Firm Profile > Fort Advocaten > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fort Advocaten
KONINGSLAAN 60
1075 AG AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

Industry focus: retail Tier 2

Fort Advocaten is recommended for its 'good knowledge of the retail sector' and also for providing 'the high-speed solutions that are needed in the industry'. 'Quick-thinking' managing partner Katinka Verdurmen provides clients with a blend of commercial contracting and real estate expertise, with particular experience in franchising work and leasing disputes. The team also leverages the firm's wider expertise in employment, corporate and M&A, litigation, and restructuring and insolvency law. Dirk van den Berg and Jodit de Bruin are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Katinka Verdurmen

Testimonials

‘Very client friendly. Works to solve the problems asap instead of making long hours to make a high billing possible.’

‘You can 100% rely on the advice of Fort Advocaten. They know how to make legally complex issues look simple. They communicate very well. They listen very well to what exactly you need. And last but not least they are nice people.’

‘Good knowledge about the retail sector; also about the high speed solutions are needed in the retail sector; pragmatic approach; clear communications; open for feedback’.

Key clients

Action Nederland B.V.

Bakker.com

Big Bazar B.V.

Blokker B.V.

Blokker Holding B.V.

HEMA B.V.

Intertoys B.V. (Green SwanNetherlands B.V.)

JD Sports Fashion B.V.

Lush B.V.

Mexx Europe B.V.

MS Mode Nederland B.V.

Nedstede Retail B.V.

Nespresso Nederland B.V.

Scapino Retail B.V.

Sports Unlimited Retail B.V.

Association of Albert Heijn Franchisees

Yves Rocher B.V.

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

Fort Advocaten's team regularly litigates before the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam, as well as representing clients in the civil courts. Other work includes conducting arbitration, binding advice proceedings, and class actions for interest groups. Recent highlights include representing the franchisees of Albert Heijn against the franchisor in litigation concerning financial settlements. Practice head Berth Brouwer assists clients 'in a practical way', and is particularly specialised in advising partnership firms, including professional and limited partnerships. Also recommended are Katinka Verdurmen and Pieter Twaalfhoven, who are 'focused on solving the problem'.

Practice head(s):

Berth Brouwer

Testimonials

We have experience with Pieter Twaalfhoven, Katinka Verdurmen and Berth Brouwer. We are very satisfied with their service. They advise in a practical way, know what they are doing, and are focused on solving the problem.

Key clients

Amstelpark Tennis Promotions

Aeon Hotel Group

TCS (Taxicentrale Schiphol)

Biesheuvel & Partners B.V.

HEMA B.V.

HOAD B.V.

Hoad Holding B.V.

Hypermarché Bonprix SARL

JD Sports Fashion B.V.

Libra International B.V

The Blue Link B.V.

Marggraf Stichting

Vereniging Albert Heijn Franchisenemers

Ymere

Real estate Tier 5

The real estate team at Fort Advocaten stands out for its 'clear communication' and 'personal attention'. The practice has particularly 'good knowledge of the retail real estate market', and clients in this space include Lush, JD Sports Fashion and Nespresso Nederland. Its recent workload includes property transactions and advising on lease agreements. Katinka Verdurmen is 'a very hardworking lawyer with a sharp mind', who specialises in commercial tenancy and franchise law. Other key contacts are Dirk van den BergJodit de Bruin, and Pieter Twaalfhoven.

Practice head(s):

Pieter Twaalfhoven; Jodit de Bruin; Katinka Verdurmen; Dirk van den Berg

Testimonials

What makes the practice unique, I think, is the focus of Fort Advocaten on real estate, the size of the firm (not too big, not too small) and the professionalism and informality of the team.

I work closely with Jodit de Bruin and Berth Brouwer.

Solid, reliable, all relevant disciplines are in-house. Very quick responses and reactions.

Most of the time I worked with Katinka Verdurmen. She is a very hard working lawyer with a sharp mind and often has out of the box creative solutions to problems. She is polite, a quick thinker with humour, and knows how to ease tensions. This style is reflected in her team, Maaike Boomsma and Mirjam Davelaar.

The real estate team is at a high level. The response speed is good. The price-quality ratio is good.

Katinka Verdurmen and Maaike Boomsma: the lawyers are friendly. Quick understanding and fast to the point. Very accurate.

Good knowledge about the retail real estate market.

Clear communication, pragmatic, open to feedback, active approach.

Great dedicated team. Friendly, accurate and knowledgeable.

Personal attention.

Key clients

Action Nederland B.V.

Bakker.com

Big Bazar B.V.

Blokker B.V.

Blokker Holding B.V.

Gemeente Dronten

H. Lagendijk Holding B.V.

HEMA B.V.

Hendriks Brandstoffen B.V.

Intertoys B.V. (Green Swan Netherlands B.V.)

JD Sports Fashion B.V.

Kolhoorn Heerde B.V.

Lush B.V.

Mexx Europe B.V.

MS Mode Nederland B.V.

Nederflex Beheer B.V.

Nedstede Group

Nespresso Nederland B.V.

Scapino Retail B.V.

Sports Unlimited Retail B.V.

Yves Rocher B.V.

BMB Ontwikkeling B.V. (part of VolkerWessels)

Biesterbos Groep

Frites uit Zuyd B.V.

Libra International B.V.

Lush B.V.

P1 Parking Amsterdam Centrum B.V.

Provincie Zuid-Holland

Sallaerts Tankstations B.V.

Stichting Compensatieregeling Grenspomphouders “De Grens Bereikt!”

Stichting Ymere

Workday B.V.

The firm:
Fort Advocaten (“FORT”) is a law firm located in Amsterdam, specialised in real estate law and corporate law with a leading position in the retail, real estate and hotels & leisure industries.

Our 30+ expert lawyers (of which 10 partners) advise on a wide range of legal issues, ranging from rental matters, real estate transactions and acquisitions to corporate disputes, employment and franchise related matters and restructuring.

We work for (international) corporate companies, midsized enterprises, governments, investors and regularly act as official receiver for the Amsterdam Court. We do so with dedication, spirit and expertise.

FORT was ranked as leading firm in the Legal500 EMEA edition in the section industry focus “Retail” in both 2018 and 2019 and as leading firm in the category Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation in 2019.

How we work:
Our lawyers are highly specialised in their jurisdiction and always keep abreast of recent developments and follow specialist training courses in their field of law.

The lawyers in our various practice groups work together closely in multidisciplinary teams. By pooling our knowledge and being alert to our clients’ needs, we are able to achieve the best results.

Our clients are our key focus. Every client has a dedicated contact at partner level. FORT values creativity and seeks ways to build solutions, providing top quality and service at reasonable rates. We accomplish more by working together and favour short lines of communication, fully focused on our client’s case.

European alliance act legal:
FORT is part of act legal, a growing European alliance of ten independent, mid-sized law firms that operate at the top-end of the market.

The alliance offers international companies operating on the European market high-quality advice, at the local and international level. This way act legal also forms, especially for American and Asian companies, an efficient one-stop shop for excellent legal support in Europe.

act legal represents a team of 425 first-class corporate and commercial lawyers, tax consultants and business experts to service demanding corporate clientele. We offer the market the best of all legal consultancy worlds, by combining top partner-led, local law firms with international professionalism.

act legal stands for high quality, fair pricing, efficient bespoke processes, strong partner involvement and a personal approach, all of which make it an attractive alternative to major international law firms.

FORT is also member of Abacus Worldwide, a global association of independent accounting and law firms.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Real estate Pieter Twaalfhoven pieter.twaalfhoven@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Real estate Jodit de Bruin jodit.debruin@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Administrative law Sascha Stavenuiter sascha.stavenuiter@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Employment Elias van Kampen elias.vankampen@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Dispute resolution: commercial litigation Berth Brouwer berth.brouwer@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Commercial, corporate and M&A Terry Steffens terry.steffens@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Restructuring and insolvency Derk van Geel derk.vangeel@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Franchise, Real estate Katinka Verdurmen katinka.verdurmen@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Franchise, Real estate Dirk van den Berg dirk.vandenberg@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Real estate Mirre Vermeer mirre.vermeer@actlegal-fort.com +31.20.664,5111
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Eva Bokslag  photo Mrs Eva Bokslag Attorney-at-law
Mrs Maaike Boomsma  photo Mrs Maaike Boomsma Attorney-at-law
Mr Berth Brouwer  photo Mr Berth Brouwer Partner
Mr Sylvain Caris  photo Mr Sylvain Caris Attorney-at-law
Mrs Chantal Hageman  photo Mrs Chantal Hageman Attorney-at-law
Mrs Eleonore Harinck  photo Mrs Eleonore Harinck Attorney-at-law
Mrs Irene Hofuis  photo Mrs Irene Hofuis Lawyer
Mr Asmara Kalter  photo Mr Asmara Kalter Attorney-at-law
Mr Frits Kemp  photo Mr Frits Kemp Legal Counsel
Mrs Iris Mutis  photo Mrs Iris Mutis Attorney-at-law
Mrs Annemiek Nass  photo Mrs Annemiek Nass Attorney-at-law
Mr Rein Pleiter  photo Mr Rein Pleiter Attorney-at-law
Mr Jasper Poortvliet  photo Mr Jasper Poortvliet Attorney-at-law
Mrs Frédérique Sarneel  photo Mrs Frédérique Sarneel Attorney-at-law
Mrs Helma Sengers  photo Mrs Helma Sengers Senior Lawyer
Mrs Sascha Stavenuiter  photo Mrs Sascha Stavenuiter Associate partner
Mr Terry Steffens  photo Mr Terry Steffens Managing Partner
Mr Pieter Twaalfhoven  photo Mr Pieter Twaalfhoven Partner
Mrs Katinka Verdurmen  photo Mrs Katinka Verdurmen Managing Partner
Mr Florentijn Verhagen  photo Mr Florentijn Verhagen Attorney-at-law
Mrs Mirre Vermeer  photo Mrs Mirre Vermeer Partner
Mr Ruud Vermeer  photo Mr Ruud Vermeer Attorney-at-law
Mr Sander Visser  photo Mr Sander Visser Attorney-at-law
Mr Thomas Welschen  photo Mr Thomas Welschen Attorney-at-law
Mrs Jodit de Bruin  photo Mrs Jodit de Bruin Partner
Mr Jelle de Vries  photo Mr Jelle de Vries Attorney-at-law
Mrs Elke ter Hart  photo Mrs Elke ter Hart Attorney-at-law
Mrs Laukje van Delft  photo Mrs Laukje van Delft Attorney-at-law
Mr Derk van Geel  photo Mr Derk van Geel Derk van Geel specialises in insolvency law. His areas of expertise include…
Mr Elias van Kampen  photo Mr Elias van Kampen Partner
Mr Dirk van den Berg  photo Mr Dirk van den Berg Partner
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