Greenberg Traurig LLP > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Firm Profile

Greenberg Traurig LLP
Valley at Zuidas
Beethovenstraat 545
1083 HK

Netherlands > Capital markets: equity Tier 3

As part of an ongoing trend, Greenberg Traurig LLP's capital markets practice is going from strength to strength in Amsterdam; this was reflected by the recruitment of Jelmer Kalisvaart from Loyens & Loeff in April 2021. He works with Bas Vletter, who joined from the same firm in 2019, and has over 30 years of ECM experience. The team provides the full scope of advice to issuers and underwriters on Dutch and cross-border IPOs, rights issues, secondary offerings and public takeovers. It is also active in SPAC listings and de-SPAC transactions. In a recent highlight, Kalisvaart led the advice to the underwriters on the Nasdaq IPO of Dutch clinical stage biopharmaceutical company Pharvaris.

Practice head(s):

Bas Vletter; Jelmer Kalisvaart

Key clients

Full Circle Capital

Amed Funds

Audley Capital


Towerbrook Capital Partners (UK) LLP

Bregal Freshstream

Pears Global



Empery Asset Management, LP

Digital Turbine, Inc.

Arcona Property Fund N.V.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

Digital Turbine, Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising NASDAQ-listed technology company Digital Turbine, Inc. (Digital Turbine) on its acquisition of Fyber N.V.
  • Assisted Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. as underwriter and Empery Asset Management, LP as investor with a private placement of shares and warrants of Kiadis Pharma N.V., a biopharmaceutical company listed on Euronext Amsterdam and Euronext Brussels.
  • Assisting Oddo BHF (the Franco – German financial group) with setting up a JV with ABN AMRO Bank for ECM brokering and research.

Netherlands > Industry focus: Information technology Tier 3

The Greenberg Traurig LLP team is growing its IT/tech practice, particularly since Herald Jongen took the helm. Jongen’s highly rated practice includes outsourcing and tech-related mergers and acquisitions, especially complex multi-jurisdictional projects for technology and finance industry clients. Eduard Stein's broad expertise combines deep knowledge of IT, with IP, privacy and broader contract law. He also has the advantage of having previous experience as an in-house IT consultant. Key team member Nienke Bernard, a senior associate, has a background in fintech and offers considerable experience in data and technology-related transactions.

Practice head(s):

Herald Jongen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The State of the Netherlands

Schuberg Philis


Censo Energy Solutions

The Dutch Ministry of Defense

Ministry of Justice Netherlands

Nationale Nederlanden

Randstad Holding

Garantibank N.V.

NN Bank




Work highlights

  • Assisting the State of the Netherlands (Ministry of Justice and Security) as lead counsel with negotiating agreements with Google.  
  • Assisted Nationale Nederlanden (NN) Bank with contract negotiations with various IT providers and assistance with a potential contentious matter.
  • Acted as lead counsel to the State (Ministry of Justice and Security, the National Police and a coalition of 20 public entities) on the renewal of licence agreements of many public entities with Microsoft.

Netherlands > Real estate Tier 3

After the arrival of David Van Dijk from NautaDutilh in December 2020, Greenberg Traurig LLP’s real estate practice was further bolstered by Louisa van Isselmuden joining from Van Doorne and Alexander van Hövell joining from Allen & Overy LLP in early 2021. Given its international network, the firm is well placed to assist international clients with investments in the Netherlands. Other areas of focus include acquisitions and disposals, project development work, financing issues and leasing matters. Van Dijk heads up the department and has 25 years’ experience in real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):


‘David van Dijk is an excellent real estate lawyer and an excellent deal maker’.

‘GT is deal-driven with the focus on getting the deal done’.

‘They understand our way of working, for which sound legal advice is very important, but also are able to act quickly and practically’.

‘They can quickly adapt and are flexible’.

‘They contribute ideas on how to properly set up processes and, based on their knowledge of the market and extensive experience with similar deals, they are able to advise us on all legal aspects during a transaction’.

‘Most of our transactions involve many sequential steps that all need to be aligned and GT is well able to arrange this coordination among their team in a good and structured manner’.

‘Marijn Bodelier is easily accessible, acts quickly and provides sound advice with regard to the public law aspects’.

‘The collaboration with the Greenberg Traurig team was constructive and professional’.

Key clients

Aegila Capital

AEW Invest GmbH

Amundi Real Estate



Arrow Global

B.V. Vitesse

Banque J. Safra Sarasin Real Estate Amsterdam

Borago Properties B.V.

Bose International B.V.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Dream Industrial REIT

GARBE Institutional Capital

Great Grey Investments ltd.

EQT Exeter

Equity Estate

Executive Property Invest B.V.

First Sponsor

Hanzevast Real Estate

Harbert European Real Estate Fund (HEREF)

Heitman International LLC

IES Immobilien Group

IC Campus

ING Bank

Investcorp Securities Limited


Janssen Biologics

Janssen Vaccins and Prevention

Johnson & Johnson

Kees Smit


Marks and Spencer PLC

Media Markt Saturn

Media Park Enterprise

Motel One

MRP Development

MRP Investments

NH the Netherlands


Pepe Jeans





PPF Group

Quadrum Habitat Fonds



Riverrock European Capital Partners


Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance B.V.

Swissôtel (part of Azure Group)

Tristan Capital

Tritax Eurobox


Union Investment Real Estate


VF Corporation

Weerts Groep

W.P. Carey Inc.


Work highlights

  • Assisted the French company Perial with the acquisition of the Post Office Building in The Hague, which was recently extensively redeveloped for inter alia long-term tenant PostNL.
  • Assisted AEW with the acquisition of the office building ‘HeadQuarter’ of approx. 16,000 sqm in the Hague from UBS Asset Management.
  • Advised Garbe on the acquisition of a newly developed logistic facility ‘Treeport’ near Breda with a deal value of approx. €86m.

Netherlands > Tax Tier 3

Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s vastly experienced team handles a varied portfolio of tax work for Dutch and multinational corporates, including corporate tax and transactional support matters that arise in the context of M&A and real estate transactions. It is also knowledgeable about tax issues in the investment management arena, and has expertise in transfer pricing, VAT and customs issues. Tax litigation is another key area of strength for the group, which is led by Thomas van der Vliet. Recent mandates included van der Vliet, and senior associates Paul Schouten, Richelle Baptiste and Suzanne Walstra advising Dutch unicorn MessageBird on the tax aspects of several transactions, such as the acquisition of 24Sessions. Erik de Bie, Reinier van de Steenoven and Alex Westerman have over 70 years of tax experience collectively.

Practice head(s):

Thomas van der Vliet


‘We typically work with one partner (Erik de Bie) who provides an outstanding service. Knowledge and experience are the foundations of a strong relationship. Erik brings excellent listening and communication skills coupled with a pragmatic approach.’

‘Erik de Bie: Outstanding trade lawyer, great experience, excellent for litigation in the field of customs and trade.’

Key clients


Vena Energy Pte. Ltd.

Creative Clicks

InterXion Holding NV

Nostrum Oil & Gas

Meyer Realty Partners

Amsterdam Commodities

Heitman International LLC

747 Capital

Rhenus Group



Work highlights

  • Advised NASDAQ-listed technology company Digital Turbine, Inc. on its acquisition of Fyber N.V., a developer of a monetization platform for software applications.
  • Advised Dutch unicorn MessageBird on several transactions it entered into, including the acquisition of 24Sessions.
  • Acted for APi Group Corporation on its acquisition of the international SK FireSafety Group from funds managed by APAX.

Netherlands > Commercial, corporate and M&a Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP continues to expand its corporate and M&A offering in Amsterdam, recently welcoming a number of new arrivals including transaction specialist Linda Thonen, who joined from Loyens & Loeff. Bas Vletter  and Herald Jongen  jointly head the practice which operates across the full array of relevant mandates including public and private M&A, restructurings, governance affairs and joint ventures; their team has recently been extremely active in the pharma and healthcare and is also well-versed in the retail, finance, technology, food, commodities and hospitality fields.

Practice head(s):

Bas Vletter; Herald Jongen

Other key lawyers:

Thédoor Melchers; Jeroen den Dunnen; Linda Thonen

Key clients


APi Group Corporation


MessageBird Holding B.V.

Oddo BHF


Schuberg Philis B.V.

The State of the Netherlands

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Justice Netherlands

Bunzl plc


Nationale Nederlanden Bank



City of Amsterdam

Meijer Realty Partners B.V.

Amarna Theraspeutics B.V.

Dutch Police

Dutch Tax Department

Bidroom B.V.

Bregal Freshstream

Bundesrechtenzentrum GmbH

Dolphin Marine

Fattal (Europe) Properties Ltd

GarantiBank International N.V.


Marvesa Oils & Fats B.V.

Ministry of OCW

OTB Ventures

Pears Global

Province of Groningen

Round Hill Capital


Stadt Wien

Stichting Flevoziekenhuis

SURFmarket B.V.

Towerbrook Capital Partners (UK), LLP

Voortman Steel Group

Amundi Real Estate

Andlinger & Company

Averau Beheer




Dream Global REIT

EHM Group


Heitman International LLC

Hunter Buildings International


Pop Vriend Seeds


Work highlights

  • Represented APi Group Corporation (NYSE: APG) in its acquisition of the international SK FireSafety Group from funds managed by APAX.
  • Represented APi Group Corporation (NYSE: APG) in its acquisition of Chubb Fire & Security Business (“Chubb”) from Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR) for an enterprise value of $3.1bn, a total which is comprised of $2.9bn cash and approximately $200m of assumed liabilities and other adjustments.
  • Assisting Oddo BHF (the Franco – German financial group) on setting up a JV with ABN AMRO Bank for ECM brokering and research.

Netherlands > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyrights and design rights Tier 4

Greenberg Traurig LLP has a strong foothold in the media and entertainment industries; it represents well-known national and international artists. Its client roster also includes domestic and international corporates, many from the technology sector, for whom it handles European trade mark and copyright disputes. The team, headed by Radboud Ribbert, also assists clients with IP-related contracts such as distribution and franchise agreements. Associate Willeke Kemkers advises on a variety of IP proceedings and transactions.

Practice head(s):

Radboud Ribbert

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Shenzhen Thunderstone Technology Inc.

Jennifer Lopez

Cheetah Mobile Inc. – China headquartered App development company

Jos. H. Lowenstein & Sons

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)

CrossFit, Inc.

Vibesta B.V.

June B.V.

Gigstarter B.V.

FlyUs B.V.

Contentos Foundation

Beijing Roborock Technology

AWL-Techniek B.V.

Stichting Nederlandse Top 40

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted in copyright infringement litigation relating to a camouflage pattern.
  • Successfully acted for a client in litigation on copyright infringement related to outdoor seats made of concrete.
  • Acted for June BV in trade mark litigation on the use of the trademark JUNE.

Netherlands > Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation Tier 5

Greenberg Traurig LLP has had a base in Amsterdam since 2003, when it was launched as the US firm's first office outside of its homelands. The team is able to draw on its international network for support in cross-border litigation and acts for both foreign and domestic entities. Allard Huizing  heads the practice and is experienced in the finance, consumer, real estate, IT, oil and gas, and construction industries. Wietse de Jong is recommended for finance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Allard Huizing

Other key lawyers:


‘I get top-notch assistance by real professionals that are passionate to practice law, which is exactly what my clients and I are seeking’.

‘Allard Huizing is very easy to reach, very hands-on, knows his practice area inside out, is both thorough and pragmatic, and is always friendly and kind’.

‘Allard Huizing is a top professional with his heart in the right place’.

‘Responsive team with the necessary skills’.

‘Very strong dispute resolution team, always thinking ahead of what the impact could be of any step taken’.

‘Broad knowledge and many resources in the other parts of the company to go and consult on specific items’.

‘Allard Huizing is an outstanding partner with an outspoken view on the strategy to follow in order to move the counterparty without taking any risks if things go wrong’.

‘We felt in very competent hands while Allard Huizing was driving our case, giving us a very good view on what our strong points were but also where our case was not so strong’.

Key clients

IDEMIA The Netherlands B.V.

Olympus ACF PTE. LTD.

Conservatorium Hotel B.V.

Netherlands > Employment Tier 5

US firm Greenberg Traurig LLP handles a range of corporate employment work for large international and domestic clients. Thomas Timmermans heads the team – he joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2019 and is experienced in works council consultation and TUPE matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Timmermans


‘Thomas Timmermans is highly knowledgeable, has a broad experience and is very responsive’.

‘For Thomas Timmermans what stood out in particular was his extremely up to date legal and market knowledge, and his ability to convert this into pragmatic proposals to keep things moving’.

‘The team distinguishes itself through pragmatic, business-focused advice and their ability to communicate this well to all client stakeholders’.

‘They offer a personal and professional approach’.

‘They were always kind, supportive and available for anything’.

‘I would also highlight the transparency of their work, as well as the capacity to help the client in understanding the risks that it might be subject to’. 

T’hey are always kind but honest, while driving the client through the different scenarios and possible outcomes’.

‘A large firm. well-established in the international market, knowledgeable and easy to approach’.

Key clients

Hilton International Nederland B.V.

Tyson Foods Europe B.V.

Jamestown Europe Management B.V.

IDEMIA The Netherlands B.V.

4G Clinical

Rimini Street, Inc.

Zijs Holding B.V.

Dream Industrial REIT

Aduro Biotech Europe B.V.

CLX Logistics (Europe) B.V.

Vision-Box the Netherlands B.V.

Amarna Holding B.V.

Bunzl Continental Europe B.V.

Bracco imaging S.p.A.

Gebr. Van Wijk Installatietechniek

Brain Corporation

Westchester Group Europe Ltd.

Vivienne Court Holdings Pty Ltd

Andes C.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Hilton in relation to a possible takeover obligation of staff from CSU and created case law on the meaning of ‘insourcing’.
  • Advised and assisted Tyson Foods with a (cross-border) merger of 34 group companies into one group company.
  • Represented Pepijn Zijsling in a case against Belvilla that unsuccessfully claimed that Pepijn Zijsling violated confidentiality and non-competition obligations from a management agreement and share purchase agreement.

Netherlands > Banking and finance: Borrower side

Poland > Banking and finance

The firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus Certified. Web:

GT in the Netherlands: GT Amsterdam’s core practices are corporate real estate, corporate mergers and acquisitions, corporate litigation, and tax, supported by the firm’s experience in areas including EU antitrust litigation and competition regulation, finance, intellectual property, administrative law, entertainment, and employment. The team has experience handling high-profile matters in the Netherlands as well as coordinating pan-European matters.

Areas of practice: The firm’s Amsterdam team is experienced in many sectors including real estate, venture capital, shipping, media, financial institutions, technology, telecommunications, logistics, automotive, fashion, and retail. It is an advisor to established domestic and international companies listed on the Dutch stock exchange. GT’s Amsterdam office has been responsible for handling high-profile situations in the Netherlands, including coordinating pan-European affairs. In short, it provides a hands-on approach to legal counsel, whether it relates to European law or other global matters.

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