14 June 2023

De Brauw partners with scale-up ecosystem ScaleNL/Holland in the Valley

De Brauw has partnered with ScaleNL and Holland in the Valley, two initiatives by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco to help Dutch tech entrepreneurs innovate and scale in the world's tech capital Silicon Valley and other parts of the United States.

Arne Grimme, Michael Dooijes and Jaap Barneveld

Holland in the Valley is a public-private network that facilitates collaborations between Silicon Valley and the Dutch ecosystem. ScaleNL is the first accelerator that helps Dutch tech companies scale to the United States. De Brauw will contribute to this ecosystem by, amongst others, its involvement in the educational and mentoring program and offering legal counsel to the selected Dutch start-ups and scale-ups.

De Brauw partners Jaap Barneveld and Arne Grimme signed the partnership today with Michael Dooijes, Startup Liaison at Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.

Jaap Barneveld, partner at De Brauw, has been a driving force behind the partnership: "The Bay Area offers an unmatched environment for Dutch tech entrepreneurs to amplify their impact. This partnership allows us to offer our experience in handling the legal complexities of scaling and funding a Dutch business to these budding tech companies. We look forward to becoming part of those endeavours and help these entrepreneurs where we can."

Arne Grimme, head of De Brauw's M&A practice: "Dutch Tech is a great economic asset but scaling these companies can be complex. Unlocking further growth may require complex or niche legal expertise. Luckily, these are matters our lawyers get particularly excited about. We therefore look forward to contributing to this important program and helping the new entrepreneurial champions of the future."

Dirk Janssen, Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco: “I am proud that De Brauw is becoming one of Holland in the Valley’s partners. Dutch entrepreneurs can get lost in complex legal implications that come with doing business internationally. De Brauw will relieve some of that burden. I’m looking forward to a strong and successful partnership.”

About Holland in the Valley

The Holland in the Valley network, a collaboration of Dutch businesses, research institutions and government, supports startups and scale-ups from the Netherlands for a soft landing in the US, by facilitating collaborations between Silicon Valley and the Dutch ecosystem. The ScaleNL Accelerator, provides a 12-week accelerator program for selected Dutch startups that want to grow in the US. Other partners include: A.S.R, Wilson Sonsini, Arcadis, Stanford Consulting, Palo Alto Networks, and more.