HVG Law LLP > Rotterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile


Netherlands > International Business Reorganisations Tier 1

International business reorganisations constitute one of the central practice areas for HVG Law LLP, where the firm advises clients on cross-border restructurings from inception to implementation. As part of the global EY Law network, the team can leverage strong international relationships and full-service capabilities in matters such as pre- and post-deal reorganisations, seat transfers and legal entity rationalisations. The practice is jointly headed by Frank Zandee and Scarlett Snethlage in the Netherlands, as well as New York-based Martijn Udo de Haes. Freek Lugtigheid specialises in planning and simplifying international corporate structures.

Practice head(s):

Frank Zandee; Martijn Udo de Haes; Scarlett Snethlage

Other key lawyers:

Freek Lugtigheid; Arnout Rodewijk

Key clients

3M Company


Baker Hughes

Coca Cola

Core Laboratories













Sally Beauty

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Vermillion Energy

Work highlights

  • Advised Halliburton on a wide variety of legal matters and projects, including a legal entity rationalisation project and an optimisation and rationalization project of Halliburton’s global IP structure.
  • Advising 3M on the carve-out and spin-off of 3M’s food safety business to Neogen in 48 jurisdictions.
  • Advising Quaker with the integration of Houghton EMEIA entities into BPR 1 model, corporate restructurings and IP restructuring.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 4

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

As part of the EY global network, HVG Law LLP’s restructuring and insolvency practice is well-placed to act on cross-border mandates and counts Dutch companies, shareholders, banks, investors and creditors among its key roster of clients. The team is noted for its experience acting as insolvency administrators and trustees in bankruptcy cases, and has demonstrable expertise across the retail, life sciences, energy and real estate sectors. Robin de Wit leads the practice alongside Jan Padberg and Johan Westerhof.

Practice head(s):

Robin de Wit; Jan Padberg; Johan Westerhof


‘The team has a unique mix of bankruptcy experience in an international environment.’

‘Simply good lawyers with a practical approach.’

‘This team is highly pragmatic and knowledgeable. This is also due to the cooperation with other disciplines within the organisation.’

‘HVG’s restructuring team is part of an international network of specialists.’

‘HGV Law is uniquely placed with a strong restructuring and insolvency offering alongside the corporate law offering.’

‘Good practice knowledge of Dutch insolvency and banking law.’

Key clients

Exem Energy B.V.


Court appointed liquidations of GFH fund and Allegretto Fund / Dutch Authority of Financial Markets

Joost Zorgt

Nortel Networks

Charles Vögele


Stichting Legal Owner Melanion Dividend Fund

Tidal Operations Netherlands B.V.

Salon B B.V.

Work highlights

  • Acted as bankruptcy trustee of Travelbird, a high-tech online travel and leisure platform.
  • Acting as bankruptcy trustee in an expansive real estate bankruptcy with approximately 40 projects in eight different countries, successfully selling most of the aforementioned projects, in close cooperation with the financing banks.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

The ‘strong and tight-knit team’ at HVG Law LLP is well-placed to leverage its strategic alliance with EY Law when advising on M&A transactions, joint ventures, and due diligence mandates. In the firm’s Rotterdam office, Sijmen de Lange has demonstrable experience acting on acquisitions and divestments, while Eindhoven-based Susan ten Haaf is noted for her expertise across the agri-food, retail, technology and construction sectors. Lange and Haaf lead the practice alongside Matthijs Driedonks, who handles cross-border M&A. Caspar van der Winden left in October 2021. Chaggai Kon joined from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Sijmen de Lange; Matthijs Driedonks; Susan ten Haaf

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld; Sandra van Loon; Bart Wolters; Merel Zwankhuizen; Chaggai Kon


‘Strong and tight-knit team, always available, solution-oriented, strong network and a proactive attitude. Strong commitment towards clients.’

‘Knowledgeable yet very practical approach.’

‘Strong comprehensive and experienced team.’

‘Pleasant personalities with granular analysis. Good and creative negotiation skills.’

‘Specialised M&A team.’

‘Strong team that works together and is always helpful.’

Key clients

De Jong Packaging Group

REMONDIS Nederland

Samskip Group

EyeCare Groep

Cooperatie PLUS UA/Coop Subholding


House of Performance


Isah Software

Oy Duell Bike-Center – IGM

Milestone Group B.V.

Agro-Polen B.V.

Eurofins EAG Materials and Engineering Science

Urban Mining Corp

Delta Logistiek

Odin Groep

Eurofins Environment Testing

Oy Duell Bike-Center- Techno Motor


Deutz Netherlands B.V.

Eurofins Medical Independence

P.A. van der Kooij


Nelemans Groep

Caspar de Haan B.V.

Hennes & Mauritz


Red Company


Work highlights

  • Advised eight separate optician retail chains and management teams on simultaneous merger and (re)investment with EMK Capital forming Eyecare Group.
  • Advised Remondis and Umincorp in various individual acquisitions and joint ventures relating to recycling activities.
  • Advised Instabox (company backed by EQT Ventures) on successful buy-and-built acquisitions of Red Je Pakketje.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

HVG Law LLP specialises in non-bankruptcy related restructuring matters as well as corporate and commercial disputes. Dispute resolution team head George Driessen represents clients across diverse industries encompassing the energy, healthcare, construction, retail and sports sectors.

Practice head(s):

George Driessen

Other key lawyers:

Kim van Wesel

Key clients

Bond voor Belastingbetalers (Dutch Tax Payers Alliance)

RGF Staffing


Coöperatieve Nederlandse Bloembollencentrale


Dutch Medical Group


Capricorn Capital Group


Founding shareholder of Imkerij De Traay

Kenda Health

Founding shareholder of Priogen Energy

Ropapharm International


Founding shareholder of PAIX Holding

Founding shareholder of Vedder & Vedder

Nedri Spanstaal

Founding shareholder of Agrifac and BB Leap

Work highlights

  • Representing Dutch Tax Payers Alliance in a collective claim against The Netherlands before the ECHR for effective remedy against disproportionate tax measures.
  • Represented one of the founding shareholders of Priogen Energy in a dispute against a fellow founding shareholder and CEO, Enerfund, relating to the subsequent carve-out of the minority shareholder and capital acquisition through private equity before the Enterprise Chamber.
  • Represented the investor and founding shareholder (Subliem B.V.) of Vedder & Vedder in a dispute against his co-shareholders before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection

Led by Saskia Vermeer-De Jongh, HVG Law LLP has a niche specialism in advising governing bodies in Dutch sport on data protection and privacy compliance and litigation strategies following investigations by the Dutch DPA.

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, 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 is part of the global EY Law network, comprising more than 3,500 legal professionals and 2,400 lawyers operating from 90+ countries worldwide. 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 and utilities, financial regulatory, health and life sciences, insolvency and restructuring, labor and 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 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.

Competition & Regulated markets Misha lutje Beerenbroekmisha.lutje.beerenbroek@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29083882
Corporate restructuring, Commercial agreements, Legal Managed Services Rutger Lambriexrutger.lambriex@hvglaw.nl+31 6 21251574
Insolvency & Restructuring Johan Westerhofjohan.westerhof@hvglaw.nl+31 6 21252060
Financial services, Pensions Nicolette Opdamnicolette.opdam@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29084667
Government & Public, Health & Life sciences Jan Andringajan.andringa@hvglaw.nl+31 6 21252773
Digital, Cyber & Privacy Saskia Vermeer- de Jonghsaskia.de.jongh@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29083850
Corporate M&A Sijmen de Langesijmen.de.lange@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29083750
Corporate restructuring, Oil & Gas Frank Zandeefrank.zandee@hvglaw.nl+31 88 40 70201
Corporate M&A Matthijs Driedonksmatthijs.driedonks@hvglaw.nl+31 6 21251682
Insolvency & Restructuring Jan Padbergjan.padberg@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29083339
Corporate M&A, Civil Law Notaries Merel Zwankhuizenmerel.zwankhuizen@hvglaw.nl+31 6 21252428
Corporate M&A, Civil Law Notaries Sandra van Loon - Vercauterensandra.van.loon@hvglaw.nl+31 6 21252145
Real Estate Sander van Leeuwensander.van.leeuwen@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29083069
Corporate M&A Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveldhendrik-jan.bleijerveld@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29084143
Corporate M&A Susan ten Haafsusan.ten.haaf@hvglaw.nl+31 6 55442191
Commercial agreements Bart Woltersbart.wolters@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29084035
Corporate M&A Martijn Udo de Haesmartijn.udo.de.haes@hvglaw.nl+1 (212) 773-5178
Finance law Gijs van de Wouwgijs.van.de.wouw@hvglaw.nl+31 6 29083968
Labor & Employment Laila Berrichlaila.berrich@hvglaw.nl+31 6 51295051
Dispute Resolution George Driessengeorge.driessen@hvglaw.nl+316 21252683
Jan Andringa photoMr Jan AndringaJan is active in the healthcare & life sciences, biotech/pharma and technology…
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Huub Van Osch photoMr Huub Van OschHuub van Osch is a very experienced employment lawyer who specialises in…
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Frank Zandee photoMr Frank ZandeeFrank Zandee is a partner in the Corporate restructuring practice. Frank advises…
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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.