Houthoff is here to help our clients reach their strategic goals in their most complex cases, when timing couldn’t be more critical. Our advice on highly complicated transactions and difficult disputes has earned us a reputation as one of the Netherlands’ leading law firms. With 300 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers, corporations, financial institutions, private equity firms and governments, both international and domestic, rely on our lawyers’ expertise to help them succeed in the Dutch market and further afield.
In addition to offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York, and representatives in Houston, Singapore and Tokyo, we have dedicated regional teams. These teams focus on China, Japan and Korea, Latin America and Europe. They are responsible for developing relationships with our Friends network of top-tier law firms in each specific region. The combination of international offices, representatives, regional teams and our Friends network, enables us to support our clients across the globe.
Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions / Private Equity The Corporate / M&A / Private Equity team at Houthoff is one of the most active in the Netherlands. The team specialises in complex, high-end M&A, private equity and corporate restructurings and has extensive experience as lead or Dutch counsel to a broad range of clients, including multinationals, financial institutions, private equity firms and family offices. The team has ample experience with outbound as well as inbound cross-border mergers, often straddling the boundary between company law and tax law. For multiple large transactions, the firm has the capacity and resources to react quickly, assembling top-notch, partner-led teams, typically including experts in finance, tax, competition, IT, IP, and employment.
Financial Markets The Financial Markets team at Houthoff advises domestic and foreign banks, investors and other organisations on complex banking and finance transactions. The team has an outstanding track record in a wide range of work, including acquisition/leveraged finance, asset finance, real estate finance, project finance, (debt & equity) capital markets transactions, structured products, regulatory matters and investment management. The strong position of the firm in this area is closely linked to its continued involvement in a number of high-profile and complex bank default and compliance matters. Houthoff is the only Dutch law firm to have handled all large bank bankruptcies in recent history in the Netherlands, as well as cases involving very significant Dutch finance vehicles. The team has also recently represented key parties in the government-led rescue of Dutch financial institutions.
Litigation The Litigation 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 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.
Corporate/Regulatory The Corporate / Regulatory team at Houthoff advises on the complete range of complex legal issues that impact upon today's businesses, covering areas as diverse as EU competition & procurement, investigations and corporate crime, finance regulatory, IP / IT / privacy, public law and private enforcement. The team has outstanding expertise in the implementation of regulatory requirements, covering international commercial contracts, D&O duties and liabilities, corporate finance, tax and corporate governance. It also has broad experience advising on the regulatory aspects of complex portfolio transfers and M&A, both national and international. The team works closely with clients in every major sector, advising on the full life-cycle of business and product development. The firm has developed strong working relationships with the regulatory authorities, which enables the team to advise clients on the basis of regulators’ interpretations that are not publicly available.