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Firm Profile

AKD

Firm Profile

Rotterdam

  • Profile
  • Wilhelminakade 1 (Maastoren)
  • Rotterdam
  • South Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 3072 AP

Firm profile submitted by AKD


AKD offers a unique resource to those doing business in the Netherlands. As one of the largest independent firms in the country, the firm offers clients a flexible, creative and pragmatic approach. The firm handles all areas of commercial law and is highly ranked by a range of leading legal benchmark publications, including Chambers. Cross-practice and cross-border strength are core assets and clients have access to the skills of 145 lawyers across the country.

Banking & Finance:
AKD offers the full range of banking & finance services for clients in the post-2008 economy. This group’s financing experience for sponsors, lenders and borrowers is extensive. The team also offers substantial expertise in all areas of financial services regulation.
Responsible partner: Vincent Bettonville.

Construction & Real Estate:
The firm’s team is advising front and centre on many of major construction and development projects taking place in the Netherlands today. The group offers strength in all of real estate, construction, projects, PFI, planning and environmental law. AKD is a market leader in this space.
Responsible partner: Marc Wintgens.

Corporate/M&A:
With 65 lawyers based around the country, this team combines global best practice and domestic proximity on national and cross-border corporate/M&A mandates. The group is also active in the field of private equity and private auction. The group works with leading entities in all major business sectors.
Responsible partner: Erwin Rademakers.

Corporate Recovery & Insolvency:
AKD offers clients the peace of mind which comes from working with one of the largest and most experienced restructuring and insolvency teams in the country. The group is also appointed as bankruptcy trustee.
Responsible partner: Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn.

Employment:
This well regarded group of thought leaders is a trusted adviser to major corporate entities in the Netherlands, with lawyers based across all four of the firm’s office locations. This team is particularly strong on high complex and/or precedent-setting matters.
Responsible partner: Pieter Huys.

European & Competition:
The firm’s Brussels and Netherlands-based team focuses on competition, state aid and public procurement, working with clients in both the public and private sectors. The group offer sector specialist advice (healthcare, environmental and more). Responsible partner: Marije Osse.

Intellectual Property & Technology:
Trademark and copyright advice is the strong suit of the firm’s IP/IT team. The group also has deep experience in piracy (AKD is a member of CAPIP.EU) and counterfeit goods as well as parallel trade.
Responsible partner: Peter Claassen.

Litigation & Arbitration:
Clients can rely on the skills of the firm’s litigators and arbitration specialists in contentious matters before the Dutch and international courts. This team offers disputes avoidance and ADR capabilities as well as strength in the courtroom.
Responsible partner: Patrick Haas.

Regulatory & Governmental Affairs:
An undisputed market leader in this field, private and public sector clients in all industries turn to the firm’s regulatory and governmental affairs team on their major matters. This is a stand out practice for the firm as a whole.
Responsible partner: Gerrit van der Veen.

Tax:
AKD works with virtually all forms of tax, from income tax to corporate tax, advance taxation such as dividend and payroll taxes, and also transaction taxes such as VAT and property transfer tax. Business operations and asset management are cross-border phenomena for a large propertion of its clients, and with this in mind, it is also thoroughly well-versed in international tax law, which includes the operation of tax treaties and European tax law.
Responsible partner: Huub Laauwen

Transport & Energy:
AKD is a strong all-rounder on shipping & offshore mandates, working with clients from across the globe and providing both contentious and non-contentious counsel. Responsible partner: Haco van der Houven van Oordt .With deep experience in national and global carriage of goods, this team’s expertise also includes logistics services. AKD is a leading adviser on major transport and trade matters in the Netherlands.
Responsible partner: Jos van der Meché.

International Work:
As one of the largest independent law firms in the country, AKD is free to choose only the best lawyers as co-counsel on cross-border matters for clients. Multi-jurisdictional work is a core part of daily business and the firm offers clients deep experience of acting as lead advisers on major global mandates in all areas of practice. In 2014, AKD became a member of Interlaw (www.interlaw.org).

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