Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells International LLP > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Industry focus: healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The 'very strong, knowledgeable team' at Hogan Lovells International LLP 'really understands the industry'. Led by the highly regarded Hein Van den Bos and Bert Oosting, the practice has knowledge of all the regulatory regimes relevant to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical device products in addition to providing a range of IP and commercialisation expertise; it also advises on the use of personal data in the healthcare sector. Other key team members include Klaas Bisschop, who focuses on patents;  and IP specialist Samantha Brinkhuis, who joined the team from De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Ruth Franken has left the practice for an in-house role.

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‘Very strong, knowledgeable and experienced team. Hands-on mentality and practical advice.’

‘Hein van den Bos asks the right questions to get the core of an issue and subsequently provides practical advice. Team members are very nice people to work with and are responsive and really understand the industry. The international presence and in-house knowledge is very good.’

‘Hein van den Bos is a very nice lawyer to work with, he is very friendly, always asks the rights questions, provides practical advice and he is very experienced and understands the industry.’

‘Petra van den Boer is a very good associate.’

Banking and finance: asset finance and structured finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is strong on asset-backed securitisation and structured finance, with a particular specialism in covered bonds matters. Practice co-head Robert Masman is the key contact for structured finance and covered bonds work, while the dual English- and Dutch-qualified Wouter Jongen is the name to note for asset financing. Recent work has included large securitisation transactions, covered bonds programmes, receivables-backed financings and loan portfolio transactions.

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What makes this practice stand out for me is the firm’s partner Robert Masman. He is an excellent lawyer with a lot of availability on projects.

Robert Masman is an excellent lawyer. Very knowledgeable, works fast and concise, whilst having a good commercial understanding of our needs.

Good firm, strong on covered bonds and auto lease ABS. Hands on, good price quality, good partner involvement.

Robert Masman has good knowledge and is hands on and practical.

Key clients

ING Bank





BNP Paribas


Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

The highly experienced Joke Bodewits heads the Hogan Lovells International LLP team which includes key associates Chantal van Dam and Benjamino Blok. The privacy and cybersecurity team advises on data protection strategies, international data transfers, and high-risk data processing, including notifications to the regulator. It also assists clients on data breaches and other contentious cases involving regulatory complaints.

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Practical, hands-on advice and very nice people to work with. Good international presence for cross-border questions and advice.’

‘Joke Bodewits is very experienced, knowledgeable, practical and hands-on and a very nice person to work with.’

‘Chantal van Dam is a very nice person to work with, practical advice and very responsive.’ 

Insurance Tier 2

With Victor de Vlaam at its head, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP maintains its strong transactional and regulatory focus. The practice frequently advises major insurance and reinsurance clients on complex cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings, portfolio transfers for life and non-life insurance products, insurance derivatives such as mortality and longevity swaps, and restructuring, and also provides related insurance regulatory advice. Recent highlights include advising Resolution Life Group, a leading long-term manager of legacy life insurance portfolios, on its the bid for Vivat, one of the  top three Dutch blue-chip insurance groups. Senior associate Aafke Pronk is another key name to note.

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Key clients

Resolution Life


Starr Underwriting Agents


Reinsurance Group of America



Berkshire Hathaway


Monument Re


United Health

Hamilton Re

Swiss Re

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Company of Europe

Assured Guarantee


TravelJigsaw / Rentalcars

If PI&C Insurance

Leidsche Verzekering Maatschappij

Intellectual property: Patents Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP combines its patent expertise with deep experience of regulatory issues and handles a wide range of patent matters, from litigation to advisory protection work. The firm has a strong presence in the life sciences, chemical, and technology sectors and key clients include Nikon, Merck, AbbVie, and Organik Kimya. Significant highlights include practice head Ruud van der Velden and Bert Oosting representing Nikon in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute with ASML and Zeiss. Clients describe the team to be 'proactive' and appreciate its 'excellent client service'. Klaas Bisschop is also noted.

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They are seasoned, excellent lawyers and work very well together in devising strategies that will be appropriate for their jurisdiction and not be harmful in another jurisdiction, keeping in mind that the laws in different jurisdictions may vary somewhat. They are proactive, and are very knowledgeable about the pharmaceutical industry and the science. They have deep teams and work well with scientific experts and seem also to professionally and respectfully interact with the attorneys working for the adverse parties, which is very important to me‘.

Probably the strongest IP team in The Netherlands with years of experience, superb minds, excellent client service, and huge courtroom presence‘.

Bert Oosting, with whom I have worked for 20 years, is the grand man of Dutch IP litigation. He remains a courtroom legend, intelligent, approachable and creative‘.

Klaas Bisschop is widely regarded as one of the very cleverest lawyers working in IP anywhere in the world. He is incredibly creative, able in court, easy to work with and determined to win‘.

Ruud van der Velden is really interested in technique and wants to understand the technical details. Well informed about legal procedures. Very pleasant to work with‘.

Key clients




Eli Lilly

F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Organik Kimya



Meril Lifesciences


Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Wouter Jongen is the key figure in Hogan Lovells International LLP's borrower-side finance practice, and is particularly focused on acquisition financing and real estate financing. The firm counts private equity funds, large-scale manufacturers, and real estate investors among its client base, and often works with the firm's broader international network on complex cross-border deals. The firm's 'dedicated and insightful' team is praised by clients for its hands-on approach and pragmatism.

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Wouter Jongen is very hands-on and finds solutions for issues along the way, he keeps pace which is very helpful to move the deal forward.

The team of Hogan Lovells is very professional and has met the expectations that I expect from one of the best legal advisors in the field of banking and finance.

I am very pleased with the involvement of Wouter Jongen who is very dedicated in providing the best service to his clients and takes personally the lead in providing the best deals for its clients (not only strategically, but also on the job during in conference calls and discussions with banks).

Wouter was able to keep the interests of the customer always in consideration. Additionally, he was honest, transparent, and not afraid to tell the counter-party the truth if there was need to.

Experienced team with can-do mentality, eager to deliver true added value to the client, responsive and committed to reach the finish on time, good depth and breath of team to deal with more complicated and international situations, fair balance between price and quality, good reputation among banks and sponsors alike.

Key clients

Avedon Capital Partners

Broad Horizon

De Efteling

Egeria Private Equity

HB Capital

Multi Netherlands

Parcom Capital


Struik Foods

Terberg Group

Terberg Leasing

Waterland Private Equity

Banking and finance: lender or arranger side Tier 3

The 'pro-active and pragmatic' team at Hogan Lovells International LLP 'benefits from an international base' and is 'able to use that accumulated knowledge' to 'seek solutions that work for all parties involved'. The practice advises global banks as lead lenders' counsel, as well as assisting asset managers, debt funds, and domestic financial institutions with acquisition and real estate financings. The firm is also expanding its expertise into the unitranche debt market, working with non-bank lender clients on alternative lending products, and with banks to provide super-senior working capital facilities. The key contacts are Wouter JongenRobert Masman and senior associate Carola Houpst.

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Strong position in fund-led financing, international footprint.

Pro-active, pragmatic, hands-on.

The team has a strong practice in the Dutch leverage finance market. They are very active and as a result have a good view of the market and recent developments/terms. They are a very responsive team with a very good level of partner attention/engagement.

I worked with Wouter Jongen on a number of transactions. I find him to be very responsive and focused on getting the best result for us as a client and not just getting the transaction over the line. He is very good at managing processes and building relationships with all parties involved which helps the smooth and efficient execution of transactions. He is very well connected in the Dutch market and keeps up-to-speed on market developments and has a good commercial sense. He is also a very pleasant person to deal with.

Dedicated team with good knowledge of our company and current market circumstances in the Netherlands and surrounding countries. Good availability and engagement and seek solutions that work for all parties involved in the process.

Knowledgeable and well experienced in a broad array of financing structures. Benefits from an international base (of offices/activities), able to use that accumulated knowledge.

We have had most experience with Wouter Jongen whom we consider to be highly pro-active, quick of mind and able to think along.

Overall strong team with a very client-centric and hands-on approach starting at partner level. Very knowledgeable and understand current market dynamics very well.

I have worked with two top-of-the-bill partners in the past 12 months. Wouter Jongen, partner in the Amsterdam office, is a great lawyer, well aware of deal dynamics and current market standards, and a great communicator. Go to guy in the Netherlands. Jo Robinson, partner in the London office, is very committed, hands on, knowledgeable and a great asset to the business.

Strong local knowledge, close co-operation and continuity. Pro-active and pragmatic. Understand the position and client relationship the bank holds with the sponsor.

Key clients

Ares Management Limited


Intermediate Capital Group





ING Bank


Capital markets: debt Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP specialises in complex cross-border transactions, most notably covered bond programmes and securitisations, primarily acting on behalf of issuers. Clients include several prominent international banks, with the team working closely with the firm's banking practice on transactional and regulatory matters. The practice is jointly led by Wouter Jongen and the 'very professionalRobert Masman.

Practice head(s):


Robert Masman is very professional and has a deep knowledge and expertise of the Dutch market. He respects timing and is flexible.

Key clients

ING Bank





BNP Paribas


Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

The large team at Hogan Lovells International LLP handles public and private M&A and corporate restructuring work at a domestic and cross-border level; the practice recently advised on Brexit-related migration issues and reorganisation matters. The group also acts for financial institutions, TMT and life sciences clients and global funds. Lead partners include Victor de VlaamJohannes Buntjer and Jan de Snaijer.

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Key clients

Resolution Life



Reinsurance Group of America



PPG Industries

AB / Inbev (SAB Miller)


X5 Retail Group



Dun & Bradstreet


BNP Paribas

Henry Schein

Employment Tier 4

Anita de Jong manages the employment law practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which is particularly focused on the TMT, automotive, banking and insurance sectors. The team receives a large number of mandates from its international network, and as such has a client base predominantly consisting of large multinationals. Associate  Koos Janssen is recommended for dispute resolution matters, particularly involving collective dismissals, employment benefits, and non-compete agreements.

Practice head(s):


Anita de Jong and Koos Janssen are the individuals who stand out at Hogan Lovells. Without their support and guidance we could not have been as successful as we are in our HR management.

Key clients





Chr. Hansen

De Leidsche Verzekeringsmaatschappij

Dun & Bradstreet



Herman Miller

Kodak Alaris

Mathys Orthopaedics





Tibco Software


Industry focus: Information technology Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP's IT and outsourcing practice has notable expertise in data protection and cybersecurity issues at a national and international level combined with IP and litigation knowledge; Ruud van der Velden is well versed in IT-related disputes. Group head Joke Bodewits has an established track record in the data privacy realm, especially regarding high-risk data processing matters. Anita de Jong is also a notable name in this area.

Practice head(s):


A practical and hands-on team with very nice people and good international presence.’

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

The intellectual property practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'professional' and has 'superior client service'. The practice covers a range of areas including soft IP, trade mark, copyright, design rights. Key clients include Ferring, Starbucks, Deutsche Telekom. The practice head is Samantha Brinkhuis who has replaced Marc Wallheimer. Brinkhuis was previously at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek.

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Superior client service, people are professional but friendly. Experts in their fields and about out business and level of risk‘.

Key clients



Deutsche Telekom




Pepsi-Co / Frito-Lay

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Amsterdam office: Hogan Lovells in Amsterdam focuses on corporate/M&A, intellectual property, data protection, dispute resolution, life sciences, banking and finance, tax, and employment. Clients appreciate the integrated commercial, corporate, finance and tax services.

The firm provides practical solutions for Dutch and international clients. Its lawyers understand how local and international issues impact your work. They know that you value an honest, straightforward opinion. They deliver timely, results-oriented advice. And as a client, when you participate in their seminars and presentations, you gain an up-to-the-minute understanding of current business and legal issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking transactional
Capital markets
Financial services
Intellectual property
Mergers and acquisitions
Privacy and cybersecurity
Private equity
Automotive and mobility
Energy and natural resources
Financial institutions
Life sciences and healthcare
Real estate
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Klaas Bisschop  photo Mr Klaas Bisschop Partner
 Joke Bodewits photo Joke Bodewits Partner
Miss Manon Cordewener  photo Miss Manon Cordewener Partner
Mr Wouter Jongen  photo Mr Wouter Jongen Partner
Mr Robert Masman  photo Mr Robert Masman Robert is a Finance and Capital Markets lawyer focusing on asset based…
Mr Bert Oosting  photo Mr Bert Oosting Partner
 Aafke Pronk photo Aafke Pronk Counsel
Mr Peter Stokking  photo Mr Peter Stokking As a member of the corporate notarial team, Peter Stokking practices in…
Mr Hein Van den Bos  photo Mr Hein Van den Bos Hein van den Bos helps life sciences companies with EU regulatory matters.…
Mrs Anita de Jong  photo Mrs Anita de Jong As a partner and head of the employment practice in Amsterdam, Anita…
Mr Jan de Snaijer  photo Mr Jan de Snaijer Jan de Snaijer is still hard at work on the subject matters…
Mr Victor de Vlaam  photo Mr Victor de Vlaam Partner
Mr Ruud van der Velden  photo Mr Ruud van der Velden Partner
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