We are privileged to work in a building named ‘t Makelaers Comptoir (the brokers’ office) on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam. Built 1633 it was owned by the Brokers’ Guild until 2002 when Vereniging Hendrick de Keyser (the association for the preservation of historic houses in the Netherlands) fully restored the building.
The Brokers’ Guild was founded in Amsterdam in 1612. A broker was an independent middleman between seller and buyer, for instance in the coffee trade. According to guild regulations brokers must ‘act in love and friendship’.
Yesterday’s brokers are today’s dealmakers. And dealmakers form a part of our clientele, perfectly in keeping with the history of the building.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 75
1012 RE Amsterdam