Karine Kodde

Karine specialises in corporate law with a strong focus on private equity. Karine represents a number of private equity providers on a regular basis, such as 3i, EQT, Advent and NPM. Karine was voted best M&A lawyer of the Netherlands 2008. Before becoming a partner at Allen & Overy, she spent one year at Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett in New York.

The 2014 edition of Chambers Global describes Karine as follows: “Karine Kodde is highly respected for her private equity expertise, and is described by a client as “very experienced and talented. Her key strength is her ability to deal with very difficult negotiations in a friendly manner – she keeps cool and focuses on getting the deal done.”

The 2014 edition of Chambers Europe ranks Karine a star individual for private equity and describes her as follows: “Karine Kodde is described as “the best” when it comes to her expertise and experience in private equity deals. Clients sum Kodde up as “a skilled legal expert, a good negotiator and hands-on to work with.

Private Equity Law Practice:

With the increasing sophistication and complexity of private equity transactions, the role of specialist advisers has become increasingly important in this field.

Allen & Overy is a market leader in the private equity sector, with extensive experience advising private equity investors, arranging banks, management teams and investee companies on the full cycle of private equity matters. We regularly advise a number of the leading private equity houses in the world.

Our comprehensive approach to private equity has seen us work on everything from structured acquisitions and financings and some of the largest cross-border buy-outs seen in the market, to the provision of venture capital to start-up businesses. The combination of our multi-jurisdictional corporate, leveraged finance, high yield, securitisation and investment funds expertise and full range of complimentary practices such as tax, employment and benefits and real estate makes us stand out in the market.

This offering is truly global. Our spread of offices covers each of the key financial markets across the world, enabling us to work on private equity transactions and give specialist advice to clients wherever and whenever it is required. As such, our Private Equity group exhibits the market knowledge, timeliness and efficiency we as a firm take pride in.

Allen & Overy:

We’ll do that by staying one step ahead and by constantly challenging ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the most complex legal challenges our clients face.

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses on market-leading transactions that have changed their industries. This includes, advising on the largest oil refinery project in Vietnam (Nghi Son) and the joint venture between H.C. Starck and Vietnam’s largest private sector company, Masan Group; the ground-breaking creation of Abu Dhabi’s first Financial Free Zone, the Abu Dhabi Global Market; and representing Novartis in its successful patent battle with MedImmune over Novartis’s blockbuster drug Lucentis – to name just a few achievements.

We are able to build on the foundations of our long heritage to attract the most talented people and develop the high-performance culture necessary to innovate and change the face of business.

Our commitment to help our clients deliver their global strategies has seen us build a truly global network now spanning 46 offices in 32 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in more than 100 countries where we do not have a presence.

This network has allowed us to become one of the largest and most connected law firms in our peer group with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled.

Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Tobias is a leading expert in the field of intellectual property law, and especially trademark, trade dress, design, copyright and database protection. He regularly advises multinationals and foreign counsel on IP issues in the Netherlands, in the EU and on (international) litigation strategies. Next to this Tobias advises and litigates in the field of know how protection, media & entertainment, product claims and advertising. Tobias is also a renowned litigator, appearing before all national courts, as well as OHIM and the EU Court of Justice. Tobias is admitted to the Supreme Court bar.

He has also been involved in most of the landmark IP decisions of the Netherlands Supreme Court in the past five years.

Recent landmark cases include cross border injunctions in case of copyright infringement, cross border injunction in comparative advertising case, harmonised copyright protection for industrial design, copyright protection for smells, trademark protection for sounds and liability of online platforms. Tobias is the primary author of the handbook European Trademark Law and is professor of intellectual property law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek:

Our clients, people and drive for quality are the energisers of our firm. They are the basis from which we deliver a powerful corporate practice, a centre of excellence in litigation, and an unparalleled team of regulatory experts.

We are at our best when matters are multidisciplinary in scope, with cross-border ramifications and when reputations are at risk. This is why we encourage our lawyers to combine in-depth legal expertise with the ability to collaborate with other experts across all relevant legal and non-legal disciplines.

We see our clients’ challenges with clarity and in their full legal and commercial context, wherever they operate. We advise them worldwide from our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai and Singapore on all matters important to them. Based on our expertise and experience we do this ourselves or together with local counsel if local specialist advice is required.

Ester de Vreede

Ester founded the firm in 2006. She specializes in corporate and private immigration law and advises businesses wanting to establish a branch in the Netherlands. Ester has worked for the Dutch government and in the private sector as the supervising attorney of the immigration law practice at a large international law firm. She is a visiting lecturer at the Free University of Amsterdam and advises the government on matters of immigration policy.

Ester is a great supporter of the arts and culture and she serves as Secretary of the Amsterdam Cello Biennale. Ester’s practice has a strong focus on assisting entrepreneurs and she is well known for her success when situations require a creative approach

Services: Creative Solutions for Immigration and Employment Issues:

  • Residence permits for Highly Skilled Migrants, employees, and family reunions
  • Residence permits for self-employed entrepreneurs, particularly via special treaties such as the Dutch American Friendship Treaty
  • Permits for the Creative Industry
  • Work Permits
  • 30% tax benefit ruling
  • Modern Migration Act (MoMi) Compliance
  • Legalization procedures
  • Legal advice on EC and EU legislation regarding immigration and free movement of persons and services
  • Fine and Penalty dispute
  • Litigation and judicial review
  • Labor and employment law practice
  • Dismissal cases
  • Employment contracts
  • Personnel handbooks
  • Non-competition clauses
  • Establishment and registration of legal entities under the Dutch law
  • Bank Account registration and support

De Vreede Advocaten:

De Vreede Advocaten is a young and dynamic law firm specialized in immigration and international employment law. Our outstanding team of skilled professionals provides customized solutions to both businesses and individuals.

Our clients include international organizations and large multinationals, as well as artists and high tech specialists. De Vreede Advocaten is the ideal choice for any organization or individual engaged in international business.

Our knowledge and expertise in the areas of migration and international employment law is unsurpassed, and the Dutch Government regularly consults De Vreede Advocaten on legislation and immigration policy.

We are a valued partner of the Amsterdam Expat Center and the Holland Expat Center South. Our offices are located in the heart of Amsterdam, facing the Rijksmuseum, and at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.

Toon Thomasse

If you want to do business in The Netherlands, we will be glad to be of assistance to you. We offer a wide range of accounting needs, whether you are looking to trade outside your local market for the first time or you already have a successful business in The Netherlands. Dealing with accounting issues can be frustrating enough in a your country of origin but a lack of local knowledge could prove to be a real headache outside of your domestic market.  DHW International can help by providing the day-to-day accountancy services that will make your international business run smoothly. Our accounting services include:

– Bookkeeping
– Management accounts
– Accounts outsourcing
– Budgeting and forecasts
– Reporting on accounting systems and internal controls
– Payroll
– Financial reviews
– Company secretarial services
– Tax returns

DHW International continously invests in ways to automate the process of bookkeeping. Both to reduce the number of manual entries (preventing mistakes) and to make it more cost efficient. Our clients work with the most sophisticated (online) software available and we are constantly investing in new technology. Soon our clients can visit their own portal with forecasts and their complete digital file. DHW International was the first Dutch firm to establish a link between bookkeeping software and bankaccounts with the three largest banks in The Netherlands. This link has currently been extended to all banks in The Netherlands.

We will continue to strive for digitisation where possible to make the process of bookkeeping easier and more efficient. This has resulted in more than 50 % of our clients already receiving a digital balance sheet and their annual statement of account instead of a printed sheet.

Ebba Hoogenraad

Ebba Hoogenraad was admitted to the bar in 1985 and has been focusing on the advertising industry since 1989. Ebba has been recommended by Chambers Europe as “a great lawyer in advertising-related IP law, whose advice has been solicited by clients such as Unilever and Heineken for years” and [She is] “a renowned figure in advertising law, and attracts high praise from clients. She’s fast, smart and speaks our language, says one. She is also praised for her considerable knowledge and eye for detail”. Chambers (2016) client comments: [She is] a “very empathetic person, enthusiastic and always straightforward and clear”, “she is service-oriented” and “excellent and quick with her advice.”

In addition, Best Lawyers remarks, based on peer review, that Ebba is one of the two leading lawyers in advertising law in the Netherlands.

Clients particularly praise her point and practical advice, always noting what is possible. Ebba counsels the majority of the larger advertising bureaus and several companies in the consumer industry on advertising law. She also advises several producers of health and nutrition products on product information and the European Claims Regulation.

Ebba often litigates before the self regulatory Advertising Code Committee and national courts.

Ebba is on the editorial board of the Dutch legal IP and advertising journal IER. She chairs the Dutch Advertising Law Association and the National Advertising Conference, and chaired the Benelux Trademark and Design Law Association. She is a board member of the Dutch Advertising Association and of the World Press Photo Supervisory Board.

Hein Kernkamp

Hein Kernkamp has been working as an attorney since 1989 and specializes in civil law, including transport, finance and employment law. His services are tailored for the international community. He advises and litigates in matters concerning international sales contracts, transport, storage, distribution, employment, agency, shipping and aviation. Employment law forms an important part of his legal practice areas, in particularly in cases with international aspects, like crewing matters and the employment of expats. Hein advises and litigates in labour related matters, often with an international dimension, both on behalf of employers and employees.

Hein is a member of the Dutch Transport Law Association.

Hein Kernkamp has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister): Transport Law, Commercial Law, Financial Law, Banking Law, Labour and Employment law, Cross Border Labour and Employment law.

Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

We are Minerva Advocaten

At Minerva Advocaten Rotterdam, professionalism, creativity and performance go hand in hand. We like what we do. Our clients appreciate our approach.