Dutch boutique Rutgers & Posch picks up Freshfields’ former Amsterdam head

Dutch corporate boutique Rutgers & Posch has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Robert ten Have to boost its capital markets practice.

Ten Have will start work at Rutgers & Posch on 1 September.

He joined Freshfields in 2005 from NautaDutilh, and headed up the magic circle firm’s Amsterdam office between 2008 and 2011.

Ten Have is the tenth partner for the boutique, which was launched 18 months ago by a team of lawyers from DLA Piper, Houthoff Buruma and Stibbe (8 February 2013). In October the team grew with the addition of Stibbe insolvency partner Karen Harmsen and Linklaters counsel Kees Westerman, both of whom joined as partners and brought associates with them (3 October 2013).

Managing partner Gerard Endedijk said ten Have’s appointment would strengthen the firm’s corporate practice. Ten Have advises on equity capital markets, financial services and M&A.

The firm is continuing to recruit at associate level.

Ten Have is the third senior lawyer to leave Freshfields’ Amsterdam office in the past few months. In June corporate partner Richard Norbruis joined EY Law to lead its global transactions practice (3 June 2014) while in April senior associate Quirijn Biesheuvel left the firm to co-found boutique Biesheuvel Jansen Advocaten with lawyers from Linklaters and Stibbe (9 April 2014).

Freshfields has also seen the departure of corporate counsel Denis Charles Barat to join Squire Sanders in Paris as a partner (15 May 2014) and corporate partner Dirk Hamann, who moved to Herbert Smith Freehills in Berlin earlier this month (7 August 2014).