International business law
International law firm Jones Day opened its new Amsterdam office earlier this year, focussing on matters related to corporate and M&A, private equity, capital markets, litigation and antitrust law. It services the many internationally oriented corporations that are presently doing business in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.
Major centre for international headquarters
Houben told MCC that establishing an office in Amsterdam is important to Jones Day for several reasons. “First, there is a strong relationship between the Netherlands and the United States. The United States is the largest foreign investor in the Netherlands – ahead of the UK and Luxembourg – and the Netherlands is the third largest foreign investor in the United States, after the UK and Japan. Second, the Netherlands is a major and active centre for international headquarters. Third, there are quite a number of important and large Dutch corporations that have a global reach.”
Gateway to Europe
Houben continued to praise the Netherlands as an excellent location for international headquarters. The Dutch have a long history of international trade and are still noted for their open economy. Houben noted: “Add to that its strategic location – many people consider the Netherlands the gateway to Europe – and a focussed policy to attract foreign investments.”
Last but not least, Jones Day’s employees feel at home in Amsterdam. “The welcome we received here was beyond anything I have experienced”, said Houben. “The City of Amsterdam helped us with numerous introductions, even assisted us with finding our beautiful premises on the renowned Museumplein – just next door to the US Consulate, and all this with a genuine desire to make us feel at home.”