Marloes Brans

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Marloes is Head of Climate Risk & Sustainability en gespecialiseerd in het gebied van milieurecht en ruimtelijk ordeningsrecht. Marloes adviseert en procedeert voor de industrie, projectontwikkelaars, investeerders en overheidsinstanties en heeft ruime ervaring in het contact met de autoriteiten (Wabo-bevoegd gezag, inspectie SZW, ILT).

  • “A client stated that 'Marloes Brans helps us navigate the sophisticated environmental and political matters in the field, with a clear vision and easy to implement advice'.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2024 Edition)
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2024 Edition)
  • "A client mentions: ‘We worked with Marloes Brans and were always satisfied with the service provided, including his quality of advice, responsiveness, analytical skills, knowledge of the local market and business considerations’."
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2024 Edition)
  • "A client mentioned that Marloes 'is a very experienced legal adviser with a sophisticated view on cases and excellent interpersonal skills'."
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2023 Edition)
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2023 Edition)
  • "One client said: ‘Marloes Brans is quick to respond with thorough and detailed analyses'."
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2023 Edition)
  • “A client explains that she is a ‘very nice cooperation partner who is great to spar with and very knowledgeable in her work’.”
    Chambers Europe, Public Law: Planning and Environment (2022 Edition)
  • Next Generation Partners
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2022 Edition)
  • “Marloes Brans is described by a client as ‘responsive and attentive to our enquiries’.”
    Legal 500, Environment & Planning (2022 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)
  • Next Generation Partner
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (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)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Environment & planning (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)


Marloes leidt het Public Law team met een focus op due diligence en contractonderhandelingen in M&A en transacties. Ze publiceert regelmatig over milieu- en klimaat gerelateerde onderwerpen, spreekt hierover op (internationale) congressen en doceert aan advocaten en op universiteiten. Marloes sprak o.a. voor de American Bar Association en op Columbia Law School, New York City over juridische en beleidsinstrumenten met betrekking tot water gerelateerde klimaatadaptie in Nederland. In 2019 was zij medeauteur van het eerste overzichtsartikel over klimaatadaptatie in de stedenbouwkundige wet- en regelgeving in Nederland en heeft verder diverse toonaangevende publicaties op haar naam staan over onder meer de nieuwe Omgevingswet. Ze wordt door Who's Who Legal aanbevolen als expert in de categorieën Environment en Climate Change. In 2013 heeft Marloes op ons kantoor in New York gewerkt.

Marloes is Chair van de Practice Group Environmental EMEA van Lex Mundi, een wereldwijd netwerk van advocatenkantoren waarvan Houthoff deel uitmaakt. Zij is lid van het bestuur van de Vereniging voor Bouwrecht-Advocaten en bestuurslid van het Nationale Opera & Ballet Fonds. Marloes was daarnaast ook lid van de Reflectieraad Staalkaarten Omgevingswet van de VNG. Legal 500 heeft Marloes uitgeroepen tot Next Generation Partner op het gebied van Environment & Planning.


  • LL.M. Internationaal en Europees recht (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen)
  • Erasmus-uitwisseling (Universität Bern, Zwitserland)
  • Advised VARO Energy BV on its acquisition of 80% of the shares in Bio Energy Coevorden BV, one of the largest biogas manufacturers in Europe.
  • Advised Dusseldorp Automotive B.V., a Dutch BMW- and MINI dealer, on the acquisition of the VMD Group from Autobinck Group.
  • Assisted H2 Equity Partners in the sale of its portfolio company Dutch Seafood Company, trading as ''Foppen'', to the listed company Hilton Food Group. 
  • Advised Bosch Rexroth on the sale of its Large Projects business to Van Halteren Group. Bosch Rexroth is an internationally operating group specialized in mechanical and installation engineering solutions using advanced technologies and extensive industry knowledge.
  • Advised Stellantis N.V. on the legal merger between Peugeot Nederland N.V., Citroën Nederland B.V. and Opel Nederland B.V.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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