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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: 339
  • Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian.
  • The firm also has offices based in New York, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore.

Firm Overview:
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek stands beside its clients wherever they operate globally. This is the keystone of its focus. Whether in the Netherlands or abroad, the firm delivers a powerful corporate and finance practice, a centre of excellence in litigation and arbitration, and an unparalleled team of regulatory experts. De Brauw’s role of trusted advisor is rooted in its history as a firm, and is integral to what it is today. De Brauw advises 80% of the 50 largest Dutch companies and 85% of the companies listed on the main index (AEX) of Euronext Amsterdam. The firm accompanies its clients abroad in their international transactions, litigation and regulatory work. This is why it has offices in strategic locations like Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai and Singapore and why it works closely together with top-tier local counsel in all jurisdictions.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Corporate & Finance:
29 partners; 53 associates
• Advising Klépierre on the EUR 7.2 public offer to take over Corio
• Advising UNIT4 on Advent’s EUR 1.17 billion recommended cash offer for UNIT4
• Advising Dutch animal food supplier Nutreco in relation to a recommended EUR 2.7 billion public offer by SHV Holdings for Nutreco
• Advising IMCD on a private-equity backed IPO on Euronext Amsterdam
• Advising FrieslandCampina on its joint venture in China with Huishan Dairy
• Advising SNS REAAL on its nationalisation by the Dutch State
• Advising Applied Materials; Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron merge and to be incorporated in the Netherlands
• Advising Vodafone on USD 130 billion divestment of Verizon Wireless
• Advising D.E MASTER BLENDERS 1753 on the intended public offer by a group of investors, led by investment firm Joh. A. Benckiser, to acquire all issued and outstanding ordinary shares, equalling approximately EUR 7.5 billion.
• Advising CNH on its cross-border legal merger with Fiat Industrial into a new Dutch top holding
Key Clients: Philips, AkzoNobel, NXP, Ahold, Schiphol Group, DSM, Rabobank
Contact: Bernard Spoor (member of the board)
Tel: +31 20 577 1907
Email: bernard.spoor@debrauw.com

Litigation & Arbitration:
40 partners; 160 associates
• Advising international retailer Ahold on reaching an agreement to settle Waterbury class action in the United States
• 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 Yukos – various proceedings
• Advising Sara Lee/D.E Master Blenders 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
• Advising Shell and GasTerra in ten price review arbitrations against various counterparties across Europe under ICC, Uncitral and Milan chamber rules, with a value of around EUR 4 billion.
Key Clients: Shell, Philips Electronics, Achmea, Unilever, GasTerra
Contact: Marnix Leijten
Tel: +31 20 577 1609
Email: Marnix.leijten@debrauw.com

14 partners; 49 associates
• Representing SBM Offshore on settlement with Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Service over alleged improper payments
• Assisting KPN on receiving regulatory approval for full control of Reggefiber
• Conducting a forensic investigation for Imtech into irregularities after Imtech’s announcement that German and Polish subsidiaries had engaged in massive fraud
• Advising AkzoNobel on obtaining unconditional merger control clearance for the acquisition of the global powder coatings business of Dow Chemical (EU and worldwide) Advising SNS REAAL on its nationalisation and on a very broad range of legal issues regarding possible options for restructuring and reinforcement of this financial conglomerate’s capital position through a variety of possible transactions
Key Clients: Shell, Philips Electronics, DSM, AkzoNobel, GasTerra, Rabobank
Contact: Marnix Somsen
Tel: +1 212 259 4101
Email: marnix.somsen@debrauw.com

Areas of Practice

  • Arbitration
  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Competition & Regulation
  • Corporate / M&A
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency
  • Employment & Employee Benefits
  • Energy, Infrastructure & Environment
  • Financial Markets Regulation
  • ICT
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investment Management
  • Litigation
  • Media, Sports & Entertainment
  • Mediation
  • Pensions
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory & Criminal Enforcement
  • Supreme Court Litigation
  • Tax
  • Transportation & Aviation


  • 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