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Number one in the field of litigation’, Allen & Overy LLP impresses with its ‘client-oriented approach’ and ‘around-the-clock availability’. Recent case highlights include Marieke van Hooijdonk successfully representing the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in litigation surrounding the appointment of an independent expert. Also recommended are Arnold Croiset van Uchelen and Brechje van der Velden, who ‘excels in the courtroom’.

Eelco Meerdink’s ‘top-of-class’ department at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is active in Dutch and cross-border disputes, and is ‘particularly equipped to deal with large, multi-faceted litigation cases’. The sizeable team includes numerous ‘outstanding individuals’, such as Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk, ‘very good advocate and speaker’ Marnix Leijten, and Bregje Korthals Altes-van Dijk, who is ‘exceptionally good in litigation strategy and thinks outside of the box’.

Highly sophisticated and efficient law firmHouthoff is regularly instructed in high-profile disputes, with a particular specialism in financial services and corporate litigation. Albert Knigge represented the former CFO of Fortis Bank in litigation following major losses suffered by investors in 2007 and 2008. Supreme Court litigator Bart van der Wiel is also recommended.

NautaDutilh expanded its litigation, arbitration, fraud and white-collar criminal defence capabilities with several new hires and also promoted securities litigation expert Allart Haasjes to partner in 2016. He is currently working alongside Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer and Frank van der Leeuw to defend three major banks in litigation concerning interest rate derivative agreements. Paul Olden heads the department.

Well-respected’ firm Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ‘ahead of the curve’; its team comprises ‘experienced, smart and very responsive litigators’, including the ‘down-to-earthWillem Heemskerk, ‘sharp lawyerHans van Wijk and Bert-Jan Houtzagers, who ‘always gives pragmatic advice’. Its longstanding reputation for Supreme Court litigation is a particular draw, where it has a good track record representing the Dutch state and numerous domestic and multinational companies.

Stibbe’s litigation team ‘conveys and instils confidence’; it has strong experience in domestic and cross-border disputes, as well as a notable track record in antitrust damages litigation. Recent cases include Jeroen Kortmann leading representation of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Martinair in a follow-on cartel damages case. Tim de Greve represented a major bank in multiple cases surrounding the alleged mis-selling of interest rate swaps. Matthijs Kuijpers is also recommended.

Excellent firmBarentsKrans is ‘a good name for commercial litigation’ and has a highly regarded Supreme Court practice, where recent work includes cases regarding contract, duty of care and IP disputes. Rieme-Jan Tjittes is ‘an outstanding and extremely knowledgeable Supreme Court litigator’. William Schonewille and Martijn van Maanen are also recommended.

Financial services litigation and corporate litigation are among the areas of expertise for the ‘very proactive’ team at Clifford Chance. A cross-office team that included Jeroen Ouwehand and counsel Simone Peek in Amsterdam represented VR Capital in a dispute concerning the ownership rights of Yukos Finance, following Yukos Oil’s high-profile bankruptcy. Dirk-Jan Duynstee is recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is strongly recommended for complex cross-border litigation, where its ‘good coordination between various offices’ is particularly beneficial. The department’s expertise in cartel damages litigation is of particular note; in one recent highlight, a team that included Hub Harmeling represented ABB in high-profile litigation in which the Supreme Court confirmed the availability of the passing-on defence. Jeroen van Hezewijk is ‘very effective in the courtroom’.

The ‘helpful, responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Loyens & Loeff is active in the field of litigation, with recent cases spanning fraud, contract and competition litigation and disputes arising in the context of bankruptcy and liquidation. Corporate and securities litigation specialist Mijke Sinninghe Damsteì made partner in 2016. Tom Claassens and Sidney Berendsen receive strong praise.

Bas Berghuis van Woortman heads the internationally focused team at Simmons & Simmons LLP, which is praised for its ‘quick and clear responses’ and ‘practical and usable advice’. Johan Polet is recommended. The TMT sector is a particular focus area; the department further enhanced its litigation capabilities in this space by hiring associate and IT and telecoms litigation specialist Ger van Essen from Bird & Bird LLP.

Litigation is a core focus area for Van Doorne, which ‘stands out for its practical and pragmatic approach’ and is particularly noted for its ‘prominent practice’ in professional liability, wherein Simone Hoogeveen is a key name. Other recommended partners include ‘good communicatorLisette Bieleveld, Jasper Leedekerken and Maurits Kalff, who is ‘very accurate and skilled’.

Baker & McKenzie Amsterdam N.V. handles a broad range of corporate, commercial and competition litigation, and recently won several new clients across the TMT, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors. Itse Oosterhoff is highlighted for his ‘pragmatic and no-nonsense approach’.

The ‘quick, creative and friendly’ disputes department at Bird & Bird LLP is particularly strong in the TMT and insurance sectors. It boasts a Supreme Court litigator in the form of Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa and ‘an excellent lawyer and top litigator’ in Olaf Trojan.

DLA Piper is strong in corporate and financial services litigation and has recently expanded its professional liability practice. Ewald Nettencombines excellent legal knowledge with strong commercial acumen’. Marnix Holtzer is also recommended.

The ‘extremely responsive and user-friendly’ team at De Breij Evers Boon comprises ‘excellent litigators’, who ‘understand the clients’ needs’. Stein van Thiel and Marcel Evers receive strong praise; they handle a range of corporate and commercial litigation.

Lexence has a highly regarded professional liability practice, in addition to which it handles corporate and commercial litigation. Arnout Schennink is ‘driven and practical’; Timo Jansen is ‘very approachable, yet very tough’; and Bram Thomas Craemer has ‘a perfect skillset for successful litigation’.

Competition and financial services litigation are specialisms for the disputes team at Linklaters. Practice head Daniella Strik continued to represent Air France in private litigation concerning the air cargo cartel.

Stek’s ‘very strong and dedicated disputes team’ has been representing a utility company in litigation following a major gas explosion. Dierik Cras and Gerben Smit are recommended.

AKD expanded its already sizeable team by hiring ‘clever strategist’ and corporate litigation expert Winfried van den Muijsenbergh from Loyens & Loeff. Financial litigation is another area of strength. Marc Goethals and Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn are also recommended.

The ‘professional and well-prepared team’ at Dentons Boekel is led by the highly regarded Michel Deckers, and handles corporate and commercial litigation, often with a cross-border element.

Under the leadership of highly recommended practice head Gerjanne te Winkel, Jones Day has quickly established itself in the Dutch litigation market. Coen Drion is ‘an excellent commercial litigator’.

Yke Lennartz’s team at Norton Rose Fulbright excels in financial services and energy litigation, where it has a strong client portfolio. Of counsel and insurance law specialist Jan Duyvensz is also recommended.

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