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Hans Urlus coordinates inbound and outbound investments with respect to China and counsels international clients in all aspects of international trade, commercial agency, franchise and distribution, with a focus on EU and national competition law, EU regulatory issues, mergers and acquisitions. He is also involved in litigation and arbitration in relation to these matters. Hans has worked in the regulatory field, including numerous cases involving the introduction of various regulated products into the EU market, and heads the German desk of the firm's Amsterdam office.


  • Corporate law (mergers and acquisitions)
  • Franchise, agency and distribution law
  • Competition law and EU regulatory law



  • Advised principals and agents in landmark cases regarding commercial agency and brokerage in inter alia shipping, financial services and media industries, and advised many non-European clients on market entry and distribution structures, including many Chinese (government-owned and private) companies. 
  • Advised international companies, including a major European oil company, on Dutch holding and financing activities, and created for the latter a Dutch structure for a Latin American joint venture with a major Chinese oil company. 
  • Litigated and arbitrated complex international public law and private international law issues in various jurisdictions, including recognition of immunity of a United Nations institution.


  • Advised on competition law issues regarding both horizontal and vertical aspects, and represented clients with the European Commission and national competition authorities in various merger control cases and antitrust complaints. 
  • Involved in the first public bid in the Netherlands by a Chinese company.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers Global
    • Corporate/M&A (Foreign Experts - Netherlands and International Firms, Experts Based Abroad - China), 2015-2016
    • Expert Based Abroad, 2014
  • Listed, The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa, EU and Competition, 2009 and 2013
  • Chair, Franchisor's Working Group on the Dutch Franchise Code 
  • Arbitrator, Fenex Arbitration 
  • Arbitrator, German Institute of Arbitration (DIS) 
  • Arbitrator, Netherlands Arbitration Institute (as franchise expert) 
  • Involved as Chairman of the Franchisors Think Tank in the Drafting Process of the NFC, the Dutch Industry Code for Franchising 
  • Lecturer, Bar Educational Program
  • Visiting Lecturer, Asser Institute 
  • Member, Supervisory Board of Directors, Janssen Group, 1992-1998 
  • Member, Dutch Bar Association


  • LL.M., University of Leiden, Faculty of Law
  • The Netherlands
  • European Courts
  • Dutch, Native
  • English, Fluent
  • French, Conversational
  • German, Fluent