Firm Profile > Buren > Amsterdam, Netherlands


Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

The ‘patient and understanding’ team at Buren has developed its cross-border capability, especially in Asia, where it has strengthened its client base. Co-practice heads Damien Berkhout, who was a new arrival from Stibbe, and Philip W M ter Burg are defending Cathay Airways and Latham Airlines in several proceedings involving civil law antitrust follow-on damage claims, arising from EU Commission fines for cartel activity. Marc Velden van der and Jan Holthuis are also recommended.  Nippon Suisan and BDO are other clients. Evert Jan van Drongelen is now with the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Buren has a broad restructuring and insolvency offering, especially for trustee work; senior associate Laurens Prickartz was appointed as trustee in bankruptcy for Fine Asian Gourmet (aka Sticky Rice). Martijn Vermeeren and Pieter van den Berg co-lead the group.

Tax Tier 4

The ‘exceptionally knowledgeableCees-Frans Greeven and ‘stellar’ practitioner Peter van Dijk lead the tax practice at Buren. The duo advise a wide range of global clients on M&A transactions, transfer pricing and international tax matters. Of counsel René Bours is also noted.

Employment Tier 5

At Buren, Suzan van de Kam acted as a local counsel to Lincoln Electric in connection with the reorganization of its Nordic business which included consultation proceedings with unions and works councils and redundancies. Together with Joost Quant, she also assisted Zeeman which has some 1,300 branches in Europe, on all its employment issues including consultation proceedings with the Dutch Works Council, the establishment of a European Works Council, and a number of dismissal proceedings.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 6

'Commercially oriented and providing pragmatic advice', Buren has offices in  Amsterdam, The Hague, and Luxembourg, and a strong Asia-facing practice thanks to its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Pieter van den Berg, Paul Deloo, and Tjeerd Aghina are the notable partners and senior associate Coen van der Mark is also recommended. The group advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals on the merger of Netherlands-based Valeant Europe into a Hungarian pharma company. Recent arrivals include Jan Holthuis, who specialises in Chinese law, and Damien Berkhout who joined from Stibbe.

The firm:  Buren is an independent, internationally oriented firm of lawyers, 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 experienced its most rapid growth over the past 15 years. Buren has over 70 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 Latin America) staffed by native speakers and professionals that have a profound knowledge of local business and culture.

Managing Partners: Pieter van der Berg, Paul Deloo
Number of Partners: 15
Number of Lawyers: 73
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. Our 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. Our 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 our other practices with a strong focus on corporate transactions, including M&A and intra-group reorganizations, investment fund structuring and employment & 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. Our experienced lawyers successfully settle complex disputes. When pursuing the clients’ aims, we offer innovative solutions and a proactive approach.

Our 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: Buren’s Employment & 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. We advise and represent 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.

Buren Practice Areas:
■ Agriculture
■ Banking & Finance
■ Civil Law Notary
■ Commercial Contracting
■ Corporate
■ Diplomat Desk
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Employment & Benefits
■ Family Law & Estate Planning
■ Chinese Foreign Direct Investment
■ Investment Management
■ IT & IP
■ M&A and Private Equity
■ Real Estate
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Tax

Regional Focus:
■ China
■ Germany/Austria
■ Japan
■ 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
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
Banking and finance, Capital Markets, Corporate Lous Vervuurt +31 70 318 4299
Tax, Investment Management, Corporate and M&A, Latin America, Cees-Frans Greeven +352 2644 0919 21
Tax, Diplomat Desk, M&A and Private Equity Tax, Russia/CIS Peter van Dijk +31 70 318 4834
Corporate, M&A, Private Equity Tjeerd Aghina +31 70 318 4836
Civil Law Notary, Corporate, M&A, Privat Equity Robrecht Timmermans +31 20 333 8394
Commercial Contracting, Dispute resolution, IP&IT Philip ter Burg +31 70 318 4828
Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Employment & Benefits Damiën Berkhout +31 20 237 1113
Employment & Benefits Suzan van de Kam +31 70 318 4297
Corporate, Employment & Benefits Joost Quant +31 20 333 8390
Civil Law Notary, Real estate Gerbrand Schrickx +31 70 318 4200
Civil Law Notary, Real estate Kirsten Prick +31 70 318 4200
Dispute Resolution, Real estate Jonathan Gal +31 20 333 8390
Corporate, Restructuring and insolvency Martijn Vermeeren +31 70 318 4200
Agriculture, Commercial Contracting, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, IP & IT, FDI China, China Jan Holthuis +86 21 61730388
Corporate, Investment Management, Real Estate, Tax David Córdova +352 2644 0919 22
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Tjeerd Aghina  photo Mr Tjeerd Aghina
Mr Ruud Brunninkhuis  photo Mr Ruud Brunninkhuis
Mr Paul Deloo  photo Mr Paul Deloo
Mr Jonathan Gal  photo Mr Jonathan Gal
Mr Cees-Frans Greeven  photo Mr Cees-Frans Greeven
Mrs Ingrid Haan de  photo Mrs Ingrid Haan de
Mrs Friederike Henke  photo Mrs Friederike Henke
Mr Jan Holthuis  photo Mr Jan Holthuis
Mrs Li Jiao  photo Mrs Li Jiao
Mr Kenji Okano - Heijmans  photo Mr Kenji Okano - Heijmans
Mrs Anne-Marie Oomen  photo Mrs Anne-Marie Oomen
Mr Kirsten Prick  photo Mr Kirsten Prick
Mr Laurens Prickartz  photo Mr Laurens Prickartz
Mrs Jing Ling Wang  photo Mrs Jing Ling Wang
Mr Tibert van Herk  photo Mr Tibert van Herk
Mr Stefan van Wijk  photo Mr Stefan van Wijk
Mr Pieter van den Berg  photo Mr Pieter van den Berg
Mr Coen van der Mark  photo Mr Coen van der Mark
Mr Steven van der Waal  photo Mr Steven van der Waal
Number of lawyers : 73
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : The Hague
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Shanghai