AKD is a leading Benelux law firm. With a team of 272 committed lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD delivers high quality legal services and tax matters in nearly all legal fields, based on a full-service approach. Its client base varies from large multinational companies to stock-listed entities, from large corporates to family owned businesses, from financial institutions to municipalities and hospitals. AKD is the independent legal and tax advisor for everyone who does business which involves the Benelux countries. With offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, AKD offers integrated, international legal services in stable jurisdictions. AKD’s Brazilian client base consists of amongst others oil, gas and energy companies, transport, financial institutions, investment and agro companies.

AKD’s Brazil Desk is headed by Finance & Structuring partner Vincent Bettonville and is composed of professionals (some Portuguese speaking) who can offer Brazilian clients the necessary legal expertise when it comes to doing business in or through the Benelux. They can also make the cultural ‘translation’. The Brazil Desk has over ten years of experience in assisting Brazilian clients and offers legal expertise among other things in the fields of corporate and financial (re)structuring, (syndicated) lending, mergers and acquisitions and (international) tax planning. For companies that want to do or already have business in Brazil, AKD through its broad network can also assist in finding the right legal or financial advisor in Brazil.

Vincent Bettonville is a partner in the Banking & Finance section at AKD in Amsterdam since 2008. Formally the head of the Amsterdam office, Vincent leads the Finance and Structuring department since 2015. He has a broad financial practice but focuses on assisting clients in operational, asset, acquisition and project finance transactions, including LMA style (syndicated) loans and security arrangement, and restructurings. In addition to advising on financial transactions, Vincent has a substantial corporate practice in which he advises international clients in tax-driven structures. Vincent also advises in relation to financial and corporate laws of Curacao.

Vincent has over twenty years of experience (most of which were spent living and practicing law in New York) in advising international clients, in particular European, U.S. and South American clients, as well as large domestic clients. Vincent graduated from Utrecht University in private law and international law with honors (cum laude) and has followed post-doctoral training at Oxford University. Vincent is a member of AKD’s legal opinion committee, and a member of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

IFLR1000, edition 2018, recommends Vincent as Leading Lawyer. A previous edition of this legal listing of financial leading lawyers in the world stated about Vincent: “Vincent Bettonville at AKD helped us in securing a deal, it wouldn’t have happened without him being involved – he was very good in highlighting danger areas, we are happy with the level of expertise at this firm.”

Chambers’ edition 2018 ranks Vincent as ”Foreign legal expert”.

Vincent Bettonville
Lawyer and partner
AKD Benelux Lawyers 

T: +31 88 253 5210 | M: +31 6 46 70 07 46 | F: +31 88 253 5258
E: vbettonville@akd.nl | W: www.akd.eu LinkedIn



Dennis Winkel  is a lawyer in the Finance & Structuring practice group of the Amsterdam office. He was first admitted to the Dutch Bar Association in 2001. Dennis advises on legal aspects of financing transactions, including syndicated lending and security, as well as on restructurings and insolvencies. Dennis worked for Dutch bank Rabobank from 2010 until mid-2018, the last 4.5 years of which he worked in São Paulo, Brazil. Dennis understands the Brazilian culture and the Brazilian way of doing business, and speaks Portuguese fluently.

Dennis Winkel
AKD Benelux Lawyers 

T: +31 88 253 5190 | M: +31 6 55 39 85 72
E: dwinkel@akd.nl | W: www.akd.nl | LinkedIn | Twitter