Marloes Brans

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Marloes is Head of Climate Change and specialises in environmental law and spatial planning law. She advises and litigates for the industry, project developers, investors and government bodies, and has extensive experience in liaising with the authorities (environmental permission authorities, the SZW inspectorate, and the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate).

  • “Clients note that Marloes Brans ‘is intelligent, well informed and eager to learn about new developments.’”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2019 Edition)
  • “She won't settle for half answers and asks the right questions.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2019 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2019 Edition)
  • Up and Coming
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2018 Edition)
  • "Clients enthusiastically outline her as 'intelligent, posing the right questions, analytical and a top environmental lawyer'."
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2018 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2018 Edition)
  • "Very pleasant, open-minded counsel Marloes Brans represented Tata Steel IJmuiden in at least two cases regarding its plants’ emission levels." 
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2017 Edition)
  • Next generation lawyer
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2017 Edition)

Climate adaption
Marloes is leading the public law team in due diligence and contract negotiations in M&A and transactions. She regularly publishes on these topics, speaks at national and international conferences, and teaches lawyers and at universities. Marloes e.g. spoke on legal and policy instruments regarding water-related climate change adaptation in the Netherlands for the American Bar Association and at Columbia Law School, New York City. In 2019 she co-authored the first overview article on climate adaptation in urban planning legislation and regulations in the Netherlands and further she has several leading publications to her name on subjects such as the new Dutch Environment and Planning Act (Omgevingswet). In 2013 she worked at the New York City office.

Marloes is Chair of the Environmental Law Practice Group of Lex Mundi, a worldwide network of law firms which Houthoff is also a member of. Marloes is a board member of the Dutch Construction Lawyers Association, and a deputy judge in the administrative law section of the District Court of Central Netherlands.



  • LL.M. International and European Law (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Erasmus exchange (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Houthoff represented Oceanco in the acquisition of the Heerema Fabrication Group's facilities located at the Noordweg, Zwijndrecht. Oceanco is a world-class builder of custom superyachts in the 80-140 meters range. This acquisition enables Oceanco to further expand its shipyard activities in the Netherlands.

  • Houthoff advised Sligro Food Group N.V. with the proposed acquisition of the shares in Exploitatiemaatschappij Wheere B.V. by Sligro Food Group Nederland B.V. This will include the activities of Vroegop Ruhe & Co B.V., consisting of food wholesaler De Kweker, Vroegop AGF and freight company L.A.J. Duncker.
  • Houthoff represents the public service provider in the mobility chain, RDW, in the zoning procedure relating to its 60 hectares test centre located next to Lelystad Airport, where it i.a. tests cars and tires for the Dutch market against strict international and national standards.
  • Advising and representing PPG Industries in their environmental and safety compliance and permitting matters for all Dutch facility locations.
  • Advising the Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment on various key legislative initiatives, including the new Environment and Planning Act, innovative environmental and planning instruments and land readjustment law, experimenting with new legal instruments and striving for creative solutions in complex matters. As a member of various expert teams, Houthoff provides hands-on advice to the projects involved, which include large area developments, harbours and large infrastructural projects.
  • Houthoff advised the Dutch industry organisation Koninklijke Vereniging OnderhoudNL in a recent high profile case on issuing recourse action against Eurogrit/Sibelco to collect millions of damages caused by asbestos contaminated grit.
  • Houthoff advised H2 Equity Partners on the sale of Reparenco, a Dutch paper and recycling business, to Smurfit Kappa Group plc for a cash consideration of approximately €460 million. Smurfit Kappa Group plc is one of the world's largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas.

  • Houthoff (co-counsel to Kirkland&Ellis and Dechert LLP, M&A, VDD) advised Wyndham Worldwide Corp on the sale of its European vacation rental business (Landal part) to private equity firm Platinum Equity for approximately USD1.3 billion. This matter is particularly significant/complex because of the multi cross border VDD exercise which Houthoff coordinated for the Landal part of the transaction with multiple park concepts and the very significant real estate component due to the large number of parks operated by Landal over the various jurisdiction (85 in total). We further advised on the competition aspects of various bidders and coordinate and advise on the Dutch works council advice procedure. The client is a NY stock exchange-listed American hospitality company.

  • Advising and representing Tata Steel, one of Europe's largest steel plants, on their most important environmental permits and enforcement procedures.
  • Houthoff assisted the sellers (among whom, H2 Equity Partners and ABN AMRO Participaties) in the sale of Evenementenhal to Artexis Easyfairs.