This marks the firm's sixteenth European office location
Squire Patton Boggs will open its sixteenth European location with the launch of an office in Amsterdam, continuing a corporate and private equity expansion strategy that has seen the firm recently open an office in Dublin and add practitioners in Frankfurt, Madrid, Milan, and Paris.
Jeroen Sombezki – formerly a corporate partner at the Dutch firm Van Doorne – will serve as managing partner of the office, working alongside Selma Baouch, who will join from Taylor Wessing, where she serves as a corporate and M&A partner. They will be joined by legal director Nina de Kwaasteniet and senior associate Vivan IJzerman, both from Van Doorne.
“We have long had interest in building upon our existing ties in the Netherlands and the addition of this dynamic team gives us a natural entry point into one of Europe’s fastest growing economies,” said Mark Ruehlmann, chair and global CEO of Squire Patton Boggs.
Sombezki advises businesses, founders, and investors on mergers & acquisitions, private equity transactions, private placements and growth financing, joint ventures and other strategic collaborations, as well as corporate governance and equity capital markets matters. He focuses on international mid-market transactional matters.
Baouch has extensive experience in corporate and M&A transactions, especially in the field of private equity transactions, with a focus on healthtech, technology and life science sectors. She currently serves as vice president of the European American Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands.
“An established international presence is increasingly becoming a prerequisite in order to complete many M&A and private equity transactions,” said Sombezki and Baouch. “Opening in a new market for a firm with Squire’s reach and integrated approach presents an exciting opportunity for us.”
The new office is expected to open in Amsterdam this fall.
“The Netherlands is a well-established commercial market with a rich culture that has continued to flourish post-Brexit,” said Steve Mahon, global managing partner – clients and strategy. “Our Amsterdam office will open new opportunities for us to support our clients who are already doing business and planning investments across several key areas of our global practice, including private equity, tech, life sciences and industrials.”