Simmons takes Houthoff banking head

Simmons & Simmons’ brand new Amsterdam office has wasted no time in hiring its first lateral partner.

Equity and Capital Markets (ECM) partner Daphne Brinkhuis joins the five-partner office from local firm Houthoff Buruma where she was head of banking.

Brinkhuis also spent eight years in the ECM practice at Clifford Chance before moving to Houthoff.

The firm only opened in Amsterdam, its second Dutch office, on 29 January by moving across its entire five-partner financial markets practice from Rotterdam to Amsterdam (see www.thelawyer.com, 29 January).

Although the office opened without any lateral hires, a firm spokesperson commented to The Lawyer that Amsterdam would undergo substantial growth in 2007, with Simmons planning to grow headcount from 13 fee-earners to 40.

Simmons’ regional head of finance Gerhard Gispen said: “Daphne Brinkhuis has an excellent reputation in the Dutch financial market and her expertise covers both banking and capital markets, which are important for our financial institution clients. We will continue to grow the Amsterdam office over the coming year.”

Simmons has been in Rotterdam since 2002, when it merged with Nolst Trenité.