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Van Benthem & Keulen

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Managing Director: Johan Koggink ([email protected])
Managing Partners: Sander Marges ([email protected]) / Anke Mulder ([email protected])
Number of partners: 21
Number of lawyers: 83
Number of notaries: 8
Languages: Dutch, English, German

Firm Overview:
Van Benthem & Keulen is an independent and innovative full-service Dutch law firm with more than 80 legal professionals. A substantial part of its legal professionals has been trained at major Dutch and international law firms. The firm offers comprehensive legal advice in all key areas of business law, including corporate/mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, information technology and privacy, intellectual property, competitions and EU, public procurement, commercial contracts, dispute resolution, employment, restructuring and insolvency, insurance and liability, real estate and construction, administrative law and a civil-law notary practice. Van Benthem & Keulen ranks in the top 5 fastest growing law firms in The Netherlands from 2015 to 2020. Van Benthem & Keulen focuses on high end matters of medium and large (listed) enterprises both domestic and international. The firm differentiates itself from other law firms by making excellent service accessible through its unique VBK Service Concept (vanDienst), including twice per year CPD courses in all major practice areas for inhouse lawyers, a free partner operated helpdesk and fixed fee arrangements for each assignment (when requested by the client). Van Benthem & Keulen also introduced the ‘Litigation Valuator’ by which insight can be created regarding the costs of legal proceedings. The philosophy of Van Benthem & Keulen is to provide pragmatic solutions for its clients and real advice instead of ‘it could be either way advice’. 

Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative Law
Banking & Finance
Care & Social Domain
Commercial Contracts & Dispute Resolution
Commercial Property
Commercial Tenancy Law
Competition & EU
Construction Law
Corporate/M&A
Employment & Pensions
Environmental Law
Information Technology & Privacy
Inheritance Law
Liability & Insurance
Restructuring & Insolvency
Procurement Law
Notary Practice
Mediation (Corporate Law & Family Law)

Banking & Finance:
2 partners (Frank Richel, Robin van Driel); 8 fee earners
■Advising Ardagh Group on the financing of its new Dutch incorporated Joint Venture ‘Trivium Packing’. The firm advised on the USD 2,750 million notes issues and the USD 250 million ABL facility Due to the Dutch structure of the Joint Venture the firm had as Dutch co-counsel a significant role
■Assisting Metroprop B.V. on various financings by Hamburg Commercial Bank (EUR 123 million), Caerus Debt Investments (EUR 97 million) and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (99,5 million)
■Assisting DC Vastgoed on a EUR 55 million financing by Hypo NOE
■Representing two Dutch top 4 banks in a large number of (interlocutory) proceedings on issues such as credit cancellation/termination, enforcement of security rights, bank fraud, joint and several liability, duty of care towards borrowers, duty care towards third parties and margin revision clauses
Key Clients: Ardagh Group, Metroprop B.V., DC Vastgoed, Emil Frey Nederland, Energiefonds Utrecht, Scildon, Conservatrix, Oikocredit, de Volksbank
Contact: Frank Richel
Tel: +31 30 259 5652
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
4 partners (Sander Marges, Christian Huiskes, Steven Storm, Mariel Vrielink); 17 fee earners
■Advising Sweco on the divestment of its waiste management activities
■Advising Emil Frey on the acquisition of several dealers
■Advising Saint-Gobain on several transactions
■Advising Vebego on several acquisitions and divestments
Key Clients: Securitas, Emil Frey, Sweco, SaintGobain, Vebego
Contact: Steven Storm
Tel: +31 30 259 5616
Email: [email protected]

Information Technology & Privacy:
2 partners (Robert Boekhorst, Band 2 and Jan Brölmann); 3 fee earners
■Advising and negotiating for Transdev with respect to a new payment platform for its Dutch public transport ventures
■Advising and negotiating for LVNL (Air Traffic Control The Netherlands) regarding a multi- jurisdictional development of the next generation software for air traffic control management systems
■Advising and negotiating various SaaS agreements for KLM
■Advising and negotiating for SHV Energy on an outsourcing transaction, regarding a new customer platform and integration services
Key Clients: Booking.com, ING Bank, Schiphol Group N.V., Transdev, Dutch National Railways, SHV Energy, DXC Technology, Yokogawa, KLM
Contact: Robert Boekhorst
Tel: +31 30 259 5578
Email: [email protected]

Insurance & Liability:
1 partner (Petra klein Gunnewiek); 4 fee earners
■Various (legal) proceedings concerning liability for personal injury (medical error, traffic, workplace, sports, schools)
■Proceedings concerning medical liability in which a patient claimed damages caused by an (alleged) defect medical device (MOM, PIP, MESH)
■Legal proceedings regarding insurance law (issues facing for example prescription, coverage, duty of disclosure and own fault)
Key Clients: ASR, Zurich, Reaal, UMCU, VUMC. EMC
Contact: Petra klein Gunnewiek
Tel: +31 30 259 5726
Email: [email protected]

Commercial Contracting & Dispute Resolution:
2 partner (Marcel Ruygvoorn, Mariska NijenhofWolters); 8 fee earners
■Setting up and implementing the distribution network of Miele Nederland B.V.
■Disputes regarding project completion at one of the largest bio-ethanol factories in Europe
■Conducting cross-border attachment and recovery proceedings related to the Madoff case
■Cross border international arbitration for KraftHeinz and Viessmann
Key Clients: Fujitsu, Miele, KraftHeinz, Viessmann, KLM, Engie
Contact: Marcel Ruygvoorn
Tel: +31 30 259 5646
Email: [email protected]

Commercial Real Estate:
2 partners (Hans van Noort, Mervyn Odink (civil-law notary); 6 fee earners
■Advising DHL on numerous successful transactions for logistic hubs (sale and leaseback)
■Assisting Equity Estate on the purchase as well as the sale of several real estate properties for their SPV’s
■Trusted advisor to one of the biggest family owned real estate owners
■Advising on several high level refinances
■Drafting and negotiating several rights in rem regarding solar panels
■Drafting and negotiating lease contract(s), sale and purchase agreements for all commercial real estate transactions; construction projects as well as existing constructions. We also advise on tax related (VAT and RETT) issues.
Key Clients: DHL, Equity Estate Corporate Services B.V., Action B.V., Woonzorg Nederland, Habion, Fidelity International, Emil Frey Nederland
Contact: Mervyn Odink
Tel: +31 30 259 5708
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Pensions:
3 partners (Pieter Mantel, Arno van Beurden, Anne Haverkort); 10 fee earners
■Successful completion of various restructuring projects
■Advising on employee consultation matters and union negotiations for various key clients
■Advising various clients on TUPE aspects of outsourcing projects
■Advising on employment aspects and redundancies in a merger between two top tier pharmaceutical companies
■Practical employment team helping clients with daily employment issues
Key Clients: LeasePlan, equensWorldline, DHL, Jumbo Supermarkets, KraftHeinz, BCD Group
Contact: Pieter Mantel
Tel: +31 30 259 5539
Email: [email protected]

Restructuring/Insolvency:
2 partners (Alice van der Schee, Frank Nowee); 12 fee earners
Court appointed trustee in bankruptcies of: IJsselmeerziekenhuizen, Witteveen Mode, MS Mode, Koops Furness, Vidra Retail, TCN, Phanos, Golden Tulip, Kroymans, Landis
Contact: Alice van der Schee
Tel: +31 30 259 5567
Email: [email protected]