What the team is known for
A well-respected firm headquartered in the Netherlands, Houthoff incorporates a significant international perspective into its practice. Offices in Amsterdam and Rotterdam provide a full-service scope, are well established in the market and have capacity to lead cross-border matters, routinely advising on Dutch legal aspects of complex international matters. The firm also has offices in Brussels, London and New York to maintain strong relationships abroad. The firm also has dedicated regional focus within its practice with teams focusing on China, Japan, Korea, Latin America and other parts of Europe. It frequently coordinates with leading firms in other jurisdictions, and as the Netherlands' exclusive member of the elite Lex Mundi network, Houthoff is also able to call on expertise from across that global platform.
The team offers notable transactional capabilities, with particular strength in investment funds, competition law, tax, corporate investigations and a mixture of high-end M&A and mid-market private equity deals. These are key pillars for the firm's cross-border work, in which transactions often involve multiple jurisdictions. It is also highly rated in dispute resolution and handles complex cross-border insolvency matters and international arbitration proceedings. The Amsterdam team also routinely acts on cross-border banking and ECM mandates, with a strong following from Dutch and international banks, private equity investors and large corporations.
According to one interviewee, "Houthoff plays an important role in not only covering the Dutch angle but also having experience to appreciate the important topics for related countries."
Houthoff receives compliments from clients for the firm's ability to work with multinational companies, with one stating that the firm has "good knowledge of the governance of our international company in order to be able to advise us," while another highlights that "Houthoff has a good network which incorporates the right level of international legal advice."