Virginia, US

Christine is an Attorney and Senior Manager based in Fragomen’s Brussels office. She leads the Netherlands immigration practice and manages the Private Client practice for Benelux, France and Switzerland.

Christine supports multinational and medium-sized corporations and individuals with their strategic planning in the Netherlands and supervises the delivery of services for both inbound and outbound moves.

Christine is active in Fragomen’s EU Government Strategies group and she represents Fragomen in the European Commission’s Expert Group for attracting innovative entrepreneurs to the EU. Christine leads government strategies efforts in the Netherlands, working with decision makers to ensure that Dutch immigration policies support business and individuals moving to the Netherlands.

Before joining Fragomen, Christine worked at a boutique immigration law firm in the Netherlands, where she focused on all aspects of Dutch immigration, including the highly skilled migrant scheme, intra-company transfer work permits and permits for self-employed persons. Christine headed that firm’s U.S. Desk and assisted inbound and outbound American clients with all aspects of migration and corporate questions, particularly American entrepreneurs establishing residency in the Netherlands via the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty.

Christine speaks English and Dutch.

Education


New York University School of Law | J.D., 2002
University of Pennsylvania | B.A., 1997

Awards

Awards: Listed as “Immigration and Nationality Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyer Monthly Magazine, Private Clients Awards, 2018

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York and Brussels

Member, Flemish Bar, Brussels

Member, International Bar Association

Member, New York State Bar Association

Member, European Commission Expert Group on Economic Migration

Member, European Justice Stakeholders Forum, Steering Committee

Member, Fragomen Brexit Task Force 

Member, Trans-Atlantic Business Council, Brexit Working Group

Former Member, Expatcenter Amsterdam, Amsterdam Capital Week Investor’s Permit Initiative, Working Group 

Former Member, City Deal Warm Welcome for Entrepreneurial Talent, Working Group

Advised multinational clients on efficient immigration solutions while taking into consideration global strategies.

Supported clients with immigration compliance services and provided HR departments with comprehensive policies to enhance internal compliance protocols.

Provided entrepreneurs, self-employed persons and other individual clients with tailored immigration solutions.

Provided extensive guidance to clients regarding residency in the Netherlands via the Dutch-American Friendship Treaty.

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Immigration Trends and Challenges Across Europe.” IBIS Academy, Cannes, France, May 2, 2017.

Speaker, “The implementation of the Directive on intra-corporate transfers in practice: a first assessment.” ERA Annual Conference on European Migration Law, Brussels, Belgium, June 15, 2017.

Speaker, "The Impact of Brexit on UK Nationals with Special ID Cards: Are there any Solutions?” ECIT Foundation’s Summer University on European Citizenship, Brussels, Belgium, September 1, 2017.

Speaker, “Intra Corporate Transferee Directive.” Seminar, Radbound University, Nijmegen, Netherlands, November 10, 2017.

Moderator, “Study for an EU-wide Scheme to Attract Highly Skilled Non-EU Resident Entrepreneurial Innovators.” Seminar, European Commission Expert Panel, Brussels, Belgium, December 12, 2016.

Author, “Free Movement in the EU and Switzerland: Possible Scenarios and Consequences for HNWIs.” eprivateclient, 10 Oct. 2016: n. pag. Web.

Author, “The Blue Card for Skilled Migrants: Why Isn’t It More Popular in the Netherlands?” IamExpat, 5 Sept. 2016: n. pag. Web.

Co-author, “Dutch Nationality or Long-Term Residency in the Netherlands: Which is Best for You?” Expatica, Sept. 2016: n. pag. Web.

Author, “British and in the Netherlands? How to Keep your EU Citizenship.” IamExpat, 11 July 2016: n. pag. Web.

Speaker, “EU Referendum Results and What It Means for Your Business.” Fragomen, webinar, June 24, 2016.

Author, “Live and Work in the Netherlands as a Highly Qualified Graduate with the Orientation Year.” Expatica, 25 May 2016: n. pag. Web.

Speaker, “Brexit and EU Reform: The Global Impact on Investor Migration.” Panel presentation, Investment Migration Council, London, UK, April 7, 2016.

Author, “Self-employment in the Netherlands: The Entrepreneur’s Permit, Startup Visa and DAFT.” Expatica, 2 March 2016: n. pag. Web.

Co-author, “How to Bring Your Non-EU Partner to the Netherlands.” IamExpat, 11 May 2015: n. pag. Web.

Co-author, “Joining the Dutch Labour Market: Legal Factors Expats Need to Remember.” IamExpat, 7 Jan. 2015: n. pag. Web.

Author, “DAFT and Self-employed Americans in the Netherlands.” IamExpat, 5 Aug. 2014: n. pag. Web.