Houthoff New York

NEW YORK - This week Dutch firm Houthoff Buruma joined its regional rivals De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Loyens & Loeff, NautaDutilh and Stibbe by opening a New York office. As of 1 June 2012 Helena Sprenger and Bouke Boersma will join the Netherlands law firm Houthoff Buruma.

Mr. Helena Sprenger will lead the new New York office of Houthoff Buruma, and mr. Bouke Boersma will join as a senior associate.

Ex-Allen & Overy partner Helena Sprenger formerly ran the magic circle firm's Dutch and Netherlands Antilles desk from New York for 10 years. End 2009 she left to set up her own firm, Sprenger & Associates, a Netherlands, Dutch Caribbean and Suriname boutique law firm based in New York.

The Netherlands is an attractive jurisdiction for international clients. Cross-border legal work is an important part of Houthoff Buruma's activities and about half of our inbound work comes from the UK and the US. Houthoff Buruma has had a London office for many years and opening a New York office is a logical step in response to demand.

The New York office will focus on Netherlands and Dutch Caribbean law in the areas of Corporate, Finance and Insolvency, but also facilitate the growing practice of defending clients in class action lawsuits in the Netherlands as Houthoff Buruma is the go-to law firm in the Netherlands for high-end litigation. After the US barred certain international class action cases the Netherlands has become a popular jurisdiction for international class action law suits.

The new office will be located in Midtown where many global law firms have their home base.

Houthoff Buruma is a general practice Dutch law firm of over 250 attorneys with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and, as of 1 June 2012, New York.

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