Firm Profile > AKD > Amsterdam, Netherlands

AKD
PO BOX 59280
1040 KG AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Construction Tier 1

AKD is home to one of the leading construction teams in the Netherlands, with strong experience in contracting, tender processes, and litigation spread across the large team, which is able to provide local expertise across all of its Dutch offices. The firm has recently been instructed on several of the country's largest development projects, acting for principal contractors or developers. Marc Wintgens heads the team along with Sven Billet, while associate Jeanette Luijten   is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marc Wintgens; Sven Billet

Testimonials

AKD delivers quality and does it in a careful and diligent manner. They act as a partner in the development and gives us legal and overall counsel. Also, they helped us in negotiations.

The team has excellent experts, and they know how to balance the expertise for the issue at hand. AKD is always keen on using the right level of expertise for the case. AKD also has very good in-depth knowledge of the construction market and combined with their legal expertise of construction law they are one of the best firms in this field in the Netherlands.

Marc Wintgens always surprises me with his ability to “hit the nail on the head”, i.e. he is always able to address the vital issue in a case (especially with regard to contractual issues). Thinking of it, he has one of the sharpest analytical minds I have encountered with lawyers.

Associate Jeanette Luijten shares this quality, and she is especially effective in international construction cases.’

Marc Wintgens is an excellent lawyer, with plenty of experience and outstanding negotiation skills. He is smart, creative and has good leadership.

Teije van Dijk is a strong construction litigator who can handle large files and projects very well. He is an excellent lawyer and very practical.

Marlies Pierik is very hands-on, is clever and knows exactly the challenges firms like ours are facing.

Taco de Lange and Reint Bolhuis. They both helped us. Taco is very senior, has a lot of knowledge and is a strategic thinker. He always keeps the interests of us in mind. Reint is pro active. He creates the documents, drafts emails to third parties and helps us with complex ownership situations.

Key clients

VolkerWessels

DW Partners

OVG Real Estate / Edge Technologies

WDP

DSV

Catella

Green Real Estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate

Heijmans

BAM

Crosslane

Philips

Janssen De Jong / Hercuton

Kaan Architects

Prologis

Blackstone LP

Vue Cinemas

Epicenter Stockholm

Flow Real Estate

TB3 Investment

Profin

Environment and planning Tier 1

AKD has a sizeable environment and planning practice and regularly represents municipalities, water boards and corporate clients including KFC and Aldi. The team is 'very experienced and has a very good in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations of the practice area'. Practice head Jos Van Der Velden is lead counsel to Uniper and is advising on the transition from coal to biomass. Gerrit van der Veen is advising alongside. Henk Breeman and Hugo Doornhoff are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jos van der Velden; Gerrit van der Veen

Testimonials

The team is very experienced and has a very good in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations of the practice area.

Erik Dans is very hands-on, is clever, quick and knows exactly the challenges firms like ours are facing.

Key clients

ProRail

Friesland province,

Limburg province

Kampen municipality

Amsterdam municipality

Rotterdam municipality

Brabantse Delta waterboard

De Dommel waterboard

Uniper Benelux N.V.

Heros Sluiskil

Urenco Netherlands B.V.

Aldi Supermarkets

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

AMVEST

Blauwhoed

Verbrugge Terminals

KFC

Wacker Chemie AG

WDP – Warehouses De Pauw

Hunter Douglas Europe

Access World

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

AKD provides outstanding expertise in the food industry due to its 'great network' and its ability to deal with industry regulators. Team head Barbara Mutsaers' level of service and expertise makes her 'a delight to work with' and Erik Dans is highlighted for being 'able to find practical solutions and think in possibilities'. From its offices in various locations including Amsterdam and Eindhoven, the team assists clients with any issues that arise in the sector including new legislation and regulations affecting labelling, supplier contracts and disputes. The group combines this expertise with an ability to deal with EU and cross-border work and competition complications; Huib Berenschot and Martin Hemmer add additional IP-related expertise.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Mutsaers

Testimonials

In AKD we find a company which knows the market we are acting in. With their different lawyers we always find the knowledge we need.

The team is very professional and to the point. They are able to make the connection between legal texts and the day to day practice in a company.’

Erik Dans is very professional, but also very down to earth. He is able to find practical solutions and thinks in possibilities.’

This firm has a great network with key persons in the Netherlands. They also have experience with similar cases.’

Barbara Mutsaers is very service oriented and flexible. She always takes time for us (the customer) and is available on short notice when advice is needed. She gives very practical advice on what to do.

Working with Erik Dans and Stijn Visch – they are accurate in follow ups, quality of work is direct and short communication lines and they are available when needed.’

AKD has several experts on food legislation. They are able to help in case of a dispute with local or national (food safety) authorities.’

AKD really listens to the legal question and requested output that you wish to have. So no lengthy reports/advice if you request a hands-on solution/review.’

I have found Barbara Mutsaers of AKD a delight to work with. She is really fast to respond, a real specialist in the food industry legal jungle and easy to communicate with. Together we have worked out the best opposition paper possible in our case.’

Broad range of topics and international focus.’

Key clients

Perfetti Van Melle

Nestlé

Herballife

Plukon Food Group B.V.

The Greenery

Yili Innovation Center Europe B.V.

Transport Tier 1

AKD's transport and trade team has a global reputation in the international transport and offshore energy sectors, and has a strong reputation for its cross-border litigation capabilities. Clients include high-profile shipping insurance companies and terminal operators. Team co-head Haco van der Houven van Oordt is a litigation specialist with expertise in handling marine accidents, ship arrests and judicial ship sales. Fellow co-head, the 'top-notch' Jos van der Meché, is a key name for matters relating to terminal operations, logistics and insurance law. Stefanie Roose  and Annemieke Spijker are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Haco van der Houven van Oordt; Jos van der Meché

Testimonials

AKD’s transport team are, quite simply, the best in the Netherlands. They have a long history of dealing with this area of law, they know the law inside-out, and they are very happy to give training to clients. Jos van der Meche is outstanding in his knowledge of Dutch transport law, and has an impressive history of court cases. Stefanie Roose is a great all-round litigator with fine attention to detail and goes above and beyond to help the client.

The firm is business minded in solutions. Annemieke Spijker is a great lawyer who knows what problems and legal challenges the clients face. In bringing up solutions she knows what is possible and what is not commercially sensible. Her network of other lawyers is very large, and she is always available to assist the client in providing the best service. She is always available.

They have great experience in all aspects of transport law and give great advice on all aspects of your case. Jos van der Meche is top-notch. Associate Stefanie Roose is very knowledgeable. Both are very pleasant to deal with.

Key clients

Royal Boskalis

TT Club

Sovcomflot

Heerema Marine Contractors

Samskip

Royal Huisman Shipyard

Skuld

The Swedish Club

Gard

APM Terminals

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

'Outstanding' criminal lawyer Frits Schneider heads up the practice at AKD, which has considerable experience in criminal defence cases relating to fraud, corruption, and corporate crime across the board, including long-term and complex proceedings. The team is also able to assist with internal investigations and advise on legal issues relating to management liability. Cases involve national and international companies, governmental bodies, and directors, with many matters containing considerable multi-jurisdictional elements.

Practice head(s):

Frits Schneider

Testimonials

The strength of the team lies in the diversity of their all-round solid and thorough expertise.

High standard criminal defense work.

Outstanding in ruling, law and practice.’ 

AKD’s business crime defense team is up and coming. Main man Frits Schneider has a long record and a very solid reputation.

Frits Schneider has been around for a long time. He knows how to handle a complex case and has a very strong and solid character. He is not easily impressed by the other side and always does what he deems to be in the best interest of the client.

Frits Schneider is one of the best in his generation.

AKD’s team is well known for their hands on and low key assistance in sensitive matters. They are capable of advising fast and to the point and are fully equipped for litigation as well. This gives them a strong position in both pre-trial and trial stage cases.

Outstanding in ruling, law and practice. Strategic mapping approaches which makes it goal achievable. So this team has got all disciplines so well organized that it enhances the chance of winning far more than any opposition team I ever worked with.

Real estate Tier 2

AKD has recent expertise advising on development matters, where Marc Wintgens particularly stands out. In recent work, the group advised Ontwikkelbedrijf Greenport Venlo on a number of real estate issues, including lease, planning and zoning matters, arising from its major development project. The team's 'knowledge, skills and personal engagement are excellent' and it 'always sees the bigger picture and easily combines experience from various practice areas'. 'Strategic thinker' Taco de Lange 'always keeps the interests of clients in mind'. Also recommended are Sven BilletJulian Versmissen, Floris van Westrhenen and notary Aukje van Griensven. In late 2019, the practice was bolstered by the recruitment of Frenk Huisman  from Baker McKenzie.

Practice head(s):

Sven Billet; Marc Wintgens

Testimonials

Taco de Lange and Reint Bolhuis both helped us. Taco is very senior, has a lot of knowledge and is a strategic thinker. He always keeps the interests of clients in mind. Reint is pro-active and able to use his legal knowledge on a project. He creates the documents, drafts emails to third parties and helps us with complex ownership situations.

The team always sees the bigger picture and easily combines experience from various practice areas.

AKD is highly regarded in the construction, real estate and PFI practices. They are very good and have in-depth knowledge of the real estate market.

Marc Wintgens is an excellent lawyer, with plenty of experience and outstanding negotiation skills. He is very smart, creative and has leadership. Teije van Dijk is a strong real estate litigator who can act very well in large cases and projects. He is an excellent lawyer and very practical.

Knowledge, skills and personal engagement are excellent.

Marc Wintgens is one of the sharpest analytical legal minds. He always surprises me with his ability to “hit the nail right on the head” – he is always able to address the vital issue in a case (especially with regards to contractual issues). The same is applicable for his associate Jeannette Luijten. She has excellent knowledge and experience in international cases.

Superb knowledge, creativity in searching for solutions, truly supportive in solving business challenges.

They are very focused on getting the deal done and solve problems.

Marlies Pierik is very hands-on, is clever and knows exactly the challenges firms like ours are facing. Reint Bolhuis is very dedicated, accurate and always willing to assist.

AKD delivers quality and does it in a careful and diligent manner. They act as a partner in the development of the deal and give us legal and overall counsel. Also, they helped us in negotiations.

Frenk Huisman has proven to be an experienced and hands-on lawyer who acted on several cases on our behalf.

Frenk Huisman: a terrific lawyer and well spoken. Always eager to achieve the most for his client and will do his best.

Frenk Huisman is a very knowledgeable real estate lawyer. He is able to convince counter parties of his point of view. In addition he is a nice person to work with.

Frenk Huisman is a legal expert in real estate transactions involving Amsterdam data centre assets – he has showcased his astute ability to represent and defend clients’ interests in complex issues, and has an in-depth knowledge and expertise in this area of work. Frenk is a responsive, competent and effective lawyer that any client should have to see through their complex transactions.

Key clients

VolkerWessels

DW Partners

WDP

DSV

Catella

Green Real Estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate

Heijmans

BAM

Crosslane

Philips

Janssen De Jong / Hercuton

Kaan Architects

Rochdale

Stichting Portaal

Stichting Staedion

Stichting Haag Wonen

Stichting Havensteder

Stichting Vestia Groep

Stichting Woonbedrijf

Stichting Ymere

Woonstichting ’thuis

Woningbouwvereniging WonenCentraal

Stichting Sint Trudo

Prologis

Blackstone LP

Vue Cinemas

Egeria Real Estate Development

Epicenter Stockholm

Flow Real Estate

TB3 Investment

Profinn

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

AKD is known for assisting clients in financial distress on a range of matters, from reorganisations and recapitalisations to winding up groups and companies. The practice is frequently appointed as bankruptcy trustees and administrators, and acts for clients including Royal Imtech, Atlantic Marine Services, and CEG-Group. Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn heads the practice and is advising Atlantic Marine Services. Clients praise Zuidewijn for his deep expertise and 'pragmatic' advice.

Practice head(s):

Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn

Testimonials

The team is very proactive and responsive, and has a deep knowledge of the matter‘.

Barend de Roy is a very competent lawyer, very reliable and available to discuss. Very honest and correct. Working with him means that you are in good hands‘.

Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn is an experienced lawyer with over 30 years of experience in Insolvency and Litigation matters. He is pragmatic and ever changing with times in order to deliver the best advice to the client‘.

Key clients

Bankruptcy trustee of Royal Imtech N.V.

Bankruptcy trustee of Atlantic Marine Services B.V.

Cerberus Capital Management LP

Bankruptcy trustee of E.P. Trade Support (affiliated to the Eneco group)

Svenska Handelsbanken AS

Bankruptcy trustee of Fortress group companies

Berzona B.V

Bankruptcy trustee of De Donge group companies

Centraal Beheer Achmea

Bankruptcy trustee CEG Group

Crowe Horwath

Bankruptcy trustee of Greystone Holding B.V. and Stichting Beheer Derdengelden Greystone

Bankruptcy trustee of Ebcon Holding

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

The banking and finance group at AKD is led by Vincent Bettonville, who is particularly recommended for US clients operating in the Dutch market, with a practice encompassing general bank lending and acquisition finance. In addition to Bettonville's track record with US clients, the firm is often instructed to handle the Dutch financing aspects of cross-border transactions, often working with its other offices across the Benelux region.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Bettonville

Key clients

Benson Elliot

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

JPMorgan

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Benson Elliot

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Exide Technologies

Deutsche Private Equity

PepsiCo

Braskem

Boskalis

Bernhoven

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

Vincent Bettonville, practice head at AKD, advises clients, among them Dutch and international banks including JPMorgan, on a range of matters including acquisition, structured, asset and project finance transactions. Also notable in acting for lenders are Erwin Rademakers, who assists with Dutch law aspects of major cross-border bank financing transactions, and Jasper Verhoog, who acts as the main liaison between the firm's offices in Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Cathelijn Frederiks, formerly a counsel with the firm, is now with SBM offshore.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Bettonville

Key clients

Benson Elliot

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

JPMorgan

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Benson Elliot

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Exide Technologies

Deutsche Private Equity

PepsiCo

Braskem

Boskalis

Bernhoven

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

AKD can field a very substantial team – there are some 22 partners that handle both domestic and cross-border public and private M&A deals. The team's clients include private equity houses and corporates and it handles a large volume of mid-market work. The practice attracts referrals from many of the leading US and UK law firms who consider it 'super to work with'. Carlos Pita Cao 'is a fast and very creative deal maker'; the 'excellent' Nathalie van Woerkom  and Lennart Crain are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pita Cao

Testimonials

‘The AKD team is one of the very best I have come across. They are very solid and very reliable. They continue to consistently better themselves, attracting and retaining very strong and talented people and they are involved in very significant domestic and cross-border transactions. In terms of volume as well, they do a lot of transactions and are very visible in the market. Their people are extremely professional and knowledgeable in the management of complex situations.’

AKD should be noted as extremely knowledgeable, solid, reliable and mega fast service provider when it comes to M&A deals. Their documentation is clear, accurate and very to the point. Their negotiation skills are tough. Yet they manage to turn the deals in a fast tempo, always keeping the clock and meeting or even beating the client’s and adversary’s expectations.’ 

The team was super to work with – responsive, detailed and thoughtful.’

Carlos Pita Cao is a sharp, fast and very creative deal maker that displays poise, confidence and calm, no matter how much pressure is on the deal. Whatever comes out of his hands, or his team’s hands, is right on the spot and always beats the clock.  That is why clients love to work with him. When you know Carlos is on the other side, the deal will get through.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom we know already for a very long time. She is an outstanding M&A counsel, excellent negotiator and a great team leader. She has an impressive roster of high profile clients, be it strategic or funds who have been her client since many years.’

‘Lennart Crain is a good win from De Brauw, that is a great addition.’

Key clients

Remia

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Inkef Capital (a captive fund belonging to one of Europe’s largest

pension funds Dutch ABP)

Ballymore Group

Brian Beheer

Telrol

Westway Group

Kerridge Commercial Systems Ltd

K3 Business Technology Group Plc

Total Produce Plc

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Facilicom Services Group

IOI Corp

FB Oranjewoud Participaties

DW Partners

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 3

The litigation team at AKD reports significant recent increases in class action mandates, where the firm acts on the claimant side and is often instructed by litigation funders, with practice head Patrick Haas a key contact for these mandates. Other key areas of work for the firm include insolvency-related litigation, where Paul Peters is the name to note, and cross-border cases, particularly those centred around the Benelux jurisdictions. Notable recent changes to the team in 2019 include the arrival of associate Rik Analbers  from Rutgers & Posch.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Haas

Testimonials

Great litigation team. Very responsive and knowledgable.

Guido Vergouwen is an outstanding litigator, a virtuoso of the courtroom with a deep knowledge of the law.

Winfried van den Muijsenbergh is an enthusiastic team leader and an eminent strategic lawyer in cross-border litigation matters.

Patrick Haas is an excellent litigator with great people skills. Excellent at looking at the broader picture and looking for unconventional solutions.

One of the best litigation teams I have worked with. High skills level combined with thoughtful and measured procedural advice. The team understands business and how to align litigation objectives with business realities and objectives.

Erik Koster is a key partner in the arbitration and litigation practice and a exceptional advocate who brings to pleadings and arguments a clarity that jumps off the page.

Key clients

Stichting Truck Claim

Stichting Volkswagen Car Claim and Stichting Volkswagen Investor Claim

Yukos Finance B.V.

EndemolShine Group B.V.

Svenska Handelsbanken S.A.

LeasePlan Nederland N.V.

Bankia S.A.

Centraal Beheer Achmea

Prorail N.V.

Eneco N.V.

Erasmus Medisch Centrum Rotterdam

Neways Electronics International N.V.

NH Hotels

Segulah

Value Enhancement Partners

Promontoria Holding 107 B.V., a group company of Cerberus Capital Management LP

VIEO (Lebara Group)

Energy: regulatory Tier 3

AKD is commended for its strength in energy regulatory and renewable subsidies benefiting from its capabilities in planning and environment as well as public law. Other areas of expertise include solar and wind projects, specifically offshore matters including offshore wind, but also offshore energy-infrastructure and carbon capture and storage. Focusing on advising and litigating energy projects, Marjolein Dieperink leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Dieperink

Testimonials

Helpful mix of disciplines in the team. He was well informed and proactive and really understood the legal issues at hand.

Key clients

Eneco

Uniper

Alliander

Essent

Volker Wessels

ProRail

Cogas

Stichting Sint Trudo

Insurance Tier 3

The highly specialised team at AKD is focused solely on insurance issues and policy disputes connected to the transport and energy sectors. The key contact for assisting clients from the marine industry is Pieter Den Haan, who regularly acts for insurers and assureds in coverage disputes resulting from collisions, salvage, wreck removal, and total losses. Also recommended are Jos van der Meché, who advises on liability insurance related to the carriage and storage of goods, and litigation specialist Haco van der Houven van Oordt.

Practice head(s):

Jos van der Meché; Haco van der Houven van Oordt

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

AKD's 'insightful' intellectual property team is made up of 'creative thinkers' with strong expertise in infringement litigation, as demonstrated by its representation of Zuru, Tenga, and Geneva Laboritories. The practice is also experienced in 'advising in-house counsel on anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports issues'. Practice head Martin Hemmer is 'particularly strong in privacy law issues' and Huib Berendschot has a 'keen business mind'. Peter Claassen, Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht, and Bram Woltering are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Testimonials

I’ve worked with several of their attorneys and feel that they all are insightful, well-prepared and creative thinkers. I think they are particularly adept at advising and representing in-house attorneys on anti-counterfeiting and parallel imports issues‘.

Huib Berendschot has a keen business mind when it comes to all IP issues‘.

Peter Claassen and Martin Hemmer are also quite knowledgeable and respected in the IP field. Martin is particularly strong on privacy law issues. Peter teaches trade mark law on occasion‘.

Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht: Although not yet a partner, Roderick has a keen understanding of IP issues. He is able to explain issues very well‘.

Bram Woltering is an up-and-coming attorney with a good grasp of IP law. He has published interesting articles on trade mark law and can explain trade mark topics very well‘.

 

Key clients

Inditex

The Sting

Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson

Tenga

Attema

Starskin

Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

Majestic Products BV (part of Bunzl Group)

K3 Software

Bär Software

Track Innovations

Beekman

Hornbach Nederland B.V.

Bax-shop.nl B.V.

TerStal

WPS

Worldwide Machinery

Zuru

Audax

Belvilla

Prorail

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Projects specialist Marc Wintgens and notary Sven Billet jointly lead the team at AKD, which provides advice on financing issues as part of its integrated construction practice. The group is active across a wide range of sectors including the commercial and residential real estate, healthcare and logistics industries; the practice has also seen an increase in sustainability-related mandates. Taco De Lange is recommended for his project finance work.

Practice head(s):

Sven Billet; Marc Wintgens

Testimonials

AKD is highly regarded in the practices Construction, Real Estate and PFI. They are very good and have in-depth knowledge of the PFI market.

First, AKD is a full service law firm, which is important in PFI and Project finance issues. Marc Wintgens is a seasoned lawyer, and he and his team are excellent negotiators and legally very smart. They know their stuff.

Marc Wintgens is an excellent lawyer, with plenty experience and outstanding negotiation skills. He is very smart, creative and has thought leadership.

Teije van Dijk is a strong PFI litigator who can act very well in large files and projects. He is an excellent lawyer and very practical. 

Marc Wintgens is one of the sharpest analytical legal minds. He always surprises me with his ability to hit the nail on the head, i.e. he is always able to address the vital issue in a case (especially with regards to contractual issues). The same is applicable tor his associate Jeanette Luijten. She has excellent knowledge and experience in international cases.

Key clients

VolkerWessels

DW Partners

Edge Technologies (former OVG)

WDP

DSV

Catella

Green Real estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate

Heijmans

BAM

Crosslane

Philips

Janssen De Jong / Hercuton

Kaan Architects

Prologis

Skala Management Ltd

A large number of Dutch housing companies

Tax Tier 3

At AKD, the 'team can provide a specialist for each topic'. As well as assisting corporate clients with tax planning, restructuring, refinancing, and M&A, practice head Huub Laauwen also advises a number of high-net-worth families and individuals on the tax management and structuring of their worldwide assets. Hans Galavazi is a key contact for tax disputes. Other key contacts for assisting multinationals, investment funds, financial institutions and pension funds are Robert Jean Kloprogge and Jan-Willem Beijk. In recent highlights, Ivo Vreman was involved in the structuring of the $4.5bn acquisition of the Arysta group by United Phosphorus.

Practice head(s):

Huub Laauwen

Testimonials

The team can provide a specialist for each topic, example, one specialist for work cost regulation rules, one specialist for European VAT matters, one specialist for annual tax return.

Responsiveness, professionalism.

Key clients

Adidas

Braskem

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Santander

Unicredit

AT-PAC

Benson Elliot

Clarins

United Phosphorus

Tate & Lyle

Employment Tier 4

AKD is home to a large team of employment specialists, and has particular experience in the food, energy, real estate, and transport industries, as well as having strong relationships with several Asian clients. Pieter Huys leads the group, and practises in all areas of employment law. Other key names within the practice include François Defaix, and senior associate Pascal Van Schaik, who works closely with the firm's asian clients.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Huys

Testimonials

Very responsive and available. Always commercial and always wanting to do a good job.

The employment section of AKD is well documented, agile and knowledgable.

High level of strategic capabilities which is there as legal details are fully under control.

Pieter Huys and Ronald van der Stap are dedicated to their course serving their clients.

Mr Pieter Huys is head of the section: He is as much a psychologist as a lawyer. Knows how to bite, bark and wag a tail or two when needed. Very down to earth advise and always focused on how to avoid litigation. His good humored advises are precious and worth every Euro

Pascal Van Shaick’s advice is always thorough, and he tends to think with us instead of for us and has excellent negotiation skills. We can always count on his 100% dedication to our cases

I mainly work with Henrike van de Laar. She is a very high skilled lawyer not only content wise but also her social skills are very well developed. As a consequence she is able to work with all kind of people within our company. She can describe complex issues in a very easy manner, also understandable for people who are not familiar with the wording of the law. Of great value is that she is always looking for a pragmatic solution.

Key clients

General Electric

JCDecaux

Boskalis

LG Electronics

Mitsubishi

Korean Airlines

Nielsen Company

Dupont de Nemours

Deloitte

China Southern Airlines

Port of Rotterdam Authority

A.Hak Group

EU and competition Tier 4

AKD's EU and competition team focus primarily on merger notifications and advising on compliance. Clients praise the team's 'approachable' nature and 'pragmatic thinking'. Practice head Pieter Kuypers is representing Vereniging Natuurmonumenten in a case brought by the European Commission regarding Dutch conservation organisations allegedly receiving illegal state aid. Also noted is senior associate Joost Houdijk, currently advising VINCI Energies in various merger filings at the ACM.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Kuypers

Testimonials

Easy to approach and short communication lines‘.

Pragmatic thinking, easy to approach

Real answers to questions with short reaction time to provide these answers, and with fair compensation rates. Provide advice beyond the requested issue‘.

Key clients

Pro Rail B.V.

IOI Corporation Berhad

Knorr-Bremse Group

VINCI Energies Netherlands B.V.

De Hoge Dennen Capital SHI

Province Gelderland

Natuurmonumenten

Gemeente Tilburg

Achmea

Gemeente Breda

Groningen Seaports N.V.

Telindus

Province Limburg

Private equity Tier 4

The sizeable team at AKD, led by Nathalie van Woerkom, focuses on mid-market deals, both domestic and cross-border. The team offers 'the personalised attention of a small practice with the high quality of a large international firm' and has a portfolio of high-end domestic clients, including Dutch private equity funds and single family offices. Lennart Crain is noted for his 'consistently outstanding work'; he leads on a number of cross-border matters for the firm.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie van Woerkom

Testimonials

What makes AKD’s PE practice a cut above the rest is that they combine the personalized attention of a small practice with the high quality of a large international firm. This focused approach allows them to treat clients as partners and customize effective legal support.

Hard workers, high technical knowledge and fast responses.

Thoughtful, responsive and efficient. Very enjoyable to work with.

François Koppenol and Nathalie van Woerkom are the bright stars.’

Lennart Crain’s work has been consistently outstanding: he is bright, hardworking, efficient, and creative. While brains and talent are relatively easy to come by in the PE international arena, Lennart differentiated himself by both delivering high-quality legal assistance and building effective client relationships.

Lennart Crain is a smart and sharp hard-worker.

Lennart Crain is very fast and a good negotiator.

Key clients

Health Innovation Fund

BioGeneration Ventures

Inkef Capital

De Hoge Dennen Capital

Newion Investments

Value Enhancement Partners

Shareholders of Augusta Benelux B.V.

West Frisia Vastgoed B.V.

4Dental

The firm: AKD is one of the largest law firms in the Benelux. With a team of approximately 280 committed lawyers, civil law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD delivers high quality legal services and tax matters in nearly all legal fields, based on a full-service approach. The firm’s client base varies from large multinational companies (whether stock-listed entities or family owned businesses) to high net worth individuals, from financial institutions to municipalities and hospitals.

Main areas of practice: Banking and finance: AKD advises on matters of national and international transactions, financial supervision regulations, and setting up investment institutions and investment vehicles.

Commercial contracting: the firm’s involvement comprises the negotiation of contracts relating to the business set-up (joint ventures and alliances), the sales channel (sales, supply, license, distribution, agency and franchise) and the procurement channel (production and license).

Corporate/M&A: the firm’s lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers assist clients in the acquisition and sale of enterprises, controlled auctions, private equity transactions, venture capital investments, management buy-outs, reorganisations, setting up joint ventures and raising equity and loan capital.

Corporate/structuring: the firm’s lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers assist national and international clients in advising on and implementing the most efficient corporate structure and corporate governance, by combining a solid knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework with creative solutions to the requirements of the client and/or the transaction.

Dispute resolution: the firm’s lawyers assist corporate clients in solving complex disputes, such as shareholders disputes, disputes with financial institutions, dispute on international) commercial contracts, cases of D&O liability, M&A claims and disputes on aborted negotiations.

Employment and pensions: the firm advises on the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, redundancies, reorganisations, restructuring, bonus caps, employment participation, collective bargaining agreements, strikes, international labour relations and pension law.

EU, procurement and competition: the firm’s Brussels-based experts are recognised in the areas of competition law, public procurement and State aid. The firm advises in proceedings concerning these areas as well as the areas of private international law and the free movement of persons, goods, services and capital (in the EU).

Insolvency and restructuring being often appointed by the Dutch courts as receivers in complex bankruptcy cases, the firm is equipped to assist companies in financial distress with restructuring and refinancing issues, issues related to selling off secured assets as well as cases of post-bankruptcy D&O liability.

Intellectual property: AKD has dedicated specialists in all fields of intellectual property law. AKD plays an active part in combating counterfeiting through international custom seizures and has its own trademark and design prosecution department. The firm’s practice group is also actively involved in professional training courses, e.g. the training course for Benelux trademark and design agents.

IT and data protection: ongoing legal developments in the ICT landscape and data protection law are becoming more and more important for internationally operating companies. AKD delivers in-depth knowledge in these fields of expertise.

Real estate and construction: the firm’s expertise covers the following legal areas: procurement law, construction law, regional development, property transactions, landlord and tenant law, infrastructure, public-private partnerships, DBFMO contracts, property development and property law.

Regulatory and governmental affairs: the team are specialists in general administrative law, governmental liability, environmental law and planning and zoning. The team advises and litigate on claims, permits, expropriations, governmental tolerance policies and matters relating to nature conservation regulations and rail transport.

Tax: the firm’s tax lawyers pro-actively advise clients on the Dutch, Luxembourg and international tax aspects of their activities, help them structure business activities tax-efficiently, optimise their tax position, minimize tax risks and take care of clients’ tax compliance needs.

Transport and energy: AKD combines specialised knowledge of the complex legislation and regulations in this sector. The firm has a longstanding tradition of unconventional thinkers and innovators in the field of shipping, ship finance, offshore, aviation, terminals and logistics, international trade and energy.

Private client: AKD represents a wide range of closely held businesses and families focusing on the firm’s clients’ specific objectives. The firm serves as their counsellor enabling them to fulfil their business and personal targets. Together with their clients, the firm develops and implements clear, fair and flexible plans allowing for optimising their strategies for the preservation and transfer of their assets now and for future generations while minimising taxes.

International work: with offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, AKD offers integrated, independent and international legal and tax services in stable jurisdictions. Business arrangements, financial structures and digitalisation readily transcend international boundaries. The firm’s specialists look across borders and beyond the confines of their own disciplines in order to ensure seamless end-to-end service. AKD is the exclusive member firm in the Netherlands for Interlaw, the premium international association of independent law firms with lawyers in nearly 80 jurisdictions and more than 130 cities worldwide (www.interlaw.org). AKD also has an Asia Desk, German Desk, Turkish Desk and USA Desk, all of which form fully integrated teams that assist its clients in their global activities from start to finish.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Vincent Bettonville
Corporate/M&A Carlos Pita Cao
Dispute resolution Patrick Haas
Employment Pieter Huys
EU, procurement and competition Pieter Kuypers
Environmental law Jos van der Velden
Healthcare Klaas Meersma
Insolvency and restructuring Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn
Intellectual property Martin Hemmer
Private equity Nathalie van Woerkom
Project finance and PFI Marc Wintgens
Real estate and construction Marc Wintgens
Tax Huub Laauwen
Transport and energy Jos van der Meché
Civil law notaries Monique Verkuilen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rik Analbers  photo Rik Analbers
 Henk Breeman  photo Henk Breeman
 Erik Dans  photo Erik Dans
 Frenk Huisman  photo Frenk Huisman
 Jeanette Luijten  photo Jeanette Luijten
 Barbara Mutsaers photo Barbara Mutsaers
 Stefanie Roose  photo Stefanie Roose
 Frits Schneider  photo Frits Schneider
Mr Jasper Verhoog  photo Mr Jasper Verhoog
 Pascal van Schaik  photo Pascal van Schaik
Mr Jos van der Meché  photo Mr Jos van der Meché
Number of lawyers : 280
Chinese
Dutch
English
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Norwegian
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Swedish
Contacts : Erwin Rademakers (erademakers@akd.nl)
Contacts : Marc Wintgens (mwintgens@akd.nl)
Other offices : Breda
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Eindhoven
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Rotterdam

We believe that everyone working at AKD will only get the best out of themselves if they are allowed to be themselves. That is why we are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing an open, diverse, safe and inclusive environment.

AKD is a place where people, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, can thrive and reach their full potential.

AKD has joined nearly 100 leading companies and 35 other law firms in subscribing to the Equal in Legal Diversity & Inclusion Statement.

AKD is also a friend of Stichting FORWARD, whose mission is to promote the acceptance, validation and visibility of LGBTQ+ within the Dutch legal profession. All of our lawyers, tax advisers, civil-law notaries and support staff have received inclusive leadership and unconscious bias training, helping to propagate diversity as part of our daily routine. After all, we believe it is the responsibility of every AKD colleague to contribute to the open, diverse, safe and inclusive working environment we provide.

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.