Veronique Haverhals-Hilders

Veronique Haverhals-Hilders and her dedicated team at RSH eliminate the hassle out of relocating for businesses, allowing its clients to focus on starting their new life in a different country.

RSH Relocation and Immigration Services was established in 1985, making it one of the oldest relocation companies in The Netherlands. Having been in business for more than 30 years, RSH has built up a strong working relationship with all relevant Dutch institutions during that period.

The firm’s core business is to provide relocation and immigration services in The Netherlands. It has positioned itself as a one-stop services provider, which also manages all immigration and relocation related enquiries.

Veronique Haverhals-Hilders acquired RSH in 2007. She has an extensive International Law and Real Estate background. As such, the business was a perfect match, as well as a professional challenge. Veronique sets the scene for her business;

“Feeling at home in a country you’ve never lived in before is far from easy and will not happen overnight,” she begins. “Nevertheless, it will happen sooner than you thought possible if you find the right people to help you. Consultants at Relocation Services Holland are extremely dedicated to helping international assignees and their families adjust to their new country.”

The Immigration Services branch is proud of their high standard of knowledge and professionalism. Furthermore we have well developed relationships with the Dutch authorities. These relationships facilitate the expediting of the immigration process. This includes organizing all visas necessary to bring the employee to the Netherlands and then all visas and resident/work permits necessary once the employee is here in the Netherlands (including renewals). We will guide each employee from the very first steps to be taken in their home country all the way through to when they finally arrive in Holland.

Relocation services include school searches, house searches, all required registration appointments, opening bank accounts, assistance with the 30 percent ruling, converting driver’s licenses, tax advice and much more. The firm operates as an in-house real estate broker, there are no third party real estate agents involved, resulting in reduced total housing search costs and improved service levels.

“We have set our mission to advise companies and assist their assignees in immigration and relocation with excellent service and high quality expertise, whilst helping to optimise associated costs,” explains Veronique. “Our services ease the Human Resource Department’s work load. We aim to remove all worries and concerns about the assignees’ immigration and destination processes.”

Whilst adapting to the continuous changes in immigration policy and the ways of doing business within different client companies, RSH has managed to maintain its high degree of quality results and client satisfaction.

“All our service quality processes are continuously monitored, our quality and processes handbooks are constantly up to date, and we work with a real-time tracking and monitoring system. Moreover, we maintain the strictest standards of confidentiality with the use of our uniquely developed e-safe; our clients’ privacy is guaranteed at all times.”

RSH is especially proud of its team of highly qualified professionals. The firm’s employees are carefully selected to satisfy strict professional and interpersonal personal standards and they are exclusively trained by and for RSH.

“Many of our staff members come from international backgrounds and several of them have lived and worked abroad,” states Veronique. “They can easily relate to the challenges that moving abroad may bring along. RSH has both a real estate in-house broker as well as a lawyers for immigration enquiries, and we train our staff on a regular basis on legal, technical and practical aspects, to ensure they are, and remain, all up to date.”

Veronique is particularly honored by the qualifications that RSH has gained over the years. “We achieved the EuRA Global Quality Seal in 2009. RSH was recertified again in 2011, 2013, 2016 and in 2018. The EuRA Global Quality Seal is the world’s first accreditation program for relocation providers, based on an ISO 9001 process management model, that reflects our excellence in providing relocation services. In addition, we also qualify the general ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 this year”.

“We believe that the only way to achieve our high standards of service is through our excellent and dedicated team of professionals. Every day it is a pleasure to work with them in developing our business and staying as one of the best!”

Rolf Peter Rothuizen LL.M.

Rolf Peter Rothuizen comes from a long line of civil-law notaries and educators and has an LL.M. in Public, Private and European Law.

Started his career in tax/financial law and began his own legal consultancy firm after several years at various firms.

Now, he is involved in RPS LEGAL in Amsterdam.

Rolf Peter Rothuizen is a genuine specialist in business law, company law and fiscal optimisation.

He is also able to explain every solution in clear and comprehensible language.

Rolf studied corporate law at Leiden University in addition to studying law at the University of California in America.

He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Dutch Lawyer Association (Nederlandse Juristen Vereniging).

Firm Overview:

“Dedication makes the Difference”

RPS Legal is the service company for a succesfull kick start of your business in The Netherlands!

We can set you up and help you with the necessary bank accounts, legal entities and domiciliation. We also provide services concerning day to day management like book keeping and accountancy. Our firm has years of experience assisting companies with their relocation to The Netherlands.

Antoine Endtz

Antoine Endtz is the founder of Nextius Legal. With more than 30 years of law firm experience, Antoine has seen it all, without losing his passion. He is a modern attorney who remains dedicated to his clients on a daily basis. Antoine is an entrepreneur and entrepreneurial. The fact that Antoine likes to contribute to innovations in law practice is not only visible in his work as a lawyer, but also in his other activities. In addition to various advisory functions in the corporate world, Antoine has spent 8 years as chairman of the French Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. Besides running Nextius Legal, Antoine is also the founder of Mendtz & Co. This foundation provides free of charge legal advice to charitable organisations. Antoine is for example actively involved with the work of the Free a Girl foundation, which is dedicated to freeing young girls from forced prostitution and prosecuting the offenders (https://www.freeagirl.nl/). Antoine was awarded in 2018 as Dutch Leading Corporate Law Adviser of the Year by Acquisition International as well as Best Corporate Lawyer (Netherlands) 2019 by International Advisory Experts.

Antoine Endtz follows his ideals, in his work and beyond.

Firm Overview:

Nextius Legal is an innovative Dutch law firm, founded by Antoine Endtz. Due to our extensive experience in law practice, we know, like no other, how to organise the legal business of our clients in a practical and efficient way. We aim to manage the legal concerns of our clients and to organise their legal affairs on a cost efficient basis. We call it Legal Management and with our proposition, we take a unique and innovative position in the Dutch legal landscape. Besides, we also specialise in mergers and acquisitions, as well as in litigation and conflict management. Our clients are mainly active in food, retail, ICT and industry.

Edith N. Nordmann

Edith Nordmann is managing partner at ACG International. Prior to that she has worked for more than fifteen years as an attorney for international clients. In this interview we meet her.

New as managing partner at ACG International. What is your specialization?

I practice employment law as well as commercial and corporate law and litigation. I have built up fifteen years of expertise in cross-border business transactions. People often think that cross border business transactions only apply to transactions with business partners far away from home, but any transaction involving parties that are not located in the same country is a “cross-border” transaction. Therefore also transactions with countries nearby, such as Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom need utmost diligence and attention in order to avoid unexpected expensive mistakes.

I focus on long-term relationships with clients. Building and maintaining a relationship is important for best serving the interests of a client. In practice, I find that clients appreciate this and I feel very lucky to have been working for many of them for a long time. Particularly in Asian countries, earning the trust of your potential business partner comes before engaging in actual business.

It is important to realize that not only regulations are different in each country, there is often also a significant difference in mentality and expectations. For example, in France, everybody knows that a tenant cannot be removed from his house between October and April. Not even if the tenant does not pay his rent. As of April tenants may be evicted, which means that in France April and May is generally a busy time with a lot of evictions. Here in the Netherlands we do not know this principle, but in France, every child knows this figuratively speaking. If you consider to invest in residential property in France, this is important to know. Another example: in the Netherlands we love conviviality and a joke, even during business transactions. The German business partner however, is very serious in his approach and sees the jokes of the Dutch as rude and as a sign of not being serious about the transaction at hand. If you are not aware of this, closing your deal will be at serious danger. I once witnessed his looming situation and could luckily intervene on both sides on time.

ACG International positions itself as a modern and cost-effective law firm. How does ACG differ from the competitors?

The ‘billable hour’ in law is outdated and does no longer fit the client’s needs and expectations. The entrepreneur wants to know where he stands, including the budget for his legal costs.

The traditional lawyer sells time. A lawyer at a conventional big law firm must make 1600 billable hours per year. These are hours to be paid by clients. Large offices employ dozens of lawyers who all have to make sure that they reach the amount of billable hours according to the firm’s targets. At ACG we keep the fixed core small for a purpose. We look at the current needs of the client and look for the appropriate solution. We add specialists to the team where they are needed. Entrepreneurs are well aware that the complexity of regulations in international transactions is increasing. That’s why they want a trusted legal advisor who helps them avoid pitfalls and shows them the legal challenges without slowing down their business. ACG provides their clients with those trusted legal advisors. ACG does not employ dozens of lawyers who all have to turn their sales. Instead we provide tailor made solutions to fit the needs of the client. This means that our clients can concentrate on their core business while being assured that ACG’s specialists cover their legal challenges and pitfalls. In addition, we not only focus on specialization but also on complexity and costs. In some cases a super specialist – or even multiple – is needed and sometimes a cheap simple solution is enough or even preferable. We discuss these options with our clients. As we don’t have to sell the hours of dozens of lawyers, ACG can adapt quickly to deliver the perfect fit to the differing needs of our clients. We know all the specialists that we engage personally and know how they work, both nationally and internationally.

Do you notice that clients appreciate this approach? And how do you notice this?

They appreciate that for several reasons: budgets are considered in advance, so the invoice is never a surprise. In addition, they appreciate that they get a specialist for their problem and not someone who happens to work with us. We do however always remain the direct contact point for the convenience of our clients.

Why do other offices not use the same approach? Is this solely due to the earnings? Or is a culture change what is mostly necessary?

Both; All employees at a large law firm need to earn themselves back.

In addition, culture plays a major role. Until 2008 charging clients based on billable hours was normal in the legal profession. Because this was known to and accepted by most companies, there was no need for adjustment. However, nowadays companies are critically considering their expenses, including the costs of their lawyer. And they are absolutely right in doing so! In the past, companies sent anything that was somewhat legal to their lawyer. As of 2008, companies took care of their legal matters themselves as far as possible; due to the financial crisis it was important to take heed of costs. Since the financial crisis has lasted a considerable time, this changed approach has currently been adapted by many companies. Clients want to know upfront how much the legal service is going to cost. At ACG we give that clarity.

Apart from the clarity of costs, how do I know if ACG International’s work brings added value to my company?

A good (personal) match between the client and his legal service provider is very important. Therefore I hereby gladly invite entrepreneurs locally and abroad to present their challenges to us by means of a short (telephone) conversation without any obligation. This allows them to assess whether ACG International can offer what they are looking for. We can be reached on +31 20 800 64 00 or [email protected].

ACG International: A Full Service Law Firm

Attorney Consulting Group International (ACG International) is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG International is based in Amsterdam, and active around the globe. ACG’s attorneys are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs.

How we best serve your needs and get the results you want to achieve:

We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is quick, efficient, down to earth, proactive and cost-aware. We use our knowledge and experience to help our clients mitigate risks and navigate the pitfalls. We share our deep-seated local knowledge and (international) networks, a spirit of collaboration and the drive to exceed client expectations in The Netherlands as well as abroad.

Our clients work internationally, and so do we.

Our services:

  • Corporate Law and Business Structuring
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • International Private Law
  • Litigation

Our specialists also assist (you) in:

  • Cross-border business transactions, using our experience with different national mentalities involved and the exact wording in your contracts in order to avoid expensive misunderstanding and mistakes.
  • International clients in entering and penetrating the EU-market with a perfectly tailor-fitted legal structure.
  • Obtaining the right working papers when your company has been commissioned for work to be performed in Switzerland.
  • Litigating your case in the Dutch courts.
  • Last but not least we assist Dutch businesses on the Dutch market and abroad with a wide range of services.

Edith N. Nordmann

Edith Nordmann is managing partner at ACG International. Prior to that she has worked for more than fifteen years as an attorney for international clients. In this interview we meet her.

New as managing partner at ACG International. What is your specialization?

I practice employment law as well as commercial and corporate law and litigation. I have built up fifteen years of expertise in cross-border business transactions. People often think that cross border business transactions only apply to transactions with business partners far away from home, but any transaction involving parties that are not located in the same country is a “cross-border” transaction. Therefore also transactions with countries nearby, such as Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom need utmost diligence and attention in order to avoid unexpected expensive mistakes.

I focus on long-term relationships with clients. Building and maintaining a relationship is important for best serving the interests of a client. In practice, I find that clients appreciate this and I feel very lucky to have been working for many of them for a long time. Particularly in Asian countries, earning the trust of your potential business partner comes before engaging in actual business.

It is important to realize that not only regulations are different in each country, there is often also a significant difference in mentality and expectations. For example, in France, everybody knows that a tenant cannot be removed from his house between October and April. Not even if the tenant does not pay his rent. As of April tenants may be evicted, which means that in France April and May is generally a busy time with a lot of evictions. Here in the Netherlands we do not know this principle, but in France, every child knows this figuratively speaking. If you consider to invest in residential property in France, this is important to know. Another example: in the Netherlands we love conviviality and a joke, even during business transactions. The German business partner however, is very serious in his approach and sees the jokes of the Dutch as rude and as a sign of not being serious about the transaction at hand. If you are not aware of this, closing your deal will be at serious danger. I once witnessed his looming situation and could luckily intervene on both sides on time.

ACG International positions itself as a modern and cost-effective law firm. How does ACG differ from the competitors?

The ‘billable hour’ in law is outdated and does no longer fit the client’s needs and expectations. The entrepreneur wants to know where he stands, including the budget for his legal costs.

The traditional lawyer sells time. A lawyer at a conventional big law firm must make 1600 billable hours per year. These are hours to be paid by clients. Large offices employ dozens of lawyers who all have to make sure that they reach the amount of billable hours according to the firm’s targets. At ACG we keep the fixed core small for a purpose. We look at the current needs of the client and look for the appropriate solution. We add specialists to the team where they are needed. Entrepreneurs are well aware that the complexity of regulations in international transactions is increasing. That’s why they want a trusted legal advisor who helps them avoid pitfalls and shows them the legal challenges without slowing down their business. ACG provides their clients with those trusted legal advisors. ACG does not employ dozens of lawyers who all have to turn their sales. Instead we provide tailor made solutions to fit the needs of the client. This means that our clients can concentrate on their core business while being assured that ACG’s specialists cover their legal challenges and pitfalls. In addition, we not only focus on specialization but also on complexity and costs. In some cases a super specialist – or even multiple – is needed and sometimes a cheap simple solution is enough or even preferable. We discuss these options with our clients. As we don’t have to sell the hours of dozens of lawyers, ACG can adapt quickly to deliver the perfect fit to the differing needs of our clients. We know all the specialists that we engage personally and know how they work, both nationally and internationally.

Do you notice that clients appreciate this approach? And how do you notice this?

They appreciate that for several reasons: budgets are considered in advance, so the invoice is never a surprise. In addition, they appreciate that they get a specialist for their problem and not someone who happens to work with us. We do however always remain the direct contact point for the convenience of our clients.

Why do other offices not use the same approach? Is this solely due to the earnings? Or is a culture change what is mostly necessary?

Both; All employees at a large law firm need to earn themselves back.

In addition, culture plays a major role. Until 2008 charging clients based on billable hours was normal in the legal profession. Because this was known to and accepted by most companies, there was no need for adjustment. However, nowadays companies are critically considering their expenses, including the costs of their lawyer. And they are absolutely right in doing so! In the past, companies sent anything that was somewhat legal to their lawyer. As of 2008, companies took care of their legal matters themselves as far as possible; due to the financial crisis it was important to take heed of costs. Since the financial crisis has lasted a considerable time, this changed approach has currently been adapted by many companies. Clients want to know upfront how much the legal service is going to cost. At ACG we give that clarity.

Apart from the clarity of costs, how do I know if ACG International’s work brings added value to my company?

A good (personal) match between the client and his legal service provider is very important. Therefore I hereby gladly invite entrepreneurs locally and abroad to present their challenges to us by means of a short (telephone) conversation without any obligation. This allows them to assess whether ACG International can offer what they are looking for. We can be reached on +31 20 800 64 00 or [email protected].

ACG International: A Full Service Law Firm

Attorney Consulting Group International (ACG International) is a full-service law firm focused on companies that are engaged in international trade and innovation. ACG International is based in Amsterdam, and active around the globe. ACG’s attorneys are known for being individual experts in their fields and for their ability to join forces across practice areas and borders, to get deals done and to find solutions that achieve the best results for our clients’ needs.

How we best serve your needs and get the results you want to achieve:

We believe that clients today are looking for a legal adviser who is quick, efficient, down to earth, proactive and cost-aware. We use our knowledge and experience to help our clients mitigate risks and navigate the pitfalls. We share our deep-seated local knowledge and (international) networks, a spirit of collaboration and the drive to exceed client expectations in The Netherlands as well as abroad.

Our clients work internationally, and so do we.

Our services:

  • Corporate Law and Business Structuring
  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • International Private Law
  • Litigation

Our specialists also assist (you) in:

  • Cross-border business transactions, using our experience with different national mentalities involved and the exact wording in your contracts in order to avoid expensive misunderstanding and mistakes.
  • International clients in entering and penetrating the EU-market with a perfectly tailor-fitted legal structure.
  • Obtaining the right working papers when your company has been commissioned for work to be performed in Switzerland.
  • Litigating your case in the Dutch courts.
  • Last but not least we assist Dutch businesses on the Dutch market and abroad with a wide range of services.

Pieter Van Den Tillaart

Entrepreneurial Financial with experience in international business environments. Holds a MSc in Financial Management and is Chartered (RC/EMFC) Controller from Nijenrode University. Was Management Consultant at PwC and performed several international solution implementations at, inter alia, Shell-NAM, Heineken and Compaq EMEA. Worked in several financial positions at Stork and NXP Semiconductors. He was involved with the disentanglement project and private equity deal of NXP. Pieter was CFO of TMC Group NV which he guided to an IPO on Alternext-Euronext. Since 2011 he is involved in several M&A transactions, start-ups and scale-ups.

Why Smart Square Ventures:

We’re lean on process because we believe in doing work rather than making it. As advisors we are partners and collaborators at every stage of a company’s lifecycle — we meet your team where it is, and work with you to achieve success on your terms. In some cases we help companies chart their course, in others we get in the boat and row alongside management.

Depending on what structure is most appropriate for each opportunity, our ability to commit to a wide variety of services allows for maximum flexibility when structuring a transaction.

Our team has experience to maximize the return to stakeholders in any situation. We deliver decades of real-world experience advising high-growth companies on scaling world class teams, optimizing go-to-market strategies, measuring against key performance metrics, managing high-stakes acquisitions, preparing for life as a public company and building businesses that stand the test of time.

Backed with industry sector expertise, an extensive global network and a strong track record in M&A, strategic partnerships, and private placements, Smart Square is the right partner for emerging growth companies. Because of our background we are able to offer a wide variety of services of financial advisory, strategic consulting, as well as senior level operational experience to accelerate our client goals.

Post acquisition, our team is able to help drive long-term value by providing financial, strategic, operational and governance support that our management teams require to make their businesses successful.

Global Reach:

Although based in the Netherlands? We are a global, independent advisory firm with a multitude of services including M&A Advisory, Go To Market and Financial and Investment services that delivers world-class strategic and financial advice to emerging growth companies in the technology sector.

Our team members have, throughout their careers, operated in international environments, lived and worked abroad and bring a wealth of international contacts to the table.

Based on our international background we have established a network around the world which we leverage to increase the potential of the deals we work on.