Firm Profile > Ploum > Rotterdam, Netherlands
BLAAK 28, 3011 TA ROTTERDAM
PO BOX 711
3000 AS ROTTERDAM
Ploum > The Legal 500 Rankings
Energy: transactional Tier 2Rotterdam-based Ploum is best known for handling projects for oil and gas companies and assists energy companies, including two of the four largest Dutch energy companies - NUON - Vattenfall and Eneco on M&A transactions. 'Excellent dealmaker' Stephan Sluijters, who leads the energy team together with Deborah Nizamoeddin, is increasingly instructed with respect to renewables.
Stephan Sluijters; Deborah Nizamoeddin
Other key lawyers:
Jolande van Loon; Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Stephan Nizamoeddin; S.F.J. Sluiter; Jeroen Terstegge; Jacob Henriquez
‘The client service is always high, as is the quality of the advice. The firm is especially strong in M&A work in the energy sector, and has an excellent track record. Hands-on, client driven and very easy to work with. Good value for money spent. Excellent alternative for the expensive ‘Zuid-As’-Firms.‘
‘Jeroen Terstegge is a rising star in the M&A/corporate/energy sector, very pleasant to work with, dedicated and a very clever lawyer with in-depth knowledge. He delivers great work. He is able to understand very complex issues and to deliver clever solutions.‘
‘Stephan Sluijters – very pleasant, fast thinking lawyer and an excellent dealmaker. He does understand what clients would like to see. Responsive and on the ball.’
ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund B.V.
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH
Nuon / Vattenfall
The Netherlands Petroleum Stockpiling Agency (COVA)
Van Kessel Olie B.V.
Varo Energy B.V.
Wintershall Noordzee B.V.
Environment and planning Tier 2
Ploum has in-depth expertise in environment and planning law, especially issues concerning refineries and tank storage. Key clients include petroleum companies BP and Shell, as well as tank storage companies Vopak and Maasvlakte Olie Terminal. Maayke Maas-Cooymans and Alexandra Danopoulos lead the practice. Maas-Cooymans is assisting HKZ Devex with the tender procedure for the development of Hollandse Kust. Stephan F.J. Sluiter also advised on this matter.
Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Alexandra Danopoulos
‘Good connection and engagement to the position of the company. Excellent knowledge of applicable law, experienced in high exposure cases and know how dealing with authorities‘.
‘Stephan Sluiter is a pleasure to deal with. He has a lot of expertise and is able to translate the input of the business quickly and correctly in legal documents. He is sensitive in relationships of the business with competent authorities and always looking for more permanent solutions than going to court. Furthermore, he has a good sense of humour and he is modest‘.
‘The team is headed by Maayke Maas and Stephan Sluyter. Both are very capable and have extended knowledge of the relevant case law concerning environmental issues, especially in harbor related cases‘.
‘Alexandra Danopoulos – Very practical, good listener and knows how the business thinks‘.
Wintershall Noordzee B.V.
The Chemours Company
Koole Botlek Terminals
Zeeland Refinery N.V.
At Ploum, Dennis Zieren leads a team along with senior partners Dorine ten Brink and Miranda Top-Sarneel. The team is valued for its in-depth knowledge of privacy issues and for providing 'sanity checks' for clients. Its expertise spans the notification and aftermath of major personal data breaches; advice on a variety of data privacy matters, such as inter-company data transfers inside and outside of the EEA, and data retention. This is combined with expertise in direct marketing, camera surveillance, and the use of personal data in the healthcare sector.
‘The privacy team acts as an extended arm for privacy queries of our company. I can contact the team for in-depth privacy issues but also as a sparring partner for carrying out a sanity check.’
‘At Ploum they have a great deal of knowledge about data privacy and data protection. They know what we do at our firm, so they know how to translate our questions about data privacy to our practice. They respond quickly to questions.’
‘They work in a team, so when one person is absent, another colleague takes over. I never have to wait long for a response. And they are always very friendly. Engaging any service provider, I expect them to deliver high quality and value. During this project with Ploum, I felt very comfortable with their level of support, input and advice given, also challenging me in a professional way.’
MediaMarkt SaturnHolding BV
CentrientPharmaceuticals(previous : DSM SinochemPharmaceuticals)
Vereniging voor Bakkerijen Zoetwaren
Unit4 Business SoftwareBV
Scheidt & BachmannNederland
JDE (Sara LeeCorporation)
Insurance Tier 3
Ploum's expertise is focused on health, safety and environmental issues, and it is a popular choice for clients in the chemical or construction sectors. The team primarily assists the insured parties, but also acts on behalf of insurance companies, brokerage companies and loss adjusters. The firm's other key area of strength is in the field of professional liability, particularly directors’ and officers’ liability. In recent highlights, practice head Natalie Vloemans led a team which represented construction consortium SAAone in a €15m insurance claim against several Dutch underwriters. Also recommended is Maurice Verhoeven.
Koole Terminals Botlek (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals)
‘Everyone contributes their fair share, they are incredibly motivated and client oriented.’
‘Nick Hessels and Jeroen Terstegge are client focused, responsive, good to approach, keep to deadlines, good quality, well experienced, and good at drafting contracts.’
‘The client service is always high, as is the quality of the advice. The firm is especially strong in M&A work in the energy sector and has an excellent track record. Hands on, client driven and very easy to work with. Good value for money, excellent alternative to the expensive firms.’
‘Jeroen Terstegge is a rising star in the M&A/corporate/energy sector. Very pleasant to work with, dedicated and a very clever lawyer with in depth knowledge. He delivers great work and is able to understand complex issues and deliver clever solutions.’
‘Stephan Sluijters is very pleasant, fast thinking and an excellent deal maker and is on the ball.’
‘The firm is strongly rooted in Rotterdam, but has an international outlook. The team is very much no-nonsense, pragmatic, highly knowledgeable and generally very pleasant to work with or to have act as opposing counsel.’
‘Tom Ensink is an overall outstanding transactional lawyer, who has evidently more than mastered all phases and all aspects of an M&A transaction. He superbly handles cross-border transactions involving many parties, with different interests, be it (strategic) buyers/sellers, investors, banks, borrowers or partners. In addition, he is very down-to-earth, very accessible, always available.’
‘Stephan Sluijters is second to none in transactions in the energy sector, including transactions in the oil and gas industry. He is an excellent transactional lawyer as well. I particularly appreciate his sector expertise.’
‘Albert Wiggers is a solid transactional lawyer and a strong negotiator as well. His arrival has further strengthened the team. The corporate M&A team at Ploum are superb and stand out in the M&A market for their work.’
ONE-Dyas Holdings B.V.
Eszet Bedrijven B.V.
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH
CED Holding B.V.
ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund B.V.
Enghouse Systems Ltd.
Transports Vervaeke N.V.
James Fisher and Sons Plc
Markel International Nederland B.V.
RPS Advies- en Ingenieursbureau B.V.
Deloitte Accountants B.V.
Peterson Control Union Group
Koole Tankstorage Botlek B.V. (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals (Rotterdam) B.V.
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
AIG Europe Limited, Netherlands
Tui Nederland N.V.
Employment Tier 4
Ploum's employment group has particular experience in the logistics and manufacturing sectors, with a strong base of clients instructing its Rotterdam office on employment matters. Founding partner Rutger Ploum is recommended for conflicts between employers and labour organisations such as trade unions or works councils, and co-heads the team along with Simon Tan. Senior associate Astrid van Toledo is a key contact for reorganisations, terms of employment, non-competition and advice regarding co-determination.
Rutger Ploum; Simon Tan
‘Ploum is a great asset for us in The Netherlands. They are efficient and business oriented‘
‘Simon Tan is a star in handling employment law matters. Fast, efficient, able to understand clients needs, focused and sharp.‘
Rain Carbon, Inc
United Biscuits / Pladis /Verkade
Works Council of Standard Aer
Ploum routinely assists its clients with anti-counterfeiting, border seizures and parallel trade cases. The firm handles pan-EMEA litigation in a range of sectors including automotive, technology, luxury goods, food and beverage, and tobacco. Practice head Willem Leppink is 'very pragmatic' and thinks 'out of the box'; he is assisting Western Digital with multi-jurisdictional counterfeit and parallel trade cases connected to online market places.
‘I work with Willem and Sabin. They are knowledgeable and prompt. We are a tech company so we appreciate the more relaxed and friendly approach‘.
‘All lawyers of the IP section work well together and can take care of each other in case of absence, so quick advice is possible. Costs are in proportion to the work / experience and practical advice is provided (also legible for non-lawyers)‘.
‘Willem Leppink: Reachable 24/7, very pragmatic and commercial thinking lawyer taking into account the best interests of the company. Has a lot of ready knowledge and also thinks out of the box. Acts as a team player and not as an external advisor‘.
‘Arlette Molenaar: Reachable 24/7, very pragmatic and commercial thinking lawyer taking into account the interests of the company. Has a lot of ready knowledge and always takes into account the costs and tries to reduce these as much as possible‘.
London Rubber Company
Medical Pet Shirts
Ploum > Firm Profile
The firm: Founded in 1995 as one of the first break-away firms in the Netherlands, Ploum is not an average law firm. Its clients will confirm that it is significantly different. The firms strives to support businesses in achieving their objectives. Combining know-how and practical experience to its clients’ advantage is its talent.
The firm focuses on business clients, including national and international organisations in all shapes and sizes – from small businesses to local government bodies, from listed companies to national government. The 60-plus lawyers at Ploum understand what business is about and know what is important. The firm focuses on what matters to business and helping clients achieve their goals swiftly and smoothly. Solving real puzzles is what drives Ploum. Within the traditional world of the legal professions, the firm sets itself apart by analysing issues with a fresh and open mind and providing solutions, not advice. Its reasonable rates, in addition to this pragmatic way of working, mean clients find Ploum a perfect alternative to bigger firms.
Areas of practice: Ploum has all the relevant legal knowledge and experience to be able to advise organizations.
Banking and finance: the team advises on complex financing arrangements as well as on mainstream financing arrangements, both on behalf of issuers and debtors. In addition, Ploum advises on financial services and regulatory matters.
Corporate and M&A: Ploum has an experienced M&A team consisting of seven partners (including notaries) and a pool of experienced associates. We assist buyers and sellers on a daily basis, in deals in a wide variety of sectors, and advise on the whole M&A process. We also regularly act for private equity funds and other investors.
Real estate: our lawyers and civil-law notaries are specialized in all matters relating to real estate. We advise on any property-related project, and will be able to identify the various legal points of attention. Our sole aim in this respect is to find a feasible solution for each organization – efficiently and with an eye on the costs
Employment: our specialists will advise on every imaginable aspect of individual and collective employment-law matters. Examples include collective labour agreements, appointment or dismissal of directors under the articles of association, strikes or amendments to pension schemes. Our lawyers can also help in the event of reorganisation, restructuring, mergers, takeovers, outsourcing or insourcing.
Administrative, environment and planning: at Ploum, our specialists in general administrative law will be happy to advise and assist in objection and appeal proceedings relating to administrative law and covering a wide variety of matters, including the granting of subsidies, enforcement, public access to government information, government liability and, of course, environmental law. In addition to our hands-on approach, we are especially aware of the political and administrative context in matters pertaining to administrative law.
Fraud and White-collar crime: do you require advice and legal assistance for your company, management or staff in criminal proceedings relating to the environment, industrial and work place accidents, road and water transport, fraud, duties to report, internal investigations and compliance? At Ploum, our team of white-collar crime lawyers has in-depth experience in advising and assisting companies in sectors such as construction, chemistry, petrochemistry, industrial manufacture, IT and transport.
Intellectual property: at Ploum, our specialists can advise and assist in protecting your intellectual property rights. For example, we can file your trademarks and designs with the official authorities worldwide and we can also investigate a trademark’s national and international availability.
Insurance and liability: at Ploum we have in-depth knowledge of insurance practice and we provide advice and assistance on all aspects of insurance: from financial supervision to developing insurance products and from contractual spreading of liability risks to settling claims. Our clients in this field include insurance companies, intermediaries, insured companies, government authorities and experts.
Restructuring and insolvency: If your company or organisation is facing considerable financial problems, either existing or imminent, you – as a director, supervisory director, shareholder or bank – have urgent need of an advisor that focuses on providing some breathing space. At Ploum, our specialists will provide you with fast and effective assistance. We will draw up an action plan – in consultation with you – for one or more of the following, depending on the situation your company is facing.
|Administrative, environmental law and spatial planning||Maayke Maas-Cooymans|
|Asset finance||Stan Commissaris|
|Asset finance||Jolande van Loon|
|Asset finance and structured finance||Lucas Lustermans|
|Asset finance and structured finance||Matthijs Bolkenstein|
|Banking and finance||Lucas Lustermans|
|Banking and finance||Matthijs Bolkenstein|
|Capital Markets||Matthijs Bolkenstein|
|Commercial contracts||Dorine ten Brink|
|Commercial contracts||Dennis Zieren|
|Commercial litigation and arbitration||Dorine ten Brink|
|Commercial litigation and arbitration||Maurice Verhoeven|
|Real estate||Stan Commissaris|
|Real estate||Anton van den Heuvel|
|Real estate||Stephan Sluiter|
|Competition and EU||Michel Jacobs|
|Corporate and M&A||Tom Ensink|
|Corporate and M&A||Nick Hessels|
|Corporate and M&A||Stephan Sluijters|
|Corporate and M&A||Albert Wiggers|
|Fraud and white-collar crime||Jouko Barensen|
|Corporate recovery||Vincent Terlouw|
|Energy||Jolande van Loon|
|Employment and co-determination||Rutger Ploum|
|Estate planning||Jolande van Loon|
|IT and privacy||Dorine ten Brink|
|IT and privacy||Dennis Zieren|
|Intellectual property and marketing||Willem Leppink|
|Joint ventures||Nick Hessels|
|Joint ventures||Jeroen Terstegge|