Firm Profile > AKD > Amsterdam, Netherlands

PO BOX 59280

Netherlands > Construction Tier 1

AKD ‘belongs to the best law firms in the Netherlands in the field of construction’. It advises on national and international mandates, including contentious and non-contentious matters. Its multidisciplinary team includes experts in litigation and arbitration, real estate, construction, project finance, public-private partnerships (PPPs), environmental and planning law. Marc Wintgens, who focuses on private construction and real estate law, heads the team alongside Sven Billet. Frenk Huisman joined as a partner from Baker McKenzie and brings expertise in  property development and projects work; he has previously been based in the Middle East. Jeanette Luijten was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Marc Wintgens; Sven Billet

Other key lawyers:


Open and transparent communication.

Professional competency.’

Juridical depth of advice, swift response and practical approach.

Marc Wintgens has a very good understanding not only of construction but also of development and the real estate business.

The team is very practically oriented in their advice.

They understand our business needs well and are able to provide tailored guidance in structuring deals and dealing with practical issues.

Frenk Huisman is responsible and dependable.

Marc Wintgens is an excellent construction lawyer, with a lot of experience, in-depth knowledge and excellent negotiation skills.

Key clients


DW Partners





Green Real Estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate





Janssen De Jong / Hercuton

The municipalities of: Amsterdam; Utrecht: Eindhoven; Kampen; Tilburg; Breda and Westland

The Provinces of: Limburg; Gelderland and Zuid-Holland.

Dutch housing cooperatives: Rochdale, Stichting Portaal, Stichting Staedion, Stichting Haag Wonen, Stichting Havensteder, Stichting Vestia Groep, Stichting Woonbedrijf, Stichting Ymere, Woonstichting ’thuis, Woningbouwvereniging WonenCentraal and Stichting Sint Trudo

Kaan Architects


Vue Cinemas

Epicenter Stockholm

Flow Real Estate

TB3 Investment


Several hospitals including:

Erasmus Medical Centre


Greystar Real Estate Partners LLP

Allianz Real Estate GmbH


Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 1

AKD acts for governmental bodies and private companies in equal measure. As a core practice area of the firm, most team members have a scientific background, including Gerrit van der Veen, who is s professor at a Dutch university. Jos van der Velden, who is on the editorial staff of the Dutch Journal for Environment and Law and also teaches regularly, has over 30 years’ experience in planning and environmental issues. Henk Breeman has experience in the energy, water, media and telecommunications, transport and public transport sectors. Hugo Doornhof is also recommended. Thomas Sanders was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Henk Breeman; Eveline Sillevis Smitt; Marjolein Dieperink; Thomas Sanders


‘Knowledge of the discipline is excellent’.

‘Delivery of the product is quick and thorough’.

‘Outstanding knowledge, critical in a positive way’.

‘Knowledge of the political environment, active working together to achieve the goal’.

‘ What makes the practice unique is the fact that we always receive tailor-made expert advice on time on our urgent requests’.

‘AKD is a firm that provides all the needed expertise; if necessary, the same day on which we ask for advice’.

‘AKD also has knowledge of the local politics and is familiar with the policy of the local government’.

‘Jos van der Velden is easy to work with and always has the intent of delivering the solution to the problem’.

Key clients

ProRail  – the Dutch railway infrastructure manager

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 en IJssel, Hunze en Aa’s, Limburg, etc.

Uniper Benelux N.V. (formerly E.ON) – one of the largest energy companies in the world

Heros Sluiskil

Urenco Netherlands B.V. – the only uranium enrichment company in the Netherlands

Aldi Supermarkets

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam


Blauwhoed (project developer)

Verbrugge Terminals, ZHD Stevedores


Wacker Chemie AG

WDP – Warehouses De Pauw

Hunter Douglas Europe

Dutch Parliament

Access World

Dutch State (ministry of the interior)

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

AKD’s team of ‘knowledgeable professionals who are willing to go the extra mile’ is well-versed in food legislation and regulations, commercial contracts, and EU, procurement and competition law. It handles product recalls, labelling requirements, claims, liability issues and supplier contracts. The team is headed by food law specialist Barbara Mutsaers, who handles contentious and non-contentious work in the sector, and has ‘a good network’. Erik Dans focuses on administrative food law and advises food processing companies on complex EU legislation. Huib Berendschot handles IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Mutsaers

Other key lawyers:

Huib Berendschot; Martin Hemmer; Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht; Erik Dans


‘Barbara Mutsaers’ network gives her the ability to play a key role and give good advice’.

‘Barbara Mutsears has a lot of knowledge and experience in this particular field.’

‘The team has a very good knowledge of the situations that we are dealing with. ’

‘A very good knowledge of our business and knows how it works in practice’.

‘Hands-on approach, actual interest in the case and communicated with us clearly and in a timely fashion’.

‘Very knowledgeable, willing to give their opinion while still maintaining friendliness and having patience’.

‘Knowledgeable professionals who are willing to go the extra mile. Worked especially well with Barbara Mutsaers in our cases.’

‘Very flexible, pragmatic and fast reacting with good industry background’.

Key clients

Perfetti Van Melle



Plukon Food Group B.V.

The Greenery

Yili Innovation Center Europe B.V.

Hoogwegt International B.V.

Van den Borne Aardappelen VOF

Sligro Food Group Nederland B.V.

Interfood Holding B.V.

Netherlands > Transport Tier 1

AKD advises and represents clients in the aviation, road, rail, shipping, and logistics sectors across the full range of transport issues, including finance and leasing transactions, insurance claims and disputes, and contractual negotiations. The team is led from Rotterdam by specialist shipping and cargo litigators Haco van der Houven van Oordt and Jos van der Meché, while the ‘always available’ Annemieke Spijker is noted for her expertise in cargo claims and logistics contracts. Stefanie Roose represents transport and logistics clients including tank terminal operators in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Haco van der Houven van Oordt; Jos van der Meché

Other key lawyers:

Annemieke Spikjer; Stefanie Roose


‘The AKD Transport team has all the knowledge inhouse to cover every part of the international transport and shipping business. The various partners in the team have specific knowledge about each part of our business and therefore AKD always has the specialist available for our questions. ’

‘Annemieke Spijker is a great lawyer and always available. The highest professional knowledge and a great person to talk to.’

Key clients

Royal Boskalis

TT Club


Heerema Marine Contractors


Royal Huisman Shipyard


The Swedish Club


PM Terminals


Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

'Outstanding at building a network of valuable relationships', AKD is acting for claimants in both the emissions and truck cartel class actions, and handles a broad range of corporate, financial and commercial litigation for well-known domestic and international companies. Practice head Patrick Haas is 'highly commercial' and leads a big team of litigators, including bankruptcy specialist Paul Peters , Guido Vergouwen, who are both noted as 'outstanding', and experienced insolvency partner Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Haas


‘I have personally been involved in two very complex sophisticated cases of high value involving issues of international jurisdiction, governing law, and EU vs domestic law issues. The approach was legally sophisticated and subtle, but at the same time very close to the practical and commercial expectations of clients. An excellent, seamlessly-working professional relationship! ’

‘There are two partner litigators that I would particularly like to mention, both outstanding for competence, pace of work, speed and depth of understanding and pleasantness of relationship: Guido Vergouwen and Patrick Haas.’

‘AKD have been excellent in building and managing two cases for us, with the potential to do many more. They are highly commercial and outstanding at building a network of valuable relationships.’

‘Patrick Haas is as much an entrepreneur as he is a lawyer, always looking for new opportunities and highly commercial in his approach. Critically, he backs this up by being a very strong lawyer, on top of the legal, factual and procedural issues in each case. He inspires confidence. He is very ably supported by Jeffrey Kleywegt, who runs the cases with great efficiency and skill.’


Key clients

Stichting vehicle claims

Yukos Finance

Endemol Shine Group

Royal Imtech (in bankruptcy)

Svenska Handelsbanken

LeasePlan Nederland

Bankia S.A.

Centraal Beheer Achmea


Works Council Eneco N.V.

Erasmus Medisch Centrum Rotterdam

Neways Electronics International

NH Hotels


Value Enhancement Partners

Cerberus Capital Management

Beequip B.V.

VIEO (Lebara Group)

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 2

With a strong focus on the energy sector, AKD’s multidisciplinary team has recently been working on improving the sustainability of real estate, heating networks and sustainable heat sources, solar projects and offshore energy solutions. The practice stands out for its broad knowledge in the field of regulatory and public law. The team is led by Marjolein Dieperink, who specialises in advising energy companies, developers of energy projects, investors and governments on the regulatory aspects of energy projects and related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Dieperink

Other key lawyers:

Jan Kromhout; Julian Versmissen; Lennart Crain


‘Extensive and strong negotiations skills’.

‘The direct, close and open-minded skills to seek for the pro-cons risk analysis of every topic in discussion’

‘Julian Versmissen is a fantastic lawyer and even better dealer, always thinking in the pros and cons and the potential risks or benefits on selecting a certain negotiation path’.

Key clients





Volker Wessels

Stichting Sint Trudo



Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

The ‘small but very dedicated’ team at AKD represents corporate clients in the full spectrum of white-collar criminal defence work, with notable recent cases in the fields of bribery, sanctions, and environmental crimes. Experienced practitioner Frits Schneider, described by one client as ‘a calm, critical thinker who presents very well-thought through solutions’, heads the team, and is particularly experienced in internal investigations and cybercrime. The firm also represents several clients in cross-border matters, particularly where domestic clients are investigated by foreign authorities.

Practice head(s):

Frits Schneider

Other key lawyers:

Bilal Chababi


‘Frits Schneider has all the necessary experience and drive to act in large cases.’

‘Frits Schneider stands out because he has seen it all and therefore cases will not have surprises for him. ’

‘Key partner is Frits Schneider. Amiable.’

‘The team is small but very dedicated. They represent quite a few local government authorities.’

‘Frits Schneider is very experienced. He is very gentle and easy to deal with.’

‘Mr Schneider commands authority and respect but is never imposing. He is a calm, critical thinker and presents very well-thought through solutions to our case. He and his team (Mr Chababi) took a lot of initiative studying our case, and we were impressed that he was armed with lots of facts and legal theory during our meeting to discuss in detail our case. His past experience as a police officer has indeed made him the best lawyer in his field which needs a strong investigative skill and incisive analysis of facts vis-a-vis the law.’

‘Hands-on approach, skilled lawyers, friendly but very effective.’

‘Friendly and skilled.’

‘I know Frits Schneider as a very dedicated, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer.’

‘Solid reputation. Well connected to AKD’s excellent public/administrative law department. ’

‘Frits Schneider is a very experienced and trustworthy lawyer. ’

‘AKD provides quality services in a traditional way. The team offers a safe pair of hands.’

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 2

AKD's real estate and project finance team is led by Eindhoven-based Marc Wintgens, an 'excellent PFI/PPP lawyer'. He has a very good market reputation for healthcare PPP projects, as a result of his involvement in Mobility PPP, the first PPP contract for parking and the Zuyderland Hospital PPP, the first-ever PPP in the healthcare sector in the Netherlands. Taco De Lange is active in real estate refinancing, as is Julian Versmissen.

Practice head(s):

Marc Wintgens

Other key lawyers:


‘AKD has very good lawyers and have in-depth and thorough knowledge of PFI / PPP law and the PFI / PPP sector.’

‘ Marc Wintgens is an excellent PFI/PPP lawyer. He has a lot of experience, in-depth knowledge and excellent negotiation skills. He is very smart, creative and is a though leader on this field. Teije van Dijk is a strong PFI/PPP litigator who can act particularly well in large cases and projects. He is an excellent attorney and extremely practical. ’

‘Practice head and managing partner Marc Wintgens invariably manages to come up with solutions nobody had thought of. ’

Key clients


DW Partners

Edge Technologies (former OVG)




Green Real estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

AKD provides ‘great knowledge’ and is ‘truly supportive in realising the objective’. It draws on expertise from its construction, project management, and environmental and planning law experts to offer broad expertise in relation to landmark real estate projects, disputes and general advisory matters. Marc Wintgens and Sven Billet head the team. Taco de Lange is a real estate notary. Frenk Huisman, who recently joined as partner from Baker McKenzie, was previously based in the Middle East, where he gained experience in property development and projects in various sectors. Martijn Jongmans joined from Banning NV.

Practice head(s):

Marc Wintgens; Sven Billet


‘Excellent knowledge, honest and creative’.

‘Frenk Huisman has a good understanding of the data centre/real estate market in Amsterdam and is a valuable and capable legal advisor to have on your side’.

‘The team is takes the time to understand my business and our practical needs, goals and risk tolerances’.

‘They are able to provide valuable advice and guidance’.

‘Frenk Huisman is great to work with’.

‘They are very good lawyers and have in-depth and thorough knowledge of real estate law and the real estate sector’.

‘ Marc Wintgens is an excellent real estate lawyer’.

‘Marc Wintgens has a lot of experience, in-depth knowledge and excellent negotiation skills’.

Key clients


DW Partners



Green Real Estate

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

M&G Real Estate



Kaan Architects

Several local Government agencies

A large number of Dutch housing companies


Epicenter Stockholm

Flow Real Estate

TB3 Investment


Several Hospitals



Greystar Real Estate Partners



Allianz Real Estate GmbH

Life Europe


Joint Owners of the Entrada Area

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

The restructuring and insolvency team at AKD is experienced leading cross-border insolvencies, as evidenced by noted practitioner Paul Peter’s appointment as the trustee of Royal Imtech. Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn heads the team; he is regularly appointed as a trustee by the Dutch courts. The group acts for leading corporate entities in financial distress, with a focus on reorganisation and recapitalisation, and winding up.

Practice head(s):

Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn

Other key lawyers:


‘Paul Peters is a real expert in his field’. 

‘Open for discussion and very available’.        

‘In-depth technical know-how on specific loan portfolios’.

‘Able to explain complicated matters and make them simple to understand’.

‘Pragmatic and understand the specific needs of the client’.

Key clients

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

Bankruptcy trustee of Atlantic Marine Services B.V.

Cerberus Capital Management LP

Bankruptcy trustee of E.P. Trade Support (affiliated with 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 of CEG Group

Crowe Horwath

Bankruptcy of Veldhoven Group

Bankruptcy of Silver Lining

Braden Europe

Ortolan Nederland Credit Oplossingen GmbH

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

AKD continues to represent a wide range of domestic and international banks in their lending work, including large global players such as JP Morgan. Vincent Bettonville chairs the practice, and is particularly recommended for cross-border matters, as he also leads the firm’s US desk as well as advising on Curacao law. Managing partner Erwin Rademakers is another key part of the team, and leads the firm’s Asia desk. Sanne Swinkels is a name to note at the more junior end.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Bettonville

Other key lawyers:


Always available. Good knowledge. Very cooperative and flexible.’

Vincent Bettonville has outstanding knowledge about complicated matters but can translate this easily to non-legal persons. Sanne Swinkels can work independently and is flexible, but also has very good knowledge and is able to explain difficult clauses and contracts.’

Strong team, technically capable, commercial and very user-friendly.’

They are very quick, can explain difficult legal situations in simple terms.’

Vincent Bettonville is by far the best. Keen, friendly, capable of explaining legal issue to clients in their own words and on top of that a very pleasant man to work with. Sanne Swinkels is a quick and bright corporate lawyer.’

Key clients

Benson Elliot No – 10 years

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank No – 6 years

JPMorgan No – 5 years

Seaway Heavy Lifting No – 10+ years

Benson Elliot No – 10+ years

Sumitomo Corporation No – 10+ years

Ralph Lauren No – 10+ years

Exide Technologies

Deutsche Private Equity





Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 3

Fielding ‘a tremendous team with a strong bench and great expertise’, AKD is a key name in the market for Dutch and Benelux mid-market work. The team has notable expertise in the financial services, private equity, real estate, energy, technology and transport sectors; clients include Ballymore Group, Sumitomo Corporation and Inkef Capital. The substantial team includes practice head Carlos Pita Cao, who attracts praise as ‘an outstanding deal captain and strategic adviser’; Nathalie van Woerkom and François Koppenol.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pita Cao

Other key lawyers:


‘AKD is well-acquainted with the rules of the game, reasonable negotiators and at realistic level fees.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao is certainly easy to work with. Very responsive with great command of complex legal matters. He always makes sure to get the best available resources within the firm and closely follows all mandates to its full execution. He understands a client’s commercial needs and is capable of compromising with counterparties in a rather constructive way.’

‘Very hands-on and pragmatic approach of AKD partners and associates throughout the due diligence process and preparation of legal documentation. Quality of output is very high and review of documents is made very easy.’

‘Lennart Crain’s flexibility to adapt to changing deadlines was very much appreciated. The team was very devoted and delivered all materials in a very timely manner even under tight deadlines.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao of AKD is an outstanding deal captain and strategic advisor.’

‘All team members are reliable, down-to-earth and have great communication skills. Combined with outstanding knowledge and experience they are providing great added value to M&A projects.’

‘Lennart Crain provides solutions without making it complex. He is a good listener, proactive and is eager to bring parties together.’

‘A tremendous team with a strong bench and great expertise across a range of sectors. On hospitality, transportation and energy deals, they are always responsive, proactive and collegiate in their approach. For an in-house team lawyer the team at AKD are prepared to get into the trenches with you.’

Key clients


Seaway Heavy Lifting

Inkef Capital

Ballymore Group

Brian Beheer


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



Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

AKD has noted expertise in regulatory and compliance matters in the healthcare sector. It is experienced in handling contentious matters and disputes against government authorities and health insurers. Other areas of focus include product liability issues and recalls, advertising, IP and competition matters. Klaas Meersma, Joris Rijken and Barbara Mutsaers are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Klaas Meersma; Joris Rijken; Barbara Mutsaers

Key clients

Stichting Zuyderland Medisch Centrum

Prinses Máxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie B.V.

Open MRI Zen

Stichting Saltro



Stichting Mosae Zorggroep

Vereniging Medische Staf Laurentius Ziekenhuis

Alliance Healthcare Nederland B.V.

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

Vaxxinova International B.V.

Dutch Association for Care of the Disabled

Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care

Het Van Weel-Bethesda Ziekenhuis

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

The AKD team, which includes litigators and trade mark attorneys, provides a comprehensive range of IP skills. In addition to trade mark, copyright, and design infringement disputes, the team also advises on areas such as anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, and contractual disputes. Martin Hemmer heads the IP and IT practice group and has been acting for Track Innovations in long-running disputes with parties that were using illegal copies of its software. Huib Berendschot undertakes IP litigation for clients including multi-nationals for whom he co-ordinates cross-border infringement cases.  Also of note is of counsel Peter Claassen, the former team head, who continues to add his expertise to the group.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


The Sting

Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson




Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

Majestic Products BV (part of Bunzl Group)

K3 Software

Bär Software

Track Innovations

Beekman B.V.



Worldwide Machinery



Netherlands > Private equity Tier 3

Clients recommend AKD ‘without hesitation’ for mid-market transactions in the Benelux region; the team is also increasingly active in sustainable investment mandates and governance work. The group’s client base of Dutch private equity funds, single family offices, Dutch ventures and international clients include Inkef Capital, Health Innovation Fund and Newion Investments. Nathalie van Woerkom leads the team, which includes Lennart Crain, who handles controlled auctions, public offers and leveraged buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie van Woerkom

Other key lawyers:


‘We have had very good experiences with AKD. Well acquainted with the rules of the game, reasonable negotiators.’

‘AKD’s private equity practice is certainly one of the ones that I would recommend without hesitation in the Netherlands. Specifically Carlos Pita Cao has proven to be key in the resolution of difficult deadlocks between parties always showing the great command of complex legal topics.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao grasps complex legal issues quickly and always provides creative solutions to both sides of the deal, even in situations of stress and tense negotiations. He has a strong command of the Dutch legal system but goes beyond and tries to accommodate the commercial needs of his client. Certainly an individual worth considering in international complex transactions.’

‘I was happy with the knowledge within the company concerning several aspects of the sales process. Not only legal knowledge but also tax skills and others where available.’

‘AKD supported us with a multidisciplinary team to cover all potential pitfalls in the process. In communication there were always clear lines and no needless inefficiencies arose from the multidisciplinarity. Advisory well up to standard.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom – great lawyer, and very good with numbers!’

‘Perfect customer service. Timely response. Partner involvement. All disciplines collaborate. Pro-active attitude.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom is an outstanding lawyer. I have been working with her for decades to my fullest satisfaction.’

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.



Main Incubator

Alpha Private Equity

FB Oranjewoud Participaties

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

AKD attracts high-end transactions and clients to its tax practice, drawn to the proven track record of Huub Laauwen and his well-resourced team of over 30 tax lawyers. They include 'totally dedicated' Ivo Vreman and new partner Milja Bormann-Bakker who joined the firm from Deloitte Legal Netherlands in June 2020. Of note is the team's additional Benelux coverage, advising on all aspects of corporate tax, transfer pricing and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Huub Laauwen

Other key lawyers:

René van der Paardt; Ivo Vreman; Eric Vermeulen


Commitment, willing to assist, availability.’

Great team, which can cover all natures of tax issues, from corporate tax to VAT, including transfer pricing. Strong knowledge about French tax issues.

Ivo Vreman is totally dedicated to our company, with high reactivity and great efficiency to provide practical solutions.’

Technically strong and commercial, user friendly.’

Key clients



Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse




Benson Elliot


United Phosphorus

Tate & Lyle

Netherlands > Employment Tier 4

Under the leadership of Pieter Huys, AKD's team handles a broad range of employment matters for domestic and global clients. Areas of expertise include individual dismissals, reorganisations, TUPE, co-determination law, collective agreements and pensions. It is active in the food, energy, real estate, and transport sectors. Pascal Van Schaik made partner.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Huys

Other key lawyers:

François Defaix; Marielle van Winden-Spaans; Pascal Van Schaik


‘Their understanding of the international legal practice is unique’.

‘They are fully conversant with the legal culture of the different countries and this makes them highly reliable and responsive referees in the Netherlands’.

‘Pascal van Schaik is a smart and accurate problem solver’.

‘AKD lawyers are of high quality, with good knowledge, experience and commercial sense’.

‘They provide quick turnaround and are very responsive’.

‘They are quick, knowledgeable and think along, ask the right questions and are honest if what I want to do will not work’.

‘In the employment field, Pieter Huys is my trusted partner, he is knowledgeable and critical’.

‘Pieter Huys is a sparring partner and advisor’.

Key clients

General Electric



LG Electronics


Korean Airlines

Nielsen Company

Dupont de Nemours


China Southern Airlines

Port of Rotterdam Authority

A.Hak Group

The firm: AKD is one of the largest law firms in the Benelux. With a team of approximately 270 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 a wide range of clients, including national and international corporate clients, banks and other financial institutions, private equity and venture capital investors, and hedge funds, on banking, finance, company law, national and international structuring and restructuring, and legal opinions.

Civil law notaries: AKD is a reliable and extremely experienced partner for clients requiring notarial services. At AKD, we have over thirty civil-law notaries, who cooperate closely with our lawyers wherever necessary.​​ This means that you can rely on us to provide you with a wide range of notarial services and solutions to your legal problems.

Commercial contracting: AKD’s expertise covers the international sale of goods and services, encompassing the structuring and optimisation of international commercial transactions: advising, contracting and dispute resolution.

Compliance and integrity: AKD’s Compliance & Integrity team regularly deals with a wide range of complex and occasionally sensitive compliance issues. Our advice and representation encompasses risk assessment, compliance assessment, compliance programmes, investigations, criminal, civil and enforcement matters, all in legal fields where the rules are subject to constant change.

Construction: AKD boasts one of the largest construction and real estate teams in the Netherlands. Its sheer size enables us to deploy lawyers to tackle every issue that affects your business. Through our considerable expertise and deep knowledge of the market, the team consistently provides assistance at the highest level.

Corporate/M&A: Our small and flexible teams in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg work successfully for domestic and foreign companies on strategic transactions, private equity deals, venture capital investments, restructurings and distressed M&A. Our team’s expertise extends to other areas of law and supervisory regulations relating to mergers and acquisitions, such as employee co-determination, transfer of undertaking, financing, security and ancillary restrictions.

Corporate criminal law: AKD’s criminal lawyers are skillful at handling a wide range of complex and sensitive criminal law cases involving large business and personal interests. They focus on offering a high level of reputation and risk management. They also conduct internal investigations and offer advice on criminal compliance issues.

Data protection and privacy: Enforcement powers available to privacy authorities in the Benelux are being expanded. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) pertains to all processing of personal data by data controllers and imposes strict conditions on the processing, transfer and security of personal data. AKD’s Data Protection & Privacy team is happy to advise you as to whether your company’s data processing is privacy compliant.

Employment and pensions: AKD’s Employment & Pensions practice group encompasses a team of committed lawyers boasting comprehensive knowledge and experience. Our lawyers advise on and litigate cases involving employment contracts, dismissals, competition, confidentiality, collective labour agreements and employee participation, special employment relationships, transfer of undertaking, equal treatment, secondment, working hours, working conditions, minimum wage and other types of remuneration, holiday and leave, and more.

Government liability: Government liability is a complex field, a convergence of administrative law and compensation law. AKD sets itself apart through its unique combination of thorough knowledge of administrative law and special expertise in the field of (civil) compensation law.

Insurance: Our Insurance team’s thorough knowledge of the market enables it to assist insurance companies, brokers and policyholders alike, in the Benelux countries and elsewhere. AKD has proven a particularly reliable partner for taking on cases involving transportation-related insurance law, liability, and policy and coverage disputes.

Intellectual property and IT: AKD’s Intellectual Property, ICT & Privacy team is one of the largest and most specialised IP and IT teams in the Netherlands and Belgium. Our lawyers enjoy an excellent reputation both nationally and internationally. They litigate complex infringement disputes before national courts and all the way up to the European Court of Justice. AKD also boasts a dedicated trademark and design registration team whose sole aim is to look after your IP portfolio.

Investment management: Our Investment Management team can help you with legal advice on investment structures and guidance on investment institutions. These cover ‘umbrella funds’, private equity/venture capital funds, property funds, hedge funds, feeder funds and fund-of-funds. We specialise in setting up innovative investment structures and providing guidance through the authorisation processes with the relevant authorities for the financial markets.

Litigation: AKD boasts an extensive team comprising dozens of lawyers who excel at resolving business disputes. AKD advises and litigates on every possible dispute involving corporate law, including shareholders’ disputes, disputes between joint venture partners, inquiry procedures, corporate governance and participation disputes, group liability and directors’ and officers’ liability issues.

Private equity: AKD’s Private Equity team enjoys a strong reputation in the mid-market segment and counts various private equity funds, venture capital funds and large single-family offices among its clients, advising them on investments, exits, management participations and W&I aspects.

Private wealth: We provide advise to wealthy families, establish and manage family offices for the creation and management of their holding and operational companies and their charitable entities. We assist them for the taking of tailor-made and strategic decisions in close cooperation with their other specialist advisors in Belgium and abroad. This includes complex securities portfolios, art and real estate.

Projects and infrastructure: AKD’s Project & Infrastructure team consists of a multi-disciplinary team of lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers, well equipped to deal with projects across multiple sectors in all key jurisdictions. Our integrated global network provides full-service capabilities to clients in key markets and can advise on the regulatory, corporate, financing, public law, tax, arbitration and commercial litigation aspects of both domestic and cross-border projects.

Public law: AKD boasts one of the largest administrative law teams in the Benelux. We advise and litigate on behalf of the public sector and semi-public institutions as well as on behalf of companies. A full-service firm, AKD is able to muster all the expertise needed to tackle every administrative dispute imaginable, ranging from local and provincial government law to water authorities legislation, from tax law and administrative fines to obligations to tolerate, and from orders subject to penalties and administrative coercion to municipal measures in the social domain.

Public procurement: From our Brussels office, we have been advising and litigating on all facets of procurement law for 20 years. Our clients are the central government and decentralised public authorities, public law institutions and medium and large enterprises.

Real estate: Boasting one of the largest Real Estate teams in the Netherlands and a solid Real Estate team in Belgium, AKD is able to deploy specialist lawyers to address all key aspects of your business. You can trust AKD’s experts to be up to speed with all innovations in your market and aware of any legal and contractual implications.

Restructuring and insolvency: AKD’s Restructuring & Insolvency team has time and again proven a reliable and experienced partner in complex situations. We have been involved in nearly all major insolvencies in the Netherlands, either as trustees (in the bankruptcy of Imtech, for example) or as advisors. 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.

Supreme Court litigation: Conducting Supreme Court litigation calls for specific expertise. Having amassed dozens of years of expertise handling litigation in the lower courts, AKD’s specialists will now ply their trade in the Dutch Supreme Court as well. They will litigate matters spanning the full breadth of civil law and civil procedural law, including matters involving local, regional or national government authorities.

Tax: From our Benelux offices, AKD’s tax lawyers are faced with the job of ensuring that tax regulation changes have the least possible adverse impact on the commercial activities and asset management of their clients, businesses and high net worth individuals alike. We accomplish this by developing in-depth knowledge of all tax matters, be it corporate tax, dividends tax, income and PAYE taxes or transfer tax.

Transport and trade: AKD’s Transport & Trade team enjoys an excellent reputation worldwide for its risk management expertise and ability to come up with legal solutions. Our specialists have a clear understanding of opportunity versus risk and have been involved in many ground-breaking cases.

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 +31 88 253 5210
Civil law notaries Monique Verkuilen +31 88 253 5542
Corporate criminal law Frits Schneider +31 88 253 5245
Corporate/M&A Carlos Pita Cao +31 88 253 5575
Data protection & Privacy / IP & IT Martin Hemmer +31 88 253 5916
Employment & Pensions Pieter Huys +31 88 253 5511
Environmental law Jos van der Velden +31 88 253 5963
Healthcare Klaas Meersma +31 88 253 5129
Litigation Patrick Haas +31 88 253 5587
Private equity Nathalie van Woerkom +31 88 253 5573
Project finance and PFI Marc Wintgens +31 88 253 5759
Public law Gerrit van der Veen +31 88 253 5556
Public procurement Pieter Kuypers +32 2 629 4283
Real estate and Construction Marc Wintgens +31 88 253 5759
Restructuring & Insolvency Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn +31 88 253 5102
Tax Huub Laauwen +31 88 253 5197
Transport & Trade Jos van der Meché +31 88 253 5395
Transport & Trade Haco van der Houven van Oordt +31 88 253 5392
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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.

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.

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”.

Yann Hilpert appointed partner at AKD in Luxembourg

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

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.

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.” 

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.