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Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 4

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh is well known in the market for its insolvency and restructuring expertise, and it also handles wider corporate and commercial disputes. Irene Tax  us recommended for shareholder, professional liability and partnership disputes, while Ruben Leeuwenburgh  handles corporate litigation. Bart Gerretsen and Richard le Grand are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Jansen; Abdel Tahtah


‘The team consists of a good mix of experienced partners and ambitious talents’.

‘The firm offers good value for money, and is highly experienced in our industry’.

‘Richard le Grand is a trusted partner of us for more then a decade; with his knowledge of our industry, he’s very capable of providing solid advice that suits our business and our way of working’.

‘Richard le Grand is a true hands-on litigator’.

‘Richard le Grand’s recent appointment as deputy judge in Amsterdam is well deserved and a true testimony of his capabilities’.

‘The team gave me confidence in their approach from the first engagement’.

They developed strategies which were very successful for the client and demonstrated their technical excellence’.

Key clients

D&O’s in relation to Cunico Resources N.V.


ZEP Holding Benelux (easyhotels)

Miedema and Van Roozendaal / SURF

Telor International Ltd.

Leaderland (Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam High Court)

Mammoet Nederland B.V. and Mammoet Deutschland GmBH

Copa N.V.

BB Capital Management B.V.


D&O’s Darion Capital Management




Work highlights

  • Defending two former directors of FENI in claims related to the wider Cunico v. Macedonia case.
  • Acting for Fitland, the Dutch sport and fitness chain, in its post M&A dispute against Basic-Fit.
  • Acting for one of the founders of EasyHotel Benelux in a €150m dispute with a UK investor regarding the enforcement of multimillion-euro security rights.

Netherlands > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 4

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh has considerable expertise and experience in advising Dutch and international creditors and debtors on a range of restructuring and insolvency matters. Marcel Windt  is often appointed as trustee or liquidator by the courts and Richard le Grand  is experienced in investigating the financial mismanagement of companies. Ruben Leeuwenburgh  is also recommended and Michiel Bindels  was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Windt; Ruben Leeuwenburgh; Richard le Grand

Other key lawyers:

Michiel Bindels


‘Their strength is that they are always available and respond quickly’.

‘Experienced and knowledgeable team of high-quality insolvency practitioners in a smaller setting’.

‘Very user-friendly.’

‘Marcel Windt is very seasoned, reasonable in approach, solution-driven and open-minded in problem fixing’.

‘The firm has a strong presence in restructuring and insolvency in the Dutch legal market’. 

‘Marcel Windt is an experienced attorney in his field who brings his experience as bankruptcy trustee, advocate and trusted counsel together into a balanced approach for each issue on his plate’.

‘Marcel Windt’s approach allows input from others and he genuinely takes those into account, whilst at the same time instilling confidence by providing his expert advice’.

‘Marcel Windt is a real pragmatic thinker as well’.

Key clients

Management Participation vehicle IHC B.V.


County Hoeksche Waard

Fitland Groep

Mercon B.V.


Work highlights

  • Appointed trustee in the bankruptcy and insolvency of Verolme.
  • Advised County Hoeksche Waard on dealing with the demise of HMC.
  • Assisting Fitland with stakeholder management further to the divestment of its hotel and fitness facilities to Fletcher Group and Basic-Fit.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

Rotterdam-based Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh's work has recently covered large reorganisations, dismissals, outsourcing and providing advice on Covid-19-related matters. With over 30 years’ experience, Peter de Waal co-heads the team alongside counsel Steven Palm.

Practice head(s):


Very knowledgeable people and straight-to-the-point advice.’

‘Our lawyers were able to explain complex strategy and complex procedures in an understandable way.’

‘Exceptional communication.’

Key clients

DVB Bank

Arcus Holding








Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds HVI & Jachtbouw

Vinçotte Nederland


Work highlights

  • Advising DVB Bank on a range of employment matters arising from the sale of a number of business units.
  • Acting for Arcus Holding in a high profile dismissal case.
  • Representing Mammoet in proceedings against a former director-level employee at the Court of Rotterdam.

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

From its Rotterdam base, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh  has a focus on IP law and its intersection with wider EU law. Acknowledged as ‘a very specialised IP boutique‘, what sets it apart is its ability (especially regarding trade marks and patent law) to navigate regulatory and EU laws in relation to, for example, the labelling or pricing of pharmaceutical products  and the import or export of products in the EU. Its cases often reach the Benelux Court of Justice and one is pending before the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Its work also covers trade mark, design and copyright  infringement matters in various areas of consumer goods with cases frequently going before the EUIPO. Timme Geerlof  and Gerard van der Wal  are the highly rated practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Timme Geerlof; Gerard van der Wal


A very specialised IP boutique and in its way of working a bit out of the box.’

‘The IP Laywers have a lot of experiences but are not afraid to try alternative ways to achieve the best results for their clients.’

Key clients

B.V. Rotterdamsche producten Mij

Altunis-Trading, Gestão e Serviços LDA

F. Loendersloot Internationale Expeditie B.V.

Kamstra International B.V. and related group companies NoCrazy Piano’s On Tour B.V.

WijKopenAutos B.V., subsidiary of Auto1 Group GmbH

Ruhi Enterprises Ltd

Decor Wonen Schiedam B.V. and affiliated companies

Association Euro Specialité’s (VES)

Youfone B.V.

Work highlights

  • Representing B.V. Rotterdamsche Producten Mij,  obtained a landmark victory judgement at the Court of Appeal of The Hague, currently pending before the Dutch Supreme Court, which decided several important issues regarding the free movement of trademarked goods.
  • Representing  Altunis-Trading, Gestão e Serviços LDA before the Benelux Court of Justice in a trade mark matter which will determine the temporary scope of genuine use of a Benelux trade mark, registered for hotel services and used for the services of a famous luxury hotel that is situated in a third country outside the Benelux.
  • Defending F. Loendersloot Internationale Expeditie B.V.,  the  freight forwarding company in two major pending proceedings before the Court of The Hague concerning issues of free circulation of trademarked goods without the consent of the trade mark owner.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 6

Led by Ep Hannema who has 30+ years of experience in the sector, Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh represents a number of major Benelux players, counting its strong knowledge of the environmental, sustainability and IT sectors as a key distinguisher. Its workload includes cross-border and domestic M&A, joint venture and general business advice mandates.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Peter Goes


What is quite unique for the Windt M&A practice is that they really understand financial flows of deals and calculations of values. Therefore they are a true partner in successful deals.

Their responsiveness and accuracy is quite unique and outstanding compared to other firms.

Their practical approach, their ability to level with shareholders and management to truly be of service is outstanding. If you agree to have draft documents by tomorrow, you will receive them the same day. Moreover, they are innovative in finding solutions in complex situations.

For us in this position it was our “dream team”, they performed exceptionally well.

The team is highly capable to assist their client in a effective and efficient process. Knowledge is shared directly and always available.

High quality of work, always available.

Key clients

Odin Groep

ATS Global

People 2.0

CIP Capital

De Winter Groep

Fortino Capital

Oblivion B.V.

Bam Infra (Royal BAM)


Work highlights

  • Advising Oblivion B.V., a leading Dutch IT player, on its sale of the company to Xebia (a portfolio company of Waterland Private Equity.      
  • Advising Odin Groep and its majority shareholder Fortino Capital on the acquisition of Pimarox Ggroup.
  • Acting as Dutch counsel to People 2.0 in the sale of a majority stake in this outsourced human resources and payroll services leader to TPG Capital, and advising on various add-on acquisitions for People 2.0.

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

Restructuring & insolvency Marcel
Restructuring & insolvency - Corporate litigation Richard Le
Restructuring & insolvency - Corporate litigation Ruben
Banking & Restructuring - Financial Restructuring Michiel
Intellectual property & Commercial litigation Timme
EU, state aid & competition law - IP & Pharma Gerard van der
EU, state aid & competition law - IP & Pharma Doortje Ninck
Corporate litigation Bart
Corporate litigation Irene
Employment & Reorganisation Peter de
Employment & Reorganisation Steven
Corporate/M&A Tessa
Corporate/M&A Mark
Corporate litigation/Commercial contracts & litigation Abdel
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.