Osborne Clarke > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Osborne Clarke
Jachthavenweg 130
1081 KJ Amsterdam
Netherlands

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Financial services regulatory Tier 2

Osborne Clarke‘s practice has a standout reputation in licence applications, where it acts for innovative and tech-driven clients in the field of payments (PSD2), e-money (2EMD), fintech (MiFID2) and cryptocurrency (AMLD5), among other areas. It is also known as one of the busiest practices for annual licence applications to key Dutch regulators, including the DNB and AFM. Practice head Johannes De Jong, whose expertise further covers alternative finance, anti-money laundering and sanctions advice, has previous experience of working for and with the AFM. Elsewhere, the firm is well-positioned to handle the regulatory aspects of corporate transactions. Associate director Juliet de Graaf is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Johannes de Jong

Other key lawyers:

Juliet de Graaf; Anka Langedijk

Testimonials

‘A very knowledgeable and cooperative team, offering a great balance between legal and practical advice.’

‘Great knowledge while still being pragmatic and practical. They are open to discussion and advice is given in a highly professional manner; special mention to Johannes de Jong as partner of the regulatory team.’

Key clients

Banking Circle S.A.

BUX BV and BUX AI BV

CashFlows Europe Ltd

Icoinic B.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Match Group LLC

PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l.

Plaid B.V.

XE Europe B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised business-to-business payment solutions specialist Banking Circle S.A. on the financial regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Biller B.V. and assisted with the subsequent acquisition.
  • Assisted Icoinic B.V. in the process of obtaining a full scope AIFMD licence to manage its crypto assets investment funds.
  • Assisted the Match Group LLC in obtaining a landmark success against the Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) to force Apple Inc to change its App Store payment terms following arguments under payments laws.

Netherlands > Fintech Tier 2

Delivering top-notch advice’, Osborne Clarke routinely advises banks and fintech companies on financial services legislation and regulatory requirements, including interacting with the Dutch competition authority, the ACM. The firm specialises in licence applications particularly relating to payment service providers, fintech investment firms and crypto service providers. The practice is led by Johannes de Jong, who specialises in financial regulation of funds, payment services, and alternative finance legislation. Juliet de Graaf also advises trading platforms, fintech service providers and investment funds on financial regulation. Senior associate Anka Langedijk focuses on licence application and notifications for the ACM.

Practice head(s):

Johannes de Jong

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke is excellent, driven by its excellent lead partner Johannes de Jong. Johannes has the very rare and exceptional capacity to oversee the broad spectrum of financial legislation necessary for innovative work in this field.’

‘Osborne Clarke Amsterdam has built up a very impressive and loyal client base in the financial industries, both national and international, in a relatively short period of time, and for good reasons. Real value for money.’

‘Johannes de Jong is truly excellent. Highly impressive legal knowledge and skills in many different regulated areas, which sets him apart from practically everybody else in this field in the Netherlands.’

‘Johannes has a thorough understanding of the financial and commercial drivers of his clients and is in excellent communication with regulators.’

‘The FinTech team led by Johannes de Jong is capable of delivering top-notch advice for competitive rates. The team has an outstanding knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations in the FinTech sector and is business oriented. The team’s strong sector focus makes it very easy and pleasant to work with them.’

‘Johannes de Jong is a very sophisticated lawyer. He is able to solve complex legal issues and gives exceptional advice. His knowledge about the relevant laws and regulations in the FinTech sector is great and he is business oriented.’

‘Gijs Versteegh is also worth mentioning here. He has a lot of knowledge about the rules and regulations in the payments industry. Gijs’ advice in that respect is excellent. It is very nice to work with him.’

Key clients

Banking Circle S.A.

BUX BV and BUX AI BV

CashFlows Europe Ltd

Icoinic B.V.

ING Bank N.V.

Match Group LLC

PayPal (Europe) S.à.r.l.

Plaid B.V.

XE Europe B.V.

Banking Circle S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised b2b payment solutions specialist Banking Circle on the financial regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Biller B.V. and assisted with the subsequent acquisition.
  • Assisted new client Icoinic BV in the process of obtaining a full scope AIFMD license to manage its crypto assets investment funds; when granted, Icoinic will become the first full scope regulated fund manager in the EU.
  • Assisted the Match Group LLC in obtaining a landmark success against ACM to force Apple Inc to change its App Store payment terms following arguments under payments laws.

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail Tier 2

Jeroen Bedaux and Paul Brouwer lead Osborne Clarke’s cross-disciplinary retail team. The pair advise supermarkets, retailers and manufacturers of consumer goods on a mix of retail mandates, from the acquisition and development of property to e-commerce issues to supply chain contracts. Bedaux deals with a range of commercial litigation, related to consumer goods and gaming, and assists international clients with consumer law investigations by the Netherlands Authority for Consumer & Markets. Newly promoted partner Brouwer has a background in commercial disputes, working on litigation cases on behalf of leading retailers, online platforms and consumer brand manufacturers. Brouwer is able to call on his experience as interim general counsel at HEMA to advise on data protection agreements and the practical implementation of GDPR requirements.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Bedaux; Paul Brouwer

Testimonials

‘The Osborne Clarke team is dedicated and hands on.’

‘Compared to other firms, Osborne Clarke’s works in a more agile manner, which serves the client in the best way.’

Key clients

Adidas

AG Beursplein Rotterdam Coöperatieve U.A.

Bose

Diageo

Dyson

GoPro

HEMA

HTC

Jumbo Supermarkten

LeasePlan

O-I

Reckitt Benckiser

Schroders

Sonos

Starbucks

Taylor Guitars

Taylor Listug

Toolstation

Wish.com

Work highlights

  • Advised Schroders on the sale of multiple assets, including the Eijerkamp store in Zutphen and the redevelopment of the former Hudson’s Bay Rotterdam into a mixed-use property known as AIR Rotterdam
  • Advised AG Beursplein Rotterdam Coöperatieve U.A. on its investment and development facilities agreement with ABN AMRO Bank N.V. and Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A in relation to the Beursgallery.
  • Represent Jumbo Supermarkten, the second largest supermarket in the Netherlands and Belgium, in all its high-profile litigious matters.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Recently promoted partner Axel van der Staak heads the banking and finance practice at Osborne Clarke, which is well-placed to handle sizeable mid-market borrowing transactions for high-calibre clients. The team has a particularly strong reputation for real estate finance transactions, with a nexus to the renewable energy and retail sectors, and it also generates a large flow of work through acquisition finance, general corporate lending and restructuring matters. Other key individuals include senior associate Peter Van Der Horst and associate Marlinde Klein Ganseij.

Practice head(s):

Axel van der Staak

Other key lawyers:

Peter van der Horst; Marlinde Klein Ganseij

Testimonials

‘Axel van der Staak is assertive, direct, creative and possesses technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Angelo Gordon & Co, L.P.

Cairn Real Estate B.V.

Aspen Real Estate Investments B.V.

Principal Real Estate AG

Royal Agrifirm Cooperatieve U.A.

Brokking Holding B.V.

Silicon Valley Bank

Deutsche Leasing Finance GmbH

Guggenheim Credit Services LLC

HSBC Bank plc

Barclays Bank plc

Santander Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal Agrifirm Coöperatieve U.A. on its €200m working capital facilities arranged by ING Bank, Rabobank and UniCredit.
  • Acting for NewCold on its €215m European refinancing with Goldman Sachs.
  • Advising Bredenoord Holding B.V. on its €100 million debut loan market association financing arranged by ABN AMRO Bank and Rabobank.

Netherlands > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

With the arrival of data law specialist Joanne Zaaijer from Loyens & Loeff in January 2022, Osborne Clarke is sought out by blue-chip clients for advice on complex multi-jurisdictional and business-critical data protection matters. The practice assists clients in a range of sectors such as retail, healthcare, media and leisure on the impact of regulations and the implementation of policies.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Zaaijer

Other key lawyers:

Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen

Testimonials

‘The team combines expertise and great understanding of the industry and our organization.’

‘Joanne Zaaijer stands out for her practical and hands on advice. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and approachable. She is a true expert in her field, excellent in communication and managing expectations and moreover a great person to work with.’

‘The lawyers are professionals, technically skilled and collaborative.’

‘Great team, fun to work with, hands on and always available. They find practical solutions.’

Key clients

Meta

Google

Henkel

HEMA

Adidas

Sonos

WeightWatchers

Cairn

Baxter

Oaky

Levi9

Work highlights

  • Assists Meta on a continuous basis on a wide variety of privacy and data protection law matters, mainly in relation to Facebook and Instagram.
  • Advising Google on a continuous basis on the Digital Services Act and the local implementation of the Omnibus Directive in Netherlands.
  • Advising Henkel in the area of data protection law, including providing training to Henkel’s employees who are responsible for certain processing operations, advice in the event of data breaches.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 3

The ‘outstanding team’ at Osborne Clarke advises a mixture of multinational employers and Dutch companies, with specific focus on the TMT, fintech, retail and sports sectors. The team leverages the firm's increasing international footprint to advise on restructurings, particularly for large technology clients, as well as handling works council negotiations, disputes, the design of employment policies such as flexible working arrangements, and employment issues relating to corporate transactions, including M&A. The practice is led by Jorgo Tsiris, the founding partner of the Amsterdam office, who specialises in corporate employment law, and Jim Margry, who focuses on the employment aspects of post-takeover restructurings and M&A transactions, as well as sports employment law.

Practice head(s):

Jorgo Tsiris; Jim Margry

Other key lawyers:

Luuk Molendijk

Testimonials

‘Jim Margry understands the client’s needs and swiftly provides support with legal matters. He is a great communicator and problem solver.’

‘Osborne Clarke stands out as a practical law firm, which delivers useful responses in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The team is down to earth and easy to approach. Osborne Clarke excels in assisting with global matters.’

‘Jim Margry stands out for his practical and useful approach to employment matters. His advice and proposed solutions are tailored to the client’s business in a way that makes it easy to implement and explain. He is proactive and very responsive when help is needed.’

‘There is a great team dynamic between Luuk Molendijk and Jim Margry. Their advice is diligent and concise, and they are always available.’

‘The key difference is the people. They are always on top of what is going on in the industry and thinking ahead.’

‘Outstanding team – extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy, a great combination to work with. They have the ability to be sharp, leaving no detail unnoticed, and come up with clever solutions. The team was responsive, easy to work with and always delivered high-quality work.’

‘Jim is a great lawyer, who is very easy to interact with, supportive and proactive. Due to his excellent experience he was able to provide us with sharp, creative and practical advice, always thinking a step ahead. He is extremely reliable and his energy is outstanding – great to work with.’

‘Jorgo Tsiris is very proactive and provides us with great out-of-the-box thinking.’

Key clients

Atradius

Bitpanda

Diageo

DKV Mobility Services Holding GmbH + Co. KG

Doordash, Inc.

MessageBird

Nobian

O-I Netherlands B.V. (Owens-Illinois)

Wasserman

Channel Engine

Work highlights

  • Assisting Bitpanda with a global restructuring which resulted in redundancies of more than 400 employees in 11 jurisdictions.
  • Advising Atradius on the sale of its portfolio company Graydon to Creditsafe, a transaction which involved a works council process at multiple levels, given the complex co-determination structure of Atradius.
  • Advising MessageBird on the implementation of a ‘work from anywhere’ policy to allow its more than 1,000 employees to work from any country globally.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

Osborne Clarke acts for a growing list of leading global clients in the in technology sector. The team, led by Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen and supported by data protection expert Joanne Zaaijer, advises blue-chip clients on a range of complex Dutch IT matters involving cutting-edge issues such as VR, augmented reality and emerging EU regulatory issues. Binkhuysen assists customers and suppliers with cross-border procurements of state-of-the-art technologies, such as blockchain, smart city, IoT and software development projects.

Practice head(s):

Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We always get high quality advice and I highly appreciate how they did and do their best to know our organisation and understand our needs perfectly.’

‘I see Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen as an advisor who I can trust completely and who understands the organisation and our approach perfectly. I appreciate his no-nonsense style, honestly and personal approach.’

‘Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen is very pleasant to work with and pragmatic. It was a pleasure to have Coen on the other side in this project.’

‘OC Netherlands are experts in their field but are also extremely collaborative. Work is distributed between partners with trust and confidence. They are also simply a great, personable bunch of people to work with.’

‘OC Netherlands stand out for their personable and collaborative approach. Special mention should be given to Coen Barneveld Binkhusyen – technically excellent, commercially astute and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Meta

Google

Capgemini

LeasePlan

VolkerWessels

Henkel

Levi9

Sentia

Aptean

Koa Health

Oaky

Baxter

Work highlights

  • Assist Meta on a continuous basis on a wide variety of matters, mainly in relation to Facebook.
  • Regularly update Google on the local implementation of the Omnibus Directive and the effect it has on Google’s services in the Netherlands.
  • Day-to-day advisors for Henkel in the area of data protection law, including providing training to Henkel’s employees who are responsible for certain processing operations.

Netherlands > Investment funds Tier 3

The funds team at Osborne Clarke sits within the firm's wider financial regulatory department. The practice, led by Johannes de Jong, has experience advising fund managers, specifically retail and fintech investment funds, on the structuring and formation of listed funds as well as licence applications, including UCITS and AIFMD. The group frequently works in conjunction with tax, banking and corporate teams in the Amsterdam office and also leverages the firm's international reach to support its Dutch fund clients.

Practice head(s):

Johannes de Jong

Testimonials

‘Very strong experience in the regulatory and financial law space. Above par for Dutch law firms.’

‘Johannes the Jong is a stand out partner. He is very knowledgeable of the law, the workings of the regulator and the practical aspects of the business.’

Key clients

ASN Impact Investors (ASN Bank)

Real Estate Fund Management B.V.

Schroders Plc.

OHV Institutional Asset Management B.V.

Mint Tower Capital Management B.V.

Van Eck Asset Management B.V.

Intertrust Depositary Services B.V.

Icoinic B.V.

Caplins Investment Management B.V.

CL Venture Partners B.V.

Work highlights

  • Assisted ASN in restructuring 4 retail Euronext Amsterdam listed open-end sub-funds (part of a umbrella AIF managed by ASN Impact Investors) into 4 newly created UCITS investment funds.
  • Assisted ASN with structuring and forming a new Euronext Amsterdam traded retail open-end biodiversity impact fund, a Biodiversity fund in Europe.
  • Structured and formed a new EUR 50m full scope AIFMD closed-end investment fund with a 100% SME debt investment strategy with the European Investment Fund (EIF) as cornerstone investor.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 4

Acting for a range of developers and investors, Osborne Clarke fields a comprehensive real estate practice focused on commercial, residential and office redevelopments, purchasing, sale and leasing agreements, with particular experience in data centres, hotels and logistical and industrial units. The practice is led by Bas Beenen. Berend Zwart has commercial real estate expertise, acting for both domestic and international clients. Kim Hoefman, senior associate, has specific experience in tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Bas Beenen

Other key lawyers:

Berend Zwart; Charlie Van de Star; Kim Hoefman

Testimonials

‘Approachable team and easy to deal with. Particular lawyers to note are Berend Zwart; Charlie Van de Star and Kim Hoefman.’

‘The team is crucial, each team member has their own qualification. They are always solution-oriented in their respective fields. It is simply fun to work with them, they are colleagues rather than consultants.’

‘Berend Zwart displays exceptional client relationship skills with pragmatic advice always. Charlie Van de Star and Kim Hoefman are always accessible and will go the extra mile.’

‘Very professional team, excellent legal support on real estate transactions.’

‘Experienced team, hands on, skilled and practical. Able to finalise complex documentation with only a few negotiation rounds’

‘People are experienced, hands on and skilled. Cooperate well with other parties to get fair, clear and balanced documentation.’

‘We value Berend Zwart in particular as our go-to lawyer. He is quick to respond, very hands-on and takes a no-nonsense approach in his advisory.’

‘The team at Osborne Clarke Amsterdam knows how to convey to the client that they are solution-oriented and forward-looking. This is how a mandate becomes cooperation, the teams create synergies.’

Key clients

Amvest

Aegon Levensverzekeringen

Angelo Gordon / APF International

Boelens de Gruyter

Borealis Hotel Group

Catella Real Estate Group

Garbe

Schroders (formerly: Cairn Real Estate)

Redevco

Westmont Hospitality Group

Wildstone Capital

Zinc Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised Amvest on the development of thousands of residential units in the Kop Grasweg, Overhoeks, Aambeeldstraat and Shipdock areas of Amsterdam, and the development of Koningin Julianaplein in The Hague, a square next to The Hague’s railway station.
  • Assisted Catella with the €73m acquisition of a sustainable residential property in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, for the “Sarasin Sustainable Properties – European Cities” fund; the site consists of two residential towers totalling 240 apartments.
  • Acted for Amvest/Aegon Levensverzekeringen on the acquisition of multiple projects, including 53 residential units being developed in Kondor Wessels’ Lloyd Yard project in Rotterdam, as well as 290 residential units in Snippe’s development at Holland Park in Diemen.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

With demonstrable experience across the technology, life sciences, food and consumer goods sectors, the corporate and M&A team at Osborne Clarke continues to consolidate its position in the Dutch market and is well-placed to collaborate with the firm’s offices across Europe to advise on cross-border transactions. Practice leader Herke Van Hulst and Marie-Louise Weeda are praised as a ‘dynamic M&A duo’, and Geoffrey Beurskens advises on acquisitions and joint ventures. Key clients include domestic and international companies, as well as venture capital and private equity investment firms.

Practice head(s):

Herke van Hulst

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Beurskens; Marie-Louise Weeda; Niels Dolk; Wouter Kok

Testimonials

‘The team is able to digest and solve complex issues under high pressure. It is an amazing team with great lawyers who provide us with consistent high quality support.’

‘Herke van Hulst provides clear, sharp and spot-on advice. She has in-depth legal and (sector) knowledge and is excellent in finding creative solutions in complex situations.’

‘Niels Dolk is responsive, proactive and pragmatic.’

‘The dynamic M&A duo, Herke van Hulst and Marie-Louise Weeda, are excellent for advising on transactions. Knowledgeable, wise and hard working.

‘Highly skilled group of young professionals, that delivered a highly tailored service for our unique, international needs. The outstanding reputation of OC made contact with potential investors easier, providing reassurance that our legal structure is sound and ready for the future.’

‘Herke van Hulst was our main contact and she provided more than an excellent service. She is extremely efficient, keeps focus on the big picture, without neglecting details. Remarkable is her memory for the issues at hand.’

‘Wouter Kok has shown that he is fully capable of leading a deal team and solving issues with practical solutions. He is confident in his abilities and knows when to collaborate with subject matter experts.’

‘Geoffrey Beurskens is knowledgeable, experienced, pragmatic, flexible and a pleasure to work with. Solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Ampyr Solar Europe

Banking Circle (BC Midco Pte Ltd)

Ice Lake Private Equity

Atradius

Bitfury Top HoldCo

Schroders Capital Real Estate Netherlands

Garbe Institutional Capital

Mayht

Crown Bioscience

DKV Mobility Services Holding

Doordash

HH Global (HH Associates Netherlands)

Forbion Growth

DSM Venturing

Marel

merxU

Milabs

Ready Education (Canada)

Synova / Preventx

Terumo Corporation

ViroClinics BioSciences

Ysios Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised US-based technology company Doordash Inc. as lead investor as part of Flink’s Series B funding round, which raised US$750m in total.
  • Assisted Viroclinics DDL and its management team during Summit Partners and Harbourvest’s sale of all shares in Viroclinics DDL to Cerba Healthcare for up to €700m.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Milabs B.V. on the up to €100m controlled auction sale of the company’s entire issued share capital to Rigaku Corporation.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

Jeroen Bedaux heads up Osborne Clarke‘s litigation and arbitration team, working on a range of disputes, including commercial, financial, fraud, construction and corporate litigation. Bedaux also has niche expertise in sports law, consolidated by his status as president of the national appeals committees for disciplinary matters and for doping matters of the Royal Netherlands Football Association. Berend Zwart is the go-to for commercial real estate disputes, while recently appointed partner Paul Brouwer is the key name for banking disputes and directors’ and officers’ liability cases. Associate Nammy Vellinga is a key new contact in the team, having joined from bureau Brandeis.

Practice head(s):

Jeroen Bedaux

Testimonials

‘Osborne Clarke have a good understanding of industry specifics.’

‘Nammy Vellinga and Paul Brouwer are litigators with understanding of the business. They are focused on the client’s needs.’

‘The Osborne Clarke team I work with is very professional, very accessible, very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. You know one thing for sure, the issue being handled by the team is in good hands.’

‘Paul Brouwer is a more than excellent lawyer who is technically very good. He is always there for the customer. His problem-solving ability and creative approach confuse many a counterpart. He knows how to solve cases and is an excellent advocate in court.’

‘Nammy Vellinga is an excellent and technically very good lawyer. She is always there for the customer. She goes to great lengths to find out all possible legal solutions very thoroughly and knows how to express this very well in legal textual documents and pleadings. She is able to translate complex matters into unambiguous solutions in detail.’

‘Open-minded, pragmatic team, capable of developing solutions fast while maintaining a high quality level.’

‘A very personal approach. The service team working on our project was consistent in their communication, members were well informed, and actions taken pro-actively.’

Key clients

Coca Cola Europacific Partners

Capgemini

Sonos

Bose Corporation

Weight Watchers

GoPro

Jumbo Supermarkten B.V.

Toolstation

Reckitt Benckiser

Starbucks

Leaseplan

Dyson

Nobian

Sun Chemical

Bugaboo

Danone

NewCold

HEMA

Achmea Bank

ADG Dienstengroep

Work highlights

  • Defending Lifex against the claims by the bankruptcy trustee of one of Lifex’s (bankrupt) operating companies that Lifex is liable for the credits in the bankruptcy that remain unpaid. The deficit of the bankruptcy is €175m.
  • Represented Silk Road Bank in two proceedings with a combined value in excess of €40m.
  • Represented Takenaka in legal proceedings concerning a claim for damages amounting to €20m.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 5

The close-knit team at Osborne Clarke has experience advising on an array of tax matters relating to M&A, investment and financing. The practice is noted for its capability in the real estate and infrastructure sectors, as demonstrated by its advice to Victory Group on the Dutch tax issues associated with the sale and leaseback of ABN AMRO bank’s headquarters. Job van der Pol leads the team and focuses on the tax aspects of M&A and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Job van der Pol

Other key lawyers:

Cees Graafland

Key clients

Victory Group

DKV Mobility Services Holding GmbH + Co. KG

Cairn Real Estate B.V.

Management of BauWatch

Ready Education (Canada) Inc.

Phoenix Holding

Ancora Finance Group and Wellington Partners

Atradius Insurance Holding NV

Banking Circle

The firm: Osborne Clarke is a fast-growing international legal practice, with 1,080+ 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 and 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
Dispute Resolution Jeroen Bedaux jeroen.bedaux@osborneclarke.com +31207028614
Dispute Resolution Paul Brouwer paul.brouwer@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8624
Tech, Media & Comms Coen Barneveld Binkhuysen coen.barneveld@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8612
Privacy & Data Protection Joanne Zaaijer joanne.zaaijer@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8622
Corporate M&A Herke van Hulst herke.vanhulst@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8672
Corporate M&A Geoffrey Beurskens geoffrey.beurskens@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8682
Corporate M&A Marie-Louise Weeda marielouise.weeda@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8698
Real Estate & Infrastructure Bas Beenen bas.beenen@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8644
Real Estate and infrastructure Berend Zwart berend.zwart@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8928
Tax Job van der Pol job.vanderpol@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8920
Financial Regulatory Johannes de Jong johannes.dejong@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8678
Banking & Finance Axel van der Staak axel.vanderstaak@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8648
Employment, Pensions & Incentives Jim Margry jim.margry@osborneclarke.com +31207028618
Employment, Pensions & Incentives Jorgo Tsiris jorgo.tsiris@osborneclarke.com +31 20 702 8638
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