Rogier Loosen advises and pursues cases in the field of corporate law, including partnership law, mergers, acquisitions and disputes. He also works as a lawyer in France.
“I became involved with the French market by coincidence. As a young lawyer at an international firm, I was about to be transferred to their office in New York. All of a sudden, this was interrupted by a merger with another firm with an office in France. I was already packing my bags for New York when I was asked if I wanted to join the corporate law department in Paris instead. I didn’t hesitate for long.”
Legal profession in Paris and French law
“I immersed myself in the French way of life from my very first day in Paris. I learned the language and culture as quickly as possible. In Paris, I supported French companies dealing with Dutch law. This was generally because they wanted to invest here, or due to disputes involving a subsidiary. I have also been admitted to the Bar in Paris; I studied French law. This means I also provide legal assistance to Dutch companies operating in France. I know French culture well and speak the language.”
Move to Van Till advocaten
“After six years in Paris, I returned to the Netherlands to start a law firm specialising in financial and corporate law, together with three other lawyers. I moved to Van Till in 2008. The firm is the perfect size: it’s not too large and not too small. There’s a pleasant atmosphere here. We work in a serious environment, but at the same time we really enjoy what we do.”
Acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures
“A large part of my work consists of providing legal advice to firms dealing with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures, as well as issues such as disputes between shareholders and drawing up contracts. I serve both the Dutch and French markets. Around half of my practice still consists of business in France. I help to resolve legal disputes and to bridge cultural divides.”
Doing business in France
“Business is done differently in France. The clichés are well known, but to a certain extent they still apply. French organisations are generally more hierarchical than their Dutch counterparts. Organising objections is quite common in the Netherlands, but this is less so in France. The person sitting at the negotiating table is not always the one authorised to make decisions. This sometimes makes it difficult for Dutch people to know how to act. I prepare them for this and guide this process.
Drawing up contracts
“For me, the most technically interesting part of my work is drawing up contracts. I enjoy the challenge of putting together a beautifully-written, well-considered agreement: consistent and structured in such a way that it will not lead to misunderstandings or differences of interpretation. A good contract must be rock solid, and that isn’t an easy job.”