Insurance in Netherlands

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The insurance team at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek collaborates closely with colleagues in areas such as M&A, dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency to provide holistic and 'high quality legal advice' on the whole spectrum of insurance matters. Work ranges from acting for insured corporate parties in disputes to assisting insurers with regulatory and enforcement matters, transactions and mass-claim litigation. Dennis Horeman is 'a very thoughtful but at the same time very practical lawyer'. Mariken van Loopik, who focuses on regulatory challenges, and Eelco Meerdink, who 'has a great eye for small details and their potential relevancy in extremely large cases' are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dennis Horeman; Mariken van Loopik; Eelco Meerdink

Testimonials

The team provides very hands-on advice that is immediately valuable for the client.

Dennis Horeman is a very thoughtful but at the same time very practical lawyer.

A multi-linguistic international team with a lot of expertise in international disputes and all the difficulties arising with such disputes.

Eelco Meerdink has a great eye for small details and their potential relevancy in extremely large cases.

High quality legal advice. Practicable and to the point.

Mariken van Loopik is a power house.

Hands on, practical, skillful, good drafters, knowledgeable about the relevant law and practice and all its facets. Good availability and really nice to work with.

The team was able to quickly understand our specific insurance business and translate this to the applicable legal framework. Thanks to their good communication skills, our conversations were very pleasant.

I worked with Dennis Horeman and Remco Kloppenburg. Dennis has been very helpful in structuring our arguments before the court. Remco was very easy to approach and helped us in explaining how we had to interpret rulings in relation to our day to day business.

Key clients

Achmea B.V.

Ageas

SRLEV

CZ

Work highlights

  • Representing Achmea, a large Dutch insurance group, and Union, its Slovak subsidiary, in proceedings before the European Commission, the EU General Court and the EU Court of Justice in relation to a state aid case regarding measures taken by the Slovak Republic in favour of state-owned health insurers and to the detriment of Union and Dovera, the two privately owned health insurers on the Slovak market.
  • Representing CZ in Supreme Court litigation against an intermediary that is claiming over €10m for an alleged breach of contract.
  • Advising SRH (previously SNS Reaal) on its insurance cover under several D&O insurance contracts.

Houthoff

Houthoff's insurance team stands out for its 'excellent client service' and 'useful experience' and it is well equipped to deal with all major issues affecting the insurance industry, both contentious and non-contentious. Along with increasing activity in M&A deals in the insurance sector, the practice handles international multiparty disputes and professional indemnity and D&O matters. Berry van Wijk, who jointly heads the practice with Hans Londonck Sluijk, 'combines great legal knowledge with a business mind'. Also recommended is Huib Lebbing, 'with whom it is a pleasure to work'.

Practice head(s):

Berry van Wijk; Hans Londonck Sluijk

Testimonials

Good knowledge, quick availability, quick responses.

Berry van Wijk is very good.

Quick setup of a team of lawyers if necessary, always reachable. In-depth knowledge of many fields which can be easily combined if necessary. Offices or related law firms in other countries to be used if necessary.

Berry van Wijk is always very clear and honest about the timetable and projection of costs if you discuss this with her beforehand. She has a lot of knowledge, not only of insurance law but also of the insurance industry and relates/applies that very well to our company and its needs. Furthermore, she has been a very pleasant sparring partner already for many years, not only in good times, but also when the going got tough.

Excellent client service; practical and to the point legal advice.

Both Huib Lebbing and Lucas Dröge are excellent lawyers, with whom it is a pleasure to work.

Very pleasant cooperative way of working together. Never let the interests of those involved out of sight. Easily approachable.

A lot of very useful experience. Very approachable and pleasant cooperation. It is important that we know and can rely upon the thought that our matter is in good professional hands and the approach is very well-considered and coordinated.

Personal, individual and efficient legal advice to the highest professional standards.

Berry van Wijk (partner) combines great legal knowledge with a business mind, solution-focused, goes the extra mile to provide strategic advice that enhances the business.

Key clients

Allianz

Zurich

AIG

Swiss Re

NN Group (Nationale Nederlanden)

MS Amlin

AXA XL

CNA

Aon

Atradius Credit Insurance

HDI-Gerling

eBay

Marktplaats

Work highlights

  • Representing Nationale Nederlanden, a major international insurance company, in the ongoing Dutch class actions regarding the alleged mis-selling of millions of unit-linked insurances, for which the insured are seeking compensation.
  • Representing Smit Draad, member of the IRCE group of companies, and its insurer Reaal Vivat Anbang, against a class action and collective health and safety claim brought by the Dutch Trade Union Confederation FNV on behalf of employees.
  • Assisted Eli Global with the recapitalisation of all outstanding shares in the Dutch life insurance company Nederlandsche Algemeene Maatschappij van Levensverzekering Conservatrix.

NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh has 'a strong reputation for dealing with complex, high-value and high-profile claims'. It is frequently involved in litigation cases where there a major reputational risk element for notable pharmaceutical and insurance companies, including GSK and Aegon. The practice also has 'extensive experience in various issues concerning the duty of care of insurers'. Sjoerd Meijer, who heads the practice jointly with Stijn Franken, is a prominent litigator in the field of unit-linked life insurance products. Both are recommended as 'exceptional lawyers'. Also notable is senior associate Bianca van der Goes who is 'eloquent, resourceful, sharp, convincing, and has good judgement'.

Practice head(s):

Stijn Franken; Sjoerd Meijer

Testimonials

Strong insurance team with dedication and knowledge of the market.

Sjoerd Meijer and Stijn Franken are both exceptional lawyers who have in-depth knowledge of the insurance market in the Netherlands and also have a strong network.

High-level coverage advice and settlement strategy.

NautaDutilh’s insurance litigation practice has a strong reputation for dealing with complex, high-value and high-profile claims such as claims regarding unit-linked and universal life insurance products. Furthermore, they have extensive experience in various issues concerning the duty of care of insurers. The lawyers of the team stay in close contact with us and were friendly and tireless in their efforts.

Bianca van der Goes: her legal advice is always practical, solution-oriented and pro-actively given. And her knowledge of Dutch Financial and Pension Law is outstanding.

The contact I have had by telephone, in sessions with KiFiD (arbitration committee) and the Appeal Board, and in courts of law were outstanding and very professional. The written statements (reactions, statement of reply, and rejoinders) are extensive yet to the point.

In most cases I have worked with Senior Asociate Bianca van der Goes. Thanks to her, our “winning streak” is almost 100%! Her written work is impeccable, she always delivers on time. I have always received her sessions report the day after the sessions have taken place. In court she is eloquent, resourceful, sharp, convincing, and she has good judgement in foreseeing and acting on (un)expected circumstances. And moreover she is a very friendly and attentive person.

My experience was with the product liability group – in that area they are very good.

They worked well with counsel around the world. They did not duplicate work that had been done elsewhere, but rather were able to use that work effectively in their country.

Key clients

Allianz

ASR

AIG

Aegon

Shell

Achmea

HDI Gerling

Allianz

Dutch Association of Insurers

GSK

Sanofi

TPG

UK P&I Club

Monuta

DSM

AMLIN

Work highlights

  • Representing clients ASR Nederland, Achmea, Aegon, Allianz, and Generali in mass damage claims proceedings pertaining to unit-linked life insurance products before the Financial Services Complaints Tribunal and civil courts.
  • Defending GSK against a product liability claim.
  • Assisting Rheinland Versicherung with the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation and the Insurance Distribution Directive in company policies and collaboration agreements with third parties (intermediaries and underwriting agents).

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright assists with the whole spectrum of insurance matters, covering both regulatory services and dispute resolution. The team brings its 'good understanding of business' to non-contentious work including M&A, joint ventures, capital management for the insurance industry, compliance, restructuring and insolvency, and contractual and agency advice. Jan Duyvensz, who made partner in January 2019, takes the lead in litigious matters, representing clients across all sectors of the insurance industry, among them general and life insurers and reinsurers, brokers and other intermediaries, mutuals, and captives. Ep Hannema is the key name to note for transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Jan Duyvensz

Testimonials

We have always worked with the same lawyer, namely Jan Duyvensz, as he has always satisfied our needs.

The team is very strong in terms of legal skills, but what sets them apart is their knowledge of the broader business world. For example, providing your interpretation of a contract can be nice and all, but knowing that the business of the contracting party is subject to increased governmental attention for some reason can be equally important. They are also very flexible in terms of working hours, which is always helpful.

Rogier de Haan: delivers very well on availability, coordination with other NRF resources and legal skills. Ep Hannema: delivers very well on availability, coordination with other NRF resources and legal skills. He also has an exceptional overview of what’s going on in the business world and with regulators, which is tremendously helpful.

Good personal contact, good understanding of business.

Understand our needs.

Key clients

AIG

Allied World Assurance Company

Amlin

AmTrust

Brit Insurance

BNP Paribas

Chubb

Generali

Pembroke

Riskpoint

RSA

Tokio Marine Kiln

XL Catlin

Work highlights

  • Assist insurance companies AmTrust and Hyperion with their corporate structuring and the required approvals and notifications with the Dutch regulators.
  • Advised Markel Limited on the consequences of Brexit for its insurance policies and clients.
  • Defending a lawyer in court proceedings in relation to a multimillion-euro complex bankruptcy matter.

Van Doorne

Van Doorne is 'a leading practice for professional liability and D&O liability', providing 'excellent knowledge' and 'good connections to the London market'. The firm is experienced in acting for the insurers of the directors, as defence, coverage, and monitoring counsel, focusing especially on clients from the not-for-profit sector, among them healthcare companies and housing corporations. Other work includes policy drafting and supervision of the insurance sector. The team, headed by the 'highly skilledAnnemieke Hendrikse and the 'extremely efficientWalter Hendriksen, was further bolstered by the arrival of experienced litigator Willeke van Spanje at senior associate level from Van Traa Advocaten.

Practice head(s):

Annemieke Hendrikse; Walter Hendriksen

Testimonials

Walter Hendriksen: stands out with all of his experience. He is extremely efficient when solving all kind of disputes. Sjoerd Kamerbeek: youngest talent within the partner group.

In-depth knowledge of insurance practice. Leading practice in professional liability and D&O liability.

Outstanding in the insurance market and maintain in a pleasant and convincing way the relationship with clients: insurers and insurance-brokers.

Very capable D&O practice! One of the three best in The Netherlands.

Annemieke Hendrikse is much appreciated for her in-depth knowledge in D&O policies and practices, her hands-on approach as monitoring counsel (and willingness to explore practical solutions), and professionalism as regards defence positions of D&Os.

We have worked only with Annemieke Hendrikse on a complex multi-jurisdictional D&O matter involving issues of Dutch law and she proved to be highly skilled and able to understand complex matters not only from the perspective of her legal system. She is a true expert in insurance law, which is also our main field of expertise, and we appreciated her deep understanding of the D&O insurance market.

High qualification and prompt availability.

The insurance team is top of the market in the Netherlands. The team puts a lot of effort into efficiency and therefore is able to invoice reasonable rates when compared to other similar firms.

Excellent knowledge of the insurance industry, particularly the D&O market. Regularly acting as monitoring counsel of insurers, acting in a cooperative and constructive manner serving the interests of both insurers and insureds. This is not common.

Leading insurance practice for the Netherlands with good connections to the London market.

Key clients

AIG

AGCS

AON

AXA XL

Chubb

HDI

Nationale Nederlanden

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Represented the liability insurer involved with the €11.5m settlement with the bankruptcy trustees of Econcern.

Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten

The team at Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten brings its 'personal approach' to a variety of matters, including D&O liabilities, national and international policy disputes, and advising on policy wording, assisting insurers and insured parties. The firm counts notable names including Allianz, Aon and AIG among its longstanding clients. The practice handles all manner of claims, including those regarding construction liability, product liability, general, professional and employer's liability. The three joint heads of the practice, Jacco van de MeentCarlijn ten Bruggencate and Joeri Cox, are 'able to see the different angles of a case' and 'create a collaboration'.

Practice head(s):

Jacco van de Meent; Carlijn ten Bruggencate; Joeri Cox

Testimonials

Personal approach, able to see the different angles of a case, create a collaboration, negotiate in a co-operative way.

Key clients

Liberty

XL Catlin

MS Amlin

Delta Lloyd / Nationale Nederlanden

Avéro Achmea

Allianz

Tokio Marine

HDI

AIG

Aon

Reaal

ASR

Work highlights

  • Defending the liability insurers of a company that provides unique mobile festival venues to music festivals against a €10m claim for the collapse of a tent.
  • Defending the liability insurers of an installation company against a €3.6m claim made by the government as a consequence of a fire which damaged a government building, which was allegedly caused by the insured.
  • Representing a landlord in a dispute with the client’s general liability insurers regarding coverage for the severe consequences of the demolition of a shopping centre.

Dirkzwager legal & tax

Dirkzwager legal & tax fields 'a quick, effective and pragmatic team with a lot of knowledge in the insurance field'. The practice has particular 'experience in dealing with large and complex D&O matters', where it frequently represents insurance companies, among them international names including Royal Sun Alliance, Amlin and Liberty Mutual. Daan Baas, who regularly conducts litigation in civil courts, is 'quick and realistic and a pleasure to work with'. Harry Kruitwagen, who has 'a swift and practical approach', advises insurers on aspects of liability in the business sphere. Other key names to note are René Wildenburg and Joost Bindels.

Practice head(s):

Harry Kruitwagen; Daan Baas; René Wildenburg; Joost Bindels

Testimonials

Quick, effective and pragmatic team with a lot of knowledge in the insurance field.

Daan Baas is quick and realistic and a pleasure to work with. Daan looks for quick pragmatic solutions to avoid unnecessary litigation.

A solid and good office. They are knowledgeable and are always willing to help.

Daan and his team provide a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with large and complex D&O matters.

Daan Baas, Harry Kruitwagen, Joost Bindels: Very good lawyers.

Dirkzwager is unique in how they practice law. They are friendly, easy to contact and have all the knowledge I need. And no matter what I want, there is always time for me as a customer.

Harry Kruitwagen has a vast knowledge in his area of expertise, is pleasant to deal with (even as the opponent’s lawyer) and has a swift and practical approach to complex matters.

Harry Kruitwagen – in liability a straight triple A. Daan Baas – young, full of knowledge, eager, out of the box. Susanne Hermsen – for all my German problems, she handles them. And all three have the time to help me with little questions/problems, just in between cases. And besides the great problem solvers they are, it’s also nice to just have a talk and lunch/drink.

A sympathetic and capable team well versed in Dutch liability and insurance law. Special mention to Harry Kruitwagen, Joost Bindels (both are partners) and Pieter Bloemendal (associate).

Dan Baas is excellent.

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

Amlin Insurance SE (MS Amlin)

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE

Allianz Benelux N.V.

Delta Lloyd

Royal Sun Alliance

AIG Europe SA

Aon

Achmea Schadeverzekeringen (Avéro)

Zurich Insurance plc

HDI Gerling

QBE Insurance (Europe) ltd

DUPI

Marsh

Willis

TVM

Nationale Nederlanden

Unigarant

Bovemij

ASR

Work highlights

  • Representing an insured party (tax adviser) of AIG in a professional liability matter in which over €5m of damage was allegedly caused due to incorrect tax advice.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

With Victor de Vlaam at its head, the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP maintains its strong transactional and regulatory focus. The practice frequently advises major insurance and reinsurance clients on complex cross-border M&A transactions and restructurings, portfolio transfers for life and non-life insurance products, insurance derivatives such as mortality and longevity swaps, and restructuring, and also provides related insurance regulatory advice. Recent highlights include advising Resolution Life Group, a leading long-term manager of legacy life insurance portfolios, on its the bid for Vivat, one of the  top three Dutch blue-chip insurance groups. Senior associate Aafke Pronk is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Victor de Vlaam

Key clients

Resolution Life

Nationale-Nederlanden

Starr Underwriting Agents

SCOR

Reinsurance Group of America

Generali

AXA

Berkshire Hathaway

ARAG

Monument Re

Chubb

United Health

Hamilton Re

Swiss Re

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Company of Europe

Assured Guarantee

Booking.com

CIGNA

TravelJigsaw / Rentalcars

If PI&C Insurance

Leidsche Verzekering Maatschappij

Work highlights

  • Advising Resolution Life Group, a leading long-term manager of legacy life insurance portfolios, on Project Vincent, the bid for Vivat.
  • Assisting TravelJigsaw with the Dutch implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive in the Netherlands.
  • Advising AXA Wealth Management on specific Dutch insurance law matters in relation to underwriting life insurance contracts.

Kennedy Van der Laan

The team at Kennedy Van der Laan 'provides practical solutions' and also stands out for its 'strong personal relationship' with clients. The firm has a strong record in advising on all aspects of Dutch and European financial services regulation applicable to insurers, brokers and other insurance distributors, as well as assisting with claims and reviewing policy wordings. The 'experiencedPeter van den Broek specialises in product recall. For corporate insurance matters, Jan Broekhuizen is the name to note and Erik van Orsouw leads on work with insurance brokers and intermediaries. Also recommended are Chris van DijkFrits van der WoudePetra Oskam and senior associate Mark Wisse.

Practice head(s):

Erik van Orsouw; Chris van Dijk; Frits van der Woude; Peter van den Broek; Jan Broekhuizen; Petra Oskam

Testimonials

Good quality of work, accessibility, open to discussion. Work gets done on time. Their advice provides practical solutions with a firm legal basis. I do like theorising, but they understand when this is not opportune.

The team has high level knowledge in the area of liability and professional liability. We can make use of the knowledge of the team to enlarge our knowledge. The team can advise us in different matters on our speciality, the professional liability of financial advisers and real estate agents.

The lawyers are accessible and open.

The team is very engaged, accessible and knowledgeable. Team members are always ready to engage and work towards practicable solutions. I would highly recommend the team for matters in the field of insurance and professional liability.

Michiel Lubbers is a very accessible and engaged attorney. He is very knowledgeable in his field, insurance and professional liability. Michiel is a very effective and hands-on attorney who is always prepared to go the extra mile for his client. Would highly recommend. Peter Kramer is a very knowledgeable and accessible attorney in the field of insurance and professional liability who is effective and hands-on representing his clients. Would highly recommend. Marit van der Pool is a very knowledgeable and effective attorney in professional liability and insurance. I would especially highly recommend Marit with regards to accountant professional liability.

Strong personal relationship, variation with individual services provided.

In depth insurance market knowledge. Efficient. Easy to deal with.

Peter van den Broek: experienced, efficient, not only a lawyer but also a trusted adviser.

Key clients

Amlin

Zurich

VvAA/Medrisk

VGA

De Vereende

Ahold

RSA

Allianz

Loyens & Loeff

The multidisciplinary team at Loyens & Loeff is highly active across the insurance space, where it advises clients on transactional and regulatory matters, including the transfer of portfolios, M&A, investigations by regulators, and the entrance of new participants into the market, with several key recent instructions coming from the health sector. The firm is also highly active In contentious matters, acting for both insurers and claimants in relation to large-scale coverage disputes before first instance and appellate courts as well as in arbitration. The practice is jointly led by regulatory specialist Kitty Lieverse and senior associate Merel van Asch, whose focus is primarily on the team's contentious practice.

Practice head(s):

Kitty Lieverse; Merel van Asch

Testimonials

Kitty Lieverse is excellent in not only answering questions raised but also pointing out hidden pitfalls as well as options maybe not considered. Ideal to not only comment on a matter, but also to strategise.’

Loyens and Loeff provide in-depth knowledge of how companies in the insurance industry operate.’

Merel van Asch has excellent insurance knowledge and always in-depth file knowledge.’

Key clients

Aon

Aegon N.V.

AIG

BNP Paribas Cardif

AXA

VGZ/Univé

Achmea

NN Group N.V.

Allianz

ASR

Work highlights

  • Represents Zilveren Kruis in relation to the bankruptcy of two Dutch hospitals (MC Slotervaart and MC IJsselmeerziekenhuizen).
  • Advised the CAK Group on its cooperation with iptiQ Life S.A., a Luxembourg insurer, with the aim to offer multiple health insurance products on the Dutch market.
  • Advised Stichting Schaderegelingskantoor voor Rechtsbijstandverzekering, an independent legal assistance provider for insurance companies, on the transfer of the legal expenses insurance portfolios of Nationale-Nederlanden Schadeverzekering Maatschappij N.V. and Aegon Schadeverzekering N.V. to DAS Nederlandse Rechtsbijstand Verzekeringsmaatschappij N.V. and ARAG SE (both Netherlands-based legal expenses insurance companies), respectively.

Van Traa Advocaten

The team at Van Traa Advocaten has 'a practical and commercial approach' to matters, focusing especially on insurance and complex liability cases within the transport and construction industries, and high-stakes personal injury claims. Robert de Haan carries out policy advisory work, as well as bringing 'a commercial approach to resolving all disputes', and has particular expertise in the marine sector. The key name to note for aviation claims is Gerbrich Oreel. Practice head Robert Pessers leads a team which is assisting all insurers handling claims, totalling over €50m, arising from a broken waterpipe leading to the complete evacuation of the VU Medical Centre.

Practice head(s):

Robert Pessers

Testimonials

Van Traa is very strong in all fields of insurance law but I believe they are the absolute number one when it comes to marine insurance and transportation law. Their size is big enough to allow them to handle large cases but small enough to retain a personal approach and this fosters very good relations with clients. Robert de Haan who is one of the Senior Partners at Van Traa is outstanding in marine and non-marine insurance law. He has a commercial approach to resolving all disputes including ones where the most complex and tricky issues arise (in a practical way). I have often met with him and with our clients who value his ability to distil the key issues in a case into a clear and simple understandable form. When it comes to law relating to marine casualties (and in particular relating to General Average) Jolien Kruit is the leading expert in the Netherlands in this field. As for up and coming junior lawyers, Leendert Van Hee is very knowledgeable on disputes relating to road carriage and carriage of goods by sea and has become our go-to lawyer.

The lawyers at Van Traa, in particular Robert de Haan and Leendert Van Hee, stand out for their speed of response and commercial approach to cases, including their fees. If our clients ever wish to discuss the level of fees Robert and Leendert are always willing to come to a commercial solution. Above all, however, their practical and commercial approach to disputes and the legal issues arising is what makes them stand out.

Strong (insurance) market performance and practical approach to cases.

Robert Pessers: working on various complex matters for a final resolution out of court.

Excellent in complex claims.

I work with Derk-Jan van der Kolk and Olivier Bohmer. Two most experienced lawyers who are aware of the balance between cost and revenue, so they look for solutions.

Key clients

AIG Europe

Ballast Nedam

ASR Schadeverzekeringen

Achmea Schadeverzekeringen

Marsh

Amlin

Clyde & Co

Zeeland Refinery

Centraal Beheer Achmea / Avéro

Markel International

Centraal Beheer; Interpolis

Van Ameyde Netherlands

HDI

Reme Rechtsanwalte

Nationale Nederlanden

NN, previous Delta Lloyd

AON

Aegon

Reaal

Allianz Int.

RSA

Donatus Insurance

AFC Ajax Amsterdam

Work highlights

  • Representing Amsterdam Football Club, Ajax, in connection with its liability for alleged inadequate medical treatment following a player’s hear failure.
  • Advising manufacturers and constructors active in the former asbestos industry and their insurance companies on the current and future Dutch regulatory framework on asbestos.
  • Assisting the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment with the new version of the Professional Group Code of Conduct for Handling Occupational Disease Claims.

AKD

The highly specialised team at AKD is focused solely on insurance issues and policy disputes connected to the transport and energy sectors. The key contact for assisting clients from the marine industry is Pieter Den Haan, who regularly acts for insurers and assureds in coverage disputes resulting from collisions, salvage, wreck removal, and total losses. Also recommended are Jos van der Meché, who advises on liability insurance related to the carriage and storage of goods, and litigation specialist Haco van der Houven van Oordt.

Practice head(s):

Jos van der Meché; Haco van der Houven van Oordt

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird's 'excellent and practical' insurance team is especially focused on litigious matters, frequently representing clients in policy coverage disputes. The practice is valued for 'understanding the business of the client', particularly in the technology, infrastructure and construction sectors. On the non-contentious side, the firm assists with matters including the drafting of insurance policies. Practice head Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa led a team that successfully represented a panel of insurers in a €3.5m insurance coverage claim against Attero Holding, related to machinery breakdown. The other key name to note is senior associate Laura Grijpma.

Practice head(s):

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa

Testimonials

The Bird & Bird team is routinely excellent and practical.

On this insurance matter, Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa was essential to us.

Strengths: understanding the business of the client and anticipating the right direction to take.

Key clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGSC) Munich

Ducor Petrochemicals

Bazan Oil Group

Zurich

Shiloh Industries, Inc.

EasyJet

Work highlights

  • Represented Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) and Ducor Petrochemicals in a €3m claim against a water treatment company in a case concerning a sudden corrosion attack in Ducor’s Rotterdam factory.
  • Successfully represented a panel of insurers in a €3.5m insurance coverage claim against Attero Holding related to machinery breakdown.

CMS

The 'very pragmatic' insurance team at CMS makes full use of its 'good international network' to assist with multi-jurisdictional matters and team members 'excel in quickly understanding and managing the complex cross-border product liability issues' of cases. The firm acts for brokers, insurers and reinsurers, as well as insured clients from the real estate, construction, financial services, retail and life sciences sectors. Bas Baks, who jointly heads the practice with Leonard Böhmer, is 'an excellent lawyer with a great eye for detail but with a healthy level of pragmatism'. Counsel Eva Schothorst-Gransier has in-depth knowledge of the life sciences industry and is 'both efficient and approachable'.

Practice head(s):

Leonard Böhmer; Bas Baks

Testimonials

Easily accessible, understand their profession. Qualified, personal and strong international network (e.g. CMS NL- CMS UK).

They offer strength and breadth in the insurance sector, across multiple jurisdictions.

The team is very pragmatic and has a good international network that really works. Are easily accessible.

Personally, I prefer to work with Bas Baks. He is an excellent lawyer with a great eye for detail but with a healthy level of pragmatism. By keeping things simple and focusing on the end goal, Bas is able to take control over situations in the short-term. During client meetings Bas sometimes observes for a while and then comes back with great analysis but without spending too many words or too much time on it. Bas really is a professional and stands out in this area.

This is one of the biggest liability and insurance teams in the market. They combine great knowledge with a pragmatic approach. A very flexible team that is not focused on the billable hours, but on the result for their clients. Of course we also sometimes work with other law firms, but at the end of the day this does not lead to the same level of service/knowledge. This team also believes in knowledge sharing and also organises many great events each year to share their experiences for free with all parties interested.

Eva Schothorst-Gransier is a key advisor and is both efficient and approachable. Also notable are her colleagues Guillaume Creijghton and Marlot Tak.

The individuals I work with think as though they are entrepreneurs/employers so apart from being specialists in law they are capable of thinking on the same lines as clients on various levels, national and international. If necessary they can connect very quickly with other colleagues of other sections. Furthermore they develop new judicial services for our clients with us.

Dedicated team capable of handling a high number of high profile complex medical device liability claims derived from a field safety notice in a multitude of jurisdictions.

Eva Schothorst-Gransier and her team excel in quickly understanding and managing the complex cross-border product liability issues we are dealing with. She thinks in solutions, not only from the perspective of legal risks, but also takes the commercial interests of the client into account.

Key clients

Zurich

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

AXA XL

Chubb

Swissre

QBE

Starr

Aon

Crawford

Arcadis

AmTrust

Markel

MS Amlin

BAM

Work highlights

  • Represented construction company Royal BAM Group (Koninklijke BAM Groep) in a case regarding the collapse of a multi-storey car park at Eindhoven Airport.

Ekelmans & Meijer Advocaten

Ekelmans & Meijer Advocaten is 'always a pleasure to work with', according to one client. The group is particularly active in the healthcare sector and recently represented health insurance company De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar in an appeal regarding the remuneration healthcare insurers must pay for services rendered by medical professionals with whom they have not concluded an agreement on their fees. 'Enthusiastic and excellent insurance lawyer' Jan Ekelmans is a key name to note, along with practice head Hanco Arnold and 'highly professional and very capable attorney' Astrid van Noort.

Practice head(s):

Hanco Arnold

Testimonials

My only contact with this firm is Astrid van Noort who handled six claims for us. She strikes me as a highly professional and very capable attorney in her field of expertise.

They have a great deal of knowledge and work with particular care.

They work hard. They are extremely careful. They do what they promise.

We especially like to work with Jan Ekelmans. Due to his keen wits and social skills we don’t need many words for him to understand us completely. We don’t know anybody else who is able to assess a large case as quickly as he does. We also very much appreciate the outstanding work of Hanco Arnold and Astrid van Noort. Hanco Arnold especially in cases that concern fraud and Astrid van Noort for cases that concern privacy matters. Both lawyers are able to take on more then their field of expertise as mentioned before.

It is always a pleasure to work with Ekelmans & Meijer.

Jan Ekelmans is an enthusiastic and excellent insurance lawyer; friendly, quick to respond, highly specialised and pragmatic. I can highly recommend Jan Ekelmans to others.

We use them as a health insurer for advice and litigation and they are competent and know the market.

Astrid van Noort: competent, open, friendly, easily approachable.

They are specialised and have a lot of knowledge in-house.

They are objective – if we need to settle then that is what they will advise us to do.

Key clients

Vereende

Goudse

Zorg en Zekerheid

Nationale-Nederlanden (ING Group)

NCIS

Verbond van Verzekeraars

Zilveren Kruis

HDI

ASR

Aegon

Work highlights

  • Represented De Friesland Zorgverzekeraar, an insurance company, in an appeal regarding the remuneration healthcare insurers must pay for services rendered by medical professionals with whom they have not concluded an agreement on their fees.
  • Defended a Dutch real estate firm against a professional malpractice claim before the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  
  • Representing the health insurer, Zilveren Kruis zorgverzekeringen, in criminal and civil cases against a fraudulent healthcare institution.

Ploum

Ploum's expertise is focused on health, safety and environmental issues, and it is a popular choice for clients in the chemical or construction sectors. The team primarily assists the insured parties, but also acts on behalf of insurance companies, brokerage companies and loss adjusters. The firm's other key area of strength is in the field of professional liability, particularly directors’ and officers’ liability. In recent highlights, practice head Natalie Vloemans led a team which represented construction consortium SAAone in a €15m insurance claim against several Dutch underwriters. Also recommended is Maurice Verhoeven.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Vloemans

Key clients

Koole Terminals Botlek (formerly known as Odfjell Terminals)

Allianz

VolkerWessels

AIG

Markel

Engie

Deloitte

Suiker Unie

ATM

Chemours

Media Markt

SAAone

Work highlights

  • Representing Koole Terminals in an insurance claim against several co-insurers following the shutdown of the Odfjell terminal.
  • Represented construction consortium SAAone in a €15m insurance claim against several Dutch underwriters.
  • Advised Samsung on regulatory insurance law matters relating to the launch of a new product on the market.

VanNiekerkCieremans B.V.

VanNiekerkCieremans B.V.'s insurance team provides a broad range of services to insurers, reinsurers and brokers, as well as large companies. Aside from advising on liability, real estate-related insurance issues, machinery breakdown, and D&O policies, the team also handles recourse cases and provides assistance with regulatory issues, disaster planning and litigation risk management. An area of particular focus for the firm is catastrophic risks, evidenced by the team’s involvement in the Groningen earthquakes, where it is acting for the claimants in arbitration proceedings against the NAM relating to subsidence damage. The practice is headed jointly by Eric van NiekerkTjitske Cieremans and Patrick Van Der Vorst, who made partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Eric van Niekerk; Tjitske Cieremans; Patrick van der Vorst

Key clients

AIG

Allianz GCS

Chubb

HDI

DSM 3

EY

Liberty

Marsh

RSA

AXA XL

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Representing Enexis Netbeheer in a liability claim brought by former shareholders of a contracting company that used to work on the instructions of the client.
  • Representing a wind farm and its insurers in a recourse claim in connection with the collision of a ship with the Dutch Oosterscheldekering.
  • Successfully represented claimants in arbitration proceedings against the NAM relating to subsidence damage caused by the Groningen earthquakes.