HVG Law LLP > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

HVG Law LLP
ANTONIO VIVALDISTRAAT 150
1083 HP AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Netherlands > Energy: regulatory Tier 3

HVG Law LLP is aligned with EY Tax in the Netherlands and also participates in the global EY Law network. The firm’s energy practice handles transactional work, regulatory matters and disputes; it is led by Sander Simonetti who has considerable knowledge of the Dutch regulatory environment and focuses on energy infrastructure and trading, renewables and sustainable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Sander Simonetti

Testimonials

Solid practice.

‘Adaptive to customer needs and culture.

‘Proactive in thinking how to help the project outside of the box.

‘Highest professional standards visible in deliverables.

Key clients

Deddens Renewables

Broadview Energy Solutions

Netherlands Climate Fund

Essent (part of E.ON)

NV Juva / Westland Infra

KIC EIT InnoEnergy

AEB Amsterdam

Netbeheer Nederland (the Dutch Energy Grid Operators association)

Chubu

De Jong Packaging Group

HAAS Heat

Rendo

SPIE

Chemours

Greenchoice

Waternet

Pondera

The Dutch Solar

Groenleven / BayWay

Stedin Holding

WBL Limburg Water

Universal Energy Solutions

Gate Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Deddens Renewables on the project development of a complex 120MW combined wind-solar park and its subsequent sale to Royal Dutch Shell.
  • Advised Broadview Energy Solutions on its acquisition of international biogas company DMT.
  • Advised the Netherlands Climate Fund on its acquisition of the Riessen solar park.

Netherlands > Energy: transactional Tier 4

HVG Law LLP is well known in the market for its regulatory expertise, but the practice also advises on energy transactions and disputes, and is experienced in international deals. The firm is aligned with EY Tax and cooperates with consultancy's international arm as part of the global EY Law network. Sander Simonetti heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sander Simonetti

Testimonials

Solid practice.

Adaptive to customer needs and culture.

Proactive in thinking how to help the project outside of the box.

Highest professional standards visible in deliverables.

Key clients

Deddens Renewables

Broadview Energy Solutions

Netherlands Climate Fund

Essent

NV Juva / Westland Infra

KIC EIT InnoEnergy

AEB Amsterdam

Association of Energy Grid Operators ( Netbeheer Nederland )

Chubu

De Jong Packaging Group

HAAS Heat

Rendo

SPIE

Chemours

Greenchoice

Waternet

Pondera

The Dutch Solar

Groenleven / BayWay

Stedin Holding

WBL Limburg Water

Universal Energy Solutions

Gate Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Deddens Renewables on the project development of a complex 120MW combined wind/solar park and its subsequent sale to Royal Dutch Shell.
  • Advised Broadview Energy Solutions on its acquisition of international biogas company DMT.
  • Advised the Netherlands Climate Fund on its acquisition of the Riessen solar park.

Netherlands > EU and competition Tier 4

HVG Law LLP‘s team, which is led by Misha lutje Beerenbroek, advises clients on merger control, distribution agreements and vertical restraints, as well as cartel defence. It is heavily involved in mandates connected with heavy industries, retail/consumer products and transport. Pieter Leopold, who is a former ACM official, is a name to note in the group.

Practice head(s):

Misha lutje Beerenbroek

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

REMONDIS

Unilin

Coop Supermarkten

Xiaomi

EY Assurance

Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe

Mitsubishi Logisnext

Shin-Etsu

Nichirei

Kawasaki Motors Europe

Fonterra

Novomatic

Work highlights

  • Assisted Farm Dairy with the ACM merger filing associated with the contemplated acquisition of Veco Dairy.
  • Advised EY Assurance on multiple of their clients’ cartel and abuse cases.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

The insolvency and restructuring team at HVG Law LLP has broad experience in corporate restructurings and insolvency administrations, and individuals in the team are frequently appointed as trustee. The firm is part of the EY global network and often handles international cases. Robin De Wit, Jan Padberg and Johan Westerhof  are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Robin de Wit; Jan Padberg; Johan Westerhof

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of insolvency law and cooperation with the EY restructuring team’.

‘Jan Padberg is amicable and solution-driven’.

‘Robin de Wit is knowledgeable and understands the business’.

‘Strong involvement and dedication’.

‘Knowledgeable and keen to keep the project efficient’.

‘They look beyond the legal scope and support the wider process’.

‘The team is very well connected within an international practice group and is therefore excellently positioned for cross-border cases’.

‘Robin de Wit is a Partner with exceptional legal skills and a great understanding of client needs’.

Key clients

TravelBird

Court appointed liquidation of Allegretto Fund / Dutch Authority of Financial Markets

Joost Zorgt

M.J. Weerman Bloemengroothandel

Court appointed liquidation of GFH Paraplufonds / Dutch Authority of Financial Markets

Nortel Networks

Charles Vögele

TCN Urop SE

Stichting Legal Owner Melanion Dividend Fund

NV Rendo Holding

Tidal Operations Netherlands B.V.

Work highlights

  • Acted as bankruptcy trustee of Travelbird, a high-tech online travel and leisure platform with 350 employees.
  • Acting as trustee to Tidal Operations (Netherlands) B.V.
  • Acting as bankruptcy trustee to TCN Urop S.E.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

HVG Law LLP, part of the global EY Law network, operates across M&A, joint venture, restructuring and vendor due diligence mandates in addition to management buy-outs and buy-ins. Rotterdam-based duo Sijmen de Lange and Caspar van der Winden jointly head the practice which notably operates across a broad spectrum of industries, including retail and consumer products, health and life sciences, energy, technology, financial services and real estate.

Practice head(s):

Sijmen de Lange; Caspar van der Winden

Other key lawyers:

Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld; Matthijs Driedonks; Bart Wolters; Frank Zandee; Sandra van Loon; Susan ten Haaf; Merel Zwankhuizen; Sander van Leeuwen

Testimonials

‘Organised and efficient. Have taken ownership of, overseen and executed a number of complex reorganisations very well, proposing novel solutions on occasions to help expedite the process.’

‘The most important part for us is that the legal team works as an extension of our legal team and as such the communication is quick and efficient and time and effort and cost is saved. Of the years of working with the legal team of HVG Law this set-up feels fully natural and the added value of the team and their individual members is clear.’

‘The individual members of the team are approachable, even when not convenient for themselves they make time and try to provide us with the best advice possible, even if this is not directly what we want to hear. As such I can highly recommend Sander van Leeuwen.’

‘People collaborate and cooperate very smoothly. Very hands on and very skilled and experienced to do complexed legal work.’

‘Hendrik-Jan Bleijerveld, quickly understands the deal essentials and is very focussed on solving difficult issues practically in stead of making things even more complex. Fine negotiating skills.’

‘The HVG team is talented, diverse and highly professional. Their preparation and level of industry knowledge is outstanding.’

‘Sijmen de Lange is undoubtedly the driving force of the team. He is advising our company already for an extensive period of time but is as engaged as when he started.

‘Susan ten Haaf was in the lead. She is a very good listener and oversees the process and above all the people who are involved. As well as on her own team, her corporate finance colleagues and the customer team. In all the negotiations that occurred she prepares us very well and was very persuasive and decisive bringing them to a positive result.’

Key clients

Huuskes Holding B.V.

Netivity

Zein International Childcare Group

Pink Elephant

GoodHabitz

Coop Nederland

Redwood Software

Imkerij de Traaij

New Office Centre Beheer

Lippert

VCSW

De Jong Verpakking

Amathaon Capital & CLAAS

Shareholders JV Produkties B.V.

IBM Corporation / IBM Nederland B.V.

Koninklijke DSM N.V.

CH Robinson

Eurofins Clinical Diagnostics

Capricorn Capital Group B.V.

REMONDIS Nederland

TopigsNorsvin

Cire Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Redwood Software on securing a €315m strategic investment from growth equity firm Turn/River Capital.
  • Assisted IBM Corporation and its Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg subsidiaries in a multi-jurisdictional carve-out project regarding IT and outsourcing agreements; a project closely related to the envisaged global spin-off of IBM’s managed infrastructure business.
  • Assisted the shareholders’ of Huuskes Holding with the exclusive cooperation between the Huuskes group and Chefs Culinar and the sale of a minority share interest in the Huuskes group to Chefs Culinar.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

HVG Law LLP has a strategic alliance with EY Tax in the Netherlands and, as such, is is part of the global EY Law network. Under the leadership of George Driessen, the practice handles international corporate and commercial disputes. Driessen has particular experience in shareholder, D&O liability and post-M&A disputes.

Practice head(s):

George Driessen

Testimonials

‘The team combines all competencies needed to serve our corporate clients, especially as they can combine this with the expertise brought in through EY’.

‘The litigation practice demonstrates in-depth technical expertise combined with strong communication skills’.

‘They are valued litigators for our clients as they can make the cases very easy to understand for laymen and at the same time be strong against large opponents’.

‘It is an absolute pleasure working with George Driessen and the team and I can recommend them to any client to work’.

‘The team is efficient and knowledgeable and goes above and beyond’.

‘HVG Law is considered a valued business partner in the numerous cases we have had and they always do their utmost best to get the best deal for the client’.

‘George Driessen is a very decent person, but can be razor sharp when needed’.

‘The team has the ability of making complex legal matter easily digestible and comprehensible’.

Key clients

Q-Park

EY SaT

EY Tax

Bond voor Belastingbetalers (Dutch Tax PayersAlliance)

Coöperatieve Nederlands Bloembollencentrale

Nedri Spanstaal (part of the WestfälischeDrahtindustrie)

Lamaro Holding (majority shareholder in PriogenEnergy)

Work highlights

  • Advising EY Tax and representing Dutch Tax Payers Alliance before the European Court of Human Rights in a collective remedy claim against the State of The Netherlands in connection with a disproportionate tax measure.
  • Currently representing Nedri Spanstaal in diverting an allegedly cartel related multimillion claim from Deutsche Bahn AG c.s. to the previous shareholder of Nedri Spanstaal B.V., i.e. Zuiderhoofd B.V.
  • Successfully represented Lamaro Holding in several corporate governance related matters concerning Priogen (Energy) before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

HVG Law LLP has a strategic alliance with Ernst & Young Tax and is part of its global network. The practice handles general employment matters, M&A-related issues and is particularly experienced in negotiations with works councils and trade unions. Following the departure of former practice head Joost van Ladesteijn  to Vertex Legal, the team is now led by Laila Berrich – who joined from Houthoff in mid-2021 – Huub Van Osch and Nicky Ten Bokum.

Testimonials

‘Proactive communication, creative thinking in finding solutions and they make the customer feel welcome’.

‘They engage in a good manner and take ownership of the case at hand’.

‘Transparency, good planning, initiative, and knowledge on all aspects of a case’.

Key clients

Belkin – Foxconn

Mainfreight

Amplifon / Beter Horen

AB Vakwerk

Harvest House

First Dutch

Novomatic

De Jong Verpakking

Tank Services Pernis

Remote

CM.com

EY

Jeugdbescherming west

Haag Wonen

Work highlights

  • Assisted Beter Horen / Amplifon SA on various employment related matters last year, including works council consultation processes related to a transition of its Dutch HQ to Utrecht.
  • Assisted AB Vakwerk on a restructuring of its group structure.
  • Assisted Novomatic AG with a restructuring of its group structure, NOW aid related matters and a reorganisation, including works council consultation.

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.

Community
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.

Environment
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.

People
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.


International

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.