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2018-01-02 07:33:10
Eversheds combines Dutch arm into UK LLP in network shakeup

Eversheds Sutherland has announced a full financial tie-up with its Dutch operations, bringing the firm’s two regional offices into its UK LLP.

Eversheds Sutherland has two offices in the Netherlands, with around 90 employees located in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

The offices are home to eight partners and 32 lawyers, including managing partner and Dutch real estate head Paul Goedvolk.

Eversheds’ Dutch operations have been a member of the firm’s international network for 10 years.

Eversheds used to have an alliance with local firm Boekel de Nerée, but the agreement ended after three years in 2002.

Faasen & Partners then agreed to join with Eversheds’ international network in 2008, four years after KPMG’s Dutch legal arm also joined the firm’s local operations in an additional boost for the firm.

The Dutch offices are now formally part of the firm’s UK LLP and will be known as Eversheds Sutherland Netherlands.

The move follows a similar decision taken by Eversheds in 2015 when it brought its German arm into the LLP.

As a result, Heisse Kursawe now trades as Eversheds Deutschland LLP. It too had been a member of the firm’s international network for 10 years.

Eversheds Sutherland CEO Lee Ranson said: “Developing in key jurisdictions is a core part of our global strategy and this move allows us to prioritise investment in a market which is of increasing importance for both our international and US clients.”

Dutch managing partner Paul Goedvolk added: “This move makes perfect sense for us and our clients in the Netherlands, who are becoming increasingly active globally.

The tie-up in the US and the progress the firm has made around the world last year makes the timing ideal.”

Eversheds announced its transatlantic merger with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan at the end of 2016, with the tie-up going live last year.

It also completed its merger with Singapore firm Harry Elias Partnership earlier in 2017.