International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Stibbe's thriving Benelux-wide practice is gaining an increasingly strong profile in the international sphere, with the Amsterdam team playing a significant role in high-profile cross-border work. The Dutch team is acknowledged for its ability to act on outbound work in a lead or co-counsel capacity with other high-profile firms and also often acts on inbound work related to investments in the Dutch market from Asia.

The firm's strength around Western Europe is often referenced as a valuable asset by clients, and its offices in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, coupled with its strong knowledge of neighbouring markets such as Switzerland, particularly appeal to financial institutions and fund managers. The Dutch team has displayed impressive capabilities in high-value global M&A transactions, particularly those involving Dutch and US issues, and frequently partners with or acts as co-counsel with leading US firms on large acquisitions, such as the recent acquisition of Bureau van Dijk by Moody's Corporation. Litigation is also a major strength of the firm's international practice, with the firm representing large Dutch clients on cross-border competition litigation and class actions across financial services and energy.

Strengths One client is particularly impressed by international scope of the firm's knowledge: "Stibbe stands out above the other firms. It had the international angle and the work they have done is exemplary in terms of knowledge, not only of Dutch law but also international law - including European law and laws relating to other countries." The client describes the team as "effective, professional, and a cut above others I've worked with before."

Another client says: "They actually know what's going on with the issues" across multiple jurisdictions, saying the firm is strong "particularly in the EU. They are really well informed and have their network."

Other sources value the firm's approach to cross-border transactions and the power of its work with best friends firms: "I would opt for Stibbe. Just because you have a firm with the same name it doesn't mean they are as good as a best friends alliance." One interviewee adds that the firm is "outbound-focused" and say: "They often pair up as a co-lead and of course they can also lead."