Law Firm NautaDutilh Appoints New Managing Partners

NautaDutilh has appointed new managing partners.

Lieke van der Velden, head of the firm’s corporate M&A group, and Sjoerd Meijer, head of the dispute resolution group, have been appointed as managing partners of NautaDutilh effective June 1, the firm has announced.

The two are joining Chris Warner on the board of management. The NautaDutilh board doesn’t have a chairman, instead operating as a collective.

Lieke van Der Velden joined the firm back in 1995, and was made a partner in 2005. She specialises in  the financial sector, advising on international and domestic mergers and acquisitions. In 2016, she played an important role in the Vodafone and Liberty Global Netherlands merger,

Sjoerd Meijer joined NautaDutilh in 2008, and also became a partner in 2005. He advises and litigates in the areas of class action insurance and professional liability law, a practice which has seen exponential growth in the Netherlands over recent months.

Their predecessors, Jaap Jan Trommel and Petra Zijp who were appointed alongside Warner in 2017, will return to practice on a full-time basis.

In a statement by the firm, Chris Warner, congratulating the two on their appointment, said: “They are both leaders in their fields and genuinely nice

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Brazil’s Lefosse Continues to Expand, Recruiting Another Tax Partner

Brazilian law firm Lefosse recruited an experienced tax partner for its busy tax practice as the full-service law firm continues to chart an ambitious growth plan.

Vinicius Jucá joins from TozziniFreire Advogados, another large Brazilian firm, where he was a partner for nearly a decade. Associate Pietro Rondó will follow Jucá to Lefosse. Both are based in São Paulo.

With the addition of Jucá, Lefosse’s tax practice now has more than 75 legal professionals, including 11 partners.

TozziniFreire chief executive Fernando Serec told International that the firm thanks Jucá for his service and wishes him luck on this “new path.” He added that his firm’s tax team has been significantly reinforced in recent years with the hire of several new partners, including Renata Emery, who joined in 2021 to co-head the practice. All told TozziniFreire has 11 partners and more than 60 lawyers dedicated to tax, he said.

The Brazilian tax system is notoriously complex, making that practice area one of fierce and ongoing competition for talent in the country.

“The practice of tax litigation involves the entire business cycle and requires a technically strong service, but with a practical vision, with the development of strategies that best represent

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