Houthoff

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

Netherlands
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What the team is known for A highly reputable independent Dutch firm with a formidable reputation for international work. The firm particularly excels in high-end, cross-border corporate M&A transactions and multinational litigation and has carved out a significant role both as a Dutch co-counsel on inbound work and in handling outbound instructions from its impressive Dutch client base.

The firm's litigation department is a top-tier team in the Netherlands, with a leading Supreme Court practice and considerable experience on high-profile international litigation in the Dutch courts. The firm had a significant role in the Yukos Oil case, handling Dutch law aspects and collaborating with firms overseas on connected litigation abroad. The firm's recent M&A deals also display impressive strength in cross-border transactions, often co-counselling with leading US firms on global transactions such as Intel's recent USD15.3 billion tender offer for Mobileye.

Strengths The firm's capacity for international litigation receives significant praise. One client describes the firm as "very pragmatic, to the point, and extremely well-versed in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional aspects concerning litigation. It is a matter that is dealt with by the court in Amsterdam but there are ties to almost all jurisdictions, which requires co-ordination with outside firms and expertise, also economic experts. They do a very good job there."

Another interviewee says the firm's "cross-border capabilities are excellent, they could not be better. They have a tonne of experience doing cross-border work and tonnes of work in Latin America too. They know the difference in culture, they know the difference in approach and we are extremely happy with them."

The firm's corporate team also receives praise, with clients placing "particular emphasis on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional deals."

One source values the firm's ability to handle international work by teaming up with its relationship firms: "Houthoff manages foreign relations very well: they partner with international firms and it seems like on both sides it is more clear what each is up to."