Freshfields, Linklaters, Stibbe lawyers team up for Dutch boutique launch

The Dutch legal market has gained yet another boutique with the launch of Biesheuvel Jansen Advocaten by a team of four senior associates from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Stibbe.

The firm was launched last week (31 March) by former Freshfields lawyer Quirijn Biesheuvel, ex-Linklaters lawyer Jaap Kuster, and Inge Timmerman and Rutger Jansen who both previously worked at Stibbe in Amsterdam and London. 

The boutique specialises in corporate law and contract law with a focus on domestic and international transactions, commercial contracts and litigation & arbitration.

Biesheuvel Jansen is planning to offer its clients free model documentation through its client intranet, in a bid to address price pressure in the Dutch market.

“Our clients therefore no longer need to spend fees on their lawyers preparing relatively straightforward legal documents, these will be readily available without compromising quality,” said Jansen.

Kuster added that the firm is planning to recruit mid to senior-level associates, as well as at least one partner in the longer term to grow its contentious capability.

Biesheuvel Jansen is the second boutique to be launched in the past month by a group of senior associates from magic circle firms. A quartet of associates from Allen & Overy and Linklaters recently joined up to set up Orange Clover Law (2 April 2014).

In the past two years, a number of other boutiques have also been launched in Amsterdam. In 2012 the former managing partner of DLA Piper’s Amsterdam office and a Houthoff Buruma corporate crime specialist set up white collar crime firm Ivy Advocaten (11 January 2012) and a team from Baker & McKenzie established Van Campen Liem (5 January 2012). Last year, a group of partners from DLA Piper, Houthoff Buruma and Stibbe launched corporate boutique Rutgers & Posch (8 February 2013).