Firm Profile > AKD > Amsterdam, Netherlands
PO BOX 59280
1040 KG AMSTERDAM
AKD > The Legal 500 Rankings
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 Welten, Marlies 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 Velden, Gerrit 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 Meché. Pieter 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'.
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.
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.
AKD advises clients on cross-border acquisition finance matters. The department is headed by Vincent Bentonville and also includes managing partner Erwin Rademakers. Jasper 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 Kromhout, Jos 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.
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.
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 Rademakers, Nathalie 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.
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 Laauwen. Ivro 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.
AKD > Firm Profile
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.
|Banking and finance||Vincent Bettonville|
|Corporate/M&A||Carlos Pita Cao|
|Dispute resolution||Patrick Haas|
|EU, procurement and competition||Pieter Kuypers|
|Environmental law||Jos van der Velden|
|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|
|Transport and energy||Jos van der Meché|
|Civil law notaries||Monique Verkuilen|
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|Mrs Selma Baouch||View Profile|
|Mr Vincent Bettonville||View Profile|
|Mr Remco Bosveld||View Profile|
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|Mr Nico Broers||View Profile|
|Mr Roderick Chalmers||View Profile|
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|Mr Hugo Doornhof||View Profile|
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|Mr Patrick Haas MBA||View Profile|
|Mr Thijs Hekman||View Profile|
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|Mr Huub Laauwen||View Profile|
|Mr Klaas Meersma||View Profile|
|Mr Sebastiaan Moolenaar||View Profile|
|Mr Jelle Otten||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Peters||View Profile|
|Mrs Marlies Pierik||View Profile|
|Mr Carlos Pita Cao||View Profile|
|Mr Zabdaj Pollen||View Profile|
|Mr Jeroen Pop||View Profile|
|Mr Erwin Rademakers||View Profile|
|Mr Joris Rijken||View Profile|
|Mr Bart Roozendaal||View Profile|
|Frits Schneider||View Profile|
|Mrs Eveline Sillevis Smitt||View Profile|
|Mrs Annemieke Spijker||View Profile|
|Mr Jos Van Der Velden||View Profile|
|Mr Vivian Van der Kuil||View Profile|
|Mr Guido Vergouwen||View Profile|
|Mr Jasper Verhoog||View Profile|
|Mrs Monique Verkuilen||View Profile|
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|Mr Ivo Vreman||View Profile|
|Mr Paul Welten||View Profile|
|Mr Vincent Wibaut||View Profile|
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|Ms Laura de Jong||View Profile|
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|Mr Teije van Dijk||View Profile|
|Mr Philip van Hilten||View Profile|
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|Mr Dennis van Tilborg||View Profile|
|Mrs Mariëlle van Winden-Spaans||View Profile|
|Mrs Nathalie van Woerkom MBA||View Profile|
|Mrs Henrike van de Laar||View Profile|
|Mr Haco van der Houven van Oordt||View Profile|
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|Mr René van der Paardt||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 280
LanguagesChinese Dutch English French German Italian Japanese Norwegian Portuguese Russian Spanish Swedish
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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 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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Fraud and white-collar crime
- Real estate
- Restructuring and insolvency
- Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance
- Banking and finance: Borrower side
- Banking and finance: lender or arranger side
- Energy: regulatory
- Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights
- Project finance and PFI
- Commercial, corporate and M&a
- Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
- EU and competition
- Private equity