Marloes Brans

Advocaat | Partner


+31 20 605 69 18
+31 6 1496 9273





Marloes is Head of Climate Risk & Sustainability 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).

  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2021 Edition)
  • “She is very quick in understanding the real business needs. She is able to provide sound and pragmatic legal advice by focusing on the main issues.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2021 Edition)
  • “She can explain complex matters in understandable language,’ reports an impressed client who adds that she is also ‘very accessible and reachable.’”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2020 Edition)
  • “Marloes Brans is very nice to work with. She understands the business we are working in, is easy to contact and quick to reply. They have a firm hourly rate, but it’s money well spent. She delivers clear advice that can be applied instantly.”
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2020 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (2020 Edition)
  • “She won't settle for half answers and asks the right questions.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2019 Edition)
  • “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)
  • 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). She is recommended in Who's Who Legal as an expert in the categories Environment and Climate Change. 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. She is also a member of the Reflection board for sample cards on the New Environment and Planning Act of the Dutch Municipalities Association.


  • LL.M. International and European Law (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Erasmus exchange (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Advised B&C Industrieholding GmbH, together with CERHA HEMPEL, on the acquisition of 80% stake in the Schur Flexibles Group, which has an enterprise value of around EUR 900m and four production sites in the Netherlands.
  • Advised Kistos Plc. on its proposed de-SPACing acquisition of the entire share capital of Tulip Oil Netherlands B.V. from Tulip Oil Holding B.V.
  • Advised GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, on the joint venture agreement with Equinix for more than USD 1 billion to develop and operate hyperscale data centres in Europe. The joint venture will acquire two operational data centres in London and Paris and plans to futher develop data centres in Amsterdam, Frankfurt (two sites) and London. Houthoff was co-counsel to Kirkland & Ellis on this transaction.
  • Advising and representing PPG Industries in their environmental and safety compliance and permitting matters for all Dutch facility locations.
  • 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.