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… not afraid to be outspoken in pursuit of the right strategy: driven by curiosity and a thirst for new challenges. Our globally renowned Arbitration practice operates across international borders and in different legal systems, across a variety of sectors on institutional, ad hoc and investor-state arbitrations.

We focus on where we can make a difference. From energy majors and technology companies, through to financial institutions and States, our clients rely on us to handle their most complex and strategic cases. Are we the best? You would have to ask our clients and our peers what they think. Do we work on (and win) some of the largest and most complex disputes in the world? Absolutely.

Successful arbitration requires much more than just being experts in the law. Our team, the client and external industry experts all immerse ourselves in the full context of the case. The right dynamic can make all the difference. In understanding every chapter, issue, and theme that collides in the facts of the matter, we offer arbitrators our client's story with conviction and legal pragmatism.


Marnix leijten

Marnix Leijten

Managing Partner

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Recent Matters

28 October 2019

De Brauw advises Yarden Holding

27 March 2018

AkzoNobel sale of Specialty Chemicals to The Carlyle Group and GIC for EUR 10.1 billion

AkzoNobel announced the sale of 100% of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and GIC for an enterprise value of EUR 10.1 billion. This transaction creates two focused and high performing businesses – Paints and Coatings, and Specialty Chemicals – as part of its strategy announced in April 2017. The transaction is expected to be completed before the end of 2018. Team: Gaby Smeenk, Arne Grimme, Martin van Olffen, Henk van Ravenhorst, Reinier Kleipool, Janneke van der Kroon, Martijn Snoep, Heather Giannandrea and Thijs Elseman. For more information, read here.
8 January 2018

Altice N.V spin-off its 67.2% interest in Altice USA

Altice N.V. to spin-off its 67.2% interest in Altice USA, Inc. (5.3 million shares of Class A Common Stock and 490.1 million shares of Class B Common Stock) through a distribution in kind out of its share premium reserve. Each Altice N.V. shareholder will be entitled to receive 0.4163 Altice USA, Inc. share for each Altice N.V. share held. Each Altice N.V. shareholder will be given the right to elect its portion of Class A Common Stock and Class B Common stock its wishes to receive, with a cap on the maximum shares of Class B Common Stock of 247.7 million shares of Class B Common Stock or 50%. If the cap is exceeded the Class B Common Stock requested by a shareholder will be proportionally reduced and replaced by shares of Class A Common Stock. The Altice USA, Inc. shares of Class A Common Stock are listed and entitled to one vote per share. The Altice USA, Inc. shares of Class B Common Stock are non-listed and entitled to 25 votes per share. De Brauw acted as lead counsel to Altice N.V. Team: Martin can Olffen, Gaby Smeenk, Paul Sleurink and Angela van Breda. For more information, read here.
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(And when we say "we have a diverse and international practice" - we are not exaggerating). We bring together our diverse and multidisciplinary expertise with a truly global perspective to assist clients. With:

7 Partners
50+ Associates
from more than 25 countries
admitted in more than 20 jurisdictions; and
who speak more than 35 languages.

Our clients benefit from the insights, experience and qualifications that our lawyers have, in addition to their unrivalled legal expertise; varied educational and industry backgrounds, across multiple different sectors and jurisdictions.

Their performance is world-class in this line of work... clearly beats its competitors in professionalism, preparedness, power of argumentation, alertness, tactics and thorough appreciation and understanding of the issues at stake.

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17 February 2021

Signed charter needed for foreign in-house counsel to have legal privilege

Can in-house counsel admitted to a non-Dutch bar invoke legal privilege in the Netherlands? The Rotterdam District Court has ruled that these "foreign in-house counsel'' can – if they have that right under the jurisdiction where they work. In addition, if they work in the Netherlands, they must also meet specific criteria set by the Netherlands Bar. According to the court, foreign in-house counsel practising in the Netherlands should be treated the same as Dutch in-house counsel. The latter are required to sign a professional charter – a document that guarantees their independence and is signed by both employer and in-house counsel – in order to invoke legal privilege. Although the ruling is not final, it is important to consider its implications. To err on the side of caution, we recommend that clients who employ foreign in-house counsel make sure that their charters are in order and signed and record that the standards required by this charter have thus far been upheld.
23 October 2020

Privilege of foreign in-house counsel: English court sets standard, Dutch to follow?

A recent high court judgment in England provides a clear-cut rationale for attributing legal advice privilege to foreign in-house counsel. The High Court concluded that it is the "function" of the relationship and not the "status" of the lawyer that is relevant in the case of foreign in-house counsel. It is not necessary to assess whether certain formalities are applied, as that would undermine the basic rationale for legal privilege. Interestingly, this English ruling stands in contrast with the reasoning in a 2019 ruling by a Dutch district court, which focused on national formalities and ruled that certain foreign in-house counsel did not enjoy legal privilege because these formalities, in particular the signing of a professional charter as required by the Netherlands Bar, had not been met.
17 December 2019

UK election makes 31 January 2020 Brexit date inevitable

With a convincing Conservative majority win in the recent UK general election, Boris Johnson is expected to present his revised Brexit deal to parliament before Christmas. A new protocol in the revised deal replaces the controversial backstop arrangements in Theresa May's deal.