Business-friendly climate

The newest arrival is Dentons, the world’s largest law firm. The opening was announced on 2 March, and the firm will be entering the Netherlands through a collaboration with Dutch law firm Boekel. The partners of both firms have approved the deal, which is expected to close in April 2017. The new firm will be known in the Netherlands as Dentons Boekel.

With the addition of the Amsterdam office, Dentons will have 26 offices in 18 countries across Europe.

“The Netherlands is the sixth-largest economy in the European Union and a hub for international trade,” said Elliott Portnoy, Dentons’ Global CEO. “Due to its business-friendly climate, it is an attractive location for corporate headquarters and therefore a key market for our multinational clients.”

Boekel is an Amsterdam-based law firm with a focus on real estate, corporate law and litigation. As a result of the combination with Dentons, Boekel’s clients will gain access to the experience of over 7,800 lawyers in more than 60 countries around the world.

Natural step to Amsterdam

Another major law firm planning to set up shop in Amsterdam is Fieldfisher, which is opening a corporate branch in Amsterdam in May. According to Michael Chissick, managing partner of Fieldfisher, the firm had been looking at setting up an office in the Netherlands for some time. “We've had a footprint in the Benelux region for years, and it was a natural step to have a Dutch presence as well,” he said. "Amsterdam in particular is a hub for the firm's key sectors including TMT, energy, life sciences and tech.”

Fieldfisher’s Amsterdam practice will be focused on corporate, finance, business structuring, commercial contracts, corporate litigation, compliance and governance; however, the firm will also be looking to recruit intellectual property, IT and employment lawyers in the future.