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20 July 2018 / press release

Chambers & Partners HNW 2018: Firm wide rankings

Today Chambers & Partners High Net Worth (HNW) has published its rankings for 2018. We are pleased to announce that we have reached good results and that we maintain our leading position as an integrated legal and tax law firm in the Netherlands. We are ranked in Band 1 within the Private Wealth Law category of Chambers & Partners HNW.

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This year our Belgium and Luxembourg practice entered the ranking for the first time. In Belgium we have been ranked in Band 2 and in Luxembourg we have been ranked in Band 1 within the Private Wealth Law category. We are very happy with the wide spread of this success.

What clients and peers say about us

The Netherlands:

Hailed as "a big player" in the Dutch private wealth market, Loyens & Loeff is regarded as a leading firm for estate planning. One impressed source reports that "I couldn't find anybody who had greater knowledge than them. I am very happy with them, they produce great value."

The team advises affluent families, including those with business holdings, on the preservation and transfer of wealth. Market commentators value the firm's "international scope of advice and good international network." One in particular reports that the department's lawyers "are very client-centric, which is important."


Loyens & Loeff enjoys a good reputation in Belgium for its family business and private wealth practice. "The team were absolutely fantastic," enthuses one source, explaining: "They were very responsive. Very clear advice. I was very impressed with them."

"They performed excellently," remarks an interviewee, who continues: "They're very thorough, show great attention to detail, prompt reaction and address issues in an efficient manner. They consider all the extraneous and tangential issues, so their advice is comprehensive." Another source highlights the team's client-handling skills, commenting: "They are very personal but also very eager to let you know if something changes in the legislation landscape."


Loyens & Loeff's family-owned business and private wealth group is seen as "top-notch" by its peers. The team regularly advises affluent individuals and families on international succession planning, tax structuring and real estate matters. "They have a very strong private client practice in Luxembourg. They have vast expertise of the market and a strong team of lawyers," says a source.

Another market commentator states that "they have a solid background and are very reactive and responsive," adding: "They are my favorite partner in Luxembourg when I have a high net worth individual. They are a very good partner. They can anticipate any potential changes and impacts on structures."

Notable practitioners

The Netherlands:

Guido Derckx is lauded for combining his private client expertise with broader tax knowledge, with one interviewee noting that "he does it well and he is technically and commercially good." One interviewee reports that "he has strong relationship with his clients, he has a breadth of expertise and he handles himself well." Another says: "He has good international knowledge. He has a good grasp of the subject and can explain it very clearly to clients."

Pieter Van Onzenoort "is the leading notary public in our field," enthuses a source, adding that "he has deep experience and broad knowledge." He is widely praised for estate planning expertise and regularly advises affluent individuals and families. "His knowledge is very broad and he is very service-minded," says a source: "He has a good understanding of the delicate questions of the clients." Another notes: "He is technically strong and the clients he has, he has for a long period of time. They are very happy."


Saskia Lust leads the department in Belgium and is described as being "well connected" and having "a great network across Western Europe." She advises on a range of private wealth issues, with a focus on international wealth planning and migration. "She is an expert and highly professional," comments an interviewee, adding: "I appreciate everything she does for us; she is prudent and forthcoming in her approach." Another source enthuses: "She is very thorough, clear and practical in her advice. She will apply the law and advise you. She is very pleasant and professional. She is my first choice always, no hesitation at all."


Cécile Henlé is highlighted for her "strong technical ability and experience in the market." She provides trusted council on international tax planning issues for family business owners and wealthy sports and media personalities. Henlé also experience in tax litigation matters. "She is a good listener, she understands the request, gives detailed answers and explains any problems that may arise," says a source.

For further information about our rankings and the editorial, we refer to the Chambers & Partners’ website

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