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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek


De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Amsterdam
  • Claude Debussylaan 80
  • Amsterdam
  • North Holland
  • Netherlands
  • 1082 MD
  • Managing Partner: Martijn Snoep
  • Number of partners: 65
  • Number of lawyers: 330
  • Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES The firm also has offices based in New York, Beijing and Singapore.

Firm Overview:
The firm stands beside clients wherever they operate globally. This is the keystone of the firm’s focus. Whether in the Netherlands or abroad, it delivers a powerful corporate and finance practice, a centre of excellence in litigation and arbitration, and an unparalleled team of regulatory experts. The firm’s role of trusted advisor is rooted in its history as a firm, and is integral to who they are today. From the home office in Amsterdam, the firm advises more than 70 per cent of the largest companies headquartered in the Netherlands. It accompanies clients abroad in their international transactions, litigation and regulatory work. This is why the firm has offices in strategic locations like Beijing, Brussels, London, New York and Singapore and works closely together with top-tier local counsel in all jurisdictions.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate & Finance:
29 partners; 53 associates
•Advising ASML, on the development of a unique customer co-investment program, in which Intel, Samsung and TSMC participate
•Advising Philips Electronics (TV division) on its joint venture with Chinese conglomerate TPV Technology
•Advising international retailing group Ahold on its E350 million acquisition of online retailer Bol.com, and the E290 million acquisition of 82 supermarket stores from Jumbo / C1000
•Advising Rabobank Nederland on the acquisition of Friesland Bank
•Advising NXP on the divestment of high-speed data converter business to Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT). The business has sales and production points in the United States, France, the Netherlands and China
Key Clients: Philips Electronics, AkzoNobel, NXP, Ahold, Schiphol Group, DSM, Rabobank.
Contact: Kees Peijster (also member of the board)
Tel: +31 20 577 1906
Email: kees.peijster@debrauw.com

Litigation & Arbitration:
40 partners; 160 associates
•Representing NXP Semiconductors in ICC arbitration filed by STMicroelectronics
•Representing all major energy companies in the Netherlands in their claim against the State of the Netherlands regarding the loss of priority import capacity
•Advising insurer Achmea in an investment treaty arbitration under the Netherlands- Czechoslovakia Bilateral Investment Treaty. A claim was brought after the Slovak Republic had sought to reverse an earlier liberalisation of its health insurance sector
•Advising Sara Lee/DE Masterblenders 1753 as European lead counsel in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation initiated by Nestlé, after Sara Lee’s entry into the market for Nespresso coffee machines capsules
•Advising Unilever in its battle against private labellers imitating its famous products, such as Ben & Jerry’s, Glorix, Robijn and Zwitsal
•Advising GasTerra, an international company trading in natural gas, on a $1.1 billion UNCITRAL award against Italian energy company Eni in a dispute over the price payable under one of two long-term gas supply contracts
Key Clients: Shell, Philips Electronics Achmea, Unilever, GasTerra
Contact: Marc Ynzonides (also member of the board)
Tel: +31 20 577 1805
Email: marc.ynzonides@debrauw.com

14 partners; 49 associates
•Representing Philips and Philips Pension Fund in the largest criminal financial fraud matter in Dutch legal history, in connection with the criminal proceedings brought by the Dutch Public Prosecutions Office, the dealings with the Dutch Central Bank and the AFM, and the ensuing civil litigation to recover the losses suffered as a result of the fraud, as well as conducting one of the largest and most high-profile internal investigations into fraud in the Netherlands to date
•Representing Shell in its appeal before the European courts against the fine of E160 million imposed by the European Commission for its alleged participation in a rubber cartel
•Advising AkzoNobel on obtaining unconditional merger control clearance for the acquisition of the global powder coatings business of Dow Chemical (EU and worldwide)
•Representing Rabobank as lead counsel in the worldwide investigations into the LIBOR submission process
Key Clients: Shell, Philips Electronics, DSM, AkzoNobel, GasTerra, Rabobank
Contact: Martijn Snoep (managing partner)
Tel: +31 20 577 1365
Email: martijn.snoep@debrauw.com

Areas of Practice

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency
  • Employment & Employee benefits
  • Energy, Infrastructure & Natural Resources
  • EU Law, Competition & Regulation
  • Financial Markets Regulation
  • ICT & Telecoms
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Media, Sports & Entertainment
  • Mediation
  • Pensions
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory & Criminal Enforcement
  • Tax
  • Transportation


  • 125 Old Broad Street,
  • 17th Floor,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2N 1AR
  • Tel +44 20 7374 0086
  • Fax +44 20 7337 3520
  • Email : london@debrauw.com
  • De Meeûssquare 40,,
  • 1000 Brussels,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • Tel +32 2 545 1100
  • Email : brussels@debrauw.com