Benelux Desk

HFG Benelux Desk offers a wide range of legal services with customised solutions in the Intellectual Property field, such as Trademarks, Patents, Copyright, Trade Secrets, Geographical Indications, Design Rights, Technology Transfer, Data Protection, Contracts, Litigation and Corporate Law.

The leading lawyer worked as a lawyer in both the Netherlands and China, and obtained two Master of Laws from both China and the Netherlands. He is admitted to practice law in the Netherlands and has developed a strong experience in both the Chinese and the European legal system, jurisprudence and practice (including China’s Supreme People’s Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union).

HFG represents Chinese companies doing business in the Benelux, as well as Benelux companies doing business in China.




Reinout van Malenstein

Reinout van Malenstein, head of the Benelux Desk, is Senior Counsel at HFG Law & Intellectual Property in China. As a lawyer at a Chinese law firm, with great expertise in intellectual property rights in China, he advises companies on trademarks, copyright, patents, trade secrets, technology transfer, data protection, litigation and corporate law in China.

Reinout is the National Vice-Chair of the IPR Working Group of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, the secretary of MARQUES China team, and IP expert for the European Commission. He regularly publishes articles on IP and speaks on IP at international conferences, universities, governments and business associations. 

Before joining HFG, Reinout has worked on intellectual property for the European Commission in Greater China. Before that he was the head of the China practice at a leading Dutch law firm and a lawyer in the Netherlands on intellectual property at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. 

Having worked as a lawyer at leading law firms in Europe, and China, and having graduated with honours in the Netherlands (Bachelor/Master of Laws in Dutch/EU law from Utrecht University) as well as summa cum laude in China (Master of laws in Chinese law from Peking University), Reinout is well positioned to advise clients on intellectual property cases with a European/Chinese dimension.

Reinout is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English and conversational in German.