept at handling cross-border transactions, financing, project development and restructurings. Dolf de Jong was promoted to partner. Marnix Aarts left to co-found Bijkerk|Aarts.

Practice head(s):

Jan Cees Kuiken; Herman Lohman

Other key lawyers:

Lucas Louwerier; Dolf de Jong

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’s team has an ‘impressive track record’ and is led by Christiaan Zijderveld, who has considerable experience in the insolvency space. Key practitioner Frédéric Verhoeven focuses on cross-border insolvency and restructuring cases. Newly promoted partner David Heems is also noted for insolvency matters; he also serves as vice-chair of the International Bar Association. The group also handles distressed acquisitions, litigation and represents clients in court as bankruptcy trustees; team members have also appeared before the Dutch Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Christiaan Zijderveld

Other key lawyers:

Frédéric Verhoeven; Barbara van Gangelen; David Heems

Testimonials

‘Christiaan Zijderveld doesn’t need much information to analyse the situation and knows how to solve the issue’.       

‘Great team, great people, high quality, very reliable and always good’.

‘David Heems is very good, solid and reliable’.

‘Christiaan Zijderveld and Frédéric Verhoeven are both very knowledgeable, creative and a pleasure to work with’.  

‘The lawyers have experience from all angles of restructuring cases and are not afraid to give clear advice’.

‘Christiaan Zijderveld is a top class lawyer and very practical’.   

‘Houthoff is a boutique style law firm with very competent lawyers and a great restructuring practice’.

‘David Heems has an eye for detail and is verbally very strong.’

Key clients

Fortenova Group

Finqus

Lehman Brothers Treasury

NPM Capital N.V.

GGN Mastering Credit

Goldman Sachs

Vion food group

ING Bank

NPM Capital N.V.

CBRE

Montagny

Diageo

Kroonenberg Groep

Imtech N.V. supervisory board directors

Independent Derivatives Committee

Indofin

Tax Tier 1

The 'dynamic' tax practice at Houthoff handles high-end transactions and tax litigation, including in the Supreme Court, as well as day-to-day advisory work on complex matters, such as niche areas surrounding VAT and transfer pricing. A client roster of leading domestic and international companies include financial institutions, (UBS and ABN Amro, for example) alongside the likes of Disney, Petrobus and Tesla, demonstrating sector versatility. Very experienced Sylvia Dikmans heads the practice, which includes tax litigator Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk and the experienced Jeroen van Mourik. Rob Havenga left the firm in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

Sylvia Dikmans

Other key lawyers:

Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk; Jeroen van Mourik; Rezan Ökten

Testimonials

Houthoff’s tax practice is a dynamic environment, highly competent and well organised. This team operates with precision and punctuality. One of its important strengthens is reliability, as showed in the group transaction in which we worked together. Its actions were efficient and respectful, up to the firm reputation and our expectations.

Rezan Ökten is an excellent transfer pricing professional with a great work ethic. He acts with cleverness and precision and he is capable to face difficulties with motivation and enthusiasm; I quite appreciate his global professional expertise and his warm approach to team working. He is an expert of TP interdisciplinary aspects but also a great person to work with.’

Deep knowledge of the field and straighforward approach. Meaning substance was not overshadowed by form.’

Rezan Ökten is an outstanding transfer pricing professional with broad industry knowledge, combining in-house and consulting experience.’

The transfer pricing practice has just started. It is already clear that within this law firm, the transfer pricing service – just as their tax service – is not only set up to assist the law part of the firm but it serves clients on its own merits as well. Rezan Ökten, counsel transfer pricing, has a very pleasant attitude and is open to cooperation.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Disney

PVH (including the Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands)

IKEA

UBS

ABN AMRO

Attestor Capital

Petrobras

Renault Nissan

Tesla

Stryker

ASR

Heimstaden

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

Loet Venrooy leads the finance team at Houthoff, which is particularly experienced in high-value refinancing mandates, and frequently handles cross-border deals, with particular jurisdictions of focus including the US, the UK, and Germany. Other key names within the team include André de Neve  and Jessica Terpstra; the latter splits her time between the firm’s Amsterdam and London offices, and is particularly recommended for work that involves a UK element.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Terpstra; André de Neve

Testimonials

‘Loet Venrooy, heading the practice, has a 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. Venrooy moreover offers his clients an unparalleled degree of specialisation.’

‘Jessica Terpstra is admirable for her technical expertise and her wide ranging 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.’

Key clients

KBC

Municipality of Amsterdam

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

ASR

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 2

Loet Venrooy heads the finance team at Houthoff, with a practice that focuses heavily on cross-border deals, including financial restructuring as well as complex structured deals. Jessica Terpstra is another key figure within the team, and is particularly recommended for UK clients or deals involving UK law, as she splits her time between the firm’s London and Amsterdam offices. The firm expanded its mid-level offering in 2020 with the addition of counsel Sjors Panis. Counsels Jan Veeningen, who brings substantial in-house experience, and Jeroen Vossenberg are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Terpstra; Sjors Panis; Jan Veeningen; Jeroen Vossenberg

Key clients

KBC

Municipality of Amsterdam

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

ASR

Capital markets: debt Tier 2

The team at Houthoff covers the full range of debt capital markets matters, with a strong contingent of both large corporates and financial institutions among its client list. The practice is jointly led by Alexander KaarlsAndré de NeveJetty Tukker and Jessica Terpstra, with clients praising the team for its 'quick and practical approach'. Key areas of recent work have included cross-border bond issues for both domestic and international corporates, green bonds, secondary listings, and private placements.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge combined with a practical approach’

‘Their practical approach makes them quick and efficient’

Key clients

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.

The State of the Netherlands (the Dutch government)

Vimetco

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

J.P. Morgan

Globalworth

Petrobras

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 2

Houthoff is increasingly instructed on high-value M&A deals, having recently advised on Stryker’s takeover bid for Wright Medical Group as well as assisted Wingtech Technology with its acquisition of a majority stake in Nexperia. Group head Alexander Kaarls handles corporate, M&A and equity capital markets transactions and Rotterdam-based Michiel Pannekoek is highly regarded, while Willem de Nijs Bik and Maurits de Haan focus on international strategic M&A. The team also has notable private equity experience and has seen expansion in the technology sector and an increased client base of companies in Asia.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Pannekoek; Willem de Nijs Bik; Maurits de Haan

Key clients

General Motors

Bloomberg

Intel

Hitachi

Booking.com

Petrobras

Invista / Koch Industries

eBay

Dassault

Kellogg

Siemens

Media Markt Saturn Group

Hearst Corporation

China Investment Corporation

Van Oord

Vitol

Tesla Motors

Waterland

Apollo Global Management

BC Partners

Navitas Capital

Active Capital Company

Equity Europe

Torqx Capital Partners

H2 Trading

Energy: regulatory Tier 2

Houthoff has a full-service energy and utilities practice, which handles transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. Drawing on the expertise of its banking and finance and corporate teams, the firm undertakes mandates from energy companies, suppliers, producers, investors, large energy consumers, banks and government bodies. Practice head Kristen Berger is recommended for her experience of commercial contracts in the regulated energy market, which includes PPAs and gas capacity contracts.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Berger

Other key lawyers:

Marc van Beuge

Testimonials

‘Very competent team’.

Key clients

Heineken

Petrogas

ENGIE

Port of Rotterdam

Corre Energy

Plastic Energy

DCC

Twence

Van Oord

Huntsman

Uniper

Energy: transactional Tier 2

Houthoff has a full-service energy and utilities practice, which includes energy sector transactions, regulatory matters and dispute resolution. It has a focus on M&A transactions and restructurings in the oil and gas and renewables sectors, and is also active in the niche area of waste to energy. The team leverages mandates from energy companies and their shareholders, project companies, suppliers, producers, investors, consumers, banks and government bodies. Practice head Kirsten Berger advises clients on projects, transactions, joint ventures and financial matters.

Practice head(s):

Kirsten Berger

Other key lawyers:

Jacques Kröner; Marc van Beuge

Testimonials

‘Seasoned team, holding strong industry wide expertise providing support in all dimensions’.

‘Speedy product delivery, good availability, accuracy, solution-driven, understand clients’ desires and excellent tactical skills’.

‘Houthoff’s team that supports our business is of excellent quality’.

‘They respond quickly, are hands-on and absolute experts’.

‘Jacques Kröner is devoted, pragmatic and has a great understanding of our business’.

‘Jacques Kröner is a great support to our business in complicated transactions’.

‘Jacques Kröner has a pragmatic approach and is also very pleasant to work with’.

Key clients

Heineken

Petrogas

ENGIE

Port of Rotterdam

Corre Energy

Plastic Energy

DCC

Twence

Van Oord

Huntsman

Uniper

EU and competition Tier 2

With ‘genuine strength in depth’, Houthoff is experienced in competition litigation and merger control procedures; the group is representing Singapore Airlines and Cargolux in Dutch private enforcement proceedings relating to the European Commission’s decision on the air cargo case, and also advised Wingtech on its acquisition of the remaining shares in Nexperia Holding. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat leads the practice, which also fields Gerrit Oosterhuis and counsel Greetje van Heezik.

Practice head(s):

Weyer VerLoren van Themaat

Other key lawyers:

Gerrit Oosterhuis; Greetje van Heezik

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of Deutsche competition regulator informal and formal practices. Good reputation in the market.’

‘Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is a market leader in Holland with deep academic and practical knowledge. He is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘They are knowledgeable, respond quickly and are able to present difficult material clearly.’

‘Team player, very well aware of the legal framework, strong communication skills, feeling for the business, looking for the limits of what is feasible and responsible.’

‘The antitrust team is very knowledgeable, responds quickly and provides clear hands-on advice.’

‘The Competition team at Houthoff has genuine strength in depth – an excellent group of partners supported by an expert team of associates. Collectively, they are experts in their field and a pleasure to work with.’

‘I work regularly with Gerrit Oosterhuis on a range of merger control and competition law matters. Gerrit is an excellent lawyer – expert, highly collaborative, and always delivers client-friendly commercial advice.’

Key clients

LG Electronics

Singapore Airlines

Koninklijke Drukkerij Em. De Jong

NL Healthcare (the healthcare fund of NPM Capital)

Cargolux

DCC Plc

Alcogroup SA

Bergman Clinics

Wingtech

Zwanenberg Food Group

Dümmen Orange

Varo Energy

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

Vincent Affourtit heads the white-collar team at Houthoff, and focuses his practice primarily on internal investigations for the firm’s large base of domestic clients. Additionally, the firm is very active in cases arising from high-profile bankruptcies, investigating such matters on behalf of the trustees. Counsel Frank Mattheijer is another key figure within the team, specialising in corruption and international sanctions cases as well as anti-money laundering.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Affourtit

Other key lawyers:

Frank Mattheijer

Key clients

Dutch Railways (NS)

Vestia

Credit Suisse AG

Janssen de Jong

Royal VolkerWessels

Bovemij

Royal FloraHolland

Crédit Agricole Consumer Finance Nederland B.V.

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

The healthcare practice group at Houthoff focuses on litigation and corporate matters. It draws on strength from its competition, regulatory, real estate, IP and employment groups to provide a full service advice on healthcare regulations. The firm also has deep experience in hospital mergers and, on the contentious side, it represents hospitals in disputes and litigation. Weyer VerLoren van Themaat is noted for competition law and economic public law with a focus on healthcare providers. Counsel Freeke Heijne is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Weyer VerLoren van Themaat; Freeke Heijne

Other key lawyers:

Huib Lebbing; Greetje van Heezik

Testimonials

‘The team is open and honest and work together’.

‘The most important quality is knowing how to influence people and Houthoff is good at building relationships’.

‘Intellectual capability is unparalleled, relationship focus is very good, broad perspective in thinking and acting, real part of the movement to create value in healthcare’.

‘Weijer Verloren van Themaat is a trusted partner for many leaders in the healthcare community’.

‘Weijer Verloren van Themaat is focused on creating real value in healthcare, knows when to give advice and when not to, and he is a real pleasure to work with’.

Key clients

Amsterdam UMC

Thermo Fisher Scientific B.V.

Bergman Clinics

Leger des Heils (Salvation Army)

Flevoziekenhuis

First Dutch Innovations

Total Care

FB Oranjewoud

Artemis Augenkliniken

BC Partners

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 2

Houthoff has specialised practice groups in IT and the internet, outsourcing, privacy and data protection, and TMT. On the commercial side, the team handles e-commerce, commercial contracting and consumer protection matters. Thomas de Weerd heads the team and has considerable experience in the area; he is also noted for his strength in technology-related transactions and commercial contracts. Senior associate Jurre Reus is noted for IT contracting and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Jurre Reus

Key clients

eBay Classifieds Group / Marktplaats.nl

PayPal

Intel Corporation

2dehands.be

Media Markt / Saturn

Ziggo

Telegraaf Media Group

RDW (Dienst Wegverkeer; the Dutch Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency)

HP inc.

Exact Software

Stichting BREIN

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

Houthoff focuses on corporate M&A in the TMT sector. It also handles high-profile litigation, including Supreme Court litigation, and regulatory issues. Practice head Thomas de Weerd specialises in IT, e-business, outsourcing, technology-related transactions and commercial contracts. Counsel Freeke Heijne is noted for public law and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Freeke Heijne

Key clients

Wingtech

Tofane

Telia Company

Tele 2 AB

Raga Establishment Ltd.

High Point

Bloomberg L.P.

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

The team at Houthoff, headed by Thomas de Weerd attracts complex IP litigation in addition to the full range of transactional work, often undertaken with the corporate/M&A group. It has broad sector expertise including in the realms of media and online activities. Its work for anti-piracy organisation Stichting BREIN, which has reached the Supreme Court, will likely have far-reaching consequences as it deals with whether Usenet provider News-Service Europe, as an internet intermediary, is liable for hosting copyright-protected works on its servers. This case is being led by counsel Thijs van Aerde who 'is a great sparring partner and is highly recommended on cases before the Dutch Supreme Court'. Karim Abass joined the team from WIPO in March 2020 as an associate.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Thijs van Aerde; Karim Abass

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Thijs van Aerde in a complex Supreme Court case. Thijs is easy to communicate with (he does not overcomplicate matters) and has delivered excellent results for my client. Very happy with his services. ’

‘Esteemed law firm with an excellent IP litigation team. Strategic thinkers.’

‘Thijs van Aerde is a very knowledgeable and experienced IP litigator before the Dutch Supreme Court. He is strategic, analytical but at the same time very pragmatic. He delivers excellent work and has an impressive track record.’

Our firm thinks Thijs he is a great sparring partner and would highly recommend Thijs with our clients dealing with cases before the Dutch supreme court.’

Private equity Tier 2

Houthoff’s ‘excellent’ private equity practice sits within the firm’s corporate and M&A team, and counts international private equity houses, Dutch private equity funds and family-owned private equity groups on its client roster. The group is also highly active in the technology sector and is increasing its presence in the Asian market. Alexander Kaarls heads the team, which also counts Michiel Pannekoek, Maurits de Haan and Bram Caudri as key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Kaarls

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Pannekoek; Maurits de Haan; Bram Caudri 

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

BC Partners

Waterland

Navitas Capital

Active Capital Company B.V.

Equity Europe B.V.

Torqx Capital Partners B.V.

H2 Trading B.V.

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 3

Houthoff is home to a wide ranging finance practice with a significant following among large domestic corporates, as well as both domestic and international financial institutions. The practice is led by the highly experienced Loet Venrooy, while André de Neve is another key figure within the team. Jessica Terpstra, who splits her time between the firm’s London and Amsterdam offices, is recommended for cross-border work.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Terpstra; André de Neve

Testimonials

‘The asset finance and structured finance team of Houthoff combines excellent technical knowledge with an ability to integrate business issues into its analysis. They have deep sector knowledge. They offer a comprehensive service (great combination of legal, tax and regulatory) and we believe that they bring true expertise to a matter based on their breadth of experience.’

‘Loet Venrooy, who is heading Houthoff’s Banking & Finance practice, is a star with truly outstanding industry knowledge. He is a very smart person and an excellent lawyer understanding and resolving quickly any issues. He is stellar in client service and has a particularly remarkable control and overview of the matters’ global picture whatever their complexity or size and is impressive in managing the high-level strategy. Loet benefits from a well-deserved reputation with regard to his broad knowledge and in-depth understanding of the cross-border banking and financing transactions.

‘Jessica Terpstra is the other leading specialist in Houthoff’

Key clients

KBC

Municipality of Amsterdam

ABN AMRO Bank

ING Bank

Rabobank

Credit Suisse

NIBC Bank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Deutsche Bank

Bank of China

Petrobras

Royal VolkerWessels

Attestor Capital LLP

ASR

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Berry van Wijk is the key name in the regulatory team at Houthoff, and is highly experienced in the regulatory aspects of mergers between financial institutions, along with Brexit planning, dealings with regulatory bodies, and boardroom-level strategic advice. Counsel Roel Theissen is another key member of the team, with a particular focus on prudential supervision from both a domestic and European perspective.

Practice head(s):

Loet Venrooy

Other key lawyers:

Berry van Wijk; Roel Theissen

Testimonials

Houthoff is one of the most locally rooted firms in the Netherlands which is a clear added value when it comes to banking regulatory matters. On the other side their international capabilities are multiplied by their very active role in leading legal networks, such as Lex Mundi.

Loet Venrooy is obviously the leading figure of the firm when it comes to high level regulatory questions. He has a strong reputation in handling complex matters in a smart and pragmatic way, providing hands-on approach and sharp advice to solve issues, backed by a profound and extensive knowledge of the regulatory framework.

Jessica Terpstra is a first class lawyer for all banking regulatory and securities law issues. She is extremely competent, an excellent technician and particularly client focused.

Berry van Wijk is always available on short notice for us if necessary. Committed, well informed, looking for solutions fitting our organisation and very pleasant to work with.

I am working hand in hand with the banking and finance partners and counsels at Houthoff. Some matters revealed to be very time sensitive, complex and needed an efficient coordination. Working together with Houthoff and its competent and responsive team on cross-border transactions is a real key success factor for our international clients. They are second to none in terms of responsiveness and quality of output. Houthoff as a firm is also well structured, organized and coordinated, which is, from my point of view, an explanation of the firm’s efficiency.

Key clients

Söderberg & Partners

Yarden

SDU

Corporation Service Company

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Houthoff's privacy and data protection group has expertise across the spectrum of data mandates, with notable experience in issues relating to connected cars, internet platforms and fintech work. Group head Thomas de Weerd is also an expert in technology related mandates and e-business issues; other key names include senior associate Jurre Reus, who focuses on privacy and e-commerce matters. The team is singled out for its litigation experience and regularly handles investigations by the Dutch DPA and the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Jurre Reus

Key clients

eBay Classifieds Group/Marktplaats.nl

PayPal

Intel Corporation

2dehands.be

Media Markt/Saturn

Ziggo

Volvo, Kia, Renault, FIAT, Subaru, Mazda, Ford, Pon’s Automobielhandel (Volkswagen Netherlands), Jaguar Land Rover and other car manufacturers and importers

Telegraaf Media Group

RDW (Dienst Wegverkeer)

HP inc.

Exact Software

Stichting BREIN

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

In the media space, Houthoff specialises in Supreme Court litigation and high-end M&A. Thomas de Weerd heads the practice and is experienced in IT, e-business, outsourcing, and other technology-related transactions. Counsel Thijs Van Aerde is experienced in litigating media law-related cases before the Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice and the Dutch Appeal and District Courts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Thijs van Aerde

Key clients

eBay Classifieds Group / Marktplaats.nl

PayPal

Intel Corporation

2dehands.be

Media Markt / Saturn

Ziggo

Volvo, Kia, Renault, FIAT, Subaru, Mazda, Ford, Pon’s Automobielhandel (Volkswagen Netherlands), Jaguar Land Rover and other car manufacturers and importers

Telegraaf Media Group

RDW (Dienst Wegverkeer)

HP inc.

Exact Software

Stichting BREIN

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 3

Houthoff is a smaller group but has a 'rare all-around profile' in that it has a blend of expertise that ranges from corporate work including mergers through to Supreme Court litigation. It acts for life sciences, pharma, and tech companies and also advises hospitals on the patent aspects of mergers, and also advises medical start-ups. Team head, Thomas de Weerd combines IP expertise with  IT and privacy. Counsel Thijs van Aerde is especially noted for his Supreme Court cases which are often referred to him by other law firms.  Counsel Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis is a highly rated patent litigator who is also known for her deep expertise in the field of national and community plant variety rights.

Practice head(s):

Thomas de Weerd

Other key lawyers:

Thijs van Aerde; Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis

Testimonials

‘The team is quite small compared to that of other firms that offer services in this area. It is well embedded in its transaction (corporate) practice. None of the practitioners in this area at the partner level.’

‘Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis: very pleasurable to work with/has carved out a bit of a niche practice in plant variety rights Thijs van Aerde: best known for his work before the supreme court.’

‘Their thoroughness, friendliness and very strong in IP.’

‘Strong IP and contracting capabilities, easiness working together with other departments, such as competition. ’

‘The team at Houthoff has a rare in the market all-around profile being involved in high profile corporate transaction work in the tech field for blue-chip clients to Supreme court patent litigations. At the same time, they represent tech startups and operate internationally within a ‘best friends’ type of network. This makes the team exceptionally versatile and a go-to firm for procedurally complex patent litigation matters. These capabilities have translated into (what I can see) an ever-increasing flow of tech-related work whereas some other firms seem to be struggling more in the Covid-era.’

‘I have worked only with Fleur Tuinzing-Westerhuis. I know Thijs vd Aerde and Thomas de Weerd. Both of them have an excellent reputation (although less specifically in the patent field compared to Fleur).’

Since being promoted to counsel, Fleur has further increased her visibility and standing in the market. Her practice seems to be developing and growing rather quickly and especially in the patent field. In line with the firm’s profile as outlined above, Fleur is a ‘problem-solver’ who is extremely committed to her clients. Her ability to keep the eye on the ball in complex disputes really benefits her clients, but also helps to find proper commercial solutions rather than litigation forever.’

Key clients

HP Inc.

Enza Zaden

Dümmen Orange

Nadorcott

GRAPA

Driscoll’s

Fresenius Kabi

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Houthoff specialises in the financing and refinancing of large infrastructure investments, particularly in relation to wind power projects. Jessica Terpstra splits her practice between the firm's London and Amsterdam offices and is a key name for real estate financing and infrastructure project financing. Michel Klijn and Loet Venrooy are the key partners in the Rotterdam and Amsterdam offices, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Terpstra

Other key lawyers:

Michel Klijn; Loet Venrooy

Testimonials

‘Houthoff is an outstanding firm with a strong market knowledge and specialised teams for issues including structured finance, restructuring, corporate loans and regulatory compliance. For the Netherlands we believe they have few peers. They are very responsive, knowledgeable and have top rate partners who are commercially minded and able to see things from the clients’

‘I consider Jessica Terpstra an extremely good and clever lawyer providing 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. ’

Key clients

Begro Holding B.V.

Asbeter Holding B.V.

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 Hans Londonck Sluijk
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 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…
 Frédéric Verhoeven  photo 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.…
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 Frans de Groot  photo Mr Jan Frans de Groot Jan Frans specialises in public law and Supreme Court litigation. He is…
Mr Jan Willem de Groot  photo Mr Jan Willem de Groot Jan Willem specialises in corporate and commercial litigation, with a focus on…
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…
 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.