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

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

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is 'very, very strong - their advice is clear, considered and strategic'. It is the firm of choice for State and local government, attracting instructions on many of the most prominant disputes in the country, including the Urgenda case on climate change. Such is the expertise, the firm attracts an equally impressive client base of company giants, such as Royal Dutch Shell, Daimler and Glencore. 'Very skilled' Supreme Court litigator Hans van Wijk and 'clearly at the top of his game' Willem Heemskerk head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Hans van Wijk; Willem Heemskerk

Other key lawyers:

Karlijn Teuben; Wemmeke Wisman; Martijn Scheltema

Testimonials

‘The team I worked with was complementary: different expertise, capabilities and characters, needed in a complex legal case.’

‘Willem Heemskerk as a partner was able to oversee the case as a whole with all different legal and complex issues. He was also very helpful in explaining the main, most important topics in a comprehensive way to the board of directors and supervisory board. His social skills are excellent. Martijn Kloppenburg has excellent analytical skills. He easily dives into technical issues, necessary to understand the legal case. Ameer Mohammed is a lawyer you can rely on, solid in his legal opinion and very accessible as a person. ’

‘We worked together with Martijn Scheltema and Sikke Kingma on a cassation before the Supreme Court of The Hague. They are a top-notch team. Martijn and Sikke were very responsive. They have in-depth knowledge of the matter at hand. ’

‘The Pels’ commercial litigation practice is very reputable and especially excels in its Supreme Court litigation. Hans van Wijk has been a long-time partner for us, handling our Supreme Court litigation. We find him very skilled and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Pels Rijcken is unique in its great experience with litigation for central and local government in the Netherlands. They combine high quality legal plus excellent procedural knowledge with the right sensitivity in representing the central government and other public authorities. They have a set of excellent litigators. A stand-out partner is Karlijn Teuben. Over the years she has represented us in high-profile and sensitive liability and compensation procedures (e.g. military interventions and the colonial past). Karlijn is an expert in civil procedures and has high quality knowledge on past and present law, both in Dutch and in international law. She has an outstanding performance in court where she delivers the message with empathy.’

‘Unique knowledge of governmental issues. Reimer Veldhuis is making an outstanding name for himself and Elisabeth Pietermaat is always available for quality help and advice. ’

‘Exceptionally skilled, collaborative and efficient. I know partner Wemmeke Wisman as an excellent litigator with a deep knowledge of and vast experience in Dutch procedural law. She is both technically and strategically exceptionally strong, has an impressive appreciation and understanding of the issues at stake, is extremely sharp-minded, highly committed, flexible, responsive and collaborative, comes very well prepared, and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘The litigation team at Pels is very, very strong – their advice is clear, considered and strategic. They are a pleasure to work with and we have been very impressed with their advice and how they have navigated complex, multi-party proceedings. Willem Heemskerk is clearly at the top of his game: clear, calm and effective. He inspires confidence. Raimond Dufour is a very impressive senior associate and one to watch for the future. He is clearly very bright, client-oriented and thinks strategically and commercially.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Folksam

Franchisees Albert Heijn

Authority for Consumers and Markets

Royal Dutch Shell

CNA Insurance company Europe

Daimler AG

Van Oord

ArcelorMittal

UBS

BNP Paribas

Scandinavian Airlines

Total

KPN

Nationale-Nederlanden

Philips Pensioenfonds

VGA

Glencore

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

ExxonMobil

Energy: regulatory Tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is well known for its representation of the Dutch government and local municipalities, but also acts for large private companies, including energy producers, suppliers and traders, and energy project developers. Its continued success in the regulatory sphere is driven by its experienced practitioners, who focus on climate change and energy transition. Practice head Iman Brinkman specialises in energy law and policy, and is noted for his litigation experience in civil and administrative 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 the various sectors, including real estate, spatial planning and competition law’.

‘The team members share a special predilection for energy law within their field of expertise’.

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

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

‘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 is an extremely strategic consultant’.

‘High quality service, very involved, personal and sympathetic’.

Key clients

ExxonMobil

TOTAL

Lundin Petroleum

Dutch Energy Regulator – ACM

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

EnergyZero

Royal Dutch Shell

Province of Gelderland

Province of Noord-Brabant

Municipality of Haarlem

Environment and planning Tier 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is well-known for its representation of the Dutch state, municipalities, and provincial authorities, but it also regularly advises and litigates on behalf of private sector clients. The team is specialised in key sub-fields of public law, including planning and environmental law, water law, energy and climate law. Head of practice Liesbeth Schippers, who is ‘full of energy’ and ‘fights until the bitter end’, is experienced in large-scale projects, such as airports, motorways and urban development projects. Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen is also recommended. Roelof Reinders was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Liesbeth Schippers

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn team displays strong ownership of their client’s problem and makes good use of every opportunity to solve it’.

‘Very strong in combining legal practice with technical content’.

‘Liesbeth Schippers never gives up, is full of energy and fights until the bitter end’.

Roelof Reinders is a strong lawyer, with wide knowledge of jurisprudence and is solid in court’.

‘Thorough knowledge of the law and a very good understanding of how it works within the government and the various ministries’.

‘Liesbeth Schippers is an excellent lawyer, she knows where there are weaknesses in the case’.

‘Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen is a very good lawyer with a broad spatial planning practice’.

‘The team has a lot of experience in cases where the government is involved’.

Key clients

Dutch central government departments (Infrastructure and Environment, Defence, Economic Affairs, Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)

Independent public law bodies and agencies, such as the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Dutch Land Registry

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

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

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and the Board for the Authorisation of Plant Protection Products and Biocides

DCMR (the environmental protection agency in the Rijnmond region)

District Water Authorities ‘Hollands Noorderkwartier’ and ‘Roer en Overmaas’

KPN

Synchroon BV

Jumbo Supermarkten BV

Construction Tier 2

The construction and procurement law practice group at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is well known in the marketplace for its representation of the Dutch state in large-scale public infrastructure works. It also acts for private sector clients and has noted expertise in PPP, PFI, drafting contracts and disputes. Practice head Mark Birnage is deeply experienced in design, build, finance, maintain and operate (DBFMO) contracts. Pieter Stuijt handles litigation and arbitration in relation to construction and procurement disputes. Senior associate Christina Mutinghe is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Birnage

Other key lawyers:

Pieter Stuijt; Christina Mutinghe; Maarten van Rijn; René Kiers

Testimonials

‘A very strong, fast-thinking and fast-acting team, they give great advice with a sharp eye for detail and possible political implications.’

‘Would recommend them to anyone.’

‘Broad knowledge and therefore full advice, but still one point of contact.’

‘The team is always searching for the long term solutions and relationships.’

‘The knowledge of the national government and the proper protection of its interests in and outside the courtroom makes this law firm unique.’

‘The employees have extensive knowledge and expertise.’

‘René Kiers is a giant among some very formidable international colleagues’.

‘The individuals I have worked with are outstanding in putting things in perspective and helping to make the context clear’.

Key clients

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

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

Philips Pension Fund

ExxonMobil / Esso Nederland B.V.

Galapagos

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

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV's innovation, privacy and technology team is a key name in the market for data litigation, and recently represented Dutch Railways in proceedings relating to the use of a public transport chip card and the use of passenger data. The team also handles innovative issues surrounding data, including matters relating to big data, smart cities, blockchain and AI. The highly regarded Gerrit-Jan Zwenne leads the practice, which acts for a notable roster of public and private sector clients, including Dutch provincial authorities, the City of Amsterdam and Experian. Other notable practitioners include Meine Dijkstra and senior associate Marte van Graafeiland, who regularly act for public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne

Other key lawyers:

Meine Dijkstra; Marte van Graafeiland; Jeroen Naves

Testimonials

‘The team is a close-knit group. Their strength lies in their ability to listen and, of course, their legal knowledge. They are very pleasant to work with and know their business. What also sets them apart from other firms is that I have never, not once, seen arrogance in their behaviour.’

‘Jeroen Naves is very competent, quick, nice colleague to work with. The difference between Jeroen and other lawyers is his understanding of risk and business value. Where most lawyers focus solely on the law itself, Jeroen understands the balance between Legal, Risk and Business very well.’

‘We have a great relationship with Gerrit-Jan Zwenne as partner who supports us in many of our complex privacy related matters.’

Key clients

Data Privacy Foundation (Data Privacy Stichting, DPS) Consumer Association in the Netherland (Consumentenbond)

Experian

Dutch National Railways (Nederlandse Spoorwegen)

Total

Schiphol Airport

Cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague

Ministry of Defence

The Greenery

All 12 Dutch provincial authorities

Dutch Public Prosecution Service

APG/PGGM

EU and competition Tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV acts for the Dutch State and the Dutch competition authority as well as handling work for other notable public sector clients including several municipalities and provinces; it is also growing its corporate client base. The practice is a key name in the market for contentious competition work and acts in cartel damages proceedings, state aid claims, competition litigation and contentious merger control work. Litigator Erik Pijnacker Hordijk leads the group, which also includes senior associates Marleen Botman and Christina Mutinghe.

Practice head(s):

Erik Pijnacker Hordijk

Other key lawyers:

Marleen Botman; Christina Mutinghe

Key clients

Dutch State

Dutch Competition Authority

Scandinavian Airlines

ArcelorMittal

Daimler AG

Royal Cosun

City of Amsterdam

City of Rotterdam

EPS

JCDecaux

NKT Cable

Medicom

Nederlandse Loterij

Industry focus: Information technology Tier 2

The innovation, privacy and technology group at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV handles IT procurement, IT litigation, software law, data protection and compliance. Best known for advising the Dutch government on large IT projects, the firm also acts for private sector clients, including healthcare providers and health insurance companies. Meine Dijkstra heads the practice and focuses on IT law and data analytics. Gerrit-Jan Zwenne is experienced in internet and telecoms law and legal issues around blockchain, the cloud and sensor data. Jeroen Naves provides additional support at associate level..

Practice head(s):

Meine Dijkstra

Other key lawyers:

Gerrit-Jan Zwenne; Jeroen Naves

Testimonials

‘They are very pleasant to work with and know their business’.

‘Jeroen Naves is very competent, quick, and a nice colleague to work with’.

‘Personal approach, friendly, and with a good knowledge of the market’.

‘Up-to-date legal knowledge’.

‘Jeroen Navesis recommended for hard work, a personal approach, quick responses and good time management’.

‘Pels Rijcken is academically very sound’.

‘Good practicable advice, with a clear intention to find a balance between the legal merits of a case and the broader relationship between contracting partners’.

‘Understands the need to reduce costs and to manage litigation’.

Key clients

Schiphol Airport

Dutch Tax Authority

Cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague

Ministry of Defence

Total

Dutch Public Prosecution Service

KPN

Delft University of Technology

State of the Netherlands

Haagse Inkoop Samenwerking

Kadaster

Logius

Stichting Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is best known for its close relationship with the state of the Netherlands, advising on all its major PPP projects in infrastructure, energy and accommodation, such as the €750m Zeetoegang IJmond sea lock PPP, the Windpark Maasvlakte 2 wind farm project and the state’s accommodation, prison and court building PPP projects. It also has a strong regional presence, acting for public authorities throughout the country, as well as representing corporate clients, including Siemens and ProRail. It also extensively advises start-ups through its use of Pels Acceleration Lab, which offers legal and project development support to innovators from the private and public sectors. Mark Birnage spearheads the practice and is a recognised PPP expert.

Practice head(s):

Mark Birnage

Testimonials

‘Very high level of knowledge of project finance and PFI. They have the ability to make this knowledge understandable and practically applicable. They explain not only the letter of the law but also the spirit of the law if necessary’

‘Mark Birnage is practical and understandable for an engineer.  He also gives very good and honest advice about our legal position.’

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

Government of Aruba

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

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV excels in litigation on behalf of State and local governments and has a high-calibre arbitiration practice to match. The comprehensive practice covers all stages of arbitration, from interim measures to setting aside proceedings up to the Supreme Court; non-government clients include ABN Amro Bank and Rabobank. Head of the team René Kiers is particularly skilled in arbitration related to large-scale infrastructure and construction projects.

Practice head(s):

René Kiers

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Scheltema; Mark Birnage

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

Employment Tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is well-known for its representation of the Dutch government, ministries and municipalities. In addition, it also acts for large multinational companies. The firm has a notably strong pensions practice, and it is also sought out to advise on reorganisations, disputes with works councils, strikes and whistleblower cases. Practice head Ruben van Arkel is a noted expert in the field of equal treatment.

Practice head(s):

Ruben van Arkel

Other key lawyers:

Femke van Herk; Annette de Jong; Erika Wies

Testimonials

‘Highly informed and capable team’.

‘The lawyers offer very good support to employers dealing with personnel issues’.

‘Erika Wies’ combination of business savviness and personal interest is highly appreciated’.

‘Erika Wies is down to earth, does not spill time but also takes enough time to really understand the case as well as the underlying circumstances’.

‘Excellent legal advice, great communication skills and always ready to deliver on time’.

‘Ruben van Arkel is a great legal mind and superb strategic thinker’.

‘Erika Wies is fast, with great communication skills and works very hard’.

‘Excellent communication skills’.

Key clients

Jacobs

KPN

McDonalds

Mambu

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

Ecart Invest

Navitas Capital

SSC Flex B.V.

Several Dutch universities, including TU Delft, University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam

Municipality of Amsterdam

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

As a trusted partner for healthcare matters for the Dutch government, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV acts for a number of government ministries, and also counts insurance companies and healthcare providers among its client base. The firm has deep experience in litigation and also handles general advisory and transactional matters. The team is headed by Elisabeth Pietermaat, Marije Batting, Karlijn Teuben, Wemmeke Wisman and Cees de Zeeuw.

Practice head(s):

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

Testimonials

‘The team is capable of acquiring the necessary knowledge within a short period of time by combining the existing knowledge of different members in the team’.

‘Wemmeke Wisman is very pleasant in the way she communicates, she has thorough knowledge about the case concerned, but doesn’t lose sight on the bigger picture of it’.

Wemmeke Wisman’s analyses are sharp and a perfect combination of the relevant legal and political aspects’.

‘The practice has a broad and deep understanding and experience with the central government and our way of thinking’.

‘They are sharp debaters and quick minds, they understand our needs and cut to the chase’.

‘The team is very professional and committed’.

‘It surprises me every time how quickly they comprehend the cases we present and place the legal problem in the right context’.

‘The legal knowledge is outstanding and so is the service provided’.

Key clients

Nederlandse Zorgautoriteit (Dutch Healthcare Authority – NZa)

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

Industry focus: Media and entertainment Tier 3

As principal legal adviser to the state of the Netherlands, Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is often involved in high-profile litigation involving the Dutch State or national and local government bodies. It has a strong track record handling defamation and freedom of speech cases, and also assists with database, trade mark and other IP matters. Team head Sikke Kingma focuses on copyright and media law and has experience of litigating before the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Jordi Bierens

Key clients

Rijksvoorlichtingsdienst

Consumentenbond

Sena

Municipality of The Hague

Municipality of Rotterdam

Dutch Public Prosecution Service

Commissariaat voor de Media

State of the Netherlands

Industry focus: telecoms Tier 3

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is well regarded for defending Dutch government organisations in complex and politically sensitive litigation. It handles key regulatory cases, often involving new areas of law and multiple parties. Practice head Jannetje Bootsma is noted for administrative law, with a focus on telecoms.

Practice head(s):

Jannetje Bootsma

Other key lawyers:

Arnoud Boorsma

Key clients

Commissariaat voor de Media

ACM (The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets); OPTA, the former Netherlands Independent Post and Telecommunications Authority, is now part of the ACM organisation.

Agentschap Telecom

State of the Netherlands

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

Team head Sikke Kingma and Supreme Court litigator Martijn Scheltema are the senior practitioners leading on Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV IP work. Known for its extensive expertise in Supreme Court proceedings, the team attracts government agencies, Dutch regulatory authorities, universities, and corporate clients. It undertakes copyright, trade mark, and design right-related cases and is often engaged by global firms for Supreme Court matters. The Pels Acceleration Lab (PAL) advises start-ups and innovation departments. The firm is also a member of the board of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition and a legal advisor to the Dutch AI Coalition. Senior associate Jordi Bierens is also a core team member.

Practice head(s):

Sikke Kingma

Other key lawyers:

Martijn Scheltema; Jordi Bierens

Testimonials

‘We often work with Sikke Kingma for cassation proceedings in the field of copyright. He is a very strong lawyer, a very smart person, and very pleasant to work with.’

‘The team is able to make a very sharp analysis of complex legal issues. They combine their legal expertise with good insight into the technical background of the online environment. What makes the team different is that they are able to take into account the specific positions of organizations with a public/governmental responsibility.’

‘Very sharp analysis in written documents and during oral proceedings. Strong focus on defending the case. ’

Key clients

Spirits International B.V.

City of Rotterdam

SENA

Goossens Meubelen

SONT

Kunstmuseum The Hague

State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Justice and Security)

Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board

Council for the Judiciary

The Dutch Institute for Physical Safety

Real estate Tier 4

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is involved in new developments in the real estate market, including the financing of healthcare projects, digital transformation issues, and climate and energy transition matters. It also handles transactions, litigation, leasing, redevelopment, transformation, and renovation matters. The team is headed by Alain De Jonge, René SpitMaryse Mesu-Abbekerk and Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen.

Practice head(s):

Alain de Jonge; René Spit; Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk; Daniëlle Roelands-Fransen

Testimonials

‘The consultants are passionate and dedicated to carry out the work carefully, quickly and to a high quality’.

‘Compared with other firms, the ratio of quality and costs is very good’.

‘The practitioners are experts and take the burden off our office in handling cases’.

‘Driven team, with good people who really get to work on the job’.

‘Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk is a passionate lawyer who works energetically and has read the documents carefully when she enters meetings’.

‘Maryse Mesu-Abbekerk has a lot of experience and is also very practical’.             

Key clients

State of the Netherlands

Philips Pension Fund

ExxonMobil / Esso Nederland B.V.

Galapagos Real Estate Netherlands B.V.

ProRail

Provinces of Noord-Holland, South-Holland, Noord-Brabant and Gelderland

City of Amsterdam

City of The Rotterdam

City of The Hague

City of Utrecht

City of Haarlem

Feadship – Royal van Lent Shipyard

Rabobank

Siemens

Van der Vorm Vastgoed B.V.

Stichting Ymere

Stichting Woonzorg Nederland

Stichting Habion

Altera Vastgoed N.V.

Capital Value

ABC Capital

Wij. Verkoop Management B.V.

Exxon

Molsbergen Development B.V. (Ceintuurbaan CV)

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

The ‘hands-on, practically orientated and flexible’ team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV acts for large corporates, private equity houses and family-owned businesses at a local and global level on corporate and M&A transactions. The group is also praised for its expertise in regulated sectors including the energy, financial, healthcare and telecoms industries. Luc Defaix leads the practice, which also counts René van de Klashorst and Cees de Zeeuw as notable individuals.

Practice head(s):

Luc Defaix

Other key lawyers:

René van de Klashorst; Cees de Zeeuw 

Testimonials

‘The commercial, corporate and M&A practice is hands on, very practically orientated, very flexible and a good partner for collaboration between independent law firms in different countries, certainly for mid-size matters.’

‘Very practice and solution-oriented.’

‘The team has a solution-oriented mindset and an impeccable availability which brings value to our projects.’

Key clients

Municipality of Amsterdam

Human Capital Scan

Aalberts Investments

Sporthorse Medical Diagnostic Centre (SMDC)

Harbour Group

Municipality of Rotterdam

Guerrero Ventures Inc. /Nomad Royalty Company Ltd

Kardex Holding A.G.

Tennet

Ministry of Economic Affairs

TU Delft

Igea Pharma

Ecart Invest 1

Navitas/Vinke Amsterdam

Brabant Startup Fonds

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative law
Competition and market regulation
Construction
Corporate/M&A
Disciplinary law
Employment
Energy
European law
Healthcare
Intellectual property and media
IT law
Law enforcement and criminal law
Liability, damage and insurance
Litigation and arbitration
Planning and environmental law
Privacy
Procurement law
Public transport law
Real estate
State aid
Supreme Court litigation
Tax
Photo Name Position Profile
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…
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…
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…
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…
Mr Reimer Veldhuis  photo Mr Reimer Veldhuis Reimer Veldhuis frequently acts as State Advocate for the State of the…
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 Ruben van Arkel is an established name in the fields of employment…
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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Number 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.