Firm Profile > Osborne Clarke > Amsterdam, Netherlands

Osborne Clarke

Industry focus: retail Tier 2

Osborne Clarke advises large international blue-chip clients on commercial contracts, real estate, employment and contentious matters. It also handles TMT-related issues for retail clients, including complex marketing, advertising, data management, outsourcing and e-commerce issues. Practice head Jeroen Bedaux is adept at handling commercial and financial litigation. Senior associate Paul Brouwer jointly heads the team and is experienced in domestic and international commercial disputes. Steven Verschuur was a new arrival from HVG Law LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Bedaux; Paul Brouwer

Other key lawyers:

Bas Beenen; Berend Zwart; Steven Verschuur

Key clients











Reckitt Benckiser


Taylor Guitars

Jumbo Supermarkten

Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 3

Johannes de Jong heads the team at Osborne Clarke, which is particularly active in the fintech sector, with a client base that includes payment service providers, crowd lending platforms, and cryptocurrency businesses, in addition to more traditional banks and funds. The firm often handles the set-up and licensing of foreign business looking to open in the Netherlands, with several recent matters relating to Brexit and its implications.

Practice head(s):

Johannes de Jong

Key clients

October Nederland

iSwap Euro

CashFlows Europe


VanEck Asset Management

CL Venture Partners

Acquis Insurance Management

ASN Beleggingsinstellingen Beheer (ASN Bank)



Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

The technology, media and communications team at Osborne Clarke has a strong track record in data protection, IT and IT outsourcing. It has niche expertise in fintech, mobility-as-a-service, and virtual and augmented reality. The practice is now headed by recently promoted partner Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen, following the recent departure of Jeroen Lub who established a boutique firm. Binkhuysen is a commercial contracting specialist. Cristine Brinkman focuses on domestic and cross-border M&A.

Practice head(s):

Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen

Other key lawyers:

Cristine Brinkman

Key clients

Infosys Limited

Wireless Logic Group Limited

MediaMonks Multimedia Holding B.V.

Tech Mahindra Limited

Ammeraal Beltech Holding B.V.


Facebook Inc

Snap Inc

Uber Technologies Inc


Employment Tier 4

Osborne Clarke acts for a number of large multinationals on employment, incentives and pensions issues and has recently seen an uptick in instructions relating to corporate restructurings. With a focus on tech, media and communications, the firm also acts for clients in the recruitment and retail sectors. Jorgo Tsiris leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Jorgo Tsiris

Key clients

GoPro Cooperatief U.A.

United Airlines, Inc.

O-I Netherlands B.V.

Tech Mahindra

Hotel Booker

Subway International B.V.

Diageo Great Britain Limited



Sonos Inc.

Real estate Tier 4

Osborne Clarke advises on commercial and residential developments and has notable experience assisting with mixed-use developments. It is well regarded for its expertise in the renewable energy sector, and smart buildings and cities. The group also has expertise in the logistics industry, where it handles development, acquisition and leasing. Bas Beenen heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Bas Beenen

Other key lawyers:

Berend Zwart

Key clients

Boelens de Gruyter

Amvest Projectontwikkeling / Amvest Residential Core Fund

Angelo, Gordon & Co

Onderlinge ‘s-Gravenhage

Angelo Gordon, Cairn and NEOO

Angelo Gordon and APF International


ZINC Real Estate

Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 5

Osborne Clarke fields ‘an amazing team, which is reactive and straight to the point’ led by Cristine Brinkman, who focuses on complex M&A mandates. Clients also praise ‘strong negotiatorHerke van Hulst, who excels in the life sciences and digital business sectors. The team is growing a roster of international clients alongside its list of local mid-market companies.

Practice head(s):

Cristine Brinkman

Other key lawyers:

Herke van Hulst


‘Herke van Hulst personally was uniquely good.’

‘Very engaged team coming up with creative solutions.’

‘The Osborne Clarke team offer a highly experienced “one-stop” shop, which is very important for quickly evolving start-up companies.’

‘They are an amazing team reactive and straight to the point.’

‘Herke van Hulst has been exceptional in giving business-oriented advice from all angles, based on her long experience in investment projects.’

‘Herke Van Hulst was fabulous. She remembers so many important historical points which should be taken into consideration in the negotiation for acquisition. And her advice as to negotiation is really practical and helpful.’

‘Herke van Hulst attracted us initially to Osborne Clarke and continues to deliver. She is a very strong negotiator with a huge amount of experience in fundraising. This came across very strongly during discussions with existing investors, where she held her position but managed to find creative solutions to most issues faced during fundraising.’

‘A wealth of experience leading to better solutions.’

Key clients


Fintage House

Breath Therapeutics

Wireless Logic Group



Gilde Healthcare

ViroClinics Biosciences

Ebiquity plc

Inkef Capital

Ysios Capital

DSM Ventures

Summit Partners



Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

Osborne Clarke fields a versatile team led by Jeroen Bedaux, client partner to FC Utrecht, which the firm is advising regarding the termination of the Dutch premier league as a consequence of Covid-19. Work handled includes a broad mix of real estate litigation, commercial arbitration and disputes within the retail and consumer sectors, to name a few.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Bedaux

Other key lawyers:

Jorgo Tsiris; Bas Beenen; Berend Zwart


‘Solution-oriented advice instead of over-complicating problems, paired with excellent knowledge and good mood even in stressful situations. Resulting in less charged hours, solved problems and super-happy clients!

‘Very engaged team coming up with creative solutions; a wealth of experience leading to better solutions.’

‘The Osborne Clarke team offers a highly-experienced ‘one-stop-shop’, which is very important for quickly-evolving startup companies.’

‘We recently worked with OC in our series A. They are an amazing team, reactive and straight to the point. Strong point is availability – when you are closing a deal this is gold.’

‘Experience, flexibility, professionality. Good negotiation skills.’


Key clients



Hotel Booker and Bungalow Booker



Silk Road Bank


Starbucks Corporation



Reckitt Benckiser


Achmea Bank

Candid Group


Allflex Europe SAS

Football Club Utrecht


Tax Tier 5

The firm

Osborne Clarke is a fast-growing international legal practice, with more than 800 lawyers working across Europe, Asia and the US. The team offers a high-quality joined-up service for multi-jurisdiction work, focused on getting commercial results for the client. Osborne Clarke’s legal expertise is underpinned by its in-depth knowledge of seven key industry sectors: digital business; energy and utilities; financial services; life sciences and healthcare; real estate and infrastructure; retail; and transport and automotive. For businesses in these sectors, Osborne Clarke not only offers a full range of legal services, but uses its sector knowledge to provide insights that help clients take effective action at the right time.

Osborne Clarke is recognised for its unstuffy culture, which means that clients experience strong relationships and a consistently approachable, easy-to-understand style no matter where they are based.

Osborne Clarke’s fast-growing Amsterdam-based team is a full-service practice particularly recognised for advising digital businesses, retail and real estate clients as well as clients in the financial services industry. The team has extensive experience in assisting clients with setting up and expanding their business in the Netherlands and the EU.

The Amsterdam office opened in the summer of 2014 with a team of lawyers from Baker & McKenzie, Allen & Overy, Freshfields and Norton Rose Fulbright. The team advises both fast-growth businesses and recognised market leaders, including Amazon, Starbucks and HEMA.

Areas of practice

Osborne Clarke delivers a full range of legal services in the context of clients’ industry sectors, with a particular focus on digital business, energy and utilities, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, real estate and infrastructure, and transport and automotive.

Commercial: the team advises clients on the contracts that underpin their business as well as day-to-day issues, from outsourcing, expanding sales networks, IP, procuring goods and services to checking advertising compliance.

Corporate: Osborne Clarke advises at every stage of company development across all corporate issues, from equity and debt fundraisings, to M&A, IPOs and JVs. OC also advises on the establishment of compliant and efficient governance structures.

Employment, incentives and pensions: practical, day-to-day support covers the full range of employment issues from recruitment and employee incentive schemes to dismissal, risk management and reputational issues. The team is an acknowledged leader in defending employers on high-profile litigation claims, TUPE and reorganisation issues.

Dispute resolution: Osborne Clarke’s disputes team resolves complex, high-value disputes across a wide range of jurisdictions. Services include early-stage strategic input, representing clients in court proceedings, international arbitration, mediations and regulatory investigations.

Intellectual property: from new patents to licence negotiations to IP portfolio sales, Osborne Clarke has the experience to get valuable, commercial results. In IP disputes, the team can help prevent misuse of IPRs, or defend against allegations of infringement, wherever in the world they occur.

Information technology: Osborne Clarke’s IT team advises on all aspects of technology and its impact on businesses. Particular areas of focus include data protection, IT contracts and outsourcing.

Real estate: the team provides a comprehensive ‘lifecycle’ service across the key areas of real estate and property law. Services cover the range of real estate advice, including acquisitions, disposals, asset management, disputes, construction, environmental advice, finance, investment, fund structuring, planning and regeneration.

Financial services: the FS team advises clients on fund regulations and formations, the markets in financial instruments, the payments industry and insurance distribution. The FS corporate team handles fund investments and the dispute resolution team resolves FS litigation and regulatory investigations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Digital business Jeroen Lub
Corporate/M&A Cristine Brinkman
Corporate/M&A Herke van Hulst
Corporate/M&A Cars-Jan van Gool
Recruitment Jorgo Tsiris
Commercial Jeroen Lub
Financial services Jeroen Bedaux
Life sciences and healthcare Herke van Hulst
Dispute resolution Jeroen Bedaux
Real estate and infrastructure Bas Beenen
Real estate and infrastructure Cristine Brinkman
Employment, incentives and pensions Jorgo Tsiris
Retail Paul Brouwer
Retail Marlje Stiebner Bergman
Financial services Johannes de Jong
Recruitment Jorgo Tsiris
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jeroen Bedaux photo Mr Jeroen Bedaux Please see full biography at
Ms Cristine Brinkman photo Ms Cristine Brinkman Please see full biography at:
Mr Jeroen Lub photo Mr Jeroen Lub Please see full biography at:
Mr Michiel Odink photo Mr Michiel Odink Please see full biography at:
Mr David Sequera  photo Mr David Sequera Please see full biography at:
Mr Jorgo Tsiris photo Mr Jorgo Tsiris Please see full biography at:
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