Introduction to Houthoff

Houthoff is an independent top-tier Netherlands-based firm with 300 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers, all offering exceptional legal advice and support to an extensive national and international client base. Our people work collaboratively to help clients assess new opportunities and manage risk in redefined marketplace. We have a vision of economic growth that is productive, sustainable and inclusive.

Clients choose us to help them tackle their most complex and critical problems, the kind where genuine strategic advice is essential, not just a knowledge of the law. Why? They say it’s the reassuring depth of our practice groups’ legal knowledge combined with the breadth of our sector knowledge and experience that gives them the confidence that we’ll give them the very best team to work with. They also praise our proven track record of resolving disputes and capitalising on opportunities. And they also talk about our pragmatic approach to problem-solving, our passion for innovation and our truly entrepreneurial spirit.

As an independent law firm, a substantial part of our work has an international dimension. We have offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels, London and New York, representatives in Greater China, Houston, Singapore, and Tokyo, and dedicated regional teams. Our regional teams focus on China, Japan and Korea, Latin America, and Europe. They are responsible for developing relationships with our Friends network of top-tier law firms in each specific region. Besides that, we have our own International Friends Network, and we are the exclusive Lex Mundi firm and TechLaw member for the Netherlands.


We firmly believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is essential to provide everyone the opportunity to develop and make a valuable contribution to the firm that we want to be.

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Corporate social responsibility is of paramount importance at Houthoff. Needless to say, we employ sustainable business practices and are involved in numerous social organisations and projects.

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We are working on a structural process to improve the sustainability of our offices and working methods. Our aim is to have a positive impact on society and environment, and to operate as a socially responsible business.

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The combination of international offices, representatives, regional teams and our Friends network, enables us to support our clients across the globe. The close collaboration with local experts from both our Friends network or Lex Mundi member firms means that our clients are always guaranteed of the best possible advice, based on specific on-the-ground knowledge. Clients expect cross-border advice and that’s exactly what we give them – at all levels, across the globe.

Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms. Membership is a mark of excellence, and member firms are carefully vetted for their individual expertise and are continuously reviewed for quality assurance. Lex Mundi is more than a network; great efforts are invested by members in exchanging best practices and arranging training events to provide seamless services. Read more about Lex Mundi.


We offer the full range of expertise our clients require, you can find the complete overview on our website.


Alexander Kaarls
Advocaat | Managing partner

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Lucas Louwerier
Notaris | Managing partner

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Last updated March 2024