Fragomen is expanding its European presence by opening an office in the increasingly critical business hub of Amsterdam, the leading immigration firm has announced.
The new office, its eighth in Europe, will be headed by partner Christine Sullivan, who has led the firm’s Netherlands corporate immigration practice from Brussels for the past five years.
Fragomen has been providing Dutch-related immigration and mobility guidance and advice to multinationals, small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals for more than two decades through its Brussels-based Benelux practice.
“Given the practical and business-friendly approach with respect to Dutch immigration, we are able to partner with our clients to achieve their ambitious business goals, not just in the Netherlands but also across Europe,” said Sullivan.
“We look forward to providing the same superior service our clients within the region have come to expect, first through our Brussels office and now in Amsterdam.”
The Am Law 100 has more than 4,100 immigration professionals and support staff in more than 50 offices across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia Pacific, offering immigration support in more than 170 countries.
“The launch of our Netherlands office advances our objective of strategic growth in Europe,” said Lance Kaplan, managing partner of Fragomen’s international practice group and member of the firm’s executive committee.
“The Netherlands is one of the most dynamic markets in Europe, and indeed the world, and it continues to attract businesses and entrepreneurs who require strategic immigration advice.”
The New York-headquartered firm said its new office will further solidify the close relationships it has cultivated with Dutch immigration authorities – which began in 1999 when the Brussels office was established, the first international office outside the United States – including the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, the Dutch Labour Authority, and relevant ministries.
“This is a significant milestone for the firm and, importantly, our valued clients,” said George Koureas, Fragomen’s managing partner in Europe and executive committee member. “The Netherlands is a business- and immigration-friendly, progressive country and an important gateway to Europe.
“I am delighted to welcome Christine to the partnership and I look forward to working with her to further strengthen our offering to clients in this fast-growing market and to delivering enhanced European strategic advisory services throughout the region.”
Due to government-imposed travel restrictions and an abundance of caution, the Netherlands-based staff will operate remotely for the time being. Once restrictions have been lifted, the office will physically welcome clients and staff, said the firm.