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AKD
PO BOX 666
Flight Forum 1
5657 DA Eindhoven
Netherlands

Netherlands > Construction Tier 1

AKD offers a strong contentious and non-contentious construction practice, partnered with an experienced real estate team. The cross-practice expertise allows the firm to advise on all aspects of large projects, specifically inner-city developments, as well as logistics, residential and office building spaces, including instructing on real estate transactions, disputes, project finance and PFI, PPP, and M&A. The firm has a unique focus on maritime construction projects, particularly offshore energy including wind, and the team is also experienced in environmental, planning and regulatory issues impacting construction. The practice is led by Marc Wintgens and Sven Billet, the former of whom is experienced in counselling large construction companies and government bodies, and he recently advised on incoming sustainability requirements legislation. Jeanette Luijten is known for her work in high-profile construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sven Billet; Marc Wintgens

Other key lawyers:

Jeanette Luijten; Floris van Westrhenen

Testimonials

‘Strong engagement and awareness of each client’s unique context. Able to swiftly mobilise required skills and experience. Prompt reaction.’

‘Very up to date insight in Dutch and European development in the field of tendering and construction. Teams have balanced setting. Good guidance by lead Marc Wintgens.’

‘Expertise, guts, speed.’

‘I greatly appreciate the AKD team. The main attribute of this team is that they understand the issues but are pragmatic in their approach. Great litigators and easy to work with.’

‘Floris van Westrhenen has and continues to be an exceptional legal adviser. He is tactical, smart, self assured and fun to work with. His approach is to achieve the best for his client without burning commercial bridges.’

‘AKD has a thorough knowledge of construction and the construction market. Their expertise and approach is unrivaled.’

‘Practice head Marc Wintgens can deal with any high-level construction case, is easy accessible and an excellent negotiator.’

Key clients

Netflix

Univé

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

InterEst

Port of Rotterdam

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Goodman

Segro

Life Europe

TB3 Investment

Epicenter Stockholm

VolkerWessels

Philips

WDP

Green Real Estate

M&G Real Estate

Kaan Architects

DW Partners

DSV

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

Prologis

Crosslane

Flow Real Estate

Profinn

Joint Owners of the Entrada Area

Prorail

Hercuton

Edge Technologies (former OVG Real Estate)

Work highlights

  • Advising longstanding client, VolkerWessels, on the largest development and construction project in The Netherlands, Strijp-S.
  • Advises Maersk on the development contracts and design and build contracts suites and contractor procurement strategy with respect to the Maasvlakte II and the Port of Rotterdam.
  • Advised Zalando on the site acquisition, the procurement, development and construction with respect to their 140,000 sqm’s distribution center in Bleiswijk.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 1

The environmental law team at AKD is led by Jos Van Der Velden in Breda, Gerrit van der Veen in Rotterdam, and Hugo Doornhof in Amsterdam, and advises and acts for a range of public and private-sector clients on issues ranging from permitting to soil and water contamination. Van der Velden has particular expertise in noise regulation; Van der Veen is regarded as ‘efficient and effective‘; and Doornhof is a key contact for issues relating to housing, infrastructure and retail developments. Henk Breeman is also noted, as is Thomas Sanders, whose 'knowledge is outstanding'.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Eveline Sillevis Smitt; Thomas Sanders

Testimonials

‘AKD lawyers are always ready to help. They make time and answer quickly and directly.’

‘Knowledge on a high level. Empathy. Swift and correct.’

‘The level of knowledge is very high in this practice. The collaboration with this firm is great. They are innovative in their collaboration with governments.’

‘The team has all the knowledge and skills needed for all legislation.’

‘Gerrit van der Veen is capable of solving all our problems fast and in an efficient and effective way.’

‘Thomas Sanders is very passionate about his work. His knowledge is outstanding and he can get to the essence of a file in no time. Besides that, he is a very pleasant person with a great sense of humour.’

‘Gerrit van der Veen has the quality of thinking outside the box, with the client’s needs in mind. Oversees the scope of the case very well and quickly, and keeps in mind the political interests.’

‘Thomas Sanders is a professional that is outstanding in his legal profession, always accessible, very accurate. He is quick in his answers to questions and helps if a colleague is better in a specific subject. He has a good overview. Whenever he promises a product, he delivers it.’

Key clients

ProRail

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

Water boards: Brabantse Delta, De Dommel, Rijnland, Rijn en IJssel, Hunze en Aa’s, Limburg,

Uniper Benelux N.V.

Heros Sluiskil

Urenco Netherlands B.V.

Aldi Supermarkets

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

AMVEST

Blauwhoed

Verbrugge Terminals, ZHD Stevedores

KFC

Wacker Chemie AG

WDP – Warehouses De Pauw

Hunter Douglas Europe

Dutch Parliament

Access World

Dutch State (Ministry of the Interior)

Sif Netherlands B.V.

Work highlights

  • Requested by the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment to represent the Minister in appeal proceedings at the Council of State for the implementation modification of the railway line near Boxtel, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Vught.
  • Helping Warehouses De Pauw Nederland to obtain permission from various municipalities to establish new warehouses.
  • Assisting the Central Government Real Estate Agency and the municipality of Katwijk in the building of a high-end residential and business area on land formerly occupied by a marine airbase.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

Specialist in commercial contracting and litigation Barbara Mutsaers leads AKD‘s food law practice. Mutsaers focuses on recall cases, product liability matters and assists clients with drafting contracts with food suppliers. Huib Berendschot is the key contact for IP representation, advising food manufacturers on brand protection, parallel trade and enforcement litigation. Martin Hemmer and Roderick Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht are also key names in the food-related IP team. Administrative food law expert Erik Dans assists food processing companies with complying with food and consumer legislation, defending them in enforcement cases concerning penalties and administrative fines.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Mutsaers; Huib Berendschot

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘AKD has team leaders with specialised knowledge and resources for research.’

‘The team is fine-tuned. They keep each other informed and have experts in many areas that support each other when necessary.’

‘AKD communicates clearly and is familiar in the environment it works in.’

‘AKD has been our partner in the field of legal issues for many years with its wide range of lawyers, short lines of communication and up-to-date knowledge, making them a very suitable partner for us. What is really unique, however, is that this is done in a friendly, yet efficient manner.’

‘The collaboration with Barbara Mutsaers was excellent. Friendly, knowledgeable and always ready for us with a short response time. Not only advising within her own field and knowledge, but also thinking more broadly on the rest of the playing field. She is open, honest and transparent in her responses and advice. In the unlikely event that we once again need legal assistance, there will be no doubt that we will then contact her immediately!’

‘Barbara Mutsaers is fast to respond when we have a crisis situation, and is very good with the details. She is really hands on, and patient.’

‘Barbara Mutsaers is very knowledgeable on the food sector, relevant legislation and is hands on. She provides us timely and excellent legal advice. Strong negotiator in court.’

Key clients

Perfetti Van Melle

Nestlé

Herballife

Plukon Food Group

The Greenery

Yili Innovation Center Europe

Hoogwegt International

Van den Borne Aardappelen

Sligro Food Group Nederland

Interfood Holding

Esro Seafood

Greenpower

CBD Consultancy Group

VanRijsingeningrediënts

B&S International

Corbion

Meelunie

Andean Life B.V.

Flink B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented industry organisation NEPLUVI and its members in court proceedings against the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.
  • Advising a global market leader in vitamins, enzymes, food additives, flavourings and ingredients, on the interpretation and application of various food legislating in specific cases, including GMOs.
  • Represented an importer and distributor or organic foods in an objection proceeding.

Netherlands > Transport Tier 1

The transport and trade group at AKD has experience of shipping, including specific expertise in ship arrests, judicial sales and charter party disputes, road, aviation and rail matters, particularly in carriage of goods disputes, as well as logistic matters relating to storage and the forwarding of cargo. The team has a strong contentious capacity, with shipping litigation expert Haco van der Houven van Oordt and Jos van der Meché specialising in disputes relating to terminal operations, warehousing and logistics. Annemieke Spijker specialises in multi-modal transport, road networks and warehousing, often litigating in logistics and international transport matters. The practice is led by Jan Kromhout, an experienced transactional transport lawyer who has a focus advising on contracts in relation to shipping.

Practice head(s):

Jan Kromhout

Other key lawyers:

Taco van der Valk; Pieter de Haan; Jos van der Meché; Haco van der Houven van Oordt

Testimonials

‘Immediate response, to the point, showing merits and risks of the matter.’

‘A practice characterised by excellence in expertise and ad hoc advice. A good combination of experienced lawyers with a young ambitious team.’

‘Jos van der Meché has a strategic and often creative approach, always focused on solving the case. Annemieke Spijker has a rapid response time, and is appreciated for her knowledge of the sector and her practical approach.’

‘The team maintains amicable relations with other firms thus avoiding unnecessary juridical escalations.’

‘Fantastic team and impressive clients.’

‘Strong quality team, responsive and good to cooperate with.’

‘Haco van der Oordt is the no.1 go to partner for maritime work at AKD. Very knowledgeable, quick and solution oriented.’

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 2

Head of AKD’s dispute resolution practice Patrick Haas is the go-to lawyer for professional class actions funders from around the world seeking legal representation in international collective redress cases. Haas is also a trusted adviser for third party litigation funders investing in cases in the Netherlands. The experienced Eric Koster specialises in cross-border litigation, while Thijs Hekman acts for and against financial institutions in disputes involving bankruptcies, directors’ liability claims and the enforcement of securities. Fouad el Houzi is another key practitioner for insolvency and restructuring disputes.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Haas

Other key lawyers:

Erik Koster; Thijs Hekman; Fouad el Houzi; Jeffrey Kleywegt

Testimonials

‘AKD are both transparent and responsive. As a company, these are the values we live by for our clients, so it was really a match made in heaven to have a law firm on our side that adopts the same strategy towards its clients.’

‘Thijs Hekman in particular was practically always available when called upon, and always provided clear and succinct feedback regarding how our case was progressing.’

‘Patrick Haas is a pleasure to work with and always makes you feel you are in very capable hands. He is exceptionally commercial and brings a perspective to issues that is always welcome.’

‘Thijs Hekman is clever and to-the-point.’

‘The high level of specialisation in the field of insolvency/director’s liability litigation is outstanding.’

‘Thijs Hekman is a bright junior partner. He handles complex insolvency and litigation cases.’

‘This practice is unique because it combines expertise in international and local (Dutch) matters.’

‘AKD provides a streamlined, efficient and complete service to its clients. They are easy to deal with, incredibly reliable and effective. They know their market very well and have a depth of insight into matters.’

Key clients

Yukos Finance B.V.

EndemolShine Group B.V.

Royal Imtech N.V.

Svenska Handelsbanken S.A.

LeasePlan Nederland N.V.

Bankia S.A.

Prorail N.V.

Erasmus Medisch Centrum Rotterdam

Neways Electronics International N.V.

Segulah

TransAtlantis Funding Lux S.a.r.l.

Cerberus Capital Management LP

Beequip B.V.

VIEO

Darling Ingredients

Ortolan

Rotate

Uljee Food Group B.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing SCC in several landmark class action cases against various car manufacturers (VW Group, Renault, Stellantis, Daimler) for their role in the diesel emissions scandal.
  • Representing the bankruptcy trustees of Royal Imtech N.V. in clawback actions against the former financiers of the Imtech group.

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 2

AKD’s energy team draws on the firm’s strengths in environmental and planning law to provide support on major projects throughout their full life-cycle. Acting for energy companies, developers, investors, and public bodies, the practice advises on the range of renewable projects, including geothermal, solar, and wind energy, as well as sustainable heat. Team lead Marjolein Dieperink has broad regulatory experience, and is also knowledgeable in state aid, subsidy grants, permits, and tendering.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Dieperink

Other key lawyers:

Jan Kromhout; Julian Versmissen; Lennart Crain

Key clients

Univé

Eneco

Eteck

Prorail

Verbrugge

Inter Provinciaal Overleg (IPO)

Europarcs

Essent

Solora

KIC InnoEnergy

Edge Technologies

Work highlights

  • Assisting Univé in negotiations with contractors, structural engineers, electricity purchasers, and roof owners, in relation to its solar energy portfolio.
  • Acting as counsel to the Dutch parliamentary committee of inquiry into natural gas extraction, researching extractions from the 1950s to the present day.
  • Provided legal assistance to one of the tender parties in the submission of two bids for the construction and exploitation of offshore wind energy farms in the Dutch North Sea (Hollandse Kust West Site VI and VII).

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 2

The recent arrival of Vincent de Bruijn in November 2021 has led to an impressive expansion of AKD's fraud and white-collar crime practice. Bruijn leads on internal investigations, advising blue-chip companies, directors of high-profile companies and forensic auditors on sanctions, money-laundering, bribery and compliance issues. His non-contentious expertise complements Frits Schneider 's criminal litigation practice, representing international corporates, government organisations and directors in complex and sensitive allegations. New arrival senior associate Isabella van Rijckevorsel provides additional support on complex cases of general corruption and fraud.

Practice head(s):

Frits Schneider; Vincent de Bruijn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Frits Schneider is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer with an excellent reputation. Vincent de Bruijn gives a new boost to the fraud and white-collar practice at AKD. At his previous firm Vincent has conducted relevant eDiscovery projects. This specific expertise may offer added value to the more hard-core criminal law practice of Frits.’

‘Our most important contacts were Vincent de Bruijn for the internal investigation and Frits Schneider for the criminal strategic advice and guidance. We are particularly impressed by the analytical qualities of the team of researchers and of Vincent in particular. As a result, it was possible to receive a clear and unambiguous report on the matter under investigation, including recommendations, in a relatively short period of time. Frits has guided us through the process with his expertise, combined with his peace and tranquillity, at important moments.’

We are very satisfied with the work and services of AKD. The strategic advice had great value for us. The internal investigation has provided valuable information and insights. We were able to manage the process well. In addition, the lawyers carried out an excellent detailed analysis in a short period of time and gave concrete advice. We highly value AKD as a highly professional law firm.’

‘Vincent de Bruijn has a sharp analytical mind and has a great eye for detail.’

‘Vincent de Bruijn is one of the smarter lawyers working in the Dutch white-collar practice, he is well versed in many legal areas, he is always interested in the facts underlying the legal abstractions and is often able to come up with innovative solutions to complex problems.’

‘The team is led by Frits Schneider, a highly experienced, amiable and excellent defence lawyer.’

‘AKD’s team has vast experience and combines solid theoretical expertise with a practical, hands-on approach, for instance in the context of internal investigations.’

‘Frits Schneider is very experienced in handling complex fraud cases.’

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Amsterdam-based healthcare specialist Joris Rijken and Eindhoven-based life sciences practitioner Barbara Mutsaers lead AKD’s healthcare and life sciences practice. Rijken assists healthcare advisers with care procurements and contracts with various government bodies and provides regulatory advice on medical scientific research. Mutsaers frequently deals with sector specific regulations, including market access and compliance regarding the prohibition of inducements and clinical trials; she also handles various agreements, namely R&D and license agreements. The team frequently works on entry strategies for foreign clients in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):

Joris Rijken

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Mutsaers; Maartje de Jong

Testimonials

‘The team has knowledge on a braod area of healthcare and health insurance, acting on behalf of serious players in the field, particularly healthcare institutions’

‘If I need to highlight one of the legal partners, I must mention Barbara Mutsaers. As an entrepreneur, I choose Barbara Mutsaers because she goes the extra mile and is not only a legal partner but also a co-worker.’

‘The team is highly knowledgeable within the health care industry and very well connected to relevant authorities and utilises their connections to improve the quality of their counselling.’

‘High level of analytical thinking and focus on problem solving. The team is very pragmatic and always work with a smile.’

‘For us the team has been centered around Barbara Mutsaers. Our interaction with the team has been very satisfactory because of her.’

‘We do work primarily with Barbara Mutsaers, who has proven to be an outstanding professional. She has been available 24/7, always ready to do the extra effort. She has been able to get to the core of the matter immediately and digests much information rapidly to offer us immediate and very tangible advice. She is very knowledgeable in the Healthcare sector and has outsmarted opposing lawyers in many instances. Her communication style has been sharp, coherent and respectful.’

‘Joris Rijken is dedicated, involved in our care operations, ‘speaks the language’, can relate to our business and is a quick thinker.’

‘Barbara Mutsaers is an exceptional lawyer. What make her stand-out from other lawyers is that she combines her strong expertise in the legislation area with an in-depth understanding of the business needs in the life sciences space.’

Key clients

Stichting Zuyderland Medisch Centrum

Prinses Máxima Centrum voor Kinderoncologie B.V.

Reinier Haga Groep

Dutch Association for Care for People with a Handicap

Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care

VGZ

Erasmus Medical Center

Alliance Healthcare Nederland B.V.

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

Hestia Cardiovascular Service Center B.V.

Eurocom Healthcare Technology B.V.

Aevitae B.V.

Merz Pharma Benelux B.V.

Vaxxinova International B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Stichting Reinier Haga Groep on a demerge
  • Assisting the mental care provider HSK in a successful appeal against a fine by the Dutch Healthcare Authority
  • Advising Nafinco, a buying group for more than 200 pharmacies, on an investment by Freshstream, a British investment firm

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

Benelux firm, AKD, leverages its strength in construction to offer expertise in large development and construction projects, incorporating planning, tax, public procurement and corporate law. The firm also has transactional capacity, engaging in several property-related M&A deals. Sven Billet, a civil-law notary, specialising in project development including inner city restructuring, housing associations and industrial complexes; he co-leads the team alongside Marc Wintgens who focuses on advising construction companies, public bodies and hospitals in relation to negotiations and contracting as well as litigating in construction and real estate related disputes. Wouter de Vries, senior associate, is also experienced at the cross-roads of construction and real estate. Frenk Huisman is a key contact in domestic and international real estate transactions and construction projects, while Taco de Lange is recommended for his civil notary services related to real estate. Joost Kil, a senior associate, is focused on transactions, turnkey developments and building contracts.

Practice head(s):

Sven Billet; Marc Wintgens

Testimonials

‘The AKD team continues to deliver top quality services with unparalleled professionalism.’

‘Frenk Huisman is a true partner, responsive, consistent and extraordinarily knowledgeable on real estate matters in the Netherlands. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner over the last several years.’

‘Availability, depth of knowledge, one-stop shopping, “carrier” in order to find the right advisor/lawyer.’

‘AKD has a thorough knowledge of real estate and the real estate market, in addition to the obvious expert knowledge of construction law. Their expertise and approach is unrivalled.’

‘Practice head Marc Wintgens can deal with any high-level real estate case, is easy accessible and an excellent negotiator. Marc is also highly convincing.’

‘AKD has a multidisciplinary team with associated high-quality knowledge and experience and has good knowledge of our business and organization(s) and translates this into good and applicable advice.’

‘High-quality knowledge, expertise, experience and personal involvement.’

Key clients

Netflix

Univé

Allianz Real Estate GmbH

InterEst

Port of Rotterdam

Greystar Real Estate Partners

Goodman

Segro

Life Europe

TB3 Investment

Epicenter Stockholm

VolkerWessels

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

Philips

WDP

Green Real Estate

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M&G Real Estate

Kaan Architects

DW Partners

DSV

Development Company Greenport Venlo (DCGV)

Prologis

Crosslane

Flow Real Estate

Profinn

Joint Owners of the Entrada Area

Prorail

Hercuton

Edge Technologies (former OVG Real Estate)

Work highlights

  • Advised Panattoni on multiple logistic Real Estate Projects.
  • Advises Edge Real Estate with respect to the development of Royal DSM’s New Global Head Office.
  • Advised EdgeConneX on all data center investment and developments projects in the Netherlands.

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

AKD represents a broad range of lender clients operating through the Benelux region, with a proven track record in handling the Dutch law aspects of real estate finance, acquisition finance and structured finance transactions. Practice head Vincent Bettonville, whose additional expertise covers corporate lending and restructurings, works alongside financial supervision head Jasper Verhoog. Another name to note is Niels Hagelstein.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Bettonville

Other key lawyers:

Jasper Verhoog; Niels Hagelstein; Nadine Platenburg; Remco Bosveld

Testimonials

‘A responsive and diligent team.’

‘Vincent Bettonville and Remco Bosveld are highly recommended.’

‘Responsive, informed and efficient work on secured, multi-jurisdiction financings.’

Key clients

Pine Bridge Benson Elliot

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank

JPMorgan

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Exide Technologies

Deutsche Private Equity

Braskem

Boskalis

Iron Mountain

Hessing Supervers

Panattoni

Morgan Stanley

Natixis

CSU

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Noted for its ‘ability to handle complex cross-border transactions’, independent Benelux firm AKD acts for domestic and foreign clients on distressed M&A, strategic deals and corporate restructurings, in addition to merger control issues and regulatory approvals. Practice head Carlos Pita Cao has demonstrable experience across the transport and logistics, energy, food, manufacturing, technology and leisure sectors, and Nathalie Van Woerkom is praised as a ‘safe pair of hands’ for distressed M&A. Other key contacts in the group include Lennart Crain and new arrival Wouter Kros, who joined from Loyens & Loeff in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Pita Cao

Testimonials

‘They maintain a high quality with regard to their drafting, respond swiftly and are also pragmatic.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom is an experienced partner in M&A and private equity.’

‘Highly knowledgeable, efficient, experienced in cross-border work and a strong client focus.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom – a very safe pair of hands. Extremely experienced, strong negotiator and very business minded. A pleasure to work with.’

‘They are a fantastic group of people with tons of experience across all types of corporate transactional work.’

‘Very pragmatic and knowledgeable, working for top-tier clients. Can easily stand out against the really big names.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao is a sharp and efficient lawyer.’

‘Good ability to handle complex cross-border transactions.’

Key clients

Neways

Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost Nederland

Perspectieffonds Gelderland B.V.

Rotterdam Port Authority

Remia

De Hoge Dennen Capital

Vitec

Berk Partners

Blackstone

PAI and a portfolio company

Alpha Private Equity / IPCOM

Inkef Capital

Foodmate

Newion

Pax8

Ballymore Group

Brian Beheer

Telrol

CWS

Astek Group

ViCentra

ISA Pharmaceuticals

Westway Group

K3 Business Technology Group Plc.

Total Produce Plc

Sumitomo Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Facilicom Services Group

IOI Corp.

DW Partners

Oranjewoud

PFM

Work highlights

  • Acting for Neways on the defence against a hostile public takeover offer for Neways.
  • Acted for Vitec in the €100m acquisition of SaaS business ABS.
  • Acting for Foodmate on its sale of both its European and its US branch to US-based investment firm Duravant.

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

AKD‘s seasoned IP litigator Huib Berendschot represents a range of clients in trade mark infringement matters, either as a claimant or defence attorney, while Roderick Chalmers works on matters across copyright, trade marks, advertising law and unfair competition, and is sought out by clients for trade name issues. Martin Hemmer routinely works on ICT-related IP matters, such as infringements of database rights and software copyrights. Associate Bram Woltering adds another layer to the practice, experienced in dealing with parallel import issues and coordinating counterfeit matters across Europe for clients.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hemmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘AKD has a very deep bench when it comes to IP, unfair competition and design law. They also show a very client-focused strategy that takes into account the business practicalities at issue in a dispute or prosecution matter. In other words, they look at the issues considered from the client’s perspective. This includes offering reasonable fees. I believe they use technology very effectively.’

‘Very responsive and hands on advice. Clients like what they get as there is always a good balance between commercial and legal requirements.’

‘Huib Berendschot is very experienced with exceptional industry insights.’

‘Roderick Chalmers has great experience in the sector, very smart, friendly, practical counsel who understands the need to balance the commercial requirements with the legal ones.’

‘Huib Berendschot is a very experienced partner with a good understanding of how to resolve problems. He has in-house experience which allows him to understand a client’s perspective. He is knowledgeable in the area of IP, unfair competition and design rights and an effective advocate.’

‘Roderick Chalmers is a junior partner with a deep understanding of IP, unfair competition and design law. He is a very effective problem solver.’

‘Bram Woltering is very capable and also understands IP, unfair competition and design law.’

‘Roderick Chalmers and Huib Berenschot are excellent professionals. Experienced and straight to the point. I trust their advice.’

Key clients

Inditex

Geneva Laboratories

AS Watson

Perfetti van Melle

Attema

Starskin

Dopper B.V.

Stella Fietsen

Swiss Sense

President Safety

Ulthera Inc.

Bär Software

Track Innovations

TerStal

WPS

Worldwide Machinery

Zuru

Audax

Belvilla

Prorail

Ma-rell Boats AB

Moooi

Varma

Carnimex

Equimedical

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 3

The ‘pragmatic and knowledgeable’ team at independent Benelux firm AKD acts for domestic private equity funds, family offices and Dutch ventures on mid-market transactions and is often instructed on big-ticket deals. The practice, which increasingly advises private equity clients on sustainable investment and governance matters, is frequently engaged by UK and US firms to assist with the Dutch law aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions. Praised as an ‘excellent private equity adviser’, practice leader Nathalie Van Woerkom’s client roster includes 17Capital, De Hoge Dennen and Newion Investments. Other key contacts in the group include Carlos Pita Cao, Lennart Crain and Wouter Kros.

Practice head(s):

Nathalie van Woerkom

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lennart Crain is very responsive, commercial and solution oriented.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom has a pleasant personality. She is open minded, creative and always looking for solutions. It is a great pleasure to work with Nathalie.’

‘Rosanne Vlasveld is creative and has a lot of experience. She is accurate and fast in delivering results.’

‘Wouter Kros is good with clients and will work hard to arrive at a solution that is out of the box.’

‘They have strengths across the transactional spectrum, particularly private equity.’

‘Pragmatic and knowledgeable, working for top tier clients.’

‘Carlos Pita Cao is sharp and efficient.’

‘Nathalie van Woerkom is an excellent private equity adviser.’

Key clients

Alpha Private Equity

Apollo

Berk

BioGeneration Ventures

Blackstone

Inkef Capital

De Hoge Dennen Capital

LSP

Newion Investments

PAI Partners

Value Enhancement Partners

Shareholders of Augusta Benelux B.V.

West Frisia Vastgoed B.V.

17Capital

CWS

FB Oranjewoud Participaties

Work highlights

  • Acting for Neways on the defence against a hostile public takeover offer for Neways and on the recommended public offer for Neways by private equity firm Infestos.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Benelux firm, AKD, has a strong construction and real estate sector focus, consolidating its project finance and PFI offering with practitioners specialising in the full spectrum of related matters. The firm is active on developments such as healthcare, inner city structurings, and PPPs across several industries. The practice is led by Sven Billet  and Marc Wintgens who is experienced in construction and project development, with an emphasis on PPPs. Taco de Lange is active in project finance, particularly regarding real estate developments and refinancing of portfolio arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Sven Billet; Marc Wintgens

Testimonials

‘Depth of knowledge, strategy, understanding of the business.’

‘Personal attention and widespread connections to key sector players.’

‘Trustworthy, experienced, connected, trusted and professional.’

‘AKD has a thorough knowledge of the project finance and PFI market, in addition to the obvious expert knowledge of construction law. Their expertise and approach is unrivaled.’

‘Practice head Marc Wintgens can deal with any high-level project finance and PFI case, is easy accessible and an excellent negotiator.’

Key clients

Port of Rotterdam

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

Work highlights

  • Advised VolkerWessels on the Strijp-S PPP, a large development in The Netherlands.
  • Advised Univé on developing its own solar energy portfolio.
  • Advised RAI Amsterdam on the redevelopment and refinance of their RAI-complex.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

A member of Interlaw, AKD is active in cross-border insolvencies and appointments by the court as trustees and administrators in bankruptcy proceedings. The team advises companies in distressed situations, including reorganisations, recapitalisations and winding up matters, in addition to advising banks in circumstances of recovery. The team, which has demonstrable experience across the real estate and construction, logistics and retail sectors, is led by Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn, who regularly receives appointments as bankruptcy trustee from the courts. Other key contacts in the group include Fouad el Houzi and Thijs Hekman.

Practice head(s):

Baend de Roy van Zuidewijn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fouad el Houzi is a strong and leading individual in his domain. He provides very clear and effective strategies that help safeguard the client’s interest to the best level possible.’

‘The team has the perfect combination of experienced lawyers and young, bright lawyers that can take on any case.’

‘Baend de Roy van Zuidewijn is a very experienced insolvency lawyer and bankruptcy trustee. The combination of these roles gives value to clients. Thijs Hekman is a very bright young partner. He works effectively by directly focusing on the core of the issue at hand.’

Key clients

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

Cerberus Capital Management LP

Bankruptcy trustee of De Donge group companies

Bankruptcy of Veldhoven Group No 2 years

Ortolan Nederland Credit OplossingenGmbH

Svenska Handelsbanken AS

Bankruptcy trustee of Atlantic Marine Services B.V.

Bankruptcy of Fortress group companies

Centraal Beheer Achmea

Bankruptcy trustee of E.P. Trade Support

Crowe Horwath

Libyan Foreign Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting as the trustee in the high-profile bankruptcy of Royal Imtech N.V. and several of its subsidiaries.
  • Acting as project manager on behalf of Cerberus regarding a run off of the non-performing loan portfolio Cerberus acquired from Van Lanschot.
  • Assisting as co-counsel for the bankruptcy trustees of Dutch real estate company Fortress in their claw-back action against Rabobank and directors liability claims against the board of directors.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

AKD advises a broad range of multinational companies, private equity funds and financial institutions on corporate income and tax advisory matters, with a focus on transfer pricing and tax compliance. The team has a strong portfolio of high-profile clients and acts predominantly in an advisory capacity, though it also has frequently been instructed on a transactional basis. The practice is led by Huub Laauwen, who is an experienced practitioner in restructuring and M&A work, in addition to acting for high-net-worth clients on tax management.

Practice head(s):

Huub Laauwen

Other key lawyers:

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

Key clients

Braskem

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Santander

Unicredit

AT-PAC

Benson Elliot

Clarins

United Phosphorus

Tate & Lyle

Netherlands > Employment Tier 4

The Rotterdam-based employment team at AKD has experience across the healthcare sector following the pandemic, and has advised companies establishing Dutch bases post-Brexit while also increasing its expertise in transactional matters, including advising on takeovers and divestments of interests of multinational companies. The firm can also draw on its membership of the Interlaw network, an international association of independent law firms in multiple jurisdictions. The team is led by Pieter Huys.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Huys

Other key lawyers:

Henrike van de Laar; Pascal van Schaik

Testimonials

‘Good and quick to response. Professional and prompt in their advice. Feedback is clear and practical.’

‘Henrike van de Laar is accessible and responds quickly to requests for help. Thanks to her strong analytical skills, she quickly gets to the heart of the matter. She is knowledgeable, accurate and acts decisively.’

‘AKD is a professional organisation. In particular, I work with the employment law team. They are all very experienced. The billing process runs smoothly, taking into account our organisation’s processes. Cooperation with the other departments within AKD also runs smoothly and other professionals are called in promptly if necessary. No unnecessary work is done and they clearly anticipate our requirements as a client.’

‘In particular, I work with Henrike van de Laar. She is great to work with. She can be reached quickly and always makes time to provide us with expert advice. She not only looks at the purely legal issues but also thinks ahead pragmatically. She has an eye on the requirements of our organisation and not only looks for the best legal solution but also for the best solution for the organisation. After experience with several lawyers and various offices, she clearly adds extra value.’

‘Delivers promptly in a well-structured way and actively deals with clients’ concerns and possible solutions for them.’

‘Pascal van Schaik and Henrike van de Laar in the Amsterdam office were excellent, helping me deal with a tricky international matter. They stayed very calm in difficult circumstances and helped navigate us to the right outcome.’

‘In my opinion, AKD has a great group of very experienced people working for them, with a broad scope of abilities. In the times I needed expertise from another department at AKD, they would swiftly introduce me to the right person, who was also always very capable, experienced and flexible. I think their level of expertise combined with their flexibility in particular makes AKD unique.’

‘I’d like to praise Pieter Huys specifically. He is a truly very knowledgeable professional, who is highly emotionally intelligent and very flexible. He truly cares about getting the client the best result and, also, about the well being of his client in a way that I had never seen before in a professional relationship.’

Key clients

General Electric

Port of Rotterdam Authority

Boskalis

LG Electronics

Dopper

Korean Airlines

Nielsen Company

Dupont de Nemours

Deloitte

China Southern Airlines

Shinwa

JVCKenwood

Work highlights

  • Supported Vueling with the employment issues related to setting up its new hub in Amsterdam.
  • Supported Sparck Technologies with the employment aspects of its demerger and the sale of the company to a Dutch investor.
  • Advised Siemens Energy on employment issues relating to the sale of its Heat Transfer Technology business division to Balcke Dürr, a subsidiary of a private equity fund.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 4

AKD's energy team is active on renewables projects and in the growing area of sustainable heat. Marjolein Dieperink heads the practice, with experience in subsidy grants, permits, and state aid. Corporate and M&A partner Lennart Crain provides notable support on transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Marjolein Dieperink

Other key lawyers:

Lennart Crain

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 4

AKD has developed particular expertise at the intersection of competition and consumer law, and in the foreign direct investment regulatory framework and private enforcement cases, including cartel follow-on damages claims. Led by Pieter Kuypers and Joost Houdijk, the practice is active in investigations, merger control and state aid, with an emphasis on its integrated Benelux capacity. The firm has experience acting for clients across the transport, healthcare and energy industries and the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Kuypers; Joost Houdijk

Other key lawyers:

Nikee Groot

Testimonials

‘Skilled and experienced, quickly available upon request.’

‘Joost Houdijk – skillful, to the point, pragmatic.’

‘We required specific expertise in EU Procurement law, for which AKD has a specialised practice. The team, though small, was very knowledgeable in the subject matter at hand and provided the required guidance.’

‘Pieter Kuypers and Nikee Groot were well versed in the practical aspect of EU procurement law. They provided a professional and to-the-point legal strategy, required legal briefs, and legal representation during the course of our engagement.’

‘Joost Houdijk communicated in a way that matched the level of the participants. He showed that a theoretical topic can be conveyed to the audience in a lively and engaging way.’

‘I can recommend Joost Houdijk. Excellent competition lawyer, great knowledge of competition law and fun to work with.’

‘Joost knows our market well by now and finds other point of views or additional arguments that make our case stronger.’

‘Good expertise, very service oriented.’

Key clients

ProRail B.V.

VINCI Energies Netherlands B.V.

De Hoge Dennen Capital SHI

Natuurmonumenten

Achmea

Erasmus Medical Center

Maasstad Medical Center

TransAtlantis

Imagina Media Audiovisual SA

Province of Limburg

Work highlights

  • Representing TransAtlantis Funding Lux Sarl in a private damages action against truck manufacturers that were involved in the truck cartel.
  • Assisting Natuurmonumenten in a procedure before the ECJ regarding its judgment on 3 September 2021, holding that a Commission Decision of 2 September 2015 regarding state aid contained procedural defects.
  • Carried out a successful merger notification procedure to the Dutch Competition Authority with regard to the intended acquisition of Van Dillewijn Holding by Koninklijke Paardekooper Group.
Photo Name Position Profile
Jan Kromhout photo Mr Jan Kromhout Partner, Board member
Marc Wintgens photo Mr Marc Wintgens Partner

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

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Yann Hilpert appointed partner at AKD in Luxembourg

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

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AKD adds six new partners to Benelux footprint

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