Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for Freshfields' Dutch team is consistent with the high quality the firm offers across its impressive global practice. Its work in the Dutch market follows a focused approach, centred around advising Dutch and international corporations on large international transactions.

The firm's major strengths in the Netherlands include competition law, merger control and corporate M&A, which are all areas in which the Amsterdam office takes on significant international roles. The team often acts as lead counsel for Dutch-based companies and also regularly works in conjunction with the firm's other international offices, particularly London and Brussels. The firm's Amsterdam team is also strong in serving clients across a number of regulated industries and has handled an impressive range of pan-European matters for Dutch clients in the telecoms, energy and financial services sectors.

Strengths One client praises the firm's integration into the Dutch market, as well as its international scope: "I think that first, they are in Holland, they understand where we are coming from but have an international practice so if you need something quickly in another country, that speeds up the transaction. For us they are a Dutch firm and their partners are very much engrained in the Dutch landscape."

The firm's capacity to combine English and Dutch law expertise, both through collaboration with London and through English-qualified partners in Amsterdam, is said to be highly valuable by interviewees. One says when "working together they are very good. The London team we know well and co-operation across the offices was good." Another adds: "The deal is driven from Amsterdam but we are working with an English law lawyer. English law expertise was crucial."

Experience and track record on large international projects, remains an important factor to several clients: "We chose Freshfields because they are well resourced to carry out complex cross-border transactions."