Firm Profile > Ploum > Rotterdam, Netherlands

PO BOX 711

Energy: transactional Tier 2

Ploum team head Stephan Sluijters advised BayWa r.e. on the establishment of a joint venture with the shareholders in GroenLeven through which it would operate and further develop a significant number of solar projects – the advice covered matters including real estate, finance, and permits as well as the corporate side. Other clients include the Netherlands Petroleum Stockpiling Agency, Eneco, and BP.

Environment and planning Tier 2

Maayke Maas-Cooymans who counts both government bodies and corporates as clients and Stephan F.J. Sluiter, who counts Onyx and Dura Vermeer as clients, co-head the team at Ploum which is noted for its 'good industry contacts'. Maas-Cooymans and senior associate Brigitte Ebben, who both have a 'practical approach', are advising  Boskalis Nederland on a raft of planning and environmental matters in connection with the construction of an artificial archipelago of 13 islands for housing and other constructions. Of counsel Jaap Feenstra is noted for his expertise in EU environmental regulations.

Insurance Tier 3

Natalie Vloemans heads the practice at Ploum and is leading a team that continues to advise Odfjell Terminal on various claims and other issues arising from the terminal's shutdown – claims against the insurers are pending. Maurice Verhoeven is noted for his expertise in take-over disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability, and professional indemnity matters.

Employment Tier 4

The Ploum team 'is practical and thinks like an entrepreneur' and is considered 'very agile with high regard for integrity'. Rutger Ploum 'is entrepreneurial and has an eye for the human dimension' and together with senior associate Astrid van Toledo makes 'a leading team in quality and sheer influence'. Simon Tan, who joined the team from EVERSHEDS SUTHERLAND (NETHERLANDS) B.V., now co-heads the team with Ploum. Unilever, Samsung, and Kuwait Petroleum Netherlands are some of its clients and it handles a range of matters for GEA including health safety regulations, dismissals, and non-compete disputes. Peter de Waal left to join Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh.

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 4

Ploum serves clients in the automotive, technology, food and beverage, as well as fragrance sectors, and handles pan-European contentious and advisory work. Willem Leppink heads the group and is supported by senior associate Sabin Tigu in assisting clients including Harley-Davidson, Arla Foods, Donna Karan, and the Ford Motor Company.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

'Highly skilled, knowledgeable and experienced', Ploum lawyers 'are involved at all levels and available at all times'. The key partners include 'excellent transactional lawyerTom Ensink, 'who is noticeably comfortable in complicated cross-border transactions' and 'equally brilliant transactional lawyer'  Stephan Sluijters, who has a focus on the energy, transport, and logistics sectors. Partner and notary Jolande van Loon specialises in real estate-related deals. Senior partner Albert Wiggers 'is a strong negotiator, technically advanced, and incredibly fast'. The team advised BayWa Renewable Energy on the establishment of a joint venture with the shareholders in Groen Leven, through which it will own and operate a significant number of solar projects in the Netherlands.                    

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Financial Regulatory/Supervision
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 Stephan Sluijters
Energy Jolande van Loon
Energy Maayke Maas-Cooymans
Employment and co-determination Rutger Ploum
Employment and co-determination Peter de Waal
Estate planning Jolande van Loon
Care Dennis Zieren
Care Michel Jacobs
Care Stan Commissaris
IT and privacy Dorine ten Brink
IT and privacy Dennis Zieren
Insurance Natalie Vloemans
Insurance Maurice Verhoeven
Intellectual property and marketing Willem Leppink
Joint ventures Nick Hessels
Joint ventures Jeroen Terstegge
Procurement Dennis Zieren
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jouko Barensen  photo Mr Jouko Barensen
Mrs Jikke Biermasz  photo Mrs Jikke Biermasz
Mr Matthijs Bolkenstein  photo Mr Matthijs Bolkenstein
Mr Stan Commissaris  photo Mr Stan Commissaris
Mrs Alexandra Danopoulos  photo Mrs Alexandra Danopoulos
Mr Tom Ensink  photo Mr Tom Ensink
Mr Jaap Feenstra  photo Mr Jaap Feenstra
Mr Nick Hessels  photo Mr Nick Hessels
Mr Michel Jacobs  photo Mr Michel Jacobs
Mr Willem Leppink  photo Mr Willem Leppink
Mr Lucas Lustermans  photo Mr Lucas Lustermans
Mrs Maayke Maas-Cooymans  photo Mrs Maayke Maas-Cooymans
Mr Rutger Ploum  photo Mr Rutger Ploum
Mr Stephan Sluijters  photo Mr Stephan Sluijters
Mr Stephan F.J. Sluiter  photo Mr Stephan F.J. Sluiter
Mr Vincent Terlouw  photo Mr Vincent Terlouw
 Sabin Tigu photo Sabin Tigu
Mr Maurice Verhoeven  photo Mr Maurice Verhoeven
Mrs Natalie Vloemans  photo Mrs Natalie Vloemans
Mr Albert Wiggers  photo Mr Albert Wiggers
Mr Dennis Zieren  photo Mr Dennis Zieren
Mrs Dorine ten Brink  photo Mrs Dorine ten Brink
Mrs Jolande van Loon  photo Mrs Jolande van Loon
Mr Marijn van Tuijl  photo Mr Marijn van Tuijl
Mr Anton van den Heuvel  photo Mr Anton van den Heuvel
Number of lawyers : 60
Contact : Tom Ensink (