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Industry & Energy Dutch Lawyers

Today’s industrial sector is faced with many challenges, such as fluctuating prices for raw materials, supply chain issues, violation of intellectual property rights and technological developments. In addition, the environment, planning incorporation in the environment and sustainability also play an important role in the industry. Faced with all these challenges, it is important to have a sparring partner who is familiar with the issues in your sector and who will make life easier for you to the greatest possible extent.

Our lawyers fulfil that role. You will benefit from our knowledge of the legislation that applies to your sector. Examples are permit-granting within the framework of the Wet Milieubeheer (Environmental Management Act), for instance, and the enforcement thereof. You can of course also contact us for advice about competition issues, commercial collaboration contracts such as distribution agreements, and for mergers, takeovers and joint ventures. We are active for businesses that operate in the metal industry, the machine-building industry, the petro-chemical industry and the food industry.

We also have knowledge of the energy sector. Our extensive legal expertise in this field ranges from the development of wind farms to operating agreements and supply contracts. We assist our clients during zoning plan procedures, and procedures for permits, such as an integrated environmental permit, but also with collection cases and redundancies. We are the discussion partners of oil companies, refineries, the (wholesale) trade and energy users.

Please contact Madelon van Breemen for further information on +31 10 2092756 or by email on

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A solar farm: movable or immovable property?

Without energy, everything comes to a standstill. When speaking of energy, the emphasis is increasingly focused on alternative energy sources, partly stimulated by government measures (subsidies etc.). Often, people speak of ‘green’ energy and a good example is solar energy.

Dutch bankruptcy law

Bankruptcy in The Netherlands is governed by the Dutch Bankruptcy Act. Intra-EU cross-border insolvency proceedings are governed by Council regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 of 29 May 2000 on insolvency proceedings. Cross-border insolvency proceedings that do not fall within the scope of the EU Insolvency Regulation will be governed by the general rules of Dutch Private International Law.

Debt collection in the Netherlands

LVH Advocaten offers professional debt collection services for any size commercial debts in the Netherlands. The firm has ample experience in collecting outstanding debts for our international client base and is committed to pursue debtors in the Netherlands quickly and efficiently to ensure a maximum return at a minimum cost.

Ben van Nieuwaal

business and government

+31 (0)10 209 27 45
Justin de Vries

insolvencies and reorganisation, business and shareholders

+31 (0)10 209 27 52
Peter Verheijden

commercial cooperations, mergers and acquisitions, employment law and employer representation 

+31 (0)10 209 27 75
David Harreman

Enterprise and government, Enterprise and shareholders, National and International Tax Law

+31 (0)10 209 27 77

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Conflicts between shareholders

Between the shareholders of the public limited company, and the limited liability company, conflicts on a variety of fields may occur. Usually, the shareholders can work the matter out, for instance, by discussing the matter in a general meeting of shareholders. The supervisory board, if any, may also be of use.

Burden of proof for advertising fraud changed since 1 July 2016

Entrepreneurs regularly fall victim to advertising fraud. This involves misleading commercial practices. Certain (telephone) sales techniques are used to gain the entrepreneur's confidence and raise expectations. The objective is to have the entrepreneur enter into an agreement, after which the agreed performance is not or not properly delivered.

The old-age pensioner (AOW): retaining or hiring?

The position of the old-age pensioner has changed with the introduction of the WWZ (Wet Werk en Zekerheid - Work and Security Act) on 1 July 2015, which means there is little to no employment protection for this employee. Subsequently, on 1 January 2016, the Wet Werken na de AOW-gerechtigde leeftijd (Working beyond AOW entitlement Act) came into effect. This act limits the obligations of the employer in the case of illness of an old-age pensioner.

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