With 'superb legal knowledge and a practical hands-on approach', Allen & Overy LLP fields an expert team led by Marieke van Hooijdonk - an 'excellent tactician and advocate' who is 'massively persuasive'. The 'pleasant to work with' individuals include much-praised Hilde Van Der Baan, who is 'all over the facts of a case, a sharp and clever advocate'. The practice enjoys support from its first-class corporate and financial practices and international capability, attracting arbitrations at the highest level, including a number before the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Dispute resolution: arbitration in Netherlands
Allen & Overy LLP
Marieke van Hooijdonk
Other key lawyers:
Hilde van der Baan; Marnix de Planque
‘Fully dedicated arbitration team that brings a unique mix of superb legal knowledge and practical hands-on approach to the market. The team has the benefit of the international coverage of the A&O practice, whilst at the same time is firmly rooted in the Dutch market.’
‘Marieke van Hooijdonk stands out as the ‘grand lady’ of the practice. Smart, intelligent and fully dedicated to her clients. Her exoperience as ICC Court member brings an addiitonal benefit to the practice. Hilde van der Baan was recently promoted to partner and is a rising superstar. Well connected in the Dutch arbitration community and delivering services to clients at an exceptional level. With her, the future of A&O’s arbitration practice as a prime practice is safeguarded for the future. Marnix de Planque is a much valued and high quality counsel who adds an important contribution to the team. ’
‘A tier one arbitration practice. Extremely professional, high level of service and legal excellence. Clearly a top practice. Pragmatic and commercially savvy. Not arrogant, even though they are the best. Fun to work with. ’
‘Marieke van Hooijdonk: excellent tactician and advocate, massively persuasive. She will go the extra mile to win our case. Hilde van der Baan is all over the facts of a case, a sharp and clever advocate. Very receptive of client needs and prompt responses. Marnix de Planque excels in difficult legal issues. Very pleasant to work with. ’
‘The A&O team have worked tirelessly with us on a long-term international dispute under ICC arbitration. They have shown a strong understanding of the case as well as the arbitration process, and have provided strategic advice on the matter which has, to date, been consistently sound and realistic.’
‘Our lead partner is Marieke van Hooijdonk, who has worked with us for five years on our ICC matter. She has provided excellent strategic advice as well as having a very strong knowledge of the ICC arbitration process. She has been ably assisted by Hilde van der Baan (partner) as well as associates Guido Straub, Nadir Khalil and more recently, Hanneke Schreur. The team work hard and deliver strong advice, timely inputs and case management. They have also pulled in the expertise of the broader international A&O network when necessary. ’
‘Very knowledgeable team with hands-on attitude and pragmatic approach towards the case at hand. Individuals are to-the-point and pleasant to work with.’
‘Allen & Overy has a strong international arbitration practice, good presence in the Dutch market. Hilde van der Baan really stands out. She is very diligent, very responsive and thoroughly prepared. She is a pleasure to work with!’
- Acting for Cargill, a global trading and agricultural services company, in multiple disputes combining arbitration and court litigation.
- Representing Vancis Holding in respect of a post-M&A dispute with Cooperatie SURF U.A. regarding the sale of IT provider Vancis.
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has 'outstanding knowledge of domestic and international arbitration proceedings and are experts within their field.' A true heavyweight, the firm represents leading muliti-nationals and state governments on some of the most high-value and high-stakes arbitrations at home and globally, drafting in expertise from its international network where needed. Pre-eminent in the field, Marnix Leijten became managing partner of the firm in 2020 but remains head of the practice; it includes the expertise of Singpore-based Dutch lawyer Albert Marsman, Edward van Geuns and Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch.
Other key lawyers:
Albert Marsman; Edward van Geuns; Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch
‘De Brauw has the biggest and broadest arbitration team in the Netherlands. They can handle any type of arbitration, no matter how voluminous or complex. The team is first rate and generally pleasant to work with.’
‘This is an excellent team capable of helping the client ‘make the impossible possible’ in highly-complicated cases by strategic planning, well-versed logic and thorough legal analysis, coupled by extraordinary performance in arbitration proceedings.’
‘Marnix Leijten is an extremely good arbitration practitioner who has acute, sharp thinking, very detail-oriented, can identify crucial issues/evidence and use good logic sense to put all the arguments together. He always strives for the best solution, and drives for professional excellence. In my view, if you once work with Marnix and his team, you do not need to have a second Dutch lawyer if you encounter another big arbitration case governed by Dutch law. ’
‘The team has outstanding knowledge of domestic and international arbitration proceedings and are experts within their field. It is multilingual, takes a strategic approach and is very client-friendly. The team delivers high-quality work, often in a challenging political context and has proven to be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances. They respond quickly and communication has always been friendly and fun. Great team to work with! ’
‘During the work, we have got to known Albert Marsman as a sharp, smart and pleasant counsel to work with. His work is excellent and his friendly personality makes it great to work with him and his team. ’
‘Excellent knowledge of law and full dedication to the case. They provide a 360° assistance to clients, understanding complex matters and identifying the legal strategy with competence and capabilities.’
‘Martje Verhoeven-de Vries Lentsch is an outstanding professional , she analyses and studies everything. Always available, pragmatic, methodic and strategic at the same time.’
‘Excellent team of outstanding lawyers across the different levels of seniority, very high quality of submissions, very committed, strong focus on strategy, knowledge of the industry, open to discuss the issues, fun to work with. ’
Yukos Oil majority shareholders
COFCO Coöperatief U.A. and COFCO International
Royal Dutch Shell
Naftogaz of Ukraine
Republic of Kazakhstan
PJSC Novolipetsk Steel (NLMK)
ABN Amro Bank
Nouryon Industrial Chemicals
- Continuing to advise the Yukos Oil majority shareholders in their dispute with the Russian Federation relating to the expropriation of Yukos and damages award of $50bn.
- Advising Chinese state entity COFCO Coöperatief U.A./ COFCO International Limited in a highly-sensitive political matter while taking on a variety of different challenges, including claims relating to issues in a South American jurisdiction.
- Representing Sabah Shell Petroleum Company in arbitration about the construction of one of the biggest offshore oil-platforms (a Semi-Floating Production System) in the world.
A 'superb' and 'razor-sharp' team at Houthoff is praised highly for its 'deep experience' and 'combination of being strong in local as well as international counsel roles'. The work includes matters of the highest profile and significance, such as acting for the Russian State in its dispute with the shareholders of Yukos Oil, advice led by leading arbitration practitioners Marielle Koppenol-Laforce and Rob Meijer. Another market-leading figure is Dirk Knottenbelt , who 'has gravitas', and the recently made-up Thomas Stouten, who is 'highly persuasive, both in writing and orally'. Total, Petrobas and ING Group are clients.
Albert Knigge; Dirk Knottenbelt; Bart van der Wiel
Other key lawyers:
Marielle Koppenol-Laforce; Rob Meijer; Thomas Stouten
‘Houthoff has deep experience within the Dutch market (and therefore is effective in set aside and enforcement proceedings), but also has strong commercial arbitration experience as lead counsel. That combination of being strong in local as well as international counsel roles makes them excellent in contributing to a global litigation strategy and in executing that strategy.’
‘Dirk Knottenbelt knows the Dutch arbitration and litigation environment deeply, and has gravitas. Thomas Stouten is highly personable and is an effective arbitration strategist.’
‘The team is well balanced and stands out in arbitration. It provides pragmatic solutions and advice to avoid arbitration which allows us to focus on the business. They understand our needs, providing not a lengthy or complicated advice, but a solution. ’
‘Our first point of contact is Thomas Stouten who remains a razor sharp lawyer. Thomas is highly persuasive both in writing and orally. Thomas is eager, very responsive and great in hearings. Over the years he has really won our trust and also acts as a trusted advisor in various non-dispute related matters. In my opinion Thomas has really earned his place as an established partner over the last year and I see him carrying Houthoff’s dispute resolution practice for the coming years. ’
‘Superb, market-leading team. Houthoff punches above its weight. Thomas Stouten is a rising star in the field, someone to watch.’
‘Houthoff is one of the main players in the field of international arbitration in the Netherlands. The firm has one of the few full-time arbitration practices and are active in the larger arbitration (related) cases in the Netherlands at this moment.’
‘I work with Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, who is extremely hands on. I also work with Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk (counsel). Isabelle has extensive knowledge of international arbitration matters and seems to function as the brain of the team. ’
‘Razor sharp from a legal content perspective, highly responsive and T- shaped organised. `Thomas Stouten is a one-of-a-kind specialist, moreover a real pleasure to work with. A most promising arbitration specialist with a next level approach on arbitration.’
Aurelius Capital Management
Huntington Ingalls Industries
Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS)
Sligro Food Group
- Representing Petrobras in multiple actions in the Netherlands in the defence of the enforcement of an arbitral award, rendered in the United States under the AAA Rules.
- Counsel to the Russian Federation in the annulment procedure in the Dutch court of the ECT arbitration awards of 2009 and 2014 against the Russian Federation of $50bn and in favour of the claimants, three former shareholders of former Yukos Oil.
- Representing Eni, a leading Italian listed energy company, in annulment proceedings started by GasTerra, a leading Dutch gas company that has been supplying gas to Eni for decades.
Linklaters is well-placed to advise on arbitrations at the highest level; its premium client base now with access to high-profile and much-respected arbitration lawyer Gerard Meijer following his 2019 move to the firm from NautaDutilh along with his team. Meijer is leading advice in multiple high-value/stakes arbitrations and related matters, including defending the enforcement of a multi-billion dollar award for a well-known company. Senior associate Bo Ra Hoebeke has a growing profile.
Van Doorne provides 'top-notch arbitration expertise', the practice going from strength to strength following last year's arrival of widely-respected Rogier Schellaars and his team. Schellaars is noted for his 'down-to-earth manner' in explaining complex issues, and leads the team alongside 'highly-skilled' Bas van Zelst. Together, they are 'well-connected in the arbitration community'. The team has secured multiple high-value awards on behalf of clients in international and domestic arbitration.
Rogier Schellaars; Bas van Zelst
Other key lawyers:
‘Van Doorne’s dedicated arbitration team forms part of a larger group of dispute resolution specialists, of over 75 lawyers widely experienced in various subjects. This allowed Van Doorne to field top-notch arbitration expertise (arbitration partner Bas van Zelst). This is exactly what the case required; has proven highly-effective, both in terms of the favourable outcome of the arbitration, and with respect to keeping our management and insurance companies aligned.’
‘Bas van Zelst is highly skilled in arbitration. He combines his academic expertise with a pragmatic and results-oriented approach. We particularly appreciate Van Doorne’s ability to advise clearly and effectively on the appointment of arbitrators. With their arbitration partners Bas van Zelst and Rogier Schellaars being well-connected in the arbitration community, both nationally and internationally, they are able to find the right fit for the case and, subsequently, strike the right tone in the arbitration and get the result. Bas and Simone Hoogeveen also deserve praise for their awareness of governance and regulatory issues, and facilitating our legal team in managing the case internally.’
‘Practical, to-the-point explanation of theoretiocal problems with high financial impact.’
‘Rogier Schellaars is able to explain very difficult issues in a relaxed and down-to-earth manner which gives you confidence that you really understand the issue and gives a basis from which to make a judgement.’
Mr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf Bahgat
Caratube International Oil
Koninklijke Swets & Zeitlinger
- Successful in arbitration on behalf of US IP-company Geosolutions against Sino Hong Kong (JV partner), concerning the Chinese version of Facebook. Currently defending the award in the Dutch courts.
- Acting for Mr. Bahgat against the Republic of Egypt to defend his victory in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration.
- Acting as co-counsel alongside Derains & Gharavi (Paris) in representing Caratube to achieve a sound settlement, through enforcement actions in the Netherlands, regarding an ICSID award against the Republic of Kazakhstan.
DLA Piper handles cross-border and multi-jurisdictional arbitration via its extensive international network, with 'impressive work' undertaken in Amsterdam. Michiel Coenraads leads a 'group of smart, strategic-thinking lawyers' that is noted for its business acumen, earning an impressive panel win from a well-known company during the past year to lead all arbitration and litigation matters. Headline work includes acting for Gazprom in relation to its dispute with Naftogaz. Marnix Holtzer is a key adviser.
Other key lawyers:
‘DLA’s arbitration team in Amsterdam is doing impressive work. They are extremely enterpreneurial and are building a very solid practice with big cases for impressive clients. It is well integrated in the international network and these guys combine technical skills with business acumen and tactical and strategic thinking. I think they are well ahead of the other international firms in Amsterdam!’
‘Michiel Coenraads is absolutely very good. He is smart, eloquent, approachable and personable with great hearing presence. He understands deal dynamics. He is someone who can speak to our CEO and is well-connected, seems to know everybody. Jorian Hamster is a smart and technically gifted lawyer. I see a great future for him.’
‘The team consists of a group of smart, strategic thinking lawyers with a pleasant communication.’
‘Michiel is very pleasant to work with, is easily available, and is always looking for mutual ground in finding a solution without losing sight of our interest. He is always taking the time to advise us in the ways he thinks we can best reach our goals and come to an understanding with the other party.’
Airbus (Defence and Space)
Urban Green Technologies (Sun Africa)
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME)
- Acted for Gazprom in its dispute with Ukrainian state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz in relation to pricing for the transport of Russian gas to Europe.
- Advising GTH, a Cairo-listed subsidiary of telecom giant VEON, in a dispute with Niel Natural Resources which includes LCIA arbitration proceedings regarding a major post-M&A dispute and the public tender offer for GTH’s listed shares.
The 'quality of the output is high’ at Loyens & Loeff, which attracts top-drawer clients such as foreign states, including the Republic of India, and utility companies, for example. Notably, the firm is acting for former shareholders of Yukos Oil regarding the enforcement of arbitral awards against the Russian Federation following the expropriation of Yukos. 'Likeable' and 'great lawyer' Tom Claassens is widely praised by clients, noted as 'smart, results-oriented, and creative'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Tom Claassens is a great lawyer – smart, results-oriented, creative. Melle Boevink is an up-coming talent.’
‘Tom Claassens and his team serve the impressive client base of Loyens & Loeff (comprising Dutch corporates, as well as foreign clients) in international arbitrations. Recommend Tom Claassens and Jonathan Ruff.’
‘The firm has a small but strong arbitration team and strong ties with large international firms which gives it a good basis in the Dutch market.’
‘Tom Claassens is the lead arbitration partner: experienced, smooth and well versed in the international arbitration practice. Being a very nice guy helps.’
‘Leading partner Tom Claassens is very smart and likeable. His team of associates work hard and are committed. The quality of the output is high. ’
Yukos Oil – former majority shareholders
The Republic of India
- Representing the former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil in the enforcement of the arbitral awards rendered against the Russian Federation for claims amounting to over $50bn in relation to the unlawful expropriation of their investment in Yukos Oil.
- Representing the Republic of India in an annulment procedure before the Dutch courts concerning an UNCITRAL arbitral partial award rendered in 2016 in favour of an investor following a dispute under a bilateral investment treaty.
NautaDutilh collaborates with colleagues in its Luxembourg and Belgian offices to offer a Benelux-wide arbitration practice, which is regularly sought by major companies and foreign counsel requiring local advice. 'Strong Dutch lawyer' Kasper Krzeminski and Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot , who has 'complete mastery of Dutch arbitration law', lead the Netherlands team from Rotterdam and Amsterdam respectively. Instructions include the enforcement of a €500m award against the State of Kazakhstan on behalf of foreign investors. Freerk Vermeulen who heads the Supreme Court litigation practice further supports the practice.
Kasper Krzeminski; Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice has a good understanding of the technical/industry processes.’
‘Able to provide a practical advice with respect to a technical, complex matters which is still well balanced between legal & commercial.’
‘NautaDutilh is one of three firms in the Netherlands with a really effective and responsive arbitration group.’
‘Mirjam van de Hel-Koedoot has a complete mastery of Dutch arbitration law and a low-key but highly effective style in presenting arguments to the court.’
‘The NautaDutilh arbitration team is dedicated, resourceful and capable of seeing the big picture of a dispute as well as its small details. They have very high professional ethical standards and procedural discipline. I can compare them with other Dutch law firms and may confirm that NautaDutilh is in every respect superior. ’
‘Kasper Krzeminski and Ivo Rozendal stand out.’
‘Strong Dutch lawyers. Kasper Kazminski is recommended.’
Anatoli Stati; Gabriel Stati; Ascom Group S.A.; Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd.
Municipality of Amsterdam
- Representing four foreign investors – Anatoli Stati, Gabriel Stati, Ascom Group, and Terra Raf Trans Traiding – in the enforcement of a $500m arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan.
- Acting for Leidos Incorporated in enforcing an arbitral award against Greece in the Benelux, resulting in the recent payment to Leidos of €53m.
- Successfully represented the Municipality of Amsterdam and Stichting Waternet in a NAI arbitration and subsequent setting aside proceedings, both initiated by Amstelboats B.V. and its owner.
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV excels in litigation on behalf of State and local governments and has a high-calibre arbitiration practice to match. The comprehensive practice covers all stages of arbitration, from interim measures to setting aside proceedings up to the Supreme Court; non-government clients include ABN Amro Bank and Rabobank. Head of the team René Kiers is particularly skilled in arbitration related to large-scale infrastructure and construction projects.
Other key lawyers:
Martijn Scheltema; Mark Birnage
State of the Netherlands
Provinces of North Holland, South Holland, Utrecht, North Brabant, Limburg, Gelderland, Zeeland.
Cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague
Other municipalities, government bodies and public authorities
Feadship Holland; Royal Van Lent; Royal De Vries Shipbuilding
ABN Amro Bank
- Representing the State of the Netherlands in multi-million euro arbitration proceedings on issues leading to delay in the execution of the €750m Zeetoegang IJmond sea lock PPP.
- Acting for the Municipality of The Hague in multiple alternative dispute resolution matters concerning a concert hall construction and redevelopment projects.
- Representing the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations in a large arbitration regarding the renovation and extension of the courthouse in the province Overijssel.
Van Oosten Schulz De Korte Advocaten has substantial arbitration capability, particularly in practice head and 'fantastic lawyer' Jurjen De Korte, who 'always delivers punch where and when it is needed'. He led advice to Gazprom Dutch Group entities in relief proceedings in relation to its $2.6bn dispute with Naftogaz. Other clients of the practice include Hudson’s Bay Company, Turkish Airlines and Sberbank, advising the latter in connection with enforcement following a €65m claim.
Jurjen de Korte
Other key lawyers:
‘ Quick and efficient.’
‘Jurgen de Korte is a fantastic lawyer’
‘The only boutique firm in the Netherlands that operates on the edge of civil litigation and arbitration and criminal defence/ white color crime work. They have an impressive international disputes practice and have proven to be a reliable partner in a number of complex proceedings.’
‘We frequently work with the team of Jurjen de Korte on a variety of matters, including the successful defence against enforcement of a multi-billion dollar SCC arbitral award. He is very accessible, efficient and always delivers punch where and when it is needed.’
‘They are known for top-end international arbitration work. The team is able to use litigation surrounding arbitration and creative attachment orders to the clients’ advantage.’
‘Jurjen de Korte has solid cross-border experience (including at Herbert Smith Freehills in the UAE) as well as in leading Dutch law firms, which makes it much easier for him to handle international arbitration cases and successfully guide foreign clients.’
Gazprom Dutch Group Entities
Hudson’s Bay Company
Louis Dreyfus Company
Arthur Daniels Midland
IB Capital FX
- Successfully represented Dutch Gazprom affiliates in three urgent relief proceedings in relation to its $2.6bn dispute with Naftogaz.
- Acting for Hudson’s Bay Company in numerous proceedings before the Dutch courts relating to claims by landlords following the bankruptcy of its Dutch business.
- Represented IATA in proceedings before the Dutch courts initiated by more than 185 European travel agents and regarding more than $14m in refunds for flights cancelled by defunct Hungarian airliner Malev.
Baker McKenzie's commercial litigation team is experienced in domestic and international arbitration, attracting an eviable client roster that includes blue chip multinationals such as Unilever, Shell and Pfizer. It recently won a major cost award and an enforcement penalty of €150m on behalf of Japanese conglomerate Yanmar. Frank Kroes is recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Robert van Agteren; Itse Oosterhoff
‘What gave me most comfort was the clear indication of experience and expertise right from the initial consultation, which had been completely refreshing after interviewing other firms in the area. They were able to disect the relevant issues from the conversation, tied it into similar, previous cases and outcomes to give us an indication of what it requires and what the potential time durations and costs would be.’
‘Itse Oosterhoff, partner, is an exceptional leader that never makes the client feel stupid or talked down to. He never feels the need to show superiority as he has full command of his discipline and confidence in his knowledge and expertise, but sufficient emotional intelligence to guide the client to the end goal with confidence and experience. He never gives you false hope and does not try to ‘oversell’ the client expensive additional litigation costs, but gives you insight into potential outcomes and solutions in clear concise terms to allow the client to make rational commercial decisions that are not clouded by emotions. He is firm when the client wants to head in the wrong direction, and will guide you back to sensible solutions. One of a handful of lawyers globally that I have worked with that I will always have full confidence in and would happily engage whenever I need their services again.’
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Public Transportation Board of the City of Amsterdam (GVB)
- Defended Japanese family-owned conglomerate Yanmar’s interests in arbitration, pro-actively avoided (parallel) court proceedings in France and considered transfer of undertaking issues for Yanmar in such a way that Yanmar was able to enter the French market direct and seamlessly continue to supply to OEM customers and resellers.
Clifford Chance has significant capability in handling some high-value matters on behalf of major companies, including financial institutions. Arbitration under all major international rules is undertaken, including investment treaty arbitration within ICSID rules, for example. Counsel and arbitrator Juliette Luycks has broad experience and works closely with colleagues from the firm's international network where needed.
- Represented an international company operating in the TMT sector in a dispute regarding breach of warranties following the sale of its media business.
Conway & Partners
Disputes boutique Conway & Partners is primarily focused on international arbitration and arbitration-related litigation in the construction and engineering industries, but sector expertise also includes natural resources, maritime and transport and technology, for example. Managing partner Shawn Conway has over 30 years' experience as both international counsel and arbitrator.
Other key lawyers:
Thabiso van den Bosch;
‘The practice is unique in its knowledge of the international building practice and handling of international disputes both in court proceedings and in arbitration settings.’
‘Very efficient and direct contact with eye for costs of proceedings.’
Computershare Investor Services
- Representing Alpha Investgroup Corporation in setting aside proceedings before Dutch courts relating to a NAI arbitral award against the German multinational HeidelbergCement.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons is rebuilding its arbitration practice following its 2019 team departure. The firm welcomed experienced arbitration lawyer and international arbitrator Niek Peters in March 2020, a significant boost to its overall disputes practice. Current manadates include high-value arbitration award enforcements, and arbitration relating to post-M&A and financial disputes, for example.