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Marnix Holtzer

His commercial approach and quick-thinking flair lead to victory in complex litigation.
Chambers Europe

Marnix Holtzer is head the Litigation & Regulatory practice in the Netherlands. He specializes in corporate governance and corporate litigation and is experienced in advising leading global companies on strategic matters.

He has been involved in litigation in many high-profile corporate inquiry proceedings (enquêteprocedures), focussing on corporate governance issues. He is a well-respected boardroom advisor and active as defence counsel in class actions.

In April 2014 Marnix got his PhD at the University of Groningen on his doctoral thesis The influence of employees on company strategy.

Professional QualificationsAdvocaat admitted with the Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten


  • HEMA – advice to the works council regarding the proposed financial and corporate restructuring.
  • AkzoNobel - shareholders dispute regarding the strategy of a Dutch listed, global paints and chemicals business, as well as the intended divestment of its chemicals division
  • TMG - bidding war and dispute on level playing field of Telegraaf Media Groep, a Dutch listed media conglomerate
  • Intergamma - litigation with franchisers regarding restructuring and refinancing of a large construction retail organisation
  • Imtech - acting for the former CEO regarding fraud allegations within the organisation and its subsequent insolvency of a global technical services business.
  • Fortuna - minority shareholder protection litigation regarding a Polish listed betting business
  • SNS REAAL - acting for former Board members regarding litigation and investigations following Dutch State intervention in and nationalisation of a bank/insurer
  • ABN AMRO - advice to the works council regarding IPO and corporate protectionary measures of a Dutch State-owned bank
  • Propertize - acquisition by Lone Star of the Dutch State-owned real estate bad bank and its Project Swan portfolio
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Groningen University, Ph.D., 2014
  • Grotius Academy, Employment Law, 2000
  • Utrecht University, Dutch Law, 1992

Awards and Recognitions

  • Marnix is consistently ranked in Chambers legal directory for Employment, referred to as an "excellent commercial lawyer", "who impresses sources with his proactive approach and ability to handle sensitive negotiations." He is also ranked in Legal 500 EMEA for Commercial Litigation and Employment.


  • Impact on private equity and debt arrangements, 3 April 2020
  • Impact of COVID-19 on DD, warranties and W&I, 2 April 2020
  • Coronavirus: Impact on M&A in the Netherlands, 31 March 2020
  • Coronavirus: Impact on M&A in the Netherlands, 30 March 2020
  • Coronavirus COVID-19: Impact on M&A in the Netherlands, 26 March 2020
  • Coronavirus COVID-19: Impact on M&A in the Netherlands, 25 March 2020
  • Coronavirus COVID-19: Impact on M&A in the Netherlands, 23 March 2020
  • Protection against hostile takeovers via employee consultation, Feb 2018
  • The corporate inquiry procedure: suspension, dismissal and remuneration of directors, Jun 2017
  • How does a judgment constituting mismanagement affect directors' liability?, 5 Feb 2015
  • Personal liability for directors for the investigation costs in a corporate inquiry procedure, 20 Nov 2014
  • Doctoral dissertation: The influence of employees on company strategy, 2014
  • Directors' liability: keeping away corporate opportunities from the company, JOR, 25 Nov 2013


Marnix is a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Dutch Corporate Litigation Association (Vereniging Corporate Litigation)