Tanja Albers Practice Leader, In-House Practice Group EMEA

Tanja Albers

I excel at pan-European and senior-level searches for the in-house sector through developing long-term and meaningful relationships with both my clients and candidates—more often than not, resulting in repeat business. Many of my clients and candidates view me as their go-to person in Europe, a trusted sounding board and an objective adviser. I pride myself on my communication, responsiveness and that ever-present Dutch characteristic of providing straightforward and no-nonsense advice!

Tanja Albers is Practice Leader for our In-House Practice Group, based in the Amsterdam office. Using her wealth of experience and market knowledge, Tanja works closely with corporate clients to understand their requirements and executive strategic searches for executive level legal talent as well as general counsel throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Tanja continues to live in Amsterdam and is married to Simons with four children. She speaks four languages: Dutch, English, French and German.


Tanja studied law in Amsterdam at the University of Amsterdam where she qualified as a Dutch lawyer in 1997. After practicing as a commercial and litigation lawyer for seven years with one of the leading Dutch law firms, Houthoff Buruma, she joined Laurence Simons International in 2004 as a consultant in Amsterdam—the first office LSI had ever opened outside of the UK—and she focused on servicing and further developing the LSI in-house counsel client base across the mainland European region.

Tanja's most recent role at LSI was as the European managing director running a high-performing team of 12 individuals across offices in Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva and Milan. Tanja and her team had successfully placed lawyers in numerous countries including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. At the time of her departure, Tanja's European team were the undisputed in-house market leaders and the highest billing division within LSI globally operating an exclusive / retained business model.

As European managing director, Tanja sat on the LSI Global Management Team which, in addition to P&L responsibility, also involved her strategic input into the future direction of the business. She was one of the key business developers for LSI, regularly presenting and attending at regional and global legal conferences across Europe and in the USA, as well as hosting the LSI General Counsel Dinners in Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan and Rome.


  • Global General Counsel at NSN, now Nokia
  • Global General Counsel at Leica (a Danaher Corporation), and numerous other Danaher businesses including General Counsel at Beckman Coulter, Radiometer, Tektronix, CCO at Damco (all part of the Danaher Corporation)
  • EMEA General Counsel at Staples
  • General Counsel Germany at Generali
  • EMEA General Counsel at Sun Chemical
  • General Counsel and Company Secretary at Euro Pool Group
  • Global Compliance Officer at APM Terminals
  • EMEA General Counsel at Hunter Douglas

In addition, she has completed numerous senior counsel placements across Europe for Nike, Sandoz, Mundipharma, Randstad, Ipsen, Vimpelcom, Thermo Fisher, Reckitt Benckiser, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Cisco, Fedex, UCB, Galderma, Alcatel, Inter Ikea, Ball Packaging, Gilead and John Deere.


Vrije University Amsterdam: Law, Qualified Dutch Lawyer