Nick Hessels

Attorney at law, partner

Nick completed his studies at Leiden University between 1987 and 1993, majoring in Civil and Company Law. He also studied in Paris and Gainesville in the United States. Subsequently, he worked at Loeff Claeys Verbeke in Amsterdam, before joining Ploum in 1996. After a four and a half year intermezzo as senior legal counsel at KPN and TNT, Nick returned to Ploum in 2005.

“In-depth knowledge of Legal issues and deal risks” – Legal 500 EMEA 2013

Besides mergers and acquisitions, Nick advises and litigates in the field of joint ventures. He does a lot of cross-border work. Nick has successfully completed three Grotius study programmes; Corporate Structures, Corporate Transactions and Competition Law. In 2010, Nick completed the post-doctorate practice course in Corporate Law.

Legal 500 EMEA 2013 over Nick: “In-depth knowledge of Legal issues and deal risks.”

Legal 500 EMEA  2014 over Nick: Nick Hessels and Stan Commissaris are “very proactive lawyers, with good sector knowledge and a can-do mentality.”


  • Grotius Fellowship

The Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister)

Nick Hessels has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Corporate law (ondernemingsrecht), sub legal practice area mergers and acquisitions (fusies en overnames), sub legal practice area companies (vennootschappen);

Based on this registration, Nick Hessels is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.