AKD > Breda, Netherlands > Firm Profile

PO BOX 4714

Netherlands > Construction Tier 1

AKD offers ‘a fast and practical service with a personal touch’. As a leading independent Dutch firm, it handles large construction projects for domestic and international clients. The practice handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, and has particular experience in disputes, including litigation and arbitration, and also project finance, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and environmental matters. Marc Wintgens , who is recommended for complex construction contracts work, heads the team alongside Sven Billet. Jeanette Luijten focuses on civil engineering law, while Frenk Huisman is recommended for property development.

Practice head(s):


‘AKD offers diversity in knowledge of the various aspects of construction, project finance, PFI and real estate’.

‘They are easy accessible, know their stuff and are fun to work with’.

‘Marc Wintgens is very innovative’.

‘Marc Wintgens is first and foremost an excellent lawyer who always provides practical solutions’.

‘AKD provides a very professional team’.

‘They always deliver high quality’.

‘High-quality legal advice in all common matters’.

‘AKD is a critical partner for our legal issues and is able to deploy the right person for the job’.

Key clients


DW Partners





Green Real Estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate




Several local government agencies E.g. the municipalities of:• Amsterdam;• Utrecht;• Eindhoven;• Kampen;• Tilburg;• Breda; and• Westland

And the Provinces of• Limburg; Gelderland; and• Zuid-Holland

A large number of Dutch housing cooperatives (e.g. Rochdale, Portaal,Stichting Staedion, Haag Wonen, Stichting Havensteder, Vestia Groep,Woonbedrijf, Stichting Ymere, ’thuis, WonenCentraal and Sint Trudo)

Kaan Architects


Vue Cinemas

Epicenter Stockholm

Flow Real Estate

TB3 Investment

Several hospitals including:• Erasmus Medical Centre • Zuyderlandand• Queen Maxima Children Hospital

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLP

Allianz Real Estate GmbH




DEME Contractors

Work highlights

  • Advised VolkerWessels on all legal work with respect to the largest development /redevelopment project in the Netherlands, Strijp S, comprising around 500,000 sqm on a former Philips Electronics site.
  • Advised Pannatoni Europe with several projects in the Netherlands, and drafted and negotiated demolition and (integrated) construction contracts for multi-functional build–to suit warehouse facilities, for instance for the development of an ultra-modern logistics distribution centre in Moerdijk of 20,791 sqm’s and the new distribution centre in Ridderkerk, South Rotterdam, of approx. 40,000 sqm.
  • Acting as counsel to Blackstone LLP / Flow Real Estate with regard of the redevelopment of the monumental Tripolis building in Amsterdam, for anchor tenant Uber.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 1

The environmental team at AKD offers ‘deep and integrated knowledge of administrative law’ and handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious matters for public and private sector clients. Jos van der Velden  has over 30 years’ experience in planning and environmental issues and is a board member of the Association of Environmental Lawyers. Gerrit van der Veen has considerable experience in soil and environmental issues, and administrative liability, while Hugo Doornhof handles litigation. Henk Breeman is the name to note for enforcement matters and government liability.

Practice head(s):

Jos van der Velden; Gerrit van der Veen; Hugo Doornhof

Other key lawyers:

Henk Breeman; Eveline Sillevis Smitt; Thomas Sanders


The team knows the practice and they have a very good knowledge of what is important and what is not.

Very accessible and always a prompt reaction if the situation requires it.

The customer is king at AKD.

They are keen to make sure the case is being looked at from different perspectives which can add a new dimension on how to solve an issue.

To-the-point and high-quality specialist advice.

Very good value for money.

Eveline Sillevis Smitt is very engaged, helpful, bright and has outstanding knowledge in the specialist field of environmental law.

Gerrit van der Veen is sharp witted and a very able professor.

Key clients


Provinces: Friesland, Limburg, Zuid-Holland, Flevoland, Zeeland,Noord-Brabant, Utrecht, Overijssel, Gelderland

Municipalities: Kampen, Alphen aan de Rijn, Uden, Roosendaal, Oosterhout, Lelystad, Almere, Midden-Delfland, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Tilburg, Breda, Delft, Venlo, Meierijstad etc.

Waterboards: Brabantse Delta, De Dommel, Rijnland, Rijn enIJssel, Hunze en Aa’s, Limburg, etc.

Uniper Benelux (formerly E.ON)

Heros Sluiskil

Urenco Netherlands

Aldi Supermarkets

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam



Verbrugge Terminals, ZHD Stevedores


Wacker Chemie

WDP – Warehouses De Pauw

Hunter Douglas Europe

Dutch Parliament

Access World

Dutch Ministry of the Interior

Work highlights

  • Advising the province of Utrecht, the Dutch State and various municipalities in relation to house price regulation.
  • Providing legal services regarding the redevelopment of an abandoned airbase that will be as energy-neutral and self-sustaining as possible.
  • Advising the Municipality of Zundert on the closing down of Fort Oranje.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

AKD is known for expertise in food sector legislation and regulation related to registrations, food safety requirements, recall, labelling requirements, claims, liability and contracts with suppliers. The firm handles a range of commercial contract, IP and administrative law matters in the area, while also providing experience in EU, procurement and competition law issues. Practice head Barbara Mutsaers advises and litigates on food law matters with strengths in commercial contracting and contract law, research and development, material transfer, manufacturing and supply agreements, and product liability. Another key name in the team is Erik Dans, who specialises in administrative food law, notably administrative law enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Mutsaers

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very committed to their customers and has a lot of expert knowledge on the poultry industry.’

‘Erik Dans is an excellent partner.’

‘I worked together with Barbara Mutsaers on a particular case. I thought I had a difficult case to explain but she had far more experience on the subject than I could ever imagine and she understood from the beginning what was going on and knew what to do. It was as if I was talking to a dedicated team member who works here already for 10 years. She approached the case proffesionally, calm and assertive. Thanks to her victory was on our side. Without a doubt I will call AKD again next time I need legal councel.’

‘We do like the fact we have one contact person. Several employees of AKD may work on our topics, but we have one case holder.’

‘We work mainly with Barbara Mutsaers. During our discussions she listens carefully, provides feedback with options and consequences, and assists us with external communication. She is fully aware on general law principles, but especially assists us with the interpretation of EU food law ’

‘Easy to approach, flexible team.’

Key clients

Perfetti Van Melle



Plukon Food Group

The Greenery

Yili Innovation Center Europe

Hoogwegt International

Van den Borne Aardappelen

Sligro Food Group Nederland

Interfood Holding

Esro Seafood


CBD Consultancy Group


B&S International




Work highlights

  • Represented Plukon Food Group in court proceedings against the Dutch State (Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety) regarding hygiene requirements.
  • Advised one of the market leaders in food ingredients in various regulatory matters, including food additives, GMO’s and flavourings.

Netherlands > Transport Tier 1

AKD has a broad transport practice which covers the shipping, aviation, road and logistics sectors, among others. It has notable experience in cross-border litigation and has a strong track record in shipping collisions and marine accidents. The team is headed up by veteran shipping litigator Haco van der Houven van Oordt and Jan Kromhout, who is recommended for transactional and contracts work in the offshore, oil and gas, and shipping industries. Annemieke Spijker is a name to note for international logistics contracts.

Other key lawyers:


‘AKD’s transport team is the most hands-on team in the Netherlands’.

‘A highly flexible team that is always accessible and available to provide to-the-point legal assistance’.

‘The team is characterised by their market knowledge and practice-oriented solutions’.

‘Annemieke Spijker is our first port of call for transport-related cases in the Netherlands’.

‘Haco van der Houven van Oordt is a top practitioner with international recognition’.

‘AKD’s transport team are not only easy to deal with but reliably efficient and always provide solid practical advice’.

‘A highly skilled team of professionals, that never fail to deliver’.

‘Responsive, result driven and legal excellence are a few words that describe the AKD transport team’.

Key clients

Royal Boskalis

Maersk Line



North of England

TT Club


The Swedish Club

APM Terminals

ECT Hutchinson Ports

Royal IHC

Royal Huisman Shipyard

Nationale Nederlanden


Royal Philips

Work highlights

  • Assisted seven charterers of feeder vessels in multiple actions initiated by labour unions about lashing activities.
  • Represented the owners and insurers of the Stolt Commitment in multiple legal actions relating to the collision with the Thorco Cloud.
  • Advising a Dutch bank on a multi-million euro cross-border ship (re)financing deal.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

AKD has strong relations with litigation funders and often acts on the claimant side of high-profile litigation. The Benelux firm continues to see an uptick in instructions relating to financial litigation and acts for large foreign and domestic financial institutions. It is also active in the pharmaceutical and medical, food and beverage, and cosmetics sectors. Patrick Haas heads the team and is experienced in cross-border corporate disputes and collective redress cases. Thijs Hekman and Fouad el Houzi both recently made partner.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn; Paul Peters; Thijs Hekman; Fouad el Houzi


‘Clever, small teams’.

‘Focused on big lines to make the difference’.

‘Exceptionally clever lawyers, well organised and trustworthy’.

‘Good value for money’.

Key clients

Stichting Truck Claim

Stichting Car Claim

Stichting Volkswagen Investor Claim (funded by Labaton Sucharow LLPand Vannin Capital)

Yukos Finance B.V.

EndemolShine Group B.V.

Royal Imtech N.V. (in bankruptcy)

Svenska Handelsbanken S.A.

LeasePlan Nederland N.V.

Bankia S.A.

Centraal Beheer Achmea

Prorail N.V.

Works council Eneco N.V.

Erasmus Medisch Centrum Rotterdam

Neways Electronics International N.V.

NH Hotels

TransAtlantis Funding Lux S.a.r.l.

Cerberus Capital Management LP

Beequip B.V. (Dutch leasing company)

VIEO (Lebara Group)

Work highlights

  • Currently representing Stichting Car Claim in multiple landmark collective redress proceedings against various car manufacturers in connection with the ongoing diesel emissions scandal.
  • Assisting and representing the Yukos Foundations and their directors in their ongoing efforts to recover, preserve and distribute foreign-based Yukos assets for legitimate Yukos stakeholders.
  • Representing the bankruptcy trustees of Royal Imtech in several clawback actions against former financiers of Royal Imtech, with a total claim value of EUR 1.4bn.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 2

AKD fields ‘an excellent team with great hands-on knowledge’ which covers the full life-cycle of energy projects, including regulatory, contracting, M&A and project finance issues. The practice focuses on regulatory and public law and demonstrates particular experience in solar and wind projects, and also district heating grids. Acting for energy companies, developers, investors and governments, practice head Marjolein Dieperink is recommended for subsidy grants, permits, state aid and tendering matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Jan Kromhout; Julian Versmissen; Lennart Crain


Good diversity and collaboration.

Marjolein Dieperink is very proactive in her work and often informs her clients about relevant developments in the market.

The main strengths of the firm are the deep knowledge of the applicable law and international contract models.

Deep regulatory insights and very collaborative service-oriented people.

Enthusiastic and energetic mentality.

Listening very carefully to understand the context first and what is needed instead of the other way around.

Knowledgeable people that always think in solutions and are easy to get in touch with.

Excellent team with great hands-on knowledge.

Key clients




Solarcentury / Statkraft




Gemeente Utrecht

Edge Technologies (former OVG)


Work highlights

  • Assisting Coöperatie Univé with negotiations with contractors in relation to a solar PV installation.
  • Counsel to Eneco with respect to its concession, granted by Rotterdam, to develop and operate a heating network for the city.
  • Advising Tweede Kamer (Enquetecommissie gaswinning Groningen) in relation to a Dutch Parliamentary inquiry into natural gas extraction.

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

AKD has considerable experience in corporate fraud and white-collar crime issues, including money laundering, sanctions, compliance, cybercrime and internal investigations. The practice has particular strength in environmental matters and related criminal investigations. The team is headed by Frits Schneider, who has ‘a commanding knowledge of the law and court procedures’ and is recommended for financial crime issues, corruption investigations and medical criminal law. Bilal Chababi   left the firm in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Frits Schneider


‘Frits Schneider is an excellent example of an experienced lawyer with the power of embracing a case as such that no time is wasted’.

‘Absolute stand out is the capability to adapt and quickly shift gear when needed, even in the most complex cases’.

‘Frits Schneider is a one-of-a-kind person, combining solid procedural and legal knowledge with empathy and clear views on all aspects of the matter at hand’.

‘Very precise and practical’.

‘A small but dedicated team’.

‘Frits Schneider knows how to develop and work on a strategy’.

‘We were impressed by the professionalism of the team that handled our case’.

‘They know very well the terrain and offered legal solutions that went beyond our expectations’.

Work highlights

  • Advising a company manufacturing strategic, possibly dual-use goods on compliance issues around exportation to blacklisted countries.
  • Advising a business which did not acquire the correct permits to transport explosive gases used in the fight against Covid-19.
  • Advising a dustbin lorry manufacturer which provides lorries to a major Dutch municipality in relation to suspected bribery payments made to a public official.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

The real estate and construction team at AKD draws on strength from practitioners in a range of areas, such as planning, tax, corporate, finance, public procurement and state aid to advise on a range of major real estate projects. The practice is headed by civil-law notary Sven Billet, who focuses on project developments, and Marc Wintgens who is experienced in large-scale residential and commercial real estate projects. Frenk Huisman handles both domestic and international transactional work, and has previously worked in the Middle East; while Taco de Lange, who is also a civil-law notary, focuses on real estate transactions, joint venture transformation projects and financings.

Practice head(s):


‘The AKD team is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable on Dutch law’.

‘The AKD team has successfully completed over eight real estate transactions for us, often with unreasonably short timelines’.

‘Frenk Huisman is an extraordinarily knowledgeable lawyer with exceptional client management skills’.

‘Frenk Huisman is an excellent communicator with top-notch problem solving skills’.

‘This team is very practical and business-oriented’.

‘Rather than just providing options, they give actionable advice to our business and legal teams’. 

‘AKD understands our way of working and provides us with sound legal advice but is also able to act quickly and practically’.

‘Taco de Lange is deal-driven and has extensive experience with real estate transactions’.

Key clients


DW Partners



Green Real Estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate



Kaan Architects


Epicenter Stockholm

Flow Real Estate

TB3 Investment




Greystar Real Estate Partners



Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Life Europe


Joint Owners of the Entrada Area

Work highlights

  • Advising VolkerWessels on all legal work with respect to the  Strijp S (re)development, comprising around 500,000sqm on a former Philips Electronics site.
  • Acting as legal counsel to EDGE Technologies regarding the redevelopment of Forum Amsterdam into a cutting edge smart office.
  • Advising Netflix in relation to the lease and construction contracts for its new monumental landmark EMEA head office building in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

AKD‘s restructuring and insolvency group is composed of ‘dedicated, creative and pleasant communicators’. With an integrated Benelux team, the practice is well placed to handle cross-border work across the region. It assists clients in financial distress on reorganisations, recapitalisations and winding-ups, and members of its team are regularly appointed as bankruptcy trustees and administrators. Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn heads up the team and has over 30 years’ experience in the sector. Fouad el Houzi and Thijs Hekman were both recently promoted to the partnership.

Other key lawyers:


‘Fouad El Houzi is very skilled and very nice to work with’.

‘Fouad El Houzi’s advice is always clear and well thought through’.

‘Great insight into the legal sides of the matter’.

‘Thijs Hekman is very skilled, proactive and always available’.

‘AKD has helped a lot of companies in streamlining their businesses again’. 

‘Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn is very dedicated, very client-focused and very helpful if you need creative solutions’.

‘Thijs Hekman is very knowledgeable, client-friendly, commercial, responsive and efficient’.

‘Thijs Hekman communicates the relevant concepts under Dutch law clearly and in simple terms’.

Key clients

Bankruptcy of Royal Imtech N.V. and its group companies

Cerberus Capital Management LP

Bankruptcy of De Donge group companies

Bankruptcy of Veldhoven Group

Ortolan Nederland Credit Oplossingen GmbH

Svenska Handelsbanken AS

Bankruptcy of Atlantic Marine Services B.V

Bankruptcy of Fortress group companies


Centraal Beheer Achmea

Bankruptcy of E.P. Trade Support (affiliated with the Enecogroup)

Crowe Horwath

Libyan Foreign Bank

Administrator MiniBrew

Administrator Nightwatch

Work highlights

  • Acting as the trustee in the high-profile bankruptcy of Royal Imtech N.V. and several of its subsidiaries.
  • Appointed as trustees in the insolvency of the Veldhoven Group.
  • Providing litigation and insolvency advice to Promontoria Holding 107 B.V., a group company of Cerberus Capital Management LP.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

AKD‘s practice is notably active in handling the Dutch law aspects of cross-border bank financing transactions. Its work spans areas such as real estate finance, project finance, acquisition finance and structured finance. One of the main contacts at the firm is Vincent Bettonville, who has over 20 years of experience in this space. He works with managing partner Erwin Rademakers and Jasper Verhoog.

Other key lawyers:


‘High level of partner commitment. Pragmatic and swift responses. The quality of work is high.’

‘Very friendly and informal style with a lot of humour.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank


Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Noted for its capacity in ‘complex cross-border transactions’, AKD is an independent Benelux law firm with expertise in M&A, strategic transactions, restructurings, merger control and regulatory approvals. Carlos Pita Cao heads the team and is knowledgeable of the transport, logistics, energy, food, manufacturing, technology and leisure fields, and leads the firm’s Spanish and Latam desks. Nathalie Van Woerkom is particularly adept in the field of distressed M&A. The practice predominantly focuses on mid-market transactions and often handles deals valued in excess of €500m.  

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pita Cao;

Other key lawyers:

Erwin Rademakers; Lennart Crain; Laura de Jong; Nathalie van Woerkom;


All lawyers we have been in contact with have provided excellent quality and are always on time.

‘1. Quick. 2. Transparent about fees (structures) 3. High quality 4. Partner attention 4. Connected to high quality law firms with established connections in most important jurisdictions 5. In-depth knowledge of many industries.

Erwin Rademakers is mature in understanding the cultural environment of businesses. manages to have a very well organized team around him, apart from being a top performer also a successful managing partner of AKD.

The AKD team expertly handled a very complex cross-border transaction and got the deal over the finish line by resolving difficult Dutch law issues and coordinating with various parties across the world.

The focus and availability of Carlos Pita Cao really sets him apart from competitors across Europe. He managed working across time zones between Europe and the US and never skipped a beat. He had 24-7 coverage, and was able to pull from the depth of his team to quickly address urgent matters.

The AKD team is a very strong team. They are a mix of talent. Aside from the older generation, they have a good, motivated younger class, which is coming up.

Carlos Pita Cao is a hugely talented, gifted M&A lawyer who completes the deal effortlessly and runs his team.

‘It was again a great pleasure to work with the AKD team led by Lennart Crain. They are results driven, pragmatic, down-to-earth and have great communication skills. Combined with outstanding knowledge and experience, they really provide added value to our M&A-project.’

Key clients


Seaway Heavy Lifting

Inkef Capital

Ballymore Group

Brian Beheer



ISA Pharmaceuticals

Westway Group

Kerridge Commercial Systems Ltd

K3 Business Technology Group Plc.

Total Produce Plc.

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Facilicom Services Group

IOI Corp

DW Partners



Work highlights

  • Assisting Foodmate with its sale through a competitive auction process in the hands of Global Investment Bank William Blair.
  • Sole legal counsel to Neways on a hostile public takeover offer by VDL, and the subsequent recommended public offer by private equity firm Infestos.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

AKD’s healthcare and life sciences group offers clients broad expertise in corporate and litigious matters. The firm is experienced in representing clients in proceedings, including those brought by government authorities, and also in advising clients on regulatory issues, compliance and competition matters. Klaas Meersma  is recommended for mergers and demergers and strategic alliances, and often acts for health care institutions. Joris Rijken handles health care procurement, contracting and regulatory matters, while associate Barbara Mutsaers deals with commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Klaas Meersma; Joris Rijken; Barbara Mutsaers


‘Barbara Mutsaers has excellent knowledge and understands how it applies to our business’.

‘Barbara Mutsaers keeps things pragmatic and simple’.

‘Excellent knowledge, flexible, and more than just lawyers, they are trusted advisors’.

‘Excellent accessibility, friendly and resolute, and they also dare to contradict’.

‘Klaas Meersma is a man who has knowledge and advice rooted in broad experience’.

‘Klaas Meersma has a good moral compass concerning behaviour in the boardroom and the rest of the organisation’.

‘Klaas Meersma really stands by you in difficult times and is therefore part of the team’.

Key clients

Stichting Zuyderland Medisch Centrum

Prinses Máxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie B.V.

Open MRI Zen


Sint Franciscus Vlietland Groep

Reinier Haga Groep

Dutch Association for Care of the Disabled

Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care



Erasmus Medical Center


Alliance Healthcare Nederland B.V.

Biomet 3i Netherlands B.V./Zimmer Dental Inc.

Het Van Weel-Bethesda Ziekenhuis

Work highlights

  • Advising Stichting Reinier Haga Groep on a demerger.

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

The AKD team provides a range of expertise in respect of trade marks and copyright infringements and advertising disputes. It serves clients in areas including technology, retail, fashion, life sciences, and the agriculture/food industries. Team head, Martin Hemmer, Huib Berendschot and Roderick Chalmers focus on disputes and litigation, while of counsel Peter Claassen has led on a number of high-profile trade mark infringement matters. The firm also offers a trade mark and design prosecution service; Berendschot who is also a European and Benelux trade mark attorney heads that team and is ably assisted by associate Bram Woltering whose IP expertise extends to parallel imports and anti-counterfeiting cases.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Other key lawyers:

Peter Claassen; Huib Berendschot; Roderick Chalmers; Bram Woltering


‘I’ve worked with Bram Woltering. He is a great match for me. He is of course professional and knowledgeable as you expect from any lawyer. Bram is also very willing to go the extra mile and can think and advise practically. This last characteristic is of great value to me as a corporate lawyer and is not present in every lawyer. Last but not least, Bram has a good sense of humor and seems to enjoy the cases he is involved in.’

Key clients


The Sting

Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson




Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

President Safety

K3 Software

Bär Software

Track Innovations

Bax-shop.nl B.V.



Worldwide Machinery





Ma-rell Boats AB



Work highlights

  • Representing Moooi, a high-end furniture, interior, and lighting modern design company, in enforcing its copyrights and design rights against multiple companies infringing IP rights in relation to exclusive lighting products in the Netherlands and abroad
  • Acting for Ma-rell Boats AB in litigation against several defendants (shipping companies) that copied and distributed the design of one of Ma-rell’s powerboats.
  • Representing Varma against several defendants (intermediaries) which services are used by the counterfeiters to import their products into Europe.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 3

AKD is predominantly active in the mid-market though is also frequently instructed on transactions valued over €500m. The practice takes the lead on domestic and cross-border deals and is also frequently sought out by UK and US law firms to support with the Dutch law aspects of global transactions. Nathalie Van Woerkom heads the practice and is noted for both her transactional and finance expertise; her team has noted an uptick in terms of sustainable investment and good governance matters of late.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie van Woerkom

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Pita Cao; Lennart Crain


‘Local team, small and efficient team, ownership of the partner involved.’

‘I was impressed with the efficiency, the moderate costs, the partner involvement and the result.’

‘Good on diversity; Nathalie van Woerkom often fields a team largely consisting of women. With most firms it is the other way rounds, so diversity definitely is a plus.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom is an exceptionally good M&A lawyer. Very hands-on, good value for money.’

‘Very good in keeping the process on track.’

‘Good eye for details and good in representing the interests of the client.’

‘Pragmatic team, great empowerment at all levels.’

‘Down to earth. Pick the right battles.’

Key clients

Alpha Private Equity

BioGeneration Ventures

Inkef Capital

De Hoge Dennen Capital


Newion Investments

Value Enhancement Partners

Shareholders of Augusta Benelux B.V.

West Frisia Vastgoed B.V.



FB Oranjewoud Participaties

Work highlights

  • Advised on the sale of one of FB Oranjewoud Participaties’ largest portfolio companies.
  • Sole legal counsel to Neways on a hostile public takeover offer by VDL, and the subsequent recommended public offer by private equity firm Infestos.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 3

AKD stands out for its ‘diversity of knowledge of the various aspects of construction, project finance, PFI and real estate’. The firm provides substantial experience in PPP, project finance and project development mandates, as well as a strong focus on the energy sector, including handling solar-pv projects, offshore wind matters and sustainability issues related to real estate. Sven Billet co-leads the team with Marc Wintgens, who specialises in project finance and project development work.

Practice head(s):


‘AKD stands out for diversity of knowledge of the various aspects of Construction, Project Finance, PFI and Real estate. Therefore, since we encounter issues in this field of work we generally contact AKD who prove, time and again, that they are easy accessible, “know their stuff” and fun to work with.’

‘Marc Wintgens is very innovative. For instance he was the first lawyer to determine the necessity to transform office buildings into apartments, which at that time was not widely seen as an issue. He bundled his experience and wrote a book about it, which serves as a very practicable guide to the topic. Apart from this Marc is first and foremost an excellent lawyer who always provides practicable solutions.’

‘AKD has a high level of service. What makes AKD unique is that they are very accessible, work with a multi-disciplinary team and are therefore able to give comprehensive advice (for example, tax and civil law)’.

‘Often there is a need for haste and then it is essential that AKD is always available and able to switch quickly. This requires flexibility and AKD has sufficient resources to do so. In addition, AKD does not lose sight of our practice, our daily business. They are able to align/connect the legal advice with our daily business so that the advice is useful and can often be applied / implemented immediately.’

Key clients


DW Partners

Edge Technologies (former OVG)




Green Real estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate





Janssen De Jong / Hercuton

Kaan Architects


Skala Management Ltd

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

AKD‘s tax practice covers the full spectrum of corporate income and withholding tax advisory matters for clients such as multinational corporates, financial institutions and private equity funds. Working with other departments, it is active in M&A, real estate transactions, restructurings and financings. Beyond providing transactional support, the team is sought after for standalone tax advice in its own right; René van der Paardt has expertise in VAT and transfer tax matters. Elsewhere, tax controversies and litigation are another key workstream for the group, which is led by Huub Laauwen.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

René van der Paardt; Ivo Vreman; Eric Vermeulen; Milja Bormann-Bakker; Jan-Willem Beijk; Anton Akimov; Maarten Munsterman


‘Clear communication and proactive approach when dealing with issues.’

‘Provides clear arguments for different options, and presents clear views on the best way forward based on individual circumstances.’

Key clients


Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse




Benson Elliot


United Phosphorus

Tate & Lyle

Work highlights

  • Advised Yource’s management team on the legal and tax aspects of Parcom’s investment in Yource.
  • Advised UPL on tax aspects of complex financing transactions to fund the acquisition of Arysta, as well as the integration of Arysta business lines into a UPL business line.
  • Advised Foodmate’s shareholders on the sale of Foodmate to Duravant LLC (backed by Warburg Pincus).

Netherlands > Employment Tier 4

Highly reliable, with deep knowledge and a practical attitude’, AKD handles a range of employment work for large international and smaller domestic companies. Pieter Huys  heads the practice and is recommended for dismissals, reorganisations, TUPE, fraud, and non-competition and confidentiality clauses. Conny Staudt  joined from Maes Staudt Lawyers.

Practice head(s):


‘The AKD employment practice stands out for its pragmatism and approachability’.

‘Pascal van Schaik stands out in speed when it comes to his analysis and services’.

‘Highly business oriented, their advice is promptly submitted and allows solutions of great value’.

‘The overall service is very good, the response time is short, and they have good knowledge of the business and provide good value for money’.

‘Pieter Huys is a good listener and asks the right questions; he is my go to person with complicated legal matters’.

‘Pieter Huys is always easy to reach and available to talk to within a day’.

‘AKD’s performance is outstanding as it always provides instant and reliable feedback in a very client focused manner’.

‘Marielle van Winden-Spaans has been my main point of contact and she’s been wonderful; very proactive, and has made herself available as needed, even outside of working hours’.

Key clients

General Electric



LG Electronics


Korean Airlines

Nielsen Company

Dupont de Nemours


China Southern Airlines

Port of Rotterdam Authority


Work highlights

  • Advised Quadient on the employment aspects of the sale of its Automated Packaging Solutions (APS) business to Standard Investment.
  • Advising Buck Design on employment and immigration matters.
  • Advising Unifeeder A/S, Samskip B.V, Eucon Shipping & Transport Ltd and X-pressContainer Line UK Ltd ) in several court cases started by several unions.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 4

AKD’s multi-disciplinary energy team is led by Marjolein Dieperink and has notable expertise and experience in the sustainable heat sector. It is also active in the solar, wind, CCS and decommissioning areas. The practice is recommended for regulatory, contracting, transactional and project finance work.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Dieperink

Other key lawyers:

Julian Versmissen; Lennart Crain

Key clients




Solarcentury / Statkraft





Edge Technologies (former OVG)


Work highlights

  • Assisting Coöperatie Univé with negotiations with contractors in relation to a solar PV installation.
  • Counselling Eneco with respect to its heat activities in the city of Rotterdam.
  • Advising Tweede Kamer (Enquetecommissie gaswinning Groningen) in relation to a Dutch Parliamentary committee of inquiry into natural gas extraction.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 4

AKD‘s EU and competition team, which comprises of Dutch-qualified lawyers, divides its time between the firm’s offices in Brussels and the Netherlands as part of an integrated Benelux practice. Jointly led by Pieter Kuypers, it acts for clients on a wide range of Dutch and EU competition mandates, such as merger control matters, state aid cases and cartel investigations. In addition, the group is also extremely active in representing claimants in cartel damages actions. A significant portion of the workload has a nexus to industries such as healthcare, energy and transport industries. Elsewhere, other drivers of activity include matters involving food and beverages, real estate and the public sector. In a recent highlight, senior associate Joost Houdijk and associate Robbert Jaspers assisted Zuyderland with the merger control filing associated with the integration of two additional businesses into the Zuyderland Group.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Their antitrust team is very solid and they are trusted partners.’

‘Joost Houdijk is an excellent EU and competition law specialist. He has the knowledge to do a deep-dive in this complex area of expertise, but at the same time, he is able to come up with quick, pragmatic solutions.’

‘Very flexible in planning and always provides an understandable explanation of complex issues, even for non-lawyers.’

‘The team is able to put the right person forward with the relevant capabilities very fast. So no time wasted on internal discussions.’

‘The person we work with most, Joost Houdijk, is first of all knowledgeable, but secondly can formulate it short, compact and to the point. This is important in a business context where the legal details matter, however have to be translated into business decisions. Thirdly he’s always very fast to respond, mostly within the hour.’

‘Joost has extensive experience in all aspects of competition law. He is a rock-solid adviser and a great litigator with great knowledge. This makes him a hard opponent for other lawyers.’

‘Our AKD lawyers are always ready to perform and always perform.’

‘Always accurate, available and outplaying others’ legal advice.’

Key clients

Pro Rail B.V.

VINCI Energies Netherlands B.V.

De Hoge Dennen Capital SHI

Province Gelderland


The municipality of Tilburg


The municipality of Breda

Groningen Seaports N.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of companies in the short sea shipping sector in a competition law dispute with the International Transport Workers Federation in Rotterdam and Hamburg.
  • Advised Denkavit on the acquisition of the animal dairy products portfolio of FrieslandCampina.
  • Acting for litigation funder TransAtlantis in damages claims against alleged participants in the truck cartel.

AKD further strengthens its Corporate & M&A practice with the hire of Wouter Kros as a partner

Leading law firm AKD Benelux Lawyers welcomes Wouter Kros as partner into its Corporate / M&A practice as of 1 June 2022. Wouter joins AKD from Loyens & Loeff, where he worked for 14 years covering M&A work for public and private companies. He has a strong track record of domestic and cross-border transactions where he has acted for clients including financial sponsors and corporates.

Ludo Luijks joins AKD’s M&A Tax team

AKD Benelux Lawyers has announced the appointment of Ludo Luijks as a partner in its growing international M&A Tax team. Ludo will join the team on 1 November.

Benelux firm AKD appoints partners: Passing the baton to the next generation

AKD Benelux lawyers has appointed five new partners, four of them "home-grown”, managing partner Erwin Rademakers clarifies. “It gives immense pleasure to see colleagues developing and, as next-generation partners, contributing to building the future of our firm.” 

AKD continues to expand in Brussels: Julien Hick appointed employment law partner

AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Julien Hick as partner in Brussels.

Yann Hilpert appointed partner at AKD in Luxembourg

AKD Benelux lawyers is delighted to announce the appointment of Yann Hilpert as partner in Luxembourg.

Conny Staudt takes on partnership at AKD Benelux lawyers, “back to her roots”

Pieter Huys, who leads the team, comments: “We are thrilled to welcome Conny at AKD. Coming at a time where flexible employment has become a hot topic, her expertise in this field neatly complements our own expertise. Earlier this year, the Balanced Labour Market Act (Wet Arbeidsmarkt in Balans) came into force, the purpose of which Act is to make flexible employment less flexible and steady employment less steady. We find that this new legislation has given rise to many questions from our clients, duly aggravated by the uncertainties thrown up by the Covid-19 crisis. Conny's expertise and experience add real value to our team”.

AKD adds six new partners to Benelux footprint

AKD has appointed six new partners in Belgium and the Netherlands. Following the appointment of three new partners in Luxembourg earlier this year, AKD thus further increases its Benelux footprint.

Benelux law firm AKD expands with McGuireWoods’ Brussels team

Benelux law firm AKD expands its Brussels office by adding McGuireWoods’ Brussels team, following AKD’s strategy to be the first choice full-service legal and tax services provider in the Benelux. The incoming team consists of partners Hubert André-Dumont, Paul van den Bulck, Timothy Speelman, Steven Ongena, counsel Pol Cools, and four associates.