Jan Holthuis is a Dutch qualified lawyer registered at the Amsterdam Bar, a solicitor in England and Wales, and a registered arbitrator at the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and at the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHAIC).
Jan founded HIL International Lawyers & Advisers in 1995. HIL became the first Dutch law firm li-censed in China by the Chinese Ministry of Justice in 2004. The HIL practice was merged with Buren in 2016. Jan has been involved in several politically sensitive international transactions and litigations.
Apart from commercial and corporate law, Jan specializes in international technology transfers, China-related product liability claims, food and agriculture-related investments and international arbitration.
With a background in languages and international relations, Ester is a reliable and adaptable professional with both working and academic experience in multiple countries. As part of the Advocacy team, she currently coordinates the advocacy activities of the EU SME Centre through liaising with business and government stakeholders, managing the Inter-Chamber SME Working Group, and producing reports on SME policies in China.
Ester has a BA on Social and Institutional Translation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and a Double Master’s Degree on European Affairs and International Politics from Sciences Po Paris and Fudan University. Prior to joining the EU SME Centre, she had professional experiences in the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China and in the European Institute for the Mediterranean (IEMed).
Grzegorz Stec (葛瑞) is a co-founder of the Belt and Road Advisory, a fast-growing, innovative consulting company that strives to be the “go-to” source for high-quality information on BRI and advises companies, think tanks, and governments on the opportunities unlocked by the infrastructure build-out and internationalization of Chinese business.
Mr. Stec is also an Associate Researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels, a former Yenching Scholar at Peking University, and a graduate of the University of Oxford. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences recognized him for his “remarkable contribution” to the research on China - Central and Eastern European relations.
Maxime Van ‘t Klooster, with a Master degree in International Business from Maastricht University, has been living in China for over 5 years. As General Manager of 1421 Consulting Group, he is responsible for the implementation of organizational strategy in their Beijing office.
Moreover, he leads the inbound consulting project team and oversees all corporate services for foreign clients. These experiences have given Maxime a deep insight into Chinese culture and expertise in assisting foreign companies with their China strategy.