Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV > The Hague, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV
BEZUIDENHOUTSEWEG 57, 2594 AC THE HAGUE
PO BOX 11756
2502 AT THE HAGUE
Netherlands

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Leveraging the expertise and reputation of team head Gerrit-Jan Zwenne, who clients praise as 'an absolute authority in his field of expertise', Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is highly active in data litigation with experience in claims relating to data subject access requests, right to be forgotten issues and data collection methods. The group is also a key name in the market for public sector clients with examples including the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, the City of Amsterdam and the Dutch Tax Authority; the team is also acting for the Data Privacy Foundation in a class action against Facebook relating to the use of cookies. Meine Dijkstra and senior associate Marte Van Graafeiland also contribute to the department.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Instant access to quality advice.’

‘I work with Mr. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne who in my opinion is the authority in the Netherlands with regard to privacy matters.’

‘Strong privacy and IT team with solid and broad knowledge on this topic. Also has good connections in these fields.’

‘Gerrit-Jan Zwenne is an excellent privacy lawyer, very reputable and knowledgeable about data protection matters. Provides excellent and solid advice.’

‘Jeroen Naves is a great IT lawyer, very hands-on and provides very good and pragmatic advice.’

‘Gerrit-Jan Zwenne is an absolute authority in his field of expertise. We have reached out to him on behalf of several of our clients who were struggling with Covid-19 measures and how to ensure a safe work place without being in breach of GDPR. Gerrit-Jan is the personification of an expert, he can reduce hugely complex matters to simple proportions with pragmatic solutions.’

‘Swiftness in handling. Smart and practical solutions to problems. Good knowledge of procedural aspects.’

Key clients

Data Privacy Foundation (Data Privacy Stichting, DPS)

MedMij

University of Amsterdam

Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

City of Amsterdam

Dutch Tax Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Data Privacy Foundation (Data Privacy Stichting), in close cooperation with the Consumer Association (Consumentenbond) in the first major class action case against Facebook Inc, Facebook Ltd and Facebook Netherlands BV, for infringements of both the Dutch Data Protection Act, the GDPR and telecoms regulations regarding cookies.
  • Advising a provider of innovative IoT- consumer products on a matter concerning an international investigation conducted by several EU Data Protection Authorities led by the Dutch Data Protection Authority.
  • Involved in the development of multiple the Dutch National Covid-19 apps, including the national contact tracing app and the official Dutch app that users can use to demonstrate they are vaccinated or have tested negatively for Covid-19.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Exceptionally skilled, collaborative and efficient’, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is well known for its representation of the Dutch State, but it also acts for large multinational corporations and stands out for its Supreme Court litigation capabilities. Hans van Wijk co-heads the team with over 30 years’ experience in corporate, public sector and liability law. Willem Heemskerk, who jointly heads the team, is recommended for liability and compensation cases, and cartel damage claims. Senior associate Raimond Dufour is experienced in cross-border disputes and class actions.

Practice head(s):

Hans van Wijk; Willem Heemskerk

Other key lawyers:

Karlijn Teuben; Wemmeke Wisman; Martijn Scheltema; Sikke Kingma; Raimond Dufour

Testimonials

‘Pels Rijcken’s insights are very beneficial when litigating complex commercial transactions or negotiating commercial contracts’.

‘Hans van Wijk is a very fast thinker, creative mind, and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of law and jurisprudence in a vast number of legal fields’.

‘Hans van Wijk is a very pleasant person to work with, I can highly recommend him to anyone’.

‘Sikke Kingma is very knowledgeable, fast to respond, extremely smart and in general a nice person to work with’.

‘A very warm co-operation, with person approach and the expertise and experience I was searching for’.

‘Excellent Supreme Court litigation team.’

‘Well known firm for dispute resolution, with high-quality lawyers’.

‘Wemmeke Wisman responds quickly, is very analytical, well informed on the latest legal developments and, above all, a very pleasant person to work with’.

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Daimler AG

ArcelorMittal

UBS

ExxonMobil

Royal Bank of Scotland

Porsche AG

BNP Paribas

Scandinavian Airlines

KPN

Nationale-Nederlanden

Philips Pensioenfonds

Glencore

Total

CNA Insurance company Europe

Van Oord

Planck Investments Ltd

Alegria

Folketrygdfondet

VGA

Zimmer, Inc.; Zimmer GmbH; Zimmer Biomet Nederland B.V.

Franchisees Albert Heijn

State of the Netherlands

Municipalities of Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam

Financial supervisory agencies: the Dutch Central Bank and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets

Authority for Consumers and Markets

Work highlights

  • Assisting Shell in a landmark case on (business) human rights before the District Court of The Hague, after extensive litigation that took place in the US.
  • Representing Daimler in more than 50 different cartel follow-on proceedings, mostly initiated by claim vehicles with a constituency of thousands of truck owners, relating to the alleged “truck cartel”.
  • Assisting the Dutch State in Supreme Court proceedings relating to the expropriation of SNS Bank, after a judgment of the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal in which a compensation of more than EUR 1bn was granted.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ‘one of the best firms with broad knowledge of the European and Dutch energy markets’. Well-known for its representation of the Dutch State and local municipalities, the practice also acts for large private companies, including energy producers, suppliers and traders. Practice head Iman Brinkman specialises in energy legislation, energy contracts and energy projects. Edward Brans is recommended for climate change and energy transition issues and often handles contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Iman Brinkman

Other key lawyers:

Edward Brans; Lianne Barnhoorn

Testimonials

Pels Rijcken’s energy team is made up of specialists working in various sections of the office (e.g. real estate, spatial planning, competition law).

All have earned their spurs within this specific area of expertise, and all are considered to be key opinion leaders in this area.

The team is able to advise you promptly on the most complex energy law issues.

The team is characterised by its very accessible “no-nonsense” attitude.

No academic drivel, no claptrap, but sound advice that you can put into practice immediately.

Just like other major law firms, the energy team is up to date with the latest legislation and jurisprudence.

Iman Brinkman, as team leader, is better equipped than anyone to understand the broad legal scope of the energy field.

Iman Brinkman has a steady reputation as an excellent lawyer in the energy sector, he is a reliable peer and a pleasant person to work with.

Key clients

ExxonMobil

Total

Lundin Petroleum

ACM (Dutch energy regulator)

TenneT

Chemours Essent / innogy

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

Ministry of Finance

Municipality of The Hague

Municipality of Rotterdam

Province of Zuid-Holland

Royal Dutch Shell

Province of Gelderland

Province of Noord-Brabant

Municipality of Haarlem

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Dutch transmission system operator, TenneT, in civil proceedings in which semiconductor manufacturer NXP seeks to claim back amounts paid in relation to connection and transportation services rendered by the client over the past 12 years.
  • Representing gas and electricity supply company Essent (an Innogy subsidiary), in regulatory litigation against acoustic insulation materials manufacturer, Pull.
  • Representing Dutch TSO TenneT in regulatory and administrative litigation against paper production company Crown Van Gelder, inter alia before the European Court of Justice.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV offers ‘all-round and in-depth expertise paired with an outstanding reputation in the governmental arena'. Well-known in the market for its representation of public sector clients, the practice also acts for the private sector on advisory and contentious matters. It is active on the environmental and planning aspects of large infrastructure projects, flora-and-fauna and nature conservation, and sustainable energy projects. Liesbeth Schippers heads the practice and has notable experience in large-scale spatial projects; Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen  is recommended for zoning and planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Liesbeth Schippers

Other key lawyers:

Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen; Roelof Reinders; Hans Besselink; Jelmer Procee

Testimonials

‘Liesbeth Schippers and Hans Besselink are both very pragmatic and down to earth, and they look for solutions that are beneficial to all parties concerned.

Very client-friendly, with fast responses on requests.

The team distinguishes itself with a very high level of knowledge and experience.

We particularly appreciate their pragmatic and fast advice on various aspects of environmental law.

Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen is true authority in the field of planning and environmental law.

We chose this firm because it offers expertise in all aspects of planning law.

The knowledge and diversity within the team is good and they offer great performances in the court room.

Liesbeth Schippers is not easily daunted and brings parties together in finding a way forward when interests collide in a large project.

Key clients

Dutch central government departments (Infrastructure and Environment (including Rijkswaterstaat, the executive agency of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management), Defence, Economic Affairs, Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)

Various independent public law bodies and agencies (such as the Dutch Land Registry)

Provincial authorities: Noord-Holland, Zuid-Holland, Utrecht, Gelderland, Groningen, Noord-Brabant, Flevoland and Limburg

Municipalities: The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Maastricht, Leiden, Leiderdorp, Oegstgeest, Haarlem, Eindhoven, Delft, Tilburg, Westland, Weert, Moerdijk, Zoetermeer, Zoeterwoude, Ede, Papendrecht, Brummen, Zandvoort, Zaanstad and Zuidplas

All regulatory bodies in the Netherlands (such as the Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides; and The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate)

DCMR (the environmental protection agency of the Rijnmond region)

District Water Authorities: Hollands Noorderkwartier, Roer en Overmaas, Rivierenland, Limburg, Hoogheemraadschap Schieland and Krimpenerwaard.

KPN

The House of Development

Jumbo Supermarkten

Work highlights

  • Advising the Municipality of Zandvoort on the issuing of the necessary permits for Formula 1 Grand Prix Zandvoort in a timely fashion.
  • Assisting on the Markermeer Dyke Reinforcement Project, between Amsterdam and Hoorn.
  • Assisted the Ministry of Economic Affairs in proceedings brought by Stichting Stop5GNL aimed at prohibiting the roll-out of 5G technology in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 1

As the go-to representatives for the state and government authorities, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is very active in key infrastructure and energy sector projects, advising the contracting authorities of most of the major PPP/PFI deals in the Netherlands. The firm advises across the full project lifecycle, with significant experience in disputes arising from the area. In addition to its domestic public sector work, the practice assists corporate and international clients, including Siemens, ProRail, the Aruba Airport Authority and the government of Aruba, with a range of projects and project finance matters. Mark Birnage  leads the team and specialises in the procurement and contracting of major PPP projects and concessions. Also active in the area is senior associate Jeanile Weyne, who focuses on construction and procurement law.

Practice head(s):

Mark Birnage

Other key lawyers:

Maarten van Rijn; Jeanile Weyne

Key clients

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Rijkswaterstaat

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of the Interior, Central Government Real Estate Agency

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Defence

ProRail

Siemens Nederland

Aruba Airport Authority

City of Amsterdam

City of Rotterdam

City of The Hague

Province of Noord-Holland

Province of Overijssel

Province of Gelderland

Province of Zuid-Holland

Work highlights

  • Represented the State of the Netherlands in alternative dispute resolution proceedings for a €140m claim brought by the Contractor in the Zeetoegang IJmond PPP project.
  • Advised the State of the Netherlands on the execution of the €850m Via15 road PPP project.
  • Advised the joint project organisation of the State of the Netherlands, the City of Amsterdam and ProRail on the retendering of the €1bn Zuidasdok project.

Netherlands > Construction Tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV has ‘a keen insight in the workings of the central government’ and offers ‘professionals who are realistic and to the point’. It reviews construction contracts and tender documentation for large-scale public infrastructure works across the country. Although well-known for its representation of the Dutch State, the practice also advises high-profile private sector clients on PPP and PFI projects, procurement and disputes. Pieter Stuijt  heads the team with considerable experience in litigation and arbitration before the Arbitration Board for Construction. Senior associate Christina Mutinghe is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Maarten van Rijn excels in fast, practical thinking’.

‘Maarten van Rijn’s advice is to the point and he delivers under pressure’.

‘Practical arguments are weighed up and taken into account’.

‘We’ve been working with Pels Rijcken for years now and we are extremely satisfied with their work’.

‘We are very impressed with their knowledge capabilities and how they handle each and every situation’.

‘The team is also very good at estimating the chances of winning a procedure’.

‘They are very good lawyers with a lot of experience and knowledge, and are fully dedicated to their work and clients’.

‘They are very apt in providing legal insight on more complicated political and organisational issues’.

Key clients

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat)

Philips Pension Fund

ExxonMobil/ Esso Nederland B.V.

Galapagos Real Estate Netherlands B.V.

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Defence

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Finance

State of the Netherlands, Central Government Real Estate Agency

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

Aruba Airport Authority

ProRail

Province of Noord-Holland

Province of South-Holland

Province of Noord-Brabant

Province of Gelderland

City of Amsterdam

City of The Rotterdam

City of The Hague

City of Utrecht

City of Haarlem

De Vries Groep and Feadship Royal de Vries Shipbuilding BV

Feadship – Royal van Lent Shipyard

Rabobank

Siemens

State of the Netherlands, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat)

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is widely-recognised for its strength in court litigation involving a wide range of EU and competition issues. The firm has a particularly strong reputation in state aid cases and it is also highly regarded for its involvement in cartel damages actions. In addition, it is also prominent in high-profile merger control mandates. Elsewhere, other drivers of work include cases concerning energy markets, transport concessions and the opening of the gambling markets. Although the firm is particularly well-known for its work for the Dutch state, it also attracts a significant amount of work from private clients. In addition, it also acts as external counsel to the ACM and cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The practice is led by Erik Pijnacker Hordijk, who has over 35 years of EU and competition law experience. Recent highlights included acting for ArcelorMittal in a cartel damages action brought by Deutsche Bahn, which arose from the European Commission’s investigation into an alleged cartel among steel companies in relation to prestressing steel. Marleen Botman and George Dictus are among other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Erik Pijnacker Hordijk

Other key lawyers:

Marleen Botman; Georges Dictus; Christina Muntinghe; Susanne Kingma; Sebastiaan Cnossen

Testimonials

‘Working with Erik Pijnacker Hordijk is such a pleasure. He understands the business, is available, is always fast and sharp in his assessment and is practical in terms of advising. “The standard” for a competition lawyer.’

‘Pels provides calm support on the spot with relevant legal knowledge and proactive suggestions that go further than the principal matter at hand. The key distinguishing characteristic of Pels is that they really have adapted their approach on legal matters to the modern age. Instead of supplying only legal theoretical surveys, they take a practical approach taking into account the day-to-day business of my organization. So there is a clear link between a solid legal foundation and options on how to act. Fantastic!’

‘Dedicated and well-informed team. Willingness to think a long while case develops.’

‘The practice is unique because it has all the in-house expertise needed for providing full-service legal advice to the public sector. If necessary, a team of lawyers will be put together. The Pels Rijcken lawyers are also renowned for their expertise and have an excellent reputation in the academic field.’

‘I have worked together with Erik Pijnacker Hordijk and Georges Dictus on several court cases. They have shown a good insight into the way high court judges are likely to react to a given degree of technical reasoning, allowing us to have reached jointly supported written submissions and plea strategies in the past.’

‘The team displays a hands-on mentality when it comes to advising the client. It doesn’t matter whether the case is complex or not. Every case gets the attention it needs. They carefully dissect the issues at hand and provide practical solutions.’

‘Georges Dictus stands out for his expertise in state aid law. His pragmatic approach is very effective in figuring out what the issues at hand are and which solutions fit best for the client.

‘The Pels team is very pleasant to work with. They have a good understanding of our position and prove to be a good sparring partner.’

Key clients

Dutch State

Dutch Competition Authority (ACM)

Scandinavian Airlines

ArcelorMittal

Daimler AG

Royal Cosun

City of Amsterdam

City of Rotterdam

EPS

NKT Cable

Medicom

Royal FloraHolland

The Netherlands Gambling Authority

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority

Nederlandse Loterij

Work highlights

  • Representing Daimler AG in all pending damages actions, that have been and may be brought against it, before Dutch courts in connection with the decision of the EU Commission in July 2016 on the trucks case.
  • Representing the Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs and Climate in administrative proceedings concerning the takeover of a competitor by the largest provider of postal services in the Netherlands (PostNL).
  • Acting for Royal FloraHolland (RFH) in second phase merger proceedings relating to its proposed acquisition of a number of transport companies.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 2

The Hague-based Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV innovation, privacy & technology practice group is noted for taking on cutting edge tech projects, for example drafting the model contracts for AI procurement which is being rolled out by the European Commission. IT procurement, data protection and related disputes are other areas of strength. The practice is also well known for advising the Dutch Government. The Pels Acceleration Lab advises start-ups and innovators and is part of innovative groups such as the Dutch Blockchain Coalition. Meine Dijkstra excels in IT law and data analytics, in transactional and dispute matters, while Gerrit-Jan Zwenne specialises in privacy and data protection law in relation to internet and telecoms law. Senior associate Jeroen Naves has a prominent role in the team and is considered ‘well suited for an innovative project‘.

Practice head(s):

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne; Meine Dijkstra

Other key lawyers:

Jeroen Naves; Arnoud Boorsma

Testimonials

‘Arnoud Boorsma is a pleasure to work with.’

‘The practice has a unique selling point. They provide legal services for all supervision authorities in The Netherlands. The practice is well informed about national and European administrative law, competition law, audio-visual law and telecom law. With their excellent knowledge of legislation and case-law, they supply high-level legal services.’

‘It’s the combination of high-level legal service and the sensitivity for the way of working of our organisation.  The individuals we work with are well interested in our mission, vision and strategy and are aware of the importance of our public value in all legal disputes. The legal experts are well able to see through the main issues/questions and provide tailor-made legal services that correspond to our high standards.’

‘Jeroen Naves is wonderful to work with. His knowledge of information law and jurisprudence and everything related is outstanding, and he was well suited for our innovative project like this; being very flexible and not minding uncertainties.’

Key clients

Dutch Tax Authority

Cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague

Dutch National Railways

All 12 Dutch provincial authorities

Dutch Public Prosecution Service

KPN

Delft University of Technology

State of the Netherlands (all ministries)

Haagse Inkoop Samenwerking

Kadaster (The Netherlands Land Registry and Mapping Agency)

Logius

PON

Work highlights

  • Assisted KPN with various proceedings, including long-term proceedings against Entropia Digital.
  • Assisted Dutch national Tax Authority in an interim relief proceeding initiated by Planon, a supplier of facility management software.
  • Advised the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport on the development of a number of COVID-19 apps e.g. CoronaMelder (tracking app), CoronaTester (test results app) and Coronacheck (travel app).

Netherlands > Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV, which undertakes a mix of advisory work and litigation, is best known for representing public authorities and the state. It is prominent in matters of public impact that have financial, social and political relevance. The team has expertise in defamation cases, defending the freedom of speech of government officials, social watchdogs and academics. It is also known for its experience of Supreme Court litigation, and practice head Sikke Kingma is admitted to the Dutch Supreme Court Bar.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Arnoud Boorsma; Jordi Bierens

Key clients

Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst

Consumentenbond

Sena

Municipality of The Hague

Municipality of Rotterdam

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Security and Justice)

The Public Prosecution Service

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Rotterdam City Council and one of its councillors in defamation proceedings against the publisher of Sabah, one of the best-read Turkish newspapers.
  • Successfully represented the State of Netherlands in proceedings before the Court of Appeal of The Hague, fending off a large claim by film producers collective SEKAM.
  • Represents Sena in Supreme Court proceedings against a group of dance organizers, who claim that the tariffs for compensation for artists set by Sena are too high. The case concerns fundamental questions about how to calculate these tariffs according to European neighbouring rights law.

Netherlands > Industry focus: telecoms Tier 2

Known for defending Dutch government organisations in complex and politically sensitive litigation, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV handles advisory work and litigation for the Dutch Telecommunications Authority, the Netherlands Radiocommunications Agency, the Dutch Media Authority and the State of the Netherlands. The firm has a particular strength in regulatory matters. Practice head Jannetje Bootsma specialises in administrative law, with a focus on telecommunications and education. Arnoud Boorsma handles general administrative law, supervision and enforcement, notably telecoms sector and the public and commercial media sector matters.

Practice head(s):

Jannetje Bootsma

Other key lawyers:

Arnoud Boorsma

Testimonials

‘Very strong and versatile team, great litigators.’

‘Arnoud Boorsma is an excellent lawyer with great knowledge of bot telecom law and administrative procedural, which is a prerequisite in the complicated proceedings he and his team are often involved in. Jannetje Bootsma has excellent skills in court and always present in the big cases.’

‘The practice has a unique selling point. They provide legal services for all supervision authorities in The Netherlands. The practice is well informed about national and European administrative law, competition law, audiovisual law and telecom law. With their excellent knowledge of legislation and case law, they supply high level legal services.’

‘The individuals we work with are very much interested in our mission, vision and strategy and are aware of the importance to explicit our public value in all legal disputes. The legal experts are very much able to see through the main issues/questions and provide tailor-made legal services that correspond to our high standards.’

‘Good knowledge of public law, European law and regulation issues. They deliver on time and with high quality.’

‘Focuses on the core issues to ensure high quality in time.’

Key clients

Commissariaat voor de Media

ACM

OPTA

Agentschap Telecom

State of the Netherlands

Work highlights

  • Represents the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Foundation Stop5GNL instituted proceedings against the State aimed at prohibiting the roll-out of 5G technology in the Netherlands. The firm assisted the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in these preliminary relief proceedings and has acted on behalf of the State together with his colleagues. By decision of 25 May 2020, the District Court of The Hague denied Stop5GNL’s claim. The District Court concluded that the State was not acting unlawfully by enabling the roll-out of 5G. Stop5GNL Foundation has filed an appeal.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

As a well-established adviser to the State of the Netherlands, as well as many other municipalities and public authorities, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ‘well suited to identify the needs of government bodies and understand the political environment’. The practice is no stranger to large-scale arbitrations and advises on all stages, from interim measures to setting aside proceedings, and up to the Supreme Court. Mark Birnage heads the team and focuses on construction disputes, including those relating to large PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Birnage

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Scheltema; René Kiers

Testimonials

‘The team members are always open to the input of the client and other legal advisors’.

‘PelsRijcken is one of the best firms specific for government-market issues’.

”They have been very helpful in strategic advice’.

‘Pels Rijcken is well able to develop a suitable process strategy based on the content provided’.

‘The various arguments and the moments and the way in which they are brought to the table are carefully considered’.

Key clients

State of the Netherlands

Provinces of North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht, North Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland, Zeeland.

Cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague

Other municipalities, government bodies and public authorities

Feadship Holland; Royal Van Lent; Royal De Vries Shipbuilding

ABN Amro Bank

Nationale-Nederlanden

KPN

Rabobank

ProRail

Work highlights

  • Representing the State of the Netherlands in multi-million arbitration proceedings on issues leading to delay in the execution of the €750m Zeetoegang IJmond sea lock PPP.‎
  • Representing Municipality of the Hague in multiple complex alternative dispute resolution concerning a concert hall construction and redevelopment projects.
  • Representing the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in a complex mega arbitration regarding the renovation and extension of the courthouse of the province Overijssel.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV has ‘a unique understanding of labour law within the public sector’ and is recommended for both contentious and non-contentious matters. Its broad practice offers expertise in pensions, reorganisations, disputes with works councils, fraud and whistleblower cases. Ruben van Arkel heads the team and is well regarded in the market for his experience in the field of equal treatment.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Pels Rijcken team has shown that they can deploy employees flexibly and that they can respond to the needs of the client, without compromising the quality of their service’.

‘The lawyers act with integrity in their communication.’

‘Erika Wies provides patience and enthusiasm, and is able to get all relevant information about a case from the client’.

‘Excellent legal skills, speedy response, always accessible, and a great sense of the context in which they give legal advice’.

‘They have always delivered excellent legal advice and stand out performances in court’.

‘They are highly recommended whether legal advice is needed or litigation has to take place’.

‘Ruben van Arkel is a great communicator, strategic thinker and a brilliant legal mind’.

‘Ruben van Arkel has the ability to break down complex legal issues and to give clear and understandable advice about those issues’. 

Key clients

Jacobs

KPN

McDonalds

State of the Netherlands (including the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Security and Justice)

Municipality of Arnhem

Survitec

Several Dutch universities, including TU Delft and Erasmus University Rotterdam

Municipality of Amsterdam and Rotterdam

Mambu

OneFit

Work highlights

  • Assisted the State of Netherlands in a claim started by a number of military personnel, with the support of the union VBM.
  • Assisted KPN during the negotiation process on pension related topics with strategic advice and assisted with formalizing the agreements reached in the pension scheme and the administration agreement between KPN and its pension fund.
  • Serving as the trusted advisor of the McDonalds franchise owners regarding employment law issues, such as participation rights, sexual harassment, matters concerning ill employees and their rehabilitation.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV has a strong focus on acting for government clients involved in contentious matters, and also counts insurance companies and healthcare providers among its clientele. Elisabeth Pietermaat  is a name to note for regulatory matters, financing and litigation, while Wemmeke Wisman  handles disputes involving public, liability and contract law. Cees de Zeeuw  is a corporate law specialist and civil-law notary, who advises clients in the private and public sectors. Marije Batting  and Karlijn Teuben  are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Pietermaat; Marije Batting; Karlijn Teuben; Wemmeke Wisman; Cees de Zeeuw

Testimonials

‘Pels Rijcken is highly specialised in issues regarding the government, including in issues on healthcare and life sciences’.

‘The team has an excellent understanding of the attitude that is needed when you’re a lawyer or barrister acting on behalf of the Government’.

Key clients

Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (NZa) (Dutch Healthcare Authority)

IGJ (Dutch Health and Youth Care Inspectorate)

CZ

Menzis

VGZ

Zorgverzekeraars Nederland (Healthcare Insurers Netherlands)

Zorginstituut Nederland (Healthcare Institute Netherlands)

The State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport)

The State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Defence)

Florence

CBG (Medicine Evaluation Board)

Zilveren Kruis

Domus Magnus

Stichting Cordaan

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (NZa) (Dutch Healthcare Authority) in a dispute over the reimbursement of non-contractual care.
  • Assisting the Minister for Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in appeal proceedings before the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State against the receivers in the bankruptcy of MC IJsselmeerziekenhuizen B.V.
  • Representing SDKB in civil proceedings initiated by a number of donor children to obtain the information of their (anonymous) sperm donors.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV, which is based in The Hague, advises a range of corporate clients but is especially noted for its representation of the Dutch State, a number of Dutch regulatory bodies and universities. It advises, negotiates and litigates on all types of IP up to the Supreme Court and is especially notable for its work in the latter forum. Global firms frequently refer cases to the firm that are destined for the Supreme Court. Sikke Kingma  who spearheads the work, specialises in copyright and media law and is one of a few IP lawyers who is admitted to the Bar of the Dutch Supreme Court. Associate Jordi Bierens is a key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong IP team, especially for cassation.’

‘Sikke Kingma is very knowledgeable and can make complicated matters seem simple. Highly recommended.’ 

Key clients

SENA (Foundation for the Exploitation of Neighbouring Rights)

City of Rotterdam

Chamber of Commerce

Goossens Meubelen

SONT (Foundation for the negotiation of home copying levies)

Kunstmuseum The Hague (formerly known as ‘Gemeentemuseum’)

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Justice and Security)

Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board

Council for the Judiciary

The Dutch Institute for Physical Safety

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Dutch Medicine Evaluation Board in proceedings initiated by German pharmaceutical company Medice. The case concerned the intended publication of (parts of) a medicine registration file, which was filed to the medicine evaluation board by Medice as part of a registration-progress of a specific medicine.
  • Representing Sena in Supreme Court proceedings against a group of dance organizers, who claim that the tariffs for compensation for artists set by Sena are too high.
  • Successfully represented the State of Netherlands in proceedings before the Court of Appeal of The Hague regarding a claim by film producers collective SEKAM, valued at EUR 1.2 billion (interest included) by some film producers.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV handles a broad range of real estate matters, including sales and acquisitions, leasings, redevelopments, transformations and litigation. Working closely with related departments, the firm is active in healthcare, sustainability, and climate and energy transition projects. Alain de Jonge  and René Spit jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very nice cooperation and expertise on complex files’.

‘They deal with complex and conflicting interests with good political sensitivity’.

‘Good reaction speed, service level, expertise and experience’.

‘Hands-on mentality with a practical and keen eye on possibilities’.

‘Alain de Jonge is a know it all real estate professional who does not hesitate to connect us with partners and colleagues in other fields to ensure we get an excellent product’.

‘The team always delivers’.

‘Alain de Jonge is sharp, smart and pragmatic’.

‘Advice is good, creative and solid’.

Key clients

MS Vastgoed B.V.

ExxonMobil / Esso Nederland B.V.

Galapagos Real Estate Netherlands B.V.

Aruba Airport Authority

ProRail

De Vries Groep and Feadship Royal de Vries Shipbuilding BV

Feadship – Royal van Lent Shipyard

Rabobank

Siemens

Van der Vorm Vastgoed B.V.

Stichting Ymere

Stichting Woonzorg Nederland

Stichting Habion

Capital Value

ABC Capital

Wij. Verkoop Management B.V.

Philips Pension Fund

State of the Netherlands (all Ministries)

The provinces of Noord-Holland, South-Holland, Noord-Brabant and Gelderland

Cities of The Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Haarlem

Work highlights

  • Advising the Hague CS on the transaction of the Bellevue location.
  • Advising Coöperation Mariahoeve on the purchase and financing of the Mariahoeve shopping centre in The Hague.
  • Advising Birmingham Investment on the sale of TNO location Leiden and purchase of TNO locations Zeist and Heimolen.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Adept in both outbound and inbound work, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV handles a broad range of M&A, divestment, corporate restructuring and related finance mandates. The practice is distinguished through its role as principal legal adviser to the Dutch State, a role which sees it engaged on a wealth of transactions, including privatisations, on behalf of Dutch ministries. Carel Van Swaay, who has expertise in national and cross-border controlled auctions, heads the practice which is adept in a number of regulated sectors, namely energy, financial institutions, healthcare and telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Carel van Swaay

Other key lawyers:

Cees de Zeeuw; René van de Klashorst; Wouter Admiraal

Testimonials

‘It is a full fledge team that has all we need.’

‘Wouter Admiraal has been solid for many years, he has excellent team members surrounding him.’

‘Great and highly qualified team to work with.’

‘Wouter Admiraal is highly qualified and pleasant in communication.’

‘Hands-on team. Very friendly and accurate to work with.’

‘Wouter Admiraal has a civil law notary expertise on multiple jurisdictions. Very pleasant to work with. Outstanding quality.’

‘Great team which thinks pragmatically and creatively which is important for us.’

‘Benjamin Gideonse wants to really create value for us.’

Key clients

City of Amsterdam

City of Rotterdam

Stenprop Limited

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

Dutch Ministry of Finance

Altano Gruppe

Guerrero Ventures Inc.

Kardex Holding A.G.

Lundin Energy

Login VSI

Igea Pharma NV.

Ecart Invest 1 B.V.

NVM

Navitas/Vinke Amsterdam B.V.

Green Business Certification, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised the Municipality of Amsterdam on the financial and corporate restructuring of AEB and the ongoing privatisation of the Amsterdam Energie Bedrijf (AEB), the largest European waste incineration plant operator, through a public controlled auction process.
  • Advised Green Business Certification, Inc. regarding the acquisition of all shares in the capital of GRESB B.V. by Summit Partners LLP.
  • Acted as adviser to the ministry of Economic Affairs of the Dutch State in the TenneT case.
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Mrs Marije Batting  photo Mrs Marije Batting Marije Batting is specialised in supervision and enforcement in administrative law. This…
Mr Hans Besselink  photo Mr Hans Besselink Hans is fast, decisive and to the point. He uses his specialist…
Jordi Bierens photo Jordi BierensJordi Bierens joined Pels Rijcken’s IP, Privacy and Media team in 2017.…
Mr Mark Birnage  photo Mr Mark Birnage Mark specializes in the procurement and contracting of major PPP projects. He…
Mrs Cécile Bitter  photo Mrs Cécile Bitter Cécile Bitter assists the government in all issues pertaining to criminal law…
Mr Arnoud Boorsma  photo Mr Arnoud Boorsma As a specialist in administrative law, Arnoud represents the interests of the…
Mrs Jannetje Bootsma  photo Mrs Jannetje Bootsma Jannetje Bootsma is an expert in the broad field of administrative law.…
Mr Iman Brinkman  photo Mr Iman Brinkman Iman specialises in energy law and policy and is head of Pels…
Mr Meine Dijkstra  photo Mr Meine Dijkstra Meine has been an attorney since 1986. His experience ranges from economic…
Raimond Dufour photo Raimond DufourRaimond Dufour joined Pels Rijcken in 2012 and is a senior associate…
Mr Willem Heemskerk  photo Mr Willem Heemskerk Willem has been an attorney at Pels Rijcken for 25 years and…
Mr René Kiers  photo Mr René Kiers René Kiers, an attorney since 1981, joined Pels Rijcken at the end…
Mr Sikke Kingma  photo Mr Sikke Kingma Sikke Kingma is a specialist litigator and adviser in the area of…
Mrs Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk  photo Mrs Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk   Maryse has 20 years of experience with litigation and consultating in…
Christina Mutinghe photo Christina MutingheChristina Muntinghe joined Pels Rijcken as a lawyer in 2006, where she…
Jeroen Naves photo Jeroen NavesJeroen Naves specialises in technology and the law. His activities include drawing…
Mrs Elisabeth Pietermaat  photo Mrs Elisabeth Pietermaat With a solid foundation in administrative law, Elisabeth Pietermaat focuses in particular…
Mr Erik Pijnacker Hordijk  photo Mr Erik Pijnacker Hordijk Erik Pijnacker Hordijk is one of the most experienced lawyers in the…
Mr Jelmer Procee  photo Mr Jelmer Procee Jelmer Procee is an expert in administrative compensation law, including compensation for…
Mrs Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen  photo Mrs Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen Planning law and environmental law often require a pragmatic approach, just the…
Mr Martijn Scheltema  photo Mr Martijn Scheltema Martijn Scheltema has been working at Pels Rijcken since 1997 and is…
Mrs Liesbeth Schippers  photo Mrs Liesbeth Schippers Liesbeth is the top specialist in the field of planning law, with…
Mr René Spit  photo Mr René Spit René’s practice covers the full scala of notarial work and includes advising…
Mr Pieter Stuijt  photo Mr Pieter Stuijt Pieter Stuijt is an attorney since 1986 he previously worked in London…
Mrs Karlijn Teuben  photo Mrs Karlijn Teuben Karlijn Teuben has been an attorney at Pels Rijcken since 2004. She…
Marte Van Graafeiland photo Marte Van GraafeilandMarte van Graafeiland has been with Pels Rijcken since 2010. She specialises…
Carel Van Swaay photo Carel Van SwaayCarel van Swaay advises corporates and financial sponsors on national and cross…
Mr Reimer Veldhuis  photo Mr Reimer Veldhuis Reimer Veldhuis frequently acts as State Advocate for the State of the…
Jeanile Weyne photo Jeanile WeyneJeanile Weyne joined Pels Rijcken’s Construction and Procurement Law team in 2010.…
Mrs Wemmeke Wisman  photo Mrs Wemmeke Wisman Wemmeke Wisman has been an attorney at Pels Rijcken since 1998. She…
Mr Gerrit-Jan Zwenne  photo Mr Gerrit-Jan Zwenne Gerrit-Jan is an expert in the field of privacy and data protection…
Mr Alain de Jonge  photo Mr Alain de Jonge Alain de Jonge focuses on civil property law and has built up…
Mrs Monique de Witte-van den Haak  photo Mrs Monique de Witte-van den Haak Monique de Witte-van den Haak is a very experienced lawyer. She has…
Mr Cees de Zeeuw  photo Mr Cees de Zeeuw As a notary partner and specialist in property and corporate law, Cees…
Mr Ruben van Arkel  photo Mr Ruben van Arkel
Mrs Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage  photo Mrs Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage Sandra van Heukelom is a lawyer and partner at Pels Rijcken. She…
Mr Aemile van Rappard  photo Mr Aemile van Rappard Aemile van Rappard is an experienced real estate lawyer and tenancy law…
Mr Maarten van Rijn  photo Mr Maarten van Rijn Maarten van Rijn, attorney since 1991, partner since 2000, has an extensive…
Mr Hans van Wijk  photo Mr Hans van Wijk Hans van Wijk has more than 25 years of experience, gained within…
Mr René van de Klashorst  photo Mr René van de Klashorst René van de Klashorst is one of Pels Rijcken’s most experienced attorneys…
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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.