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 Legal market overview

The Netherlands saw a marked increase in M&A activity in 2014 and 2015; strategic mergers and acquisitions and private equity deals involving Dutch buyers and targets have led to an uptick in instructions across the board for law firms, and many expressed cautious optimism for 2016.

High-profile litigation continued to find its way to the Netherlands, which is an attractive jurisdiction for hearing cartel damages cases. Numerous firms have been instructed in sprawling, multi-defendant suits. Amendments to Dutch arbitration law came into effect in January 2015, aiming to further improve the jurisdiction’s competitiveness in international arbitration.

The Netherlands remains an alluring market for both international firms and small boutiques, both of which form an important part of the country’s legal landscape. Recent additions include Osborne Clarke, which opened in 2014. Jones Day has continued to make strides since the establishment of its Amsterdam office in 2013.

Well-established local firms include De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; NautaDutilh; Stibbe; and Houthoff Buruma. International firms Allen & Overy LLP, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also maintain strong footholds in the Dutch market, and are regularly instructed in high-stakes, cross-border transactions, where they benefit from broad office networks.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. continued to increase its presence through a number of lateral hires: private equity specialists Casper Banz and Mohammed Almarini joined from Houthoff Buruma, and public M&A partner Henk Arnold Sijnja joined from Linklaters. Other moves included Ronald van den Tweel’s departure from Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV to take up a position with the Dutch Council of State.

Firms in the spotlight

AKD
www.akd.nl

AKD offers a unique resource to those doing business in the Netherlands. As one of the largest independent law firms in the country, it offers clients a flexible, creative and pragmatic approach. The firm handles all areas of commercial law and is highly ranked by a range of leading legal benchmark publications, including Chambers. Cross-practice and cross-border strength are core assets and clients have access to the skills of 220 lawyers, civil law notaries and tax lawyers across the country. In 2014, AKD became a member of Interlaw (www.interlaw.org).

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    - AKD
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  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
  • The employment of foreign workers. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer?

    The employment of foreign workers regularly raises questions. A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD
  • Non-solicitation agreement violated via LinkedIn

    A non-solicitation agreement usually restricts the ability of an employee - after an employment contract has ended - to approach the clients of the former employer. The former employee of a software company recently discovered that the scope of such an agreement can also include contacts made via LinkedIn.
    - AKD
  • NETHERLANDS AS A GLOBAL FINANCE CENTRE

    Few jurisdictions can boast a foreign direct investment record like the Netherlands. As the world's seventh largest inward receiver of investments, housing approximately 9000 foreign-owned companies, the country's dynamic business environment provides an invaluable insight into macro investment trends.
    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands and Dutch law The Netherlands is a perfect business location for foreign entrepreneurs (2,000 subsidiaries in Amsterdam, 140,000 jobs). It is the gateway to densely populated Western Europe and has a well-developed logistic and technical infrastructure.
  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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