Firm Profile > Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV > The Hague, Netherlands
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV Offices
BEZUIDENHOUTSEWEG 57, 2594 AC THE HAGUE
PO BOX 11756
2502 AT THE HAGUE
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV > The Legal 500 Rankings
Construction Tier 1
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is judged to be 'unique in its knowledge of the special position of the Dutch public sector and its realistic approach to legal issues' and is well known for its track record representing central and regional government agencies. Mark Birnage heads the practice and led the team advising the Municipality of the Hague on the €14m Spuikwartier concert hall construction project which generated a number of disputes. Some of the standout lawyers include Pieter Stuijt, who combines 'a great sense of humour with extensive knowledge of European procurement law' and 'diplomatic' senior associate Diederik Wolters Rückert 'whose reasoning is impeccable'. Senior associate Lonneke de Graaf 'fiercely argues pleadings'; Elisa Palm combines 'charm with keen insights into the market'; Christina Muntinghe is also a core member of the team.
The team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ‘very responsive and very knowledgeable’ and is commended for its 'excellent' work. It is well known for acting for the Dutch state but has made a concerted effort to broaden its commercial litigation practice recently. The team is jointly led by Willem Heemskerk ('an excellent lawyer with the ability to really think a case through', who 'then adds the right solution') and Karlijn Teuben ('analytical and responsive'). The firm is representing Royal Dutch Shell in the ‘Ogoni-9’ case, which concerns allegations of the client's complicity in the trial and execution of environmental activists in the 1990s. Heemskerk is also acting for steel conglomerate ArcelorMittal in an action for cartel damages initiated by Deutsche Bahn. Bert-Jan Houtzagers and the ‘productive’ Hans van Wijk are also recommended.
Energy: regulatory Tier 1
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's clients range from central and local government clients to corporates including ExxonMobil, Lundin Petroleum, and Royal Dutch Shell. It has a leading regulatory litigation offering in addition to areas such as transactions and environmental law. Iman Brinkman, senior associate Ewoud de Vries, and competition expert Erik Pijnacker Hordijk are the key members of a group that represented the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in a claim against utilities company Eneco in relation to the allegedly erroneous allocation of capacity on cross border interconnectors. It is also assisting energy infrastructure company Rendant in a dispute with DSO Stedin over the forced transfer by Rendant to Stedin of its electricity and gas infrastructure (which stems from legislation).
Environment and planning Tier 1
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV 'offers a broad range of services combined with the best specialists who are able to offer in-depth knowledge and are not afraid of challenges'. The 'inspiring and energetic' Liesbeth Schippers is a first choice for complicated mandates and all the lawyers are described as 'civilised and pleasant to work with'. These include Hans Besselink, 'fine sparring partner' Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen 'who always senses what is needed' and Jelmer Procee. The team's clients include major government departments and municipalities.
EU and competition Tier 1
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s ‘excellent and pragmatic’ team has a significant practice representing private clients in cartel damages proceedings, merger filings and advisory work, as well as government representation. The team is acting as counsel for ArcelorMittal in an action for cartel damages initiated by Deutsche Bahn. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Marleen Botman from a teaching position and PhD programme at Free University Amsterdam in January 2018. Erik Pijnacker Hordijk leads the team.
Meine Dijkstra and senior associate Jeroen Naves are the key contacts at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV together with data protection expert Gerrit-Jan Zwenne. The team has a track record on complex governmental IT projects; it advised the Dutch Ministry of Justice in relation to the delivery of several e-gates for Schiphol Airport. The practice also advised APG and PGGM, two of the largest pension administrators in the Netherlands, on issues including data protection in relation to a project to put their pension administration in a blockchain application.
Project finance and PFI Tier 2
Acting predominantly for government-side clients, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is entrusted with PPP projects in the infrastructure, energy, and accommodation areas. It is credited with 'good knowledge, coupled with much practical experience of DBFM tenders for large infrastructure projects'. Mark Birnage is advising the state of the Netherlands on the €550m Afsluitdijk sea defence PPP, which is the reconstruction of the largest sea defence in the Netherlands. Maarten van Rijn and senior associate Elisa Palm are two of the key practice members.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is best known for acting for the Dutch state in cross-border arbitration matters, but has recently increased its commercial caseload. Practice head René Kiers primarily represents government bodies in complex arbitration matters regarding infrastructure projects; he, with assistance from associate Michael van Rijckevorsel, is handling a building dispute for the the state of the Netherlands. Mark Birnage and associate Jan-Willem Riedijk are representing the province of Utrecht before the Arbitration Board for the Building Industry in a claim by a contractor for delay and costs concerning a project at the Soesterberg air force base.
Employment Tier 3
What sets Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV apart from the pack 'is its ability to think outside the box and adjust the strategy accordingly'. Team head Ruben van Arkel and senior attorney Annette de Jong impress with their 'excellent work and critical thinking' and senior associate Femke van Herk is also noted. Aside from its extensive roster of government and public clients, it also assists corporates such as KPN, DAF Trucks and McDonald's – in the latter case it assisted the Netherlands company with adjustments to its standard contracts in light of the Working Hours Act. It assists other clients with negotiations with unions and collective labour agreements.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV has an established reputation in the healthcare sector acting for both public and private sector clients including the government, healthcare insurance companies and healthcare providers, and academic hospitals. Elisabeth Pietermaat's expertise lies in healthcare regulations and litigation, while Karlijn Teuben's clients include the Ministry of Health. The Dutch Healthcare Authority is a longstanding client which the team has advised on a range of matters including a new funding system for hospitals which resulted in a number of appeals.
Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's telecoms focus is based on its strong regulatory, litigation and administrative law expertise. Elisabeth Pietermaat has an established administrative law practice and routinely advises on regulatory regimes. Jannetje Bootsma advises government bodies on telecoms issues and Arnoud Boorsma is also a noted team member.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's team head Sikke Kingma is 'a very strong Supreme Court lawyer'. His team acts for a range of state, municipal, and corporate clients which include Delft University of Technology and the Municipalities of Amsterdam and The Hague. Highlight work includes acting for Spirits International in Supreme Court proceedings against FKP Sojuzplodo, a Russian state-owned company in a dispute over the ownership of the well-known brands Stoli, Stolichnaya, and Moskovskaya. Martijn Scheltema is a key team member which has expanded with the joining of Jordi Bierens from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.
Sikke Kingma heads the IP and media practice at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV which serves a range of government agencies, municipalities, and corporate clients and has an established reputation for handling Supreme Court cases. The team acted for the Municipality of Rotterdam in an action brought by Persgroep Nederland concerning the right to broadcast a tribute to the players of Feyenoord football club. The group is also handling a Supreme Court case concerning issues of freedom of the press.
Real estate Tier 4
In addition to its well-established government clientele, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV assists national and international corporates, developers, and pension and investment funds on the gamut of real estate transactions. Alain de Jonge and Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk are two of the senior partners in a substantial team, while René Spit is leading the advice to the Dutch Central Government Real Estate Agency on the structured sale of a former prison to AM. Valued at €84.5m; the site will be developed into one of the biggest residential new builds in Amsterdam.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is described as 'an excellent team providing top-quality services from top-notch partners' and is capable of 'turning true know-how into practical advice'. The 'creative' Luc Defaix leads the practice and 'is very good at keeping parties moving forward through good negotiations'. Senior associate Carel van Swaay is also noted for being 'effective in getting deals closed'. Senior associate Margriet Middelkoop joined the team in November 2018 from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The team advised KPN which acquired 100% of the shares in QSight IT from private equity firm Holland Venture.
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|Mr Hans Besselink||View Profile|
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|Mrs Cécile Bitter||View Profile|
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|Mrs Jannetje Bootsma||View Profile|
|Mr Iman Brinkman||View Profile|
|Mr Luc Defaix||View Profile|
|Mr Meine Dijkstra||View Profile|
|Mr Willem Heemskerk||View Profile|
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|Mrs Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk||View Profile|
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|Mrs Elisabeth Pietermaat||View Profile|
|Mr Erik Pijnacker Hordijk||View Profile|
|Mr Jelmer Procee||View Profile|
|Mrs Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen||View Profile|
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|Mrs Monique de Witte-van den Haak||View Profile|
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OtherNumber of lawyers and (deputy) civil law notaries : 177
Pels Rijcken’s aims to increase the diversity of our staff: everyone contributes to the culture in his or her own special way. To achieve this objective, Pels Rijcken consciously recruits people from different backgrounds, and offers them the best possible options for growth within the company.
We think that quotas, positive discrimination and other standards are of secondary importance. After all, we want to create a culture in which there is room for people from different backgrounds, including different areas of competence and experience. We hope – and expect – that this will make our firm more innovative, more effective and more representative for its clients.
As we want to underscore the importance of diversity, Pels Rijcken has drafted a declaration of intent, formulating the principles and ways in which Pels Rijcken intends to improve this aspect of the firm.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- Energy: regulatory
- Environment and planning
- EU and competition
- Industry focus: Information technology
- Project finance and PFI
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences
- Industry focus: telecoms
- Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights
- Industry focus: Media and entertainment
- Real estate
- Commercial, corporate and M&a