HVG Law LLP > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile


Netherlands > International Business Reorganisations Tier 1

As part of the EY network, HVG Law LLP assists clients on international corporate reorganisations, advising on structural changes tied to tax efficiency measures, business integrations and carve-outs, with particular experience in taking on complex international re-domiciliations. Leading the team are Frank Zandee, who specialises in pre- and post-merger structuring and joint venture advice, New York-based Martijn Udo de Haes, whose practice focuses on clients based in the Americas, and rationalisation expert Scarlett Snethlage. Matters of initial corporate structuring and simplification of existing structures form the core of Freek Lugtigheid's practice.

Practice head(s):

Frank Zandee; Martijn Udo de Haes; Scarlett Snethlage

Other key lawyers:

Arnout Rodewijk; Freek Lugtigheid


‘Arnout Rodewjik and Frank Zandee are always one step ahead in delivering our needs.’

‘Great team with very efficient work practices and intimate knowledge of the matter at hand. Always thinking outside the box.’

‘Freek Lugtigheid is exceptional.’

‘The team is very professional and is capable of finding efficient solutions to every complex task. It is also good at working to tight deadlines when required.’

‘Frank Zandee and Arnout Rodewijk are true professionals in their field, always ready to assist and possess excellent soft skills.’

Key clients

3M Company



Core Laboratories

COUNT Energy










Primoris Services Corporation

Sally Beauty

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Vermillion Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Halliburton on a variety of matters, including a legal entity rationalisation project covering 95 legal entities and branches across 42 jurisdictions.
  • Assisted Core Laboratories with a global reorganisation, which included the redomestication of the parent company from the Netherlands via Luxembourg to the United States.
  • Assisted EdgeConnex with an optimisation of its group structure covering multiple jurisdictions in the EU, Latin America and the US.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

HVG Law LLP’s restructuring and insolvency team is experienced acting as bankruptcy trustee for its portfolio of clients, often in cases involving numerous creditor employees. The clients the team assists cover the array of industry sectors, from retail and energy to travel and leisure, with workloads frequently in the multi-millions. It also advises on the liquidation of funds in cross-jurisdictional contexts. The team is headed up by Robin De Wit, Jan Padberg and Johan Westerhof.

Practice head(s):

Robin de Wit; Jan Padberg; Johan Westerhof

Key clients


Exem Energy B.V.


Joost Zorgt

Nortel Networks

Charles Vögele


Beekman Staff Styling B.V.

Tidal Operations Netherlands B.V.

Salon B B.V.

Work highlights

  • Acting as bankruptcy trustee of VanMoof.
  • Acted as bankruptcy trustee of Travelbird.
  • Appointed as trustee in the bankruptcy of Exem Energy B.V.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 4

HVG Law LLP houses an EU and competition team which is led by Misha G. lutje Beerenbroek, and is adept at advising its clients on an array of related matters. Its workload includes obtaining clearance decisions of international competition authorities, designing, implementing and amending distribution networks in the EU, assisting with acquisitions and mergers, and advising on sub-contracting and co-production arrangements. Senior associate Wouter Jans is a key name in the team.

Practice head(s):

Misha G. lutje Beerenbroek

Other key lawyers:

Key clients




EY Assurance

Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe

Mitsubishi Logisnext



Kawasaki Motors Europe



EyeCare Group

Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics

General Logistics Systems (GLS)

Harvest House



Work highlights

  • Advised Fonterra and DSM on the creation of a highly innovative joint venture and obtained clearance decisions of 7 competition authorities worldwide, including the European Commission.
  • Advised Hitachi Construction Machinery on the design and implementation of its exclusive distribution network in the EU.
  • Acted as Currence’s lead competition counsel in relation to the intended acquisition of Dutch payment scheme iDEAL by the European Payments Initiative (EPI).

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

HVG Law LLP is very experienced in handling mid-market transactions for clients in the energy, transport and food and beverages sectors, among other areas. Practice head Sijmen de Lange has an excellent track record in advising on acquisitions and divestments, as well as M&A, private equity and joint ventures. Other key practitioners to note include Matthijs Driedonks and Susan ten Haaf.

Practice head(s):

Sijmen de Lange

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld; Matthijs Driedonks; Susan ten Haaf; Sandra van Loon; Bart Wolters; Merel Zwankhuizen; Chaggai Kon

Key clients

De Jong Packaging Group

Samskip Group

EyeCare Groep

Coop Nederland

Redwood Software


Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics


Isah Software

Enreach Holding


Currence iDEAL

C.H. Robinson Europe

Topcon Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advised Redwood Software on a €315m strategic investment from growth equity firm Turn/River Capital.
  • Advised Fonterra on setting up a joint venture with Royal DSM.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

HVG Law LLP has a sizeable employment team based all over the Netherlands which covers a range of advisory matters, such as assisting with the employment issues relating to restructurings, as well as advising on dismissals and non-competes. The team is jointly led by Laila Berrich, Huub Van Osch, and Nicky Ten Bokum.

Practice head(s):

Laila Berrich; Huub van Osch; Nicky ten Bokum

Key clients



Amplifon/Beter Horen

Esses Capital Partners

Harvest House

First Dutch





Work highlights

  • Advised Diasorin SA on the employment aspects of an international reorganisation after the acquisition of Luminex.
  • Assisted Braskem with various employment matters relating to its Dutch legal operations.
  • Assisted Novomatic with a reorganisation and work force transformation process in the Netherlands.

Who we are? This is HVG Law!
With an ambitious team of 150 lawyers and (candidate) civil-law notaries, HVG Law operates at the highest legal level. Unique is our strategic alliance with EY Tax and our part in the global EY Law network with over 2500 legal professionals and 2400 lawyers, active in 90+ countries worldwide. We are proud of that. We understand the power of connection and diversity. Therefore, we like to approach issues from multidisciplinary and integrated teams.

Future-proof solutions
We transform legal issues from a broad business perspective into future-proof solutions. These solutions bring together data, technology, and strategic advice. We create opportunities and work with the vision to make a sustainable impact.

Strengthening success
Our approach is pragmatic, efficient, and personal. We support our clients by taking complex legal issues off their hands and enabling them to work more efficiently through innovative technology. For our clients, we create clarity, manage risks, and realize business opportunities. This allows them to focus on the business in which they want to be successful.

Believing in talent
Our professionals are free to take control of their development and invest in their knowledge. We encourage them to seize opportunities, take and give responsibility. We believe that taking ownership leads to more impact. Legally, socially, and personally.

Strength of diversity
We believe that different perspectives lead to better results. We value each other. Every opinion counts with us: whether you are at the start of your career or have been in the profession for years. We support an open mindset. We listen, ask critical questions, and trust each other. We see this as the basis for a people-oriented organization. At HVG Law, we work mission, vision, and value-driven. Curious about HVG Law and our core values, please visit hvglaw.nl.

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition & Regulated markets Misha lutje Beerenbroek misha.lutje.beerenbroek@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29083882
Corporate restructuring, Commercial agreements, Legal Managed Services Rutger Lambriex rutger.lambriex@hvglaw.nl +31 6 21251574
Insolvency & Restructuring Johan Westerhof johan.westerhof@hvglaw.nl +31 6 21252060
Financial services, Pensions Nicolette Opdam nicolette.opdam@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29084667
Government & Public, Health & Life sciences Jan Andringa jan.andringa@hvglaw.nl +31 6 21252773
Digital, Cyber & Privacy Saskia Vermeer- de Jongh saskia.de.jongh@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29083850
Corporate M&A Sijmen de Lange sijmen.de.lange@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29083750
Corporate restructuring, Oil & Gas Frank Zandee frank.zandee@hvglaw.nl +31 88 40 70201
Corporate M&A Matthijs Driedonks matthijs.driedonks@hvglaw.nl +31 6 21251682
Insolvency & Restructuring Jan Padberg jan.padberg@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29083339
Corporate M&A, Civil Law Notaries Sandra van Loon - Vercauteren sandra.van.loon@hvglaw.nl +31 6 21252145
Real Estate Sander van Leeuwen sander.van.leeuwen@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29083069
Corporate M&A Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld hendrik-jan.bleijerveld@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29084143
Corporate M&A Susan ten Haaf susan.ten.haaf@hvglaw.nl +31 6 55442191
Commercial agreements Bart Wolters bart.wolters@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29084035
Corporate M&A Martijn Udo de Haes martijn.udo.de.haes@hvglaw.nl +1 (212) 773-5178
Finance law Gijs van de Wouw gijs.van.de.wouw@hvglaw.nl +31 6 29083968
Labor & Employment Laila Berrich laila.berrich@hvglaw.nl +31 6 51295051
Financial services Joost Elsenburg joost.elsenburg@hvglaw.nl +316 21252865
Corporate restructuring, Legal operations Scarlett Snethlage scarlett.snethlage@hvglaw.nl +316 29083747
Corporate restructuring Freek Lugtigheid freek.lugtigheid@hvglaw.nl +316 21252049
Insolvency & Restructuring Robin de Wit robin.de.wit@hvglaw.nl +316 21252626
Competition & Regulated markets Wouter Jans wouter.jans@hvglaw.nl +316 21252195
Photo Name Position Profile
Jan Andringa photo Mr Jan Andringa Jan is active in the healthcare & life sciences, biotech/pharma and technology…
Laila Berrich photo Mrs Laila Berrich Laila started as a partner at HVG Law in 2021 and has…
Freek Lugtigheid photo Mr Freek Lugtigheid Freek Lugtigheid has been working at HVG Law since January 2014 within…
Nicky Ten Bokum photo Mrs Nicky Ten Bokum Associate Partner Head Corporate Employment Law Chairman Expert Team the Standards for…
Bart Wolters photo Mr Bart Wolters Bart is partner at HVG Law in the Netherlands and has more…
Frank Zandee photo Mr Frank Zandee Frank Zandee is a partner in the Corporate restructuring practice. Frank advises…
Sijmen de Lange photo Mr Sijmen de Lange Sijmen de Lange works as M&A expertise group leader in corporate law…
Susan ten Haaf photo Mrs Susan ten Haaf Susan started her career in 1998 as a legal adviser within the…
Number of lawyers : 150
At this office : 45
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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.