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Van Benthem & Keulen

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Managing Director: Johan Koggink (johankoggink@vbk.nl)
Managing Partners: Marcel Ruygvoorn (marcelruygvoorn@vbk.nl) / Anke Mulder (ankemulder@vbk.n1)
Number of partners: 24 Number of lawyers: 74 Number of notaries: 7
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 2012 to 2018.

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
■Acting for Metroprop in connection with its € 236 million refinancing
■ Assisting Intertoys on various matters in relation to its acquisition by Alteri Investors
■Acting for Ardagh Group (as Dutch counsel) in connection with various note issues and its asset based lending facility
■Representing two Dutch top 4 banks in a large number of (interlocutory) proceedings on issues such as credit cancellation/termination, inforcement of security, bank fraud, joint and several liability, duty of care towards borrowers, duty of care towards third parties and margin revision clauses
Key Clients: Oikocredit, Ardagh, Metroprop, de Volksbank, Scildon, Conservatrix
Contact: Frank Richel Tel: +31 30 259 5652
Email: frankrichel@vbk.nl

Corporate/M&A:
4 partners (Sander Marges, Christian Huiskes, Steven Storm, Mariel Vrielink); 15 fee earners
■Advising Securitas on the acquisition of Alphatron Security Systems BV
■Advising PGA Motors on the acquisition of several dealers
■Advising Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost NL on several investments and divestments
■Advising Vebego on several acquisitions
Key Clients: Securitas, PGA Motors, Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij Oost NL, Vebego
Contact: Steven Storm Tel: +31 30 259 5616
Email: stevenstorm@vbk.nl

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 multijurisdictional 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: robertboekhorst@vbk.nl

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: petrakleingunnewiek@vbk.nl

Commercial Contracting & 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 the Netherlands (Moerdijk)
■Conducting cross-border attachment and recovery proceedings related to the Madoff case
■Cross border international arbitration for KraftHeinz
Key Clients: Fujitsu, Miele, KraftHeinz, Siemens
Contact: Marcel Ruygvoorn Tel: +31 30 259 5646
Email: marcelruygvoorn@vbk.nl

Competition & EU:
2 fee earners
■Advising various clients on distribution, agent and franchise agreements, including advice on online sales
■Advising a group of large retailers on an envisaged cooperation, including the drafting of a self-assessment
■Advising and representing a media client with respect to an abuse of dominance compliant with the ACM
Key Clients: Miele, Eurofiber
Contact: Babs Schoenmakers Tel: +31 30 2595618
Email: babsschoenmakers@vbk.nl

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: pietermantel@vbk.nl

Restructuring/Insolvency:
2 partners (Alice van der Schee, Frank Nowee); 9 fee earners
Court appointed trustee in bankruptcies of: IJsselmeerziekenhuizen, Witteveen Mode, MS Mode, Koops Furness, Halfords, TCN, Phanos, Golden Tulip, Kroymans, Landis
Contact: Alice van der Schee Tel: +31 30 259 5566
Email: alicevanderschee@vbk.nl