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Houthoff Buruma


  • Gustav Mahlerplein 50
  • Amsterdam
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 1082 MA
  • Tel:+31 20 605 6000
  • Fax:+31 20 605 6700
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partners: Walter van Overbeek, Johan Rijlaarsdam
  • Number of partners: 57
  • Number of lawyers: 285

Firm Overview:
Houthoff Buruma is a long-established Netherlands based law firm with over 250 lawyers worldwide. This multi-award winning independent law firm prides itself in its proven ability to deal with a full spectrum of legal services that have helped shape industries and the economy. With its straight to-the-point no-nonsense high quality advice it has carved a niche for itself as a new elite amongst the leading high-end law firms.

Main Areas of Practice:
The firm’s lawyers in each practice area and across its offices work collaboratively to help clients assess new opportunities and manage risk in a redefined marketplace. Its focus lies on four pillars, which contain the full range of legal advice.

Corporate / M&A / Private Equity:
Houthoff Buruma is an M&A power house with a 21 man strong team of 13 partners and 8 counsels. Experience in advising corporates and their leaders in complex circumstances has fine-tuned this firm’s ability to understand the unique aspects of each situation and the objectives of the client. Thinking comprehensively about the many layers of consequence that may flow from a particular decision makes this team suited to providing sound advice to senior decision makers. 

Financial Markets:
Houthoff Buruma has a vision on economic growth that is productive, sustainable and inclusive. Harnessing the firm’s significant knowledge of financial institutions, Houthoff Buruma has one of the largest Financial Markets Teams in the Netherlands helping clients to respond to regulatory developments and evolving industry best practices. The firm also draws from a pool of first tier real estate experts, offering clients expertise in restructurings, recapitalisations and investments in/ sale of debt and equity instruments related to the real estate industry. It also gives the firm an edge in PPP, project finance and asset finance.

Dispute Resolution:
At the vanguard of critical issues affecting business Houthoff Buruma has remained the chosen firm to represent companies in matters most critical to their business and reputation. The firm is one of less than a handful of firms that have the capacity and knowledge to handle proceedings in the Supreme Court, adding several successful landmark cases to its name in the past years.

Restructuring & Recovery:
As the fabric of the global economic environment unravelled, Houthoff Buruma partnered with clients to respond to unprecedented circumstances with innovative solutions and sound legal judgement. Houthoff Buruma has handled some unique restructuring and recovery cases in the past year, being praised for constructive solutions.

Areas of Practice

  • Agrifood
  • Asset Finance & Structured Finance
  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Construction
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Corporate Criminal
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Emerging Markets
  • Energy & Utilities
  • EU & Competition
  • Finance Litigation
  • Financial Markets Regulation
  • Health Care
  • Insolvency, Restructuring & Recovery
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • IT & Internet
  • Labour & Employment
  • Notarial
  • Outsourcing
  • Pensions & Employee Benefits
  • Privacy & Data Protection
  • Private Equity
  • Projects & Project Finance
  • Public Law
  • Real Estate
  • Supreme Court Litigation
  • Tax
  • Telecom, Media & Technology
  • Transport & Logistics


  • Gustav Mahlerplein 50,
  • Amsterdam,
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 1082 MA
  • Tel +31 20 605 6000
  • Fax +31 20 605 6700
  • Website : www.houthoff.com
  • Weena 355,
  • PO Box 1507,
  • Rotterdam,
  • South Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 3000 BM
  • Tel + 31 10 217 2000
  • Fax + 31 10 217 2700
  • Keizerslaan 5,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1000
  • Tel +32 2 507 9800
  • Fax +32 2 507 9898
  • 33 Sun Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2M 2PY
  • Tel +44 20 7422 5050
  • Fax +44 20 7422 5050
  • 120 West 45th Street, 19th floor,
  • New York,
  • USA
  • NY 10036
  • Tel +1 212 403 6701

General Business Law - Curaçao

This Amsterdam-based team is formed of partners Helena Sprenger and Oscar van Angeren, as well as senior associate Bouke Boersma. The team is best known for advising lenders on export prepayment finance agreements, assisting lenders and borrowers with syndicated credit facilities, handling investment funds and advising corporations on Curaçao corporate law. Sprenger is the main point of contact for the desk.

Corporate/M&A - Netherlands

"Strong negotiator" Michiel Pannekoek wins outstanding feedback for his tactical skills and ability to "compromise and help the parties come together." Sources add that "he has a good feeling for how to get a deal done and how to work through the commercial problems." He recently advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Sator.

Willem de Nijs Bik is described by sources as a "sensible and pragmatic" practitioner. He is recommended for his strong negotiation skills: "He strikes a nice balance between maintaining a good atmosphere in negotiations and pushing hard to make the points that are relevant for the client."

The Rotterdam-based Eddie Meijer is an "experienced strategist" with "a great network." He handles transactional mandates as well as providing corporate governance advice.

Jan-Paul van der Hoek is recognised for his pragmatic and hands-on style. He assisted Argos Group and its shareholders with its acquisition by Sistema.

Alexander Kaarls focuses on cross-border M&A, including recently advising on the Dutch aspects of GM's acquisition of Ally Financial's European car financing business.

Oscar van Angeren is head of the firm's investment management team and splits his time between London and Amsterdam. He advises on fund formation and fund operations.  

Competition and EU law expert Gerard van der Wal is based in the Brussels office. He advises antitrust matters at the Dutch and EU levels, with particular state aid experience.

Foreign Desks The firm has a busy Curaçao practice, regularly advising international financial institutions on mandates involving Curaçao companies. Clients for this firm in this area include ING, BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse. Helena Sprenger and Bouke Boersma in the New York office, and Oscar van Angeren, who splits his time between London and Amsterdam, are contacts for the group.

Dispute Resolution - Netherlands

Renowned disputes specialist Rob Meijer wins praise for his Supreme Court practice, with one source describing him as "the number-one Supreme Court lawyer." His wider litigation practice involves insurance and liability disputes, and his recent clients have included The LEGO Group, Philips and Fujifilm.

Arbitration expert Dirk Knottenbelt engages in national and international arbitrations in commercial and investment contexts. Sources say: "He grasps an issue very quickly and is able to understand the concerns the company has."

Litigation head Albert Knigge's main areas of focus include financial litigation, D&O liability and broader professional liability issues.

Intellectual Property - Netherlands

Bas Le Poole's IP practice encompasses trade marks and copyrights. He handles contentious and non-contentious matters and has a strong media client base. One interviewee enthuses: "He is committed and flexible, knows what he is talking about and makes a proper judgement on where we stand, which is extremely helpful." 

Wolter Wefers Bettink advises on trade marks and copyrights, with a particular focus on the IT and technology sectors. He is considered "a wise lawyer who thinks with his clients."

Restructuring/Insolvency - Netherlands

Rutger Schimmelpenninck is renowned for his "excellent" insolvency administration practice, and for his wider work on issues including restructuring. He has acted as administrator on the high-profile unwinding of the failed DSB Bank.

Frédéric Verhoeven receives excellent feedback from clients and peers alike for his capacity as an insolvency administrator: "He brought leadership and came up with a very creative plan that was completely novel for the Netherlands."  

Corporate specialist Eddie Meijer advises on both contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters.

Restructuring expert Bert Verburg recently assisted TPG and Patron Capital with the acquisition and restructuring of Opera Finance's distressed real estate portfolio. This was an innovative matter involving the restructuring of a European CMBS bond.  

Tax - Netherlands

New partner Sylvia Dikmans is described by a client as "responsive, practical and clever." Her recent highlights include advising on the tax aspects of international investments, corporate transactions, bond issuances and public offerings. 

The "talented and bright" Rob Havenga is recommended for international tax planning and structuring. One source states: "He is experienced and quickly finds solutions. Working with him is seamless and smooth."