Firm Profile > Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh > Rotterdam, Netherlands

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

With notable strength in insolvency and restructuring-related disputes, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is growing its market share and expanding; its new hires including counsel Abdel Tahtah  from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. The experienced partner team comprises the well-known Bart Gerretsen, 'extremely good lawyer' Irene Tax, and name partners Richard le Grand and Ruben Leeuwenburgh.

Practice head(s):

Irene Tax; Richard Le Grand; Ruben Leeuwenburgh; Bart Gerretsen

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Jansen; Abdel Tahtah


‘The Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh team excels in the combination of experience and cooperation, also with other law firms and disciplines.’

‘I have worked with Irene Tax and she is an extremely good lawyer with an eye for practical solutions and not afraid to litigate where necessary. Irene always keeps main issues separate from side issues and achieves creative and good solutions. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘Irene and her team are very responsive and creative. Their approach is structured, strategic and their court documents are very accessible and convincing. They are persistent and focused and pleasant to work with.’

‘Irene Tax, Marieke van Aalderen and Steven Palm all stand out for their clear and no-nonsense approach to disputes, and are a joy to work with.’

‘The people in this firm are realy interested in their clients wellbeing, separate from the case itself.’

‘I mainly work with Irene Tax and Marieke van Aalderen. Irene always ensures that I can sleep well. She actively informs about deadlines, actions to be taken and her considerations regarding her advice. Marieke is her associate and together they form a great team.’


Key clients

D&O’s in relation to Cunico Resources

ZEP Holding Benelux (easyhotels)




Miedema and Van Roozendaal SURF

Telor International

Leaderland (Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam High Court)

Mammoet Nederland and Mammoet Deutschland


Ale Heavylift

BB Capital Management

Eastman Music Company/Eastman Musical Instruments Europe

Hoeve Holland

D&O’s in relation to Darion Capital Management

Group Parcel International

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is active in general restructuring matters and its practitioners are often appointed as administrators. The group handles major restructuring cases for creditors and debtors, and is active in the areas of energy, retail, healthcare, transport, shipping and education. Marcel Windt, Ruben Leeuwenburgh and Richard le Grand are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Windt; Ruben Leeuwenburgh; Richard Le Grand


‘As a restructuring/corporate finance consultancy firm we like to work with them because of their client and solution-oriented attitude’.

‘They have a good relation with a lot of business and juridical people’.

‘They’re pro-active with new developments’.

‘Marcel Windt and Ruben Leeuwenburgh are outstanding in insolvency and restructuring, they are always thinking about the next steps, very capable, flexible and easy to contact’.

‘Highly professional, in-depth knowledge, excellent communication and swift responses’.

‘Strong partnership attitude in any challenge’.

‘They walk the path along with you and hold your hand professionally’.

‘They really try with great effort to understand you and to stand by you’.

Key clients

Lenders of Hemisphere International

Varova Fashion Group B.V.


Municipality of Enschede

De Hoop Terneuzen

Court of Haarlem – KPNQwest N.V.

District Court of Rotterdam – Enron Power B.V.

IHC Group

District Court of Rotterdam: VLM Airlines

Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam High Court – Leaderland TTM entities

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh's Rotterdam-based corporate employment team has notable expertise in dismissals, sexual harassment cases, cross-border restructurings, negotiations with works councils and TUPE.  Peter de Waal, who has over 30 years of experience, acts for management boards, directors and shareholders of domestic and international companies. De Waal co-heads the group with counsel Steven Palm.

Practice head(s):

Peter de Waal; Steven Palm

Key clients






DVB Bank




Gebrs Coster



People 2.0

Arcus Holding

Anchor Insurance Brokerage

Rapyd (Cash Dash)

Dierenkliniek Breda

Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds HVI & Jachtbouw

Vinçotte Nederland

The firm: Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is a corporate law firm, based in Rotterdam, with ten partners specializing in transactions, litigation, IP and EU law, commercial contracts and restructuring. The firm’s main focus lies in assisting multinationals and large corporates in realizing their business targets. The firm has extensive experience in solving some of the most complex and escalated situations known in the Netherlands, including but not limited to financial crisis, state aid matters, corporate battles, shareholder disputes, large scale personnel reorganizations and in establishing (mid-market) M&A transactions. The firm’s litigators are involved in complex big ticket multi-jurisdictional litigation such as commercial contracts, corporate structures, sanctions, parallel (EU) import and intellectual property. The aim is to protect the client’s interests as a shareholder, buyer, director, trader, producer, supervisor, IP owner, partner; or as a member of an executive or non-executive board, finance party, fund, or government. Most international guides that chart the Dutch legal market rank both the firm and its lawyers as the top in their field.

Areas of practice: Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh provides legal services in the practice areas restructuring and insolvency, dispute resolution, IP-general, competition/European law and employment.

Restructuring and insolvency: A substantial component of the firm is its insolvency practice, acting as a curator and administrator by appointment of the Rotterdam District Court and the Amsterdam High Court Enterprise Chamber. Additionally, the firm has a glowing reputation for its ability to restructure businesses and thereby obtaining top end referral work (Oi Telecoms, Abengoa, Steinhoff) alongside high profile national work including CRO’s, banks and interim management examples include the restructuring of Varova (Sissy Boy, Open 32 and Tumble n Dry), Men at Work and a successful bid for AMST on Boeing/Airbus flight simulator business of Simteq.
Contact: Marcel Windt Tel: +31 6 5365 4222

Employment: Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh has a high quality personnel reorganization and labour law practice. The practice mostly acts for sizeable employers, such as national institutions like Erasmus Medisch Centrum, or for inbound crossborder work on claw back claims, governance and collective dismissals.
Contact: Peter de Waal Tel: +31 6 2269 3374

Dispute resolution: With five partners in corporate and commercial litigation, this is the largest and strongest section of the firm. Richard Le Grand is the all-round commercial litigator with an exceptional stronghold in the Dutch heavy lifting business and takes appointments from the Enterprise Chamber. Ruben Leeuwenburgh and Irene Tax lead complex commercial disputes and defend directors, investors and restructuring offers before the Enterprise Chamber and the civil courts. Partner Gerard van der Wal takes cases to the ECJ and industry veteran Bart Gerretsen captains some of the most substantial corporate and (international) commercial pending litigations and arbitrations.
Contact: Richard le Grand Tel: +31 10 2617 507

IP-general: With the appointment of the young equity partner Timme Geerlof, the firm has further developed a sophisticated IP practice for its corporate clients, with a focus on parallel import/EU matters and specializing in medicine/pharma/repackaging issues. Senior Statesman Gerard van der Wal has been involved in most landmark cases before the CJ EU that have formed the current legal landscape.
Contact: Timme Geerlof Tel: +31 6 1335 3032

Competition/ European law:The firm has the privilege of housing Gerard van der Wal, a well respected and reputable figure in his area of work. Gerard van der Wal and senior associate Doortje Ninck Blok, a former legal advisor of the Dutch government in state aid matters, have teamed up at Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh to assist amongst other Dutch cities and counties vis-à-vis the European Commission in state aid matters. Since the introduction of the single market Gerard van der Wal, formerly residing in Brussels, has been involved in free trade matters before inter alia the EU courts.
Contact: Gerard van der Wal Tel: +32 475 418 532

Department Name Email Telephone
Restructuring & insolvency Marcel Windt
Restructuring & insolvency - Corporate litigation Richard Le Grand
Restructuring & insolvency - Corporate litigation Ruben Leeuwenburgh
Banking & Restructuring - Financial Restructuring Michiel Bindels
Intellectual property & Commercial litigation Timme Geerlof
EU, state aid & competition law - IP & Pharma Gerard van der Wal
EU, state aid & competition law - IP & Pharma Doortje Ninck Blok
Corporate litigation Bart Gerretsen
Corporate litigation Irene Tax
Employment & Reorganisation Peter de Waal
Employment & Reorganisation Steven Palm
Corporate/M&A Tessa Rozendal
Corporate/M&A Mark Miedema
Corporate litigation/Commercial contracts & litigation Abdel Tahtah
Photo Name Position Profile
 Michiel Bindels  photo Michiel Bindels Partner
 Timme Geerlof  photo Timme Geerlof Partner
 Bart Gerretsen  photo Bart Gerretsen Of Counsel
 Ruben Leeuwenburgh  photo Ruben Leeuwenburgh Partner
 Steven Palm  photo Steven Palm Counsel
 Irene Tax  photo Irene Tax Partner
 Marcel Windt  photo Marcel Windt Partner
 Peter de Waal  photo Peter de Waal Partner
 Richard le Grand  photo Richard le Grand Partner
 Gerard van der Wal  photo Gerard van der Wal Partner
Number of partners : 10
Number of lawyers : 34

From the outset our firm has a certain cooperative, open-minded nature and focusses entirely on first tier quality of its corporate and litigation services as well as the legal work product for our clients.

In striving for these eminent services we do that with a team of female and male professionals, including management, support staff and partnership with various (international) backgrounds regardless of religion or ethnicity.