Van Benthem & Keulen reinforces relations with leading English and German law firms

Date: 11 December 2017

Following our affiliation agreement with FIDAL, the largest law firm in France in june of this year, we signed affiliation agreements with Mills & Reeve of the United Kingdom and Graf von Westphalen of Germany on December 7th.  

We have been working increasingly closely with Graf von Westphalen and Mills & Reeve for over ten years on a broad range of transactions including M&A, private equity, flotations, corporate finance, employment law and commercial disputes, providing clients with a seamless service across the three jurisdictions. The new agreements strengthen close relationships which already involve joint legal training programmes and regular secondee exchanges. 

Graf von Westphalen is one of Germany's largest independent law firms with five offices across Germany as well as branches in Brussels, Istanbul and Shanghai. 

Mills & Reeve is among the 50 largest UK law firms with six offices and 1,000 people working for the firm. Both firms have substantial experience in advising Dutch businesses and entrepreneurs operating in their respective countries. 

Marcel Ruygvoorn, managing partner at Van Benthem & Keulen, commented: "The Netherlands has always been a strong trading nation and that still applies today. Many of our clients are multinationals and expect us to provide a seamless service, not only in the Netherlands, but also abroad. This agreement represents a real commitment to enhance the support we provide our international clients. We are always looking to work with like-minded law firms that understand our clients, their culture and their objectives. By working together with Graf von Westphalen and Mills & Reeve we can offer our clients more." 

Tom Pickthorn, Head of International at Mills & Reeve, said: "Our international strategy is driven by a fundamental ambition - to provide our clients with expert legal support wherever they are doing business in the world. The affiliations with our friends in Germany and the Netherlands are important steps forward to achieving this strategy. "With the uncertainties and opportunities arising from Brexit, it is more important than ever that we can provide our clients a seamless service in these key markets. The affiliation we signed in 2014 with FIDAL, the largest law firm in France, has already shown us how much our clients value this approach." 

Christof Kleinmann, joint managing partner at Graf von Westphalen, added: "The UK is a key export market for many German businesses and over recent years we have been advising on an increasing number of cross-border deals for our clients with the assistance of Mills & Reeve. We are excited to sign this agreement and further strengthen our working relationship. We share the same high standards of technical expertise and a commitment to outstanding client service." 

On Van Benthem & Keulen
Van Benthem & Keulen is an independent and innovative full service Dutch law firm with 80 professionals active in the legal and notarial profession. The firm focuses on providing services to large and medium-sized enterprises and high-net-worth individuals. In addition to this, the firm has a strong presence in the financial, education, government, retail and healthcare sector. Van Benthem & Keulen is a member of SCG Legal, an international network of 148 law firms in 82 countries. Van Benthem & Keulen believes in proactive provision of services, applies a pragmatic approach and makes high-quality services accessible using a unique service concept: vanDienst. Van Benthem & Keulen was awarded the Computable Award 2016 for its mobile LegalTech solution for calculating transitional compensation: the VBK Transitie App. Van Benthem & Keulen holds position 21 in the Top 50 firms of the Netherlands and position 5 of the fastest-growing firms in the Netherlands (2012 - 2017).