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With the opening of Jones Day's Amsterdam Office, its 10th office in Europe, on February 1, 2013, the Firm reaffirmed its commitment to securing local knowledge in key business and financial centers as part of its globally integrated offering. The capital of the Netherlands is a strategic headquarters location not only for a substantial number of leading Dutch companies, but also for more than 1,800 major global corporations serving markets in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
The new Amsterdam Office, working with other Firm offices worldwide, provides globally integrated legal services to clients on their operations inbound to or outbound from the Netherlands.
Jones Day Amsterdam combines cross-border transactional capability with in-depth knowledge of Dutch corporate and financial law. Our lawyers focus on M&A, Banking & Finance, Global Disputes, Business Restructuring & Reorganization, Antitrust & Competition Law, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Tax, Labor & Employment and Corporate Criminal Investigations. Some of our lawyers have extensive experience in Latin America, Japan, and the United States on cross-border transactions, including IPOs, and real estate and commercial projects.
In addition, our corporate and notary law partners have significant experience in corporate governance. With seamless access to the Firm’s award winning client service, provided by more than 2,500 lawyers in 44 locations throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, the Amsterdam Office blends the advantages of a worldwide legal presence with the immediacy only a local firm can offer.
What do we mean when we talk about “the Jones Day way”? We mean a set of practices and attitudes about our work, our clients, and ourselves that lets us deliver better service to our clients, eliminate the rivalries and competition that often arise in large law firms, and facilitate the development of our lawyers. It’s a philosophy of legal practice that we believe sets us apart from our peer firms. In fact, since the inception of the BTI Survey of Client Service Performance 13 years ago, Jones Day is the only firm to have earned top ratings year after year.
In every survey, Jones Day has ranked in the top five, and our consistent high ratings have earned the Firm a place among the elite few firms elected to the BTI Client Service Hall of Fame.
The annual ranking is based on independent, individual interviews with more than 300 Fortune 1000 corporate counsel. In key client-service rankings, the Firm was included among the “Best of the Best” for Understanding the Client’s Business, Keeping Clients Informed, Breadth of Services, Handling Problems, and Advising on Business Issues, among several other categories. Broadly speaking, “the Jones Day way” means six things:
"One Firm Worldwide." Jones Day is not a constellation of individual offices and practices, but rather a unified firm working together to deliver coordinated legal services to our clients in the most effective, efficient way possible. Clients do not “belong” to individual partners, or even particular offices or practices. Rather, every client is a client of the Firm, and we draw on the legal resources best suited to address the client’s problems, wherever they are located in the Firm. In addition, we operate as a single profit center, meaning that the success of each office in any given year depends on the strength of the Firm as a whole. Our structure fosters a culture of teamwork and discourages competition among offices and lawyers.
One Managing Partner. Jones Day was decades ahead of our time in giving overall responsibility for the Firm’s direction to a single Managing Partner, rather than having the partners vote on all matters of Firm strategy and governance. While the increasing size of modern firms has prompted many of them to follow our lead in adopting a “CEO” structure, Jones Day was already there in 1913. Since then, seven Managing Partners have led the Firm’s transformation to a national and then international firm, providing a steady, coherent strategic vision for our progress. With offices worldwide, more than $1 billion in annual revenues, and a blue-chip client list, we think the results speak for themselves. No branch offices. Because we are completely integrated, we have no “branch” or “satellite” offices and no headquarters. While we take great pride in our Cleveland roots, the fact is that Jones Day was one of the first firms to expand beyond a single state, opening our Washington Office in 1946.
The two principal governing committees that advise the Managing Partner—the Advisory Committee and the Partnership Committee—consist of lawyers from nearly every Jones Day office, and the lawyers who lead our 24 practices are similarly spread across the Firm.
This Firmwide orientation helps us better serve our clients and focus more strategically and effectively on the development of the Firm.
Compensation and confidentiality. Many firms still operate under some version of the “eat what you kill” approach, in which partner compensation is tied closely to business development, with complicated formulas based on “client origination.” Not Jones Day. We recognize that partners and associates alike contribute to the Firm in a variety of ways, and our lawyers are compensated according to their overall contributions. At the same time, our lawyers honor a culture of discretion about matters related to compensation; unlike other firms, we do not publish each lawyer’s billable hours and compensation for the entire firm to see. By keeping compensation matters private, we avoid the jealousies and rivalries that can arise from a zero-sum spoils system based on client credit. A culture of respect. The Firm characteristics described above attract a particular kind of lawyer to Jones Day. We seek lawyers who are concerned not with maximizing their individual positions in the Firm, but with delivering the best service possible to our clients, with colleagues whom they value and respect. These lawyers take great pride in their work, they lack pretension, and they show respect and consideration to everyone in the Firm—partners, associates, and staff alike.
Time to explore. We have long recognized the uncertainty many law students feel when selecting a practice area. As with all relationships, we believe it takes some time for an individual to find his or her personal fit within the Firm. And because we place a high value on junior lawyers who have had the opportunity to experience a variety of assignments and practice areas during that first year at the Firm, we created the New Lawyers Group. Established in 1981, this program provides our newest lawyers with the opportunity to gain exposure to different practice areas and lawyering styles before making a commitment to a specific practice. All lawyers joining our domestic offices from law school— and judicial clerks, at their election—become members of the New Lawyers Group for about a year before joining a practice. What does all this mean for a new lawyer? It means that, consistent with our culture of teamwork and mutual support, you will work on teams that span multiple offices and practices, guaranteeing exposure to a variety of lawyers and different styles of practice. It means that the success of your particular office will depend not on the cycles of the local economy, but on the success of a fully integrated, global law firm with remarkable stability.
When working in a team it is very important to get connected on a personal level. Therefore, among the many activities outside the office, we go on a yearly ski trip.
"At Jones Day we do it a different way. It is a collaborative approach; it's a team approach; it's a One Firm Worldwide approach. It's the 360 degree definition of quality."
We seek well-rounded, motivated students and graduates with the potential to develop into exceptional lawyers and who will embrace Jones Day's culture and mission. To this end, we look for a record of academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, proven written and analytical abilities, strong interpersonal skills, and interest in our Firm. If you are interested in a sophisticated, culturally diverse, global practice with an impressive client base, and enjoy working in a fast-paced and collegial environment, this is a great opportunity for you. To be considered, we request you to submit your cover letter, resume, law school transcript and reports of any student traineeships with law firms.
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In juni 2016 begon ik als advocaat-stagiaire in het Investigations & White Collar Defense (IWC) team van Jones Day Amsterdam. Vanwege de Amerikanisering van de (straf)rechtspraktijk, is de Amerikaans-georiënteerde cultuur...Show more