Hendrik-Jan van Duijn

Leaders in Law endorses Hendrik-Jan van Duijn as our exclusively recommended Company Formation expert in Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Hendrik please use the contact information provided above.

Education

In 1998, Hendrik-Jan was awarded a fully-certified Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Administration Consultancy. He subsequently studied Tax Law in Leiden. Since 2002, Hendrik-Jan has been a member of the Nederlandse Orde van Belastingsadviseurs.

Career

Hendrik-Jan specializes in Partnership and Dividend Taxation, particularly in cross-border investments, mergers and take-overs, partnerships and industrial restructurings. In 2002, he began working with BDO. 4 years later, in 2006, he moved to PwC. In 2008, he moved to New York to work as a tax consultant. While there, he gave advice to US and Canadian businesses wishing to expand or streamline investments, either in or via the Netherlands, as well as to Dutch companies investing in the US and Canada.

Experience

Working as a tax adviser, Hendrik set up DTS in Amsterdam, in 2012. DTS specialises in Dutch tax advice and provides compliance to Dutch companies. With over 10 years of experience, Hendrik has a proven track record of delivering results when it comes to Dutch corporate income tax and Dutch dividend withholding tax advice. In 1998, at the tender age of 23, Hendrik received his Bachelor degree in accounting, which made him one of the youngest fully certified auditors in the Netherlands. In 2001 Hendrik was awarded his Master degree in Dutch direct taxation at the University of Leiden. Since 2002, Hendrik is a member of the Dutch association of tax advisers in Amsterdam.

With more than 15 years’ experience in the area of Dutch Corporate and Dividend Taxation, Hendrik-Jan has built up an impressive record of service. In 2011, he set up Duijn’s Tax Solutions and has seen it grow into a successful taxation consultancy. Hendrik-Jan is also behind the creation of many networks. He is, among other things, co-founder of Doing Business in, a network of specialists in the Netherlands and abroad, and of Pro-tp, through which he, along with his partners, offers international transfer-pricing advice. As a specialist in international Tax Law, he also writes for the IBFD.

Firm Description:

Why Company NL?

Starting a Dutch business can be challenging…

Starting a new business comes with several challenges. Having an idea alone does not translate into a successful business. If you are a beginner, looking to incorporate your own Dutch company, you may feel somewhat lost and confused, and not have the faintest idea of where to start. After all, there is so much to do when it comes to establishing your own business, and only a professional advisor can help with this.

Do you know that there are several types of Dutch companies? Here is an overview of the types of Dutch companies.

Type of Dutch companies

Many of you may get confused when deciding which type of business you should register in the Netherlands to operate efficiently. Most entrepreneurs like to set up a BV in the Netherlands, as it does not require the owner to be a resident in the Netherlands. However, it may be interesting to know that there are other options too. We can help you easily set up the following company types:

  • Private company as self-employed individual (Eenmanszaak)
  • Private partnerships (Vennootschap onder Firma)
  • Limited Partnership – Dutch CV (LLP)
  • Private Limited company – Dutch BV (Ltd. or Inc.)

How will CompanyNL help you?

As you can see there are many steps involved when you set up a BV. CompanyNL can help you in the following ways:

Meeting Legal Compliance Requirements:

You have to get your company formation done, along with registration at the Dutch Tax and Chamber of Commerce. Signing papers for loans, deciding liability, and getting permits may sound hectic. CompanyNL has contacts with local authorities, so you do not end up struggling, and each step will be taken care of.

When you are in the process of setting up your BV in the Netherlands, you will often incur expenses even before the office is officially launched. Thus, CompanyNL can help in arranging annual filing accounts, which you need to maintain and retain for seven years.

For your Dutch BV in the Netherlands, you also need to perform the ‘payment test’, wherein you need to withdraw profits from your BV, which can only happen when the BV has enough funds. The pool of experts at CompanyNL guides on gathering and managing the finances in such a way that your BV business can maintain its financial security and that creditors are always paid.

Tax Compliance Requirements:

The Dutch BV needs to file the financial statements yearly to the Chamber of Commerce. Of course, this is well taken care of by experienced advisers from CompanyNL. You are obliged to pay Dutch personal income tax if you own at least 5% of the company’s shares, as you are referred to as a substantial interest holder, or a major shareholder.

You have to pay tax on the dividend. Although it is expensive to pay yourself a salary from the BV, and dividend seems a better trade off, the Tax and Customs Administrations may not allow you to pay yourself a low or nihil salary.

The Dutch administration calls it a ‘customary salary scheme’ for directors and it has to be a minimum of 44.000 Euros annually for director shareholders. Our people at CompanyNL can help you understand these mandatory Dutch tax laws and how to abide by them. They will also help you in paying the corporate income tax on profits.

Why not get in touch with CompanyNL and ask for the quotation for their services?

  • Public Limited company – Dutch NV (PLC or Corp)
  • Cooperative and association
  • Foundations (Stiehting) and many others.

If you think that dreaming big is the first step to success, then you are absolutely right. A business can be big when it is earning higher profits for you; we believe that it is at its biggest, however, when you have an amazing business idea and plan by your side.

Balance sheets, profit distribution, remunerations, taxes and other important factors will already take up so much of you and your best employees’ time; hence, why not look for seamless solutions, in order to experience optimal ease while setting up the business you have always wanted to be involved in.

… But we are here to help

One stop solution:

CompanyNL is your one-stop-solution when it comes to setting up a Dutch business in Amsterdam. If you are the owner of a new business in Amsterdam, you need to observe government rules and regulations, and tick off a comprehensive checklist which accompanies starting up a new Dutch company. CompanyNL not only familiarises you with the requirements when starting up a Dutch business in Amsterdam, but also guides you through the entire process.

Location plays a crucial role when it comes to the success of a business, as every amenity should be at arm’s length. CompanyNL will help in finding the right location for your company. We also have contacts with office providers that help in renting incredible spaces for you in which to work and conduct meetings.

Unique Approach:

Every entrepreneur and business idea needs a unique approach and starting point. That’s where CompanyNL comes into the picture. We will inform you of the specific conditions that apply to your business.

Dedicate Your Time and Effort to Something Productive

Getting us involved will allow you to focus on important matters and factors that enable your business to be a front-runner in domestic, as well as international, markets. We will take care of all your taxes, legal matters and disputes, and even register your trademark to ensure your future.

We have a pool of tax advisers to keep you abreast of Dutch Tax Laws, and help you operate your business effectively and efficiently. In order to allow you to solely focus on your business goals, our Office Provider team will assist you in finding the right space for your business, and in completing all the on-site requirements.

Rely on Us to Set It up Right

It is imperative to have professionals on your side with years of experience and relationships built up with local authorities, so that you can get the necessary approval and documentation done easily and expeditiously. If you, as an entrepreneur, are not an EU citizen, you must fulfill certain conditions if you intend to stay in the Netherlands. CompanyNL can help you in applying for a temporary, or permanent, residence permit, as the case may be.

Our team of professionals can help to dissipate the stress that may arise when planning to set up your Dutch company in the Netherlands. We are quick, reliable, efficient, and can help in registering the company within two weeks, if you visit the country for the procedures.

On your behalf, we can think of unique and attractive business names that are suitable, and help you get to your company registered as quickly as possible. We will also take care of everything else, starting with drafting and notarising the incorporation documents of the new company, submitting them, registering your legal company, dealing with taxation, and many other procedures.

 

Anthony V. Raftopol

Leaders in Law endorses Anthony Raftopol as our exclusively recommended Joint Ventures Law expert in The Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Anthony please use the contact information provided above.

As Managing Partner in the Ternir Group, Anthony Raftopol is an Amsterdam-based, United States-trained international lawyer focusing for almost 25 years on cross-border transactions for the benefit of corporate and institutional investors into a wide variety of post-conflict/post-transitional emerging markets in the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.  

His clients are engaged in a wide variety of fields, including transportation, infrastructure, construction, power generation, healthcare, applied sciences, oil & gas, agriculture, commercial real estate, leisure properties, consumer products, as well as banking and finance. 

Mr. Raftopol is also Senior Legal Counsel and/or a member of the Board of Directors of several private equity funds located in the United States focusing on the healthcare sector, and is actively involved in several transactions that form the center of the U.S. government and private-sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  He is also on the Board of Directors of several start-up and pre-IPO medical device and med-tech companies based in the United States.  

Mr. Raftopol’s international contacts are strongest in the Middle East and the Western Balkans, as well as the banking, finance and legal industries located in the US, Europe, the Gulf States, the PRC, Hong Kong and several “off-shore” jurisdictions.  As such, Mr. Raftopol maintains close contacts and formal relationships with numerous law and investment banking firms located in those markets. 

Mr. Raftopol has been a member of the Bar of the State of New York (USA) since 1995, and is also a member of the Bar of Bucharest, Romania (status currently inactive).  He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago, USA as well as the Boston University School of Law. 

In addition to his native English and Romanian, Mr. Raftopol also speaks and/or works in several other European languages.

Firm Description

We are a network of lawyers, accountants and strategic market experts whose value proposition is to forge well-managed, locally-focused and cost-effective market-entry and operations solutions on behalf of clients doing business in one or more of the countries of EASTERN EUROPE AND THE MENA (MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA) region. Our core strength is to combine internationally-trained and -experienced teams coupled with local talent to forge in-country networks, establish a corporate and operational presence, as well as assist our clients to navigate the vagaries of local bureaucracies and their related decision-making ecosystems. To that end, we are focused on making sure that our clients have the support required to prosper within the context of legal, business and cultural environments that are often quite different from those at home.

Our clients are mostly Far-East Asian-, US- and EU-based businesses involved in a variety of sectors, including commercial real estate, the hospitality sector, oil & gas, healthcare, agriculture, transportation & logistics, banking & finance, commodities, distribution, pharma and private equity investing.

Although our services may be as varied as the backgrounds of the teams we have in place in any particular jurisdiction, our core focus involves the following:

  • Local market corporate establishment and compliance upkeep;
  • In-country team building and market positioning vis-à-vis local businesses and government (including office set-up, hiring and management of personnel, payroll, visas as well as all forms of licensing and permitting);
  • Strategic due diligence with respect to prospective local partners and in-country assets/businesses through in-house professionals and alliances with local firms;
  • Cross-border transaction advice with an emphasis on local laws and procedures;
  • Joint-venture structures and arrangements;
  • Local business marketing and strategic advice to position them for out-of-country strategic alliances, buy-outs, international lending and private equity financing.

Although our clients also include large, multinational companies, we do, in fact, seek to adapt our services to the needs of medium-sized, family-owned and privately-held companies that require qualified teams in place in Eastern Europe and the MENA region without the expense associated with large, cost-heavy consulting practices. We do this by forging alliances with local professionals on a project-by-project basis, avoiding the heavy fees associated with the “New York/London-jet-set” crowd, avoiding centralised or permanent office locations, while relying on both formal and informal relationships in a wide variety of circumstances to get the job done. We also avoid needless costs (from “vanity travel” to entrenched partner pay-outs) to keep our fees to a reasonable level, thus encouraging our clients to outsource as much of the early-stage operational oversight as possible. In this light, the more we take on, the less our clients will need to put up with while forging a strategy for market entry and on-going success.

Our professionals are well-versed and -embedded in and wide variety of locations, and are trained to cover projects throughout the Balkans, the Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, the Central Asian Republics, the Republic of Turkey, the Arab Gulf States, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, the Levant, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Africa, Mongolia and the People’s Republic of China.

 

Edith Nordmann

Leaders in Law endorses Edith Nordmann as our exclusively recommended Commercial Litigation Law expert in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Edith please use the contact information provided above.

Edith Nordmann is Managing Partner at ACG International in Amsterdam where she also heads the corporate & commercial litigation department.

She is a highly experienced corporate and commercial litigator, who has been representing both companies and private individuals in highly complex matters.

Edith has a vast expertise in cross-border business transactions, contract disputes, and national and international litigation. In addition, Edith is a certified mediator, who assists her clients in finding amicable resolution of their disputes.

For more than twenty years Edith has been working with international clients from all over the world. Being fluent in German (native speaker), English, Dutch, French and Italian, Edith is not only able to communicate with many of her international clients in their mother tongue, but also to understand the difference in mentality, culture and legal systems. Through her deep-seated local knowledge and international networks across practice areas and borders, Edith uses her business minded strategic approach to assists her clients in getting deals done and finding solutions that achieve the best results for their actual needs.

As a seasoned litigator Edith was invited in February 2019 by the New York International Arbitration Center to give a presentation and inform New York attorneys about the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC). The NCC is a unique attractive European alternative to cross-border litigation and arbitration with highly specialized judges in which international matters can be argued entirely in English, which has the great advantage that foreign councils can actively work together with the Dutch lawyers on these matters. It is much cheaper than arbitration, swift and highly reliable and effective. Edith very much enjoys working with lawyers around the world on these cases in front of the NCC.

Next to her professional career Edith engages in many charitable and social organizations using her professional expertise, not only helping others but also empowering them in their endeavors.

Edith was awarded “Women of the Decade in Law & Social change” by the Women Economic Forum in 2017.

You can read an interview with Edith here: https://acginter.com/pages/EN/interview-managing-director-edith-nordmann

Admissions

Dutch Bar Association

Certified Mediator in Mediators Federation in the Netherlands

Professional affiliations

Chairman of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade

Vice Chairman Supervisory Board of Rochdale

Member of the European American Lawyers Group

Member of ADAM Global

Firm Description:

ACG International : A full service law firm

Attorney Consulting Group International (ACG International) is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG International is based in Amsterdam, and is active around the globe. ACG’s Dutch and international attorneys and lawyers are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs. On top of that we strongly believe in a partner-lead approach meaning you always have a partner level lawyer dealing with your case.

How we best serve your needs and get the results you want to achieve:

We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is quick, efficient, down to earth, proactive and cost-aware. Our team consists of such professionals. Each of the professionals that will support you is a highly qualified with diverse legal background, experience in different jurisdictions and a strong client-oriented mindset. We use our professional and cultural differences to achieve one common goal, which is to serve our clients in achieving the most beneficial results. Our constant international exposure and expertise enabled us to create a worldwide network of professionals, which gives us access to have all the experience, knowledge and the people to resolve our clients’ most complicated challenges and legal disputes.

Our clients work internationally, and so do we.

We provide comprehensive legal support in commercial, corporate, employment, litigation, mediation, arbitration, data protection and privacy. Apart from the main focus areas, we are specialized in international trade and cross-border transactions, business in German-speaking countries, starting a project in Switzerland, entering a European market and other.

Why ACG International?

Our clients are our main priority. In our experience, the most beneficial results come from an open, transparent and collaborative relationships with our clients. For this reason, we heavily invest in understanding our clients’ values and needs, maintaining constant dialogue with them and always keeping them involved and updated on their cases. Such collaboration is fundamental to our success, as it helps us build long-term relationships with each of our clients based on trust and loyalty.

Our diverse experience and cultural background allow us to speak your language. Even though English is a universal business language and we can communicate real time with our business partners around the globe, cultural differences are often crucial in the outcome of negotiations and the success of your cross-border business relations. Our attorneys come from the most culturally diverse countries with different mentalities and sets of values. Combining our in-depth legal insights with innate knowledge of foreign cultures and their expectations, allows us to guide you through your cross-border business relations in the most effective, cautious and favorable way. In addition, we speak English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian.

Our broad international network provides global legal supportACG International goes beyond a conventional team of attorneys. While our law firm consists of highly experienced practitioners, ACG International also provides each of our clients with a unique access to a broader network of professionals. We work side-by-side with attorneys from across the world, specialized in different jurisdictions, legal systems and areas of law, which allows us to assist our clients in the most profound way.

 

Marc Bastiaansen

Henk Nieuwenhuysen, born April 16th 1953 Study High School and Nivra (Accountants Study) Graduated 1990.

Marc Bastiaansen, born August 2th 1969 Study University at Tilburg Accountancy Graduated 1999.

We work together for specific taks issues with Marree & van Uunen Tax Professionals at Oisterwijk INFO@MARREE-CS.NL

Website WWW.MARREE-CS.NL

We are also member of IPG International at WWW.IPG-ONLINE.ORG

The Group has been founded in 1988 under the name International Practice Group (IPG) and merged with EULEX in 1992 after which the group continued under the name EU LEX IPG. In order to express our new mission statement and to further sustain our current growth of members beyond the EU borders, the association has changed its name to International Practice Group in 2006.

From January 2009 the group has merged with Picatrex. Picatrex is a similar international group which covered Europe. This brings the merged group up in numbers and provides cover in new countries as well as complementary services in countries we already have a member in.

History of Vervloet en Co/ HMB Accountants

Vervloet en Co was originally founded shortly after the 2nd  WorldWar at Breda. In the years after 1980 the organization has grown ( Dordrecht, Gorinchem, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Goes and Vlissingen (Netherlands), Hoogstraten (Belgium).

In the years after 1995 more and more offices were merging  in the Netherlands and because of that reason the offices Breda, Tilburg, Dordrecht and Hoogstraten have been merged with one of the big 5 in the Netherlands.

In 2007 the offices at Goes, Dordrecht and Vlissingen have been merged with a larger accounting firm and also HMB Accountants has been founded.

Nowadays there are 2 offices at Gorinchem. Vervloet en Co for accounting services and fiscal matters. HMB Accountants for compilation of financial statements and financial audits.

Martijn Jaegers

Martijn is a partner with Taxand Netherlands where he heads the Dutch Indirect Tax practice.

Martijn specializes in VAT and Customs matters, both in a Dutch domestic and EU/Global context. He advises clients active in various industries, including manufacturing, consumer business and financial services, on the EU regulatory indirect tax framework. His assignments extend beyond the rendering of tax advice alone however as tax controversy management (including dispute resolution and court representation) have become increasingly important in the national and international indirect tax landscape.

Martijn is an attorney-at-law and a member of the Amsterdam Bar as well as the Dutch Tax Lawyers Association and the Dutch Tax Scholar Association.

Taxand Global

Taxand provides high quality, integrated tax advice worldwide. Our tax professionals, more than 400 tax partners and over 2,000 tax advisors in over 40 countries – grasp both the fine points of tax and the broader strategic implications, helping you mitigate risk, manage your tax burden and drive the performance of your business.

We’re passionate about tax. We collaborate and share knowledge, capitalising on our expertise to provide you with high quality, tailored advice that helps relieve the pressures associated with making complex tax decisions.

We’re also independent- ensuring that you adhere both to best practice and to tax law and that we remain free from time consuming, audit based conflict checks. This enables us to deliver practical advice, responsively.

 

Ester de Vreede

Leaders in Law endorses Ester de Vreede as our exclusively recommended Immigration Law in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Ester please use the contact information provided above.

Ester founded the firm in 2006. She specializes in corporate and private immigration law and advises businesses wanting to establish a branch in the Netherlands. Ester has worked for the Dutch government and in the private sector as the supervising attorney of the immigration law practice at a large international law firm. She is a visiting lecturer at the Free University of Amsterdam and advises the government on matters of immigration policy.

Ester is a great supporter of the arts and culture and she serves as Secretary of the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Ester’s practice has a strong focus on assisting entrepreneurs and she is well known for her success when situations require a creative approach.

Services

  • Creative Solutions for Immigration and Employment Issues
  • Residence permits for Highly Skilled Migrants, employees, and family reunions
  • Residence permits for self-employed entrepreneurs, particularly via special treaties such as the Dutch American Friendship Treaty
  • Permits for the Creative Industry
  • Work Permits
  • 30% tax benefit ruling
  • Modern Migration Act (MoMi) Compliance
  • Legalization procedures
  • Legal advice on EC and EU legislation regarding immigration and free movement of persons and services
  • Fine and Penalty dispute
  • Litigation and judicial review
  • Labor and employment law practice
  • Dismissal cases
  • Employment contracts
  • Personnel handbooks
  • Non-competition clauses
  • Establishment and registration of legal entities under the Dutch law
  • Bank Account registration and support

De Vreede Advocaten

De Vreede Advocaten is a young and dynamic law firm specialized in immigration and international employment law. Our outstanding team of skilled professionals provides customized solutions to both businesses and individuals.

Our clients include international organizations and large multinationals, as well as artists and high tech specialists. De Vreede Advocaten is the ideal choice for any organization or individual engaged in international business.

Our knowledge and expertise in the areas of migration and international employment law is unsurpassed, and the Dutch Government regularly consults De Vreede Advocaten on legislation and immigration policy.

We are a valued partner of the Amsterdam Expat Center and the Holland Expat Center South. Our offices are located in the heart of Amsterdam, facing the Rijksmuseum, and at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

 

Edith Nordmann

Leaders in Law endorses Edith Nordmann as our exclusively recommended International Law expert in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Edith please use the contact information provided above.

Edith Nordmann is Managing Partner at ACG International in Amsterdam.

She is a highly experienced corporate and commercial litigator, who has been representing both companies and private individuals in highly complex matters and also has an expert qualification in employment law.

Edith has a vast expertise in cross-border business transactions, contract disputes, and national and international litigation. In addition, Edith is a certified mediator, who assists her clients in finding amicable resolution of their disputes.

For more than twenty years Edith has been working with international clients from all over the world. Being fluent in German (native speaker), English, Dutch, French and Italian, Edith is not only able to communicate with many of her international clients in their mother tongue, but also to understand the difference in mentality, culture and legal systems. Through her deep-seated local knowledge and international networks across practice areas and borders, Edith uses her business minded strategic approach to assists her clients in getting deals done and finding solutions that achieve the best results for their actual needs.

Edith was invited in February 2019 by the New York International Arbitration Center to give a presentation and inform New York attorneys about the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC). The NCC is a unique attractive European alternative to cross-border litigation and arbitration with highly specialized judges in which international matters can be argued entirely in English, which has the great advantage that foreign councils can actively work together with the Dutch lawyers on these matters. It is much cheaper than arbitration, swift and highly reliable and effective. Edith very much enjoys working with lawyers around the world on these cases in front of the NCC.

Edith is also the Chairman of the Netherland India Chamber of Commerce and Trade which allows her to already have established valuable connections on governmental, NGO and business level. This network has shown to be tremendously valuable in all her endeavors in the international context.

Admissions

Dutch Bar Association

Certified Mediator in Mediators Federation in the Netherlands

Professional affiliations

Chairman of the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade

Vice Chairman Supervisory Board of Rochdale

Member of the European American Lawyers Group

Member of ADAM Global

Firm Description:

ACG International : A full service law firm

Attorney Consulting Group International (ACG International) is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG International is based in Amsterdam, and is active around the globe. ACG’s Dutch and international attorneys and lawyers are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs. On top of that we strongly believe in a partner-lead approach meaning you always have a partner level lawyer dealing with your case.

How we best serve your needs and get the results you want to achieve:

We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is quick, efficient, down to earth, proactive and cost-aware. Our team consists of such professionals. Each of the professionals that will support you is a highly qualified with diverse legal background, experience in different jurisdictions and a strong client-oriented mindset. We use our professional and cultural differences to achieve one common goal, which is to serve our clients in achieving the most beneficial results. Our constant international exposure and expertise enabled us to create a worldwide network of professionals, which gives us access to have all the experience, knowledge and the people to resolve our clients’ most complicated challenges and legal disputes.

Our clients work internationally, and so do we.

We provide comprehensive legal support in commercial, corporate, employment, litigation, mediation, arbitration, data protection and privacy. Apart from the main focus areas, we are specialized in international trade and cross-border transactions, business in German-speaking countries, starting a project in Switzerland, entering a European market and other.

Why ACG International?

Our clients are our main priority. In our experience, the most beneficial results come from an open, transparent and collaborative relationships with our clients. For this reason, we heavily invest in understanding our clients’ values and needs, maintaining constant dialogue with them and always keeping them involved and updated on their cases. Such collaboration is fundamental to our success, as it helps us build long-term relationships with each of our clients based on trust and loyalty.

Our diverse experience and cultural background allow us to speak your language.

Even though English is a universal business language and we can communicate real time with our business partners around the globe, cultural differences are often crucial in the outcome of negotiations and the success of your cross-border business relations. Our attorneys come from the most culturally diverse countries with different mentalities and sets of values. Combining our in-depth legal insights with innate knowledge of foreign cultures and their expectations, allows us to guide you through your cross-border business relations in the most effective, cautious and favorable way. In addition, we speak English, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, and Croatian.

Our broad international network provides global legal support.

ACG International goes beyond a conventional team of attorneys. While our law firm consists of highly experienced practitioners, ACG International also provides each of our clients with a unique access to a broader network of professionals. We work side-by-side with attorneys from across the world, specialized in different jurisdictions, legal systems and areas of law, which allows us to assist our clients in the most profound way.

 

Lukas Witsenburg

Lukas Witsenburg started his legal career as Dutch corporate lawyer at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in 2003. After a few years he decided to go international and he built up a cross-border commercial practice as a lawyer at the legal firm HBN Law in Curacao.

On returning to the Netherlands, Lukas successfully completed the M&A specialisation course at the VU University Amsterdam Law Academy. In 2009, Lukas co-founded the legal firm Penrose with two other attorneys who have gained experience at top law firms such as Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance. Since then, Penrose showed a substantial growth and consist of 10 Dutch attorneys including 4 partners.

Lukas is a Dutch corporate lawyer with extensive experience in international commercial contracting, mergers & acquisitions and shareholder matters. He is deeply involved in the organisation of enterprises, corporate governance and control structures, joint ventures, share transactions and asset transfers. Lukas also specialises in customised commercial contracts, strategic alliances and complex license agreements. Thanks to the large number of clients, start-ups and transactions in the IT-sector, Lukas has amassed a great deal of specific knowledge in that field.

Based in Amsterdam, Penrose is a Dutch corporate law firm that specialises in strategic legal advice, litigation and commercial contracts. Penrose provides high-end corporate legal services with a dedicated team of professionals. Penrose has been set-up in 2010 by attorneys who have gained experience at top law firms such as Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and De Brauw. Several of their attorneys have broad international experience, also outside the legal world.

 

Penrose’ areas of expertise are:

– corporate law (M&A, governance, liability, finance);

– IT-law;

– litigation (corporate and commercial);

– employment and labour law;

– privacy;

– intellectual property; and

– real estate.

 

Penrose’ clients include international corporates, (larger) Dutch SME’s, IT companies, and semi-public institutions.

 

Some of Penrose’ recent publications and articles:

Brexit and the implications for your Intellectual Property Rights

Mandatory registration of an UBO in the Netherlands

Introduction to Dutch Labour Law

What to expect when you’re expecting new Dutch labour law changes

Penrose advises Kyotherm on geothermal energy investment
Pulsecath wins EU Business News Award 2019
What is Company law in the Netherlands?

Jurisdiction Dutch Courts over foreign UBO of Dutch Holding Structure

 

Peter Hendrick

Leaders in Law endorses Peter Hendrick as our exclusively recommended Patent Litigation Law expert in the Netherlands. If you wish to get in touch with Peter please use the contact information provided above.

Peter Hendrick focuses on international patent litigation and leads the firm’s international patent litigation group.

The group is particularly active in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, and co-ordinates litigation on behalf of clients with specialised law firms in other EU member states.

Peter is one of the most well known and respected patent litigators in Europe. He has a broad knowledge of patent litigation and acts on behalf of national and international clients in the Netherlands courts (including the Supreme Court) and in the European Patent Office, particularly in Opposition Division and Technical Board of Appeal cases.

Peter has also acted as lead counsel in a number of international patent litigation cases brought simultaneously in European and non-European jurisdictions.

In addition, he works for banks and investment institutes as their litigation and M&A strategist on patent portfolios. In all these matters he works with his own team of scientists in sectors including pharma/biotech, electronics/TMT and energy.

Peter speaks English, Dutch, German and French.

Law Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

R.H.J. Koopmans

RHJ (Robert) Koopmans has over 35 years of banking and legal experience. He has worked in various positions at ABN AMRO Bank NV and the law firm Clifford Chance LLP. He is now also linked to the Rabobank organization, working in special asset management.

He is a member of the Amsterdam Bar and the Dutch Association of International Law. Mr. R.H.J. Koopmans is registered as a lawyer in the Netherlands with the Dutch Bar Association, Neuhuyskade 294 2596 XM The Hague, telephone 070-3353535, info@advocatenorde.nl

The office is located in the Atlas Building Complex at Hoogoorddreef 9 in Amsterdam (building Africa). Visit there only after prior notification. You will then be given directions. Appointments can of course also be made elsewhere, if that is more convenient for you.

Law firm RHJ Koopmans BV has its registered office in Groenekan. The company is registered at the Chamber of Commerce under number 30201622.

At this time, only mr R.H.J. Koopmans is connected to the law firm as a lawyer. Mr. R.H.J. Koopmans advises, drafts and litigates. There are co-operation agreements with other lawfirms, so there is always sufficient backing.

Areas of expertise are:

·         Banking and finance;

·         Insolvency law;

·         International law;

·         Debt Collection;

·         Corporate law;

·         Law of torts;

·         Contract law;

·         Labour law;

·         Rent law;

·         Administrative law;

·         Property law

·         Law of civil procedure/ litigation.

Robert Koopmans is also connected to a legal first aid center. He is a member of the Royal Dutch Society for International Law. He is an honorary member and past chairman of a field hockey club. Furthermore he loves sailing and collecting flags.