Allen & Overy LLP

Dispute Resolution Department

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What the team is known for Renowned litigation practice with an exceptional reputation for corporate and financial services litigation. Additional expertise in international arbitration, regularly acting for clients on high-value commercial and contractual disputes. Clients include financial institutions, governmental bodies and large companies. Also acts on professional and directors' liability proceedings.

Strengths One client lauds the "highly skilled lawyers who are responsive to our business needs and sharp and strategic thinkers."

Clients also describe the litigation team as "knowledgeable, fast, proactive and very pleasant to work with."

Work highlights Acted for Bourrelier Group on litigation proceedings challenging the intended purchase of Van Neerbos Groep by Intergamma.

Notable practitioners

Consistently placed in a "league of his own" for corporate disputes, Arnold Croiset van Uchelen is described as the "smoothest operator in the market" and praised by clients for his "technical knowledge, high commercial awareness and effective support." He offers additional experience handling large commercial liability proceedings.

Brechje van der Velden is recognised for her experience in finance and securities litigation, and represented the Dutch Central Bank in various court proceedings pertaining to the transfer of shares in Conservatrix to Eli Global.

Hendrik Jan Biemond acts for clients on both regulatory and criminal matters. Biemond is described as an "excellent legal mind" and noted for his "knowledge and experience of criminal procedures."

Marieke van Hooijdonk is valued by clients as a "highly experienced and very smart lawyer who combines strategic and pragmatic excellence." She focuses on international arbitration arising from both corporate and commercial disputes. She defended the Netherlands Arbitration Institute in a challenge under the 2015 Arbitration Rule of the NAI relating to the scope, impartiality and independence of the new NAI Challenge Committee procedure.

Richard De Haan principally handles corporate litigation and directors' liability proceedings. Clients consistently praise his pragmatic approach to litigation and highlight his ability to "explain complex litigation procedures in a manner that is understandable to others." His clients include both state institutions and listed entities.