AKD receives record number of rankings in the Benelux in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

April 15, 2021 | News

“Perfect customer service. Timely response. Partner involvement. All disciplines collaborate. Pro-active attitude.”

Click here for a visualised overview of our rankings.

The Legal 500 has published its EMEA 2021 edition. We are proud to announce that this year’s rankings are the best rankings in the history of AKD. AKD received a Top Tier ranking in five practice areas and that The Legal 500 recognises AKD in 18 other practice areas in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Newly added to this list are the Industry focus: Healthcare and Life Sciences team and the Luxembourg Tax team.

Two of AKD’s Partners, Haco van der Houven van Oordt (Transport) and Jos van der Velden (Environment and Planning), have been inducted in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame, because of the constant praise received from their clients for continued excellence.

The following lawyers have received rankings in the specified categories:

Leading individuals

Nathalie van Woerkom – Corporate and M&A

Carlos Pita Cao – Corporate and M&A

Marc Wintgens – Construction

Henk Breeman – Environment and Planning

Frits Schneider – Fraud and White-collar crime

Barbara Mutsaers – Industry focus: Food

Marc Wintgens – Real estate

Taco de Lange – Real estate

Frenk Huisman – Real estate

Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn – Restructuring and Insolvency

Next generation partners

Jeanette Luijten – Construction

Hugo Doornhof – Environment and Planning

Erik Dans – Industry focus: Food

Annemieke Spijker – Transport

Rising stars

Sanne Swinkels – Banking and finance: lender or arranger side (new)

Stefanie Roose – Transport

Pol Cools – Real estate and Construction


A total of 65 of our lawyers are recommended by The Legal 500.

Congratulations to our ranked lawyers and we wish to express our appreciation for the clients who have been kind enough to provide feedback.

A small selection of client quotes:

“Juridical depth of advice, swift response and practical approach.”

“AKD is a firm that provides all the needed expertise; if necessary, the same day on which we ask for advice.”

“Very flexible, pragmatic and fast reacting with good industry background.”

“Perfect customer service. Timely response. Partner involvement. All disciplines collaborate. Pro-active attitude.”

Check this visual to view all of AKD’s practice group and individual rankings in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021.

About The Legal 500
For 33 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 150 jurisdictions

The rankings highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.

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