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Buren, Jan Holthuis, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

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Jan Holthuis

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


Jan Holthuis is an experienced advisor in China related cross-border M&A transactions and complex international litigation cases on corporate, commercial and intellectual property, insurance and reinsurance related disputes. Jan is active in the China legal practice since 1995 and predominantly living and working in China since 2009.


He is a registered arbitrator at the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and at the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHAIC) / Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SIAC). Jan is a visiting lecturer at Erasmus University (Chinese commercial and corporate law and practice), Wageningen University (Chinese agricultural law and practice) and East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai (Intellectual Property dispute settlement & technology transfers).

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.


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“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.



Within: Employment

The team at Buren is headed by Suzan van de Kam, who acted for Coty on the Dutch employment aspects of its €13bn acquisition of certain beauty brands from Procter & Gamble. She also advised Medux, Sime Darby Group and Marsh on reorganisations. Jan Holthuis, who has a particular focus on China-related matters, was part of a team that assisted Damen Shipyards with the employment aspects of its China operation; Joost Quant and Damiën Berkhout are also recommended.

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