Lexence > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile


Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

The banking and finance practice at Lexence is well-known for its skills in structuring complex financing transactions, sought after by borrower clients who require assistance covering both the Dutch and wider European market. The team combines transactional and regulatory expertise to advise on matters involving asset finance, real estate finance and acquisition finance, as well as corporate lending. Practice head Charles Destrée combines his strength for borrowers with expertise in restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Other key lawyers:

Bas Zandvliet; Max de Vreede; Nina Blanke


‘Collaborative, pragmatic, interactive, and able to manage time effectively.’

‘Max de Vreede is available and offers fast and reliable advice.’

‘Charles Destrée offers clear explanations of issues and concerns on the borrower side.’

‘Super proactive in terms of assessing the risks.’

‘Scarily smart, incredibly responsive and knowledgeable team. Their response to questions and solutions for various issues are insightful and accurate.’

‘Dedicated and skilled lawyers.’

Key clients

Bank of China (Europe) S.A.|Rotterdam Branch

Gencap Partners, Inc

Modern Dental Group

Waterland Private Equity

Flextronics International Europe B.V.

Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Uniface B.V.


Agro Merchants Group/Oaktree


H2 Private Equity

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

The finance team at Lexence acts for various Dutch and international financial institutions, including banks, investment firms, private equity sponsors and payment-service providers. Practice head Charles Destrée is the first point of contact for advice on a multitude of regulatory issues, including PSD 2, MiFID 2, AIFMD and EMIR. He also has extensive experience of obtaining licences from the AFM and DNB. Also noted is associate Bas Zandvliet, whose further expertise covers business expansions, acquisitions of regulated entities, and investment fund structuring.

Practice head(s):

Charles Destrée

Other key lawyers:

Bas Zandvliet; Max de Vreede; Nina Blanke


‘We have chosen Lexence because of its experienced team, commercial approach and objectivity.’

‘Charles Destree is easy-going, knowledgeable and able to move quickly within the firm to get a clearer picture for the client.’

‘Knowledgeable, detailed and thorough team, with a good understanding of business deals. It has vast experience in financing transactions.’

‘The individuals I dealt with were cooperative, responsive, resourceful, precise and displayed excellent problem-solving skills.’

Key clients

Bank of China (Europe) S.A.|Rotterdam Branch

Gencap Partners, Inc

Modern Dental Group

Waterland Private Equity

Flextronics International Europe B.V.

Kirloskar Brothers Limited

Uniface B.V.


Agro Merchants Group/Oaktree


H2 Private Equity

Netherlands > Construction Tier 3

Lexence advises clients on commercial real estate, construction and development matters, including specific focus on zoning and planning, construction, leasing and tax. The practice also litigates across the stages of project development including tender and construction contracts, architectural agreements, extensions, hidden defects and failures to complete. The practice is led by Bob Bekker who specialises in real estate transactions and development.

Practice head(s):

Bob Bekker

Other key lawyers:

Jan- Willem Raadgever; Bas Martens


‘Good and practical advice, delivered in a way we need and like.’

‘Very competent.’

‘Incredibly smart and business oriented.’

Work highlights

  • Assisting Rizzani de Eccher with the construction of the Y-Towers in Amsterdam, including advising the client on all legal matters related to the construction, such as zoning, tax, and leasing.
  • Assisted Bestseller with its project to build a large distribution centre in Lelystad, including assisting the client with the purchase, and advising on all legal aspects of the deal, particularly those related to zoning, construction, tax, and leasing.
  • Assisting JYSK with its project to build a 25-hectare distribution centre on the Flevokust Haven industrial park in the city of Lelystad.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

Led by Mark Keuss, Judith Schulp, Floor Damen and Frank ter Huurne, the employment practice at Lexence is described as ‘knowledgeable, intelligent and decisive’. Keuss has handled several high-profile matters including terminations and reorganisations, specifically in the healthcare sector, alongside ter Huurne, who has experience in collective labour agreements and industrial action. Schulp is experienced in corporate employment law and has advised on the employment aspects of several transactions, including restructurings, acquisition deals and transfers of business. Damen supports clients in reorganisations, TUPE matters and dismissal cases.

Practice head(s):

Mark Keuss; Judith Schulp; Floor Damen; Frank ter Huurne


‘The team is knowledgeable, intelligent and decisive. They contribute constructively, keeping their eyes and ears open to the possibilities and opportunities in the case instead of focusing on legal roadblocks or limitations.’

‘Judith Schulp is distinguished by her broad perspective, high degree of expertise and straightforward approach. Judith knows the details, but does not lose sight of the bigger picture. She shows that she also feels the client’s issue is her issue, but she does not hesitate to indicate the limits of what is achievable. Judith acts as a real business partner.’

‘Deep knowledge of legal issues. Friendly firm.’

‘They think in terms of practical solutions and do not only think about the object of the case but also take into account the human side. They have a practical way of working and a quick response rate.’

‘The people stand out for their professional and personal approach. They are always open to finding a solution and have a positive way of working, thinking in terms of solutions, not problems. They are flexible: it feels like they have always time for me, even though I know that isn’t the case.’

‘They always have time to answer my questions and are always open to practical solutions. They understand the client’s business and their advice fits that business and is legally correct.’

‘Easy to communicate with. Creative in terms of solutions and their way of working. Understand the business we work in.’

‘Judith Schulp is fantastic!’

Key clients

Apollo Tyres


N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie

Ballast Nedam

Bilthoven Biologicals




ECP Factoring

DAS Nederlandse Rechtsbijstand Verzekeringsmaatschappij N.V.

DSV Solutions

Future Group


BE Semiconductor Industries N.V.


Royal A-ware Food Group

Sensata Technologies Holland B.V.



Stork (a Fluor company)



Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 3

The ‘hands-on and skilful‘ team at Lexence is well regarded for its work on the environmental, zoning and planning aspects of real estate projects. Renowned practice head Michael Klijnstra is active in matters including permitting, compliance and enforcement advice, and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Klijnstra

Other key lawyers:

Pelin Oztürk


‘Flexible, practical, great expertise.’

‘The in-depth relevant professional knowledge, clear language, pragmatic way of working, and above all good direct accessibility are a great advantage.’

‘Hands-on and skilful team.’ 

‘Lexence is an organization, not too big and not too small, that supports real estate activities in the broadest sense. Always contact within 24 hours, quick link to specializations. Always keep appointments. No omissions in the field of the environment and public law proceedings. It’s great that notarial activities and taxation are also part of the group.’

‘Practical, passionate, sincere. Clients’ interests come first. No promises that cannot be kept.’

‘Michael Klijnstra and his team are highly professional, knowledgable, and as a result effective. At the end, only one thing counts: did you win and get out of it what you wanted? The results speak for themselves.’

‘The knowledge of Michael Klijnstra is very high, his personality very good to work with, and his way of working in court sublime. He has a great overview of cases and knows how to handle court cases better than others.’

‘Michael Klijnstra is still very passionate about his workfield after all these years. For years he has been a stable factor to fall back on within the practice. Pelin Oztürk is eager and hardworking.’

Key clients

The Big Company Building Company B.V.

De Geus Bouw B.V.

Cementbouw B.V.

CZP Investmnents B.V.

BTE Nederland B.V.

Koopman International B.V.

Kroonenberg Groep B.V.

Midvast B.V.

Termaaten B.V.

Vereniging van Eigenaars Winkelcentrum Zuidplein

Wibaut B.V.

1828 B.V.

Frasers Property Investments B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised on the consequences of soil and groundwater pollution for Heembeton, a company specialising in building materials, since the pollution also applies to its grounds.

Netherlands > Private equity Tier 3

Noted for its ‘strong foothold in the Netherlands’, the private equity team at Lexence focuses on mid-market transactions and is well-placed to collaborate with other firms in the Benelux region to assist with cross-border deals. Luc Habets acts for key clients, including Waterland Private Equity, Egeria Capital and Standard Investment, on both buy-side and sell-side transactions, while Joost Kolkman is recognised for his expertise in the food and beverage, IT and education sectors. Wouter Helder, who advises on management buyouts and buy-ins, leads the practice together with Habets and Kolkman. Michiel van Schooten left the firm in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Luc Habets; Joost Kolkman; Wouter Helder


‘Firm that offers a broad in-house expertise, unburdening the customer in all aspects of complex and less complex legal issues. Strong foothold in the Netherlands.’

‘Great team, great to work with, very knowledgeable, broad-in house focus yet centrally organised (same partner remains in the lead) and highly trusted to take into commercial negotiations with third parties.’

Key clients


Gryphion Capital

Endeit Capital

Dutch Greentech Fund

Antea Participaties

Avedon Capital Partners

Keen Venture Partners

Sirius Venture Partners

ING Bank

Triton Partners

DM Equity Partners

Fortino Capital

Connected Capital

Tiin Capital

Aegon growth Capital


Bolster Investments

HB Capital

Waterland Private Equity

Synergia Capital Partners

Standard Investments

Capital A

Work highlights

  • Assisted Coöperatieve Synergia Fund V U.A. with its participation in Aannemers Inkoop Centrale (A.I.C).
  • Advised the ICT Group on its acquisition of Yellow Star.
  • Assisted with the establishment and the structuring of the joint venture Esro Food Group B.V., in which Rooijachers and Fayman (via a holding) will participate both for 50%.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 3

With strength in construction, development, transactional, tenancy and corporate real estate law, Lexence fields practitioners specialised in both contentious and non-contentious real estate matters. Practice head Bas Martens focuses on development and construction disputes, while Tomas Steenmetser specialises in leasing law related to commercial premises. Michiel de Wit advises and litigates on the sale and purchase of commercial real estate.

Practice head(s):

Bas Martens

Other key lawyers:

Tomas Steenmetser; Michiel de Wit; Jan-Willem Raadgever; Vincent Boumans; Hanna van Rijn; Arief van Rhee; Esther Vochteloo


‘I sense that there is good co-operation amongst the lawyers of the firm and that they provide competent and fast advice.’

‘Jan-Willem Raadgever gave excellent advice and service. He works efficiently, always answers promptly, is flexible and hard-working and knows his subject. Also, he was a good support in negotiations and stood firm.’

‘No-nonsense approach, partners with hands-on mentality, level of expertise meets our expectations.’

‘Vincent Boumans is a good lawyer and negotiator as well. Tomas Steenmetser has a direct approach and is an expert as well as an excellent advisor in the field of commercial leases.’

‘Jan-Willem Raadgever has very thorough know-how of all aspects of real estate legislation, and verdicts are readily available, seeking solutions, calm, never raises his voice and a super skilled negotiator remembering all the small details.’

‘Vincent Boumans and his team are highly professional and dedicated and belong in the top tier of Dutch real estate teams. Also worth mentioning, the proactive attitude to find the most suitable solution for each case, and the in-depth knowledge of commercial lease agreements.’

‘Vincent Boumans is a top professional and excels in being an additional set of brains for the client. He has the gift to translate complex legal material into a pragmatic solution that works for the client and the case. Besides, he is just a very likeable person. Hanna van Rijn is one of his young talented team members, who definitely deserves recognition.

Key clients

Marathon Asset Management

Rubens Capital Partners

Volker Wessels



Kroonenberg Groep



BPD Ontwikkeling



Schiphol Airport

Frasers Property

Hannover Leasing

Forma Fund

Orange Capital Partners


Work highlights

  • Assisting Rizzani de Eccher with the construction of the Y-Towers in Amsterdam, including advising the client on all legal matters related to the construction, such as zoning, tax, and leasing.
  • Advising Rizzani de Eccher/Besix with all legal issues related to the construction of the Post Tower in Rotterdam, consisting of a 155-meter high-rise building with hotel accommodations, retail spaces, 305 residential apartments, and a parking garage.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Specialist real estate, corporate and commercial firm Lexence handles domestic and cross-border mid-market transactions, with experience in the financial services, technology, food and agriculture sectors. Luc Habets ‘rolls up his sleeves’ when acting for Dutch companies on cross-border acquisitions and Joost Kolkman is noted for his expertise in the food and beverage, retail, IT and education industries. Habets and Kolkman lead the practice alongside Wouter Helder, who advises on management buyouts.

Practice head(s):

Joost Kolkman; Wouter Helder; Luc Habets

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Beukeveld; Diederick de Boer


‘Luc Habets is an outstanding lawyer, works hard and rolls up his sleeves.’

‘Great all-round corporate M&A practice.’

‘Broad service offering, yet highly approachable. Truly acting as one firm and putting clients’ needs first.’

‘Likeable team with in-depth knowledge, approachable and deliver outcomes in the promised time-lines. Also commercially savvy.’

Key clients

Post NL



Waterland Private Equity

Synergia Capital

EBRO Foods


Endeit Capital (Joop van der Ende)

A-Ware Food Group


Modern Dental Group

RTL Netherlands

ICT Group

Hibernia Worldwide Hotels)

Intelligent NV

Agro Merchants Netherlands BV

Glaspoort (KPN/APG)

Greenlane LLC

Dutch Greentech Fund

Antea Participaties

Truffle Capital

Avedon Capital Partners

Sirius Venture Partners

ING Bank

ABN AMRO Participaties

Triton Partners

International Wellness Resort

DM Equity Partners

Dental Clinics

Normec Group

Carepay International

Hewlett Packard Bank Plc



Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Lexence's practice is led by Timo Jansen, who is an expert in preventing and resolving corporate law issues, contractual conflicts and professional liability cases, and all-round litigator Bram Thomas Craemer, who deals with fraud cases, trade disputes, failed joint ventures and issues with software implementation. Arnout Schennink is a key contact for disputes involving individuals in the Enterprise Chamber. The firm also handles bankruptcy disputes for companies and frequently defends individuals in mismanagement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Bram Thomas Craemer; Timo Jansen

Other key lawyers:

Arnout Schennink; Mattias Kik


‘What impressed me was the very profound study of all details of the history of the case. They proceeded with the case only after knowing and understanding every detail of the past. I have never experienced this diligence in a law firm.’

‘Bram Thomas Craemer has a pleasant combination of relevant knowledge, humour, tranquility and empathy.’

‘Bram Thomas Craemer is the most brilliant lawyer I know. He has a clear and straight forward approach. His calmness and reliability makes Lexence a partner.’

‘Timo Jansen and Bram Thomas Craemer form the rock-solid base of the team. Both are a pleasure to work with – very practical and hands on.’

‘Timo Jansen is a client focused partner, a good listener and not afraid to push back if this is in his client’s best interest. Provides balanced advice on settlement or litigation based on thorough analysis.’

‘I was amazed by the way Bram Thomas Craemer was able to tune in to my needs while also connecting to the emotional part of my case and managing my expectations perfectly taking the emotions into account. Deep respect.’

‘It was a pleasure to work with Bram Thomas Craemer, who is a very bright and eager person – total dedication in obtaining a favourable result.’

‘During the negotiations, the team maintained good relations with the team from the other side and played the game with great perseverance. They were careful in managing our expectations.’

Key clients

Aqua Minerals

Fiscal Rep B.V.

Spyker Ltd.

Averline Holdings N.V.

Selten B.V.


Debuut Horeca

Bang! Media Group


de Volksbank

AXON Neuroscience S.E.

M.F. Moreira Leite da Silva

Work highlights

  • Representing the management of D-Reizen in high-profile injunctive relief proceedings initiated by its receiver in bankruptcy. The receiver demanded a release of pledged IP rights from the management.
  • Appointed by the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal as an investigator or custodian of shares in mismanagement proceedings.
  • Representing the supervisory and management board of the state-owned de Volksbank in a board room crisis involving multiple injunctive relief proceedings and a corporate investigation into board room dynamics.

The firm: Lexence is a leading Dutch law firm specialized in corporate and commercial law and real estate law. The firm provides legal services to both national and international companies who operate in the Dutch market. The firm’s professionals, including 95+ lawyers and civil law notaries, work in small teams directed by partners. The lawyers and notaries cooperate seamlessly in their areas of specialization. Quality, efficiency and service orientation always paramount.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial law: The Lexence corporate and commercial lawyers and civil law-notaries specialize in legal support regarding commercial and corporate dispute, employment and benefits law, financing, joint ventures, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, notarial services, private equity and structuring and restructuring. and venture capital transactions.

Real estate law: Lexence’s real estate lawyers and civil law-notaries handle cases related to: environmental law, area development, construction, purchase and sale, commercial hire, and management and financing real estate projects. The real estate projects the lawyers work on involve: large-scale urban development, development of logistic properties, shopping malls, office buildings and residential projects.

International: Lexence is an independent law firm with access to fellow international firms with knowledge and experience unique to a specific jurisdiction. Through our membership of the Meritas worldwide network, a highly-regarded legal network of law firms, we have easy access to those firms.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment law Annejet Balm
Real estate Bob Bekker
Corporate/M&A notarial services Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst
Corporate/M&A Diederick de Boer
Litigation and arbitration Bram Thomas Craemer
Employment law Floor Damen
Financing Charles Destrée
Commercial contracts Pieter van Dijk
Corporate/M&A Mathijs van Doormalen
Corporate/M&A Luc Habets
Corporate/M&A; member of the management board Wouter Helder
Real estate notarial services Jan Hockx
Corporate/M&A Joost Houtman
Employment law Frank ter Huurne
Litigation and arbitration; member of the management board Timo Jansen
Employment law Mark Keuss
Real estate Michael Klijnstra
Corporate/M&A Joost Kolkman
Real estate Bas Martens
Employment law Esther van der Meulen
Corporate/M&A notarial services Jurjen Mos
Real estate Jan-Willem Raadgever
Employment law Jordi Rosendahl
Litigation and arbitration Arnout Schennink
Real estate Marieke van Schie
Real estate; founding partner Ferry van Schoonhoven
Corporate/M&A Michiel van Schooten
Employment law Judith Schulp
Real estate Jip Spierings
Real estate Tomas Steenmetser
Real estate notarial services Stephan Westera
Real estate Michiel de Wit
Photo Name Position Profile
Annejet Balm photo Mrs Annejet Balm Lawyer, partner
Bob Bekker photo Mr Bob Bekker Lawyer, partner
Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst photo Mr Hendrik Bennebroek Gravenhorst Civil law notary, partner
Vincent Bouman photo Mr Vincent Bouman Lawyer, partner
Bram Thomas Craemer photo Mr Bram Thomas Craemer Lawyer, partner
Floor Damen photo Mr Floor Damen Lawyer, partner.
Charles Destrée photo Mr Charles Destrée Lawyer, partner
Luc P.L Habets photo Mr Luc P.L Habets Lawyer, partner
Wouter Helder photo Mr Wouter Helder Lawyer, partner.
Jan W.A Hockx photo Mr Jan W.A Hockx Civil law notary, partner.
Joost E.W Houtman photo Mr Joost E.W Houtman Lawyer, partner
Timo Jansen photo Mr Timo Jansen Lawyer, partner
Arthur Kaspers photo Mr Arthur Kaspers Of Counsel
Mark Keuss photo Mr Mark Keuss Lawyer, partner
Michael Klijnstra photo Mr Michael Klijnstra Lawyer, partner
Joost Kolkman photo Mr Joost Kolkman Lawyer, partner
Bas Martens photo Mr Bas Martens Lawyer, partner
Jurjen Mos photo Mr Jurjen Mos Notarial team, partner
Jan-Willem Raadgever photo Mr Jan-Willem Raadgever Lawyer, partner
Jordi Rosendahl photo Mr Jordi Rosendahl Lawyer, partner
Arnout Schennink photo Mr Arnout Schennink Lawyer, partner
Judith Schulp photo Mrs Judith Schulp Lawyer, partner
Jip Spierings photo Mr Jip Spierings Lawyer, partner
Tomas H.G Steenmetser photo Mr Tomas H.G Steenmetser Lawyer, partner
Stephan Westera photo Mr Stephan Westera Deputy civil law notary, partner
Diederick de Boer photo Mr Diederick de Boer Lawyer, partner
Michiel de Wit photo Mr Michiel de Wit Lawyer, partner
Frank ter Huurne photo Mr Frank ter Huurne Lawyer, partner
Pieter van Dijk photo Mr Pieter van Dijk Lawyer, partner
Mathijs van Doormalen photo Mr Mathijs van Doormalen Lawyer, partner
Marieke van Schie photo Mrs Marieke van Schie Lawyer, partner
Ferry H.J van Schoonhoven photo Mr Ferry H.J van Schoonhoven Lawyer, partner
Michiel R van Schooten photo Mr Michiel R van Schooten Lawyer, partner
Bart van Zadelhoff photo Prof Dr Bart van Zadelhoff Tax adviser, of counsel
Esther van der Meulen photo Mrs Esther van der Meulen Lawyer, partner
Number of lawyers : 95+