Carl van der Zandt


Carl’s diverse practice includes U.S. and international corporate and commercial law, intellectual property, and business litigation. He started his career as a legal counsel for musicians and artists, and co-founded NORMA, a Dutch “neighboring rights” foundation for performing artists. After practicing commercial and intellectual property law with several major international law firms in Amsterdam and New York, Carl started his own law firm in New York City in 2008. In 2013 he grabbed the opportunity to join HBA, which transfer has benefitted his international clients because of the wide range of complementary legal expertise available within the firm.

Carl’s personal focus is on trans-Atlantic transactions and litigation, with an emphasis on supply chain related matters, intellectual property, technology and the creative industry. Having incorporated more than 130 legal entities in the U.S. and having advised on many more international legal structures, Carl’s extensive and unique international and U.S. experience is highly valued among clients, from start-ups to publicly listed companies.

Although at core a “business attorney”, Carl has successfully navigated the U.S. Courts as well, both as plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel.

Carl publishes frequently on U.S. legal topics for foreign entrepreneurs and is a recognized speaker and lecturer both in Europe and the U.S. on international transactions, supply chain related legal matters, and intellectual property law.

Aside from family life, Carl’s personal interests include photography, long distance and natural running, and “whole foods plant based”  living.

Education + Languages
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York 2004 (LL.M.)
  • University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, The Netherlands 1991 (LL.M.)
  • Languages: English, Dutch, German
State Bar Admissions / Memberships
  • Member Dutch Bar 1996 – 2004
  • Member New York State Bar 2005 – current
  • Member New York State Bar Association
  • Member International Bar Association
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