Managing Partners: Albert Knigge, Edward de Bock, Gerhard Gispen
Number of partners: 47 Number of lawyers: 310
Languages: Dutch, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Member: Lex Mundi
HOUTHOFF TAKES ACTION TODAY WITH TOMORROW IN MIND. Clients come to Houthoff in their most critical moments. When the action they take now will affect their business well into the future. Houthoff helps clients transform these critical moments into long-term opportunities. The firm calls it going beyond. Houthoff is an independent, leading law firm headquartered in the Netherlands, with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York, as well as having representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo. 310 lawyers work collaboratively to ensure they’re there for their clients when they need them most. Houthoff’s work is focused on highly complex transactions and dispute resolution, advising international and domestic corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms and governments on their most strategic and business-critical matters. Whether it’s helping to assess the strengths of new opportunities or managing risk, the firm always looks beyond today and find the long-term solution.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Corporate Litigation Corporate/M&A
Employment & Pensions
Environment & Planning
Insurance & Reinsurance
Investigations & Public Enforcement
Privacy & Data Protection
Projects & Project Finance
Restructuring & Insolvency
Supreme Court Litigation
Energy & Industry
Health, Safety & Environment
Retail & Consumer Products
Technology, Media & Telecom
Transport & Logistics
The firm’s corporate/M&A team assists multinationals, listed companies and other large companies, government bodies and private equity parties. Clients engage the corporate/M&A team for pragmatic advice on matters such as national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Houthoff’s specialists have gained an important position within the food, energy and other sectors. The multi-disciplinary corporate/M&A team comprises no less than 89 specialists. And they can scale the teams up to any desired size and can work on multiple large transactions at the same time.
Banking & Finance:
Houthoff’s banking and finance team has a comprehensive knowledge of the financial sector, and the laws and regulations that govern it. The experienced banking and finance team provides services to domestic and foreign banks, investors, other financial institutions, large companies and supervisory authorities. The firm’s specialists give advice on a large variety of banking and financial transactions. This can involve high-end acquisition, real estate, asset or project financing, syndicated or bilateral loans, or restructuring, all of this in the context of complex financial regulations and legislation.
The dispute resolution team at Houthoff specialises in complex, mostly international matters, successfully handling several landmark cases in recent years. The firm is also one of the few Dutch law firms to have a renowned corporate and commercial Supreme Court practice. The dispute resolution team provides creative, result-oriented litigation and arbitration counsel in matters ranging from major commercial disputes to sensitive internal, regulatory or criminal investigations by Dutch and EU regulators. It also advises on preventing liabilities in relation to compliance matters and risk management. The team litigates before Dutch, EU and other international courts, and domestic and foreign arbitration tribunals.
Houthoff’s multi-disciplinary tax team assists in matters ranging from fiscal assistance in high-end corporate and financial transactions to transfer pricing and litigation in national and international tax disputes. The firm’s tax team is one of the few tax teams that litigates before both civil courts and tax courts, and also, if necessary, before the Dutch Supreme Court. The tax team works closely with the other practice and sector teams and has become a market leader in the field of international restructuring, M&A, real estate, finance and investment management.
Houthoff is head sponsor of Dutch national Opera & Ballet. They create, produce and present both traditional and innovative opera and ballet productions of the highest quality; it is the leading Dutch organisation for opera and ballet. Houthoff’s core values — craftsmanship, entrepreneurship, leadership and team spirit — reflect those of Dutch National Opera & Ballet. With the sponsorship Houthoff not only supports one of the largest cultural organisations in the Netherlands, but the firm also commits themselves to the top of the international ballet and opera world.
The firm is also involved in several social organisations and projects including:
■Forward Foundation, the first LGBT network in the Dutch legal landscape that strives for acceptance and recognition of the LGBT community in the legal world. Houthoff was one of the founding firms of the network
■Johan Cruyff Foundation, helping children grow and develop through sport and play, keep them fit and healthy, and teach them to hold their own in a complex society
■Stedelijk Museum, enriches people’s lives with modern and contemporary art and design
■JINC job trainee programme for economically disadvantaged young people
■The Cookie project which supports iambe, a bakery which acts as a training and activity centre for intellectually disabled young people in Amsterdam
Corporate social responsibility is of paramount importance at Houthoff. Needless to say, the firm employs sustainable business practices and are involved in numerous social organisations and projects.
The team pursues their goal of sustainability with the same dedication to excellence that the firm applies in everything it does. Houthoff goes beyond reducing its paper consumption and constantly strive to make their operations more sustainable. The firm takes part in different initiatives, such as the Green Business Club Zuidas (GBC) and are one of the many parties to put its name to the Zuidas Statement of Ambition 2015-2020. In addition, the firm provides advice on various innovative sustainable energy projects and sustainability initiatives.
The firm’s commitment to social responsibility is demonstrated by the considerable value they place on doing pro bono work for organisations and people that pursue or support the public interest. Houthoff is a co-founder of Pro Bono Connect, a platform that links NGOs with law firms, and allows them to work together on pro bono cases. The firm regularly take on cases through Pro Bono Connect. Houthoff’s Lex Mundi membership also means that it is closely connected with the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation (LMPBF). LMPBF gives social entrepreneurs around the world the opportunity to obtain pro bono legal advice from one or more of the 160 Lex Mundi firms.