De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Dispute Resolution Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for

Market leader covering the entire scope of dispute resolution. Unrivalled international arbitration offering and significant expertise in corporate and contractual disputes, cartel follow-on damages claims and Supreme Court litigation. Impressive client base includes both Dutch public corporations and multinational blue-chip companies. Also handles class actions and regulatory enforcement. Key sectors include energy, and financial services.

Strengths

One source confirms De Brauw's status as a leading disputes practice: "They are strong across the board, with the additional value of lawyers who are qualified in different jurisdictions." The source adds: "Their ability to take criticism on board is a real advantage."

Another interviewee enthuses: "They have a special position in the market. Their lawyers are the best and brightest and they handle truly large disputes. For service and excellence, they are the best firm."

Work highlights

Represented COFCO in several claims totalling USD2 billion against Cygne following a number of M&A transactions.

Notable practitioners

Albert Marsman acts for clients on international arbitration proceedings relating to multilateral investment treaties and commercial contracts. Sources highlight his "great understanding of the law and ability to deal with complex international legal issues." Clients also say he is "great if you need a fighter on your case."

Berto Winters handles both corporate and commercial litigation as well as litigation relating to restructuring. He is also a well-regarded Supreme Court practitioner.

Bommel van der Bend focuses on arbitration, with a notable focus on the construction sector. He recently represented the Republic of Ecuador in setting-aside proceedings concerning a USD14 billion arbitration.

Eelco Meerdink specialises in cross-border litigation, gaining notable experience in high-profile energy sector proceedings. Sources highlight him as "an excellent team worker who is very sharp and he has an enormous strategic insight," adding that he is "able to phrase his thoughts in a very concise way."

Sources praise Harm-Jan de Kluiver for his "tremendous knowledge of corporate disputes" and refer to him as "one of the best corporate litigators in the market." Regularly acting for large listed companies, he advised SRH and de Volksbank on various litigation proceedings relating to the expropriation of SNS Reaal.

Jan de Bie Leuveling Tjeenk is valued by clients for his Supreme Court expertise and his financial claims litigation experience alongside his ability to "take a strategic view and assess the big legal issues and translate them into hands-on advice." He advises on high-profile corporate litigation, acting on cases in the banking and energy sectors.

Widely recognised as a leading international arbitrator and equally adept civil litigator, Marnix Leijten is praised for his "great strategic thinking" and ability to "grasp complex cases and issues." He is particularly active in energy and construction arbitration, recently representing NLMK in two cross-border construction arbitration proceedings with a combined value of EUR25 million.

Ruud Hermans has a strong focus on restructuring litigation. Clients value his "practical and tactical litigation skills" and describe him as a "very experienced litigator."