Firm Profile > AKD > Amsterdam, Netherlands

PO BOX 59280

Construction Tier 1

The highly experienced Marc Wintgens heads a substantial team at AKD that is valued for its 'great expertise and for being proactive and very efficient'. Teije van Dijk, Paul WeltenMarlies Pierik, and Jelle Otten are key partners who serve international and domestic clients in sectors such as healthcare, energy, and transport. The team advised Perkpolder Beheer on the construction of a housing, leisure, and marina project that included Belgian parties and had a complicated securities and guarantee structure. The group continues to advise Volker Wessels on the Strijp S redevelopment in Eindhoven.

Environment and planning Tier 1

A substantial team at AKD advises numerous municipalities, water boards and corporate clients including Aldi and Wacker Chemie on the full range of planning and environmental issues relating to infrastructure projects including those with cross-border aspects. Senior team members include Jos van der VeldenGerrit van der Veen, Klaas Meersma and Henk Breeman. Hugo Doornhof is advising KFC on complex planning and public policy issues and Marjolein Dieperink has joined the team from Houthoff.

Industry focus: Food Tier 1

AKD 'has multiple experts within a lot of disciplines making it easy to get advice' and the team 'is very good at making legal issues comprehensible for food business operators'. It provides a comprehensive service ranging from all the regulations that impact food content and labelling and product safety to commercial contracts, IP and competition law. Senior associate Erik Dans is valued for his 'sharp analysis' and ability to identify 'all the downsides and when it is better to let it go or fight for your business'. Barbara Mutsaers heads the practice and Huib Berendschot offers considerable experience in the food industry from an IP point of view and counts Nestlé and Unilever among his clients. The team assists long-standing client Herbalife with issues relating to IP protection,  media and data protection.

Transport Tier 1

AKD has expertise in international transport and offshore energy, with a focus on ship arrest, judicial sales, charter party disputes and marine insurance representation. The firm bolstered its headcount with the arrival of aviation senior associate Maaike Lustenhouwer in December 2017 from Van Traa Advocaten. Haco van der Houven van Oordt jointly heads the group with Jos van der MechéPieter Den Haan, Jan Kromhout, Sebastiaan Moolenaar and Annemieke Spijker are also key names.

Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

AKD is praised for its ‘thorough knowledge of criminal law combined with tax and financial law, which enhances its ability to deal with complex matters’. The team specialises in financial and economic criminal law cases, with a particular emphasis on corporate, environmental and medical criminal law and cybercrime. Frits Schneider is the key name; he joined in September 2017 from Borg Advocaten, where he was responsible for regulatory law.

Real estate Tier 2

The AKD team 'is highly regarded for its inventive expertise which also covers related corporate, environmental, public, and tax issues'. Lead partner Marc Wintgens continues to advise VolkerWessels and Taco De Lange heads a team advising Ontwikkelbedrijf Greenport Venlo.  Julian Versmissen is noted for being 'outstanding' in explaining transactions and Floris van Westrhenen provides 'excellent legal advice' together with 'deal-making and conflict-management' skills. Notary Aukje van Griensven is also a highlighted team member.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

AKD's team 'has a longstanding history, is highly qualified, and has a no-nonsense and pragmatic approach'. Team leader Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn is recommended for his extensive insolvency experience, while Paul Peters, who is noted as being an 'experienced and balanced liquidator', is the bankruptcy trustee in the high-profile bankruptcy of Royal Imtech. Counsel Marc Goethals is also recommended for his 'broad experience as a bankruptcy trustee, working for clients on insolvency issues, and for being a mediator and litigator in recovery cases'.

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 3

The ‘competent and commercial’ group at AKD is led by Vincent Bettonville, who advises on a range of mainstream bank lending, acquisition finance, structured finance, asset finance and project finance transactions. Cathelijn Frederiks joined as counsel in September 2017 from NautaDutilh.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

AKD’s department, which is headed by Vincent Bentonville and managing partner Erwin Rademakers, has considerable experience handling cross-border acquisition financing. Jasper Verhoog is another name to note. Cathelijn Frederiks joined the team as counsel in September 2017 from NautaDutilh.

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

AKD advises clients on cross-border acquisition finance matters. The department is headed by Vincent Bentonville and also includes managing partner Erwin RademakersJasper Verhoog and counsel Cathelijn Frederiks, who was a recent arrival from NautaDutilh, are also noted.

Energy: regulatory Tier 3

AKD is recommended for its 'deep regulatory knowledge that the team manages to capture in concise and pragmatic legal advice' and for being 'well aware of recent developments of the sector'. The team is headed by Marjolein Dieperink who joined from Houthoff in May 2018. The group draws on experts in energy, transport, environment, and construction; Jan KromhoutJos van der Velden, and Gerrit van der Veen are some of the key advisors. The group advised Uniper Benelux on all aspects of its transition from producing electricity in two older power plants to a new plant; it represented the company in several court cases and assisted in drafting various contracts on burning biomass instead of coal.

Insurance Tier 3

Senior partners Jos van der Meché, Haco van der Houven van Oordt, and  Pieter Den Haan are the leading advisors at AKD which has a notable track record in the transport sector, including marine/cargo disputes, as well as in energy sector. The team's expertise takes in policy advice and disputes involving P&I clubs, hull underwriters, and terminal owners. Much of its work is multi-jurisdictional.

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

AKD is recommended for its strength 'in the field of trade mark enforcement and litigation' and for its 'great understanding of brand protection'. Martin Hemme heads the practice; Peter Claassen, who is cited for being 'very strong on trade mark and trade secrets litigation', and Huib Berendschot are other noted partners. The team's notable clientele includes Richemont International, Nestlé, and Majestic Products for which it takes on portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting work, and IP disputes.

Project finance and PFI Tier 3

AKD serves government and corporate clients on the full range of PPP expertise including construction contracts, real estate, and finance matters. Marc Wintgens, who heads the practice, has a broad of range of finance and construction experience while Taco De Lange has a focus on finance and refinancing matters; he advised Ontwikkelbedrijf Greenport Venlo on all the real estate, construction, and finance issues with regard to the development of Greenport Venlo. The team also includes Julian Versmissen.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

AKD garners praise for being 'hands-on, solution driven, and tough negotiators' who will nonetheless 'close fast and achieve results'. Practice head Carlos Pita Cao 'is a superb advisor and negotiator who can save a deal with an inventive move'. Other key partners include Erwin RademakersNathalie van Woerkom, who is reported to be 'an outstanding M&A counsel, excellent negotiator and a great team leader' and 'skilled' Lennart Crain. The team undertakes the full range of regional and international corporate and M&A work for clients such as the listed Malaysian IOI, on the divestment of a 70% controlling stake in its IOI Loders Croklaan division.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

AKD’s ‘hands-on’ and ‘outstanding’ practice ‘is really client focused’. Group head Patrick Haas is acting for various legal entities in attempts to shield the assets of Yukos Oil, which was expropriated by the Russian state, from actions on the part of alleged purchasers who bought the assets at fake auctions. Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn and of counsel Marc Goethals, who are acting in the bankruptcy proceedings of Atlantic Marine Services, are also names to note. Eric Koster has been promoted to junior partner.

Employment Tier 4

The 'creative' team at AKD 'aims for mitigation as against litigation'. Pieter Huys heads the team and François Defaix and Hans van Mens are other key partners. Senior associate Henrike van de Laar is highlighted for 'thinking with the client to find the most workable solution and being to-the-point'. It is acting for clients in matters such as an investigation under the Foreign Nationals (Employment) Act and in another case, is representing former employees of an international company who claimed exposure to hazardous materials. The matter also involved investigations by the authorities and the Public Prosecution Service.

EU and competition Tier 4

AKD’s department is praised for its ‘open communication’ and its ‘clear and accurate’ advice and 'ensures that actions are promptly taken'. In one highlight, the group is acting for Dutch conservation organisation Vereniging Natuurmonumenten in proceedings brought before the EGC concerning allegations that various Dutch nature conservation organisations received illegal state aid; practice head Pieter Kuypers, who is based in Brussels, is leading on this matter. Senior associate Joost Houdijk is also noted. Kees Jan Kuilwijk, previously counsel at the firm, left for Pactumius, a legal services provider.

Private equity Tier 4

At AKD, the team is 'effective in analyses and negotiations'. In recent work, it acted for Landgoed Oranjewoud Participaties on the acquisition of an iconic hotel from the Bilderberg Group. Nathalie van Woerkom leads the team, which also includes François Koppenol and Lennart Crain, who is 'highly knowledgeable on both legal and financial matters'.

Tax Tier 4

AKD’s ‘adaptable’ team provides ‘to the point’ advice and is led by Huub LaauwenIvro Vreman handled the tax aspects of IOI Corporation’s €297m divestment of a controlling stake in one of its business units. Robert Jean Kloprogge, who joined in April 2018 from Stibbe, and Jan-Willem Beijk are also singled out. Hans Galavazi was another new arrival; he joined from his own practice. Derk Prinsen is now an independent practitioner.

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 ( 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
Mr Ward Aerts  photo Mr Ward Aerts
Mr Stefan Bais  photo Mr Stefan Bais
Mrs Selma Baouch  photo Mrs Selma Baouch
Mr Vincent Bettonville  photo Mr Vincent Bettonville
Mr Remco Bosveld  photo Mr Remco Bosveld
 Henk Breeman  photo Henk Breeman
Mr Nico Broers  photo Mr Nico Broers
Mr Roderick Chalmers  photo Mr Roderick Chalmers
Mr Peter Claassen  photo Mr Peter Claassen
Mr Lennart Crain  photo Mr Lennart Crain
 Erik Dans  photo Erik Dans
Mr Taco De Lange  photo Mr Taco De Lange
Mr François Defaix  photo Mr François Defaix
Mr Pieter Den Haan  photo Mr Pieter Den Haan
Mr Hugo Doornhof  photo Mr Hugo Doornhof
Mr Marc Goethals  photo Mr Marc Goethals
Mr Erik Gramberg  photo Mr Erik Gramberg
Mr Patrick Haas MBA  photo Mr Patrick Haas MBA
Mr Thijs Hekman  photo Mr Thijs Hekman
Mr Robert Hoepel  photo Mr Robert Hoepel
Mr Pieter Huys  photo Mr Pieter Huys
Mr Paul Klinckhamers  photo Mr Paul Klinckhamers
Mr François Koppenol  photo Mr François Koppenol
Mr Jan Kromhout  photo Mr Jan Kromhout
Mr Huub Laauwen  photo Mr Huub Laauwen
Mr Klaas Meersma  photo Mr Klaas Meersma
Mr Sebastiaan Moolenaar  photo Mr Sebastiaan Moolenaar
Mr Jelle Otten  photo Mr Jelle Otten
Mr Paul Peters  photo Mr Paul Peters
Mrs Marlies Pierik  photo Mrs Marlies Pierik
Mr Carlos Pita Cao  photo Mr Carlos Pita Cao
Mr Zabdaj Pollen  photo Mr Zabdaj Pollen
Mr Jeroen Pop  photo Mr Jeroen Pop
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Mr Joris Rijken  photo Mr Joris Rijken
Mr Bart Roozendaal  photo Mr Bart Roozendaal
 Frits Schneider  photo Frits Schneider
Mrs Eveline Sillevis Smitt  photo Mrs Eveline Sillevis Smitt
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Mr Jasper Verhoog  photo Mr Jasper Verhoog
Mrs Monique Verkuilen  photo Mrs Monique Verkuilen
Mr Eric Vermeulen  photo Mr Eric Vermeulen
Mr Julian Versmissen  photo Mr Julian Versmissen
Mr Ivo Vreman  photo Mr Ivo Vreman
Mr Paul Welten  photo Mr Paul Welten
Mr Vincent Wibaut  photo Mr Vincent Wibaut
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Ms Laura de Jong  photo Ms Laura de Jong
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Mr Guido de Vos  photo Mr Guido de Vos
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Mr Teije van Dijk  photo Mr Teije van Dijk
Mr Philip van Hilten  photo Mr Philip van Hilten
Mr Hans van Mens  photo Mr Hans van Mens
Mr Dennis van Tilborg  photo Mr Dennis van Tilborg
Mrs Mariëlle van Winden-Spaans  photo Mrs Mariëlle van Winden-Spaans
Mrs Nathalie van Woerkom MBA  photo Mrs Nathalie van Woerkom MBA
Mrs Henrike van de Laar  photo Mrs Henrike van de Laar
Mr Haco van der Houven van Oordt  photo Mr Haco van der Houven van Oordt
Mr Jos van der Meché  photo Mr Jos van der Meché
Mr René van der Paardt  photo Mr René van der Paardt
Mr Taco van der Valk  photo Mr Taco van der Valk
Mr Gerrit van der Veen  photo Mr Gerrit van der Veen
Number of lawyers : 280
Contacts : Erwin Rademakers (
Contacts : Marc Wintgens (
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.

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.