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. Distinguished by its experience in the financial sector, acting for financial institutions on major insolvency proceedings as well as securities litigation. Advises a number of key corporate clients and private equity firms on shareholder disputes, joint venture disputes and contentious regulatory matters. Additional arbitration capabilities, acting for both states and corporate entities on domestic and international disputes.

Strengths "They take good care of you during the litigation process," according to a client, who also describes the team as "highly skilled and with a sense for details and relation circumstances" and appreciates its "good understanding of business and company culture."

Others describe the team as "approachable and quick to react."

Work highlights Defended the Dutch Ministry of Finance against an EUR850 million liability claim brought by the former CEO of DSB Bank following the bankruptcy of DBS Bank in 2009.

Notable practitioners

Dirk-Jan Duynstee regularly represents clients in corporate and securities disputes. He acted for Penta Investments on a dispute brought by Templeton Investments relating to various transactions carried out by Fortuna Entertainment. Clients particularly value his experience handling Enterprise Chamber disputes and describe him as "technically very strong, and also a commercial and practical lawyer."

Jeroen Ouwehand is recognised as a "great strategic challenger with a close eye on the ball," who "maintains a helicopter view in complex cases and has a commercial approach to finding solutions." Sources also value that he is "authoritative and calm in court." He handles corporate and post-M&A disputes and is also valued by clients for his deep understanding of sanctions law and financial crime.

Juliette Luycks heads the firm's arbitration practice in Amsterdam, advising clients on both international and domestic proceedings. Clients value her listening skills as well as her "strong knowledge and expertise."