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Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Representing multinational clients in intersecting shareholder and insolvency disputes is a frequent focus of Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh's dispute resolution practice. Experienced litigators Irene Tax, Bart Gerretsen, Ruben Leeuwenburgh and Richard le Grand jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

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


‘The personal approach of a smaller firm, combined with the knowledge and capabilities of a major firm.’

‘Bright and creative thinkers, who are always open to discussion. Great sparring partners who clearly enjoy their work, and the intellectual exercise that comes with working in law. Marcel Windt and Irene Tax stand out in this respect.’

‘Strong and knowledgeable team with practical experience.’

‘Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburg has assisted us in several dispute resolution cases. We value the fact that they know our business very well. They always respond and act quickly and have a very practical approach that suits our fast-paced business, yet their advice is always thorough with a good eye for detail.’

‘Richard le Grand has assisted us in many cases. He has broad legal knowledge and a good understanding of our business. His practical yet thorough approach and creative ideas have brought success to many of our cases.’

‘The team is dynamic, responsive and highly committed to quality.’

‘Irene Tax is not only an excellent lawyer, but she is also passionate about the cases she handles.’

‘Irene Tax has an excellent reputation, and rightly so. She has a lot of experience and is steadfast. She is solution-oriented and flexible when needed. She has a great deal of legal experience and knows how to apply it well, even under pressure.’

Key clients

Tennor Holding B.V.

Directors and Officers of FENI (Macedonian subsidiary of Cunico Resources N.V.)

Leaderland TTM entities

Founder of EasyHotel Benelux Group

BB Capital Management B.V.

Eendracht Gerechtsdeurwaarders B.V.

Former D&O’s of Darion Capital Management

L. Baars Beheer Sliedrecht B.V.

SRK Rechtsbijstand

Republic of India

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Rotterdam-based firm Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is noted for its capability advising on restructurings arising out of the Dutch shipping sector, with additional experience across the investment, retail and life sciences industries. Practice head Richard le Grand ‘stands out in complex restructuring cases on the edge of insolvency’, taking administrator appointments and the role of expert investigator in the financial mismanagement of companies. Praised for ‘his exceptional commercial acumen and ability to guide clients through tough storms’, Marcel Windt is another key contact in the group.  

Practice head(s):

Richard le Grand

Other key lawyers:

Mark Mouthaan; Michiel Bindels; Marcel Windt; Ruben Leeuwenburgh


‘Richard le Grand is a clever thinker and willing to understand customer’s challenges. Has a wealth of experience in different segments with insolvency and entrepreneurial law.’

‘Ruben Leeuwenberg is excellent. He is smart, thoughtful and unflappable in challenging situations. Michiel Bindels is very hard-working, sensible and knows the market very well, and Richard le Grand is a master tactician.’

‘Mark Mouthaan is a standout associate. He has an excellent manner.’

‘Very practical and knowledgeable team. Accessible and a pleasure to work with. They are all-round insolvency experts, also having many insights in dealing with the debtor side.’

‘Richard le Grand stands out in complex restructuring cases on the edge of insolvency and corporate litigation. He thinks and acts extremely fast and has the ability to turn a case in favour of his clients.’

‘The team at Windt Le Grand is noted especially for their technical expertise and commercial acumen. Are very capable at determining when to apply commercial flexibility. Lastly, the team is very approachable for both clients and peer firms, which makes working with them very pleasurable.’

‘Marcel Windt is noted for his exceptional commercial acumen and ability to guide clients through tough storms. He is also an excellent communicator and knows how to take a leading role in negotiations and bring parties together. Excellent trait in distressed restructuring scenario’s. Another noteworthy individual is Michiel Bindels. He is noted for excellent technical knowledge about insolvency law. He’s also noted for his diligence: he works tirelessly to get the job done.’

‘Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh provide an exceptionally personalised experience marked by understanding and compassion.’

Key clients

Steinhoff Recovery Foundation



Quality Plants Europe B.V.

Vendo Nederland B.V.

Eendracht Gerechtsdeurwaarders B.V.



Tennor Holding B.V.

Work highlights

  • Appointed as Chairman of the Steinhoff Recovery Foundation in relation to the global settlement for the €7bn insolvency of Steinhoff International.
  • Appointed trustee in bankruptcy in the insolvency of Verolme, a previously large shipbuilder.
  • Advising RMC, a regional healthcare transport company of which RET, Rotterdam’s main transport operator, is a shareholder, on establishing a bilateral scheme with its main creditors.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is particularly active in advising trade unions and assisting with works council matters, including strike actions. Other areas of focus include the employment aspects of the restructuring of corporate operations, as well as contractor relationships. The firm also has experience investigating allegations of sexual misconduct. The practice is led by Steven Palm, who was recently promoted to partner and who is active in restructurings, collective dismissals and remuneration matters. Peter de Waal is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Steven Palm

Other key lawyers:


‘Steven Palm and Peter de Waal and their teams give understandable, practical and excellent advice to their clients.’

‘Steven Palm is an excellent lawyer who gives clear and concise advice to his clients and also to peers. I engaged him based on his deep knowledge of successive employment relationships, a topic he knows more about than any other employment lawyer. Steven provided a very helpful legal opinion in a collective claim.’

‘They get involved in a case as if they have no other clients. They can be reached any time, any place, and they have all the details ready.’

Key clients

DVB Bank




Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds HVI & Jachtbouw (PHJ)

Vinçotte Nederland


Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 5

Co-led by Gerard van der Wal and Timme Geerlof, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh has expertise in all aspects of trade mark, design, copyright, unfair competition and advertising law. Situated in Rotterdam, the team has considerable experience representing clients in cases involving parallel trade of goods, complex proceedings regarding the exhaustion of IP rights, and trade mark matters in the pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality sectors. Associate Shaharzaad Said is active in negotiating and drafting IP-related agreements and is a skilled litigator.

Practice head(s):

Gerard van der Wal; Timme Geerlof

Other key lawyers:


‘Despite being a relatively new firm, it has a very experienced set of lawyers, who specialise in a broad range of legal niches.’

‘Timme Geerlof is one of the young and prominent IP lawyers in the Benelux. He has a lot of experience and thinks outside the box. At the same time, I like his pragmatic approach.’

‘Timme Geerlof has excellent knowledge and instantly answers questions. He is friendly and accessible.’

‘Shaharzaad Said is eager to find the details in a case that can flip the case to the advantage of the client, and she will not rest until she finds those details.’

‘Timme Geerlof is a friendly and sharp legal practitioner, taking both business and legal risk and opportunities into account, with advice that goes beyond his initial turf of intellectual property.’

‘Timme Geerlof is one of the best.’

Key clients

WijKopenAuto’s B.V. and Auto1 N.V.

Spido B.V.

B.V. Rotterdamsche Producten Mij

Altunis-Trading, Gestão e Serviços LDA

F. Loendersloot Internationale B.V.

Rhino Overseas Inc

Stijlgroep Landschap en Stedelijke Ruimte B.V.

B&S HTG B.V. and affiliated companies

Crazy Piano’s On Tour B.V.

BModesto B.V.

Association Euro-Specialité (VES)

Euro-Caps B.V.

Saybrex International Inc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented WijKopenAutos in proceedings before the Benelux Court of Justice regarding the lack of distinctive character of the trade mark of its competitor for the sign ‘ik wil van mijn auto af’.
  • Representing Altunis Trading Gestão e Serviços in trade mark litigation proceedings before the Benelux Court of Justice.
  • Defending one of the largest logistics service providers and freight forwarding companies in the Netherlands in two trade mark litigations proceedings against Bacardi and MHCS Société En Commandite Simple.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

With experience in the environmental, sustainability and IT sectors, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh acts for key clients in the Benelux region on domestic and cross-border M&A, joint ventures and general corporate mandates. Based in Rotterdam, practice leader Ep Hannema advises on distressed M&A and is noted for his expertise in the financial services, technology and retail industries.

Practice head(s):

Ep Hannema

Key clients

Hunter Douglas Industries B.V.

ExpertDoc B.V.

Omnicals Pharma Ltd.

InnoGenerics B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Hunter Douglas on the acquisition of Derako Systems B.V.
  • Advised the shareholders of ExpertDoc B.V. on the sale of the Company to Dedalus Private Equity.
  • Advising InnoGenerics on the takeover of the assets of the pharmaceutical factory Apotex in the Netherlands.

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 Ep Hannema
Number of partners : 11
Number of lawyers : 33

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.