The strategic alliance provides clients with seamless cross-border legal and tax services.
‘s-Hertogenbosch / Antwerp, January 13, 2021 – Belgian law firm GSJ advocaten has joined UK law firm TLT and Netherlands law firm Holla in a strategic alliance to deliver international cross border services for clients.
GSJ has significant expertise in common with both TLT and Holla across a number of sectors including real estate, financial services, retail and the public sector. The alliance will enable closer collaboration between the firms on client service, knowledge sharing and innovation to ensure a consistently high-quality and seamless service for the firms’ respective clients.
More broadly, Belgium’s status as a central hub for business and its significant position at the heart of the EU will be of increasing importance for clients operating in Europe. The expanded strategic partnership with GSJ therefore brings significant benefits for organisations with complex, cross-jurisdictional needs.
Holla and TLT announced their formal partnership in June 2020 – the first for both firms. Looking ahead, all firms are committed to accelerating the development of similar strategic partnerships with like-minded firms across Europe, India and the US.
GSJ is a full-service law firm founded in 1985 and located in Antwerp, Belgium. The firm achieved an 11 per cent rise in turnover in 2020. Its team of 18 partners and 58 lawyers specialise in sectors such as banking and insurance, real estate, retail, public sector, education and health care.
“Holla Advocaten is growing rapidly. We have successfully focused on advising medium-sized and large businesses and (semi-) public institutions,” says Robert Gebel, managing partner at Holla Advocaten. “The number of legal matters we advise on that have considerable international aspects is increasing. Joining forces with TLT has contributed significantly to this. With GSJ advocaten now joining the alliance, we can further strengthen our position in the international business market. The strategic alliance allows us to effortlessly assist clients in cross-border matters.”
Bart Goossens, managing partner at GSJ, adds: “We have forged this alliance to support clients focused on and operating in the Belgian and UK markets. To that end, the alliance between GSJ and TLT represents a significant opportunity for both of our firms in terms of client service, knowledge sharing and innovation, among other areas. Working alongside both TLT and Holla in the Netherlands, a firm we have known well and collaborated with for many years, we will be able to support internationally focused clients better than ever before.”
John Wood, managing partner at TLT, says of the collaboration: “Despite the challenges of the pandemic our ambitions for the future remain, and a critical part of that is developing further how we respond to client need for support internationally. The expansion of the strategic alliance with GSJ, alongside our partnership with Holla, is an important step in building our European offering. We will continue expanding our strategic partnerships across Europe, India and the US in the months ahead.”