People

Alain de Jonge

Alain de Jonge | Real Estate | Managing Partner

+31 70 515 37 50 | info@pelsrijcken.nl |

Alain focuses on civil property law and has considerable expertise in tenancy law. He advises and litigates in the area of urban renewal, city centre development and urban restructuring. He also regularly represents developers, property funds and investors in various redevelopment projects. In addition to tenancy law, his work focuses on purchases, leasehold, sale and leaseback and ownership relationships. He has a keen commercial sense and great understanding of public administrative relationships. Alain regurarly teaches and is author of Huurrecht, a professional handbook on tenancy law.

Berend Jan Drijber

Berend Jan Drijber | EU & Competition | Partner

+31 70 515 37 69 | berendjan.drijber@pelsrijcken.nl |

Berend Jan Drijber is an all-round EU lawyer. His practice encompasses European and national competition law, state aid and the EU internal market, with a sectoral focus on energy. Besides a trusted advisor to decision makers in companies and governmental bodies, Berend Jan is also a seasoned litigator. He regularly represents clients in high profile administrative or civil proceedings. Cartel damages actions are one of his specialisms. Berend Jan regularly publishes articles and frequently conducts courses. He is fluent in English, French and German.

Harm Uittien

Harm Uittien | Corporate/M&A | Counsel

+31 70 515 32 44 | harm.uittien@pelsrijcken.nl

Harm Uittien has built up an extensive track record in various fields and at both private and listed companies in the area of complex (cross border) acquisitions, investments and restructuring, leveraged buy-outs, corporate governance and boardroom counseling. Chambers Europe on Harm: “Highly capable, calm and willing to stand his ground. He takes the strategy that delivers the best result.”. This is a accurate description of Harm: he is a steadfast, passionate lawyer who operates pragmatically and pro-actively with a keen eye for commercial interests. Harm regularly publishes in professional magazines.

Iman Brinkman

Iman Brinkman | Energy | Partner

+31 70 5153 753 | iman.brinkman@pelsrijcken.nl |

Iman Brinkman advises on energy projects, contracts and regulatory issues. Renewable energy projects are cornerstones of his practice. As a litigator, Iman is engaged in matters concerning energy-related topics, such as access to the gas and electricity markets, tariffs and trading issues. Iman acts for parties in every link of the energy chain. His clients include large (inter)national energy corporates, energy intensive industries as well as central and local governments. Iman lectures on energy law and frequently speaks at seminars. He also publishes regurarly. Iman is fluent in English, French and German.

Luc Defaix

Luc Defaix | Corporate/M&A | Partner

+31 70 515 32 35 | luc.defaix@pelsrijcken.nl |

Luc Defaix has a track record in (inter)national M&A deals and related auction processes. He also advises on (cross boarder) joint ventures, restructurings, investments and governance issues. His clients include corporates, family owned businesses, private equity firms and groups of informal investors. Some years ago, Luc made a side step to the private equity. As managing partner, Luc was primarily responsible for the investments and divestments of the private equity firm. He also gained operational experience in the various industrial portfolio companies. It is such broad experience that Luc’s clients recognize and appreciate so much.

Martijn Scheltema

Martijn Scheltema | Supreme Court Litigation + Business & Human Rights | Partner

+31 70 515 39 08 | martijn.scheltema@pelsrijcken.nl |

Martijn Scheltema is an international lawyer and maintains a leading Supreme Court practice, which includes setting-aside proceedings in connection with arbitration. Martijn deals with a wide range of corporate and procedural matters, as well as government related issues. In addition, he handles cases concerning commercial disputes and has extensive experience with international dispute resolution through arbitration. He is also interested in other forms of dispute resolution, particularly with respect to business and human rights issues. He regularly publishes and teaches all the mentioned fields.

René Kiers

René Kiers | Litigation and Arbitration + Construction | Partner

+31 70 515 39 42 | rene.kiers@pelsrijcken.nl |

René Kiers advises the State and other government bodies and represents these institutions in large-scale, complex arbitration cases on infrastructural and building projects and provides quick and fit for purpose advise in complex questions of public procurement. He is an experienced litigator and acts in numerous injunction proceedings concerning procurement disputes. Furthermore he is the trusted advisor of world’s premier shipbuilders of luxury mega yachts. René is a also a respected arbitrator of the Dutch Arbitration Institute). He regularly lectures and speaks at conferences.

René van de Klashorst

René van de Klashorst | Litigation and Arbitration | Partner

+31 70 515 37 77 | rene.vandeklashorst@pelsrijcken.nl |

René is a very experienced lawyer and conducts a varied advisory and litigation practice in corporate law. He is highly regarded as a trusted advisor. Corporate governance, public-private partnerships, (corporate) litigation, the liability of financial institutions, and finance and restructuring are at the heart of René’s practice. His clients include corporations, government authorities and regulators in different sectors (energy, financial and transport). René leads several of Pels Rijcken’s legal teams in various multimillion lawsuits for corporate clients.

Sandra van Heukelom

Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage | Employment | Partner

+31 70 515 39 61 | sandra.vanheukelom@pelsrijcken.nl |

Sandra van Heukelom-Verhage is an all-round lawyer who is used to providing public authorities and private parties with in-depth assistance regarding complex issues. She is presently advising on the implementation of the Work and Security Act as well as on one of the most radical changes to the public employment law system of the last decades, the upcoming Standardisation of the Legal Status of Public Servants. In addition, she deals with decentralisation and cooperation through networking in the public domain. Sandra often lectures at universities and postgraduate institutes.

Willem Heemskerk

Willem Heemskerk | Litigation and Arbitration | Partner

+31 70 515 38 39 | willem.heemskerk@pelsrijcken.nl |

Willem Heemskerk is one of the most experienced litigators in the Netherlands. He handles complex civil disputes, which often concern issues of liability and compensation for damages. He also assists companies confronted with cartel damage claims (follow-on actions) in connection with decisions of the European Commission. Willem is considered a leading expert in procedural law. He is the editor of the standard guide to Dutch procedural law Hugenholtz/Heemskerk “Hoofdlijnen van Nederlands burgerlijk procesrecht” 2015 and author of a handbook on new procedural legislation.