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Rutgers & Posch

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Rutgers & Posch‘s restructuring and insolvency group is headed up by ‘one of the top lawyers in the insolvency sector’ Loek Kerstens, who specialises in dispute resolution-related work in particular and has experience handling complex domestic and international restructuring matters also. The team is experienced assisting with bankruptcy proceeding issues at Court of Appeal level, and its workload frequently involves cases of significant value. Senior associate Gief de Gruijter supports Kerstens.

Practice head(s):

Loek Kerstens

Other key lawyers:


‘I am thrilled to provide a glowing testimonial for the restructuring and insolvency practice at Rutger and Posch, with a special commendation for Loek Kerstens. This team’s exceptional qualities truly set them apart in the legal field.’

‘Loek Kerstens has shown to be an outstanding legal professional in every aspect. Loek’s exceptional qualities set him apart from his competitors, and his contributions have been invaluable to our collaborative efforts.’

‘A partner-driven boutique with accessible partners.’

‘Loek Kerstens is one of the top lawyers in the insolvency sector. Calm but sharp both intellectually and in his legal concepts. Excellent tonality with clients as well as with his staff.’

‘They find the balance in doing what is required in the best interests of the client.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and always takes a pragmatic approach. Simple matters are handled with a straightforward approach, which allows them to act fast and keep costs manageable.’

‘Loek Kerstens and Gief de Gruijter are both really appreciated. They are skilled lawyers, pragmatic and clear in their communication.’

‘I highly recommend the Rutgers and Posch team. In my particular case the team readily embraced the legal difficulties or complexities which arose from dealing with the different jurisdictions.’

Key clients



Corvallis Navigation Panama

Bovemij (Care4Lease)

Banca Intesa Sanpaolo

Rabo Investments

Clean Holding B.V.

Bunq B.V.

Subo International B.V.

Bright Bidco (Lumileds)

Work highlights

  • Acting for an investor in bankruptcy proceedings against Lightyear up to the Court of Appeal, we have now been engaged by the bankruptcy trustee to initiate enquiry proceedings with the Dutch Enterprise Chamber.
  • Advising Rabo Investments and PE firm Opportunity Partners in the bankruptcy of a Dutch e-bike leasing company.
  • Completed an international financial restructuring, reducing the clients’ debt by approximately $1.4bn.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 4

With a strong securitisation practice, Rutgers & Posch offers its services to a diverse client base, including fintech platforms, investment banks, Dutch and international financial institutions, and automotive corporations. Kees Westermann has longstanding experience advising financial institutions with a particular focus on mobility and real estate sectors; he co-leads the firm’s finance department alongside Vasco Hoving, who regularly advises on covered bonds, securitisation, and asset financing. The team was recently strengthened by the addition of senior associate Jamie Pellegrom, who joined from Loyens & Loeff.

Practice head(s):

Kees Westermann; Vasco Hoving

Other key lawyers:

Maarten Ahsmann; Jamie Pellegrom


‘Despite being a boutique firm, the asset & structured finance team is a strong and highly experienced team. The practice is led by senior partner Kees Westermann who has several decades of experience in the Dutch structured finance market.’

‘Rutgers & Posch stands out as one of the smaller law firms that is a specialized player, which benefits from strong collaboration with a sensible approach to billing.’

‘The team has in-depth knowledge and are pragmatic and professional.’

‘Kees Westermann is a highly qualified professional that is quick to understand complicated matters. He is an excellent negotiator and an amiable person.’

‘Jamie Pellegrom is a motivated and enthusiastic professional who strives always for the best results for her client.’

‘The firm has a very strong practice with an eye for detail. There is senior involvement and a good understanding of what the clients require in the transaction structure. The firm is innovating auto ABS structures in the Netherlands.’

‘Vasco Hoving always fulfills his tasks with eagerness and commitment that results in delivering a high-quality work.’

‘They are a relatively small firm and team, which makes for a dedicated approach. You’re not just a number but you experience a true client focused approach. They are also quick on communication.’

Key clients

Sprinque B.V.

Quion Group B.V.

Dutch Mortgage Portfolio Management B.V.

Coral Management B.V.

Lender & Spender B.V.

in3 NL B.V.

International Car Lease Holding B.V.

European Covered Bond Council

bunq B.V.

Cardano Risk Management B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised in3 NL B.V. on an SPV financing of consumer receivables arranged by Waterfall Asset Management for in3 Finance I B.V., supported by a junior loan from in3.
  • Advised Sprinque with setting up an SPV financing of Dutch, German and Spanish trade receivables for Sprinque Finance B.V.
  • Advising the European Covered Bond Council, the European Mortgage Federation and the Energy Efficient Mortgages Initiative on the draft recast EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and discussing improvements with the European Commission relating to green mortgages and the EU taxonomy.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 4

Rutgers & Posch possesses strong capabilities in mid-market financing transactions. The firm advises borrowers within various sectors, including real estate, automotive, private equity, and insurance. Kees Westermann and Vasco Hoving lead the team, with experience in handling matters relating to structured finance, acquisition finance, and financial restructuring, among others. Maarten Ahsmann is another key member of the team who regularly assists on the firm’s most prominent cases.

Practice head(s):

Kees Westermann; Vasco Hoving

Other key lawyers:


‘A professional team with strong commitment, excellent availability for clients and highly focused on achieving the results in time.’

‘Vasco Hoving has unique experience when it comes to advising on the borrower side of financings.’

‘The team at Rutgers & Posch was very knowledgeable, highly responsive and down to earth.’

‘The firm has the multi-disciplinary expertise of a large top-tier firm combined with the entrepreneurial spirit of a boutique.’

‘Jamie Pellegrom is a motivated and enthusiastic professional who always strives for the best results for her client.’

‘Kees Westermann is a highly qualified professional. He is quick to understand complicated matters. He is an excellent negotiator and an amiable person.’

‘They provide very good quality advice and guidance.’

‘Rutgers & Posch is a law firm with good expertise, short lines of communication and a hands-on approach.’

Key clients


Telios Investments (part of the Green Arrow Capital group)

International Car Lease Holding

Bovemij Financieringsmaatschappij/Care4Lease


ASR Nederland

Rinkelberg Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Telios Investments in connection with a EUR 11m real estate facility from NIBC Bank N.V./OIMIO regarding the acquisition financing of two car parks in Rotterdam and Enschede operated by tenant Q-Park for a total deal value amount of EUR 20m.
  • Acting as lead and review counsel on a cross-jurisdictional EUR 350m multi-currency syndicated borrowing base facilities agreement granted to Business Lease group companies in Eastern Europe for the financing of car leases.
  • Advising Rinkelberg in connection with a EUR 30m energy asset loan agreement.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

The 'responsive, practical and solutions-oriented' team at Rutgers & Posch is led by the quintet of M&A specialists Bas Visée and Anouk Oosterom;  Bas Mees, who focuses on mid-market private equity deals and venture capital matters; Lennaert Posch, who has a solid track record in handling M&A deals, joint ventures and corporate restructurings; and Matthijs van den Broek, who brings experience in corporate governance work. Justus Fortuyn and Tijmen Noordoven are singled out for their contributions.

Practice head(s):

Lennaert Posch; Matthijs van den Broek; Bas Visée; Anouk Oosterom; Bas Mees

Other key lawyers:


‘Rutgers & Posch’s efficient team is formed of members with specific knowledge. Sound advice is combined with sensible client-friendly billing, which is highly appreciated.’

‘The knowledge base within Rutgers & Posch is broad and fulfils needs as required. Collaboration is very friendly too.’

‘Lennaert Posch has a very hands-on and pragmatic approach, he keeps the interests of the client an extremely high priority. He is pleasant to work with, highly analytical and professional.’

‘Tijmen Noordoven provides sound legal labour law advice, is well-liked and highly appreciated by clients. He goes the extra mile.’

‘Responsive, practical and solution-oriented.’

‘The team are experts in what they do – Lennaert Posch is a trusted advisor.’

‘Lennaert and Justus are experienced lawyers with a lot experience and involvement realizing the best deals and contracts for their clients.’

‘Justus Fortuyn stands out as a high-flying associate who has great technical skills and an easy manner which facilitates easy exchanges with our team and the persons with whom we are negotiating.’

Key clients

Van Lanschot Kempen

Zorg van de Zaak Netwerk B.V.

Rinkelberg Capital Ltd

Smitsair Vastgoed B.V.

Sitech Services B.V.

Econic B.V.

Veolia Nederland B.V.

De Jong & Laan Accountants

Anders Invest

Total Specific Hosting (Strikwerda Investments)

Snoeks Automotive Group

DOEN Participaties (Postcode Loterij)

MPC Capital AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Principal Industries on the acquisition of SloanLED.
  • Advised CRH on the sale of its subsidiaries.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

Rutgers & Posch centres its practice on corporate disputes and has recently been extending its scope to include international disputes in addition to commercial litigation before the Dutch courts. Department co-head Rik Analbers is often appointed by the Enterprise Chamber in inquiry proceedings, representing works councils and supervisory boards. Also heading up the practice are Huib Schrama and Loek Kerstens, who are key to corporate disputes.

Practice head(s):

Huib Schrama; Loek Kerstens; Rik Analbers


‘Huib Schrama is in my view perfectly able to translate the relevant aspects of Dutch law and civil procedure into the language of lawyers from other legal systems and he always stays focused on the client’s goals in litigation, while also understanding the business challenges the client is facing.’

‘Rutgers & Posch are an excellent boutique player in commercial disputes. They benefit from their equally strong corporate disputes practice and I would recommend them where a combination of these specialisms is required.’

‘Huib Schrama is excellent, strong on the law, but also very relaxed and easy to deal with. He is a calming presence despite his young age – one to watch.’

‘The team are experienced, always sharp minded, and keep an eye on the commercially relevant issues when developing litigation strategies. On top of that, they are also nice to work with.’

‘Huib Schrama is a very experienced litigator and a trusted advisor. From the client’s perspective, it is easy to rely on him, because he knows good strategy, and is approachable and honest while remaining very professional.’

‘Huib Schrama is great as he is able to fight for us and get the best possible outcome. He is also able to settle matters in a decent manner. He absolutely knows how to play out litigation and achieve the best possible outcome for our business. There is no other litigation partner at another firm that reaches this level of competency in my view.’

‘Very knowledgeable, dedicated team, with quick, to-the-point communication.’

Key clients

Oranjewoud N.V. and Strukton Groep N.V.

Somaschini/CIE Automotive Group

Dorbat/First Advisory Group

Rabo Participaties and Opportunity Partners

Banco Intesa Sanpaolo

MacD Helicopters Inc.

Works Council of Centric Holding B.V.

Sami & Co

Maas International B.V.

Holding van Cranenbroek Budel B.V.

Corvallis Navigation Panama SA

Selten B.V.

Clean Holding B.V.


Former CEO of Kales Group B.V.

Viktor & Rolf

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to the supervisory board of Oranjewoud N.V. and Strukton Groep N.V. in highly publicised inquiry proceedings.
  • Representing MacD Helicopters in appeal proceedings against the state of the Netherlands in an ongoing dispute regarding eight helicopters that were purchased for the Dutch national police.
  • Acting for Clean Holding B.V. in relation to an investment in bankrupt car manufacturer Lightyear and acting for the bankruptcy trustee Friends of Lightyear in legal proceedings.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Rutgers & Posch combines corporate and employment expertise to actively assist clients with the employment aspects of corporate matters such as M&A transactions, restructurings, and reorganisations. Dismissals are also regularly handled by the team and it is well versed in assisting works councils with a slew of employment issues. The team is co-led by employment specialists Tijmen Noordoven, Inge de Laat, and Dirk Jan Rutgers. Also key to the team are Annemarth Hiebendaal and Annemeijne Zwager.

Practice head(s):

Tijmen Noordoven; Inge de Laat; Dirk Jan Rutgers

Other key lawyers:

Annemaart Hiebendaal; Annemeijne Zwager


‘Dirk Jan Rutgers is one of the most distinguished lawyers I have known in the Netherlands, who is very thoughtful and at the same time a great person to know personally.’

‘Inge de Laat is a very accomplished lawyer.’

‘Tijmen Nordooven is very reliable, providing assistance even on short notice.’

‘Annemaart Hiebendaal is a great person to work with and one of the promising young lawyers in the firm.

‘The responsiveness and the in-depth knowledge of all the lawyers are excellent. They are very good in restructuring matters but also in works council issues, individual employer-employee related matters and disputes. They are also very involved in each case and are nice, hands-on people.’

‘Tijmen Noordoven is a business-oriented person. He takes his work very seriously but he is also the type of lawyer who can bring laughter to tough cases. Tijmen is a focused person and gets the job done and besides that I also like the fact that we have an informal working relationship.’

‘Strong, specialist team, all focused on employment.’

‘Annemeijne Zwager is commercial, knowledgeable, and great to deal with. Inge de Laat is very experienced and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Works Council Centric

Brabant Groep

Schoeller Allibert

Works Council Fox-IT

Euronext Amsterdam NV

Armada Music


Kuijpers & Kuijpers

Royal IHC

AEB Amsterdam

TMF Group


Media Markt Saturn Holding

FD Mediagroep

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal IHC on all employment aspects of its reorganisation and the process and timing.
  • Advising the company, shareholders and stakeholders on the employment aspects of the restructuring process and the sale of the service division to Ebert HERA Esser Group.
  • Advising the Centric works council on discussions with the board regarding the termination and appointment of executives, and discussions with the public prosecutor regarding the investigation to start inquiry proceedings in the public interest.

Rutgers & Posch is an independent multi-service law firm located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The firm was founded by partners from leading international firms in early 2013, and started with 11 lawyers.

Rutgers & Posch’s key principle is to provide clients with the top-quality service they would expect to receive from leading international law firms, combined with the personal attention, dedication and involvement typically provided by boutique firms.

This approach in advising and servicing clients has proven to be very successful; many national and international clients have found their way to Rutgers & Posch, and the firm has more than tripled over the last three years from 11 to 35 lawyers.

All lawyers at Rutgers & Posch are recognised experts in their respective areas of practice. With their experience, expertise and vision, they are able to come up with realistic and practical solutions to the clients’ legal issues. The services are customised to clients’ needs with a special focus on long-lasting relationships. The lawyers at Rutgers & Posch advise clients in a pragmatic way and keep lines of communication short. The teams are efficiently organised. One can expect a customised service for a fair and transparent price.

All the partners and associates are from leading international firms, including Freshfields, Stibbe, Houthoff Buruma, Allen & Overy, DLA Piper, Linklaters and De Brauw.

Rutgers & Posch has close relationships with top-tier international firms for cross-border work.

Areas of practice: Rutgers & Posch has in-depth expertise and experience in the fields of corporate law, finance and insolvency law, commercial law, employment law and litigation. The clients are national and international businesses in the profit and non-profit sector. Rutgers & Posch focuses on the key legal needs of clients, including the drafting of legal agreements, negotiating and co-ordinating transactions, and creating solutions for challenging legal issues and complex disputes. Rutgers & Posch also litigates matters in court and before tribunals, and advises on all employment law issues.

Corporate/M&A: Rutgers & Posch acts for corporates, and institutional and private equity investors in all types of M&A transactions, including strategic alliances and joint ventures, and further advises on commercial contracts. Besides this, the capital markets practice is extensive, advising on both equity capital markets and debt capital markets. The firm frequently advises on IPOs, rights issues, private takeovers, public takeover bids and joint ventures.

Finance and insolvency: Rutgers & Posch has an extended practice in this field, with a particular focus on banking, (debt) capital markets, financial regulatory and restructuring/insolvency (including court appointments). The firm acts for financial institutions, corporates, government bodies, rating agencies, funds, and other international public and private clients.

Litigation: this practice includes both (commercial and corporate) litigation and arbitration. The team has a special focus on cross-border work. Clients include national and international companies, insurers, banks and government institutions.

Employment and pensions: the employment team of Rutgers & Posch advises on a wide range of employment and pension matters, including reorganisations, transfer of undertaking and co-determination rules.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate/M&A Lennaert Posch +31 6 2237 8282
Corporate/M&A Matthijs van den Broek +31 6 1250 4232
Corporate/M&A Bas Visée +31 6 5154 9127
Corporate/M&A Bas Mees +31 6 1070 9142
Corporate/M&A Anouk Oosterom +31 6 2155 6020
Banking & Finance: Structured Finance Kees Westermann +31 6 2906 5847
Employment, Pensions & Benefits Inge de Laat +31 6 1092 4642
Employment, Pensions & Benefits Dirk Jan Rutgers +31 6 8325 5899
Employment, Pensions & Benefits Tijmen Noordoven +31 6 3984 5770
Dispute Resolution Rik Analbers +31 6 1172 3929
Dispute Resolution Huib Schrama +31 6 5357 3630
Restructuring & Insolvency Loek Kerstens +31 6 1057 1118
Number of lawyers : 35
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