Firm Profile > Ploum > Rotterdam, Netherlands
BLAAK 28, 3011 TA ROTTERDAM
PO BOX 711
3000 AS ROTTERDAM
Ploum > The Legal 500 Rankings
Energy: transactional Tier 2
Rotterdam-based Ploum is noted for its expertise in the oil and gas sector. It draws on strength from its public and environmental law, and commercial and corporate law experts, to provide advice on midstream and downstream activities. Its team also has experience of mandates in the upstream sphere. Stephan Sluijters has over 20 years of experience in energy transactions and continues to add renewables companies to his client roster. Maayke Maas-Cooymans handles public law matters for energy companies. Jeroen Terstegge is another name to note.
Stephan Sluijters; Jeroen Terstegge
Other key lawyers:
Jolande van Loon; Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Stephan Sluiter; Jacob Henriquez
‘The client service from the energy transactional practice is always excellent’
‘The quality of the advice and deep energy sector knowledge is not only seen by clients but also recognised by competitors in the market’.
‘Client-driven and very easy to work with’.
‘Truly first class, due to a combination of consistent high-quality advice, partner attention, commitment and team continuity’.
‘Stephan Sluijters is a respected and recognised dealmaker’.
‘Stephan Sluijters is very easy to work with and is hands-on’.
‘The energy transactional practice is very strong and has an outstanding track record’.
‘A great combination of experienced partners and more junior lawyers’.
BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH
COVA – The Netherlands Petroleum Stockpiling Agency
VNPI / VOPAK
Social Investment Managers and Advisors, LLC (SIMA) and Angaza (Angaza)
Orgaworld Nederland B.V.
CrossWind – Joint Venture of Shell and Eneco
Renewable Energy Factory B.V.
Environment and planning Tier 2
Ploum’s environmental and planning department acts at the forefront of developments in the energy industry, including the energy transition, climate change and the nitrogen deposition crisis; it has recently been involved in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and (green and blue) hydrogen production projects. Practice head Maayke Maas-Cooymans acts as a compliance officer for BP, advising on environmental permits. The team is jointly headed by Alexandra Danopoulos, who was recently promoted to partner, and Stephan Sluiter.
Maayke Maas-Cooymans; Alexandra Danopoulos; Stephan Sluiter
Other key lawyers:
Brigitte Ebben; Jouko Barensen
‘The lawyers of the Rotterdam law firm Ploum present themselves as one team’.
‘Bright, no-nonsense, helpful lawyers who understand the needs of their client’.
‘I would always recommend them to my peers’.
‘I mostly worked with Maayke Maas-Cooymans, she is a terrific lawyer, creative, approachable, kind and always willing to help out’.
‘Very Professional Lawyers who understands legal issues fast and provide legal help and advise in a fast and pleasant way’.
‘Fast, direct and pleasant way of communicating’.
‘The Lawyers take the time and effort to understand the organisation of the client in relation to the concerning legal issues.’
‘Very up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of the legal area’.
HG International B.V.
Vitol Tank Terminals B.V.
Eurotank Amsterdam B.V.
Euro Tank Terminal B.V.
Westpoort Warmte B.V.
Dutch Accrediation Council (RvA)
BP (BP Raffinaderij Rotterdam B.V., BP Europa SE – BP Nederland and BP Oil International Limited)
Shell (Shell Nederland Raffinaderij B.V., Shell Nederland Chemie B.V. and Shell Europoort)
VPR Energy (formerly known as Koch)
Wintershall Noordzee B.V.
The Chemours Company
Koole Botlek Terminals (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam)
OCI Terminal Europoort B.V.
Oiltanking Amsterdam B.V.
Maltha Glasrecycling Nederland B.V.
Zeeland Refinery N.V.
Troy Moerdijk B.V.
B.V. Katwijk Chemie
TEAM Terminal B.V.
Koole Botlek Terminals (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam)
Maasvlakte Olie Terminal N.V.
Maatschap Europoort Terminal (MET)
Haan Oil Storage
Begemann Mercury Treatment
Boskalis Nederland B.V.
Boskalis Environmental B.V.
AM Grondbedrijf B.V.
NPO (Netherlands Public Broadcasting Institution)
TSH Management B.V. (The Student Hotel)
Municipality of Maassluis
Municipality of Nissewaard
Municipality of Dongen
Municipality of Capelle aan den IJssel
Court of Auditors of the municipality of Rotterdam
M7 Real Estate
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH
Remondis Dusseldorp Gevaarlijk Afval B.V.
Vereniging Nederlandse Petroleum Industrie (VNPI)
Aluchemie Rotterdam B.V.
Motip Dupli B.V.
Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Eindhoven Airport N.V.
Noord-Europees Wijnopslag Bedrijf
Hansteen Netherlands B.V.
Jacobs Douwe Egberts NL B.V.
Biopetrol Rotterdam B.V.
Glencore Agriculture B.V.
Rail Service Center Rotterdam B.V.
Gate Terminal B.V.
Van Oord Nederland B.V.
Industry focus: Food Tier 2
The food and product safety team at Ploum advises a range of clients on regulatory requirements, compliance, insurance, liability issues and litigation. As part of the Food Lawyers Network and the Greenlane network of law firms specialising in international trade law, the firm is well placed to provide food safety advice inside and outside the EU. Head of practice Marijn van Tuijl litigates on matters concerning the manufacture and international trade of goods.
Marijn van Tuijl
Other key lawyers:
Jikke Biermasz; Dorine ten Brink; Willem Leppink
‘They have 25 years’ experience in leading food issues in the Netherlands’.
‘In-depth knowledge of the food industry and compliance issues’.
‘Marijn Van Tuijl is a pro, his integration in one of the best customs team in the Netherlands makes Ploum’s practice unique’.
‘They are the best at assisting clients in complex investigations by regulatory and customs authorities’.
‘They are also fierce litigators and will get clients out of trouble when others would give up’.
‘Marijn van Tuijl is excellent and he understands business and the law better than most’.
United Biscuits/ Verkade
ADM International (Archer Daniels Midland)
Omega Pharma (Perrigo)
Van Sillevoldt Rijst (VSR Rice)
Doens Food International
AVH Dairy Trade
H. van Wijnen
Jacobs Douwe Egberts
Vernof (The Association of Dutch Producers of Edible Oils and Fats)
BayWa Agri Supply & Trade B.V.
NZV (Netherlands Subtropical Fruits Association)
Van Genugten Groep
United Dutch Breweries
The multidisciplinary privacy team at Ploum is regularly instructed by clients on data matters relating to software, technology innovations, e-commerce work, marketing issues and e-health mandates. Dennis Zieren and Dorine ten Brink jointly lead the practice; Zieren is praised by clients for his 'personal and to-the-point advice', while ten Brink specialises in contract law. Associate Nina Witt is also singled out for her expertise in the healthcare sector.
Dennis Zieren; Dorine ten Brink
Other key lawyers:
‘Ploum has a single point of contact, hands-on, deep knowledge, pleasant communication, practical and pragmatic, fast specific and appropriate advice, innovative solutions, transparency with regard to costs/billing.’
‘The client service is always excellent, as is the quality of the advice. Dennis Zieren stands out. There is deep data privacy and data protection knowledge across the team. Client driven, focused and always there when you need them.’
‘Dennis Zieren provides personal and to-the-point advice that is of great added value to the client. Go-to person for all our ICT law, privacy and data protection law matters. Easy to work with and very responsive.’
‘The approach of this team is very responsive and hands-on. They have good knowledge of how to approach things from a business perspective, which as a client I find very helpful.’
‘Nina Witt is my main contact person. She is always quick to respond and more importantly she works from a practical angle, meaning that she understands very quickly how the business works and what to look for, so even potentially hidden issues can be identified.’
‘Professional attitude and a wide range of expertise.’
‘I am very satisfied. All lawyers with whom I work have a great deal of relevant professional knowledge, are available 24/7, have a pragmatic approach, take our commercial interests into account and are very much aligned with our business. My overall impression is very positive. Ploum has mainly highly qualified and kind people on board.’
‘Dennis Zieren has a lot of knowledge of all IT/privacy related matters and is able to explain a legal problem concisely and in legible language. He is able to quickly familiarise himself with a particular issue and respond quickly with very practical advice.’
Stichting Loterij Incasso
Insurance Tier 3
Ploum acts for insured companies and insurers and has particular expertise in health and safety matters, and matters involving hazardous or toxic substances. Its multi-disciplinary team draws on strength from its regulatory, environmental, corporate and criminal law practices. Other areas of focus include professional indemnity and construction-related insurance matters. Natalie Vloemans and Vincent Terlouw head the team.
Natalie Vloemans; Vincent Terlouw
Koole Terminals Botlek / Odfjell Terminals
HDI Global Specialty
NPO (Nederlandse Publieke Omroep)
Klap No Risk B.V.
Willem Leppink; Sabin Tigu
Other key lawyers:
‘I am very satisfied. All lawyers with whom I work have a great deal of relevant professional knowledge, are available 24/7, have a pragmatic approach, take our commercial interests into account, and are very much aligned with our business. My overall impression is very positive. Ploum has mainly highly qualified and kind people on board.’
‘Willem Leppink: I know Willem approx. 20 years. We have a very good relationship. Willem has a lot of expertise, is always willing to help out, has a very pragmatic approach, and takes our commercial interests into account. Willem is a real sparring business partner for all our related intellectual property matters!
‘Sabin Tigu is a very reliable and professional educated lawyer.’
‘Very good knowledge of our business, practical and business-oriented solutions, easy to deal with’
‘Willem Leppink, Sabin Tigu. Both very capable, easy to talk to, business-oriented.’
Western Digital, including SanDisk
Jacobs Douwe Egberts
UNIT4, business software house
LRC (Reckitt Benckiser Group)
Medical Pet Shirts
Satelliet Meubelen B.V.
Other key lawyers:
Albert Wiggers; Stephan Sluijters; Jeroen Terstegge
‘The team is very much no-nonsense, pragmatic, highly knowledgeable and generally very pleasant to work with or to have act as opposing counsel. The firm is based in Rotterdam and is proud to offer firms in Amsterdam stiff competition.’
‘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.’
‘The Ploum team is very hands-on with a can-do mentality. They have an entrepreneurial spirit and are always busy with getting the deal done.’
‘Stephan Sluijters is one of the best lawyers I know. He is really part of our business and a trustworthy partner.’
‘Jeroen Terstegge provides the best of both worlds; a friendly, personal service combined with dedication, in-depth knowledge of the sector and cleverness. He provides excellent analysis and solutions in addition to flagging issues quickly. Next to being a real dealmaker he is able to zoom in to the detail to solve extremely difficult issues – always there when you need him.’
ABN AMRO Energy Transition Fund
BayWa r.e. renewable energy
Other key lawyers:
Natalie Vloemans; Michel Jacobs; Dorine ten Brink
‘The dispute resolution team of Ploum, more specifically the corporate litigation team, has extensive knowledge on D&O and insolvency issues. The lines are short and effective. I would definitely request their assistance as defence counsel.’
‘Partners Maurice Verhoeven and Vincent Terlouw are seasoned, experienced litigators with all the necessary in-depth knowledge. They are also well known with the D&O insurance industry. An honorary mention is associate Thomas Munnik. He is definitely the new kid on the block with regards to corporate litigation (D&O and professional liability, more specific to the liability of accountants). I would describe him as a heavyweight associate on the terrain of corporate litigation. He definitely has an eye for the (necessary) details.’
‘The Ploum team of commercial litigation is a seasoned team of professionals working closely with their notarial services team. That way they are able to react quickly and decisively with optimum cooperation between the teams.’
‘Matthijs Gardien is an experienced hands-on lawyer who works closely with his clients to get the best result possible, whether it is litigation or out-of-court settlements. Matthijs is a highly-qualified professional, always quick to react and a pleasant person to work with. ’
‘Down to earth approach, excellent communication. Follow-up by colleagues during absence also of a good standard.’
‘Natalie Vloemans distinguishes herself in responsiveness in general, and is smart and resolute in litigation.’
AIG Europe Limited, Netherlands
Liesker Procesfinanciering/Stichting Loterij Incasso/Mark Four Enterprises
HDI Global Speciality
Kuwait Petroleum (Netherlands)
Koninklijke Volker Wessels Stevin
Koole Tankstorage Botlek /Odfjell Terminals
Peterson Control Union
Mazars Berenschot Corporate Finance (MBCF)
NPO (Stichting Nederlandse Publieke Omroep/Dutch Broadcasting Union)
ATM B.V. / Renewi Nederland
Employment Tier 4
Ploum’s employment practice is integrated with its M&A and privacy offerings. Noted for its strong capabilities in contentious and non-contentious matters, the firm acts for large multinational corporations, as well as smaller domestic companies. Areas of focus include general advisory matters, restructurings, competition disputes, workers’ co-determination and litigation. Rutger Ploum and Simon Tan jointly lead the practice.
Rutger Ploum; Simon Tan
Other key lawyers:
Astrid van Toledo
‘The team is able to translate law into pragmatic approaches’.
‘Response is quick and the team is diverse, with specialists on a diverse set of topics’.
‘The partners I know are really approachable’.
‘Astrid van Toledo is really quick and pragmatic but also conceptual’.
‘Long-term relationship building, understanding of business and critical factors’.
‘Responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic’.
‘Really hands-on and solution-focused’.
‘Rutger Ploum stands out for not only concrete and to the point advice, but also for being fun to work with’.
Rain Carbon, Inc
United Biscuits / Pladis / Verkade
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 85-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|
|Mr Jouko Barensen||Attorney at law||View Profile|
|Mrs Jikke Biermasz||Partner, attorney at law||View Profile|
|Mr Matthijs Bolkenstein||Partner, attorney at law||View Profile|
|Mr Stan Commissaris||Civil law notary, partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Alexandra Danopoulos||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Tom Ensink||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Jaap Feenstra||Of counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Nick Hessels||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Michel Jacobs||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Willem Leppink||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Lucas Lustermans||Partner, attorney at law||View Profile|
|Mrs Maayke Maas-Cooymans||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Deborah Nizamoeddin||Deborah Nizamoeddin (1980) is a member of the corporate practice group. She…||View Profile|
|Mr Rutger Ploum||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Stephan Sluijters||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Stephan F.J. Sluiter||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Simon Tan||View Profile|
|Mr Vincent Terlouw||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Jeroen Terstegge||Jeroen specializes in company and corporate law. He has extensive experience with…||View Profile|
|Sabin Tigu||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Astrid Van Toledo||Astrid litigates and advises mainly in the field of employment law. She…||View Profile|
|Mr Maurice Verhoeven||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Natalie Vloemans||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Albert Wiggers||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Dennis Zieren||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Dorine ten Brink||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Jolande van Loon||Civil law notary, partner||View Profile|
|Mr Marijn van Tuijl||Partner, attorney at law||View Profile|
|Mr Anton van den Heuvel||Attorney at law, partner||View Profile|