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Part of the firm’s wider litigation department, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s ‘attentive’ arbitration group is known for its ‘strong technical expertise’, with particular strength in international matters. ‘Unmatched’ co-head Marnix Leijten and ‘absolute star’ Albert Marsman are acting for Achmea in a precedent-setting matter brought before the European Court of Justice regarding the compatibility of intra-EU investment treaties. Co-head Eelco Meerdink is representing Tiffany in an appeal brought by Swatch before the Supreme Court arising from the annulment of an arbitration award issued against Tiffany in 2013. Bommel van der Bend is also a name to note.

The ‘outstanding’ practice at NautaDutilh often handles investor-state and corporate arbitration matters. Practice head Gerard Meijer, who has ‘superb knowledge of arbitration law’, is representing Chevron and Texaco Petroleum in proceedings brought before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague regarding claims arising from the Lago Agrio litigation. Meijer and Freerk Vermeulen have also been acting for Liechtenstein company Diag Human in enforcement proceedings brought against the Czech Republic regarding a €350m arbitral award. The team saw a number of changes: Bastiaan Assink made partner and Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot was promoted to counsel.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘excellent, responsive and pragmatic’ team is known for its strong international offering. Group head Marieke van Hooijdonk, who has ‘a sharp analytical mind’, and counsel Hilde van der Baan, who is ‘a rising star’, have been advising South Stream Transport on the Dutch aspects of a dispute against Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem regarding payment issues arising from the cancellation of the pipeline project. Other clients include Cargill and Royal DSM.

Rated for its ‘outstanding, in-depth knowledge’ and ‘very quick response times’, Houthoff’s group often handles international corporate arbitration matters, including purchase agreement claims arising from international joint ventures. Clients highly recommend the ‘very hands-onMarielle Koppenol-Laforce, who has ‘fantastic analytical skills’, and of counsel Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk, who ‘gets to the bottom of the matter in the shortest time’. The group is headed by the ‘very pragmaticDirk Knottenbelt.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV’s highly regarded practice specialises in acting for the Dutch state on cross-border arbitration matters across a broad range of sectors. Clients ‘fully endorse’ practice head René Kiers, who primarily represents government bodies in complex arbitration matters regarding infrastructure projects. Other names to note are Martijn Scheltema, who has extensive experience in handling enforcement proceedings, and construction law expert Georg Huith.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘solid’ arbitration team is best known for its international capabilities across a diverse range of sectors. Led by litigation practice head Hub. Harmeling, the team includes Jeroen van Hezewijk and Jan Willem van der Staay. Senior associates Ulrike Verboom and Sandra Coelen are also noted for their experience in domestic and international arbitration.

According to clients, Loyens & Loeff’s team is ‘responsive, thorough, hardworking and a pleasure to work with’, and has significant experience representing international clients in International Chamber of Commerce proceedings. It is led by the ‘very detailed, thoroughTom Claassens, who is ‘an authority on Dutch civil procedure’. Jeroen van den Brande, who is chairman of the Benelux litigation and risk management group, is also recommended.

Simmons & Simmons LLP’s ‘lean, mean’ group has ‘a very good reputation’ in the market, with particular expertise in commercial, investment and construction arbitration matters. ‘Highly committed’ group head Rogier Schellaars, who is ‘an eloquent adversary’, is representing the Republic of Indonesia in an investment arbitration brought before a tribunal. Associates Fleur Potter and Ger van Essen are also recommended.

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent’ team is a popular choice for international arbitration matters. It is led by well-regarded of counsel Juliette Luycks, who divides her time between the firm’s Amsterdam and Madrid offices.

The ‘thriving practice’ at DLA Piper has considerable international arbitration expertise. Marnix Holtzer, along with well-regarded senior associates Wouter de Clerck and Michiel Coenraads, is leading advice to Lone Star on arbitration proceedings against the Dutch state arising from Lone Star’s €1bn acquisition of all shares in Propertize. Léon Korsten heads the practice.

Van Doorne’s group primarily handles commercial and post-M&A disputes, with a growing expertise in insurance-related disputes. The team, which is headed by Jasper Leedekerken, includes insurance expert Maurits Kalff and senior associate Bas van Zelst.

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