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Allen & Overy bolsters Netherlands and EU financial regulatory offering through hire of Pien Kerckhaert

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A&O has announced the appointment of Pien Kerckhaert as financial regulatory partner in its ICM practice group. Kerckhaert joins from law firm Dentons, which she joined in 2020 as a financial regulatory partner in the Banking & Finance practice group. Her arrival significantly enhances A&O’s financial regulatory practice and bolsters the EU financial regulatory offering. 

Kerckhaert is a well-recognized all-round specialist in the financial regulatory field, with an outstanding reputation in the Dutch financial institutions (FI) sector. She has long been a specialist in financial regulation, with expertise across Dutch and European regulatory law, and representing banks, insurers and private capital investors. Before Dentons she was at law firms NautaDutilh and Finnius, and insurer NN Group.

Brechje van der Velden, senior partner at Allen & Overy Netherlands, commented: “Pien Kerckhaert enhances our Netherlands’ and EU offering for the financial services sector as clients face ever-increasing regulatory challenges. Her extensive expertise complements our global ambition to advise on issues of strategic priority to our clients. She will play a leading role in the further development of our financial regulatory offering, especially in the Netherlands and EU.”

Gerard Kastelein, partner and chair of the Financial Markets Regulation practice group at Allen & Overy Netherlands said: “Pien Kerckhaert is a highly regarded financial regulatory lawyer with an outstanding reputation. Her arrival demonstrates A&O’s commitment to our financial markets clients and consolidates and strengthen our market leading regulatory practice.”

Pien Kerckhaert added: “I am excited to be joining A&O because of the opportunities of the international network, full-service offering, impressive client base and strong brand. A&O’s collaborative spirit is well-known and I very much look forward to joining the team and working with colleagues across the wider firm.”