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Arbitration

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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-on’ Marielle 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 pragmatic’ Dirk 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, thorough’ Tom 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.


Commercial litigation

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  1. Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation
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Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘very responsive’, ‘hands-on’ practice is best known for its international offering. ‘Very creative, highly experienced’ practice head Marieke van Hooijdonk represented LeasePlan in proceedings brought by the City of Amsterdam following a multimillion-euro fraud perpetrated by a city employee. Arnold Croiset van Uchelen successfully defended TMG against injunctive relief claims arising from a takeover battle between Talpa and Mediahuis brought by Talpa and a number of other parties before the Enterprise Chamber. The practice also includes Brechje van der Velden and counsel Hilde van der Baan. Other clients include PPG, Dutch Central Bank and Aegon.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek’s department ‘combines excellent legal advice with in-depth knowledge of clients’ strategic challenges and needs’. Well-regarded group head Eelco Meerdink is acting for Yukos Oil in proceedings regarding the preservation and recovery of assets. The ‘very agile’ Marnix Leijten, the ‘first-class’ Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk and Nicolien van den Biggelaar are acting for NAM in various mass tort claims arising from allegations that property damage in Groningen was caused by NAM’s gas production activities. Bregje Korthals Altes-van Dijk and senior associate Stefan Derksen are also recommended.

The ‘very good’ team at Houthoff handles a broad range of contentious matters, including restructuring and corporate litigation. Co-head Bart van der Wiel (‘outstanding in Supreme Court litigation’, and ‘very pleasant to work with’) and Jan Willem de Groot are representing Aurelius Capital Management in bankruptcy proceedings brought against a financing entity of Brazilian telecoms company Oi. Co-head Albert Knigge is acting for Trafigura in class action litigation brought by a number of Dutch and foreign parties regarding allegations of exposure to chemical waste disposed of in Ivory Coast. The team’s client base includes Vestia, ING and Petrobras. Rob Meijer is also noted.

NautaDutilh’s ‘excellent’ group primarily acts for domestic and international financial institutions, as well as corporations in high-stakes litigation. Group head Paul Olden is advising Dutch football club ADO Den Haag on various issues arising from litigation brought against its owner UVS before the Enterprise Chambers. Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer has been representing Volkswagen in collective actions brought by the Dutch Investors’ Association before the Amsterdam District Court concerning investor claims. The team includes Supreme Court litigator Freerk Vermeulen, Frank van der Leeuw and Allart Haasjes.

At Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV, the team’s advice to multinationals and the Dutch state is ‘always very concise, clear and excellent’. It is jointly led by ‘real litigator’ Willem Heemskerk, who is ‘committed to his clients’ and ‘always able to think outside the box’, and the ‘sharp’ Hans van Wijk, who is ‘a specialist in Supreme Court matters’ and ‘very thorough in his approach’. Bert-Jan Houtzagers is also recommended for ‘always delivering pragmatic advice on complex matters’.

Considered by clients to be ‘one of the best in the field’, Stibbe’s practice often handles a wide range of cross-border litigation, including mass damages, antitrust and security class actions. Practice co-head Fons Leijten successfully represented AkzoNobel in proceedings brought by Elliott International arising from takeover issues before the Enterprise Chamber. Co-head Jeroen Kortmann and competition partner Rein Wesseling have been defending Heineken and its subsidiary Athenian Brewery against a damages action brought by Vergina Beer before the Amsterdam District Court concerning allegations of abuse of dominance in the Greek market. The team includes Toni van Hees, Jeroen Fleming and Branda Katan, who was promoted to partner in 2017, and associate Simon Boersen.

The ‘very good, proactive’ team at BarentsKrans is often instructed in financial and Supreme Court litigation in addition to contentious commercial matters. Rieme-Jan Tjittes is representing Fox Networks in a dispute with Ziggo brought before the Amsterdam District Court regarding the distribution of national and international Premier League Soccer on Dutch television. Martijn van Maanen successfully defended Bank Indonesia in appeal proceedings brought by trustees before the Supreme Court regarding the bankruptcy of subsidiary Indover Bank. William Schonewille is also a name to note.

Clifford Chance’s ‘excellent’ group often acts for financial institutions on a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including restructurings and shareholder disputes. Dirk-Jan Duynstee and Bas Boris Visser are representing Deutsche Bank in litigation brought by Vestia regarding a derivative transaction. Managing partner Jeroen Ouwehand is also noted.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s ‘outstanding’ team is noted for its ‘high level of pragmatism, responsiveness and business acumen’. Jeroen van Hezewijk is leading advice to Essent on two parallel proceedings brought by electricity and gas resellers regarding modifications to Essent’s indirect sales channel. The department is headed by the well-regarded Hub. Harmeling.

Rated for its ‘profound experience and attentiveness’, Loyens & Loeff’s practice has extensive experience in handling a broad range of commercial matters, including corporate investigations and shareholder disputes. Mijke Sinninghe Damsté represented investment vehicle MLJM Holding in summary proceedings brought by the company’s co-founder regarding the sale of shares in Bugaboo. Sidney Berendsen is representing Oi in litigation brought by Aurelius Capital Management concerning its $14.3bn bond restructuring. Tom Claassens a name to note.

Considered ‘highly responsive, pragmatic and very client-focused’, Simmons & Simmons LLP’s practice is known for its strength in fraud and white-collar criminal matters; it has been increasingly active in mass claim and antitrust litigation. Johan Polet is representing long-term client Nippon Cargo Airlines in a number of proceedings brought by KLM, Air France, Lufthansa and British Airways regarding the alleged air cargo cartel. Mattie de Koning was promoted to partner. The team is headed by Bas Berghuis van Woortman.

Van Doorne’s team is noted for its ‘good industry knowledge’ and ‘fast response times’. Practice co-head Jasper Leedekerken represented the Dutch State Lottery in class actions brought by a group of customers regarding allegations of misleading statements by the client. Simone Hoogeveen is acting for KPMG in litigation brought by Royal Imtech regarding the plaintiff’s insolvency following a number of fraud cases. The team, which is also led by Walter Hendriksen, includes Lisette Bieleveld, Maurits Kalff and Sjoerd Kamerbeek.

Rated as ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’, Baker McKenzie’s ‘excellent’ group handles a broad range of corporate and commercial litigation, including Supreme Court matters. The ‘very pragmatic and thoughtful’ Frank Kroes represented Alstonville in Supreme Court litigation concerning directors’ liability and a fraudulent transfer of assets, while group head Robert van Agteren acted for the client in the lower courts. Itse Oosterhoff is recommended.

Bird & Bird LLP’s ‘very dedicated’ team is ‘great to work with’ and best known for its strength in the TMT and insurance sectors. Olaf Trojan is acting for Skyscanner in appeal proceedings regarding allegations of misleading ticket offerings. ‘Excellent project leader’ Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa, who is ‘very accurate and communicative’, heads the practice. Other clients include Zurich, FNsteel and Allianz.

Considered to be ‘very client-oriented’ and ‘to the point’, DLA Piper’s practice handles corporate, commercial and financial litigation. Practice head Léon Korsten acted for Conservatrix in a shareholder litigation matter brought before the Enterprise Chamber arising from its disposal by DNB to Eli Global. Clients also recommend Marnix Holtzer and Ewald Netten, who ‘makes the difference in litigation’ and ‘has an eye for finding a solution’.

Considered to be ‘professional and always dedicated’, Evers Soerjatin acts for domestic and multinational companies, as well as shareholders. Recent highlights include handling various professional liability matters for Zurich Insurance Group. Ellen Soerjatin heads the group.

Lexence’s team is rated for its ‘very professional and no-nonsense approach’. ‘Unbeatable’ co-head Timo Jansen has been representing Vodafone in claims alleging anti-competitive behaviour against KPN. Arnout Schennink is acting for the former director of Cancun on enquiry and directors’ liability proceedings brought by the company before the Supreme Court. Co-head Bram Thomas Craemer is also a name to note.

‘Always available and on point’, the ‘outstanding’ team at Linklaters has particular strength in corporate, financial and cartel litigation. ‘Go-to’ practice head Daniella Strik is advising BP on civil litigation matters regarding the bitumen cartel.

Stek’s ‘friendly’, ‘no-nonsense’ group has extensive experience in handling antitrust litigation across a broad range of sectors. The team, which includes ‘excellent litigator’ Gerben Smit, was bolstered by the arrival of Jan Bart van de Hel from Allen & Overy LLP.

AKD’s ‘bright’ and ‘responsive’ practice ‘really makes a difference’. Group head Patrick Haas is leading advice to Spanish investment bank Banco Mare Nostrum and one of its directors on a number of liability claims brought before the Amsterdam District Court. Barend de Roy van Zuidewijn and of counsel Marc Goethals are also names to note.

Dentons Boekel’s ‘very good’ team has considerable experience in antitrust matters. Group head Michel Deckers and Marc Kuijper are leading advice to Vestel on the Dutch aspects of damages proceedings brought against parties in the cathode ray tube cartel. Marc Elshof is also recommended.

Jones Day’s group is noted for its ‘impressive track record’ on cross-border matters. ‘Assertive’ group head Gerjanne te Winkel, who has ‘great courtroom presence’, represented Highfields Capital Management in litigation brought against Delta Lloyd before the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal regarding Delta Lloyd’s rights offering. Other clients include Fortuna Entertainment Group, Oi and TMF Group.

The highly regarded practice at Norton Rose Fulbright is best known for its expertise in financial and energy litigation. Practice head Yke Lennartz has particular strength in handling post-M&A and shareholder disputes. Of counsel Jan Duyvensz is also recommended.


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Part of the firm’s wider litigation and insurance department, CMS’ group is led by Leonard Böhmer, who often acts for Dutch and international insurance companies, as well as financial institutions.

Dentons Boekel’s team is often appointed to act as arbitrator and mediator in disputes. Michel Deckers is a key name.

Houthoff has considerable expertise handling national and international mediation procedures. Marry de Gaay Fortman is a key contact.

Kennedy Van der Laan’s team has experience in acting as mediator on a broad range of matters, including employment issues and shareholder disputes. Eva Knipschild heads the group.

At Loyens & Loeff, the mediation and alternative dispute resolution practice advises on a wide range of disputes, with particular strength in commercial, corporate and tax disputes, as well as disputes involving governmental bodies. Jurgen Kuiper is a name to note.

NautaDutilh’s team has experience in shareholder and transaction-related disputes. The team, which is led by Paul Holden, includes Geert Raaijmakers; both mediators are accredited by the London-based Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution.

The mediation practice at Van Doorne often handles insurance, technology and professional liability matters. It is headed by Kees Stuurman, who also leads the outsourcing team.


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