Netherlands

Benchmark Litigation Reviews

Dispute resolution
AKD

AKD practices all areas of dispute resolution and over the past 12 months has grown its work in financial litigation. Patrick Haas leads the firm’s dispute resolution team. Other notable names in the firm include Winfried van den Muijsenbergh and Erik Koster. 

The firm act for a number of clients across a wide range of industry sectors including real estate, oil and gas and construction. 

During the research period, the firm represented a client in a private enforcement action against all parties accused by the European Commission of a price cartel.

Allen & Overy

UK magic circle firm, Allen & Overy is one of the leading law firms in the Netherlands. The firm notes five main areas of dispute resolution work: corporate litigation, financial litigation, arbitration, white-collar crime and intellectual property disputes. The litigation department is headed by Marieke van Hooijdonk and has over 40 lawyers dedicated to the practice. Key names in the firm include Arnold Croiset van Uchelen and Richard de Haan.

The firm regularly advises clients on securities disputes and professional liability. In the white-collar crime space, the firm regularly advises clients on market abuse, money laundering and corruption.

Notable clients for the firm include Rabobank, ING Bank and Deloitte. During the research period, the firm advised South Stream Transport in an offshore construction dispute.

The firm recently promoted Hilde van der Baan to partner and specialises in international arbitration and corporate and commercial litigation. The firm also promoted Marnix de Planque from senior associate to counsel and Camilla Macpherseson joined the firm as a senior associate.

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is experienced in dispute resolution work and is well respected in the market by peers and clients in the Netherlands. Key figures in the firm include Evelyn Tjon-En-Fa and Olaf Trojan. The firm is well experienced in commercial litigation and has a strong focus in liability and insurance disputes.

The firm represented TomTom in civil court proceedings against a large competitor in the US. The case related to the delivery of multiple data products and New York law.

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh

Windt Le Grand Leeuwenburgh practices a wide range of dispute resolution practice areas and focuses on high profile commercial disputes. The firm consists of four partners and nine lawyers. The firm regularly advises clients on shareholders disputes and insolvency disputes.

Key industry sectors for the firm include construction and materials, financial services and industrial engineering.

During the research period the firm acted for Eneco, an electricity and gas company in a conflict with one of its shareholders, Greenchoice. Another case highlight saw the firm act for BB capital, a Dutch private equity firm in a bankruptcy dispute.