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Firm Profile

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

Firm Profile

The Hague

  • Profile
  • New Babylon
  • Bezuidenhoutseweg 57
  • The Hague
  • South Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 2594 AC

Firm profile submitted by Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

Managing Partner: Alain de Jonge
Number of partners worldwide: 35
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 287
Languages: Dutch, English, French and German

Pels Rijcken is one of the leading independent law firms in the Netherlands. With over 160 lawyers and civil law notaries the firm provides tailor made solutions to its clients. The firm combines in-depth legal knowledge with its understanding of business needs and are always sensitive to the interests of other stakeholders that might affect its client’s position. Traditionally the firm has a leading position in the public domain, so many of its prominent clients also include the State of the Netherlands, provincial authorities, local councils and supervisory authorities. Nowadays the firm also advises many corporate clients and institutions both nationally and internationally. Based at the firm’s offices in The Hague, all Pels Rijcken’s professionals dedicate themselves to offering the very best in legal and advisory services. One of the firm’s 35 partners is the State Advocate.

Business & Human Rights:
Business and Human Rights is an inescapable boardroom topic in organisations. Not only does this topic play a major role in societal conceptualisation, international business and human rights standards are also the driving force behind the concrete implementation on three fronts: procurement, investments and the organisation itself. The firm provides advice concerning the requirements which apply or might apply to sustainable procurement. In addition, it draws up contractual terms and conditions related to investments and for loan documents, joint venture agreements, and supply chain contracts. These terms make provision for ensuring human rights due diligence (in accordance with the requirements set out in the UN Guiding Principles) or other business and human rights standards. Finally, we provide advice concerning the procedures which are necessary for ensuring compliance with business and human rights standards within your own organisation as well.
Contact: Martijn Scheltema
Email: [email protected]

Pels Rijcken’s construction team remains the largest, most experienced and most specialised in construction & (public) procurement law in the Netherlands. It is involved in all major and most complex infrastructure projects in the Netherlands. The team is experienced in drafting and reviewing (innovative) construction contracts and all tender documentation in practically all major public Dutch projects. The team is trend setting in latest developments, including construction contracts tendered on the basis of Best Value Procurement. In public procurement law we are advising on virtually all major PPP/PFI deals in the Netherlands. The firm is leading in the highly specialised field of shipbuilding.
Contact: René Kiers
Email: [email protected]

The corporate/M&A practice group has extensive M&A capabilities, but its expertise also includes joint ventures, restructurings, (private equity) investments, incentive plans and corporate governance matters. The firm advises on transactions in the corporate and public sectors. It focuses on mid market clients, both nationally and internationally. These are strategic parties, but also financial investors in private equity. Family offices have our special interest. Moreover, the corporate/M&A team is active in various regulated markets, like energy, financial institutions and healthcare. The team also assisted in various transactions within the automotive, retail, industry and food sectors. Its leading position in the public domain explains our involvement in most of the privatisations and private/public co-operations.
Contact: Luc Defaix
Email: [email protected]

Every day the firm is engaged in the largest and most complex employment projects in the Netherlands. It is involved with the latest developments related to employment law. The cases it handles often has a public impact due to their financial, social or political relevance. It works closely with the Supreme Court litigation practice group. Consequently, the team is involved in employment law proceedings which are conducted before the highest Dutch court. It represents a unique range of clients with the highest profiles including not only listed (international) companies, but also the State of the Netherlands, all ministries, several provinces and (large) municipalities. In the area of pension law, the team represents large employers and pension funds.
Contact: Sandra van Heukelom – Verhage
Email: [email protected]

Every day Pels Rijcken’s energy team works on the largest and most complex energy projects in the Netherlands. It is not only involved in practically all major wind farm projects onshore and offshore, but also in major – renewable – heat, as well as heat and cold storage and supply projects. It is also regularly retained for climate change matters, such as CO2 emission rights trading. The firm is leading in regulatory litigation in the energy sector. In addition to its successful regulatory practice, it also have a considerable transactional track record. It is advising energy producers, suppliers and traders and energy project developers. Unlike other law firms, it is retained by the Dutch government to advise on strategic and politically sensitive energy matters.
Contact: Iman Brinkman
Email: [email protected]

European & Competition:
The EU and competition team of Pels Rijcken is known for the consistent high quality of its broad practice. The competition law practice covers the full range of antitrust, abuse and merger cases. Clients are public authorities as well as financial institutions and beneficiaries of state aid. The team handles all common forms of state aid, such as subsidies, loans, guarantees, share participations, restructuring aid, etc. The EU and competition team also has a strong reputation for handling complex EU law matters, be it institutional questions or matters of substantive law. Many cases relate to the compatibility of national measures with EU law. Team members all have a profound sectoral knowledge of one or more sector on industry, such as energy, food, transport, media, sports and infrastructural projects.
Contact: Berend Jan Drijber
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
Pels Rijcken is the largest and the premier litigation law firm in the Netherlands. In all departments litigation is its core business. Pels Rijcken’s arbitration team has ample experience and an excellent track record with handling large scale arbitrations. It also provides strategic legal advice in the context of imminent or pending arbitrations. Its expertise covers all possible stages of an arbitration, from interim measures to setting aside proceedings up to the Supreme Court. It acts for various blue chip companies and banks. Other clients are the State of the Netherlands, provinces and municipalities, regulators and other authorities. Over the last decade it has been expanding our commercial practice significantly, with an increasing range and high profile matters.
Contact: Willem Heemskerk
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
Pels Rijcken has one of the largest real estate practices in the Netherlands. The firm provides assistance with numerous sales processes, (large-scale) urban projects and area developments. The real estate team is actively involved from the spatial planning through to realisation and exploitation including lease and rental transactions. In addition, the firm is eminently equipped in the field of public-private partnerships and innovative types of contracts (DBFMO). It also advises on procedures regarding health care real estate, the sale of surplus real estate and transformation. Clients of the real estate practice group include large (listed) companies, (inter)national corporates, project developers, pension and investment funds, housing corporations and other institutions, the State of the Netherlands, provinces and various municipalities.
Contact: Alain de Jonge
Email: [email protected]

Supreme Court Litigation:
Pels Rijcken is the biggest and the best Supreme Court Litigation department in the Netherlands. The team, excelling not only in quantity (the highest percentage of civil Supreme Court cases is dealt with by our team), but also continuously delivering the highest possible level of quality. Cases handled cover a broad spectrum of legal issues in both the private and public sectors, ranging from banking/ finance, corporate, employment and insurance to tax and real estate. The firm has the widest scope of litigation: not only does it represent its clients before all civil courts in the Netherlands, but we also have a reputable administrative litigation team presenting cases before all administrative courts. Most of its partners and associates are also lecturer for professional courses with litigation-related subjects.
Contact: Martijn Scheltema
Email: [email protected]