Dutch law firm AKD has appointed Jan Kromhout as a partner in its shipping and offshore team, bringing a strong blend of shipping and legal experience to the team.
Mr Kromhout began his career in Rotterdam with the law firm Nauta Dutilh. In 2005 he joined the leading operator in the international market for heavy marine transport, where he became head of the legal department and where he also gained extensive experience of arranging contracts involving the oil and gas industry.
Working closely with shipping companies in drawing up transport contracts, arranging charter parties, co-operation agreements, shipbuilding contracts and vessel financing arrangements – Mr Kromhout will hold varied responsibilities at the firm and has a comprehensive knowledge of assessing and negotiating marine insurance arrangements, including cover for vessels and equipment. His experience also covers the handling of offshore installation and production contracts, including but not limited to construction all risks insurance.
Mr Kromhout said: “I am delighted to have been offered a partnership at AKD. I am at the firm I want to be at, doing the work I enjoy. Shipping is going through a tough time, but it is a resilient industry and I relish helping existing and new clients to navigate a way through the current difficulties.”
Haco van der Houven van Oordt, head of the shipping & offshore team at AKD’s headquarters in Rotterdam, said: “Jan is a valued member of our team. He has the blend of shipping and legal experience which we are always looking for, and which we believe will add value to the service we offer our clients.”