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The Lawyer honours AKD with the Law Firm of the Year: Benelux ’Award 2016’

March 2016

Rotterdam, 14 March 2016 - We are delighted to announce that AKD was honoured with the award ‘Law Firm of the Year: Benelux’, conferred by the leading UK publication The Lawyer at the annual European Awards ceremony in London on the 9th of March. In addition, AKD was one of the finalists - and the only firm from the Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg - nominated in the category ‘European Law Firm of the Year'.

This prestigious award, which has a long tradition in the legal sector, recognizes important aspects of a law firm, including strategy, international initiatives, partnership culture, innovation in client service and consistency in excellence in delivery of legal services, talent management, economic performance and most recent engagements.

Apart from the fact that we have earned lead role instructions on significant cross-border transactions and other major mandates, AKD was particularly recognized for the implementation of its overhauled strategy, which is strongly focused on remaining both independent and competitive in a quickly changing legal market. Over the last twelve months, AKD has hired internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields in key practice areas and it has gained strong tax capability. AKD has additionally joined the elite global law firm network Interlaw and it has continued to build and strengthen its international relationships with law firms in other key jurisdictions, providing our firm with global reach and access to preeminent legal resources that enhance our ability to serve our clients' needs around the world. As part of our firm's strategic vision, the jury also considered AKD's growth and profitability. AKD's internal focus on careers and its relaunched associate development programme were also prominently recognized.

Overall, the jury praised AKD's determination and the way it is positioning itself to become a truly independent and ever-stronger law firm in the Benelux.

We take particular pride in this accolade as it recognizes the work and efforts of our entire firm in a very important year for us, it reaffirms our firm's strategy and it confirms our our resolute international commitment”, commented Erwin Rademakers, Managing Partner.

Partners Carlos Pita Cao and Zabdaj Pollen received the award at the ceremony in the Hilton London Bankside Hotel on behalf of AKD and thanked the jury for this prestigious distinction.

About AKD

AKD is one of the largest law firms in the Netherlands. With a team of over 220 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD offers large and medium-sized organisations in and outside the Netherlands high quality legal services in nearly all legal practice areas, based on a full-service approach. AKD has offices in Amsterdam, Breda, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Brussels.

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