Jan Holthuis

Partner | Lawyer

Jan Holthuis, partner and lawyer at BUREN, is Dutch qualified lawyer registered at the Amsterdam Bar, a solicitor in England and Wales. Jan founded HIL International Lawyers & Advisers in 1995. HIL became the first Dutch law firm licensed in China by the Chinese Ministry of Justice in 2004. In 2016 Jan merged the HIL practice with Buren. Jan is predominantly based in Beijing.

Jan specializes in corporate and commercial law, in particular China related cross-border M&A and corporate restructuring, international technology transfers, China related product liability insurance claims and international arbitration. 

Jan is a registered arbitrator at the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHAIC). He has set up the Agriculture Law Section of the International Bar Association in 2015, was the Chair for many years and is presently a member of the Advisory Board. Jan has been involved in many politically sensitive China related international transactions and litigations acting for Western and Chinese clients. Jan is a member of the Board of Trustees of the world’s oldest agricultural research institute Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom.


  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Amsterdam Bar Association
  • EU-China Business Association (EUCBA)
  • Netherlands China Business Council (NCBC)
  • Global Insurance Law Connect (GILC)
  • European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (EUCCOC)
  • Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China



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Agriculture, Commercial Contracting, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, IP & IT, FDI China, China


Shanghai, Beijing


Dutch and English


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