What the team is known for
Market-leading independent firm with a formidable reputation for its international and cross-border capabilities, typically identified as the leading adviser to Dutch-headquartered corporations that have significant international operations. The Netherlands office is the firm's pivotal hub and remains a notable force in the market, advising international clients as Dutch counsel and leading impressive multi-jurisdictional matters for its national client base. The firm has established a presence in various jurisdictions, having opened offices in Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Shanghai and Singapore. Additionally, it is a key member of the Best Friends network, regularly coordinating with its top-tier peers in Europe to serve cross-border mandates.
De Brauw is renowned for its transactional capabilities, demonstrating true excellence in high-end M&A, private equity, competition and investment cases. Transactions frequently involve cross-border aspects, and the team navigates international challenges through coordination with its other offices or through partnering with leading firms in other jurisdictions. The firm also acts on complex international disputes and investigation matters, which involve the handling of cross-border issues in white-collar crime, IP and litigation contexts.
Clients equally turn to the firm for cross-border financing matters. It has a particularly strong ECM practice and its financial services group has a leading regulatory offering. Acting predominantly for large corporate borrowers, the firm also works with major Dutch and international banks and other financial institutions, offering solid restructuring capabilities.
A commentator emphasises that "De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek's team, including both the Amsterdam and London offices, is well qualified to deal with our international transactions," going on to highlight that "they have plenty of non-Dutch law expertise and qualified lawyers in-house, and work seamlessly with their best friends and other foreign firms."