Today, Osborne Clarke opens its new office in Amsterdam. The international law firm is known worldwide for its sector-first approach in which the client’s business is the focal point instead of the legal area of the lawyer.
Managing Partner – Michiel Odink
Managing Partner Michiel Odink is convinced that this new approach is ahead of the majority of its competitors.
He says: “When I worked in Silicon Valley I gained valuable experience with a firm that adopted this client-led approach. Nowadays, clients expect their lawyers to have the latest market-insights and proactively contribute to their business.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to combine OC’s existing strengths with the act that The Netherlands is a frontrunner in the digital domain and research & development and is the largest m-commerce market in Europe. Being in at the beginning of that journey is, personally, very exciting.”
The three additional founding Partners of Osborne Clarke Netherlands are Jeroen Lub, Jeroen Bedaux and Jorgo Tsiris. They arrive from Norton Rose Fulbright, Baker & McKenzie, and Allen & Overy / Steins Bisschop & Schepel, respectively. With the experience and expertise of these founding partners and the team of associates Osborne Clarke will initially focus on the Digital Business, Retail, Real Estate & Infrastructure, and Energy sectors.
The Dutch team currently consists 10 to 15 employees and Odink expects to grow to at least 20 lawyers this year offering the full range of corporate and commercial services to its clients.
“Staying focused on the client’s objectives and committed to building a solid relationship is key to our future success. Therefore, we expect further organic growth over the coming 3 years to create a team of 30 to 40 lawyers.”
The firm will occupy a permanent office at IJdok by late June. Odink: “We wanted a unique location, on a place where innovation and entrepreneurship come together. Our new office is not only situated next the Court of Justice, but precisely fits in the profile with views on the IJ lake and next to the Port of Amsterdam.”