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Houthoff 'has an effective network enabling it to receive quick and efficient advice in the other jurisdictions – it is expensive but certainly worth it when you have an important dispute'. Senior advisors include Hans Londonck Sluijk,  'who is an outstanding strategist and litigator', and Huib Lebbing, who 'understands the problem very quickly – negotiations were very difficult but he managed to get the result we wanted'. Berry van Wijk also offers a wealth of experience. The team is acting for Nationale Nederlanden in ongoing, multibillion-euro class actions regarding millions of unit-linked insurances sold in the Netherlands in which the insured seek compensation for alleged mis-selling.

NautaDutilh is rated for having 'longstanding and intense relationships with insurers and profound knowledge of regulators' informal opinions'. Sjoerd Meijer and Stijn Franken co-head the team; the latter is 'a great litigator and is creative and strategic'. The team is representing former Royal Imtech supervisory board members on multiple claims relating to Imtech’s various directors’ and officers’ insurance and public offering of securities insurance programmes following Imtech’s highly publicised bankruptcy in August 2015.

Norton Rose Fulbright offers comprehensive, cross-border services to an impressive range of clients in need of transactional, regulatory, and contentious advice as well as those in need of warranty and indemnity expertise. Jan Duyvensz oversees the team's contentious work and Ep Hannema heads the transactional side of the practice. The team is handling some large-scale matters in the energy and financial services sectors.

Annemieke Hendrikse heads the team at Van Doorne and alongside Walter Hendriksen offers expertise in directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability insurance, and fraud. The team is acting for many of the major insurance companies and corporates on matters including W&I policies, misleading selling, and a cross-border class action. Martine Höfelt, formerly a counsel with the firm, left the firm.

The team at Cox Ten Bruggencate Advocaten handles a very broad range of mandates involving D&O liabilities, professional indemnity, and areas such as carriers' liability, construction, and marine cases. The group is headed by partners Jacco van de Meent, Joeri Cox, and Carlijn ten Bruggencate. The group is acting for Avéro after part of a fertilizer plant burnt down resulting in alleged losses around €122m. Negotiations between owners, their insurers and insurers of a welder, subcontractors, and servicing agents continue.

An extensive and multi-disciplinary De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek team offers regulatory expertise combined with corporate, investment, and financing capabilities to a range of insurance and corporate clients. Practice head Dennis Horeman leads a large team acting for SRLEV/Vivat in various disputes related to the alleged mis-selling of investment-linked insurance products. Other key team members include Mariken van Loopik and Eelco Meerdink.

At Dirkzwager advocaten & notarissen, the lawyers are 'excellent, methodical, and thorough in their analysis'. The team is representing Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and Liberty, as the two excess insurers, in claims against the directors and officers of Innoconcepts. René Wildenburg, Joost Bindels, and Harry Kruitwagen count Amlin Insurance, Allianz Benelux, and Royal Sun Alliance among their clients.

Victor de Vlaam and senior associate Aafke Pronk are the main contacts at the Hogan Lovells International LLP team handling work for major insurance and reinsurance clients and which focuses on corporate transactions and regulatory advice. The team advised a life insurance client on a complex, cross-border merger and the regulatory aspects and the transfer of the insurance portfolio. Other clients include Reinsurance Group of America, AXA, and United Health.

Kennedy Van der Laan 'has a pragmatic approach, focuses on priorities, and is a great partner'. Peter van den Broek is recommended along with  Frits van der Woude and associate Mark Wisse. Senior partners Erik van Orsouw heads the insurance and liability practice and Chris van Dijk has a focus on claims relating to personal injuries. AIG, Zurich, Chubb, and AON are clients and recent work includes advising on large claims in the construction industry; various regulations and advice on insurance and liability issues in connection with the use of asbestos and the insurance implications of product recalls.

Kitty Lieverse heads the Loyens & Loeff practice while litigator Mijke Sinninghe Damsté has a focus on advising financial institutions on liability and regulatory matters. Senior associate Merel van Asch combines litigation and insurance expertise and is highlighted for providing 'a brilliant analysis of a case'. The team acts for major insurance companies and corporates and is advising Aon on a range of regulatory issues and litigation. AXA, Achmea, and NN Group are clients.

Van Traa Advocaten specialises in insurance and liability serving domestic and international insurers and brokers. The group undertakes policy advisory and contentious work in areas including professional liability and fraud and is in demand for its transport-related expertise. The team has been asked to advise on the proposed regulatory framework on asbestos and undertakes a broad range of high-value personal injury claims. Managing partner Robert De Haan, Derk-Jan Van der Kolk, and aviation claims expert Gerbrich Oreel are the key contacts.

Senior partners Jos van der Meché, Haco van der Houven van Oordt, and  Pieter Den Haan are the leading advisors at AKD which has a notable track record in the transport sector, including marine/cargo disputes, as well as in energy sector. The team's expertise takes in policy advice and disputes involving P&I clubs, hull underwriters, and terminal owners. Much of its work is multi-jurisdictional.

Allen & Overy LLP offers a blend of corporate, litigation, regulatory, and capital markets expertise to the insurance industry. Litigator Brechje van der Velden and Katinka Middelkoop, who handles a range of corporate matters, are two of the leading partners in the practice. The team advised ABN AMRO on the sale of its subsidiary, ABN AMRO Life Capital Belgium, to a special-purpose vehicle controlled by Monument Re, and on the transfer of part of its life insurance agreements portfolio to Patronale.

Bird & Bird LLP has 'a very proactive and collaborative way of working'. The team takes on policy coverage disputes in the infrastructure and construction arenas. It is acting for Allianz and Ducor, which have filed an appeal against Nalco in a long-running case concerned with a range of defects and other issues in connection with a cooling water conditioning system at the Ducor plant in Rotterdam. Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa and senior associate Laura Grijpma are two of the key advisors.

CMS offers a broad range of expertise spanning D&O, personal injury, product liability, and reinsurance in conjunction with M&A assistance in the construction, healthcare, and aviation sectors. Leonard Böhmer, Bas Baks, and counsel Eva Schothorst are the key advisors. Recent work includes high-value liability and personal injury issues arising from a construction project and a pan-European case concerning a product recall in the consumer market.

Natalie Vloemans heads the practice at Ploum and is leading a team that continues to advise Odfjell Terminal on various claims and other issues arising from the terminal's shutdown – claims against the insurers are pending. Maurice Verhoeven is noted for his expertise in take-over disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability, and professional indemnity matters.

Stadermann Luiten Advocaten is a recommended specialist firm with individuals who focus on directors and professional indemnity in the medical profession, personal injury claims, and liability arising from property damage or product safety issues. Wence Rupert, Peter Knijp, Margreet Eijkelenboom, and Kathelijne Baetsen are the senior team members.

At VanNiekerkCieremans B.V., Eric van Niekerk and Tjitske Cieremans offer vast experience in professional liability matters; they represented Zurich and its insureds – two law firms – on a professional liability claim. The team also handles a number of high-profile claims in areas such as construction and losses resulting from fires. Senior associate Patrick Van Der Vorst has broad experience dealing with policy disputes.

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