Firm Profile > Buren > Amsterdam, Netherlands


Tax Tier 3

'Practical and responsive' Buren is regularly utilised by well-known international law firms requiring Dutch tax advice. The team is adept in the full-spectrum of transactional and advisory corporate tax matters. The firm is notable for its significant Asian client base, facilitated by offices in Beijing and Shanghai. The 'consistently very responsive' Cees-Frans Greeven steers the team alongside Peter van Dijk, who specialises in corporate structures for foreign investors and Dutch-based internationally-operating groups.

Practice head(s):

Cees-Frans Greeven; Peter van Dijk

Other key lawyers:

IJsbrand Uljée


Personal attention, good eye for detail, trying to think together with the client in solving business issues.’

Ijsbrand Uljee has a passion for the business and industry beyond the letter of the law; pragmatic approach in solving both tax and business issues.’

Practical and responsive.’

Cees-Frans Greeven is consistently very responsive and willing to collaborate on projects.’

Key clients

Inter RAO group,

Bausch Health

Planon Beheer

Shaw Industries Group

Antler U.A.

Kimball Electronics Netherlands


Nippon Suisan


Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Almost unique among offerings in the Dutch market, independent firm Buren has offices in Shanghai and Beijing, attracting significant work from a growing Chinese client base, including China Airlines. Philip ter Burg, Jan Holthuis and recently made up Li Jiao comprise a versatile partner trio, who advise on a broad range of corporate and commerical litigation.

Practice head(s):

Philip ter Burg ; Jan Holthuis ; Li Jiao

Other key lawyers:

Ruud Brunninkhuis


‘We feel confident and our questions are promptly replied to which gives us the feeling of being an important customer.’

‘We have a patent issue at this moment, which is handled by Buren and their associates in China. On all our questions they give a good reply and even if we do not understand it the first time, they will be patient and try to explain it the other way. Law in China is different than in Germany or the Netherlands and needs more explanation.’


Key clients

Cathay Pacific Airways

Latam Airlines

China Airlines

Interlink Metals & Chemicals


Vermilion Energy Netherland

Priva Group

Vesteda Investment Management

Real estate Tier 4

Buren stands out for its international coverage, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Luxembourg and a dedicated Japan desk, the firm is well placed to handle cross-border mandates. Its multi-disciplinary team includes civil-law notaries and tax advisers, as well as lawyers. It focuses on the development, redevelopment, construction, financing, purchase and lease of real estate projects. The practice is headed by Gerbrand Schrickx, Kirsten Prick and Jonathan Gal.

Practice head(s):

Gerbrand Schrickx; Kirsten Prick; Jonathan Gal


‘Hands-on mentality, practical thinkers’.            

‘Jonathan Gal is a pleasure to work with’.

‘Jonathan Gal is knowledgeable, approachable and to the point’.

Key clients


Fresch Real Estate


Vesteda Investment Management

Borghese Real Estate

Reshape Property


Cabot Partners

Urban Climate Architects

Claris Zorgvilla’s

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Members of Buren's restructuring and insolvency team are regularly appointed as administrators or trustees by the Dutch courts. Martijn Vermeeren and Pieter van den Berg head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Martijn Vermeeren; Pieter van den Berg


‘Buren has provided an outstanding service by suggesting the best course of action in light of the situation we were facing’.            

‘They have the flexibility and proactive approach that normally you don’t see in other firms’.

‘They often go beyond their scope of work’.

‘The team has good insolvency expertise’.

‘Martijn Vermeeren is hands-on, easy to reach and gets things done’.

‘The insolvency team of Buren has specific knowledge regarding pre-pack of hospitals’.

‘They are experienced, very pleasant to work with and meet a high standard of quality’.

 ‘Martijn Vermeeren is a very knowledgeable insolvency lawyer’.

Key clients

Greenco Holding B.V.






Healthcare institution Pluryn

Mooy Beheer B.V.

De Roo Taxi B.V.

Ruwaard van Puttenziekenhuis

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

With a team spread across its Amsterdam and The Hague offices, Buren also leverages its Beijing, Luxembourg and Shanghai bases to advise on international mandates with notable expertise in Asia-related work. The group primarily acts for mid-sized corporates and is increasingly instructed by listed companies. Pieter van den Berg and Steven van der Waal are the key names in The Hague, while Paul Deloo and Paul Josephus Jitta lead in Amsterdam. Li Jiao made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Pieter van den Berg; Paul Deloo; Steven van der Waal; Paul Josephus Jitta

Other key lawyers:

Li Jiao; Cees-Frans Greeven


‘Paul Jitta is commercial (deal-driven), very responsive and committed.’

‘Buren are my “go-to” counsel in the Netherlands. They are always responsive, commercially minded and solution oriented.’

‘Cees-Frans Greeven is extremely responsive and a real pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

ABC Westland

RTL (Nederland Holding)

Planon Group


VoloAgri Group

Park Plaza

Atterbury Group

Olin Corporation

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

SF Express

Synergy/ Route4Gas

Employment Tier 5

Buren distinguishes itself by having strong links to Asia, which is complemented by the firm having offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Its integrated domestic and international corporate, notarial and tax practice makes the firm well-positioned to handle all the employment aspects of transactions. Epke Spijkerman, who joined as partner from Dentons, jointly leads the team with Suzan van de Kam.

Practice head(s):

Suzan van de Kam; Epke Spijkerman


‘Epke Spijkerman is always quickly available in case of urgencies, he thinks along and provides suggestions if and when applicable’.

‘Epke Spijkerman’s timely, qualitative support is always much appreciated’.

‘The people are very experienced in their domain and also very pragmatic’.

‘In cases where you just need quick advice, they are capable of providing that without huge memos, but still a good eye for the details that matter’.

‘The cooperation is personal yet very professional’.

‘Their pragmatic approach is not typical with solicitors.

‘Very responsive to inquiries’.

‘Always readily available, quick and practical response, offering the legal information as well as a sparring partner on interpretation and action’.

Key clients

Lincoln Electric

Zeeman TextielSupers B.V.

Medux B.V.

Planon B.V.

Greenco B.V.

Marsh B.V.

Zo Kinderopvang B.V.


Contimeta B.V.

World forum

The firm: Buren is an independent, internationally oriented firm of lawyers, civil law notaries and tax lawyers with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, The Hague, Luxembourg and Shanghai. The firm’s heritage dates back to 1898. Although the firm has grown steadily, it has experienced its most significant growth over the past 20 years. Buren has over 75 legal professionals providing a full range of legal services to domestic and international business clients who conduct business nationally and globally.

The firm offers sound legal solutions combined with a business acumen that ensures a holistic perspective to every legal and tax challenge that clients face. Buren works closely together with its clients to tailor it’s provided solutions in alignment with the clients’ business goals.

International: Buren has carefully established a global network with premier and reputable law firms and other service providers allowing us to assist you when navigating in national and international business transactions. In addition Buren has dedicated regional practices (China, Japan, CIS/Russia, Germany, Hong Kong and Spain/Latin America) staffed by native speakers and professionals that have a profound knowledge of local business and culture.

Managing partners: Cees-Frans Greeven, Martijn Vermeeren
Number of partners: 18
Number of lawyers: 75
Languages: Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Luxembourgish, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Main areas of practice
Corporate M&A:
Buren’s corporate practice group provides clients with advice and support on all aspects of their corporate requirements – including corporate restructurings, company law, corporate governance, company secretarial and compliance. Its integrated, multidisciplinary team has the resources and insight in M&A, tax, notarial, financial and capital markets, executive compensation and other relevant expertise to successfully structure and execute complex and less complex transactions. Buren’s multi-jurisdictional footprint and international network offer seamless and fast assistance on cross-border aspects

Tax: Buren’s tax group covers all aspects of tax law applicable in the Netherlands and Luxembourg including all international tax issues and is fully integrated in all its other practices with a strong focus on corporate transactions, including M&A and intra-group reorganizations, investment fund structuring and employment and benefits related matters.

Dispute resolution: Buren’s litigation and dispute resolution team has broad and extensive experience in the field of litigation and operates on the highest level. Its experienced lawyers successfully settle complex disputes. When pursuing the clients’ aims, Buren offers innovative solutions and a proactive approach.

Buren’s lawyers have extensive experience in proceedings, not just at courts and courts of appeal in the Benelux, including proceedings at the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, but also as team players in cross border disputes. They also have broad experience in international arbitration, including arbitration at the Netherlands Arbitration Institute, ICC, SIAC and ad-hoc.

Employment and benefits: Buren’s employment and benefits team advises on the full spectrum of complex employment issues including litigation and dispute resolution, (European) works councils and unions and the employment aspects of corporate transactions. The firm advises and represents companies in respect of (collective) dismissals, reorganizations, national and European co-determination, Collective Labor Agreements (CAOs), flexible and temporary employment relationships, drafting and negotiating employment contracts, agency and contractor arrangements, secondment, corporate governance and boardroom and senior executive issues.

Real estate: Buren’s real estate team has extensive experience in the development, redevelopment, construction, financing, purchase and lease of real estate projects. Buren’s multi-lingual professionals are well equipped to assist our international clients. In addition, our real estate practice is known nationally for its specialist expertise in foreclosure auctions of real estate. Buren’s real estate team advises developers, investors, contractors, financial institutions and end-users of real estate on their real estate interests in the Netherlands.

Buren practice areas:
■ Agriculture
■ Banking and finance
■ Civil law notary
■ Commercial contracting
■ Corporate
■ Dispute resolution
■ Employment and benefits
■ Family law and estate planning
■ Foreign direct investment in China
■ Investment management
■ IT & IP
■ M&A and private equity
■ Real estate
■ Restructuring and insolvency
■ Settlement of estates
■ Tax

■ China
■ Germany
■ Japan
■ Spain/Latin-America
■ Russia/CIS
■ Hong Kong

Associated office: DEKEN PRC Litigators is a Chinese registered niche law firm in Shanghai (registration no 2310120133016150) specialising in Chinese business dispute settlement. Our firm is independent from local interests and aims at achieving the highest ethical and professional standards.

Our clients are diverse and the disputes we handle often involve foreign related interest.

Deken is a member of the Global Insurance Law Connect network (GILC) and handles all insurance cases fort the network in China.

Department Name Email Telephone
Tax, Investment Management, Corporate and M&A, Luxembourg, Spain/Latin-America Cees-Frans Greeven +31 20 333 8390 | +352 2644 0919 21
Corporate, Restructuring and insolvency Martijn Vermeeren +31 70 318 4200
Corporate, M&A, and Private Equity, Restructuring & Insolvency Pieter van den Berg +31 70 318 4822
Banking and finance, Civil Law Notary, Corporate, M&A and Private Equity, Russia/CIS Paul Deloo +31 20 333 8393
Banking and finance, Capital Markets, Civil Law Notary, Corporate M&A, China, Japan Steven van der Waal +31 70 318 4295
Tax, M&A and Private Equity, Tax, Russia/CIS, Diplomat Desk Peter van Dijk +31 70 318 4834
M&A and Private Equity, Spain/Latin-America, Corporate, Dispute Resolution Paul A. Josephus Jitta +31 20 333 8395
Agriculture, Commercial Contracting, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, IP & IT, FDI China, China Jan Holthuis +86 21 61730388
Dispute Resolution, Real estate Jonathan Gal +31 20 333 8390
Civil Law Notary, Real estate Gerbrand Schrickx +31 70 318 4200
Employment & Benefits Epke Spijkerman +31 20 333 8393
Employment & Benefits Suzan van de Kam +31 70 318 4297
Corporate, M&A and Private Equity Tjeerd Aghina +31 70 318 4836
Agriculture, Commercial Contracting, Dispute resolution, IP&IT Philip ter Burg +31 70 318 4828
Civil Law Notary, Real estate Kirsten Prick +31 70 318 4200
Agriculture, Commercial Contracting, Dispute resolution, IP&IT, FDI in China, China Li Jiao +31 20 333 8390
Banking and finance, Capital Markets, Corporate Lous Vervuurt +31 70 318 4299
Luxembourg | Corporate, M&A and Private Equity Marc Albasser +352 2644 0919 23
Luxembourg | Tax, Corporate, Investment Management, Real Estate, Spain/Latin-America David Córdova +352 2644 0919 22
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Mr Tjeerd Aghina  photo Mr Tjeerd Aghina Tjeerd Aghina, partner and lawyer, specializes in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and financing…
Mr Marc Albasser  photo Mr Marc Albasser Marc Albasser, Liste I lawyer in Luxembourg, specializes in advising clients on…
Mr Ruud Brunninkhuis  photo Mr Ruud Brunninkhuis Ruud Brunninkhuis has a focus on (international) insolvency law and corporate law.…
Mr David Córdova  photo Mr David Córdova David Córdova, partner and tax lawyer at BUREN, specialises on Luxembourg and…
Mr Paul Deloo  photo Mr Paul Deloo Paul Deloo, partner and civil law notary, is specialized in general and…
Mr Jonathan Gal  photo Mr Jonathan Gal Jonathan Gal, partner and lawyer, specializes in real estate transactions, project development,…
Mrs Ingrid Haan de  photo Mrs Ingrid Haan de Ingrid de Haan, candidate civil law notary, is specialized in (international) corporate…
Mrs Friederike Henke  photo Mrs Friederike Henke Friederike Henke, lawyer (advocaat and Rechtsanwältin), heads BUREN’s German Practice. She specializes…
Mr Jan Holthuis  photo Mr Jan Holthuis Jan Holthuis, partner and lawyer, is an experienced advisor in China related…
Ms Li Jiao photo Ms Li Jiao Li Jiao, partner and lawyer, specializes in insurance and reinsurance, corporate, contract…
Mr Paul A. Josephus Jitta  photo Mr Paul A. Josephus Jitta Paul A. Josephus Jitta, partner and lawyer, specializes in (inter)national corporate law.…
Mr Kenji Okano - Heijmans  photo Mr Kenji Okano - Heijmans Kenji Okano-Heijmans, a Dutch qualified lawyer at BUREN, was admitted to the…
Mrs Anne-Marie Oomen  photo Mrs Anne-Marie Oomen Anne-Marie Oomen, candidate civil law notary, specializes in family law, inheritance and…
Mr Kirsten Prick  photo Mr Kirsten Prick Kirstin Prick, partner and candidate civil law notary, specialises in real estate…
Mr Laurens Prickartz  photo Mr Laurens Prickartz Laurens Prickartz specialises in insolvency law and corporate law. He also advises…
Mr Gerbrand Schrickx  photo Mr Gerbrand Schrickx Gerbrand Schrickx, partner and civil law notary at BUREN, has extensive expertise in…
Mr Epke Spijkerman  photo Mr Epke Spijkerman Epke Spijkerman, partner and lawyer at BUREN, specializes in employment and employee…
Mr Martijn Vermeeren  photo Mr Martijn Vermeeren Martijn Vermeeren’s, partner and lawyer, practice includes insolvency law and corporate law.…
Ms Lous Vervuurt photo Ms Lous Vervuurt Lous Vervuurt, lawyer, specializes in business law and financial law (banking and…
Mrs Jing Ling Wang  photo Mrs Jing Ling Wang Jingling Wang is a former judge and a lawyer specialized in the…
Mr Peter van Dijk  photo Mr Peter van Dijk Peter van Dijk, partner and lawyer at BUREN, specializes in setting up corporate structures…
Mr Tibert van Herk  photo Mr Tibert van Herk Tibert van Herk, candidate civil law notary, specializes in international and national…
Mr Stefan van Wijk  photo Mr Stefan van Wijk Stefan van Wijk focuses on insolvency law, financing and securities and commercial…
Ms Suzan van de Kam photo Ms Suzan van de Kam Suzan, partner and lawyer at BUREN, advises on a full spectrum of complex…
Mr Pieter van den Berg  photo Mr Pieter van den Berg Pieter van den Berg, partner and lawyer, is head of the M&A…
Mr Coen van der Mark  photo Mr Coen van der Mark Coen van der Mark, lawyer, specializes in (international) business law. He mainly…
Mr Steven van der Waal  photo Mr Steven van der Waal Steven van der Waal, partner and civil law notary, advises national and…
Number of lawyers, civil law notaries and tax lawyers : 75
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : The Hague
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Shanghai