Firm Profile > HVG Law LLP > Rotterdam, Netherlands


Energy: regulatory Tier 3

Part of EY Law global's network and in strategic alliance with EY Tax, HVG Law LLP offers clients an integrated multidisciplinary approach, particularly when it comes to energy transactions and cross-border energy projects. Led by Sander Simonetti, the team focuses on the utilities, oil and gas industry sectors, where it advises and litigates corporate, contractual and regulatory aspects of energy law. Jacqueline Feld joined from CMS in August 2019.

Practice head(s):


Sander Simonetti – he delivered on time and on budget and the advice was commercial and user-friendly.

Excellent knowledge of Dutch regulatory environment with respect to energy. Professionals are available and have a good network within the Dutch energy sector, including members of executive and supervisory boards.

Key clients




WPD Invest GmbH

ING Bank



Westland Infra

EEW Energy from Waste

Pondera / Wind and Solar Park

EU and competition Tier 4

HVG Law LLP's competition and regulated markets team is known for handling vertical agreements and cartel defence work. The firm has a large portfolio of Japanese multinational clients including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nichirei, and Hitachi Construction Machinery. Practice head Misha Lutje Beerenbroek, responsible for forming the firm's competition practice, has significant expertise in the food, retail, and heavy industries (machinery, waste, chemicals).


Misha Lutje Beerenbroek thinks very practically and has excellent knowledge of company and competition law‘.

Misha Lutje Beerenbroek is a very pleasant lawyer. Practical, streetwise, gives you a straight “yes” or “no” answer, which not too many lawyers are able to come up with‘.

Key clients




Hitachi Construction Machinery

Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift






Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

The team at HVG Law LLP advises on the full range of restructuring and insolvency matters, from corporate restructurings, to assisting with the sale or purchase of one or more parts of a distressed business in or outside of a bankruptcy situation. The practice has a particular expertise in the retail, life sciences, energy, and real estate sectors. Core team members include Jan Padberg, Johan Westerhof and Robin de Wit, all of whom are regularly appointed to act as trustees and administrators in insolvency proceedings.

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Key clients




Administrators of Nortel Networks


M.J. Weerman Bloemengroothandel

Employment Tier 5

HVG Law LLP's employment team is most notable for its close association with Ernst & Young's Dutch business, and handles all labour and employment work for the firm's clients in the Netherlands. As such, the firm is particularly recommended for issues which overlap with tax work, such as the posting of employees to foreign jurisdictions.  Department head Joost van Ladesteijn specialises in global mobility issues and co-determination law, advising across a wide range of sectors.

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Our cooperation is based on mutual trust / respect and was experienced as a sustainable partnership; at least that is how my team and I have always experienced it.

Key clients


Koppert Biological Systems


De Jong Verpakking

Tank Services Pernis


Belkin – Foxconn


Amplifon (Beter Horen)

Smith & Associates

Real estate Tier 5

HVG Law LLP's well-connected real estate team stands out for its 'proactive and responsive' approach. The practice has particular experience assisting clients in the leisure sector, as well as supermarkets and car park operators, among them Q-Park, Coop Supermarkten; the group assisted the latter with the acquisition of 51 Emté supermarket stores. The practice is jointly headed by 'very competent lawyer' Sander van Leeuwen and Jan Willem Stouthart, who specialises in real estate transactions.


Great team with expertise and knowledge. Their response is swift, the content is accurate and helpful for the business.

Sander van Leeuwen is a very competent lawyer, an expert in real estate. He is sharp, accurate and his eagerness to win the case or to seek a solution is praiseworthy.

Besides being strong negotiators, HVG Real Estate is keen to serve its clients pro-actively and responsively.

Sander van Leeuwen is very responsive, ambitious, connected.

In depth knowledge of the Dutch real estate market.

HVG Law LLP has a very hands on approach and has been able to put the clients’ interests first.

Sander van Leeuwen has always made himself available and managed to get an experienced team to solve matters. He is not shy to tell you if he is not completely sure on things and will make sure next time we meet he is sure. I would call him a “practical” lawyer which makes him valuable and someone you want on your side.

The team is able to quickly process new information and developments and provide us with advice, even when they need to involve new colleagues and expertise.

Sander van Leeuwen was quick to understand the complexities of our cases and able to provide us quickly with input and advice.

The team and individuals go above and beyond the brief. They are not there to provide the agreed services but they are there to help the client close the case/ deal/ etc. For us as a client that’s the only way to move forward. Not many teams from other firms are as dedicated.

Key clients


Capricorn Capital Group

AB European Real Estate Fund

Coop Holding, Coop Real Estate, Coop Supermarkten

MidNed Projectontwikkeling

Green Real Estate

Pensioenfonds voor het Slagersbedrijf

Gemeente Goes

Corum SA


Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 6

Sijmen de Lange in Rotterdam and Rutger Lambriex in Amsterdam jointly head up the 'insightful' HVG Law LLP team. Clients are provided with tax (through a strategic alliance with EY Tax) and finance specialisms in addition to the full range of corporate expertise including private M&A, private equity work, joint ventures, divestments and cross-border restructurings. Joram van den Berg joined a substantial team in 2019 from Houthoff.


‘HVG’s support and advice is insightful and tailored to the situation thanks to their excellent understanding of transactions and client priorities from a business perspective as well as legal.’

‘The team is great at “big picture” thinking and anticipating needs/issues that may not be on your radar yet. They give very practical solutions and understand the clients needs.’

Key clients




Charlie Temple/Grandvision Coop


Within Reach Holding

Doğuş group


New Office Center

KantoorExpert Group

Eurofins Scientific 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 Jan is active in the healthcare & life sciences, biotech/pharma and technology…
Mr Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld  photo Mr Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld is responsible for the Corporate/M&A practice at HVG Law in…
Mr Matthijs Driedonks  photo Mr Matthijs Driedonks Matthijs Driedonks is a partner in the Corporate/M&A practice at HVG in…
Mr Rutger Lambriex  photo Mr Rutger Lambriex Rutger Lambriex practices in the area of international commercial and corporate law.…
Mrs Nicolette Opdam  photo Mrs Nicolette Opdam Nicolette has about 25 years of experience in the pensionlaw, regulatory law and compliance practice.…
Mr Jan Padberg  photo Mr Jan Padberg Jan Padberg is active in the Corporate & Commercial practice group with…
Mr Martijn Udo de Haes  photo Mr Martijn Udo de Haes Martijn Udo de Haes is active in the international corporate law practice.…
Mrs Saskia Vermeer - de Jongh  photo Mrs Saskia Vermeer - de Jongh Saskia is partner at HVG Law since 2019 and located in the…
Mr Johan Westerhof  photo Mr Johan Westerhof Johan is active in the field of corporate law in the broadest…
Mr Bart Wolters  photo Mr Bart Wolters Bart Wolters works in the national and international corporate law practice. He…
Mr Frank Zandee  photo Mr Frank Zandee Frank Zandee is a partner in the Corporate / M&A practice at…
 Merel Zwankhuizen  photo Merel Zwankhuizen Merel is a Partner in the Corporate M&A expertise group at HVG…
Mr Sijmen de Lange  photo Mr Sijmen de Lange Sijmen de Lange works as practice group leader in the corporate law…
Mrs Susan ten Haaf  photo Mrs Susan ten Haaf Susan started her career in 1998 as a legal adviser within the…
Mr Sander van Leeuwen  photo Mr Sander van Leeuwen Sander started his carreer at HVG Law in 2001 and became a…
Mr Sandra van Loon-Vercauteren  photo Mr Sandra van Loon-Vercauteren Sandra van Loon-Vercauteren works as a civil law notary in the corporate…
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.


HVG Law is part of the global EY Law network, currently with more than 3,500 professionals, 2,400 legal advisors and 1,100 professionals for managed services who are active in more than 133 offices in 84 countries.

We work in all areas of law and all sectors that are relevant to the business community: directors, shareholders and public authorities; we know your business as well as your market.

With offices in New York, Chicago and San Jose (Donahue & Partners LLP in the US), we are able to offer our national and international clients solutions for their legal issues.