Baker & McKenzie Dutch spin-off returns to firm for 10-strong team

Van Campen & Partners, the Dutch private equity boutique which spun off from Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam office earlier this year has added its eighth partner.

Baker & McKenzie corporate partner Edwin Liem became the latest to join Van Campen on 1 May, bringing with him a team of 10 lawyers and civil law notaries. The firm has rebranded as Van Campen Liem following his arrival.

Van Campen was set up in February by Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam private equity head Marc van Campen (5 January 2012), who initially took local partner Maurits Tausk and a team of 15 with him to the spin-off.

Partners Marcello Distaso and Jan Peters came on board in April. Speaking to The Lawyer, Tausk said Van Campen now had eight partners, including three former Baker & McKenzie associates who have become partners at the new firm, and around 30 fee-earners and staff in total.

“The route to setting up the firm has been smooth, it’s been quick and efficient,” said Tausk. “We’ve now got the corporate, tax and notary capability that we need.”

All but one of the lawyers at Van Campen have joined from Baker & McKenzie, save for associate Yana Levin who came from Dutch domestic firm Nysingh.