Ploum > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Ploum
BLAAK 28, 3011 TA ROTTERDAM
PO BOX 711
3000 AS ROTTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 2

Ploum has notable experience in the oil and gas sector, in particular with regard to the mid- and downstream segments, but also in relation to exploration and production. Clients value the combination of public and environmental law which the team employs on both traditional and renewable energy projects. The practice has sseen a sustained uptick in renewables instructions and has also been advising on a hydrogen project, recently. Stephan Sluijters has 20 years’ experience in energy transactional matters and Maayke Maas-Cooymans is the name to note for public law work. Other key practitioners include Jeroen Terstegge, Jolande van Loon and Lucas Lustermans.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Sluijters; Jeroen Terstegge; Jolande van Loon; Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Lucas Lustermans

Testimonials

Stephan Sluijters and his team are very available and quick to react on any upcoming issues.

They are knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with while developing contracts.

Ploum is professional and efficient.

They have a highly respected presence in the energy sector.

Very client-orientated, fast, intelligent and flexible.

The team covers the full range of energy related projects.

Frequently involved in high-profile energy and corporate related transactions and on top of all developments.

Jeroen Terstegge is an outstanding lawyer who is very knowledgeable.

Key clients

BayWa r.e.

BP

The Netherlands Petroleum Stockpiling Agency (COVA)

Eneco

GroenLeven

One-Dyas

VNPI / VOPAK

Vattenfall

Social Investment Managers and Advisors (SIMA) and Angaza (Angaza)

Orgaworld Nederland

CrossWind Shell and Eneco joint venture)

Renewable Energy Factory

European Energy

Joulz

ABN AMRO Sustainable Impact Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised BayWa r.e. / GroenLeven on the sale of various solar parks to various investors.
  • Advising Deltalinqs as project manager of “H-vision”, regarding various legal aspects concerning the intended development of a hydrogen plant.
  • Advised European Energy on several acquisitions from Vattenfall, resulting in its introduction into the Dutch renewable-energy market.

Netherlands > Environment and planning Tier 2

Ploum offers clients ‘high-quality advice and broad experience in dealings with regulators and governmental institutions and representatives’. The Rotterdam-based practice combines knowledge of public, criminal and EU law to handle a wide range of environment and planning matters; it is also experienced in undertaking high-profile litigation for large domestic and international companies. Maayke Maas-Cooymans co-heads the team and is recommended for safety, compliance and energy transition matters. Fellow practice lead Alexandra Danopoulos handles enforcement, spatial planning procedures, water legislation and energy law.

Practice head(s):

Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Alexandra Danopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Brigitte Ebben; Jouko Barensen

Testimonials

Good core knowledge of law and common practice with authorities.

Good expertise, they know the client and know the authorities.

Maayke Maas-Cooymans is an outstanding partner.

Maayke Maas-Cooymans is very knowledgeable and responsive.

The team is reliable, experienced and approachable.

Maayke Maas is Mrs Environment in the Netherlands; she is very knowledgeable, practical, experienced and a pleasant and pragmatic person.

Legal knowledge is superb, the team is always available and has fast response times.

Maayke Maas-Cooymans is extremely knowledgeable in this areas of law.

Key clients

CrossWind

HG International

Vitol Tank Terminals

Eurotank Amsterdam

Euro Tank Terminal

Westpoort Warmte

Givaudan

OCI

Havenbedrijf Rotterdam

Dutch Accrediation Council (RvA)

BP (BP Raffinaderij Rotterdam, BP Europa – BP Nederland and BP Oil International)

Shell (Shell Nederland Raffinaderij, Shell Nederland Chemie and Shell Europoort)

Dow Chemical

VPR Energy

Chevron

Wintershall Noordzee

The Chemours Company

Vopak

Koole Botlek Terminals (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam)

OCI Terminal Europoort

Oiltanking Amsterdam

Maltha Glasrecycling Nederland

Zeeland Refinery

Troy Moerdijk

Katwijk Chemie

TEAM Terminal

Koole Botlek Terminals (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam)

Maasvlakte Olie Terminal

Maatschap Europoort Terminal (MET)

Haan Oil Storage

Standic

Rubis

Samsung

Unilever

Rio Tinto/Aluchemie

Begemann Mercury Treatment

Boskalis Nederland

Boskalis Environmental

Dura Vermeer

BAM

AM Grondbedrijf

Eneco

Nuon

Stedin

NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting Institution)

TSH Management (The Student Hotel)

Municipalities: Maassluis, Nissewaard, Dongen and Capelle aan den Ijssel

Court of Auditors of the municipality of Rotterdam

M7 Real Estate

BayWa r.e.

ATM

Unilever

Remondis Dusseldorp Gevaarlijk Afval

Vereniging Nederlandse Petroleum Industrie (VNPI)

Aluchemie Rotterdam

Motip Dupli

Damen Shipyards

Rotterdam The Hague Airport

Eindhoven Airport

VOTOB

GroenLeven

Renewi

Noord-Europees Wijnopslag Bedrijf

Evides

Hansteen Netherlands

Jacobs Douwe Egberts NL

Biopetrol Rotterdam

Glencore Agriculture

Rail Service Center Rotterdam

Gate Terminal

Van Oord Nederland

Work highlights

  • Advising AGRO on obtaining all necessary permits to expand its cold storage capacity at the Maasvlakte Rotterdam.
  • Advising CrossWind on the tender for the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm permit regarding the facility’s regulatory and environmental aspects.
  • Assisted Aluchemie with regard to numerous matters, including a 2017 case in which the company was convicted of various offences by the criminal court of Rotterdam.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Food Tier 2

The multidisciplinary food team at Ploum combines specialists in areas ranging from international trade, litigation, banking and finance, and insurance to corporate, labour and administrative law as well as IP, IT and privacy. The firm is well regarded for its ‘unique expertise in food related issues and Food Safety Authority cases’, as well as its experience in compliance issues surrounding the import and manufacture of food and animal feed and regulatory compliance of other products. Practice head Marijn van Tuijl ‘has all the answers and is a superb food lawyer, working in close synergy with the transport and customs team.’

Practice head(s):

Marijn van Tuijl

Other key lawyers:

Willem Leppink; Sabin Tigu; Mirjam Louws; Jikke Biermaz

Testimonials

‘Ploum is a very hands-on firm and very solution oriented. They are very straight forward in their communication and always deliver fast with high quality.’

‘We work on regular bases with Willem Leppink, Sabin Tigu, Marijn van Tuijl and Mirjam Louws on IP cases and international contract matters. Communication is very straight forward and delivery is always quick and of high quality. So far, Ploum has won every case.’

‘Ploum is a one stop shop for a variety of different issues a company like us face on a regular basis. On top of knowing ‘the law’, they also know ‘the real world’, such as commercial aspects and the role government bodies/authorities play within the sector. Involving Ploum means involving an efficient and solution oriented law firm and I am very pleased with the services provided by them.’

‘Unique expertise on Food related issues and Food Safety Authority cases’.

‘Marijn van Tuijl understands the Food related issues in detail. Jikke Biermaz is great in Custom related matters’.

‘The leading team in Rotterdam. Our go to firm for all issues impact the movement of food products into the EU across the Dutch border.’

‘Marijn van Tuil has all the answers and is a superb food lawyer, working in close synergy with the transport and customs team.’

Key clients

Upfield

Pernod Ricard Chivas Regal

The Royal Dutch Grain and Feed Trade Association

Unilever

United Biscuits/ Verkade

Bidfood

ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) International

AIG

Omega Pharma (Perrigo)

Van Sillevoldt Rijst (VSR Rice)

Vergeer Holland

Doens Food International

AVH Dairy Trade

H. van Wijnen

Schouten Europe

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Vernof (Association of Dutch Producers of Edible Oils and Fats)

BayWa Agri Supply & Trade

Cefetra

NZV (Netherlands Subtropical Fruits Association)

Van Genugten Groep

United Dutch Breweries

QAssurance

Suiker Unie

Work highlights

  • After successful appeal proceedings, successfully represented Van Genugten Groep and Rined Fourages in proceedings at the Dutch Supreme Court level on behalf of prominent members of the Dutch pork industry against pharmaceutical manufacturer Wyeth (currently Pfizer). The matter concerns a claim for the illegal disposal of pharmaceutical hormone waste which waste was placed on the market as a food and as a feed raw material in violation of European legislation and causing widespread damages throughout the Dutch pork industry.  
  • Assisted The Royal Dutch Grain and Feed Trade Association, the Netherlands Subtropical Fruits Association (NZV) and seven of their members in administrative review proceedings and discussions with the Dutch food regulatory authority NVWA and with the European Commission in respect of widespread contamination of sesame seeds with ethylene oxide, a disinfectant used against microbial hazards, yet only allowed in food in the EU in minimal quantities.
  • Represents H. van Wijnen both in administrative proceedings against the Dutch regulator NVWA and in civil litigation against a major German retailer. The matter concerns the order by NVWA to conduct a widespread recall and to ban the exports of fresh smoked salmon due to the alleged contamination with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria which caused extensive damages to the client.

Netherlands > Transport Tier 2

The transport and logistics team at Rotterdam-based Ploum draws on strength from its corporate, IT, banking and employment offerings to provide advice around regulations, litigation and international trade matters. Jikke Biermasz is experienced in transport law, customs law, anti-dumping issues and trade-regulatory law; Marijn van Tuijl acts for carriers, terminals, warehousing companies and insurers on compliance and disputes; and Albert Wiggers is recommended for transport-related M&A.

Testimonials

‘Ploum has a highly skilled, professional and experienced team in all areas of the logistics sector’.

‘Marijn van Tuijl understands the sector, provides practical and understandable advice and listens carefully to his clients’.

‘Jikke Biermasz and Marijn van Tuijl are always open for discussions; they are well known experts in their fields’.

‘Collaboration is easy and fast’.

‘The team does not bore you with pages long memos when asking a question but really supports in finding a practical answer or solution’.

‘Very well connected in the market, good knowledge of key players and dedicated to their work’.

‘Well-balanced team, excellent service, able to combine agility with a firm stand when needed’.

‘High level of knowledge, willing to share that knowledge and able to put it in perspective’.

Key clients

Wintershall Noordzee

Base Logistics

Peinemann

AIG

DSV

Customs Support Group

Hutchison Ports Europe

Matrans

Maersk

Portbase

APM Terminals

Marlow Navigation

Sea-Cargo

Nedcargo

Work highlights

  • Representing DSV in injunction proceedings under logistic services contracts.
  • Advised APM Terminals on the sale of one of its terminals in Rotterdam seaport to Hutchison Ports.
  • Advised Customs Support Group on more than 10 acquisitions of customs brokering businesses throughout Europe.

Netherlands > Insurance Tier 3

Ploum's insurance practice, which sits within the firm's dispute resolution department, generates mandates from a broad cross-section of clients, notably insurance companies, insured parties, brokers, loss adjusters and municipalities. Its contentious work includes professional liability (particularly matters involving accountants) and D&O liability claims. Health, safety and environmental matters are also seen as a key area of strength; Natalie Vloemans, who leads the insurance team, has expertise in HSE and petrochemical industry claims. Elsewhere, construction-related insurance matters are another driver of activity. Maurice Verhoeven and Vincent Terlouw are other key individuals in the group.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Vloemans; Maurice Verhoeven

Other key lawyers:

Vincent Terlouw; Nicole de Boer

Key clients

Koole Terminals Botlek/Odfjell Terminals

Allianz

VolkerWessels

AIG

HDI Global Specialty

Nederlandse Publieke Omroep/Dutch Broadcasting Union

Deloitte

Swiss Re

ATM

Chemours

SAAone

Engie

Bergbanket

Media Markt

Westenburg

Klap No Risk B.V.

QBE

TBI

Heijmans

Work highlights

  • Assisting Koole (formerly Odfjell) with an insurance claim against several co-insurers, following the shutdown of the Odfjell terminal in 2012.
  • Advising SAAone on insurance disputes in connection with CAR insurance and PI insurance.
  • Assisting an insurance broker who faces multiple claims in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 3

The Rotterdam-based Ploum team is ‘composed of excellent technicians’ who have expertise in trade mark, design and copyright protection and domain name issues, especially for clients in the automotive, technology, luxury goods and food/beverage industries. It can co-ordinate pan-European programmes including anti-counterfeiting and parallel import cases and also has an established prosecution practice. The latter team has been boosted with the hire of trade mark attorney Michelle Roosma from Eversheds Sutherland (Netherlands) B.V.. Team head Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu are both considered by clients to be ‘stand outs‘ who have been successful in numerous complex anti-counterfeiting or parallel trade actions for luxury goods brand owners.

Practice head(s):

Willem Leppink; Sabin Tigu

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Zieren; Arnoud Martens; Arlette Molenaar

Testimonials

‘Willem Leppink provides thoughtful, practical and strategic guidance. He is very prompt to respond to queries, is approachable and lovely to work with. He keeps you looped in at all times and is definitely a top IP practitioner.’

‘Ploum is commercial and innovative. They are solution driven and always looking for ways to deliver what the client needs in the most time and cost effective way possible. They truly feel like an extension of your own team.’

‘Willem Leppink and Sabin Tigu stand out on IP. Both are driven by a team approach to finding the right solution. They are responsive and clear in their advice. You really feel they have considered all of the avenues and their “can do” approach instils confidence.’

‘The team is composed of excellent technicians. They know their practice and the market very well and have all the necessary connections, especially in the field of trademark law in Europe. The billing is fully in line with expectations.’

‘Willem Leppinck and Sabine Tigu are available, responsive, proactive, deliver the work in a timely manner. They have a very good contact with the clients and have been really available via zoom during the pandemic .’

‘PLOUM´s IP practice combines key virtues which are very much appreciated by our clients: profound knowledge in all kind of IP issues, experienced litigators, clear advice and prompt responsiveness. They always take strategic aspects into account as they have a broad view on the cases considering not only legal but also commercial factors. Also on a personal level, the key players Sabin Tigu and Willem Leppink are good to work with!’

‘We can recommend Sabin Tigu without any limitations. This evaluation is based on the experiences of a long lasting working relationship with him. He is very robust when expressing and enforcing our client´s interest, but at the same time has tactical excellent skills when it comes to negotiating. His knowledge of IP issues is very profound. We would characterize him as a very clever negotiator on the one hand, but also very clear and hard when necessary to defend client´s interests in proceedings!’

‘Very professional team, all equally nice persons. Lots of up-to-date knowledge, team spirit, always available, very good price-quality ratio, in-house training for customers.’

Key clients

Western Digital, including SanDisk

Harley-Davidson

Libéma, a Dutch conglomerate of exhibition halls, leisure parks

Coty (fragrances such as Gucci, Hugo Boss, Davidoff and Calvin Klein)

Snap Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Koole (largest oil storage company in Rotterdam port)

Beachbody, Ladder, Openfit

TUI

Japan Tobacco

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

UNIT4, business software house

Samsung

Honda

LinkedIn

Upfield

Museum Boymans

LRC (Reckitt Benckiser Group)

PUIG

Medical Pet Shirts

Under Armour

Vattenfall

Satelliet Meubelen B.V.

Prescan

NEN (Netherlands Standers Institute)

The Nomad Company B.V.

Donna Karan

Bidfood

Renewi

Benbits

Arli Group

Hemsson

Tenzinger

Rivian

Mastronardi

Richemont SL

LinkedIn

Work highlights

  • Organizing and coordinating for Western Digital its pan EU battle against counterfeits and parallel trade in its products on all European online market places. This includes customs and legal action against many many infringers. We have handled almost 5 thousand cases since 2016 and this number is growing.
  • Acted successfully for Coty, the world leading beauty company, in its battle against Easycosmetic, an e-tailer who was using Coty’s trademarks on its packaging boxes. Coty litigated this case first in Germany and later in Austria. Another pending matter is against petrol stations selling Coty perfumes in their petrol stations.
  • Representing London Rubber Company (part of the Reckitt Benckiser Group) in various proceedings, including seizures, interim injunctions and proceedings on the merits regarding the diversion of parallel traded product from Senegal via Rotterdam. Furthermore, handled a counterfeit matter during the COVID19 crisis regarding the sales of counterfeit hand sanitizers.

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 4

Ploum’s privacy team advises on the full spectrum of data issues and has recently been active on e-health issues, marketing work and international data transfers; the group also has expertise in issues pertaining to software, innovative technology and e-commerce mandates. Dennis Zieren  and Dorine ten Brink jointly lead the Rotterdam-based practice, which also includes associate Nina Witt, who has key knowledge of the healthcare sector.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Nina Witt (associate): great knowledge of pharmaceutical/healthcare sector and therefore very capable in handling/advising on specific data privacy/GDPR matters. Manages to make complex issues understandable and (more importantly) workable for those with a non-legal background.’

‘Strong team. Their service level is just excellent and everything is handled in a user-friendly way. They are a pleasure to work with. The team is really focused on the needs of clients.’

‘Dennis Zieren; clever lawyer covering all aspects of data privacy and data protection. Very client focused. He is able to put advice in the right context and framework for the situation.’

‘Rotterdam firm that understand the culture and business we are in. Very pleasant way of communicating.’

‘Ploum’s Data Privacy Practice has a very broad knowledge of all area’s within Data Privacy. And if a question is linked to employment law for example, they are quick to ensure these elements are included in their advice. This to ensure all legal angles are covered. Overall the practice has a clear understanding of what a company requires from them, not just legally correct advice but also very much usable in daily business life.’

‘All individuals are always easy to be reached and quick to react and answer any question you might have. They are very much aware of what is needed in company life, so not too focused on the academic side of things but also ensure a good amount of practicality.’

Key clients

Libéma Exploitatie B.V.

Ace Pharmaceuticals B.V.

BovenMaas Prenataal B.V.

Codeless Technology B.V.

AVH Dairy Trade B.V.

Arbo Unie B.V.

Jacobs Douwe Egberts Pro NL B.V.

ONE-DYAS B.V.

Portbase B.V.

Unit4 N.V.

Univé Het Groene Hart Organisatie B.V.

Momo Medical B.V.

Tamoil Nederland B.V.

Stichting SWKGroep

Work highlights

  • Involved in the privacy matters of the SWKGroep including GDPR implementation for the foundation and its 18 operating companies.
  • Advised Libéma regarding a contract with a processor that sometimes processes personal data outside the European Economic Area, in order to ensure appropriate safeguards with regard to the Schrems II judgement.
  • Assisted Ace Pharmaceuticals with very specific privacy-related matters relating to pharmaceuticals legislation and medication distribution.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Rotterdam-based Ploum is well known in the market; the firm's team handles a range of disputes, including those relating to contracts, corporate, insurance, insolvency, real estate and product liability. The team, which has Dutch Supreme Court capabilities, is headed by Maurice Verhoeven , who is recommended for professional liability and handles cases before the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Maurice Verhoeven

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Vloemans; Michel Jacobs; Dorine ten Brink

Testimonials

‘Maurice Verhoeven communicates clearly and unambiguously’.

‘Maurice Verhoeven knows how to clearly communicate the point of view or defence of our insured and of us as insurer’.

‘Our first contact with Ploum was with a senior partner who took the time to respond quickly in a time sensitive matter’.

‘They took the time to listen and understand the case’.

‘They are thorough and did their research’.

‘The team stays grounded and focused during stressful times and time-sensitive matters’.

‘When needed they were available for meetings, produced the necessary documents on time and secondly they were always available to comfort us’.

‘Maurice Verhoeven took ownership, managed expectations, was brutally honest and stood firm for his opinion’.

Key clients

Deloitte Accountants B.V.

AIG Europe Limited, Netherlands

Liesker Procesfinanciering B.V. Stichting Loterij Incasso Mark Four Enterprises B.V.

HDI Global Speciality

Chemours

L.J. Boer Beheer B.V.

SAAone B.V.

Koninklijke Volker Wessels Stevin N.V.

Koole Tankstorage Botlek B.V. / Odfjell Terminals B.V.

Peterson Control Union

Klap No Risk B.V.

NPO (Stichting Nederlandse Publieke Omroep / Dutch Broadcasting Union)

Bergbanket B.V.

Liander Infra N.V.

Xenics

ATM B.V. / Renewi Nederland B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisting Klap No Risk in relation to events cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Assisting L.J. Boer Beheer B.V. in inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam.
  • Representing Chemours and DuPont in litigation against four municipalities that claim compensation for C8 (PFOA) and GenX-related contamination.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Ploum, a single office firm in Rotterdam, is particularly accomplished in the energy space though has endeavoured to expand its activity in the transport and logistics sectors of late. The practice is also equipped to support on insurance, software, food, media and pharma matters and is co-led by Albert Wiggers, who has a track record of assisting clients, both domestic and international, on business establishment and also provides expertise in M&A and joint venture mandates, and Tom Ensink.

Practice head(s):

Albert Wiggers; Tom Ensink

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Sluijters; Jeroen Terstegge

Testimonials

‘The team has a very strong hands-on approach and progresses deals at great speed not losing time. Strong combination of legal and business sense focussed on deal certainty. Good combination of specialists required to bring a complex transaction over the finish line. Outstanding availability of partners, associates and staff and extremely capable and effective client communications.’

‘Stephan Sluijters has extensive experience in progressing transactions and does not have to show-off his skills and capacities. Always plans ahead in transaction documentation and anticipates on complex matters to come. Impresses by exceptional handling of complex negotiations always focussing on both deal security and quality of the end-product. Great communicator, also in difficult circumstances. Always available and action ready.’

‘Albert Wiggers is reliable, sensible and has an excellent commercial understanding. He is a great partner who really helped us in reaching a better than expected deal.’

‘Tom Ensink, senior partner, provided excellent service. Available, non confrontational to other side but getting points across firmly. Took control of getting things done in a controlled manner. Very impressive.’

‘The team was fun to work with, and that is meaningful in an M&A transaction where a lot of time is spent together. I truly enjoyed each call with Ploum and the manner by which they conducted business. They were attentive, informative, and provided actionable insight’

‘Tom Ensink was informed and very knowledgeable. And, he provided sound advice on best next steps and approach. We couldn’t have done the deal without his knowledge of the local landscape and ability to navigate some tough issues.’

‘Go-to team for a wide array of commercial, corporate and M&A matters. The team is strong in terms of commercial acumen, very responsive and provides clear and pragmatic advice. Excellent team, covering all areas and able to share outstanding insights.’

‘Jeroen Terstegge is a top-notch lawyer. He is a very capable and smart. Always there when you need him. Able to zoom in and out when needed and guide all involved to the preferred outcome. Very impressive performance. Jeroen provides valuable insights on a wide range of aspects and is always very well prepared and pro-active.’

Key clients

Unit4 N.V.

ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund B.V.

Winfarm SA/Vital Concept SAS

International Data Corporation, Inc./International Data Group, Inc.

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

GroenLeven B.V.

Eneco N.V.

Transports Vervaeke N.V.

Equinix inc.

Dura Vermeer

Unilever

Sequint

Peinemann

Engie Services

Hutchinson/ECT

Moodmedia

PointLogic

One-Dyas Holdings B.V.

Matrans Holding N.V.

Renewable Factory B.V.

Ecclesia Gruppe

Enghouse systems Ltd.

ArboUnie

Active Capital

Fields

CED Holding B.V.

Eszet Bedrijven B.V.

Unit4 N.V.

ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund B.V.

Winfarm SA/Vital Concept SAS

International Data Corporation, Inc./International Data Group, Inc.

BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH

GroenLeven B.V.

Eneco N.V.

Transports Vervaeke N.V.

Equinix inc.

Dura Vermeer

Unilever

Sequint

Peinemann

Engie Services

Hutchinson/ECT

Moodmedia

PointLogic

One-Dyas Holdings B.V.

Matrans Holding N.V.

Renewable Factory B.V.

Ecclesia Gruppe

Enghouse systems Ltd.

ArboUnie

Active Capital

Fields

CED Holding B.V.

Eszet Bedrijven B.V.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

A high quality mid-sized law firm based in Rotterdam’, Ploum has a focus on non-contentious advisory matters and also handles contentious issues for large international corporates, as well as smaller domestic clients. Simon Tan heads the team alongside founding partner Rutger Ploum, who is recommended for conflicts work between enterprises and unions.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ploum very much relates to our company and to the work we do’.

‘The partners and associates are easily accessible and have in-depth knowledge of our businesses’.

‘Communication is easy and service and support is timely and of expected quality’.

‘They are innovative and offer great value for money’.

‘Good advice and participation in the meetings and negotiations’.

‘The team is highly skilled’.

‘Ploum are professional, knowledgeable and always offer valuable guidance in a timely manner’.

‘The team I have to deal with are professionals in their field, work with speed and really understand the cases and our position’.

Key clients

Unilever

Aluchemie

APM Terminals

Arbo Unie

Atlas Copco

Allianz

Essent

Nutreco

Nature’s Pride

NIBC Bank

Bastion Hotels

Den Hartogh

Ecorys

Kunsthal Rotterdam

ODS

Performation HOTflo

ChyronHego

Scarabee

Work highlights

  • Advising Unilever on a wide array of employment related issues, including privacy and co-determination.
  • Advising Aluchemie on the intended closedown of the Aluchemie plant and litigation.
  • Advising APM Terminals on various high-profile employment and co-determination issues.

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 85-plus lawyers and notaries 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.

Construction: the Construction lawyers working at Ploum add significant value to the projects on which we advise. We advise in complex and high-value infrastructure projects and across all major sectors such as oil and gas, renewable energy, transport and industrial real estate. Our team of Construction lawyers works for – amongst others – national and international contractors, project developers, consultants, government authorities, engineers, architects and other public- and private-sector clients.

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.

Transport: as a “Rotterdam law firm” Ploum is of course very active in the Transport & Logistics sector. This sector is one of the most important drivers of the Dutch economy. The companies in this sector are facing major challenges. Laws and regulations are becoming increasingly strict, for example in the areas of the environment, security and privacy. Important social developments such as the Brexit, digitisation and the energy transition will have a major impact on this sector. In Rotterdam, the Second Maasvlakte offers opportunities, but also poses challenges for businesses, while congestion continues to keep the port in its grip. Ploum’s specialists are at your service in difficult times as well as in periods of growth. We act for transhipment companies, transport companies, logistic service providers, storage companies, (customs) forwarders, shipping companies, shipyards, producers and distributors of means of transport, logistic temporary employment agencies, and other service providers in the sector.

Privacy: since its establishment in 1995, our firm has an established name in the field of IT and privacy law. We keep track of all relevant developments and will be happy to provide you with a concrete and appropriate advice. Apart from the GDPR, other rules and frameworks are also important, such as national implementation laws (in the Netherlands: UAVG), the Dutch Telecommunications Act and laws and several legislation and guidelines in the field of healthcare, IT law, intellectual property law or employment law. Ploum has a relatively large privacy team that deals with privacy law on a daily basis, whereby each lawyer has his or her own (additional) specialisation. For example, we have specific knowledge of privacy in the healthcare sector and in the workplace. We all have a passion for the IT and privacy practice and combine this with our specific expertise. Where necessary, we also consult with our colleagues from the corporate law section and/or the bankruptcy law section. Because we have all this expertise in-house, we can switch quickly and provide you with sound – and pragmatic – advice.

Energy: our Team Energy can advise you on how to interpret legislation and regulations and on the options they offer you. As specialists in all the relevant legal areas, we all work closely together and we have the necessary knowledge of the energy market to place at the disposal of big energy companies and new businesses alike. We can advise and assist you in the event of mergers and acquisitions, buying and selling onshore and offshore wind farms, and all kinds of storage projects. We act as permanent notary to grid companies, and we supervise network registrations too. In addition, we can handle transfers of ownership for you, as well as transfers of real rights in connection with installations such as CHPs and transformer stations, cables and wiring. And we also support adjoining sectors such as water and infrastructure, and the waste sector in particular. We supervise M&A transactions and advise on regulations and environmental law. We are an active member of the Netherlands Energy Law Association (NeVER), and our lawyers regularly attend events focusing on the latest developments on the energy market.

Food: the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (hereinafter ‘NVWA’) supervises companies that manufacture, import, and market products. It seems obvious that the products that are being sold should be safe to use. In practice, however, this often proves to be a difficult issue. When is a product considered unsafe? Who decides this and what happens if NVWA’s assessment of the matter differs from that of the company itself? Internationally, our practice is part of the Food Lawyers Network and the Greenlane network of firms specialised in international trade and customs law. This allows us to assist our clients quickly and effectively when needed, both in other EU member states and beyond.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Administrative, environmental law and spatial planning Maayke Maas-Cooymansm.maas@ploum.nl+31 6 5130 5726
Asset finance Stan Commissariss.commissaris@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3313
Asset finance Jolande van Loonj.vanloon@ploum.nl+31 6 2248 1815
Banking & finance Tom Ensinkt.ensink@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3378
Commercial contracts Dorine ten Brinkd.tenbrink@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3380
Commercial contracts Dennis Zierend.zieren@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3357
Commercial litigation and arbitration Dorine ten Brinkd.tenbrink@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3380
Commercial litigation and arbitration Maurice Verhoevenm.verhoeven@ploum.nl+31 6 2036 4060
Real estate Stan Commissariss.commissaris@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3313
Real estate Anton van den Heuvela.vandenheuvel@ploum.nl+31 6 5118 9793
Construction Jacob Henriquezj.henriquez@ploum.nl+31 6 1210 1368
Competition and EU Michel Jacobsm.jacobs@ploum.nl+31 6 2248 1779
Corporate and M&A Tom Ensinkt.ensink@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3378
Corporate and M&A Nick Hesselsn.hessels@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3330
Corporate and M&A Stephan Sluijterss.sluijters@ploum.nl+31 6 5108 0247
Corporate and M&A Albert Wiggersa.wiggers@ploum.nl+31 6 2074 1081
Fraud and white-collar crime Jouko Barensenj.barensen@ploum.nl+31 6 1098 1063
Corporate recovery Vincent Terlouwv.terlouw@ploum.nl+31 6 5112 0296
Energy Stephan Sluijterss.sluijters@ploum.nl+31 6 5108 0247
Energy Jolande van Loonj.vanloon@ploum.nl+31 6 2248 1815
Energy Maayke Maas-Cooymansm.maas@ploum.nl+31 6 5130 5726
Employment and co-determination Rutger Ploumr.ploum@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3315
Estate planning Jolande van Loonj.vanloon@ploum.nl+31 6 2248 1815
Care Dennis Zierend.zieren@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3357
Care Michel Jacobsm.jacobs@ploum.nl+31 6 2248 1779
Care Stan Commissariss.commissaris@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3313
IT and privacy Dorine ten Brinkd.tenbrink@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3380
IT and privacy Dennis Zierend.zieren@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3357
Insurance Natalie Vloemansn.vloemans@ploum.nl+31 6 3023 0260
Insurance Maurice Verhoevenm.verhoeven@ploum.nl+31 6 2036 4060
Intellectual property and marketing Willem Leppinkw.leppink@ploum.nl+31 6 2021 0504
Joint ventures Nick Hesselsn.hessels@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3330
Procurement Dennis Zierend.zieren@ploum.nl+31 6 2269 3357
Transport Marijn van Tuijlm.vantuijl@ploum.nl+31 6 5179 2238
Transport Albert Wiggersa.wiggers@ploum.nl+31 6 2074 1081
Transport Jikke Biermaszj.biermasz@ploum.nl+31 6 5200 5916
Food Marijn van Tuijlm.vantuijl@ploum.nl+31 6 5179 2238
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Jouko Barensen photoMr Jouko BarensenAttorney at law
Jikke Biermasz photoMrs Jikke BiermaszPartner, attorney at law
Stan Commissaris photoMr Stan CommissarisCivil law notary, partner
Alexandra Danopoulos photoMrs Alexandra DanopoulosAttorney at law, partner  
Tom Ensink photoMr Tom EnsinkAttorney at law, partner
Jaap Feenstra photoMr Jaap FeenstraOf counsel
Jacob Henriquez photoMr Jacob HenriquezAttorney at law, partner
Nick Hessels photoMr Nick HesselsAttorney at law, partner
Michel Jacobs photoMr Michel JacobsAttorney at law, partner
Willem Leppink photoMr Willem LeppinkAttorney at law, partner
Maayke Maas-Cooymans photoMrs Maayke Maas-CooymansAttorney at law, partner
Rutger Ploum photoMr Rutger PloumAttorney at law, partner
Stephan Sluijters photoMr Stephan SluijtersAttorney at law, partner
Simon Tan photoMr Simon TanAttorney at law, partner
Vincent Terlouw photoMr Vincent TerlouwAttorney at law, partner
Sabin Tigu photoMr Sabin TiguAttorney at law, partner
Maurice Verhoeven photoMr Maurice VerhoevenAttorney at law, partner
Natalie Vloemans photoMrs Natalie VloemansAttorney at law, partner
Albert Wiggers photoMr Albert WiggersAttorney at law, partner
Dennis Zieren photoMr Dennis ZierenAttorney at law, partner
Dorine ten Brink photoMrs Dorine ten BrinkAttorney at law, partner
Jolande van Loon photoMrs Jolande van LoonCivil law notary, partner
Astrid van Toledo photoMrs Astrid van ToledoAttorney at law
Marijn van Tuijl photoMr Marijn van TuijlAttorney at law, partner
Anton van den Heuvel photoMr Anton van den HeuvelAttorney at law, partner
Number of lawyers and notaries : 90
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