Firm Profile > HVG Law LLP > Rotterdam , Netherlands


EU and competition Tier 4

HVG Law LLP’s team represents Alpro in longstanding litigation initiated by the Dutch Dairy Association. Practice head Misha Lutje Beerenbroek and state aid specialist Steven Verschuur are noted. The practice, which is part of EY's integrated multi-disciplinary platform, also handles a steady flow of cross-border work.

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Jan Padberg and Johan Westerhof head a team at HVG Law LLP which is especially strong in trustee-related work; it acted as the trustee of Charles Vögele which had a turnover of around  €60m. Associate partner Robin de Wit is acting as the trustee of Daan Auctions, a company that organised auctions for trustees in bankruptcy cases.

Employment Tier 5

Working with corporate, finance, and tax specialist, the group at HVG Law LLP  assists clients with all employment and labour matters arising from mergers and integrations, as well as outsourcing, works council consultations, and negotiations with trade unions. Joost van Ladesteijn and associate partners Nicky ten Bokum and Huub van Osch are the key contacts who attract clients including Air France-KLM, Belkin, and Infosys. The team acted for COOP on all the employment issues arising from the proposed purchase of Emté which involved some 6,500 employees.

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 7

HVG Law LLP offers restructuring and corporate governance together with its M&A and joint venture expertise on both domestic and cross-border deals and has a strong focus on the technology, agribusiness, and food sectors. Sijmen de Lange and Rutger Lambriex head the group.


The firm

HVG Law combines high-quality legal services with a focus on practical solutions and sector-specific knowledge. Ranking among the top Dutch law firms, measured by its scope and size of services, HVG Law employs 150 attorneys at law and (candidate) civil law notaries who are active in all of the legal areas relevant to businesses. With offices in Amsterdam, The Hague, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht and a legal desk in New York, San Jose (Ca, USA) and Chicago (Illinois), HVG Law provides legal services on both a national and international scale.

The firm represents international and national mid-markets and top companies, government entities and non-profit organisations. Clients include listed and non-listed companies, financial institutions, institutional investors, public utilities, healthcare and government bodies, property developers, contractors and start-ups. HVG Law has a deep commitment to excellent advice with a focus on high quality, speed of service and meeting clients’ needs. The firm values open communication and is always willing to go the extra mile to help clients achieve their objectives.

The combination of legal expertise, sector-specific knowledge and enterprising spirit clearly sets the firm apart in the market. An important element in this respect is the firm’s alliance with EY Tax, which makes it possible to form multidisciplinary teams whenever needed. Each team includes various groups of specialists and is able to reach beyond physical office boundaries. To liaise with these teams, clients are provided with a designated contact.

Because of its strategic alliance with EY Tax, HVG Law forms part of the international EY Law network which brings together more than 3,500 professionals, 2,400 legal advisors plus 1,100 professionals for managed services who are active in more than 133 offices in 84 countries. The EY Law network allows the firm to offer legal solutions on a truly integrated, international basis.

Areas of practice

HVG Law offers legal services in the following areas of expertise: Commercial agreements, Competition, Compliance, Corporate M&A, Corporate restructuring, Digital, Cyber and Privacy, Energy & Utilities, Financial Regulatory, Health & Life sciences, Insolvency and Restructuring, Labor & Employment, Pensions and Real Estate.

In addition, the firm focuses on a number of specific sectors: energy (power and utilities, oil and gas), government and public sector, health, technology and telecommunications, and private equity.

Furthermore HVG Law has a dedicated team of (Japanese-speaking) lawyers to assist Dutch companies with doing business in Japan and Asia and to support Japanese and Asian companies in mastering the many legal challenges in Europe.

The HVG Innovation team has a focus on advising (international) start-ups on their new business in the Netherlands.


Department Name Email Telephone
Competition Misha lutje Beerenbroek
Corporate and commercial Rutger Lambriex
Corporate recovery and insolvency Johan Westerhof
Employment Joost van Ladesteijn
Financial regulation Nicolette Opdam
Government and public sector Jan Andringa
Healthcare Jan Andringa
IT and digital Saskia Vermeer- de Jongh
Mergers and acquisitions Sijmen de Lange
Oil and gas Frank Zandee
Pensions Nicolette Opdam
Power and utilities Dick Weiffenbach
Private equity Matthijs Driedonks
Real estate Jan Willem Stouthart
Restructuring Jan Padberg
Transaction Sijmen de Lange
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jan Andringa  photo Mr Jan Andringa
Mr Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld  photo Mr Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld
Mr Matthijs Driedonks  photo Mr Matthijs Driedonks
Mr Rutger Lambriex  photo Mr Rutger Lambriex
Mr Jan Meijerman  photo Mr Jan Meijerman
Mrs Nicolette Opdam  photo Mrs Nicolette Opdam
Mr Jan Padberg  photo Mr Jan Padberg
Mr Jan-Willem Stouthart  photo Mr Jan-Willem Stouthart
Mr Martijn Udo de Haes  photo Mr Martijn Udo de Haes
Mrs Saskia Vermeer - de Jongh  photo Mrs Saskia Vermeer - de Jongh
Mr Johan Westerhof  photo Mr Johan Westerhof
Mr Bart Wolters  photo Mr Bart Wolters
Mr Frank Zandee  photo Mr Frank Zandee
Mr Sijmen de Lange  photo Mr Sijmen de Lange
Mrs Susan ten Haaf  photo Mrs Susan ten Haaf
Mr Joost van Ladesteijn  photo Mr Joost van Ladesteijn
Mr Sander van Leeuwen  photo Mr Sander van Leeuwen
Mr Sandra van Loon-Vercauteren  photo Mr Sandra van Loon-Vercauteren
Number of lawyers : 150
at this office : 42
Chinese (Mandarin)
EY Tax
International EY Law Network
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Eindhoven
Other offices : New York
Other offices : San Jose (Ca, USA)
Other offices : The Hague
Other offices : Utrecht
Other offices : Chicago (Illinois)

Improving our impact on the environment
Responsible and sustainable entrepreneurship is inherent to our standards and the manner in which we do business. This enables us to be of added value, in the long term, to our employees, clients and society in general, as well as the environment we form part of. We channel our efforts in the field of social responsibility in the following core areas.

We, as a responsible employer, encourage our people to get involved in social organisations, because we can contribute with our most valuable asset, knowledge. We do this among other things by means of our sponsorship of Pro Bono Connect. Through Pro Bono Connect we offer free legal advice and assistance to a broad group of social organisations (NGOs) that support the common interest of human rights.

A healthy environment is important to us and to our organisation. We have established a number of initiatives within our company to improve our impact on the environment. This has resulted in a policy that is focused on, amongst others, the reduction of energy and paper usage and the purchase of environmentally-friendly products; we encourage the use of electric cars and we have implemented an ecologically responsible travel policy for all employees.

HVG Law offers its employees every possible opportunity to develop, to grow and to be successful. We have, for example, integrated social responsibility in our training courses through the HVG Law School. By doing this, our employees acquire points of reference that help them to develop into competent and socially skilled individuals in society.