Dutch Bakers spin-off adds Luxembourg office and Turkey capability

Dutch boutique Van Campen Liem, launched a year ago by a team from Baker & McKenzie, is expanding into Luxembourg with the hire of Loyens & Loeff partner Aldo Schuurmann.

Schuurmann joins Van Campen Liem as a partner and will work alongside Amsterdam partners Marc van Campen and Marcello Distaso to provide clients with advice on investment funds and M&A transactions using Luxembourg as a domicile.

Van Campen Liem was launched in January last year (5 January 2012) by a team of Baker & McKenzie partners led by Dutch private equity head van Campen. The firm expanded in April and May with further arrivals from Baker & McKenzie (4 May 2012).

Distaso said the addition of a Luxembourg office was a natural progression for the firm, which focuses on private equity and corporate transactions and tax advice.

“It’s not a mystery that 85 to 90 per cent of legal and tax solutions and structures for private equity investment funds and M&A passes through either the Netherlands or Luxembourg,” he said. “We wanted to complete our offering and try to give our clients the possibility of having assistance equally in the Netherlands and Luxembourg.”

The firm has also announced the hire of Norton Rose tax and corporate partner Gesina van de Wetering along with associates Huseyin Koca and Shireen Raza. The trio join Van Campen Liem on 1 March.

Van de Wetering specialises in Turkish outbound work. Distaso said her practice would fit well into the firm’s Eastern Europe and emerging markets focus.

Van Campen Liem has advised on a number of transactions in Central and Eastern Europe over the past year, including the acquisition of a 50 per cent stake in Turkish textile company Koton by Turkish investment fund Turkven and its Dutch subsidiary Nemo Apparel in June, in a deal worth $500m.

Van Campen Liem now has a team of 10 partners and 23 associates.