Heffels Spiegeler Attorneys-at-Law is an international law firm with particular expertise on the Netherlands, France, Germany and China.

You may call upon the law firm Heffels Spiegeler Attorneys-at-Law for:

  • Your negotiations
  • Legal Advice
  • Drafting Agreements
  • Litigation

Our law firm is specialized in:

Corporate Law

Heffels Spiegeler Attorneys-at-Law assists you with your national and international commercial projects. You can rely on our experienced attorneys with Dutch and French origin, who have expert knowledge of the Dutch and French legal system and culture. We can also provide you with expert knowledge of German law. With regards to corporate law we advise you on:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Due Diligence
  • Legal Opinions
  • Corporate Law
  • Directors’ Liability
  • Shareholders’ Agreements
  • Agency Agreements
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Franchising
  • Let Agreements
  • License Agreements

Intellectual Property Law

Innovative and creative industries should protect their work: intellectual property law is suitable for this. We assist you amongst others in defending you against counterfeiting and piracy in guiding you in your advertising strategy and in drafting your license agreements. We support you in your negotiations, in drafting your agreements and in litigation in respect of:

  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Industrial Designs
  • Trade Names
  • Patents
  • Plant Varieties
  • Biotechnology
  • E-Commerce
  • Domain Names
  • Advertising
  • Unlawful Publications
  • Information Law


Within the EU, a new legislation on data protection has been introduced: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Companies are requested to revise the relevant articles to be coherent with the GDPR. There are a lot of questions about what is allowed with regard to privacy, e.g. to what extend may an employer survey e-mail correspondence or internet usage of his employees? We further advise you on:

  • Reports to the Dutch ‘Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens’ (AP)
  • Direct marketing
  • Passing on personal data to non-EU countries
  • Surveillance of e-mail correspondence and internet usage
  • Drafting of privacystatements

Competition Law

Most companies are subject to competition law, which includes the list below. We support and advise you in the event you intend to engage into concerted practices with competitors or to deal with professional purchasers or dealers or if you contemplate to merge with or acquire other companies. We verify the compatibility of your agreements with competition law. We support you during procedures before and litigations against the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) and the European Commission. Heffels Spiegeler Attorneys-at-Law further assists you in your actions for damages due to breach of competition rules (cartels or abuse of dominant position).

  • Prohibition of cartels (price fixing, market sharing)
  • Prohibition of abuse of dominant position
  • Merger control (mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures)

Consumers Law

Selling goods and providing services to consumers is subject to strict rules protecting consumers. We provide advice on how to approach consumers and assists you in your litigations. Heffels Spiegeler Attorneys at Law supports you in your procedures before the Dutch Consumers Authority. Consumers Law further includes:

  • Distant selling (via mail, phone, internet)
  • Unfair commercial practices
  • E-commerce
  • Advertising
  • Price indication

Art Law

Heffels Spiegeler Advocaten offers a wide range of art law services for artists, collectors, galleries, dealers as well as art fairs, auction houses, museums and art institutions. Collaborating with our network of government officials, art advisors, specialists and tax lawyers, we have a broad understanding of legal and business objectives and the sensitivity of matters.

We advice and represent clients in negotiations, Alternative Dispute Resolution or litigation in all matters related to art law including contracts, collaborations, consignment, representation, authentication disputes, customs, import and export licenses, restoration, damage, loans and grants or buying, selling, and investing in art.

We also offer our advice if you plan to settle in the Netherlands, Europe or Asia, or if you have questions regarding copyright, moral rights, freedom of art (and expression), droit de suite and regulations on the protection of cultural heritage.

Our international practice consisting of Dutch, English, French, German, Chinese and Taiwanese speaking lawyers can assist you while entering or operating in the European and Asian art market to overcome language issues.

Labour Law

If you plan to invest in the Netherlands, France or Germany and are interested in recruiting non-EU employees, you will often need to know the Dutch, French, German or EU immigration laws and the relevant provisions of the Labor Law. Heffels Spiegeler Advocaten will provide you with comprehensive services on how to draft labor contracts, handle employee immigration procedures and avoid labor disputes.


Compliance has become a growing concern for enterprises, more specifically those of the financial sector. Enterprises are more and more enclined, if not regulatory obliged, to establish and implement codes of conduct, amongst others on the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing. Heffels Spiegeler Attorneys at Law advises and provides training in this area, focusing on ‘Customer Due Diligence’, and provides your firm with due diligence services.


Legislative changes are not always in your advantage. We decipher for you the impending changes and intervene to defend your interests. Brigitte Spiegeler has experience with and within the Dutch government and in the field of international, national and European lobbying. Michiel Heffels has been a senior corporate counsel at a multinational telecommunication company and has experience with matters regarding public affairs.