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De Brauw is known as the leading international law firm in the Netherlands.

Rooted deeply in the Dutch tradition of problem-solving and innovation, we offer high-end legal advice in corporate transactions, disputes and regulatory enforcement.

Our lawyers are widely recognised as leaders in their fields. Together, we form a strong collective, representing our clients, relentlessly pursuing excellence.

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22 September 2021

Commission moves sustainability discussion forward by releasing competition policy brief

The European Green Deal aims to transition the EU internal market into a sustainable economy. Public and private entities are rallying behind this green ambition and working towards a new circular economic model. Because of the additional cost (and unavoidable price increase), it is sometimes a competitive disadvantage to be the first undertaking to move towards a more sustainable product or production process. To overcome this dilemma, competitors might want to take the first step together and create a level playing field. In such cases, competition law must be taken into consideration, as such a joint sustainability initiative might have anti-competitive effects. Businesses are increasingly looking for specific guidance from competition enforcers on how they can cooperate in pursuit of sustainability goals. We obtained some insights from our recent sustainability webinar where we discussed the European Commission's new policy brief.
21 September 2021

Finish line in sight for new Dutch gender diversity bill

On 28 September 2021, the Dutch Senate will vote on a new bill introducing a "one-third" diversity quota for supervisory boards of Dutch Amsterdam-listed companies and requiring "large" listed and non-listed Dutch NVs and BVs to set gender balance targets for the board and senior management levels. As several political parties have criticised the proposed legislation, the outcome of the vote is uncertain. If the bill is adopted, the government wants the new rules to take effect on 1 January 2022.
16 September 2021

Preventing surprises when concluding commercial contracts

In our litigation practice we often see that Dutch law presents surprises to parties that concluded a commercial contract. This can relate to pre-contractual liability, interpretation, the validity of certain clauses and termination. Daan Beenders and Johan Valk wrote an article about this. They discuss a number of surprises and explain how the parties can prevent or mitigate these surprises and the associated risks as much as possible. The article was published in a Dutch law journal (Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht). Click here to read the online article (in Dutch) and here for an English translation in PDF.

Much has changed in our 150 years as a firm, but De Brauw has always been a leading, unique and inspiring firm. It is built on the incredible people who delight in succeeding together: building relationships of trust and confidence with our clients and tackling complex matters, the world over.

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If you want to go far - go together

We are incredibly proud of our people, wherever they are. They create and define the culture of De Brauw. We all share the same core qualities: courageous team-players, passionate about what we do, with the grit and curiosity required to get to the best possible result for our client, together.

We continuously strive for diverse teams - it simply makes us better. Our unique personalities, experiences, and individual perspectives make us sharper and keep us humble.

Many of our top business leaders and members of the judiciary come up through our own ranks, and pass our firm from one generation to the next. Do you want to join us? We would love to hear from you.

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