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The internationally focused team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek enjoys strong renown, particularly for investment treaty disputes and gas price review arbitrations. Marnix Leijten and Eelco Meerdink jointly head what is one of the largest teams in the market; Bommel van der Bend is also recommended.

One of the few top players in arbitration in the Netherlands’, NautaDutilh is held in high regard, thanks in part to the reputation of practice head Gerard Meijer, who has ‘enormous knowledge of, and great experience in, international arbitration’. Counsel Bastiaan Assink is another key member of the team, and is ‘quickly making his mark in the arbitration market’.

Allen & Overy LLP’s Amsterdam office is instructed in high-profile and complex international arbitration covering broad fields of law, including investment treaty arbitration. Its strong international network and international reputation in arbitration is another draw. Marieke van Hooijdonk attracts high praise. Willem van Baren left in October 2016 to practise as an independent arbitrator.

One of the few firms in the Netherlands with a truly international arbitration practice’, Houthoffhas become one of the main participants in this field’. In particular, ‘straight-shooterMarielle Koppenol-Laforcethinks outside of the box’ and is ‘a great team player’. Dirk Knottenbelt heads the practice. Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk and Thomas Stouten were promoted to counsel in January 2017.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is best known for its extensive track record representing the Dutch state in complex arbitrations, though it also has a notable corporate client base. Martijn Scheltema has a substantial Supreme Court practice that takes in setting aside proceedings. Georg Huith is also recommended.

Arbitration is a core strength at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, both within the Amsterdam office and internationally. Hub Harmeling heads the department, which includes ‘great communicator’ Jeroen van Hezewijk, who is ‘flexible yet persistent’.

Loyens & Loeff maintains a busy arbitration practice, handling a range of ICC and NAI proceedings for Dutch and multinational clients. Tom Claassens and practice head Jeroen van den Brande are recommended.

Simmons & Simmons LLP has ‘a modern approach to dispute resolution, working efficiently with the client as a true team’. Construction and post-M&A arbitrations are particular areas of strength. Rogier Schellaars heads the practice and is recommended.

Clifford Chance leverages its strong office network to handle notable international arbitrations. Counsel Juliette Luycks splits her time between Amsterdam and Madrid.

Under the leadership of ‘sophisticated lawyerWouter de Clerck, DLA Piper handles a range of commercial and construction disputes. Diederik de Groot left to establish De Groot Law, but Michiel Coenraads joined from Stibbe.

The ‘very responsive and engaged’ team at Van Doorne handles a range of arbitration and setting aside proceedings, under the leadership of department co-heads Jasper Leedekerken and Maurits Kalff.

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