After obtaining his Master degree at the University of Groningen, Koen started his career at the Private Equity department of Baker & McKenzie in Amsterdam in 2008. He moved to China in 2010, working out of the Beijing office of Baker & McKenzie and joined R&P Lawyers as head of the Beijing office in 2016.
Koen assists international clients with business interests in China; he represents foreign clients in negotiations with Chinese business partners and advises them on commercial contracts, restructurings, tax, IP, dispute resolutions, employment law and customs procedures.
Koen supports a wide range of clients from all kinds of sectors and industries. In addition, Koen has a profound understanding of the Chinese retail market and assists international brands and shopping malls on every aspect of their operations in China, including company formation, governmental licenses, negotiations of lease agreements, employment contracts and trademark applications. In addition, Koen’s passion for sports has led him supporting foreign athletes, coaches and sports enterprises (with a particular focus on football) with for example contract negotiations, sponsorship arrangements, IP protection and dispute resolutions.
Besides his position at R&P China Lawyers, Koen was also appointed Vice President of the Benelux Chamber of Commerce in China. Proudly representing the nation states of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, the Chamber is the prime platform for the Benelux business community to get together and share an active interest in developing trade and business in China. As a member of the Beijing Board of Directors, Koen advises the daily management of the Chamber on a broad range of issues and assists with regard to the Chamber’s strategic direction.