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Germany is the largest trading partner of the Netherlands. Dirkzwager deems it important to provide all-round guidance to clients who operate in our neighbouring country. In so doing, we prevent you from encountering unpleasant surprises.

The German Desk is a unique partnership between German and Dutch legal experts, including civil-law notaries, lawyers and German ‘Rechtsanwältinnen’. This enables us to litigate and advise in both countries, in line with the specific legal system.

The German Desk provides guidance to Dutch and German entrepreneurs who do business in the neighbouring country. There are still major differences between the German and Dutch cultures and between both legal systems. We make the transition happen for you and assist in bridging the differences.

Dirkzwager is a member of TELFA, a European alliance of law firms and civil-law notary practices. This alliance gives us access to a large European network of colleague legal experts.

The German Desk acts for large (national and international) businesses – including multinationals – but also for SMEs, start-ups in the market and companies that want to take the first step into German territory.

These are just some of the areas in which we serve our clients:

  • Transactions relating to property, mergers & acquisitions and financing
  • Advising on issues relating to employment law, competition law, law of legal entities- and business law
  • Assessing and drafting agreements and (general) terms and conditions
  • Providing guidance in collection procedures

Knowledge pooling

Where necessary, the German Desk draws on the expertise of other disciplines within our office, like business law, employment law, competition law, property or trade and transport. In other words, we pool all the required legal knowledge. You will always keep your fixed, reliable contact person.

Early input

The sooner you have access to legal guidance, the more certain you can be that your transaction or proceedings are concluded correctly. You should not underestimate the differences between the two countries and get advice on time. Contracts, agreements and expectations in the two countries can be very different. We will point out potential pitfalls, risks and opportunities from the start.