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Helena Sprenger retires from Houthoff New York

After having founded and led the New York office of Houthoff for eight years, Helena has decided to retire from the law firm on July 1st. She has built the New York presence of the independent top Dutch law firm to the successful practice it is today.

Alexander Kaarls will be the partner responsible for the New York office and its practice going forward. He will divide his time between the New York and Amsterdam offices of Houthoff. In addition, Bouke Boersma will lead the six strong team in New York on a day-to-day basis. Alexander, who has nearly thirty years of experience in private practice, worked in the U.S. at one of the major US law firms for ten years prior to joining Houthoff in 2004 and leads Houthoff’s M&A practice. Bouke has worked closely together with Helena over the past eight years in New York.

Helena, founding member Houthoff New York

After a law firm career of thirty years, Helena feels it is time for something else, including non-profit work. “Helena leaves Houthoff a blooming practice, a very good team and strong ties with great clients,” says Edward de Bock, Managing Partner at Houthoff. “We owe Helena a great amount of gratitude for her work. She built our U.S. presence from scratch and leaves us not only with a strong presence in New York, but also with a thriving Dutch Caribbean law practice that has grown to great value under her leadership, in addition to the Dutch law and EU regulatory work done by our New York-based attorneys. Houthoff will miss Helena very much and we wish her great success in her new endeavors.” Before joining Houthoff in 2012, Helena was a partner with a leading global law firm in New York, where for ten years she headed the Dutch and Dutch Caribbean law practice.

New office space in New York

The Houthoff New York office will move to a new location on August 15th. The firm will from that date onwards occupy offices on the 30th floor at One Rockefeller Plaza, in the heart of Rockefeller Center. The Houthoff office is currently still located in Tower 45.


Compliments of Houthoff – a member of the EACCNY.