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Remco Abeln is a Managing Director in our Amsterdam office specialising in the recruitment of experienced legal counsel, general counsel, attorneys, privacy officers, contracts managers and compliance professionals for both interim and permanent roles in in-house legal departments and law firms.

Remco lives in Oude Wetering with his wife, Laura, daughter and their dog. He loves to be on the water, both recreationally sailing with his family as well as regatta sailing with friends. He also enjoys running or going for walks with his dog. Remco is fluent in both Dutch and English.

In 1996, Remco began his career as a recruiter, identifying candidates for a variety of positions and companies across multiple industries. Since 2001, however, his focus has solely been on the recruitment of legal counsel. Together with his longstanding business partner Nick Spenkelink, he set up and successfully grew two legal interim and search firms before joining Major, Lindsey & Africa in 2018.

”Being curious and having real interest in people: this is the base for every fulfilment of interim positions and permanent assignments. My broad experience allows me to think out of the box. Obviously every single placement feels great, and the satisfaction is even higher when I am able to surprise the candidate and or client with unexpected and tailored solutions.”

A highlight of Remco's in house and law firm placements include:

  • Kraton, Head of Legal EMEA/APAC
  • NLC, The European Healthtech Builder, Legal Counsel
  • Webfleet Solution, Legal Counsel International Contracts
  • Trivium Packaging, Senior Legal Counsel Europe
  • Bird & Bird, Transactional lawyer
  • Refresco, General Counsel
  • Stater, Legal Counsel IT
  • ING Bank, Legal Counsel Derivatives
  • Rademaker, Legal Counsel
  • Interxion, Legal Counsel Real Estate
  • Takeaway Payments, Senior Compliance Officer
  • G-Star, Senior IP/Omnichannel Legal Counsel
  • ICT, General Counsel / Company Secretary
  • LXA the Law Firm, M&A Lawyer
  • ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance, Senior Legal Counsel
  • G-Star, Legal Operations Manager
  • Baker McKenzie, Energy lawyer

A selection of Remco's interim placements include:

  • KPMG, Interim Senior Legal Counsel Data Privacy
  • BNY Mellon, Interim Legal Counsel
  • Staples, Interim M&A Legal Counsel
  • Equini, Interim Real Estate Lawyer
  • LyondellBasell, Interim Senior Legal Counsel EPC
  • Bunge Loders Croklaan, Interim Senior Legal Counsel Commercial Contracting
  • Dynniq, Interim General Counsel
  • Stork, Interim Data Privacy Lawyer
  • TechnipFMC, Interim Senior Legal Counsel EPC
  • University of Amsterdam, Interim Senior Legal Counsel Data Privacy
  • Kraton, Interim Head of Legal EMEA/APAC
  • Jungheinrich, Interim Head of Legal


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