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Baker & McKenzie’s Dutch private equity head Marc van Campen is leading a breakaway from the US firm’s Amsterdam office to set up an independent firm.
Van Campen is taking a group of lawyers including local partner Maurits Tausk with him. It is understood that around 15 lawyers will leave the firm in total.
A further three partners - Jan Peters, Marcello Distaso and Edwin Liem - have been linked to the departures but have not yet resigned from Baker & McKenzie.
A spokesperson for the firm said: “We can confirm that Marc van Campen and a part of his team is leaving the firm, including Maurits Tausk. The separation of partners and staff from the firm falls under personnel matters. As a matter of policy, we do not comment further on such matters.”
Van Campen was unavailable for comment.
Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam office, which joined the firm in 1957, has around 40 partners and 200 fee-earners.