This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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This year has seen NautaDutilh involved in the creation of the Dutch Arbitration Association, as well promote two new partners and launch a new initiative to help fledgling biotech companies.
|Arbitration||1||Insurance & Reinsurance||2|
|Business Crime Defence||2||Labour & Employment||1|
|Capital Markets||3||Life Sciences||2|
|Corporate Tax||2||Project Finance||1|
Gerard Meijer, head of the firm’s arbitration team, together with other arbitration practitioners in the Netherlands, set up the Dutch Arbitration Association in April 2013. It is hoped that the association will help to promote the Netherlands as a venue for international arbitration in the years to come.
The firm has also launched a LifeLaw programme in which it assists start up and young enterprise biotech companies with legal issues. It also organises special networking and educational events and facilities for the participants, and hopes to give the companies a better chance of success. The scheme is run by the firm’s life sciences team, who aim to share their experience with early-stage Dutch companies.
|Total Listings in WWL||49||Established||1724|
|Home jurisdiction||Netherlands||Total size of firm||over 400|
|Number of partners||100||Number of offices||6|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Trademarks is one of the firm’s strongest areas of practice, with many recognising it as the “go-to” practice in the Netherlands. Charles Gielen, who is recommended for both his trademark and patent work, is a “dean of the bar” and “respected authority”. Vincent Wellens advises international clients in the consumer goods and IT sectors on their trademark concerns and is “a pleasure to work with”. The “impressive” Florence Verhoestraete specialises in trademark cases in the food, consumer goods and life sciences sectors. Her practice includes advisory and litigation matters and she is known for her “strategic thinking”. Anne Marie Verschuur has recently been involved in litigation concerning the shape, appearance and name of food products. She is described by clients as offering “excellent service” and “practical, commercial advice".
Another practice which earns the firm high praise is M&A. Leo Groothuis works with financial institutions on public offers and share and asset transactions, and is “a leading light” in the field. Recommended for both his M&A and corporate governance work, Hein Hooghoudt specialises in both domestic and cross-border deals and particularly focuses on public offers, assets transactions, auction sales, buy-in and buyout transactions and minority interests. Also recommended for his M&A and corporate governance work is Marc van der Haegen. He is “hugely experienced” with a “straightforward approach that clients admire”.
The firm’s environment practice is also a frontrunner in our research, with the team’s expertise described as “second to none”. Norbert de Munnik focuses his practice on the regulatory side of environmental law and stands out as a “leading figure” in the market. Brussels-based François Tulkens deals with administrative issues arising from environmental considerations and is praised for his “excellent practical experience”.
Other notable practitioners at the firm include Bert Fibbe and Joost Italianer, who are recommended for both their business crime defence and investigations practices. Fibbe specialises in tax, environmental and economic crimes and peers see him as a “world-class” practitioner. Italianer has “extensive experience” in market abuse, compliance and internal investigations, and is recommended for his “expert handling of cases”. Benoît Feron comes “strongly recommended” for his work within the banking and capital markets spheres, where he focuses on debt and equity and structured finance work. He is “solutions-oriented with exceptional attention to detail”.
With one of NautaDutilh’s founders winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911, pro bono work and social responsibility has always been a key priority of the firm. Some of its work includes running a weekend school teaching children in underprivileged neighbourhoods the concept of “law’ and conducting research into human rights for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The firm also provides exclusive legal advisers to the SI² fund which invests in innovative, socially responsible companies, and advises start-up bio-tech companies though its LifeLaw programme.
In the coming year, the firm will continue to focus on growing its practices in key areas, as well as offering the best possible service to clients. Having launched its LifeLaw programme a year ago, the firm will be looking to see how it can improve and expand the scheme, to offer more help to those businesses that truly need it.
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