Van Benthem & Keulen

Utrecht Office

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Managing Director: Johan Koggink ([email protected])
Managing Partners: Anke Mulder ([email protected]) / Sander Marges ([email protected])
Number of partners: 20
Number of lawyers: 87
Number of notaries: 7
Languages:Dutch, English, German

Firm Overview:
Van Benthem & Keulen is an independent, ambitious and innovative law and civil-law notaries firm and one of the top 20 largest law firms in the Netherlands. With more than 90 legal professionals, Van Benthem & Keulen focus on large and medium-sized companies and institutions. They have a strong presence in the retail, healthcare, financial, educational, energy and government sectors. Van Benthem & Keulen is characterised by their transparency, pragmatism and solution-oriented approach. Van Benthem & Keulen is part of SCG Legal: an international network of more than 115 law firms in over 55 countries. In 2016 and 2018, Van Benthem & Keulen won a Computable Award for best Legal Tech and in 2019 the firm was chosen as the best legal services provider in the Netherlands (MT1000 best service providers in the Netherlands).

Main Areas of Practice:
Administrative Law
Banking & Finance
Cartel Damage & Private Enforcement
Commercial Contracts & Dispute Resolution
Commercial Property
Commercial Tenancy Law
Competition & EU
Construction Law
Corporate/ M&A/Corporate Litigation
Employment & Pensions
Family Law
Healthcare & Social domain
Information Technology & Privacy
Inheritance Law
Liability & Insurance
Procurement Law
Restructuring & Insolvency
Notary Practice (Notarial Company Law, Real Estate) 
Mediation (Corporate Law & Family Law)

Banking & Finance:
3 partners (Frank Richel, Robin van Driel, Danielle Martens-Schutten); 8 fee earners 
■ Advising Emil Frey on its ABL Facility
■ Advising Ardagh Group on the financing of of its new Dutch incorporated Joint Venture 'Trivium Packing'
■ 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 and 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, Triodos Bank, ING Bank, Oikocredit, de Volksbank
Contact: Frank Richel
Tel: +31 30 259 5652
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A/Corporate Litigation:
4 partners (Steven Storm, Sander Marges, Mariel Vrielink, Martijn van Steensel); 17 fee earners 
■ Advising Saint-Gobain on several transactions 
■ Advising Vebego on several acquisitions and divestments 
■ Advising Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost NL on the divestment of HyGear 
■ Advising Eurofiber on several acquisitions and divestments
Key Clients: Securitas, Saint-Gobain, Vebego, Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost NL, Eurofiber
Steven Storm
Tel: +31 30 25 95 616
Email: [email protected]

Information Technology & Privacy:
2 partners (Robert Boekhorst, Band 2 and Jan Brölmann); 4 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 a outsourcing transaction, regarding a new customer platform and integration services
Key Clients:, ING Bank, Transdev, Dutch National Railways, SHV Energy, DXC Technology, Yokogawa, KLM
Contact: Robert Boekhorst
Tel: +31 30 25 95 578
[email protected]

Insurance & Liability:
1 partner (Petra klein Gunnewiek); 5 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 and claims regarding birth injuries (among which wrongful life and wrongful birth) 
■ Legal proceedings regarding insurance law (issues facing for example prescription, coverage, duty of disclosure and own fault)
Key Clients: ASR, Zurich, UMCU, VUMC. EMC
Contact: Petra klein Gunnewiek
Tel: +31 30 25 95 726
Email: [email protected]

Commercial Contracts & Dispute Resolution:
2 partners (Marcel Ruygvoorn, Mariska Nijenhof- Wolters); 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 25 95 646
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) 
■ Advising several banks including Rabobank and RNHB on several (high level) refinances 
■ Drafting and negotiating several right 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. The firm also advises on tax related (VAT and RETT) issues
Key Clients: DHL, De Realisatie B.V., Bibitor B.V., RVE Vastgoed B.V., Action B.V., Woonzorg Nederland, Habion, Emil Frey Nederland
Contact: Mervyn Odink
Tel: +31 30 25 95 708
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Pensions:
3 partners (Pieter Mantel, Arno van Beurden, Anne Haverkort); 9 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 in mergers 
■ 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 25 95 539
Email: [email protected]

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 25 95 567
Email: [email protected]