We are delighted to announce that HIL International Lawyers & Advisers has merged with the Dutch firm Buren to create a 70+ lawyer firm with offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Luxembourg, Shanghai and The Hague.

Our Dutch team has moved offices to the Amsterdam Buren office at the World Trade Center (Tower C – level 14, Strawinskylaan 1441, 1077 XX Amsterdam) and our Chinese teams continue to work out of our offices in Shanghai and Beijing.

We can now leverage our unique China experience with the successful international practice of Buren.

For further information please see the press release below.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Joey Clark (+31 (0)70 318 42 00, j.clark@burenlegal.com) or myself.

On behalf of Buren,

Jan Holthuis Partner

T +8621 61730388 j.holthuis@burenlegal.com
Press release

Buren lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, and HIL International Lawyers & Advisers will merge on 12 October 2016 and continue as Buren. Once the integration has been completed, Buren will have over 120 employees, more than 70 of which are lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisors. After the merger, the firm will have locations not only in Amsterdam, The Hague and Luxembourg City but also in Shanghai and Beijing.

This merger will result in the largest China focused law practice in the Netherlands to integrate both Chinese and Dutch professionals and will employ 12 Chinese lawyers (9 working 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 will join the Amsterdam office of Buren to further develop its national and international practice. With the latest addition, and several recent hires, to the Amsterdam office of Buren the firm now has a team of 18 lawyers and tax advisors on the ground in Amsterdam.

Steven van der Waal (Partner at Buren): ‘The merger with HIL enables us to further realise our 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 very active in China for quite some time now and been assisting Chinese clients who want to invest in ventures located in the Netherlands or Luxembourg or through organisations located in these two countries. By pooling our skills and expertise with the addition of our teams in Beijing and Shanghai, we will now be able to offer our Dutch clients an integrated provision of services. This is a unique and unrivalled service offering 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 localised services, all of which are provided in China. This integrated joining of forces will have 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 ventures in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, the preferred gateways to Europe.’

Buren has offices in The Hague, Amsterdam and Luxembourg City. These offices employ 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 has 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.





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。


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。