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NautaDutilh’s ‘super strong’ private equity team brings together a combination of corporate, finance, tax and civil law notary expertise. The practice, which is active on local, Benelux, pan-European and global transactions, includes the ‘first-classJoost Den Engelsman, who has considerable recent experience of auction sale processes; he co-heads the practice from Rotterdam alongside Gaike Dalenoord whose strength in cross-border deals is complemented by the years he spent practising in London and Asia. Beyond partner level, senior associate Olaf Baks is hailed as a 'rising star', notably acting for a number of UK and US-based clients.

Practice head(s):

Joost den Engelsman; Gaike Dalenoord

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen Preller


‘Super strong team with a broad range of clients. Equally adept at being local counsel as they are at being the lead lawyers. First class.’

‘Joost den Engelsman – first class operator. Smart, savvy and gets to the point. Real stand out.’

‘The team has really improved their private equity offering and with Joost den Engelsman have one of the strongest private equity partners in the market. They now have a very good market share of the larger deals.’

‘Joost den Engelsman is a star partner. He is hands on, commercial and always available. He also has a team of top associates that work with him on all PE deals. Olaf Baks especially is very good and a rising star.’

Key clients


Apax Partners (France)



Bain Capital Private Equity

Bay Grove Capital

BC Partners





Centerbridge Partners


CPP Investment Board

Findos Investor

HAL Investments

iCON Infrastructure

Keensight Capital

KLAR Partners

Leonard Green & Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Madison Dearborn Partners

MBK Partners

NPM Capital

One Rock

Ramphastos Investments

Silver Lake


TA Associates

The Carlyle Group

TPG Capital

Vista Equity Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted as lead counsel NPMCapital N.V. with its acquisition of Infinitas Learning Holding B.V.
  • Assisted as lead counsel Levine Leichtman Capital Partners with five private equity transactions in the Dutch market with as a highlight Levine Leichtman Capital Partners’ successful sale of Futurewhiz B.V. by way of international auction sale to NPM Capital N.V.
  • Acted for Keensight Capital on its first two direct investments in the Dutch market whereby Keensight Capital acquired (i) RAMInfotechnology and (ii) Symeres.

NautaDutilh’s London office is recommended for its advice on the Dutch and Luxembourg law aspects of finance deals, M&A deals, restructurings and insurance.

Marc Orval and Willianne van Zandwijk co-head the firm’s London office. Marc Orval focuses on financing transactions and restructurings, which usually have cross-border elements. Willianne van Zandwijk focuses on cross border mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and corporate finance transactions for both financial investors and corporate clients.

Practice heads: Marc Orval, Willianne van Zandwijk

Other key lawyers: Ann Blaton, Miryam Lassalle

Finance/ Restructurings Marc 7960 778 790
Corporate M&A Willianne van 7506 020 623
Finance Ann 7961 770 363
Insurance Miryam 7884 261 200
Ann Blaton  photo Ann Blaton Counsel in Banking & Finance practice and head of the Luxembourg Desk…
Miryam Lassalle  photo Miryam Lassalle Counsel and heads the Insurance and Reinsurance practice group within our Banking…
Erik Poorthuis photo Erik PoorthuisSenior Associate
Willianne van Zandwijk  photo Willianne van Zandwijk Partner

Corporate Social Responsibility; Empowering the Next Generation

Social engagement and corporate responsibility are inextricably bound up with NautaDutilh’s day-to-day legal practice. We help companies in a wide range of sectors to resolve the issues they are or will be facing in an equitable and practical manner.

Sharing knowledge and working in concert are paramount. We feel that corporate social responsibility entails so much more and have taken “Empowering the next generation” as our main motto. We are committed to strengthening the position of the next generation by giving them opportunities in a sustainable world.

A diverse and safe working environment

An important part of our strategy is our diversity policy. We aim to promote a safe working environment in which employees feel free to be themselves. Gender diversity, LGBT+ diversity, and cultural diversity are of primary concern. We believe that diversity makes a team stronger.

The current male to female ratio in our partner population is approximately 30/70. Although this makes NautaDutilh one of the top 5 Dutch law firms in terms of diversity, our goal is 50/50, which we hope to achieve by actively recruiting and retaining talented women with, among other things, effective career coaching and by preventing subconscious prejudice from rearing its head in performance reviews. In terms of up-and-coming talent, we are already at 50/50.

In 2014, NautaDutilh became the first independent law firm in the Benelux to have its own LGBT+ network. We are one of the co-founders of Stichting Forward, which aims to promote the acceptance, recognition, and visibility of LGBT+ in the Dutch legal profession.

NautaDutilh also strives for a greater influx of culturally diverse talent. To implement this in practice, we, for example, work with Diversity Dinner. We have partnered this initiative since its launch in 2016.

You can find a more in-depth overview of our CSR policy <a href=””>here</a>

NautaDutilh appoints three new partners

We are pleased to announce the appointment of three new partners as of 1 April 2021. These appointments further strengthen several of our practice groups, including our Data, Cybersecurity & IT law team, our Banking & Finance team and our Corporate M&A team. With a new partner appointed in each of our three home jurisdictions, NautaDutilh underlines its position as a leading Benelux law firm.

NautaDutilh welcomes new investment funds partner Luc Courtois

On 3 February 2020, NautaDutilh strengthened its Luxembourg funds practice with the arrival of investment funds partner Luc Courtois. Prominent in his field, Luc has more than 25 years' experience on the Luxem-bourg legal market, with a strong focus on investment management. His practice covers the full range of Luxembourg-based UCITS and alternative funds as well as all legal aspects of investment funds, man-agement companies and their activities.

NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg establishes Insurance and Reinsurance practice

NautaDutilh is pleased to announce the establishment of its Luxembourg Insurance and Reinsurance practice, another big step in the firm's ongoing expansion. The new practice group reflects increased client demand for legal services in the insurance field.

NautaDutilh opens Luxembourg Desk in New York

NautaDutilh expands its New York office with a Luxembourg desk headed by Jad Nader, who recently has been named local partner. The firm's New York satellite team advises US clients on Dutch, Belgian, and Luxembourg law, particularly in regard to cross-border banking and finance and corporate M&A transactions. The arrival of a Luxembourg partner will increase the firm's capacity to handle Dutch and Luxembourg matters locally.

Outsourcing in the Financial Sector

NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on outsourcing in the financial sector, which will take place on Wednesday, 10 May 2017.    

NautaDutilh defended Fendi against Coach

NautaDutilh Avocats Luxembourg defended the interests of luxury fashion house Fendi in proceedings against US-based Coach for infringement by the latter of Fendi's EU design rights in its Peekaboo handbag.

Breakfast Seminar – The financing of Luxembourg Investment Funds – 6 April 2017

NautaDutilh Luxembourg is organising a breakfast seminar on the financing of Luxembourg investment funds, to be held on Thursday, 6 April 2017 at the Waldorf Hilton.

NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A.

NautaDutilh assisted Raizen Fuels Finance S.A., as issuer on its USD 500 million 5.3% senior notes offering which successfully closed on 20th January. The issuer is part of the Brazilian Raizen group, the world largest individual producer of sugar cane. The Raizen group also operates a network of more than 5,800 Shell-branded stations in Brazil.