Bakers loses 15 Amsterdam lawyers as local PE chief leads break away

Baker & McKenzie’s Dutch private equity head Marc van Campen is leading a breakaway from the US firm’s Amsterdam office to set up an independent firm.

Van Campen is taking a group of lawyers including local partner Maurits Tausk with him. It is understood that around 15 lawyers will leave the firm in total.

A further three partners – Jan Peters, Marcello Distaso and Edwin Liem – have been linked to the departures but have not yet resigned from Baker & McKenzie.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “We can confirm that Marc van Campen and a part of his team is leaving the firm, including Maurits Tausk. The separation of partners and staff from the firm falls under personnel matters. As a matter of policy, we do not comment further on such matters.”

Van Campen was unavailable for comment.

Baker & McKenzie’s Amsterdam office, which joined the firm in 1957, has around 40 partners and 200 fee-earners.