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Unrivalled litigation practice

Unrivalled in breadth, scope, size, the blue chip nature of our client base, and the sheer number of high profile cases, our strong focus on dispute and risk management and our full-service litigation practice serves the vast majority of the largest 100 companies headquartered in the Netherlands. With extraordinary value at stake, and unprecedented scale and/or complexity, our clients' matters often attract public interest and a high degree of political sensitivity. They always concern unprecedented situations and questions of law: the law that is, of any and often several jurisdictions, anywhere in the world.

Successful litigation strategy

Multidisciplinary and critical minds underpin our integral vision on how we manage our clients' legal exposure. Harnessing the expertise of leading experts both across and outside of the firm, we assess our clients' legal and compliance risks to develop a practical strategy in mitigation. Pragmatic expert advice at the outset of a matter provides transparency around costs, assists clients collect and conserve evidence, and forges the most efficient response to a dispute. A successful litigation strategy requires that we do not shy away from asking the hard questions, with an open and critical mind.

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.
26 January 2018

De Brauw secures lifting of EUR 22 billion asset freeze for the National Bank of Kazakhstan

De Brauw has acted for the National Bank of Kazakhstan in summary proceedings and secured the lifting of an attachment order that led to the freezing of EUR 22 billion in cash and securities belonging to the National Fund of Kazakhstan. This case involved issues of state immunity, Kazakh trust law, and English banking law. In light of recent enforcement actions by Moldovan investors Anatolie and Gabriel Stati and their companies in various other jurisdictions, including Sweden and England, this decision, rendered by former Supreme Court Justice Mr. F.B. Bakels, represents an important victory for the National Bank. The dispute arose out of a number of heavily-publicised enforcement actions recently taken by the Statis against assets of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank (the central bank of Kazakhstan) in several jurisdictions. The Statis levied attachments under BNY Mellon in September and October 2017, which led to the freezing of EUR 22 billion in cash and securities accounts of the National Bank, held with BNY Mellon. The National Bank's accounts with BNY Mellon are part of a National Fund for the Kazakh economy. De Brauw commenced summary proceedings on behalf of the National Bank to lift the attachments. The Republic of Kazakhstan and the BNY Mellon appeared as interested parties. On 9 January 2018, the hearing in the summary proceedings was held at the Amsterdam District Court before former Supreme Court Justice and current Preliminary Relief Judge Mr. F.B. Bakels. Albert Marsman and Marnix Leijten pled on behalf of the National Bank at the hearing. Preliminary Relief Judge F.B. Bakels rendered a decision on 23 January 2018, lifting the attachment on the accounts with BNY Mellon on the basis of two separate grounds raised by the National Bank. The successful lifting of the attachment has been publicised in various media outlets. On 24 January 2018, Reuters Business News included an article reporting on the decision of 23 January 2018. Reuters reports that the freeze, now successfully lifted, "had shocked the oil-exporting nation and the sovereign fund industry". On the same day, Global Arbitration Review (GAR) was also headlined with an article on the recent summary proceedings before the District Court of Amsterdam and its connection to a number of cases in various jurisdictions. De Brauw's Albert Marsman was approached for comment by the GAR: "Partner Albert Marsman of De Brauw welcomes yesterday’s decision, which he says “confirms that the National Bank of Kazakhstan’s funds cannot be the subject of attachment by purported creditors of the Republic. The court also made clear that it does not accept information being concealed in an attachment application, and imposed a significant fine for any future failure to be transparent.” Team: Albert Marsman (lead partner), Marnix Leijten, Abdel Zirar, Esther Huijzer, Gianni Molewijk, Varvara Aryutina, Alessio Gracis, Ondine Sinsheimer. Read more at GAR and Reuters.

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22 November 2021

Unfair trading practices in B2B relationships - agri-food sector in the spotlight

Protecting the weaker party against unfair trading practices has long been the exclusive domain of consumer law. In business-to-business (B2B) relationships, the prohibition of abuse of dominance is relevant but has led to few cases, as exploitative abuse has not been an enforcement priority and the prerequisite of dominance is hard to prove.
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.
2 August 2021

Efficiently resolving disputes in construction projects

Bommel van der Bend and Sebastien Davys-Brown wrote an article for Who's Who Legal in May 2021. They believe that additional efficiencies in project dispute resolution can be achieved by (i) providing additional legal competence to the project team and (ii) adopting "active claim management" methods to identify, review and analyse issues around the disputed areas of a project at the same time. The goal being to develop an informed and legally consistent strategy so that appropriate decisions can be made to resolve the dispute at the time it occurs. Click here to read the online article and here for the PDF.