Mr Jan Holthuis > Buren > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

WTC - Tower Seven Level 14
Strawinskylaan 1441
1077 XX Amsterdam

Work Department

Agriculture, Commercial Contracting, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, IT&IP, (FDI) China


Jan Holthuis, partner and lawyer at BUREN, is an experienced advisor in China related cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring, international technology transfers, product liability insurance claims and international arbitration. Jan is active in the China legal practice since 1995 and predominantly living and working in China since 2009.


Jan is a registered arbitrator with the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHIAC). He founded the Agricultural Law Section of the International Bar Association in 2015, presided it for many years and is currently a member of its Advisory Board. Jan has been involved in many politically sensitive China-related international transactions and disputes acting for Western and Chinese clients. Jan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the world’s oldest agricultural research institute Rothamsted Research in the UK. Jan is mainly based in Beijing.

Jan holds various positions at multinational companies operating in China and Europe and is often involved in legal strategy decision-making processes of international clients.

Jan Holthuis is the founder of the former HIL International Lawyers & Advisers, an international niche law firm with a specialization in Chinese law and practice. HIL, active in China since 1995, with offices in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Beijing, was the first Dutch firm to be granted a license from the Chinese Ministry of Justice to operate a foreign law firm branch in China in 2004. In 2016 HIL merged with Buren and Jan joined BUREN as a partner.


Dutch and English


“Admitted to the Bar”
• Dutch qualified lawyer registered at the Amsterdam Bar
• Non-practicing solicitor registered with the Law Society of England & Wales

• Dutch Bar Association (NOVA)
• International Bar Association (IBA) and initiator to establish the IBA Agriculture Law Working Group
• European Union Chamber of Commerce in China
• American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham)
• Member of the Beijing Capital Club
• Member of the Economist Corporate Network


Jan graduated in 1992 from Erasmus University Rotterdam in Dutch law. In 2003, Jan (re) qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. In 2009 he successfully completed the Grotius specialist course International M&A transactions.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

Buren holds a unique position thanks to its offices in Amsterdam and The Hague, as well as in Beijing and Shanghai, enabling the firm to specifically represent both Chinese and Dutch companies in cross-border litigation. The firm has expanded its scope to include corporate governance disputes, shareholder litigation, and post M&A-related conflicts. Philip ter Burg, Jan Holthuis, and Paul Josephus Jitta jointly lead the practice. Li Jiao is also noted for her experience in insurance subrogation claims.