Van Doorne > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Van Doorne

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Van Doorne focuses on contentious data protection matters including high risk and multijurisdictional issues. The team has handled numerous high profile data breaches for its clients as well as enforcement actions, class actions, and mass claims, as well as a full spectrum of non-contentious regulatory work. Practice head Elisabeth Thole  handles the full gamut of data privacy issues; she is supported by Özer Zivali  who specialises in contentious data protection matters and is well-versed in handling cross-border data breaches and enforcement mandates.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Thole

Other key lawyers:

Özer Zivali


‘Elisabeth Thole – a powerhouse who is extremely good content wise but also to bring together people and make things happen. It is always a pleasure working with her.’

‘They’re above standard knowledge in their knowledge of data privacy and data protection. Their ability to swiftly address potential risks and actions to be necessary taken.’

‘Elizabeth Thole and her team demonstrated a vast knowledge of the actions to be under taken when needed to. Hands on advice and taken a lot out of our hands, so that we could concentrate on managerial actions to be taken.’

‘The talented team, headed by Elisabeth Thole as its client partner, has relentlessly showed excellent legal capabilities, as well strategic and tactical insights in this broad and complex case. With a strong client focus, great flexibility and quick responses.’

‘In particular, Özer Zivali has showed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of this complex case in all aspects, always keeping an overview and a strong focus on priorities as well as the many stakeholders in the field. ’

‘Özer Zivali: he stands out in thinking thoroughly all the facts, keeps calm and translate his analysis of the facts and possible scenario’s into good and practical advice. He never let us down and he is more than a rising star right now in the team. He already reached by far the senior level in the team. We are very glad with him being on the Van Doorne’s privacy team.

‘Elisabeth Thole and Özer Zivali think proactively in the best interest of the client, they are very approachable and have a lot of knowledge. In their fields they are among the best in the Netherlands.’

‘Elisabeth Thole is very knowledgeable and client driven. She is to the point and complete in her advise. She is an honest and kind person, which contributes to our required good communication.’

Key clients

Achmea / InShared

Ahold (Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize)




Havenbedrijf Rotterdam (Port of Rotterdam)


TU/e – Eindhoven University of Technology


Work highlights

  • Assisted GGD GHOR with the investigation of the Dutch DPA in relation to a widely reported data breach in the Netherlands related to systems used for Covid-19 testing, source-and-contact tracing, and vaccination in the Netherlands.
  • Assisted IDEXX with various cross-border GDPR related matters.
  • Assisted the Eredivisie with an important GDPR compliance related matter.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 1

Van Doorne‘s sizeable dispute resolution practice, led by litigator Daan Beenders, is a leader for high-profile domestic cases and cross-border disputes. The team handles insurance and professional liability litigation, including post-M&A disputes, and frequently handles shareholder claims and disputes between management and works councils before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. Beenders has a stellar track record in class actions – and has recently been involved in a number of multibillion-euro class action claims – and liability cases. Joost Volkers was promoted to partner in January 2023, expanding the firm’s financial, restructuring and insolvency litigation capabilities at senior level. Sjoerd Kamerbeek is a go-to for shareholder and governance disputes, as well as acting in class actions and cases before the Enterprise Chamber. Commercial litigator Lisette Bieleveld is an expert in civil contract and liability litigation, and also possesses specific expertise in cases involving the food and pharmaceutical industries. Simone Hoogeveen acts largely for accounting firms in civil and disciplinary proceedings. Described as ‘pragmatic‘ and ‘skilful‘, civil liability expert Jasper Leedekerken and corporate investigations specialist Vanessa Liem are also a key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):


‘They chose the right strategy and executed it perfectly, handing a strategic win that turned the case upside down. They did not lose sight of the endgame. I would rate their litigation practice as top notch and client care as A+. They are top-quality people. They have the bench strength to handle complex cases and meet tight deadlines.

‘Joost Volkers is my go-to lawyer in the Netherlands for complex financial and commercial disputes – he is an excellent lawyer. I am very satisfied with Joost and the team. He is knowledgeable, very responsive, and down to earth, and a pleasure to work with. The counterparty in our case was rather aggressive; our side kept calm and collected, while being forceful when needed.

‘Simone Hoogeveen is a skilful lawyer who shows attention to detail in the field of professional conduct and liability laws and regulations. Soft skills in terms of client relationships, and hard skills in terms of the content of his work.’

‘Jasper Leedekerken delivers, always. His team has its eyes on the ball. They prepare the case very thoroughly and always surprise us.’

‘A skilled team that can advise on very specific company cases and can adapt to tight timelines and client needs. They have shown effective and swift communication with the client, expertise, drafting skills and the ability to keep in mind the client’s needs and preferences.’

‘Jasper Leedekerken is on the ball, pragmatic, highly qualified and a skillful litigator.’

‘Daan Beenders and his team are exceptional. We have worked together for close to 10 years now and he knows our business inside and out. He is extremely smart, pragmatic and commercially savvy. His experience as a deputy judge is also very valuable. Finally, he is incredibly responsive and great fun to work with.’

‘Van Doorne’s team led by Sjoerd Kamerbeek was the first in the Dutch market to recognise the growing niche of M&A insurance-related claims and litigation. They invested early and are the current market leader in this area by a stretch.’

Key clients

Stichting Administratiekantoor Aandelen Triodos Bank


Nederlandse Loterij

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam (Port of Rotterdam)

Ahold Delhaize


PVH/Tommy Hilfiger Europe

Athora Netherlands


TMF Group


Mediq Nederland


Madison Pacific

Benelux Wonen

Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

Elliot Management

Davidson Kempner


The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF)






Work highlights

  • Acting for Stichting Administratiekantoor Aandelen Triodos Bank (SAAT), the sole shareholder of Triodos Bank N.V., in proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber.
  • Acting for Mediq Nederland B.V. in relation to one the biggest product recalls, and by extension product liability cases, involving a listed Dutch company.
  • Representing Tommy Hilfiger in a high-stakes dispute initiated by Denim Group s.r.o., a former franchisee of Tommy Hilfiger, over the alleged unlawful termination of franchise contracts.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Mediation Tier 1

Van Doorne‘s mediation team is led by CEDR-accredited mediator Bas Van Zelst, a specialist in alternative dispute resolution methods, and mediation serves as a key pillar of the firm’s dispute resolution practice. The firm frequently assists clients with internal disputes, disputes between shareholders, liability claims, and employment disputes. Steven Sterk handles mediation for employment conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Bas van Zelst


‘Good understanding of the wishes and needs of the client. They take a genuine interest in the client’s organisation.’

‘They quickly understand the actual problem at hand, work with us on reaching the solution and have in-depth knowledge.’

‘They always put the interests of the client first. They match the people with the right expertise with the client.’

‘They stand out for their knowledge and availability. The partner is focused on resolving our situation. As a team, there is good cooperation and communication.’

‘Bas van Zelst is an out-of-the-box thinker and likes to look more broadly at ways to solve matters rather than just litigating.’

Key clients

Stichting MacUnited

Work highlights

  • Advised the MacUnited foundation, which represents 114 former pilots from the Martinair aircraft company (part of the KLM/AirFrance group), in mediation proceedings.

Netherlands > Fraud and white-collar crime Tier 1

Van Doorne's full-service offering allows the criminal defence and investigations team full access to all the resources and expertise available in the firm’s robust litigation practice. The team frequently advises accounting firms, law firms, and other professional service providers. Jan Leliveld is a well-regarded defense lawyer who is recommended for cases concerning fraud, bribery, sanctions, and environmental law offences. Vanessa Liem specialises in internal investigations and business compliance with a cross-border element, while Neyah van der Aa is especially skilled at high-profile enforcement cases in the Netherlands. The team was strengthened by the addition of Loes Wilbrink, who brings in-house experience advising businesses on compliance and ethical matters.

Practice head(s):

Jan Leliveld; Vanessa Liem; Neyah van der Aa

Other key lawyers:

Rutger ten Ham; Frederike Ahlers; Loes Wilbrink; Ed van Liere


‘Van Doorne works on a case with a highly skilled and committed team of lawyers. Their experience and skill ensures great confidence in difficult cases.’

‘Neyah van der Aa is a “heavyweight” regulatory specialist. He has extensive knowledge of the AML framework, sanctions and supervision by DCB. He is very responsive and always “on the ball” when providing legal advice.’

‘Neyah van der Aa, Vanessa Liem, and Jan Leliveld all standout as star practitioners.’

‘The team’s solution-oriented mindset is truly commendable. They quickly identify the root cause of an issue, propose solutions and implement them effectively.’

‘The Van Doorne team maintains good contacts with the Public Prosecution Service, as a result of which they have already been able to reach several large settlements with the Public Prosecution Service on behalf of their clients.’

‘The team is in a good position to handle large, complex cases quickly and efficiently, as well as larger corporate investigations.’

‘Frederike Ahlers is a very committed and knowledgeable lawyer. She is easily accessible, responds quickly and is very knowledgeable. An incredibly fine team player.’

‘Rutger ten Ham is a very calm-headed lawyer with great legal knowledge. He finds a great balance between practical advice and the legal fundamentals in his advice.’

Work highlights

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 1

The food and beverages team at Van Doorne focuses on the corporate and commercial aspects of food matters, often assisting clients with product recalls, contracts, and liability as well as IP, regulatory and finance-related issues. The team is able to advise on a wide breadth of issues faced by multinational and local food brands, manufacturers and companies, regularly handling cross-border commercial and regulatory food and beverage matters. Lisette Bieleveld leads the food practice and is she is the primary litigator for food-related issues and industry legislation. She also advises clients on commercial contracts, including franchising and distribution and service agreements. Florence Verbeek advises on complex food law issues including recalls, consumer and product liability, as well as being the point of contact with NVWA for the firm. IP-related food matters are handled by Kriek Wille.

Practice head(s):

Lisette Bieleveld

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has large experience and strong enough to tackle the most complex questions; we have been working together within the framework of a food chain, operation through a franchise formula. Van Doorne showed the relevant knowledge and their advice was very helpful in rolling out the network.’

‘Lisette Bieleveld is outstanding in all aspects related to the introduction of a food chain into the Netherlands. She showed authority, which gave the client much confidence. It was obvious that she had experience to explain all the items which a client needs to launch a food chain in the Netherlands.’

Key clients

ABP Food Group Unlimited

Agrico B.V.

Ahold Europe Real Estate & Construction B.V.

AMC Grupo Alimentacion Fresco y Zumos S.

Baarsma Wine Group Nederland

Barentz N.V.

Bedo Imex B.V.

Bergbanket B.V.

Bio Detection Systems B.V.

BrunchCo 21



Carbonell Nederland B.V.

Coöperatieve Inkoopcombinatie Dranken Compagnie U.A.e

Cott Corporation

Crisp B.V.

Deen Holding Hoorn B.V.

Detailresult Services B.V.

De Banketgroep B.V.

Distilleries Group Toorank B.V.

Drie Mollen International B.V.

Dutch Bakery Holding B.V.

Eden Springs

Emmi Benelux B.V.


Euro-Caps B.V.

Europastry SA


FrieslandCampina Riedel B.V.


General Mills

Getir B.V.

Giorgi Global

Go Tan

Healthspan Ltd.


H. van Wijnen


ISK Bioscience Europe N.V.

JDE Peet’s


KFC Holdings B.V.

Klaas Puul B.V.

Koninklijke Agrifirm Group

Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V.

Lenger Seafoods


Marine Harvest ASA


MCO Health B.V.

Meatless B.V.

Moët & Chandon

NewForrest B.V

Nutreco N.V.

Nutricia Export B.V.


Padifood Service B.V.

Pandriks Holding B.V.

Paterson Arran Ltd.

Plukon Food Group

PortionPack Europe Holding B.V.

Prins & Dingemanse B.V.

Prinsen Food

PV Industries B.V.

Rainforest Alliance

Refresco Group B.V.

Royal Sanders

Santé Group

Sonion Nederland B.V.

Starbucks Coffee Netherlands B.V.

Stichting Albert Schweitzer

Stichting de Zorgcirkel

Struik Holding N.V. and Struik Europe N.V.


Supergoods UG

Ter Maten Group

Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.

The Green Happiness

Tony’s Factory B.V.

Trioplast Industries AB

United Coffee Services Schweiz AG

United Softdrinks B.V

Van Oers United

Vaessen-Schoemaker B.V.

Vita Square B.V.


Work highlights

  • Assisted Tony’s Chocolonely with obtaining compensation for damages and providing assistance in Tony’s ongoing discussions with BC, its claim handler and insurer.
  • Assisted Lipton Teas with respect to contracting network services, infrastructure services, implementation services, various administration and BPO services and its application landscape.
  • Advised Agrico B.V. on its intended cooperation with Nedato as it concerns their respective international consumer vegetable businesses.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 1

With ‘unparalleled expertise in a myriad of legal practices’, Van Doorne offers a vast array of services in the IT sector, from crafting IT and outsourcing agreements to resolving IT-related disputes. The firm is also skilled in emerging areas such as AI, digital health and fintech. Bart van Reeken and Louis Jonker spearhead the IT and outsourcing division. Van Reeken is proficient in handling outsourcing, software and SaaS agreements, as well as managing software license compliance and IT disputes. Jonker, in addition to aiding clients with IT and outsourcing projects, concentrates on legal challenges arising from disruptive technologies and innovations, particularly in the healthcare and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Bart van Reeken; Louis Jonker

Other key lawyers:

Ruud de Kleijn; Berber Bosch


Van Doorne is an exemplary law firm distinguished by its unparalleled expertise in a myriad of legal practices, ranging from corporate law to intellectual property. Staffed with industry cognoscenti, the firm employs a rigorous, professional approach to deliver bespoke legal solutions that are both innovative and efficacious.’

‘Louis Jonker stands as a paragon of legal acumen in the rapidly evolving area of ICT.’

‘Louis Jonker combines expertise, excellent logical and analytical thinking, a wonderfully positive attitude, a personality which endears him to everyone and an uncanny ability to get things done on time and to a high standard.’

‘Bart van Reeken and Louis Jonker are very knowledgeable, valuable advisors and very good contract drafters. They are responsive, accurate, pay attention to detail and will provide various options on how to solve contractual matters.’ 

‘They have expert knowledge of information technology law and outsourcing regulation, and a practical approach to complex legal issues.’

‘Bart van Reeken has expert knowledge regarding the legal fields of information technology, the information technology industry and outsourcing business process arrangements.’

‘The team is very friendly, acts quickly, responds well to our questions and has the substantive expertise you would expect.’

‘Bart van Reeken excels in persuasive and tactful argumentation, while always keeping things practical. His advice, responsiveness and service are top-notch.’

Key clients

Achmea Insurance

Amsterdam UMC

Bevolkingsonderzoek Nederland

Deloitte Consulting

Digidentity B.V.

Dijklander Ziekenhuis

DREAMS (a research consortium of four major Dutch academic child and adolescent psychiatry centres)

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Lipton Teas



Municipality of Leeuwarden

Nationale Opera & Ballet

Parnassia Groep

Schuberg Philis

‘s Heeren Loo Zorggroep

Solera Nederland B.V.

Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

Stichting Zuidwest Radiotherapeutisch Instituut (ZRTI)


Work highlights

  • Assisted Lipton Teas concerning contracting network services, infrastructure services, implementation services and various administration/BPO services to create a completely new IT environment after its split off from Unilever.
  • Assisted various internationally operating companies in negotiating ERP implementations, including one between two UK-based entities.
  • Assisted Digidentity, a Solera Holdings company, in drafting various contracts concerning the provision of digital certificate-based “trust centre” services as part of the EU-wide SERMI scheme for standardised secure access by independent operators to vehicle manufacturers’ repair and maintenance information.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 1

Van Doorne fields a team of ‘high level professionals’ when taking on retail matters, and was able to expand its team with the arrival from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek of Daan Beenders and his team in October 2022 to head the firm’s litigation practice, assisting the retail team with matters ranging from non-performance to product recalls. On the non-contentious front, the group advises national and international retailers, investors and distributors on real estate, logistics and distribution and e-commerce. Lisette Bieleveld leads the team, handling litigation in the realms of consumer and liability law. Willem van der Ven specialises in contractual matters, assisting with the drafting and negotiating of distribution, franchising and cooperation deals, in addition to taking on related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘The team members work together very effectively and efficiently to achieve the best results for us.’

‘The partner we work with is unique in their knowledge of our field (franchising). Never before have we had the opportunity to work with someone who is so familiar and experienced in this area. This offers us opportunities and limits our risks.’

‘Quickly understood the case and our business.’

‘Excellent team – if I need support in the Netherlands, Van Doorne is the firm to go to. Very fast, reliable and service-orientated.’

‘Lisette Bieleveld is a star in the field of trade and distribution law. Very focused and very experienced.’

‘Van Doorne and its team of partners we worked with are high level professionals with the right strengths for our case.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management


AD International


Albemarle Corporation


Arovo B.V.



Astana Group

AutoBinck Holding


Barry Callebaut Belgium

Bedo Imex

BCC (Elektro-Speciaalzaken)



CBR Fashion Group


Cott Corporation

Creative Craft



Deli Home Holding B.V.

Denon & Marantz Group

Detailresult Groep


Dutch State Lottery

DRC Capital


D.I.O. drogisterijen

Eci Holding

Electronic Arts

Electronic Partner

E & M Holding B.V. (Eyes & More)


FHP Vileda


Green Retail

Green Swan


Hans Anders Retail Group

Hedin Group

Helly Hansen


Hunkemöller International


Intergamma (Gamma and Karwei)

INTRAKOOP, Coöperatieve Inkoopvereniging voor zorg en welzijn U.A.



Klarna Bank AB

Laboratoires La Prairie

LG CNS Europe

Marqt B.V.

M7 Real Estate

McArthurGlen Group/Simon Property Group




North Sails Apparel

North Technology Group

Office Depot



Paradox Interactive


Penders Voetzorg



Princess Stores



QLF Brands


Renault Nederland

Retail Estates N.V.

RetourMatras B.V.


Royal Ahold Delhaize

Royal Sanders

Staatsloterij/Nederlandse Loterij

Schwan-STABILO Schwanhäuber GmbH & Co. KG

Solidus Solutions Holding B.V.



Stella & Dot

Hedin Group


Street One

Tag Heuer

The European Fine Art Foundation

The Livekindly Company

Takko Fashion

Texelse Bierbrouwerij B.V.



Trionios Group International

Tommy Hilfiger Europe

Tony’s Chocolonely

TW Steel Europe


Verdel Bloemenexport


Walt Disney Company

Wishright (Bodilson)


Work highlights

  • Advised Takko on ESG obligations and setting up its Dutch website to comply with Dutch consumer and e-commerce legislation.
  • Assisted Klarna on a variety of legal matters, including regulatory, finance, employment law and consumer law (T&Cs and other contractual) issues.
  • Represented Hornbach in legal proceedings against local authorities and competitors to enable the opening of new stores.

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 1

As part of the firm’s dispute resolution practice, Van Doorne's ‘very knowledgeable team’ handles contentious D&O and product liability claims, is active on the W&I and financial lines fronts and is experiencing growth with its cyber claims practice. In addition, the team takes on disputes between insurers and brokers and assists insurers with the drafting of key policy terms. Annemieke Hendrikse heads the practice, specialising in D&O liability matters and is frequently mandated to act as monitoring counsel by insurers, who also consult her on policy conditions. Wieke van Eekhout represents insurers and insureds in cross-border civil liabilities disputes, acting for the former on coverage matters, while Saloua Tanouyat focuses on D&O and financial lines litigation. Willeke van Spanje left the firm in May 2023, having been appointed as a district court judge.

Practice head(s):

Annemieke Hendrikse

Other key lawyers:


‘Annemieke Hendrikse is a very smart, friendly, experienced and sharp lawyer, who has an efficient network and the right set of human skills to get things done.’

‘The team has a broad variety of expertise and is excellent in determining strategies.’

‘A very knowledgeable team that provides expert legal advice in the field of insurance law.’

‘Annemieke Hendrikse is a highly skilled lawyer in the field of insurance law and management liability.’

‘What makes Van Doorne’s practice unique is the knowledge, the communication skills and the practical and efficient way they approach complicated matters.’

‘They are among the finest insurance practices on the market.’

‘Van Doorne has been a major player in the field of insurance technical issues for many years. Van Doorne is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Clear communication and availability.’

Key clients






HDI Global

HDI Specialty

Nationale Nederlanden

One Underwriting

Transact Risk Partners LLP


Tony Chocolonely

Netherlands > Construction Tier 2

Mark Moolhuizen and Bas Van Zelst lead the construction team at Van Doorne, advising clients on non-contentious matters and disputes. Van Zelst is key to construction-related arbitration cases and other complex disputes, while Moolhuizen handles international projects. Jordie Bakker who is well-versed in construction law issues in both national and international construction projects. Sector specific work includes commercial real estate and housing construction projects, hospitals and healthcare redevelopment and development projects, and housing corporations.

Practice head(s):

Mark Moolhuizen; Bas van Zelst

Other key lawyers:

Jordie Bakker; Jan ter Meer; Michelle Koomen


‘We are very satisfied with Van Doorne’s team for their proactive, solution-oriented, and commercially savvy approach. What sets them apart is their ability to foresee challenges and take timely actions to resolve them, adding real value to our business objective. Overall, their capabilities make them a strong contender in the industry, and we are very pleased with their performance.’

‘I’m pleased with the team at Van Doorne, particularly Jordie Bakker for his expertise and proactive, solution-oriented approach. Jordie’s depth of knowledge sets him apart; he consistently anticipates challenges and provides effective solutions, making him an invaluable asset to our collaboration. Overall, we are very satisfied with his and the team’s performance.’

‘The team of Van Doorne showed us a consistent and reliable process, which led us to a good result. There was a good mixed team who advised us in the project. We are very convenient with the work done.’

‘Mark Moolhuizen did an excellent job by preparing the meeting, and giving a right advice during the process. He prepared the work together with an excellent team of his office.’

‘The team is very well equipped to advise us on all aspects of construction. Their way of working can be described as finding a solution that suits the client. This requires knowledge of the business and the client.’

‘Mark Moolhuizen is dedicated, available and hands-on. He is a pleasure to work with. He is very experienced, professional, has in-depth knowledge of the sector and works very hard to achieve the best results for his clients, but always with a view to fair dealings’

‘The practice combines very practical detailed knowledge with legislation and down to earth textual refinement in contracts. Very valuable and convincing in negotiating processes.’

‘Mark Moolhuizen and his team are team players with an outstanding eye for the right approach in strategic and contract negotiations. ’

Key clients

Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom’s Relation


MG Real Estate




Ducth City Development



Care Property Invest


Bureau Zuidema

Orpea SA

Municipalities of Enkhuizen and Stede Broec

Heerema Marine Contractors Nederland SE

Zalmhaven C.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising the Taskforce Versnelling Tijdelijke Huisvesting, an initiative of the Dutch government (Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom’s Relations) that is tackling the urgent need for temporary housing solutions in the Netherlands, on all legal matters except for procurement law (CMS).
  • Assisting Heembouw with several development projects including the complex renovation of the Tropenhotel / KIT Hotel.
  • Advised MG Real Estate on the development and subsequent sale – through a share transaction – of the MG Park Lelystad in Lelystad, a project comprising a logistics facility including a 60,000 sqm warehouse.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Van Doorne acts as lead counsel for the majority of its arbitration cases, focusing the practice on annulment and enforcement proceedings. Investment treaty disputes, cross-border mandates, and set-aside proceedings all form key parts of the practice. The team is also well versed in handling post-M&A and joint venture disputes. Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst jointly lead the team; both also sit as arbitrators and have a wealth of experience in handling arbitration proceedings. Schellaars specialises in energy sector mandates and acts both for and against states, while van Zelst is an expert in construction-related disputes and investment arbitrations.

Practice head(s):

Rogier Schellaars; Bas van Zelst


‘Van Doorne runs a varied arbitration practice, which includes in particular a highly skilled team acting as counsel in post-arbitration litigation (enforcement and set-aside proceedings).’

‘Rogier Schellaars and Bas van Zelst are the key partners and a true pleasure to work with. They are open-minded, responsive and bring well-thought and effective solutions to the table.’

‘Clear communication, clear fee structure and great technical knowledge.’

‘Easy to reach out to, clear communication.’

‘Problem-solving ability that goes beyond strictly legal matters. Knowledge of the market.’

Key clients

Geosolutions B.V.

Czech Republic

Mr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat

PanAmericana Television S.A.

Heerema Marine Contractors

Royal Agrifirm Group B.V.


Work highlights

  • Represented Panamericana Televisión S.A. as counsel of record in arbitral proceedings against the Republic of Peru.
  • Represented GeoSolutions B.V in a major technology joint venture dispute concerning the Chinese version of Facebook (Weibo) and geolocation software connected thereto.

Netherlands > Energy

The ‘pleasant team’ at Van Doorne has experience advising its clients on both transactional and regulatory energy-related matters spanning hydrogen, carbon, heat, electricity and LNG. Léone Klapwijk has expertise in regulatory aspects of energy matters, whilst Diederik Maessen is transaction-focused; the pair oversee the practice. Other key practitioners to note include regulatory expert counsel Victor van Ahee, who has experience giving advice in connection with the energy transition alongside Klapwijk, and M&A-focused senior associate Yannie Lam, who joined in January 2023 from Eversheds Sutherland.

Practice head(s):

Léone Klapwijk; Diederik Maessen

Other key lawyers:

Victor van Ahee; Loes Pustjens; Rogier Schellaars; Daan Beenders


‘A pleasant team to work with, with relevant experience in the wide-range of energy-related legal matters, which is unique in the field.’

‘Victor van Ahee is a good adviser to work with in the field of energy and environmental matters. He has an eye for the business, not just the legal issues.’

‘Diederik Maessen is the go-to figure when it comes to energy projects. He has excellent sector knowledge, vast corporate and finance experience and extensive contract writing experience. In addition, he has a very practical approach and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Pleasant to work with and well aware of all the developments in the energy sector. We appreciate the collaboration we have with the team.’

‘We appreciate the entire team. Victor van Ahee’s expertise stand-out.’

‘Diederik Maessen is an outstanding business partner, who I consider a trusted advisor, who is always aiming to help us as a client reach the best result. ’

‘Léone Klapwijk is very responsive and involved and feels more like a business partner than an external counsel.’

‘Diederik Maessen is a true energy projects specialist. He is very intelligent, understands the commercial and legal dynamics of a transaction and is able to translate complex legal issues into down-to-earth language. He is extremely pleasant to work with.’

Key clients



Port of Rotterdam


Royal Vopak




RockRose Energy


Tata Steel

Asper Investments

Asper Dorothea





Work highlights

  • Assisting Gasunie and Royal Vopak as their joint project counsel for the development of CO2next, where emitters can send their captured CO2 emissions by ship for permanent storage in depleted offshore gas fields.
  • Assisting Gasunie and Royal Vopak as their joint project counsel on Vopak’s contemplated acquisition of a 50% stake in Gasunie’s EemsEnergy LNG terminal, a FSRU-based LNG import terminal.
  • Advising one of the largest international oil and gas companies active in the North Sea on its bid of the offshore interests of the NAM, the Dutch oil and gas exploration and production company owned by Shell and ExxonMobile.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 2

Van Doorne‘s environment and planning team has a strong reputation advising its roster of clients, which includes names such as Shell International BV and ProRail BV. Cees Kniestedt and Ingeborg Wind-Middel co-head the team, which consists of specialists in the field, including Jeanette Ozinga, who is particularly focused on matters involving environmental industrial issues, and administrative law expert Jan van der Grinten. Senior associate Pim Oremans bolstered the cohort with his July 2023 arrival from NewGround Law B.V..

Practice head(s):

Ingeborg Wind-Middel; Cees Kniestedt; Jeanette Ozinga; Jan van der Grinten

Other key lawyers:

Victor van Ahee; Annerie Ploumen


‘Van Doorne team excels in guiding clients through compliance and rules-related work. Important attributes include their knowledge, the quality of the work they produce, and their communication and collaborative abilities.’ 

‘Jeanette Ozinga has been an authority in her field of environmental law, especially on waste and veterinary aspects. She has clear vision and understanding of the law, and is a great sparring partner for clients.’

‘Ingeborg Wind is very knowledgeable, pleasant to communicate with and available when needed. She delivers, even when deadlines are tight.’

‘Cees Kniestedt is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in the Dutch environmental and zoning field. He is also extremely pragmatic and reasonable in negotiations through his ability to quickly find the reasonable middle ground that works for both parties.’

‘Cees Kniestedt is relaxed and very practical – a lot of knowledge, combined with a great sense of humour. This makes him an exception in the law firms I know.’

‘Annerie Ploumen is outstanding in her capabilities of working very hard to achieve what the client wants.’

‘Jeanette Ozinga really brings to the team her environmental and waste capabilities.’

‘Ingebord Wind is able to see beyond the immediate concerns to give advice that addresses the real problems that can lurk beneath the surface.’

Key clients

The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

ProRail BV

Municipality of Emmen

Hornbach Holding Nederland

Argent Energy Netherlands Holding B.V.

Shell International BV


Neste Netherlands BV

Friesland Campina DMV BV

Work highlights

  • Advising the Taskforce Versnelling Tijdelijke Huisvesting; within a year the VanDoorne team advised over 70 local governments on material planning and environment issues as well as on legal project management.
  • Advising ProRail on the imposition of a demand for compliance by the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment to prescribe and ensure the use of low or no quartz content material with respect to rail infrastructure projects.
  • Advising and representing Friesland Campina in several ongoing legal proceedings initiated by the environmental organisations against decisions of local environmental departments regarding the granting of permits (external netting) and permit conditions.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 2

The EU and competition practice at Van Doorne, noted as providing an ‘excellent and top-range service’ to its clients, is co-led by experienced competition practitioner Sarah Beeston who is noted as being ‘a pleasure to work with’, and Gijs Verberne. The team is well equipped to handle the array of complex matters before the ACM and Dutch administrative and civil courts; its work includes advising on matters from alleged resale price influencing to defending cartel fine claims. Senior associates to note include Pim Jansen and Nina Korstenbroek who is noted for her ‘great understanding’ of complex cases.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Beeston; Gijs Verberne

Other key lawyers:

Nina Korstenbroek; Jitske Weber


‘Excellent and top-range service.’

‘A very diverse and excellent team dealing very efficiently with the wide variety of competition law issues. They always follow-up very closely on new developments in competition law and are very hands-on and pleasant to work with.’

‘Sarah Beeston really stands out. She really has an in-depth knowledge about EU and Dutch competition laws. She also manages in an excellent way the outstanding team she works with. She is very hands-on and always looking for pragmatic solutions.’

‘The Van Doorne team is one of a kind – extremely experienced and also very hands-on with pragmatic and business-minded advice. They are also very well-organised and are able to execute complex projects in a timely manner.’

‘Sarah Beeston is is extremely experienced and knowledgeable and a real pleasure to work with. ’

‘A great team with the ability to get to the bottom of competition law problems, while not losing sight of the big picture issue. They did a great job reconciling the demands of the competition authorities and of clients.’

‘We worked with Sarah Beeston and Nina Korstenbroek on a complex digital merger. They had a great understanding of how the market worked and of the many pitfalls of digital mergers more generally. Their clear analysis and communication of the issues was key in getting the case cleared.’

‘Sarah Beeston and Jitske Weber both demonstrate a vast knowledge and willingness to go one step beyond. They both respond and act promptly, not withholding any deviating opinion to us as a client, which is a tremendous advantage when weighing our strategic options and potential routes to follow.’

Key clients


Airport Coordination Netherlands (ACNL)

Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis


Amsterdam UMC

Domino’s Pizza

Domus Magnus

Dutch Tax Authority


Erasmus MC


Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Hedin Automotive



Live Nation

National Social Housing Guarantee Fund Foundation (WSW)

Navitas Capital



Port of Rotterdam

Province of Zuid-Holland

Transport region Amsterdam

TU Eindhoven

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Port of Rotterdam in seeking to achieve its ambitious goal of sustainable development through investments and cooperation which are competition law and state aid compliant.
  • Representing a leading consumer electronics company in relation to an ACM investigation into resale price influencing.
  • Acting for a (former) portfolio company of Nimbus (Meneba) in successfully defending a claim by a former parent seeking redress for a cartel fine imposed on it in its capacity as controlling parent, and currently assisting Nimbus in the appeal proceedings.

Netherlands > Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Willemien Bischot and Dimitri van Hoewijk jointly lead the team at Van Doorne, which is noted for its vast expertise in healthcare governance, particularly from a regulatory perspective. The group also handles numerous digital health mandates involving patient data. Healthcare specialist Bischot primarily advises academic hospitals, and elderly and special needs providers with corporate governance and funding issues, while van Hoewijk focuses on market access, often assisting pharma companies and investors with reimbursement matters. Louis Jonker is an expert in technology who has vast regulatory knowledge, particularly in relation to digital innovations and disruptive tech. Tax specialist Daniëlle Westerhoff advises on M&A and collaborations, while Siego Boslooper is well-versed in handling restructuring and corporate governance-related mandates.

Practice head(s):

Willemien Bischot; Dimitri van Hoewijk

Other key lawyers:


‘Dimitri van Hoewijk is very knowledgeable, fair but strong in negotiations, sharp on details.’

‘What I find unique is the seamless collaboration between lawyers with diverse specialisations-’

‘Van Doorne has a multidisciplinary team of lawyers who specialise in health law. As a result, they are able to provide clients with good and specialist support with a broad view. They are flexible and quickly deployable. ’

‘Van Doorne’s lawyers take a broad view of an issue, look not only at the short-term profit, but also at the longer-term effects, and are open and honest in their advice.’

‘Van Doorne has senior expertise. They also have very good knowledge of the health care sector.’

‘We do business with Willemien Bischot. She not only has senior expertise, but also shows a senior problem-solving role in complex meetings. Her reaction is to the point and swift. I see great value in her advice.’

‘The healthcare team has relevant expertise. They combine extensive insider-knowledge of the healthcare sector with extensive legal expertise. Their experience is very valuable, they have seen a lot. ’

‘Willemien Bischot is the key partner. She really understands how the healthcare business works. Easy to work with. Clever and wise. Quick responder. Very to the point reactions. Real value for our business.’

Key clients

Arthrex GmbH

Belmont Instrument, LLC

Field Trip Health B.V.

Veonet GmbH

Stichting Kinderen Kankervrij

Link Nederland B.V.

OM Pharma SA

Symeres Netherlands B.V.

QurAlis Netherlands B.V.


Erasmus MC

Mentaal Beter

Gelre Ziekenhuizen

Albert Schweitzer Ziekenhuis


Amsterdam UMC








NPM Capital

Zaans Medisch Centrum

Domus Magnus


Interakt Contour

GGZ Eindhoven

GGZ InGeest

Work highlights

  • Advised two academic hospitals in Amsterdam, VUmc and AMC, on their collaboration and merger.
  • Advised Gelre Ziekenhuizen on the outsourcing of its medical laboratories to Eurofins.
  • Advised Erasmus MC from a legal and strategic perspective on the Minister’s decision to close down two of the four paediatric heart surgery centers in the Netherlands and also represented the client in related administrative proceedings.

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 2

The investment funds team at Van Doorne  is well-equipped to assist its client list on the array of management-related work. Its workload includes advising on evergreen fund vehicles, renewable energy funds, and on the range of fund formation matters. In addition to its transactional assistance, the team also supports its clients through related regulatory issues at both domestic and pan-European level. Daan Horsthuis has notable expertise in investment funds, and co-heads the team alongside experienced counsel Harm-Paul Plas, who is focused on work involving the structuring and restructuring of funds in particular. Senior associate Elise Stormmesand is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Daan Horsthuis; Harm-Paul Plas

Other key lawyers:


‘Great in-depth knowledge of the Dutch asset management industry.’

‘Daan (the partner) always delivers and provides sound advise on complex legal issues we face as a leading fund manager in the Netherlands.’

‘Elise is always on hand to advise us on our day-to-day legal issues.’

Key clients

Candriam Investors Group

Achmea Investment Management

PureTerra Ventures


Mogelijk Fondsenbeheer


Rockfield Real Estate

Surmount Ventures

Synergia Capital Partners

Rubio Impact Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advising Mogelijk, a Dutch fund manager – linked to a large Dutch real estate finance company, on the formation of several real estate debt funds.
  • Advising Candriam Investors Group, one of the largest asset managers in Europe, on all Dutch regulatory matters and the set-up of its investment/fund management structure in the Netherlands and the registration, marketing and distribution of investment funds in the Netherlands.
  • Drafting and negotiating fund documentation for newly established (renewable infrastructure, private equity, venture capital, real estate, loan etc.) investment funds for both licensed and sub-threshold managers.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 2

Van Doorne‘s real estate practice combines expertise in real estate transactions, notarial real estate, real estate finance, tenancy law and tax to provide its clients with the full range of real estate services. The team is well versed in a number of real estate asset classes such as offices, logistics, residential, retail and healthcare. Civil law notary Annerie Ploumen focuses on real estate transactions, and co-leads the practice alongside property development and construction specialist Mark Moolhuizen, cross-border commercial real estate expert and civil notary Ariën van Heesen and M&A expert Steffen Alleman. Maarten Tinnemans joined the team in August 2022, further strengthening the practice with his skills in real estate transactions, transfer of real estate companies and security rights. Jordie Bakker is noted for his ‘keen commercial insight’; he handles issues involving turnkey real estate transactions, construction law and project development. Andy Furr is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Annerie Ploumen; Ariën van Heesen; Mark Moolhuizen; Steffen Alleman


‘Annerie Ploumen has succeeded in putting together a very effective team with good cooperation between notaries and lawyers with various real estate related areas of expertise.’

‘Maarten Tinnemans is very hands on with a focus on main commercial points, but without losing track of details. He takes ownership of getting a transaction closed. He manages his team very effectively.

‘We are very satisfied with Van Doorne’s team for their proactive, solution-oriented, and commercially savvy approach. What sets them apart is their ability to foresee challenges and take timely actions to resolve them, adding real value to our business objective. Overall, their capabilities make them a strong contender in the industry, and we are very pleased with their performance.’

‘I’m pleased with the team at Van Doorne, particularly Jordie Bakker for his expertise and proactive, solution-oriented approach. Jordie’s depth of knowledge sets him apart; he consistently anticipates challenges and provides effective solutions, making him an invaluable asset to our collaboration. Overall, we are very satisfied with his and the team’s performance. ’

‘Jordie Bakker has a keen commercial insight and has a great ability to represent the interests of the client.’

‘Lawyers and notaries at Van Doorne are pragmatic, hands-on, no-nonsense. They are very pleasant to work with. They are also very responsive. ’

‘Steffen Alleman is specialised in real estate M&A. He is pragmatic, has tons of experience, he gets things done. Andy Furr is very intelligent and yet pragmatic.’

Key clients


Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations

Retail Estates NV

MG Real Estate




Dutch City Development



Lone Star Funds

Lister Buildings

Amro Real Estate Partners


Work highlights

  • Advising funds managed by Melcombe Partners on the acquisition of both existing (core) logistical facilities as well as in relation to (forward-funded) turnkey development logistics acquisitions.
  • Advised MG Real Estate on the development and subsequent sale – through a share transaction – of the MG Park Lelystad.
  • Advising the Taskforce Versnelling Tijdelijke Huisvesting on streamlining and speeding up providing temporary housing options, with a goal of building 37,500 temporary houses in 2023 and 2024.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Van Doorne‘s restructuring and insolvency group is led by Stefan van Rossum who has impressive experience advising on the gamut of complex cases on the side of both lender and borrower clients. The team handles the array of acquisition and restructuring work, and its matters are frequently of high-value and involve multiple jurisdictions. Jelmer Baukema, who has a focus on advising namely financial institutions on financing and restructuring transactions, was notably promoted to partnership in January 2023, as was ‘very good practitioner’ Joost Volkers, who has developing expertise in litigious contexts.

Practice head(s):

Stefan van Rossum

Other key lawyers:


‘A very professional and responsive team.’

‘Joost Volkers is a very good practitioner.’

Key clients


Argentem Creek Partners



Fidera Vecta

King Street

Madison Pacific

Merced Capital


Nordic Trustee


Vue Cinemas

Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw

Wilmington Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Vue Cinema on its £1.1bn financial restructuring.
  • Advised the Security Agent on the €295m financial restructuring of Frigoglass through the enforcement of a Dutch law share pledge.
  • Advised Merced Capital on the financial restructuring of Telford Offshore.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

With Angelique Thiele having cultivated a strong reputation for real estate and development financing in the Netherlands, Van Doorne is a go-to firm for both Dutch and international commercial real estate investors. The firm also advises corporate borrowers across a wide range of industries, including automotive, retail, energy, and shipping. Stefan van Rossum leads the firm’s restructuring and insolvency team; he advises borrowers on leveraged finance, asset-based lending, and property financings. The 'very experienced' team also includes Jelmer Baukema and Roel Botter; Baukema specialises in alternative financing, while Botter is recommended for finance matters related to the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Stefan van Rossum; Angelique Thiele; Jelmer Baukema

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very experienced, knowledgeable and has a hands-on approach. Both legal and notary services are available.’

‘They provide excellent customer services and are top of the class in the Dutch real estate finance industry.’

‘The Van Doorne financing team is well known in the Dutch market and very experienced in finance transactions. The team can work fast, they are pragmatic and they able to get the deal done within the agreed timeframe.’

‘Angelique Thiele is well known in the sector and has excellent knowledge and understanding of the industry and developments in the industry. In a transaction, she is capable of bringing parties together as she understands the position of the counterparty.’

‘Angelique Thiele is an excellent communicator and negotiator and never loses sight of clients’ interests. In addition to that, she is pleasant to work with and down to earth.’

‘Jelmer Baukema is smart and always delivers.’

Key clients



Arçelik A.Ş.

KME Group

The Transport Authority Amsterdam



DK Capital

Edmond de Rothschild REIM

Europa Capital




Live Nation Entertainment



Tristan CAP

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen

Hedin Automotive/Stern

Orange Investment


Port of Rotterdam

Quadoro Doric


SVP Global

Verbrugge International


Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Havenbedrijf Rotterdam N.V. (the Port of Rotterdam) on three financings of an aggregate amount of EUR 300m.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Live Nation in relation to a note issue programme and bridge loan for the (re)financing of worldwide acquisitions of concert and theatre halls, with Goldman Sachs acting as placement agent/bridge lender.
  • Advising Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen, a major Dutch P2P property lending platform, on all legal aspects of its business since its inception.

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

With a large and multidisciplinary team, Van Doorne offers its clients a range of expertise across the banking and finance landscape. The firm actively advises lenders on matters such as property finance, financial restructuring, loan portfolio sales, and leveraged finance. Angelique Thiele is an ‘extremely thorough’ lawyer with in-depth capabilities regarding real estate financing. She co-leads the team alongside Stefan van Rossum and Jelmer Baukema. Estelle van Heerden and Anneloes van Uhm are also noted for their experience of handling cross-border financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Angelique Thiele; Stefan van Rossum; Jelmer Baukema


‘Their level of knowledge of the real estate finance practice is very high. The team works accurately and fast.’

‘Angelique Thiele has an outstanding knowledge of the real estate finance practice. Moreover, she is practical in finding solutions.’

‘The team is very good at helping non-Dutch participants understand the local market and potential pitfalls.’

‘Angelique is extremely thorough and a fantastic technical lawyer. She cares deeply for the success of the transaction.’

‘Compared to other firms, Van Doorne offer more hands-on partner involvement. They are also cheaper, but the standard of service is equivalent or higher.’

‘They are by far the best law firm we have worked with in the Netherlands.’

‘Angelique Thiele is always available, commercial and quick in her responses.’

‘The real estate finance team has a deep knowledge of the Dutch market that helps when it comes to providing financing. They are responsive and business oriented to bridge the gap in negotiations but clear on the red lines that it can’t be crossed. Angelique Thiele loves getting to the bottom of the issues to provide a sensible approach.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank




Berlin Hyp AG


Deutsche Hypo, NORD/LB Real Estate

DRC Savills Investment



ING Diba

Tristan Cap

Oldenburgische Landesbank


PGIM Real Estate


Rax Finance


Rothesay Life

Strategic Value Partners

York Capital

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen

Work highlights

  • Acted for Rothesay Life on a series of undisclosed mortgage loan portfolio acquisitions in a transaction valuing EUR 1.5bn.
  • Advised Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen, a major Dutch P2P property lending platform, on all aspects of its business since its inception, including security documents, drafting terms and conditions, and forms of loan agreements.
  • Acted for BentalGreenOak on the refinancing of a large mixed-use retail and commercial real estate portfolio held by Castlelake in order to allow Castlelake to take this portfolio out of a CMBS arranged by Goldman Sachs in a deal totaling EUR 225m.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

The employment and pensions practice at Van Doorne is jointly led by employment experts Marjolijn Lips, Steven Sterk, and recently promoted partners Cara Pronk and Sijbren Kuiper. The team boasts a well-rounded employment offering, including advising on executive and boardroom conflicts, workers' participation issues, the employment aspects of restructuring and M&A, and investigations into issues such as inappropriate behaviour and misconduct. The team is also known for its strength in pension fund transactions and pensions litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marjolijn Lips; Steven Sterk; Cara Pronk; Sijbren Kuiper


‘Substantive expertise combined with a pragmatic approach and highly effective, actionable advice. They understand the dynamics in boardrooms and act accordingly.’

‘Cara Pronk is an excellent employment lawyer – very clear and decisive advice, very responsive.’

‘I have worked with Steven Sterk. During this period, which for myself was sometimes emotional and with an uncertain outcome, I felt supported and understood by Steven. But most important of all, I felt sure that he would get the best result for me. The way Steven has guided me in my considerations was very valuable and appreciated.’

‘The employment team of Van Doorne exhibits remarkable responsiveness, an impressive depth of knowledge, and a strong focus on business. They consistently provide high-level advice while maintaining a warm and personal approach. They are very pleasant to work with.’

‘Cara Pronk is not only extremely knowledgeable but also hands-on, sharp and solution-oriented. She is keen on understanding the client’s business and is an excellent sparring partner, with an exceptional ability to find practical solutions for complex legal issues. Sijbren Kuiper is distinguished by his extensive legal expertise, unwavering responsiveness and ability to always think about the client’s needs.’

‘Marjolijn Lips clearly sees the bigger picture, which gives us trust that the matter will be handled successfully. She is not afraid to address difficulties and risks at the client’s end.’

‘Deep knowledge regarding pension matters – not only the legal side, but also the financial and governance side are taken into consideration when giving advice. Smooth cooperation with other legal areas within the firm.’

‘Sijbren Kuiper is knowledgeable, cooperative, flexible and pleasant to work with. The best result was achieved with a lot of patience.’

Key clients

ADG dienstengroep


Asito B.V.



Central Works Council of LeasePlan






Hedin Automotive





Navitas Capital

Pension fund Metal Sector (PME)

Pension fund PostNL


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)

Van Wijnen

Volta Trucks

Xior Student Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising Intertek on negotiating and giving notice of termination of the company collective labour agreement, dealing with the subsequent and long-term strikes organised by trade union FNV, the structure and implementation of a large reorganisation, and negotiating a social plan with the relevant trade union and the consultation process with the works council.
  • Advising Getir on the employment and pension aspects in relation to the EUR 1.2bn acquisition of Gorillas.
  • Acting as defence counsel for Reiswerk Pensioenen in a claim involving around 900 participants who started court proceedings against the client, pension fund PGB and the Dutch Central Bank regarding alleged breaches of EU law.

Netherlands > Project finance and PFI Tier 3

Based within the real estate practice at Van Doorne, the project finance team assists with project development, construction, commercial and residential property transactions. The team regularly acts for lenders in various real estate financing transactions. Despite its focus on real estate, the team is also known for its work in the healthcare sector, where it largely assists local hospitals with public sector financings. Angelique Thiele and Roel Botter co-lead the practice from Amsterdam. Thiele specialises in property and project financing, while Botter has a track record in advising on leveraged financing.

Practice head(s):

Angelique Thiele; Roel Botter

Other key lawyers:

Ariën van Heesen; Estelle van Heerden


‘Angelique Thiele provided great access and was always available for any Dutch specific queries. There was strong coordination with an international firm that made all the difference in closing the transaction.’

‘Angelique Thiele was proactive with engagement and coordination.’

‘Deep knowledge of markets and legal aspects, pragmatic approach and up to date with the latest trends and developments in the real estate market.’

‘Angelique Thiele: her approach ensures that transactions are concluded smoothly without concessions being made to our interests as a lender.’

Key clients


DRC Savills IM

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Deutsche Hypo/NordLB


Berlin Hyp AG

Tristan Capital



Amsterdam UMC and RadboudUMC Hospitals

CEVA Logistics


Work highlights

  • Advised BentallGreenoak on a series of logistics and office development financings for Panattoni, Goldman Sachs and KKR Mirastar.
  • Advising Barings/MassMutual on phase 2 of the redevelopment of Rembrandtpark by Roundhill.
  • Acted for DRC Savills in connection with the financing and restructuring of Amstelpark.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

Van Doorne's tax team is geared towards tax advice in relation to mid-market transactions, where it acts for a range of clients in the financial services, real estate and retail sectors. The practice is also well versed in taking on matters concerning dividend withholding taxes and VAT, in addition to representing clients in disputes with tax authorities. Practice head Rob de Win handles real estate tax matters and issues of indirect tax. Jan Roeland specialises in transactional taxes, including those linked to M&As, IPOs and structured finance, while Sjoerd Stokmans handles international tax structuring and reorganisation matters.

Practice head(s):

Rob de Win

Other key lawyers:


‘The team has a broad experience and is very hands-on.’

Key clients

Care Property Invest


Corre Energy






JPI Hospitality


Work highlights

  • Advised Superstone on all aspects of its tax and corporate structuring and the tax aspects of the acquisition and development of its investments in the Dutch market.
  • Assisted Mogelijk with the formation of Mogelijk Zakelijke Hypothekenfonds.
  • Advised Surmount Ventures on the restructuring of its existing fund and the formation of its new investment fund.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 4

Van Doorne possesses broad capabilities within the banking and finance sector, catering to various clients that include banks, insurance companies, pension funds, and investment management companies, among other financial institutions. Jelmer Baukema has extensive experience in advising on the regulatory framework in the alternative financing space, covering crowdfunding, debt-based securities, bond issuances, and peer-to-peer loans. Other key members of the team include Daan Horsthuis and Neyah van der Aa. Horsthuis is noted for his skill in investment management matters, while van der Aa is recommended for his regulatory investigations and enforcement expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jelmer Baukema; Daan Horsthuis; Neyah van der Aa


‘The team consists of pleasant and knowledgeable professionals.’

‘Jelmer Baukema is a key contact and trusted adviser.’

Key clients

Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen

Odin Biological Supermarkets

North Peak Capital Management

Candriam Investors Group

Rothesay Life

MFS Investment Management

Hedin Automotive Group

Yard Energy


Work highlights

  • Advising Mogelijk Vastgoedfinancieringen in a RMBS transaction which securitised a portfolio of buy-to-let mortgage loans secured on residential properties in the Netherlands.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Van Doorne 'provides a quality service', and is regularly instructed in strategic alliances, acquisitions, joint ventures and technology transactions. Distressed M&A is a core pillar of expertise for the team. Friso Foppes heads up the practice; other key practitioners include the 'knowledgeable' Hugo Reumkens and the 'personable and professionalDimitri van Hoewijk. In August 2023 Jeroen Sombezki left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Friso Foppes

Other key lawyers:

Hugo Reumkens; Myrthe Sevinga; Cara Pronk; Dimitri van Hoewijk; Louis Jonker; Sjoerd Stokmans; Onno Boerstra; Meltem Koning-Gungormez


‘They provide swift and spot-on advice, including alternative solutions and recommendations for the best way forward. In other words, the team not only gives legal advice but also guides you in a very professional way.’

‘Hugo Reumkens and Myrthe Sevinga provide guidance and legal advice while trying to address the case at hand as if they were the client, which makes working with them very pleasant and fruitful.’

‘The team is responsive. It provides hands-on advice on a tactical level. Matters are being handled by a multidisciplinary team, with all relevant subject matter experts involved. The firm is able to engage international experts quickly too.’

‘Hugo Reumkens is knowledgeable and a great sparring partner. Cara Pronk is to the point, swift and sharp in her advice. She is a pleasure to work with.

‘Outstanding expertise – the team is reliable, discreet, responsive and provides a quality service.’

‘The team was very well integrated. The overall transaction was an exceedingly complex acquisition that had very complicated and integrated commercial relationships with third parties that all had to be negotiated in tandem and the Van Doorne team worked seamlessly to deliver an excellent product to enable us to complete the transaction.’

‘Dimitri van Hoewijk quarterbacked our transaction – he stayed on top of his internal team whilst being personable and professional. Louis Jonker was fantastic in all aspects — both in terms of foreseeing all the complexity at the outset and doggedly ensuring that we would achieve our necessary points, but still allowing the other side to feel part of the process. I could not praise him more strongly!’

‘Sjoerd Stokmans is able to put complex fiscal matters into perspective, is trustworthy and never caught off guard. Onno Boerstra is highly appreciated in the boardroom, is recognised as one of the best M&A lawyers and has lived up to that reputation.’

Key clients

ABN Amro





Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Assa Abloy

Live Nation Entertainment Group






Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of ERPlastics B.V. on the sale of its shares and establishing a joint venture with Braskem.
  • Advised The Netherlands to Cigna Corporation on the sale of its majority interest in the Cigna Sağlık Haya to QNB Finansbank.
  • Advised the Port of Rotterdam on a range of transactional matters, including a strategic joint venture.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 4

Friso Foppes, who harnesses particular expertise in M&A, private equity transactions, financings and joint ventures, leads the 'focused and transparent' private equity group at Van Doorne. It advises its clients namely on acquisitions and proposed acquisitions, including the regulatory and due diligence aspects therein. Dimitri van Hoewijk focuses on the transactional elements. Foppes has taken over from former team lead Jeroen Sombezki who departed to Squire Patton Boggs in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Friso Foppes

Other key lawyers:

Meltem Koning-Gungormez; Hugo Reumkens; Onno Boerstra; Steffen Alleman; Dimitri van Hoewijk


‘Experience is key in this profession and that’s what they have.’

‘Hugo Reumkens is hard on the problem and soft on the people, which is essential in the negotiation phase of matters.’

‘Hugo Reumkens brings a lot of relevant knowledge on corporate governance to the table.’

‘Very professional, fast, solutions-driven and available.’

‘Van Doorne has one of the largest corporate teams in the Netherlands, paired with true knowledge of the PE houses’ focus points and demands. This stems from their elaborate PE practice.’

‘Van Doorne is a reliable partner in terms of quality and reliability of the service and I never had any billing issues. They work in a focused and transparent way.’

‘I trust Meltem Koning-Gungormez’s expertise and appreciate her hands-on approach and drafting skills. She is familiar with the specific needs of a PE client and is capable of focusing on the key issues of importance to PE clients. She gets the deal done in an efficient and respectful way.’

‘Experienced, well-connected, committed and practical with an in-depth knowledge, notably, Hugo Reumkens.’

Key clients

NPM Capital


ABN AMRO Ventures

Bencis Capital Partners

Deutsche Private Equity

Invest NL

Navitas Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Evondos, a Verdane Capital portfolio company, on its acquisition of Vitavanti Group, which owns the Medido medication dispensing service.
  • Advised US company Profile Products and its US-based private equity owner New Mountain Capital on its add-on acquisition of the Dutch company Quick Plug from Dümmen Orange.
  • Advised Symeres and its (private equity) shareholder Keensight on the add-on acquisition of Oncolines.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: class actions

The addition of former De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek partner Daan Beenders as co-head of Van Doorne‘s dispute resolution group has further bolstered the firm’s growing class actions practice.

The firm: Van Doorne is a multi-service leading independent Dutch law firm. With approximately 220 lawyers, Van Doorne has been advising clients for more than 90 years in a broad range of legal expertise. The firm’s lawyers are internationally recognised as leading experts, both in their area of practice and industries in which they operate. Van Doorne is part of an extensive worldwide network of other leading, independent firms. This enables the firm to provide clients with advice and assistance swiftly across the globe, independently.

Van Doorne’s mission is to empower people and organisations and to work on responsible, permanent solutions. This is reflected throughout the firm. From the way in which lawyers work together to the ngo’s and non profit organisations that are supported by the firm. Van Doorne ‘reaches further and stays close’. That is, first and foremost, the firm’s promise to its clients but also to its partners, associates and young talent.

International work: The firm is proud of its Dutch client base, which comprises large and medium-sized companies, banks, insurance companies, semi-public government institutions and Dutch subsidiaries of foreign enterprises. Van Doorne is also well known for its international practice, serving a large number of international clients, particularly from the UK and the US. The majority of transactional work carried out by the banking and corporate teams (including tax) is cross border. The independent status of Van Doorne provides it with a great opportunity to work with the best-equipped law firms in other countries. Over the past decades, the firm has maintained close working relationships with leading law firms in all important jurisdictions from all over the world.

Clients: Van Doorne works for prominent Dutch and international companies, business and financial service providers, semi-public organisations and government institutions. Van Doorne aims to maintain long-term relationships with its clients. The firm has been working with most of them for many years, and that is something to be very proud of.

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Managing partner: Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Management team: Sjoerd Kamerbeek together with Daan ter Braak and Anouk Rutten
Number of partners worldwide: 53
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 220
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Bas van Zelst
Arbitration Rogier Schellaars
Commercial Lisette Bieleveld
Consumer Goods, Retail, Foods & Beverages Lisette Bieleveld
Corporate Law Friso Foppes
Corporate Law Hugo Reumkens
Criminal Defence & Investigations Jan Leliveld
Criminal Defence & Investigations Ed van Liere
Criminal Defence & Investigations Neyah van der Aa
Criminal Defence & Investigations Vanessa Liem
Dispute Resolution Jasper Leedekerken
Dispute Resolution Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Dispute Resolution Daan Beenders
Employment & Benefits Marjolijn Lips
Energy, Industry & Renewables Diederik Maessen
Energy, Industry & Renewables Léone Klapwijk
European & Competition Law Sarah Beeston
European & Competition Law Gijs Verberne
Finance & Restructuring Jelmer Baukema
Finance & Restructuring Roel Botter
Finance & Restructuring Stefan van Rossum
Funds & Investment Management Daan Horsthuis
Funds & Investment Management Harm-Paul Plas
Government & Education Saskia Laseur
Healthcare & Life Sciences Dimitri van Hoewijk
Healthcare & Life Sciences Willemien Bischot
Information & Communication Technology Bart van Reeken
Insurance Law Annemieke Hendrikse
Insurance Law Sjoerd Kamerbeek
Privacy and Data Dr Elisabeth Thole
Public Procurement Gijs Verberne
Real Estate Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate Maarten Tinnemans
Real Estate Transactions Angelique Thiele
Real Estate Transactions Ariën van Heesen
Real Estate and Construction Annerie Ploumen
Real Estate and Construction Mark Moolhuizen
Tax Jan Roeland
Tax Sjoerd Stokmans
Tax Rob de Win
Technology, Media & Telecom Meltem Koning
Photo Name Position Profile
Frederike Ahlers photo Mrs Frederike Ahlers Frederike is part of the Criminal Defense & Investigations team. She mainly focuses…
Steffen Alleman photo Mr Steffen Alleman Steffen is partner in Van Doorne’s Corporate / M&A team and an…
Maarten Appels photo Mr Maarten Appels Maarten is an experienced specialist in corporate law. He has a wealth…
Remco Bäcker photo Mr Remco Bäcker Remco, attorney at law, is a member of the real estate practice…
Jordie Bakker photo Mr Jordie Bakker Jordie Bakker (attorney at law), is a partner of the Real Estate…
Jelmer Baukema photo Mr Jelmer Baukema Jelmer has become partner in the finance and restructuring practice at Van…
Daan Beenders photo Mr Daan Beenders Daan is a senior litigation partner and heads Van Doorne’s litigation team.…
Sarah Beeston photo Mrs Sarah Beeston Sarah Beeston heads the European & Competition team of Van Doorne. She…
Lisette Bieleveld photo Mrs Lisette Bieleveld Lisette is head of Van Doorne’s Commercial team. She advises and litigates…
Willemien Bischot photo Mrs Willemien Bischot Willemien heads Van Doorne’s Healthcare & and Life Sciences practice. Willemien advises…
Onno Boerstra photo Mr Onno Boerstra Onno specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and buyouts. Several independent,…
Berber Bosch photo Mrs Berber Bosch Berber is part of the IT team. She focuses on drafting, advising…
Siego Boslooper photo Mrs Siego Boslooper Siego is an experienced specialist in corporate law and is a member…
Roel Botter photo Mr Roel Botter Roel has extensive experience in financial transactions. His experience includes acquisition finance,…
Friso Foppes photo Mr Friso Foppes Friso is an expert in corporate law. Friso specialises in particular in…
Andy Furr photo Mr Andy Furr Candidate Civil-Law Notary
Victor Gielen photo Mr Victor Gielen Victor is part of the Employment team. He advises Dutch and international…
Annemieke Hendrikse photo Mrs Annemieke Hendrikse Annemieke (LLM UCL) heads Van Doorne’s Insurance team. She works in Van…
Walter Hendriksen photo Mr Walter Hendriksen Walter Hendriksen specialises in complex issues involving director’s and officer’s liability, professional…
Simone Hoogeveen photo Mrs Simone Hoogeveen Simone is partner at Van Doorne and has a wealth of experience…
Daan Horsthuis photo Mr Daan Horsthuis Daan heads Van Doorne’s Funds & Investment Management practice group. He specialises…
Pim Jansen photo Mr Pim Jansen Pim is part of the European & Competition Law team. He specializes…
Louis Jonker photo Mr Louis Jonker Louis Jonker is a leading expert in law and technology. Louis has…
Sjoerd Kamerbeek photo Mr Sjoerd Kamerbeek As corporate law specialist, Sjoerd advises and litigates for internationally renowned clients…
Léone Klapwijk photo Mrs Léone Klapwijk Léone’s principal areas of practice are energy regulatory law (comprising of electricity,…
Cees Kniestedt photo Mr Cees Kniestedt Cees is a highly experienced authority on Property, with special interests in…
Meltem Koning-Gungormez photo Mrs Meltem Koning-Gungormez Meltem has extensive sell-side and buy-side experience in mid-market mergers and acquisitions,…
Nina Korstenbroek photo Mrs Nina Korstenbroek Nina is part of the European & Competition Law team. She focuses…
Sijbren Kuiper photo Mr Sijbren Kuiper Sijbren is pension law specialist. He represents a large number of pension…
Saskia Laseur photo Mr Saskia Laseur Saskia has worked as a civil-law notary for nearly 20 years, having…
Jasper Leedekerken photo Mr Jasper Leedekerken Jasper is a member of Van Doorne’s management board and heads the…
Jan Leliveld photo Mr Jan Leliveld Jan is part of the Criminal Defense & Investigations and Compliance team.…
Vanessa Liem photo Mrs Vanessa Liem Vanessa is part of the Criminal Defense, Investigations & Business Conduct Team.…
Marjolijn Lips photo Mrs Marjolijn Lips Marjolijn is a seasoned employment law specialist and trusted advisor for both…
Diederik Maessen photo Mr Diederik Maessen Diederik specialises in the development, financing, construction, and acquisition of large-scale energy…
Mark Moolhuizen photo Mr Mark Moolhuizen Mark is a very experienced expert in the area of private construction…
Jeanette Ozinga photo Mrs Jeanette Ozinga Jeanette (lawyer, adviser) is an expert on environmental law matters and advises…
Bas Pinckaers photo Mr Bas Pinckaers Bas heads Van Doorne’s Patents and Trade Secrets practice His technological focus…
Harm-Paul Plas photo Mr Harm-Paul Plas
Annerie Ploumen photo Mrs Annerie Ploumen Annerie specializes in property and financing of this property. She assists companies…
Cara Pronk photo Mrs Cara Pronk Cara has become partner in the Employment Law practice as per 1…
Hugo Reumkens photo Mr Hugo Reumkens Hugo Reumkens is an authoritative figure in corporate law, with a specialized…
Jan Roeland photo Mr Jan Roeland Jan is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Rogier Schellaars photo Mr Rogier Schellaars Rogier specialises in international commercial arbitration. He is co-practice head at Van…
Nicole Soliana photo Mrs Nicole Soliana Nicole is a member of the Real Estate team. She specialises in…
Steven Sterk photo Mr Steven Sterk   Steven specialises in employment law. In particular, he focuses on statutory…
Sjoerd Stokmans photo Mr Sjoerd Stokmans Sjoerd specializes in Dutch and international tax law applied i.a. to reorganizations,…
Elise  Stormmesand photo Mrs Elise Stormmesand Elise is part of the Funds & Investment Management team and specializes…
Arnout Stroeve photo Mr Arnout Stroeve Arnout primarily focuses on designing and restructuring international structures, financing and private equity…
Nick Suurmond photo Mr Nick Suurmond Nick is a member of our Corporate Law team and deals with…
Maurits Terlouw photo Mr Maurits Terlouw Maurits is a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences team. He…
Angelique Thiele photo Mrs Angelique Thiele Angelique is part of the Financing team. Working from the Amsterdam and…
Elisabeth Thole photo Dr Elisabeth Thole Partner and Head of Privacy Team. Extensively experienced in assisting clients with…
Maarten Tinnemans photo Mr Maarten Tinnemans Maarten is an expert in real estate law. He has a strong…
Ralph Ubels photo Mr Ralph Ubels Ralph specializes in financial liability law. Ralph acts for banks, insurers, accounting…
Florence Verbeek photo Mrs Florence Verbeek Florence specialises in national and international commercial contract law, with a focus…
Gijs Verberne photo Mr Gijs Verberne Gijs is a highly experienced and internationally recommended specialist in European and…
Joost Volkers photo Mr Joost Volkers Joost has become partner at Van Doorne as per 1 January 2023.…
Daniëlle Westerhoff photo Mrs Daniëlle Westerhoff Daniëlle is a specialist in the Tax Law practice. She mainly advises clients…
Kriek Wille photo Mrs Kriek Wille Kriek heads the IP / Media practice and is co initiator of…
Ingeborg Wind-Middel photo Mrs Ingeborg Wind-Middel Ingeborg is highly specialised in public law and has built a solid…
Özer Zivali photo Mr Özer Zivali Özer is a member of the Privacy Team and is specialized in…
Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg photo Mr Pieter de Jong Schouwenburg Pieter is a dispute resolution specialist. With broad litigation experience, including in…
Ruud de Kleijn photo Mr Ruud de Kleijn Ruud is part of the IT-team at Van Doorne. He advises and…
Rob de Win photo Mr Rob de Win Rob is a highly experienced, internationally recommended tax specialist. He furnishes advice…
Rutger ten Ham photo Mr Rutger ten Ham Rutger is part of the Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations team. He mainly…
Daan ter Braak photo Mr Daan ter Braak In the notarial practice, Daan’s specialty is corporate law and more in…
Hanne  van 't Klooster photo Mrs Hanne van 't Klooster Hanne specializes in mergers and acquisitions, inter alia, covering private equity, venture…
Hanne  van 't Klooster photo Mrs Hanne van 't Klooster Hanne specializes in mergers and acquisitions, inter alia, covering private equity, venture…
Victor van Ahee photo Mr Victor van Ahee Victor is an expert on regulatory issues relating to energy and industry.…
Niels  van Boekel photo Mr Niels van Boekel Niels is part of the Employment Law team. He advises Dutch clients…
Estelle van Heerden photo Mrs Estelle van Heerden Estelle is member of the Finance team. She was admitted as a…
Ariën van Heesen photo Mr Ariën van Heesen Ariën is a partner in the Real Estate team. He is a…
Dimitri van Hoewijk photo Mr Dimitri van Hoewijk Dimitri is part of the Corporate team and member of our Healthcare…
Ed van Liere photo Mr Ed van Liere Ed has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in the area…
Bart van Reeken photo Mr Bart van Reeken Bart negotiates in a way which contributes to the success of relationships.…
Pieter van Regteren Altena photo Mr Pieter van Regteren Altena Pieter specializes in liability and insurance law, concentrating on professional liability, product…
Stefan van Rossum photo Mr Stefan van Rossum Stefan is a seasoned finance and restructuring lawyer and head of our…
Anneloes van Uhm photo Mrs Anneloes van Uhm Anneloes works in the Finance team. She advises lenders and borrowers in…
Bas van Zelst photo Mr Bas van Zelst Bas van Zelst is a partner in Van Doorne’s arbitration practice. Bas…
Neyah van der Aa photo Mr Neyah van der Aa Neyah specialises in criminal defense and investigations, with a particular focus on…
Jan van der Grinten photo Mr Jan van der Grinten Jan has been a lawyer in government practice for over 25 years.…
Willem van der Ven photo Mr Willem van der Ven Willem is part of the Commercial team and specialise in contract law…
Number of lawyers : 220
Other office : London

Diversity at Van Doorne

Van Doorne has been at the forefront of the industry for many years when it comes to diversity. More than a third of our partners are women, and the overall male/female ratio in our workforce is almost equal. Our internal diversity committee, consisting of people with different backgrounds and years of experience, structurally underpins our commitment to this issue. In addition, we have been active externally for many years with, for example, the Forward Foundation and the IMC Weekend School, and together with the Vrije Universiteit and the Dutch Bar Association we try to bridge the gap to students with a non-Western background. Van Doorne can accurately describe itself as a firm where there is room for everyone.

Van Doorne has an active policy to give employees confidence, so that every talent is given the space to develop optimally. In the Netherlands, the firm has previously received the Innovation Prize for Diversity from the Royal Notarial Association, and the Sonja Boekman Prize; and internationally, it has won the Best National Firm for Women in Business Law Award and the Gender Diversity Initiatives Award. Our partners have also been recognised at an individual level; most recently, Vanessa Liem was a finalist for a Global People Award (alongside the firm being nominated for Best Diversity Firm) at the M&A Awards.

Finally, the Pieter van Doorne Fund was established in 2021, which stimulates sustainability and equality of opportunity by supporting a number of charities. As a committed partner, it supports organisations with financial resources that pursue the same goals.

We advised Stern Groep N.V., the listed Dutch mobility group in automotive retail and services, on the sale and transfer of all the shares in SternFacilitair B.V. to Hedin Mobility Group AB. SternFacilitair B.V., the Dutch mobility group in automotive retail and services, is pleased to report that it will be part of Hedin Mobility Group AB as per Q1 2022. Hedin Mobility Group is a large family-owned company with operations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland, mainly in the sale and service of vehicles, wholesale of spare parts and tires for vehicles and rental car operations. The transaction involves the core operating assets of SternFacilitair B.V., which consist of the dealer activities, the car repair activities, the car rental activities and holding activities of SternFacilitair, but excluding the shares Stern holds in Bovemij N.V. The total value of the transaction is at least EUR 103 million. The cash consideration to be paid by Hedin Mobility Group AB is EUR 83 million, allowing Stern Groep N.V. to pay an extraordinary dividend of up to EUR 14.75 per share. According to Stern and Hedin, the scale of the relationships with major automotive manufacturers and other participants in the value chain in a pan-European group offers additional diversity and reduced commercial risks for all stakeholders. Moreover, they believe that the combined group will be very well positioned to play a leading role in the expected ongoing consolidation of automotive retailers in Europe.

We advised  Cigna on the sale of life-, accident- and supplemental benefits businesses to Chubb (NYSE: CB). The total value of the transaction was USD 5.75bn. Upon completion of the transaction, Chubb will acquire Cigna’s life-, accident- and supplemental benefits businesses in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and Thailand as well as Cigna’s 51% interest in a joint venture in Turkey. Cigna’s 51% interest in the Turkish joint venture is structured through a Dutch company whose share transfer is part of the worldwide proposed transaction. On 7 October 2021 definitive agreement was signed. The transaction is expected to be completed in 2022 and is subject to required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

We assisted EasyPark with the acquisition of the PARK NOW group. EasyPark is a strong and highly experienced international player  active in the field of digital parking services. PARK NOW operates under the brands RingGO, PARK NOW, PARK LINE and PARK MOBILE in eleven countries. PARK NOW is the market leader in the US, UK and the Netherlands. EasyPark is active in more than 20 countries and more than 2200 cities. EasyPark helps drivers remotely find, manage and pay for both parking and electric vehicle charging in one application seamlessly across all countries. PARK NOW forms part of a joint venture between BMW and Daimler.