Barend Santen

Barend Santen specializes in international commercial law (including commercial agency, distribution and franchise agreements). Barend has particular experience in advising Dutch and foreign based companies regarding cross border commercial agreements in a wide range of industries. Barend is known for his broad experise in the field of commercial litigation regarding commercial transactions including issues of private international law.

Barend further  specializes in employment law and advises clients drawn from a wide range of sectors. He assists national and international clients in both contentious and non-contentious work, on all aspects of employment matters. Barend has extensive experience in advising on terms and conditions of employment contracts and on terminations of employment and the negotiation and documentation of settlement terms. He also frequently advises on (collective) redundancy and workforce restructuring exercises including the managing of executive staff exits. Barend’s expertise includes the transfer of undertakings and workers participation. 

Professional Affiliations:

Country Expert for The Netherlands at the International Distribution Institute (IDI).
Vertrauensanwalt of the Centralvereinigung Deutscher Wirtschaftsverbände für Handelsvermittlung und Vertrieb (CDH).
Legal Advisor of the Dutch Association of Furniture Agents and Importers (VIIA).
Member of the Dutch Association for Distribution, Franchise and Agency Law (Vereniging DFA).
Barend further has a long time experience as a lecturer in commercial litigation and regularly acts as a lecturer on agency and distribution contracts and legal aspects of doing business in the Middle-East.
Barend holds several advisory roles in sports and contemporary art.


Dutch, English, French and German

Contact details:

Phone: 020 347 37 31