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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.

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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 (

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