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 is a financial regulatory expert and leads Houthoff's Financial Regulatory Team. The team advises the financial industry on all possible regulatory issues while Berry focuses on the insurance industry and financial service providers.

She assists her clients in their contact with the Dutch regulators, the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM), and in the implementation of regulatory legal requirements and development of new product and distribution channels. Berry also advises on the regulatory components of M&A transactions in the financial services industry.
  • “We also like her personality. She is a good listener, always honest, straightforward and really helps us with problems we face.’”
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2020 Edition)
  • Berry van Wijk is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2020 Edition)
  • “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)
  • Berry van Wijk is ranked in Tier 1.
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2017 Edition)
  • "Clients are 'impressed by her knowledge and expertise'."
    Chambers Europe, Insurance (2017 Edition)
  • Leading individual
    Legal 500, Insurance (2017 Edition)
Her expertise further lies in unit-linked insurance; she currently represents Nationale Nederlanden in a high-profile, multibillion euro Dutch class actions regarding millions of unit-linked insurances sold in the Netherlands.

She is a trusted adviser to board members and in-house counsel of several insurance companies. Berry is a daily board member of the Association for Insurance Sciences (Vereniging voor Verzekeringswetenschap) and president 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.

Berry is a lecturer on several post-academic programmes, such as the Insurance Law course (Leergang Verzekeringsrecht) at the Univerity of Amsterdam. She also lectures for theCo-Insurance course (Leergang Co-Assurantie) and the master's programme in Insurance Law at Erasmus University. She is a member of the editorial team of the online Tijdschrift Verzekeringsrecht, Aansprakelijkheid, Schade en Toezicht (VAST), formerly known as the Tijdschrift Aansprakelijkheids- en Verzekeringsrecht in de Praktijk (TAV).

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 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.
  • Houthoff 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.

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