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Dispute Resolution — Netherlands


Allen & Overy LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned litigation practice acting on a wide range of complex disputes including corporate, commercial and financial litigation. Particularly strong arbitration team, advising on high-value international arbitration proceedings, with clients regularly reporting that the firm is favoured for large, difficult and cross-border disputes. Represents financial institutions, governmental bodies, large companies and other international clients. Has also recently assisted with matters related to IP, antitrust, corporate governance and criminal law. Recently gained PPG as a new client.

Strengths Clients praise the "fantastic team" for its "cross-border capacity and broad experience across seniority levels," and describe the lawyers as "smart, hard-working and fun to work with."

One interviewee commends the "high-quality, inventive" team for its ability to "quickly understand " their business.

Work highlights Defended Telegraaf Media Group against injunctive relief claims initiated by Talpa and others before the Enterprise Chamber in relation to a takeover battle between Talpa and Mediahuis/VPE.

Notable practitioners

Arnold Croiset van Uchelen is a formidable player in the market, specialising in corporate and securities litigation, directors' liability matters and banking and finance disputes. He recently represented the Dutch State in an appeal brought by KLM pilots before the Hague Court, alleging wrongful justice done by the Dutch Supreme Court through its application of EU anti-age discrimination law. According to one client, "there is no lawyer in the Netherlands more experienced than he is" in this field.

Hendrik Jan Biemond boasts expertise in criminal litigation, with a particular focus on financial reporting, insider trading issues and market abuse matters. He also handles internal investigations and compliance.

Marieke van Hooijdonk is a renowned international arbitration counsel who also represents clients in litigation, typically handling corporate and commercial disputes involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and trade matters. She advised South Stream Transport on a dispute with Saipem in connection with an abandoned gas pipeline project. She is praised by clients for being "very smart and a quick, strategic thinker. She is extremely tough, very persuasive and commercial when needed."

Brechje van der Velden advises on broad range of contentious matters with a focus on corporate and financing cases such as securities litigation and directors' liability, including class actions and collective settlements. Recently she advised Citicorp Trustee Company on appeal proceedings in the Supreme Court relating to the bankruptcy proceedings of Portugal Telecom International Finance, which includes claims in relation to EUR3.9 billion in debt previously issued by Portugal Telecom. According to clients, "she is very pragmatic and solution-oriented."

Richard De Haan is described by sources as a "skilled litigator." His areas of expertise include corporate law litigation, directors' liability and securities disputes. He recently represented the Ministry of Finance in EUR3.7 billion litigation proceedings following the expropriation of SNS Reaal.

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Substantial team of highly skilled litigators covering the full scope of national and cross-border disputes, including cases before the Supreme Court. Arbitration team experienced in handling international mandates and with noted expertise in the energy sector. Impressive client base includes both national and multinational blue-chip companies. Also handles class actions and regulatory enforcement along with IP litigation. Particular and unique strength in global litigations and investigations, often involving US regulators.

Strengths One enthusiastic client reports: "The team has delivered us strength as well as in-depth, specialised expertise," adding: "The lawyers have shown continual commitment to the work."

Sources admire the cross-border capacity of the team: "It is an outstanding firm. You can see that quality in its international work as well."

Work highlights Represented AkzoNobel in a high-profile EUR26.9 billion takeover battle with PPG.

Advised NAM on disputes in relation to earthquakes allegedly caused by the company's activities in the Groningen gas field.

Notable practitioners

Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk is regarded by commentators as a "brilliant senior litigator" and is recommended for his handling of big, significant cases. He boasts expertise in corporate and financial services litigation, routinely acting for corporates and financial institutions before the Supreme Court. He recently represented Rabobank in a collective action brought by Stichting Renteswapschadeclaim concerning the right to annul or terminate the interest rate derivatives.

Ruud Hermans is recognised for corporate, commercial and securities litigation and also handles arbitration and restructuring and insolvency matters. Sources describe him as a "strong technical litigator" who is "top-notch."

Marnix Leijten is an esteemed litigator and arbitration counsel, demonstrating considerable expertise in energy, electronics, IT and M&A disputes. He recently acted on a EUR918 million follow-up arbitration related to gas price reviews in the energy sector. Sources are glowing in their reviews of his work, praising his "truly international" approach to arbitration and describing him as "both technically and strategically very strong," concluding: "He's a superb advocate – as good as any you would see."

Harm-Jan de Kluiver specialises in corporate litigation and corporate governance matters. Recently he advised Ageas on the EUR1.2 billion settlement of multi-jurisdictional litigation involving claims against the insurance company relating to the bail-out of the former banking activities of Fortis. Clients confess they are "amazed at what he is able to achieve" and regard him as both "a good lawyer and a good deal-maker."

Bommel van der Bend is known for tackling complex arbitrations, in addition to contactual disputes arising from construction projects. According to sources, he "offers very strategic insight."

Berto Winters is praised by sources for being "very smart" and "technically strong." He is experienced in Supreme Court litigation, with a focus on corporate and commercial matters, while also handling litigation at all other levels. He jointly led advice to Rabobank on a collective action brought by Stichting Renteswapschadeclaim.

Eelco Meerdink specialises in professional liability matters, insurance litigation and disputes stemming from construction projects. He acted for Yukos Oil on a number of litigation proceedings relating to the preservation, recovery and distribution of assets, following the Kremlin's expropriation of the oil company. Clients say: "He is outstanding in his profession. His technical knowledge and projections are extremely impressive and accurate, his responsiveness is excellent, his advice is highly respected and he is very pleasurable to work with."

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Houthoff - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly impressive dispute resolution practice, particularly distinguished by its Supreme Court expertise. Large team covering corporate, finance, insurance and commercial litigation, as well as class actions. Regularly represents investors in international arbitration cases. Displays great expertise in insolvency, cartel matters and the public sector and also operates well on cross-border matters through strong working relationships with other international firms. Also has a developing corporate criminal law practice.

Strengths Sources praise the "excellent lawyers" for being "a pleasure to work with, resourceful and prompt," and say: "They always provide very reliable advice about Dutch law."

Interviewees especially admire the team's meticulous approach to a case: "The lawyers are very good in dispute resolution, really hard-working, and they go into all details of the case."

Work highlights Represented Elliott Advisors in a EUR25 billion dispute in relation to AkzoNobel and PPG's takeover bid.

Notable practitioners

Rob Meijer is a seasoned Supreme Court litigator with substantial experience in various multiparty litigations and arbitrations. He is described by sources as "truly excellent" and commended for his "formidable legal knowledge and skills."

Bart van der Wiel is a renowned Supreme Court litigator, boasting expertise in finance, insolvency and liability law disputes. He recently represented Aurelius Capital in Supreme Court litigation related to the bankruptcy of Oi Group. Sources say: "He's a very good lawyer, very thorough, very calm and collected and very methodical in his approach. He is a very reliable litigator."

Dirk Knottenbelt is recognised for handling cross-border corporate and commercial arbitration and litigation. Commentators praise him as an "excellent litigator," adding that he is "smart and responsive."

Marielle Koppenol-Laforce represented Promneftstroy in USD2 billion litigation proceedings against the purchase of the shares in Yukos Finance and has also led the firm's work on a number of significant international arbitration cases spanning numerous jurisdictions. One source reports: "She basically knows everything on international arbitration law and she is a brilliant scholar in the team," and another admires her "smart, analytical" style.

Albert Knigge regularly represents corporate and financial institutions in class action cases and civil litigation. Sources describe him as a "very skilled litigator." He recently defended Cargolux against collective cartel damages claims initiated by Equilib, EWD and Stichting Cartel Compensation in follow-on civil litigation related to the air cargo cartel.

Jan Willem de Groot handles corporate and commercial litigation, shareholders' disputes and liability claims. His recent work highlights include advising Vi Holding on a USD172 million Supreme Court dispute arising from a transaction in relation to a significant minority stake in Vimetco. According to one client, he is "a great lawyer, very much engaged and committed, excellent in pleadings, technically skilled and experienced."

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Where settlement is an option, Houthoff's litigators negotiate the best settlement conditions. Where litigation is unavoidable, Houthoff's specialists commit themselves to the process with energy and enthusiasm - in national and international mediation procedures and arbitrations, and proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber, the Dutch Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Houthoff's litigators represent national and international companies, government bodies and independent professionals. Houthoff has gained a unique position when it comes to complex disputes involving a multitude of parties and jurisdictions. Their Dispute Resolution Team doesn't shy away from questions that lead parties and the court into uncharted territories.


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NautaDutilh - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded commercial litigation team with Supreme Court specialists. Leading arbitration practice offering extensive experience acting as counsel for financial institutions, including Dutch banks. Well versed in handling international arbitration, as well as enforcement and setting-aside disputes. Boasts expertise in white-collar crime and corporate investigations. Acts in defence of corporates, insurers, Dutch banks and international financial institutions. Several team members recently promoted to partner to consolidate the group's strength and resources.

Strengths One client particulary values the multidisciplinary practice for litigation: "NautaDutilh has the advantage of a broad base of experienced lawyers with expertise in different fields."

Impressed clients describe the lawyers as "very responsive, thoughtful and judicious, with very good attention to detail."

Work highlights Represented Diag Human in seeking the enforcement of a EUR350 million arbitral award.

Notable practitioners

Gerard Meijer is renowned for his arbitration and litigation expertise, as well as being a professor of arbitration and dispute resolution at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Recently he acted for Chevron on the USD9 billion arbitral proceedings and setting-aside proceedings relating to claims of injustice in the courts of Ecuador. One client is particularly enthused by the depth and breadth of his knowledge, describing him as "a walking encyclopaedia."

Paul Olden has expertise in transaction-related litigation, including shareholder disputes and officers' liability claims. He recently acted for Dutch football team ADO den Haag on a EUR2.5 million litigation against its Chinese owner UVS concerning failed payments of agreed investments. Interviewees say: "He is a very good advocate: very, very succinct and clear in his arguments and very powerful."

Marike Bakker draw praise from sources for being "responsive, straight to the point and practical" and for her ability to take "efficient action in ongoing investigations." She specialises in corporate criminal law, with a particular focus on anti-corruption, fraud and anti-money laundering. She recently acted for Telia on a USD1.4 billion global corruption case concerning entry to the Uzbekistan telecoms market.

Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer specialises in collective settlements and international litigation. He recently defended Volkswagen against a collective action initiated by the Dutch retail shareholders' association VEB concerning investor claims. Interviewees praise him for being a "very calm, informed senior litigator" who is "really able to guide complex litigation."

Freerk Vermeulen is an established Supreme Court litigator, who also boasts experience in disputes before the CJEU. He recently represented ABN AMRO in a dispute against various collective claim organisations concerning interest variation terms in general terms of consumer mortgages. One interviewee adds: "He is an excellent Supreme Court litigator with an eye for detail and very thorough."

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Legal proceedings, sometimes, are unavoidable. It is a case of ‘drawing a line in the sand’. Our clients want a result, not a surprise. They want a result that meets their expectations. A ruling or settlement that allows them to return their attention to their business. That is why we tailor our approach to the situation. Aggressive when called for, and more relaxed where lenience is felt to serve the end result better.

Our lawyers act for corporate and financial clients, whether representing the plaintiff or the defendant. We represent clients in all tiers of the judicial system; the district court, high court, the Supreme Court as well as in the national and international arbitration systems. Cases we handle include transactions; directors', officers' and other professionals' liability; intellectual property; insurance issues; commercial contracts; restructurings within and outside bankruptcy and mass litigation (class action). In each of these areas we combine extensive experience with in-depth knowledge. Our international orientation provides us with the tools and understanding required to meet the expectations of our foreign and domestic clients and bridge any differences in (legal) culture.

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Stibbe - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Excellent dispute resolution team highly experienced in representing corporates in a broad range of dispute proceedings, including banking litigation, class actions and contractual disputes. Regularly acts for financial institutions, foreign shareholders and investors. Expertise also includes defending companies in cartel cases and antitrust damages claims. Continues to handle a large volume of international mass damages claims. Also increased activity in security class actions. BP and Heineken are among the recent client wins for the firm.

Strengths According to clients, the team is "well composed, legally thorough and with a good insight into the strategic consequences of litigation," as well as showing "great responsiveness."

The lawyers are hailed by clients as "particularly strong and articulate communicators who work extremely well together."

Work highlights Represented AkzoNobel in a EUR27 billion case against Elliott International regarding PPG's offer to acquire shares in AkzoNobel.

Notable practitioners

Daan Doorenbos specialises in corporate and white-collar crime, representing companies and directors in criminal investigations and prosecutions. His scope of expertise also includes securities, financial and tax compliance.

Fons Leijten focuses on corporate litigation, with particular strength in disputes arising from public offers, acquisitions and securities. He recently advised BP on a securities claim in the region of USD1 billion brought by VEB in connection with a worldwide class action related to the 2010 Mexican Gulf oil spill. Clients regard him as a "very skilled litigator" who is "very practical and proactive."

Jeroen Kortmann's areas of expertise include disputes about contractual liability, as well as antitrust litigation. He recently represented Heineken and its subsidiary Athenian Brewery in a EUR100 million damages action initiated by Vergina concerning an alleged abuse of dominant position. Clients describe him as a "senior litigator who's a nice guy to work with" and appreciate that he is "really strategic."

Toni van Hees is an experienced commercial litigator whose scope of expertise includes financing, liability and insolvency. His recent work highlights include acting for Zeeland Seaports on EUR160 million litigation proceedings arising from the demolition of a chemical plant following the bankruptcy of Thermphos. Impressed clients report that "he really is a great expert" because "his knowledge is really phenomenal, as is his creativity in legal matters."

Gertjan Boekraad handles commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes, professional liability matters and banking and securities litigation. He is described by sources as "knowledgeable, experienced, flexible and sociable," and demonstrates "good strategic insight and communication skills."

Tim de Greve advises on a mixture of corporate fraud cases, contractual and commercial disputes. He recently represented Albaniabeg Ambient in a litigation against Enel concerning the recognition and enforcement of an Albanian judgment which ordered Enel to pay the client an amount in the region of EUR440 million. Clients commend de Greve as an "excellent litigation lawyer" for his conscientiousness and personal approach: "He is hands-on, he knows the expected steps and he gets your point. He is just a good guy to deal with."

Jeroen Fleming handles domestic and cross-border commercial litigation. He recently acted for Tirsan on a dispute with DAF Trucks in relation to the termination of a co-operation agreement in Turkey which was governed by Dutch law. According to sources, he is "responsive, detail-oriented and understands the needs of the client."

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BarentsKrans - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Specialist disputes team noted for its expertise in Supreme Court litigation. Regularly represents clients in corporate, competition and financial disputes as well as class actions. Experience includes complex multi-jurisdictional cases. Also acts across contract law, cartel damages and financial fraud. Recent client wins include the Republic of Ecuador.

Strengths Clients describe the lawyers as "committed and flexible" and commend their "in-depth knowledge."

Sources are full of praise for the "high-class" service the practice offers.

Work highlights Represented ADO Den Haag in a EUR2.5 million shareholder dispute with UVS concerning financials and corporate governance.

Acted for Fox Networks on a dispute with Ziggo regarding the distribution of Premier League Football for Dutch television.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed Supreme Court litigator Rieme-Jan Tjittes specialises in commercial contract disputes. He recently represented the Republic of Ecuador in EUR30 million set-aside proceedings concerning a PCA arbitral award relating to a dispute against Murphy Oil. He is heralded by sources as an "excellent litigator and a very pleasant person" and clients are also impressed by his efficient work and precise, to-the-point presentation in documents.

William Schonewille focuses on class action disputes in the financial litigation sphere, with particular expertise in banking and securities law. He recently represented a number of subordinated bondholders in relation to SNS Bank in EUR150 million compensation proceedings following the bank's expropriation and nationalisation. He is described by one source as someone who is "very on top of the details" and "has a good litigation spirit," while his good "understanding of the merits of financial products"also proves useful to clients in contentious matters relating to that field.

Martijn van Maanen specialises in directors' liability, M&A and antitrust disputes, as well as fraud matters. Commentators regard him as a "really sharp litigator" who has "a very good reputation." He continued to defend Bank Indonesia on ongoing EUR140 million proceedings initiated by the bankruptcy trustees of the Dutch Indover Bank and represent Bank Indonesia's counterclaim as a creditor in the bankruptcy.

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Lemstra Van der Korst - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Boutique litigation practice regularly representing plaintiffs as well as defendants. Focused primarily on commercial, corporate and financial litigation. Also well known for its experience in mass damages litigation, class actions and cases involving international elements. Team recently gained a number of new clients, including African Fabrics Coöperatief.

Strengths One interviewee admires the "knowledge and valuable advice" of the team.

Clients also describe the lawyers as "very hard-working and dedicated."

Work highlights Acted for Lioncross on a EUR30 million dispute with Delta Lloyd regarding an Orca investment fund.

Represented Cunico Resources in a USD150 million dispute against the BSGR Group.

Notable practitioners

Jurjen Lemstra is hailed by sources as "sharp and effective." His expertise includes corporate and commercial litigation, class actions and directors' liability. He recently advised Stichting Staatsloterijschadeclaim on a mass settlement on behalf of seven million clients of the Dutch State Lottery.

Pieter van der Korst specialises in directors' liability, corporate litigation and commercial disputes. His recent work highlights include representing FC Twente in settlement proceedings with former directors and creditors, KNVB and other stakeholders. He is touted by clients as a "very bright, intelligent lawyer."

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Loyens & Loeff - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Extensive litigation team active on a range of disputes for national and international clients. Expertise includes corporate, banking, insurance and tax disputes. Represents plaintiffs and defendants, with additional experience in real estate and professional liability cases. Also acts in conjunction with the firm's corporate investigations team. Recent client wins include United Vansen International Sports.

Strengths Clients praise the "high-quality" team for being "on the ball and proactive" and displaying "good strategic thinking."

One particularly impressed client enthuses: "They are very responsive to the needs of the client. Their legal opinions are always prompt and thorough," adding: "They always make client feel that they are a priority."

Work highlights Advised Rabobank on an investigation into alleged misconduct at its subsidiary, FGH Bank.

Notable practitioners

Jeroen van den Brande handles contractual and commercial litigation, including breach of contract, international private law and product liability cases. He recently represented Stichting Cartel Compensation in a EUR220 million cartel claim against British Airways, KLM, Air France, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa. Clients commend his advocacy skills as well as his "great judgement in court" and "measured" approach.

Sidney Berendsen advises on a broad range of contentious work, including shareholder disputes, directors' and officers' liability matters, as well as corporate fraud. He recently acted for Rabobank on a EUR63 million investigation into alleged misconduct within its subsidiary FGH Bank. Commentators hail him as a "practical lawyer who keeps a view of the bigger picture and is a very amicable guy to work with."

Tom Claassens specialises in corporate litigation, representing clients in both domestic and international claims. Sources say: "He is a fantastic lawyer: smart, effective, advises clients well, writes well and also speaks well in court."

Mijke Sinninghe Damsté focuses on corporate and finance-related disputes, with particular expertise in securities law litigation. She successfully represented MLJM Holding in its resistance against summary proceedings brought by the co-founder of Bugaboo aiming to force the sale of its shares in Bugaboo. Sources praise her for being "really time-efficient, intelligent, level-headed and a good litigator."

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Loyens & Loeff has one of the largest litigation groups in the Dutch market focusing on six key areas:

Commercial litigation: advising and representing both national and multinational clients on commercial disputes, working closely with them to achieve a swift and effective conclusion. We have a strong track-record in litigation on cartel damages.

Corporate and financial Litigation: banking litigation, shareholders’ and joint-venture related disputes, directors’ liability, M&A litigation, corporate governance disputes and inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber.

Professional liability: we have particular expertise in handling professional liability cases for insurance companies and intermediaries in particular where it regards the professional liability of legal experts such as civil law notaries, attorneys and arbitrators.

(International) Arbitration: our specialists combine both proven expertise and knowledge to guide our clients through complex arbitration. 

Corporate investigations: specialised in advising on and conducting investigations regarding, fraud, bribery and corruption, regulatory issues, tax issues, anti-trust violations, employment issues, privacy issues and cyber security. 

Asset tracking and recovery: we have a team that specializes in (i) tracing, freezing and recovering assets in the Benelux as well as abroad, (ii) litigation to reclaim incurred damages and (iii) assisting clients regarding the position of the injured party in criminal proceedings.

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Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V. - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong dispute resolution team, well regarded for its experience representing clients in Supreme Court litigation. Active in public sector disputes, regularly assisting the Dutch state with administrative cases, in addition to advising multinational companies. Also offers experience in cartel damages cases and acts on a range of contentious issues including insurance and professional liability matters, and banking litigation. Recently expanded its client base with the addition of UBS.

Strengths Clients admire the team's responsiveness, as well as the quality of advice. One interviewee comments: "The team is very quick to respond to requests for legal opinions on issues, and well-researched and lucid advice is generally available on short notice."

One source particularly appreciates the lawyers' diligence, reporting: "They are very thorough and meticulous."

Work highlights Represented Nationale Nederlanden in class actions concerning unit-linked insurance products.

Notable practitioners

Willem Heemskerk is an accomplished litigator specialising in civil disputes, cartel damages claims and procedural law matters. He represented ArcelorMittal in a EUR100 million cartel damages claim brought by Deutsche Bahn, which escalated to the Court of Appeal. Sources tout him as a "very experienced litigator" who has "a broad view" and "in-depth knowledge" of the way the law is applied.

Hans van Wijk is frequently recognised for his vast experience in Supreme Court litigation and his scope of expertise includes corporate law, private law in the public sector and liability law. He recently acted for the Kingdom of the Netherlands on a Supreme Court class action litigation brought by FortisEffect and former Fortis shareholders concerning allegations of misleading statements. He also offers expertise and experience in Dutch Caribbean law, recently handling cross-border cases involving the jurisdiction. He is roundly praised by sources for his quality of work and level of client service. One interviewee adds: "He is very pleasant to work with, an excellent lawyer with a lot of legal knowledge and experience in dealing with big corporate litigation cases."

Bert-Jan Houtzagers is experienced in civil law matters and frequently acts for the Kingdom of the Netherlands on a range of disputes, recently defending the state against a claim initiated by relatives of terrorists killed in the 1977 Dutch train hostage crisis. According to sources, he is "high-quality, trustworthy and delivers a product with integrity."

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Advises on corporate, commercial and antitrust litigation. Noted for its activity in disputes related to sanctions and trade embargoes. Able to handle cross-border disputes and Supreme Court cases and is regularly instructed by financial institutions and multinational clients. Has also gained significant experience in pensions litigation, joint venture disputes and post-closing M&A litigation for blue-chip clients. Recently gained ABN AMRO as a new client.

Strengths One client asserts that the lawyers have "great qualities" and praises them for being "level-headed, pragmatic and no-nonsense," further adding: "They really make an effort trying to understand us as a client."

According to sources, the team is "very experienced, skilled, and creative at finding solutions."

Work highlights Defended Shell against CDC Project 14 in EUR100 million follow-on damages proceedings after an infringement of EU competition law.

Represented Resilux in a EUR62 million dispute with its Dutch joint venture partner.

Notable practitioners

Robert van Agteren advises on a wide range of contentious matters, including disputes related to corporate and contractual agreements, compliance issues and cases related to restructuring and insolvency. Clients praise him for being "very pragmatic, direct and very effective." He represented Alstonville in its EUR4 million dispute with Weaver concerning fraudulent transfer and directors' liability.

Frank Kroes has a particular focus on competition law and antitrust litigation and has handled numerous follow-on damages claims of late, including advising a major music corporation on its EUR1 billion potential claims relating to trading infringements being investigated by regulators in Netherlands and various jurisdictions. Clients admire the "combination of technical expertise and pragmatic approach," along with his "solution-oriented thinking, commercial awareness and good business sense."

Itse Oosterhoff advises on both domestic and international litigation and frequently acts for corporate clients based in the manufacturing and retail industries. He recently represented ASICS in a USD50 million claim in relation to the termination of a UAE-based distributor. Clients describe him as "responsive and practical" and praise his "very good commercial knowledge and understanding of local practice and customs."

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Clifford Chance LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Represents corporate and financial clients in complex and cross-border cases. Possesses expertise in commercial, regulatory and financial litigation, with well-established expertise in derivatives matters, handling a number of cases for major players in the financial sector. Recent increased activity in corporate litigation cases, including shareholder and joint venture disputes. Displays commendable experience in the international arbitration field. Clients include a number of major international financial institutions and multinational corporations.

Strengths Sources say: "They did a very good job in terms of giving us clear advice and going into the necessary detail."

One client remarks that a "standout feature of the practice" is that the lawyers are "very responsive and very pleasant to deal with."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank on an EUR800 million claim initiated by Vestia concerning derivative transactions.

Defended Pooling Partners against a EUR150 million claim brought by C2CP following the latter's bankruptcy.

Notable practitioners

Juliette Luycks predominantly specialises in arbitration and is particularly recommended by clients for her work on international disputes, including cross-border cases handled in conjunction with colleagues in other Clifford Chance offices. She recently represented São Tomé e Príncipe in arbitral proceedings initiated by the Republic of Malta under Article 287 and Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. She is heralded as a "brilliant lawyer" by sources.

Jeroen Ouwehand handles a wide range of corporate, commercial and financial disputes. He recently acted for TMG Foundation on an Enterprise Chamber dispute between two of its shareholders. Clients describe Ouwehand as "a sharp-witted litigator and also a good negotiator. He is always result-oriented, knows how the wheels spin and is familiar with his counterparts. That is particularly useful when it comes to settlement negotiations, in which he takes a very constructive approach."

Dirk-Jan Duynstee handles corporate and securities litigation, such as public takeover, shareholder and post-M&A disputes. He draws praise from clients for being "very practical and good at understanding the commercial rationale" of disputes. He recently represented the minority shareholders of Teka in a EUR20 million cross-border shareholder dispute before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active in both litigation and arbitration, frequently working with financial institutions and other international clients. Notable presence in competition litigation such as cartel damages claims, often representing defendants. Recently active in handling shareholder disputes. Sector expertise includes disputes relating to TMT and energy. Has also displayed a wealth of experience in transportation disputes and advises on white-collar crime.

Strengths Clients especially admire the cross-border capacity of the practice. One commentator notes: "The firm has broad experience and in-depth knowledge of regulations at national and European levels."

Work highlights Represented Boskalis in a shareholders' dispute against Fugro.

Acted for Volkswagen on disputes relating to its global recall of VW diesel vehicles.

Notable practitioners

Hub Harmeling is recommended for his work in commercial litigation and in arbitration and is well known for his "technical knowledge," according to clients. He recently represented ABB in proceedings against TenneT, following the decision of the EC on the gas insulated switchgear cartel.

Jeroen Van Hezewijk acts on a mixture of contentious matters and is noted by the market for his growing focus on arbitration cases. He acted for the claimants in a USD20 million Dutch law arbitration concerning a dispute between former business partners in the online gambling industry.

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Van Doorne - Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Dedicated litigation specialists working mostly as defence counsel for clients from a variety of sectors. Stands out for its expertise in corporate, insurance, professional liability and shareholder disputes and is experienced in both national and international arbitration. Increasingly active in M&A-related disputes and class action litigation. Recent client wins include Rabobank and Tony's Chocolonely.

Strengths Clients commend the "very responsive, hands-on approach" of the team and praise the lawyers for being "capable of handling last-minute requests for legal support."

According to one client, the lawyers' "frequent communication ensures integral, timely, consistent and proactive legal support."

Work highlights Represented the Dutch State Lottery in EUR300 million proceedings following a 2008 class action initiated by Stichting Loterijverlies.

Advised TMG on a takeover dispute against multiple other telecommunications companies.

Notable practitioners

Jan Leliveld is described by clients as an "attorney with wits," who "focuses on the result." He typically acts for companies on criminal enforcement investigations and represents managers and public figures in criminal disciplinary cases.

Walter Hendriksen is admired by sources for being an "accomplished litigator." He specialises in D&O and professional liability matters, in addition to insurance law-related litigation.

Lisette Bieleveld focuses on commercial litigation, with particular expertise in real estate, distribution and franchise-related matters. She is described one client as a "knowledgeable and effective" adviser who gives "very good service" by making herself available to her clients.

Jasper Leedekerken typically acts on commercial disputes and represented Capgemini in appeal proceedings against Equihold, which claimed EUR45 million damages related to work done on the development of a sports management software application ahead of worldwide distribution. One enthusiastic client describes him as "a very eloquent and knowledgeable adviser and a true litigator" and praises his "hands-on mentality" and "practical advice." The same client appreciates that Leedekerken "manages to understand your business without actually being part of it. He is a trusted adviser and a very pleasant person to work with."

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DLA Piper Nederland - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active in commercial and financial litigation, assisting clients with domestic and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Experienced in arbitration, as well as anti-bribery and corruption-related litigation. Recently active in insolvency proceedings and shareholder disputes. Acts for clients in the financial industries and commercial sector and attracted several new clients recently, including the EBRD and Franklin Templeton Asset Management.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers for being "very client-focused," adding that "they know what we expect and deliver accordingly, they are easy to work with and they offer high quality and fast delivery."

One interviewee admires the "knowledge, business acumen and service level" of the lawyers, further noting that "they really think along with us in a pragmatic way."

Work highlights Represented Nationale Borg-Maatschappij in a EUR4 million dispute with Samsung concerning the issuance of a performance guarantee.

Advised Conservatrix on an EUR88 million shareholder dispute in relation to its expropriation by the Dutch National Bank to Eli Global.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner of DLA Piper's Netherlands office, Paul Hopman is described by one client as a "flexible and creative" litigator, who "comes up with good solutions." He is particularly known for representing banks and financial institutions in high-stakes disputes and offers experience in cases involving derivatives and financial regulation.

Ewald Netten often handles financial services litigation, with particular expertise in the enforcement of security, the termination of loan agreements and fraud and asset tracing matters. He recently advised SABIC on a EUR3 million collection and damages claim against a former contracting party based in Switzerland, regarding outstanding payments for sales of polycarbonate components. He is described by clients as a "thorough litigation lawyer, with in-depth technical knowledge and good commercial judgement."

Wouter de Clerck acts for international clients on cross-border disputes, particularly within the energy, mining and technology sectors. His handling of multi-jurisdictional cases commands praise from clients, as well as his personal approach. One commentator notes: "He is able to keep a complex matter running flawlessly and to relentlessly pursue the success of the case." The source also notes de Clerck's impressive tactical wins on disputes and adds: "It is a pleasure to work with him personally and it is easy to have an open, honest and straight dialogue."

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Evers Soerjatin - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dispute resolution boutique dedicated to corporate litigation. Expertise includes shareholder and management disputes and liability cases. Also strong in handling inquiry proceedings. Clients hail from the insurance, financial services and entertainment industries.

Strengths Sources laud the lawyers' "proactive and to-the-point" approach, adding that they deliver "fast responses when needed."

A client adds: "The firm provides excellent advice, service and representation in court."

Notable practitioners

Marcel Evers recently joined Evers Soerjatin. He specialises in shareholder and M&A-related disputes. Various sources describe him as a "hard-working, smart guy," who "combines practical advice with thorough legal analysis of the matter."

Ellen Soerjatin co-founded Evers Soerjatin in January 2018. She draws praise from clients for her "very sharp mind," and one interviewee adds that she is "quick to grasp the issue and has the flexibility to come up with solutions." She handles a broad range of disputes, with significant experience in corporate and shareholders’ disputes, D&O liability, inquiry proceedings and financial reporting litigation. Whilst acting under her own brand, Soerjatin dispute resolution, she represented Xeikon in inquiry proceedings before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber brought by a group of minority shareholders following an acquisition of the company.

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Florent - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists with commercial, financial and corporate litigation, frequently representing directors, shareholders and semi-public organisations in disputes. Sector expertise includes financial services, healthcare and housing. Experienced in liability, insolvency proceedings and cross-border asset recovery. The firm acts for both claimants and defendants including a mixture of corporate and commercial entities, NGOs, public organisations and entrepreneurs. Recently active in class action claims, adding Stichting Swapschade as a new client.

Strengths According to clients, "the lawyers have great knowledge and a very practical, down-to-earth approach."

The team draws praise from clients for its "very good understanding of the important intricacies of the legal process."

Value for Money Various clients highlight the added value the firm offers. One interviewee reports: "In my view they offer consistent and first-class advice, rendered swiftly and accurately. They are also very competitively priced."

Work highlights Represented Tweedy Browne Company, as a shareholder in AkzoNobel, in corporate inquiry proceedings in connection with the takeover offers by PPG.

Notable practitioners

Yvette Borrius advises on numerous types of commercial disputes, including multi-party liability proceedings and corporate governance. She represented one of the former directors of Meavita in inquiry proceedings initiated by the company's trade union and bankruptcy trustees regarding alleged mismanagement. Clients describe her as "a top lawyer with a very strong reputation. She handles issues in a firm and effective manner," and find value in her "profound knowledge of all legislation concerning director's liabilities in the situation of an insolvency." The same client adds: "She communicates well and is a social person with a lot of patience."

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Jones Day - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides advice on corporate litigation for a number of domestic and international companies. Also represents directors and executives in directors' liability suits and shareholder disputes as well as advising clients from financial institutions on professional liability litigation. Dedicated white-collar crime team handles litigation concerning fraud, bribery and international sanctions. Recent client gains include Oi Brasil Holdings Coöperatief.

Strengths According to clients, the lawyers "are prompt, know what they are doing and always display a solid knowledge of the case."

Another source adds that the lawyers are "readily available and highly responsive" and they provide "clear advice."

Work highlights Represented Fortuna in a EUR160 million dispute against Templeton concerning the proposed acquisition by Fortuna of a number of Romanian businesses from Fortbet Holdings.

Acted for Parem Financial and Monolit Invest on a USD357 million claim against Stichting Financial Performance Holdings in relation to a revision of a distribution plan issued Yukos Oil Company.

Notable practitioners

Aldo Verbruggen is vastly experienced in corporate criminal law and corporate investigations, with a particular focus on financial and economic crime. He advised VimpelCom on a Dutch criminal law matter involving a cross-border bribery investigation conducted by both US and Dutch authorities. Sources say: "He offers very practical advice, is knowledgeable in his space and responsive," adding that he "provides quick and comprehensive information and he is very attuned to client service."

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Linklaters - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts on corporate, regulatory and competition litigation with experience in cartel cases. Recognised expertise in international arbitration, advising on investment treaty cases, facilitated by its sophisticated global network. Clients include a number of large multinational corporations including those in the finance and real estate industries. Maintains strong links to the restructuring and insolvency practice, to handle contentious issues related to liquidation and bankruptcy. Recently gained Mediahuis as a new client.

Strengths Clients praise the "extensive knowledge and experience" of the team and assert that the lawyers "keep track of timelines and deliver under time pressure."

Work highlights Represented LG Electronics in civil litigation in connection with a large antitrust penalty imposed by the European Commission.

Notable practitioners

Daniella Strik is particularly well-versed in corporate and cartel litigation according to interviewees, including large, complex litigation matters. According to clients, she "is a good negotiator in litigation and keeps the overall strategy of the procedure in mind."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable practice recognised for handling commercial, contractual and financial litigation, as well as international arbitration and construction and real estate disputes. Regularly represents leading financial institutions and is also active in the TMT and life sciences sectors. Energeia Asset Management, Strukton and Delta Air Lines are among the several new client wins for the firm. Also has a developing white-collar crime practice, strengthened with the arrival of David Schreuders to the firm.

Strengths Sources describe the lawyers as "very co-operative and proactive."

Clients are impressed by the firm's commercial approach as well as the quality of advice. One interviewee notes: "The litigation team is very responsive, understands our business and business needs, and easily picks up our specific requests and characteristics."

Work highlights Defended Nippon Cargo Airlines against KLM, Air France, Lufthansa and British Airways in EUR275 million indemnification proceedings concerning the air cargo cartel.

Represented the Republic of Indonesia in a USD570 million investment arbitration before an arbitral tribunal.

Notable practitioners

Rogier Schellaars receives several strong endorsements of his experience in international commercial arbitration. He has a particular focus in joint venture, post-M&A and investment cases and represented a listed datacentre company in a EUR25 million post-M&A dispute. One interviewee highlights his "vast experience in dealing with complex cases" and describes him as "a very knowledgeable, reliable and pleasant person to work with."

David Schreuders specialises in multi-jurisdictional corporate investigations and criminal defence litigation. He recently advised Delta Air Lines on a corporate and criminal liability case concerning alleged failures of its duty of care in relation to passenger documentation. Clients regard him as "highly skilled" and admire his "very co-operative and proactive thinking, which puts the interests of the client on top."

Bernard Verbunt is known for handling financial litigation and disputes concerning corporate mismanagement and shareholder activism. He recently acted for EAM Solar Group on a cross-border litigation in the renewable energy sector.

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Stek - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong practice for corporate, energy and antitrust litigation. Regularly represents clients before the Enterprise Chamber and is increasingly active in arbitration matters. Growing reputation in banking and finance litigation. Particularly active in the energy and life sciences sectors. Recently gained ED&F Man Molasses as new client.

Strengths Sources describe the team members as "intelligent and very much involved" and laud their "easy access and direct communication."

Clients admire the lawyers' "focus on the matter and good eye for the content of the argument."

Work highlights Represented Atlas Air in EUR250 million third party indemnification proceedings initiated by a number of air cargo companies concerning the alleged cartel arrangements in the industry.

Represented Vestia in a EUR75 million dispute regarding fraud and mismanagement in the housing sector.

Notable practitioners

Gerben Smit's commercial litigation practice covers M&A-related disputes, product liability and cartel damages claims. He recently represented Van Uden Holding and DC Berkel Holding in a EUR35 million shareholder dispute. One particularly impressed client describes Smit as "a smart litigator with great commercial awareness. He takes the lead in a natural and convincing way, combining in-depth legal knowledge with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is solution-driven and keeps the ultimate goal in mind."

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Senior Statesperson

Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rob Meijer is a seasoned Supreme Court litigator with substantial experience in various multiparty litigations and arbitrations. He is described by sources as "truly excellent" and commended for his "formidable legal knowledge and skills."

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Arnold Croiset van Uchelen

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Arnold Croiset van Uchelen is a formidable player in the market, specialising in corporate and securities litigation, directors' liability matters and banking and finance disputes. He recently represented the Dutch State in an appeal brought by KLM pilots before the Hague Court, alleging wrongful justice done by the Dutch Supreme Court through its application of EU anti-age discrimination law. According to one client, "there is no lawyer in the Netherlands more experienced than he is" in this field.

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Band 1

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Willem Heemskerk is an accomplished litigator specialising in civil disputes, cartel damages claims and procedural law matters. He represented ArcelorMittal in a EUR100 million cartel damages claim brought by Deutsche Bahn, which escalated to the Court of Appeal. Sources tout him as a "very experienced litigator" who has "a broad view" and "in-depth knowledge" of the way the law is applied.

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Band 1

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ruud Hermans is recognised for corporate, commercial and securities litigation and also handles arbitration and restructuring and insolvency matters. Sources describe him as a "strong technical litigator" who is "top-notch."

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Band 1

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fons Leijten focuses on corporate litigation, with particular strength in disputes arising from public offers, acquisitions and securities. He recently advised BP on a securities claim in the region of USD1 billion brought by VEB in connection with a worldwide class action related to the 2010 Mexican Gulf oil spill. Clients regard him as a "very skilled litigator" who is "very practical and proactive."

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De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marnix Leijten is an esteemed litigator and arbitration counsel, demonstrating considerable expertise in energy, electronics, IT and M&A disputes. He recently acted on a EUR918 million follow-up arbitration related to gas price reviews in the energy sector. Sources are glowing in their reviews of his work, praising his "truly international" approach to arbitration and describing him as "both technically and strategically very strong," concluding: "He's a superb advocate – as good as any you would see."

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paul Olden has expertise in transaction-related litigation, including shareholder disputes and officers' liability claims. He recently acted for Dutch football team ADO den Haag on a EUR2.5 million litigation against its Chinese owner UVS concerning failed payments of agreed investments. Interviewees say: "He is a very good advocate: very, very succinct and clear in his arguments and very powerful."

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Florent

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yvette Borrius advises on numerous types of commercial disputes, including multi-party liability proceedings and corporate governance. She represented one of the former directors of Meavita in inquiry proceedings initiated by the company's trade union and bankruptcy trustees regarding alleged mismanagement. Clients describe her as "a top lawyer with a very strong reputation. She handles issues in a firm and effective manner," and find value in her "profound knowledge of all legislation concerning director's liabilities in the situation of an insolvency." The same client adds: "She communicates well and is a social person with a lot of patience."

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Harm-Jan de Kluiver

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Harm-Jan de Kluiver specialises in corporate litigation and corporate governance matters. Recently he advised Ageas on the EUR1.2 billion settlement of multi-jurisdictional litigation involving claims against the insurance company relating to the bail-out of the former banking activities of Fortis. Clients confess they are "amazed at what he is able to achieve" and regard him as both "a good lawyer and a good deal-maker."

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Band 2

Bert-Jan Houtzagers

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bert-Jan Houtzagers is experienced in civil law matters and frequently acts for the Kingdom of the Netherlands on a range of disputes, recently defending the state against a claim initiated by relatives of terrorists killed in the 1977 Dutch train hostage crisis. According to sources, he is "high-quality, trustworthy and delivers a product with integrity."

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Band 2

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jeroen Kortmann's areas of expertise include disputes about contractual liability, as well as antitrust litigation. He recently represented Heineken and its subsidiary Athenian Brewery in a EUR100 million damages action initiated by Vergina concerning an alleged abuse of dominant position. Clients describe him as a "senior litigator who's a nice guy to work with" and appreciate that he is "really strategic."

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Lemstra Van der Korst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jurjen Lemstra is hailed by sources as "sharp and effective." His expertise includes corporate and commercial litigation, class actions and directors' liability. He recently advised Stichting Staatsloterijschadeclaim on a mass settlement on behalf of seven million clients of the Dutch State Lottery.

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Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer

NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daan Lunsingh Scheurleer specialises in collective settlements and international litigation. He recently defended Volkswagen against a collective action initiated by the Dutch retail shareholders' association VEB concerning investor claims. Interviewees praise him for being a "very calm, informed senior litigator" who is "really able to guide complex litigation."

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NautaDutilh

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerard Meijer is renowned for his arbitration and litigation expertise, as well as being a professor of arbitration and dispute resolution at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Recently he acted for Chevron on the USD9 billion arbitral proceedings and setting-aside proceedings relating to claims of injustice in the courts of Ecuador. One client is particularly enthused by the depth and breadth of his knowledge, describing him as "a walking encyclopaedia."

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Band 2

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jeroen Ouwehand handles a wide range of corporate, commercial and financial disputes. He recently acted for TMG Foundation on an Enterprise Chamber dispute between two of its shareholders. Clients describe Ouwehand as "a sharp-witted litigator and also a good negotiator. He is always result-oriented, knows how the wheels spin and is familiar with his counterparts. That is particularly useful when it comes to settlement negotiations, in which he takes a very constructive approach."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniella Strik is particularly well-versed in corporate and cartel litigation according to interviewees, including large, complex litigation matters. According to clients, she "is a good negotiator in litigation and keeps the overall strategy of the procedure in mind."

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Robert J van Agteren

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Robert van Agteren advises on a wide range of contentious matters, including disputes related to corporate and contractual agreements, compliance issues and cases related to restructuring and insolvency. Clients praise him for being "very pragmatic, direct and very effective." He represented Alstonville in its EUR4 million dispute with Weaver concerning fraudulent transfer and directors' liability.

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Band 2

Pieter van der Korst

Lemstra Van der Korst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pieter van der Korst specialises in directors' liability, corporate litigation and commercial disputes. His recent work highlights include representing FC Twente in settlement proceedings with former directors and creditors, KNVB and other stakeholders. He is touted by clients as a "very bright, intelligent lawyer."

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Band 3

Cleber N.V.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maarten Drop of Cleber N.V. is best known for his work on commercial litigation matters, such as director's liability cases and multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes. He acted for OSJC United Meat Group on a USD20 million dispute with Bloomfield Resources over the status of an investment into OJSC United Meat. He is touted as an "easily accessible and pragmatic lawyer" by clients, who appreciate that Drop looks beyond just the current legal issue to the broader picture.

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Dirk-Jan Duynstee

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dirk-Jan Duynstee handles corporate and securities litigation, such as public takeover, shareholder and post-M&A disputes. He draws praise from clients for being "very practical and good at understanding the commercial rationale" of disputes. He recently represented the minority shareholders of Teka in a EUR20 million cross-border shareholder dispute before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber.

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Evers Soerjatin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcel Evers recently joined Evers Soerjatin. He specialises in shareholder and M&A-related disputes. Various sources describe him as a "hard-working, smart guy," who "combines practical advice with thorough legal analysis of the matter."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Hub Harmeling is recommended for his work in commercial litigation and in arbitration and is well known for his "technical knowledge," according to clients. He recently represented ABB in proceedings against TenneT, following the decision of the EC on the gas insulated switchgear cartel.

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Walter Hendriksen

Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Walter Hendriksen is admired by sources for being an "accomplished litigator." He specialises in D&O and professional liability matters, in addition to insurance law-related litigation.

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Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Albert Knigge regularly represents corporate and financial institutions in class action cases and civil litigation. Sources describe him as a "very skilled litigator." He recently defended Cargolux against collective cartel damages claims initiated by Equilib, EWD and Stichting Cartel Compensation in follow-on civil litigation related to the air cargo cartel.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frank Kroes has a particular focus on competition law and antitrust litigation and has handled numerous follow-on damages claims of late, including advising a major music corporation on its EUR1 billion potential claims relating to trading infringements being investigated by regulators in Netherlands and various jurisdictions. Clients admire the "combination of technical expertise and pragmatic approach," along with his "solution-oriented thinking, commercial awareness and good business sense."

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William Schonewille

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

William Schonewille focuses on class action disputes in the financial litigation sphere, with particular expertise in banking and securities law. He recently represented a number of subordinated bondholders in relation to SNS Bank in EUR150 million compensation proceedings following the bank's expropriation and nationalisation. He is described by one source as someone who is "very on top of the details" and "has a good litigation spirit," while his good "understanding of the merits of financial products"also proves useful to clients in contentious matters relating to that field.

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Evers Soerjatin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ellen Soerjatin co-founded Evers Soerjatin in January 2018. She draws praise from clients for her "very sharp mind," and one interviewee adds that she is "quick to grasp the issue and has the flexibility to come up with solutions." She handles a broad range of disputes, with significant experience in corporate and shareholders’ disputes, D&O liability, inquiry proceedings and financial reporting litigation. Whilst acting under her own brand, Soerjatin dispute resolution, she represented Xeikon in inquiry proceedings before the Dutch Enterprise Chamber brought by a group of minority shareholders following an acquisition of the company.

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Band 3

Jeroen van den Brande

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jeroen van den Brande handles contractual and commercial litigation, including breach of contract, international private law and product liability cases. He recently represented Stichting Cartel Compensation in a EUR220 million cartel claim against British Airways, KLM, Air France, Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa. Clients commend his advocacy skills as well as his "great judgement in court" and "measured" approach.

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Band 3

Bommel van der Bend

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bommel van der Bend is known for tackling complex arbitrations, in addition to contactual disputes arising from construction projects. According to sources, he "offers very strategic insight."

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Band 3

Brechje van der Velden

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Brechje van der Velden advises on broad range of contentious matters with a focus on corporate and financing cases such as securities litigation and directors' liability, including class actions and collective settlements. Recently she advised Citicorp Trustee Company on appeal proceedings in the Supreme Court relating to the bankruptcy proceedings of Portugal Telecom International Finance, which includes claims in relation to EUR3.9 billion in debt previously issued by Portugal Telecom. According to clients, "she is very pragmatic and solution-oriented."

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Band 3

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Toni van Hees is an experienced commercial litigator whose scope of expertise includes financing, liability and insolvency. His recent work highlights include acting for Zeeland Seaports on EUR160 million litigation proceedings arising from the demolition of a chemical plant following the bankruptcy of Thermphos. Impressed clients report that "he really is a great expert" because "his knowledge is really phenomenal, as is his creativity in legal matters."

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Band 3

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Berto Winters is praised by sources for being "very smart" and "technically strong." He is experienced in Supreme Court litigation, with a focus on corporate and commercial matters, while also handling litigation at all other levels. He jointly led advice to Rabobank on a collective action brought by Stichting Renteswapschadeclaim.

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Band 4

Osborne Clarke NV

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jeroen Bedaux of Osborne Clarke NV typically handles corporate and financial services litigation. He recently acted for Crosslane on a EUR13 million dispute with De Key regarding the validity of the termination of an agreement between the two companies in relation to a real estate project. Clients admire his "very good overview of a wide variety of legal issues, good analysis of complex situations and practical advice."

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Band 4

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sidney Berendsen advises on a broad range of contentious work, including shareholder disputes, directors' and officers' liability matters, as well as corporate fraud. He recently acted for Rabobank on a EUR63 million investigation into alleged misconduct within its subsidiary FGH Bank. Commentators hail him as a "practical lawyer who keeps a view of the bigger picture and is a very amicable guy to work with."

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Band 4

Lisette Bieleveld

Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Lisette Bieleveld focuses on commercial litigation, with particular expertise in real estate, distribution and franchise-related matters. She is described one client as a "knowledgeable and effective" adviser who gives "very good service" by making herself available to her clients.

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Band 4

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gertjan Boekraad handles commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes, professional liability matters and banking and securities litigation. He is described by sources as "knowledgeable, experienced, flexible and sociable," and demonstrates "good strategic insight and communication skills."

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Band 4

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tom Claassens specialises in corporate litigation, representing clients in both domestic and international claims. Sources say: "He is a fantastic lawyer: smart, effective, advises clients well, writes well and also speaks well in court."

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Band 4

Hoff Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jacob Cornegoor of Hoff Advocaten is described by clients as a "knowledge engine" who makes important contributions to cases by finding the finer details. Acting on disputes across numerous areas, his expertise includes class actions and cartel damages litigation. He represented Dexia in disputes related to the alleged misselling of securities leasing products.

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Band 4

Bram Thomas Craemer

Lexence

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bram Thomas Craemer of Lexence offers experience of cross-border commercial litigation, including trade disputes and cases related to distribution agreements. He is described by clients as "an outstanding analyst who has a sharp vision of how to define the best strategic position of his client."

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Band 4

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tim de Greve advises on a mixture of corporate fraud cases, contractual and commercial disputes. He recently represented Albaniabeg Ambient in a litigation against Enel concerning the recognition and enforcement of an Albanian judgment which ordered Enel to pay the client an amount in the region of EUR440 million. Clients commend de Greve as an "excellent litigation lawyer" for his conscientiousness and personal approach: "He is hands-on, he knows the expected steps and he gets your point. He is just a good guy to deal with."

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Band 4

Jan Willem de Groot

Houthoff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jan Willem de Groot handles corporate and commercial litigation, shareholders' disputes and liability claims. His recent work highlights include advising Vi Holding on a USD172 million Supreme Court dispute arising from a transaction in relation to a significant minority stake in Vimetco. According to one client, he is "a great lawyer, very much engaged and committed, excellent in pleadings, technically skilled and experienced."

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Band 4

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Richard De Haan is described by sources as a "skilled litigator." His areas of expertise include corporate law litigation, directors' liability and securities disputes. He recently represented the Ministry of Finance in EUR3.7 billion litigation proceedings following the expropriation of SNS Reaal.

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Band 4

Stibbe

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jeroen Fleming handles domestic and cross-border commercial litigation. He recently acted for Tirsan on a dispute with DAF Trucks in relation to the termination of a co-operation agreement in Turkey which was governed by Dutch law. According to sources, he is "responsive, detail-oriented and understands the needs of the client."

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Band 4

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patrick Haas of AKD is noted by sources for his litigation expertise, which predominantly covers corporate litigation, including a range of shareholder disputes, D&O liability and corporate governance matters. He recently represented Stichting Atrium Claim in its USD260 million collective redress action against Atrium Real Estate.

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Band 4

Hoff Advocaten

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jerry Hoff of Hoff Advocaten is praised as a "strong strategic thinker" and an "excellent debater in the courthouse" by clients. A highly experienced litigator, he acts for both corporate entities and high net worth individuals. Sources particularly highlight his robust approach and performance in court, with one client describing him as an "outspoken street-fighter."

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Band 4

DLA Piper Nederland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner of DLA Piper's Netherlands office, Paul Hopman is described by one client as a "flexible and creative" litigator, who "comes up with good solutions." He is particularly known for representing banks and financial institutions in high-stakes disputes and offers experience in cases involving derivatives and financial regulation.

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Band 4

Lexence

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timo Jansen of Lexence is as a "strong litigator" by market sources, while clients consider him to be "very capable, smart and never lacking any knowledge when it comes to a case." He acts on a broad range of contentious matters, predominantly those relating to company law, and represented Vodafone in a EUR115 million dispute with KPN concerning the latter's alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the Dutch convergent communications market.

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Band 4

Jasper Leedekerken

Van Doorne

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jasper Leedekerken typically acts on commercial disputes and represented Capgemini in appeal proceedings against Equihold, which claimed EUR45 million damages related to work done on the development of a sports management software application ahead of worldwide distribution. One enthusiastic client describes him as "a very eloquent and knowledgeable adviser and a true litigator" and praises his "hands-on mentality" and "practical advice." The same client appreciates that Leedekerken "manages to understand your business without actually being part of it. He is a trusted adviser and a very pleasant person to work with."

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yke Lennartz of Norton Rose Fulbright draws praise from clients for his "practical" approach as well as his "great technical knowledge and commercial awareness." He specialises in post-M&A disputes and cases related to shareholders and finance. He represented LyondellBasell in court proceedings against Zwitersleven concerning a claim of EUR27 million pertaining to losses incurred by investing pension funds.

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Band 4

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eelco Meerdink specialises in professional liability matters, insurance litigation and disputes stemming from construction projects. He acted for Yukos Oil on a number of litigation proceedings relating to the preservation, recovery and distribution of assets, following the Kremlin's expropriation of the oil company. Clients say: "He is outstanding in his profession. His technical knowledge and projections are extremely impressive and accurate, his responsiveness is excellent, his advice is highly respected and he is very pleasurable to work with."

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Band 4

bureau Brandeis

From the Chambers Europe guide

Frank Peters of bureau Brandeis specialises in corporate, commercial and class action litigation, with particular expertise in shareholder disputes and corporate governance matters. He advised Eminence Capital on proceedings intended to trigger ASMI to sell its stake in ASMPT. Sources say he "is very hands on, he is fast-thinking, has a very good knowledge of litigation and he is a real litigator who has a pragmatic way of doing things." 

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Band 4

Mijke Sinninghe Damsté

Loyens & Loeff

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mijke Sinninghe Damsté focuses on corporate and finance-related disputes, with particular expertise in securities law litigation. She successfully represented MLJM Holding in its resistance against summary proceedings brought by the co-founder of Bugaboo aiming to force the sale of its shares in Bugaboo. Sources praise her for being "really time-efficient, intelligent, level-headed and a good litigator."

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Band 4

Stek

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerben Smit's commercial litigation practice covers M&A-related disputes, product liability and cartel damages claims. He recently represented Van Uden Holding and DC Berkel Holding in a EUR35 million shareholder dispute. One particularly impressed client describes Smit as "a smart litigator with great commercial awareness. He takes the lead in a natural and convincing way, combining in-depth legal knowledge with an entrepreneurial spirit. He is solution-driven and keeps the ultimate goal in mind."

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Band 4

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa of Bird & Bird focuses on international commercial disputes, as well as regulatory work. She recently represented FNSteel in EUR107 million third party proceedings initiated by Nedri Spanstaal, ArcelorMittal and Saarstahl concerning damages suffered following the result of the pre-stressing steel cartel. Clients praise her as an "excellent lawyer," who is "co-operative, open, flexible and commercially aware."

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Band 4

Winfried van den Muijsenbergh

AKD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Winfried van den Muijsenbergh of AKD is regarded by sources as a "strategic thinker" with a good name in the litigation field. His work covers inquiry proceedings, as well as shareholder, takeover and joint venture disputes. He assisted Yukos Finance and others with a EUR5 billion dispute against Rosneft and Promneftstroy concerning foreign-based assets of Yukos Oil which were expropriated by the Russian Federation.

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Band 4

Martijn van Maanen

BarentsKrans

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martijn van Maanen specialises in directors' liability, M&A and antitrust disputes, as well as fraud matters. Commentators regard him as a "really sharp litigator" who has "a very good reputation." He continued to defend Bank Indonesia on ongoing EUR140 million proceedings initiated by the bankruptcy trustees of the Dutch Indover Bank and represent Bank Indonesia's counterclaim as a creditor in the bankruptcy.

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Band 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bernard Verbunt is known for handling financial litigation and disputes concerning corporate mismanagement and shareholder activism. He recently acted for EAM Solar Group on a cross-border litigation in the renewable energy sector.

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper Nederland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ewald Netten often handles financial services litigation, with particular expertise in the enforcement of security, the termination of loan agreements and fraud and asset tracing matters. He recently advised SABIC on a EUR3 million collection and damages claim against a former contracting party based in Switzerland, regarding outstanding payments for sales of polycarbonate components. He is described by clients as a  "thorough litigation lawyer, with in-depth technical knowledge and good commercial judgement."

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Itse Oosterhoff advises on both domestic and international litigation and frequently acts for corporate clients based in the manufacturing and retail industries. He recently represented ASICS in a USD50 million claim in relation to the termination of a UAE-based distributor. Clients describe him as "responsive and practical" and praise his "very good commercial knowledge and understanding of local practice and customs."

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Up and Coming

Wijn & Stael

From the Chambers Europe guide

Koen Rutten of Wijn & Stael focuses on director's liability and mismanagement cases. He represented Deminor in EUR1.2 billion collective settlement proceedings concerning shareholders which were allegedly misled and suffered losses through information released by the former Fortis Group. Clients praise him for being "effective and proactive throughout the entire process," and profess that he "understands the commercial background of a case."

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Associates to watch

DLA Piper Nederland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wouter de Clerck acts for international clients on cross-border disputes, particularly within the energy, mining and technology sectors. His handling of multi-jurisdictional cases commands praise from clients, as well as his personal approach. One commentator notes: "He is able to keep a complex matter running flawlessly and to relentlessly pursue the success of the case." The source also notes de Clerck's impressive tactical wins on disputes and adds: "It is a pleasure to work with him personally and it is easy to have an open, honest and straight dialogue."

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