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Marcel A G Reurs
Office:
IJdok 23
1013 MM
City:
Amsterdam
Country:
Netherlands
Tel:
+31 20 752 32 16
Fax:
+31 20 752 23 01

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration

Marcel has been practising Dutch and EU immigration law for over 21 years. His broad practice includes the full range of business immigration work for corporate clients across the globe. Annually listed in Who’s Who Legal, the guide now ranks him among the 10 most influential immigration attorneys in Europe.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS?

The notion that immigration is not a purpose in itself, but a means to an end. You must understand the client’s intentions and ambitions when moving to another country and seek to find the immigration solution that fits.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR PRACTICE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

Applications will remain a large portion of our work and we anticipate an increasing demand for advice on compliance and right to work checks as the government continues to increase its enforcement efforts on compliance and illegal employment.

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE 

I was admitted to the bar in 1996 and started my practice at Everaert where I became a partner in 2002. I have worked in immigration since I started practice and became more and more involved with the corporate work as the firm’s focus shifted to corporate immigration in the late 1990s. In the last few years, I have developed a particular interest in the immigration aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other corporate restructuring. These aspects are not always properly dealt with and quite often even overlooked during the merger process, which can cause huge problems.

HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE REGULATION, WHICH TOOK EFFECT ON JULY 1 THIS YEAR, TO IMPACT MIGRATION IN THE NETHERLANDS? HOW WILL THIS AFFECT YOUR PRACTICE? 

I have been involved in consultations when this regulation was drafted. It offers great benefits for cross-border service providers, provided the Labour Directorate will adopt a generous interpretation of the requirements.

HAVE THERE BEEN ANY PARTICULARLY ACTIVE INDUSTRIES FOR MIGRATION WORK IN THE NETHERLANDS OVER THE LAST 12 MONTHS? 

The IT and consultancy sectors are doing particularly well. More in general we have seen an increasing demand for labour and employment-related immigration due to the overall growth of the Dutch economy in the last 12 months.

HOW DOES EVERAERT ADVOCATEN DISTINGUISH ITSELF FROM THE COMPETITION? 

The core of our philosophy is that the government is not our enemy but our immigration counterpart. We try to remain at the forefront of immigration law and policymaking to be able to voice the needs of our clients when policies are drafted, rather than having to challenge bad policies in court. This being said, our lawyers have litigated landmark cases before the national courts and the European Court of Justice.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO LAWYERS LOOKING TO SPECIALISE IN CORPORATE IMMIGRATION LAW? 

Know and understand your client’s business and try to be as proactive as you can possibly be. Always put your client’s interest first but refuse to commit to anything that would go against your integrity.  

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration

A partner in the Netherlands' leading immigration law firm, Marcel brings over 21 years’ experience in all aspects of Dutch and EU immigration.

His practice encompasses a broad range of corporate and business immigration work, including, inter alia, work permit applications in all categories, intra-company transfers, HSMP, permit transfer in connection with M&A, compliance training and policies, services provision issues and trade and investor applications.

Marcel is especially knowledgeable on immigration compliance and providing immigration solutions in connection with cross-border service provision, notably on-site consultancy and installation assignments. Everaert's corporate immigration practice group serves global consultancy and IT service providers who need to post staff with customers in the EEA; he has gained significant experience in this field.

Marcel's clients include multinational companies across the globe working in IT, telecoms, finance, food and other sectors.

Marcel is a frequent lecturer; contributing co-editor to the leading commentary on the Dutch Immigration Act; editor-in-chief of the Journal on Dutch Immigration Law; and chief of the editorial board of Jurisprudence on Immigration Law, the Dutch immigration jurisprudence series. He frequently teaches immigration law courses to attorneys and has developed the Dutch Bar Association’s course on immigration law for trainee attorneys, which he also teaches. He served the Ministry of Justice as an expert adviser in the immigration policy reform, Modern Migration Policies.

Marcel has been a partner at the firm since 2002, and is a member of IBA, AILA and the Dutch specialist associations for immigration lawyers, SVMA and WRV.

WWL says: Sources "have the highest regard" for Marcel Reurs, praising him as a lawyer who "works miracles!"

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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