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Managing Partner: Jesse Zijlma
Number of partners: 25
Number of other lawyers and notaries: 52
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German

Firm Overview:
BarentsKrans is an independent Dutch law firm located in The Hague. With over 75 lawyers and civil-law notaries the firm has an excellent reputation in dispute resolution and M&A, real estate and finance transactions. The firm offers dedicated service with a keen eye for its clients’ business goals. Through the firm’s strong referral practice it has internationally active companies in addition to its domestic clientele in various sectors. BarentsKrans’ lawyers are regularly involved in groundbreaking cases and complex transactions, and are used to work in multi-jurisdictional teams.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Commercial Contracts
Corporate & Commercial Litigation
EU & Competition
IP & Technology
Life Sciences
Public Law & Regulatory
Real Estate
Supreme Court Litigation

Corporate & Commercial Litigation:
The firm’s corporate and commercial litigation specialists are recognised as leaders in their respective fields. They advise and represent international and national clients in court proceedings and arbitration. The firm is involved in some of the most prominent international commercial and corporate disputes pending in the Netherlands, including the Fipronil case, cartel damages litigation (e.g. Air Cargo and Trucks), securities litigation (e.g. Steinhoff and (interest rate) derivatives), and Carlos Ghosn vs Nissan/Renault/Mitsubishi.

Commercial Contracts:
The firm has a number of recognised specialists in (international) contract law, who are able to act for companies and clients throughout the life cycle of a commercial contract: from the negotiation stage throughout the contract termination. They work for both national and international companies like Tata Steel, BP, Fox Networks Group, Aramco, Taqa, and national states (such as Ecuador, Greece and the Netherlands). Additionally, the team also advises renowned law firms that need extra expertise in the field of (international) contract law.

IP & Technology:
BarentsKrans’ leading IP experts deal with (multi-jurisdictional) disputes regarding infringement and validity of intellectual property rights as well as licensing and exploitation of technology matters. The firm has a well-established reputation in representing clients from particularly the life sciences, telecom and nutrition sectors, and has been involved in many prominent and pioneering cases. Clients include i.e. Mylan, KPN and Oculus.

EU & Competition:
The firm has broad experience in EU law and competition/antitrust law, including cartels, merger control, private enforcement (cartel damages) and state aid. The team also specialises in public procurement law and can advise tenderers or contracting authorities before, during and after the tendering process. Clients include i.e. Exterion Media, Claims Funding Europe, Canon and BMW.

Life Sciences:
The BarentsKrans life sciences team is best known for its combined knowledge of regulatory, commercial and patent related aspects of the launch of pharmaceutical products and for representing clients in related (landmark) proceedings. Also in the field of medical devices the team advises and litigates on regulatory and product liability issues. The firm’s M&A specialists have a proven track record in assisting with venture capital, private equity, MBO and MBI transactions. Clients include e.g. Mylan and Bayer.

Supreme Court Litigation:
BarentsKrans belongs to a select group of firms with a traditionally large and highly regarded cassation practice. The supreme court litigation lawyers advise lawyers and their clients and conduct cassation proceedings covering the entire field of civil law. The firm has been involved in numerous landmark cases (e.g. Samsung/Apple, KPN/Staat, Delta/Staat, ING/ Peters, Conductore/Zilveren Kruis, ABN AMRO/ Kobes).

BarentsKrans corporate specialists have a lot of experience in the field of corporate law. They service a broad range of national and international clients (e.g. KPN, Zwanenberg, and Bank of Indonesia) on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions. Clients value the team for its efficient and problem solving approach. Furthermore, the lawyers and civil-law notaries of this team have many years of experience in finance and financing structures, as well as financial services regulatory. Clients include, among others, MVGM, EBPI, Monuta, Huisman Equipment, Addtech, Ecorus, Borealis Hotel Group, SnowWorld, Canon, Dura Vermeer, Infotheek.

The team is well-known and highly appreciated by clients and peers. For over 25 years, the team has consistently operated in the top of the Dutch employment law market. The team is known for its excellent litigation and its efficient management of reorganisations and co-determination procedures. Clients include i.e. ABN AMRO, Canon and TechnipFMC.

Real Estate:
The firms consists of a large number of lawyers and civil-law notaries with expert knowledge of and experience with real estate. Because the lawyers and civil-law notaries work together closely, they are able to assist clients like ASR, Amvest and MN Services from the first negotiations through to the envisaged end result.

Public Law & Regulatory:
This team’s legal experts advise and conduct proceedings about environmental law, sector-specific regulations and commodities legislation, public service law, privacy and the protection of personal data, but also about general administrative law, subsidies and government liability. BarentsKrans acts not just for businesses like Synchroon, AM and Provast, but also for central government and local and regional authorities.

Banking & Finance:
BarentsKrans’ banking & finance team has many years of experience in advising and assisting clients with their entry into finance arrangements and on other complex finance issues, including financial regulatory and financial litigation matters. The lawyers of this team provide services to domestic and foreign banks, investors, other financial institutions, large companies, SMEs and high-net-worth individuals. This can involve syndicated or bilateral loans (LMA and other recommended forms), project finance, real estate (development finance), direct lending, asset based finance, trade finance and restructurings. Clients include: Huisman Equipment, Zwanenberg Food Group, Quintes, TINC Development Partners, Landesbank Hessen – Thüringen Girozentrale and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), BNG Bank, Triodos Bank and MVGM.