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The ‘strategic, business-oriented’ team at Houthoff is recommended for both civil law insurance and regulatory insurance, and has ‘an effective international network’. Hans Londonck Sluijk heads the group jointly with ‘out-of-the-box thinkerBerry van Wijk; clients include AIG, Zurich and XL Catlin.

NautaDutilh’s practice has ‘very good strength in depth’; its ‘legal knowledge is simply the best’. Sjoerd Meijer and team head Stijn Franken, who are ‘tactical and insightful’, acted for insurers including ASR Nederland, Allianz and Generali in mass claim proceedings relating to unit-linked life insurance products.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s ‘very practical’ department is led jointly by corporate expert Ep Hannema and of counsel and litigator Jan Duyvensz. AIG instructed Duyvensz on various matters, including warranty and indemnity, product liability and professional indemnity issues. The team also advises Chubb on cybercrime insurance.

The full-service, ‘solution-oriented’ department at Van Doorne is headed by the ‘very experiencedWalter Hendriksen. The ‘pragmatic, cooperativeAnnemieke Hendriksealigns interests and brings parties together’; the ‘eager, skilledSimone Hoogeveen is a professional liability expert. AIG, Chubb and Nationale Nederlanden are clients. Counsel Martine Höfelt is also recommended.

Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten’s ‘top-notch’ team, which is headed jointly by Carlijn ten Bruggencate and Joeri Cox, handles a wide variety of contentious and non-contentious insurance matters; maritime insurance is a particular strength. Jan ter Meer is recommended for professional indemnity. Jacco van der Meent arrived from Van Traa Advocaten in February 2018.

Dennis Horeman is the key partner at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek; he ‘oversees complex litigation holistically’. Anja Mutsaers and the New York-based Pierre Nijnens advised Achmea on various corporate and regulatory matters. The ‘outstanding, friendly’ Mariken van Loopik is ‘extremely knowledgeable’; Eelco Meerdink is also recommended.

Dirkzwager advocaten & notarissen handles insurance policy and coverage, compensation, and a wide range of liability law. The key partners are Joost Bindels, René Wildenburg and professional liability expert Harry Kruitwagen.

Victor de Vlaam leads the team at Hogan Lovells International LLP; he and senior associate Aafke Pronk are ‘highly competent, practical and pleasant to work with’. De Vlaam advised Hamilton Re on its reinsurance operations in the Netherlands. UnitedHealth is another client.

Kennedy Van der Laan’s practice handles all kinds of insurance, including directors’ and officers’ (D&O) liability, personal injury and medical malpractice. Group head Erik van Orsouw is supported by Chris van Dijk, Frits van der Woude, Peter van den Broek and Jan Broekhuizen. AIG and Zurich are clients.

Financial insurance expert Kitty Lieverse heads the ‘profoundly knowledgeable’ team at Loyens & Loeff, with support from litigators and risk management experts Merel van Asch and Mijke Sinninghe Damsté. Financial regulatory of counsel Bart Joosen is also recommended.

Insurance boutique Stadermann Luiten Advocaten is ‘highly recommended for D&O and professional indemnity claims’, though it handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Wence Rupert is ‘outstanding’; Peter Knijp, Margreet Eijkelenboom and Kathelijne Baetsen are also recommended.

Though active in a wide range of industries, Van Traa Advocaten is especially active in the transport sector; Gerbrich Oreel and group head Robert Pessers are advising Malaysia Airlines on the 2014 MH17 crash. Derk-Jan van der Kolk and Robert de Haan are also recommended. Jacco van der Meent left to join Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten in February 2018.

As well as handling litigation and regulatory work, Allen & Overy LLP’s practice advises insurers such as Aegon and Delta Lloyd on corporate and capital markets matters. The team is headed by litigator Brechje van der Velden and corporate expert Charles Honée.

Very knowledgeable strategistEvelyn Tjon-En-Fa leads the ‘commercial, highly enthusiastic’ team at Bird & Bird LLP. She and senior associate Laura Grijpma advised Allianz and Zurich on a €4m coverage claim submitted by Attero Holding. Ducor Petrochemicals is another client.

The ‘high-quality’ practice at Dentons Boekel handles insurance policy drafting, regulatory work and litigation. ‘Very smart, eager and friendly’ real estate expert Paul Wanders has ‘an unmatchable memory’; he heads the group jointly with the ‘rock-steadyKrijn Hoogenboezem. Aon is a client.

Ploum’s department is praised for its ‘particularly strong inter-departmental work’. ‘Very friendly, solution-driven’ group head Natalie Vloemans acted for Peinemann on the insurance and liability aspects of the collapse of two of its cranes in 2015. Other clients include Allianz and Westenburg.

Best known for its wide-ranging maritime insurance capabilities, AKD’s practice is headed by Jos van der Meché and Haco van der Houven van Oordt. Litigation associates Robert Hoepel and Vivian van der Kuil are often active in the energy industry. Pieter den Haan is also recommended.

Praised for its ‘very good understanding of cross-border matters’, especially concerning London-based insurers, CMS’ ‘top-class’ department is headed jointly by Leonard Böhmer and Bas Baks. The team acts for insurers, reinsurers and insurance brokers.

Insurance boutique VanNiekerkCieremans B.V. has experience in high-value, multi-party litigation. Senior associate Patrick van der Vorst advised Stichting Groninger Gasberaad on liability issues relating to the earthquakes in Groningen. Eric van Niekerk and Tjitske Cieremans are the key partners.

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