André Gaastra draws commendations from sources who affirm that he has "established an excellent boutique environmental firm and provides a first-rate service".
André H Gaastra leads Gaastra Attorneys at Law, a Netherlands law firm specialised in environmental, health and safety law; real estate; and regulated markets. In addition to graduating in law, he has a background in marine engineering and completed the Grotius specialisation training in general administrative law. He has almost 20 years of experience as an attorney-at-law and six years’ experience in various EHS leadership positions with General Electric before admission to the bar. Clients view his broad experience as a definite advantage in complex environmental law matters.
In the past 20 years, Mr Gaastra has dealt with all aspects of environmental law. He has counselled corporations and branch associations on matters pertaining to permitting and compliance, soil pollution, air emissions, waste water, waste handling and recycling, the transboundary movement of waste, highly hazardous chemicals and occupational health and safety. Top-tier M&A firms consult him on transactions requiring the involvement of an environmental law specialist. He also occasionally advises government institutions.
Mr Gaastra specialises in the tactics of environmental litigation and negotiations. He has a strong track record in environmental civil law, administrative law and criminal cases.
Mr Gaastra is a member of the general committee of the Entrepreneurs Association Region of Amsterdam with specific responsibility for the interests of the industry in relation to spatial planning and the environment in the Metropole Region Amsterdam (MRA). He was treasurer of the supervisory committee of the National Bar in the District of North Holland. He regularly speaks on environmental law, and has published in the Journal for Environment & Law, the Waste Products Journal and others.”