Dutch firm Boekel de Nerée has opened an office in London – its first venture outside the Netherlands.
The new office, which practices only Dutch law and launched earlier this month, has been mooted by the firm for some time (1 September 2008).
Board member and head of M&A Ferdinand Mason will lead the office and is joined by senior associates Bastiaan Kout, Marc Elshof and Anouk Rosielle. Mason said that he expects the office to grow over the next year, with the addition of internationally experienced lawyers.
According to Mason, around 50 per cent of Boekel de Nerée’s work already has a London element and it is hoped a London office will help the firm get closer to investment-bank clients.
The new office aims to service the firm’s existing London clients and exploit the capital markets-driven demand for Dutch lawyers stemming from the increasing popularity of Dutch NVs as a vehicle for companies looking to go public.
“Current market conditions and the fact that half of all our corporate and M&A work is now run through London means that now’s a shrewd time to move in to the City,” said Mason. “As one of the few firms able to work so efficiently across markets, without the need for a costly international network of offices, closer proximity to UK-based banks and leading multi-nationals will allow greater access to opportunities.”
Dutch firms De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Houthoff Buruma, Loyens & Loeff, NautaDutilh and Stibbe, also have offices in London.