De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding and market-leading independent Dutch firm, which plays a prominent role in international matters which involve the Netherlands. The firm is frequently set apart in the Dutch market by commentators, who praise its capacity to co-ordinate sophisticated global work from Amsterdam and its ability to act both independently and co-operatively with other top-tier independent firms across the globe. Particularly recommended for high-value international transactions, typically acting as lead counsel to large Dutch corporations.

The firm's international scope covers a wide range of practice areas, comprehensively covering the needs of a Dutch-headquartered client with significant international operations. The M&A team remains a dominant force on cross-border acquisitions and capital markets transactions and has advised on several of the largest M&A deals and IPOs in the Dutch market. Other key areas of global strength include international, multiparty litigation and arbitration, demonstrated by its central role in the Yukos Oil expropriation litigation, which involved legal proceedings and issues in the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Russia. The firm’s thriving corporate investigations practice also regularly handles cross-border issues in world-wide corporate fraud cases.

Strengths The firm is revered in the market, with many sources referencing it as a model example of an independent firm with a high-end capacity for international work. One reports that the team "can really lead on cross-border issues out of their Dutch base," while others recognise the firm's identity as an "organisation geared towards serving big Dutch companies," which "does work all over the world."

Sources also speak of the firm's impressive capabilities in multinational litigation for large corporations, with one interviewee saying they are "impressed with their co-ordination" of large global cases involving multiple court actions, adding that "De Brauw was a star" based on its performance in recent cases.

The firm is known for its unique expertise on global corporate investigations and corporate fraud matters, which the Amsterdam team handles in conjunction with its teams in satellite offices in other key locations such as the US and China. One client says: "The Shanghai office was one of the attractions and they have good reputation for these kinds of investigations."