On Friday 19 December, NautaDutilh’s chair of the executive board, Erik Geerling sounded the gong at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange to mark the 290th anniversary of our firm.
Founded in 1724 by Erik’s forerunner Adriaan Schadee, NautaDutilh is one of the oldest law firms in the Netherlands, with an eventful history. For instance, many unconventional thinkers emerged from the firm, such as Nobel Prize Winner Tobias Asser and Adolphine Kok, who in 1903 became the first female lawyer in the Netherlands at one of NautaDutilh's forerunners.
Today, NautaDutilh has branches in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, New York and Rotterdam. With approximately 400 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax consultants, NautaDutilh is one of the largest independent law firms in Europe. It is recommended by leading international legal publications such as The European Legal 500, IFLR and Chambers Global directory.
'It is, of course, marvellous to be able to look back on such a splendid and long history’, Erik explains, 'but looking to the future is more important. We owe our long existence to the fact that for almost three centuries, we have been able to offer our clients what they need: high-quality and solution-oriented legal advice. Because we wish to maintain this tradition in the long term, we must continue to develop and to improve our working processes in line with the wishes of our clients. It is also vital for us to innovate, particularly in a globally-based and technically-driven environment. We are convinced that we have an exciting future ahead of us.'