Greenberg Traurig Continues Strategic Growth Amid Global Disruption; Focus on M&A, Private Equity and a Post-Brexit Europe Yields Senior Shareholders Bas Vletter and Herald Jongen in Amsterdam

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Jongen was an Allen & Overy co-founder; Vletter was previously chair of Loyens & Loeff’s M&A practice

AMSTERDAM 3 September 2019 – On the heels of its recent office opening in Milan, global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added leading Dutch lawyers Bas Vletter and Herald Jongen as shareholders in its Global Corporate Practice, based in Amsterdam and specializing in M&A and Private Equity. Greenberg Traurig’s Global Corporate Practice is comprised of more than 450 attorneys of the firm’s more than 2,100 attorneys worldwide.

Vletter joins from Loyens & Loeff, where he previously chaired its M&A practice and has spent 35 years, while Jongen joins from Allen & Overy, of which he was one of the co-founders in 2000, at the time, joining from Loeff Claeys Verbeke. At that firm, Vletter and Jongen started their careers together and they remained friends after 2000 when Loeff Claeys Verbeke became Loyens & Loeff and Allen & Overy was established. 

"We are living through times of disruptive change in our industry, with many continually seeking overnight solutions that would strongly erode their cultures and financial discipline," said Richard A. Rosenbaum, Executive Chairman of Greenberg Traurig. "We have been independently executing our strategic plans across Europe and beyond, while strengthening our cultural values of empowerment, respect, trust, and financial discipline, and are therefore once again in position to nimbly grasp opportunities in change. Bas and Herald represent a truly extraordinary opportunity to build a top quality global M&A and Private Equity Practice with the right people, at the right time and in the right place, delivering elite excellence, seasoned business acumen, a unique value proposition and access to the broadest US platform, a well-developed, five-office European presence, a longstanding presence in China, South Korea, and Japan, the only international office in Tel Aviv, and a renowned practice across Latin America. All one firm, one culture, no mergers -- one family focused on delivering what our clients want --excellence, value and results. This has been the GT model for over 50 years and growing." 

The arrival of Vletter and Jongen will also allow Greenberg Traurig Amsterdam to further enhance its local strengths in cross-border M&A, private equity, technology, and energy transactions. The hires mark the continued expansion of Greenberg Traurig’s key practices in Amsterdam, most recently adding Thomas Timmermans as a member of its Labor & Employment Practice

Vletter focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, joint ventures, and private equity, often with a cross-border element. He has wide ranging experience representing clients in the energy sector and international private equity houses in complex mergers and acquisitions and has acted as legal adviser in several high-profile private and public transactions. 

Jongen focuses his practice on outsourcing, technology transactions, strategic relationships, and mergers and acquisitions. He has focused experience in leading complex multi-jurisdictional projects in technology and in the financial industry. 

“We are delighted to welcome Herald and Bas to our Amsterdam team and to our Global Corporate practice,” Thomas van der Vliet and Cees van Oevelen, co-managing shareholders of the Amsterdam office, said in a joint statement. “Their business acumen and experience enhance our cross-border transactional capabilities. Their arrival ties in with the expansion of both our Berlin and London offices, as well as the recent establishment of our Milan office.” 

Greenberg Traurig, with one of the largest number of lawyers in the United States across its 31 U.S. offices, including 300 lawyers in New York, now also maintains five offices housing over 300 lawyers in Europe, including London, Berlin, Warsaw, Amsterdam, and Milan, as well as offices in Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, and Mexico City. It has been ranked numerous times as the top real estate firm in the U.S. and among the leaders in such areas as M&A, private equity, media & entertainment, technology/IP, products liability including in the pharmaceutical and medical device areas, litigation, employment, financial services, insurance, restructuring, environmental, white collar and government investigations, public policy, and lobbying in Washington, New York, Florida, Texas, and California, and more. 

About Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice: Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate Practice comprises more than 450 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America who regularly advise public and privately held companies, entrepreneurs, and investment funds on global mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, private equity and venture capital, underwritten and syndicated offerings, commercial finance and syndicated lending, cross-border transactions, and general corporate matters. The group’s industry experience includes transactions in a wide range of fields, from the pharmaceutical, medical devices, and life sciences fields, to representations involving clients in the aviation, banking, consumer products, energy, food and beverage, health care, manufacturing, media, technology, and telecommunications sectors.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2100 attorneys in 41 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 20 on the Am Law Global 100. Web: www.gtlaw.com Twitter: @GT_Law.