De Brauw top dog gives up board role

Jaap de Keijzer, the managing partner of Dutch heavyweight De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, has stood down from the board to be succeeded by litigation head Mark Biesheuvel.

The firm has also replaced its head of corporate, Bernard Roelvink, with corporate partner Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh.

Both De Keijzer and Roelvink had been on the board since January 2001. Last year the pair signed up for a two-year extension to their four-year term, but decided to end this a year early to return to fee-earning in the corporate and M&A group.

De Keijzer has overseen De Brauw through a turbulent period. The independent firm split from Linklaters in 2002 and last year outlined its plans to concentrate its resources in Amsterdam by 2008.

The Amsterdam initiative will see the closure of the firm’s offices in The Hague and Rotterdam. The strategy of the firm is not expected to change under its new management.

The moves follow last January’s accession to the managing committee of Berend Crans as head of finance and litigator Barbara van Duren-Kloppert as chief operating officer.

Biesheuvel will continue his role as head of the litigation practice.