Roland de Greef

Advocaat | Counsel


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Roland specialises in pensions law, tax-related pensions law, and life insurance law. He also specialises in financial law and international and European tax-related pensions law, in which he obtained his Ph.D. He advises pension funds, insurers, and large and medium-sized companies. Roland has many years’ experience in the pensions sector. Roland regularly publishes on subjects in his field, and is a member of various professional Dutch associations and the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association (IPEBLA). 
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In addition to substantive pensions law, he also advises on the outsourcing of pensions accounting and asset management, governance, compliance and risk-related financial law matters. He regularly represents parties in legal proceedings on pension-related topics.


  • Ph.D. from Erasmus University Rotterdam on the topic of tax implications for pensions within the EU
  • Diploma: Post-academic Certification Course on the Suitability of Pension Funds, level B
  • LL.M. Law (tax and civil) (University of Amsterdam)
  • M.Sc. Economics (University of Amsterdam)
  • Houthoff advised Hexaware Technologies Ltd on the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity provides digital consulting services for the world’s leading brands, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka. Houthoff worked jointly with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP on this transaction.

  • Houthoff advised Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de Bouwnijverheid (BpfBOUW), the fourth largest pension fund in the Netherlands, managing assets of approximately EUR 55 billion, on several legal matters concerning its relationship with APG. The advice pertained to, among other things, the legal documentation of the asset management, fund management and fiduciary and other advisory services provided by APG to BpfBOUW on an ongoing basis. The advice also covered the negotiations on a new Dutch law fiduciary management agreement with APG.
  • Advising Pension fund Vopak on investments in U.S. real estate. Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage provider for the oil and chemical industry.
  • Houthoff advised Stichting Bedrijfstakpensioenfonds voor de Zuivel en aanverwante industrie ("Bpf Zuivel"), a Dutch industry wide pension fund, on inter alia the following legal matters:

    (i) the delegation of certain of Bpf Zuivel's asset management tasks to BNP Paribas Investment Partners Netherlands N.V. by means of an investment management agreement entered into between Bpf Zuivel and BNP Paribas Investment Partners Netherlands N.V.;
    (ii) the outsourcing of Bpf Zuivel's pensions management and related tasks to Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer N.V. by means of a pensions management agreement entered into between Bpf Zuivel and Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer N.V.; and
    (iii) the appointment of Kas Bank N.V. as Bpf Zuivel's custodian by means of a custody agreement entered into between Bpf Zuivel and Kas Bank N.V.
  • 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.