The Lawyer, a website covering news related to internationally-oriented law firms, reported on the opening, writing that the new Amsterdam office was part of the international expansion strategy of the firm. In an earlier post on the company website, Simon Beswick, CEO of Osborne Clarke, had elaborated on the reasons why the firm has chosen to set up in Amsterdam, saying “Amsterdam is a major international work hub for international clients who expand into Europe via our US offices in Silicon Valley and New York.”
Beswick also commented on the firm’s intentions to increase the headcount of its Amsterdam base: “Our experience from opening elsewhere recently tells us that we need a certain critical mass at the outset and that we’re likely to grow the office quite quickly.” The firm expects to employ about 40 lawyers in its Amsterdam office within the next three years. In Amsterdam, Osborne Clarke will initially focus on the digital business sector. However, the office would also take on retail, financial services and energy mandates as the firm grows, according to Beswick.
Large amount of talent
In the interview with The Lawyer, Beswick added: “The Amsterdam launch is based largely on four things. It’s one of Europe’s largest domestic marketplaces, and is significant for international businesses looking to trade in Europe. It is key for clients in our sectors. Many international companies tend to work from the Netherlands, and there’s a huge amount of good talent available.”