Pieter van Welzen

Pieter is a Dutch (advocaat) and English (solicitor) qualified lawyer and works as partner in the Amsterdam office of Clifford Chance LLP.
Pieter is a member of Clifford Chance's Africa group and focuses in particular on Angola, Cabo Verde, Mozambique and São Tomé e Príncipe. Pieter speaks Portuguese.


  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (law) 1983-1986
  • Graduate Institute for International Studies Geneva (international relations) 1986-1987
  • Cambridge University (M.Litt) 1987-1990


  • Clifford Chance (associate) 1990-1997
  • SHV (inhouse counsel) 1997-1998
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 1998-2006 (partner since 2001)
  • Partner Clifford Chance since 2006

Other activities

  • Honorary Consul of São Tomé e Príncipe in The Netherlands
  • Guest lecturer at Law Faculty of Agostinho Neto University, Luanda (Angola)
  • Guest lecturer at Radboud University (The Netherlands) and Grotius Academy (The Netherlands)
  • Board member/founder CACAU - Casa das Artes Criação Ambiente e Utopias (São Tomé e Príncipe)
Associate member
Clifford Chance LLP
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