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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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19 January 2022

EU court addresses Blocking Statute's Catch-22, but important questions remain

The Blocking Statute prohibits EU persons from complying with certain US sanctions against Cuba and Iran. In its first ever preliminary ruling on the topic, the CJEU found that the termination of a contract that violates this prohibition does not necessarily need to be annulled if this would have a disproportionate effect on the terminating party. This ruling seems to somewhat ease the dilemma of EU companies that want to end contracts to avoid potentially severe US sanction enforcement measures. How this will work out in practice remains to be seen. But companies terminating contracts to comply with US sanctions may still face other measures, such as monetary penalties, that aim to protect the interests of the affected counterparties to a contract.
18 January 2022

New debt restructuring scheme in Netherlands now automatically recognised EU wide

A recent amendment of the European Insolvency Regulation recast (EIR recast) means that the public version of the "WHOA", also known as the Dutch scheme, falls in the regulation's scope as of 9 January 2022. This is relevant for cross-border restructurings, most notably because the effect of a public Dutch scheme will be automatically recognised in the EU (except for Denmark and Ireland, which are not parties to the amendment). Given that the Dutch scheme provides great flexibility in the design of the restructuring plan and offers various tools to reach a consensual deal with a qualifying majority of creditors, automatic recognition will make the public version a powerful cross-border restructuring tool. The Dutch scheme's private version remains outside of the EIR recast's scope, but might be recognised based on other treaties or domestic private international law.
17 January 2022

De Brauw advises Nederlandse Loterij on its acquisition of majority stake in Lotify


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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