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12-10-2016

Buren and HIL International Lawyers & Advisers to merge firms in the Netherlands and China

Buren lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, and HIL International Lawyers & Advisers have merged in October 2016 and will jointly continue under the name Buren. Once the integration has been completed, Buren has over 120 employees, consisting of over 70 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisors. The combined firm's locations are in Amsterdam, The Hague, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Beijing.

The merger of the two firms will result in the largest China focussed law practice in the Netherlands by integrating the Chinese and Dutch professionals including 12 Chinese lawyers (9 based in Shanghai and Beijing) supported by a team of Dutch lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisors with a strong track record in the Chinese market.

The Netherlands based lawyers of HIL have joined the Amsterdam office of Buren to further develop the national and international practice. As a result of the merger and recent hires Buren's Amsterdam office will consist of 20 fee earners.

Steven van der Waal (partner at Buren): ‘The merger with HIL enables us to further realise Buren's ambitions in Asia In addition to our specialised Japan Desk, consisting of four Japanese professionals, we will now be strengthening our position on the Chinese market by having local offices in Shanghai and Beijing. Buren has been active in China for quite some time and has been assisting Chinese clients who invest in ventures located in the Netherlands or Luxembourg or through organisations located in these two countries. By combining the Netherlands based team skills and expertise with the teams located in Beijing and Shanghai, we will be able to offer Buren's Dutch clients integrated Dutch Chinese legal services which is unique and unrivalled in the Netherlands.'

Jan Holthuis (Managing Partner at HIL International Lawyers & Advisers, who lives and works in China): ‘HIL has been operating in China since 1995. The strong growth of the Chinese market and the interests that Dutch businesses have in this emerging market, have meant that our practice involving China has grown faster than our Dutch practice. This merger will improve our position tremendously. Buren has a successful international transaction practice in the Netherlands, and the HIL team offers local Chinese legal services. The integration of Chinese and Dutch legal knowledge and experience provides major advantages for our current and future clients. We will now be able to leverage our aggregated expertise and years of experience in Chinese law and legal practice. Furthermore, the newly combined firm will be in a better position to offer advice about investments made by Chinese companies in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the preferred gateways to Europe."

Prior to the merger Buren had offices in The Hague, Amsterdam and Luxembourg. These offices employed over 55 lawyers, civil-law notaries, and tax advisors who work together in assisting leading (multi) national clients.

HIL International Lawyers & Advisers, founded in 1992, was the first Dutch firm to obtain permission from the Chinese Ministry of Justice to open an office in China. HIL is located in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Beijing and prior to the merger had 18 employees, 15 of which are lawyers. HIL has a strong track record in advising leading Dutch multinationals and family businesses operating on location in China. HIL lawyers and Chinese lawyers teach Chinese law at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Wageningen University & Research.

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Buren和浩达国际律师事务所在荷兰和中国合并
Buren律师、民法公证人与税务律师("Buren")与浩达国际律师事务所("浩达")即将于2016年10月15日合并,合并后的律所仍以Buren为名。合并后,Buren将拥有逾120位员工,其中70多位为律师、民法公证人和税务顾问。合并后的律所不仅在阿姆斯特丹、海牙、卢森堡设有办公室,而且在上海、北京拥有办公场所。

通过此次合并,Buren将成为荷兰最大的专注于中国法律实践的律师事务所,整合中荷专业团队,其中包括12位中国律师(9位在上海和北京工作)。这些中国律师将得到荷兰律师、民法公证人及税务顾问团队的支持,该团队在中国市场拥有优秀业绩。

Steven van der Waal (Buren合伙人) :"与浩达的合并使我们进一步实现了在亚洲的抱负。除了我们由4名日本专家组成的日本团队外,通过在上海和北京的分支机构我们现在将加强在中国市场的地位。长期以来,Buren活跃于中国市场,并且一直服务于在荷兰和卢森堡投资或者通过位于荷兰和卢森堡的机构投资的中国客户。
通过汇聚我们的专业技能和专业知识以及新加入的北京和上海团队,我们能够为我们的荷兰客户提供综合性的服务。这在荷兰是独一无二和无与伦比的。"

Jan Holthuis(浩达国际律师事务所管理合伙人,居住并工作在中国):"浩达自1995年在中国开始运营。中国市场的强劲增长以及荷兰商业在这一新兴市场的利益增长,意味着我们与中国相关的实践比在荷兰的实践成长的更快。合并将极大地提升我们的地位。

Buren在荷兰拥有成功的国际交易实践经验,浩达的团队则提供在中国的本地化的服务。这种合力将为我们当前和未来的客户带来极大的优势。我们现在能够利用我们聚合的专业技能,并从多年中国法律实践的经验得到助力。此外,新合并的律所能够更好地为投资荷兰和卢森堡的中国客户提供法律服务,将会是投资欧洲的首选。"

Buren在海牙、阿姆斯特丹和卢森堡市均设有办公室,拥有超过55位律师、民法公证人和税务顾问,他们共同服务于一流的(跨国)国内客户。

浩达成立于1992年,是首家获得中国司法部颁发的外国律师事务所驻华代表机构执业许可证的荷兰律师事务所。浩达在阿姆斯特丹、上海和北京均设有办公室,拥有18位员工,其中15位是执业律师。浩达为荷兰领先的跨国企业和家族企业在中国运营提供法律服务,并拥有卓著的业绩记录。浩达律师团队在荷兰鹿特丹伊拉斯谟大学以及瓦格宁根大学教授中国法课程。

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