Berry van Wijk

Berry van Wijk

Advocaat | Partner

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+31 10 217 24 29
+31 6 5184 5344

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Berry van Wijk specialises in insurance law and liability issues. She advises and litigates in the fields of regulatory law, reinsurance, life and non-life insurance, distribution of insurance, the transfer of portfolios and the liability of insurers for their products.

Berry has been a key voice in the nationwide discussions about unit-linked insurance since the debate began in 2006. This discussion has led and still leads to a variety of claims from different consumer organisations and individual policy holders. She advises a vast number of insurers, including Nationale Nederlanden, in such matters.

  • “Berry van Wijk ‘has lengthy experience and is a visionary with a great network.’”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2019 Edition)
  • “Another source especially appreciates her ability to ‘communicate in simple language.’”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2019 Edition)
  • Berry van Wijk is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2019 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Insurance (2019 Edition)
  • Berry van Wijk is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2018 Edition)
  • "Berry van Wijk earns impressive recognition from clients, who describe her as 'highly committed with great expertise and guidance,' as well as 'good at thinking ahead with an eye for important details'."
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2018 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Insurance (2018 Edition)
  • "Berry van Wijk is an 'out-of-the-box thinker'."
    Legal 500, Insurance (2018 Edition)
  • "Clients are 'impressed by her knowledge and expertise'."
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2017 Edition)
  • Berry van Wijk is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2017 Edition)
  • Leading individual
    Legal 500, Insurance (2017 Edition)

Berry advises on the development of new life and non-life insurance products as well as new distribution forms. She helps clients in their contacts with the main Dutch regulators, the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), and assists them with the implementation of regulatory requirements in the Netherlands. Berry further advises on the regulatory component of M&A transactions in the insurance industry.

Berry is a trusted adviser to the legal counsel and board members of several insurance companies. She is a daily board member of the Association for Insurance Sciences (Vereniging voor Verzekeringswetenschap) and member of the Advisory Committee on Insurance of the Dutch Bar Association (Orde van Advocaten). She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Albert Schweitzer hospital and of the VNAB (Dutch Insurance Exchange Association).

Berry is an editor of the journal 'Liability, Insurance and Damage' (Aansprakelijkheid, Verzekering & Schade), writes a regular column in de Beursbengel and publishes in other trade journals. She is a lecturer on the post-academic Financial Law programme at the Eggens Institute of the University of Amsterdam and the Co-Insurance course (Leergang Co-Assurantie) at Erasmus University.

Qualifications & Experience

  • Grotius Academie specialisatieopleiding Letselschade
  • Rechten (Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam)
  • Houthoff advised a.s.r., a large Dutch insurance company, on the acquisition of VvAA Levensverzekeringen, the life insurance business of VvAA Groep. The life insurance portfolio comprises approximately 18,000 policies. The annual premium income is EUR 28m, and the technical provisions amount to EUR 430m. In addition to a multi-year life insurance partnership, VvAA and a.s.r. also intend to further expand the services to VvAA members.
  • Houthoff successfully represented Nationale Nederlanden (NN) in proceedings that were brought by the foundation Vereniging Woekerpolis.nl in relation to investment-linked insurance offered by NN. The court ruled that generally speaking NN had provided sufficient information on costs and premiums. It thus concurred with NN’s position that the provision of information to customers should be assessed against the regulations and system of standards that applied when the investment-linked insurance was offered. The court dismissed all of Vereniging Woekerpolis’s claims.
  • Houthoff represented Eli Global, LLC in the acquisition of all the outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix N.V.

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