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Working in an international environment, our litigators have a strong sense of the cultural and legal difference between markets and how to channel that knowledge into creating the most effective solutions.

Our specialists enjoy the challenge of the most demanding and innovative projects and bringing them to a positive conclusion. As a result, we have a strong track record with a significant number of landmark cases and cross-border corporate litigation.

Working in partnership with our clients, we handle securities litigation, shareholders’ and joint-venture related disputes, directors’ liability, M&A litigation, corporate governance disputes and inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber in the Netherlands.

Notably, many of our corporate litigators have experience as corporate transaction lawyers, providing a sound understanding of the mechanisms of a transaction, and in turn, creating more effective solutions.

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22.09.2017 NL law
Dutch Supreme Court ruled on the time limit under which appeals must be brought

Short Reads - On 1 September 2017, the Dutch Supreme Court ruled that the appeal period ends three months after the day on which the court has given its judgment, at the end of the day with the same number as the day on which the judgment was given (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:2225). However, when the appeal period of three months expires in a month that does not have a day with the same number due to the fact that it is shorter, the appeal period ends on the final day of that month. Therefore, it is important to be aware that the appeal period relating to judgments given on certain specific days might end earlier than expected.

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02.08.2017 NL law
Termination of continuing performance contracts: a new chapter

Short Reads - On July 7th 2017, the Dutch Supreme Court added a new chapter to the case law it has developed over the years regarding the termination of continuing performance contracts, making a specific exception for publishing agreements regarding copyrighted works (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1270).

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05.07.2017 NL law
Dutch Supreme Court confirms case law on causation: roundup of two recent cases (PART I)

Short Reads - In its decisions of 2 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1008) and 9 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1053), the Dutch Supreme Court reconfirmed its case law on causation, the condicio sine qua non test and the so-called "reversal" rule in the law of evidence pertaining to this test. Although strictly speaking, these decisions might not bring much news, they show that carrying out the condicio sine qua non test is not always straightforward. In addition, these decisions show the importance of clearly keeping in mind the facts and norms constituting the unlawfulness or non-performance at hand.

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19.10.2017 NL law
Annotatie onder Gerechtshof Arnhem-Leeuwarden - 14-02-2017

Articles - Nu de verkoop van de inventaris meer dan een jaar voor het faillissement heeft plaatsgevonden, is het bewijsvermoeden van art. 43 Fw niet van toepassing. De stelplicht en de bewijslast ten aanzien van het paulianeus handelen rusten dan ook op de curator. De enkele omstandigheid dat het niet goed ging met de onderneming, betekent nog niet dat op dat moment te voorzien was dat een faillissement onafwendbaar was.

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05.07.2017 NL law
Dutch Supreme Court confirms case law on causation: roundup of two recent cases (PART II)

Short Reads - In its decisions of 2 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1008) and 9 June 2017 (ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1053), the Dutch Supreme Court reconfirmed its case law on causation, the condicio sine qua non test and the so-called "reversal" rule in the law of evidence pertaining to this test. Although strictly speaking, these decisions might not bring much news, they show that carrying out the condicio sine qua non test is not always straightforward. In addition, these decisions show the importance of clearly keeping in mind the facts and norms constituting the unlawfulness or non-performance at hand.

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02.10.2017 NL law
Judgement beyond the ambit of the legal dispute

Short Reads - In its judgment of 14 July 2017, ECLI:NL:HR:2017:1357 the Supreme Court decided that the pleadings did not provide sufficient basis for the decision of the Court of Appeal that the contractor's claim was also based on joint and several liability of the alleged client. Moreover, the pleadings provided no evidence that the alleged client acknowledged that the contractor considered the alleged client jointly and severally liable.

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22.08.2017 NL law
AkzoNobel v. Elliott: viewpoints for target company conduct in hostile takeover situations

Short Reads - Stibbe represents AkzoNobel's supervisory board in litigation brought by AkzoNobel's activist shareholder Elliot in relation to unsolicited takeover proposals from PPG Industries. In a landmark case on the matter, the Dutch Enterprise Chamber has given important pointers on board conduct in hostile takeover situations.

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18.07.2017 NL law
Gezichtspunten voor doelvennootschap in geval van ongewenste overnamevoorstellen

Short Reads - Stibbe staat de RvC van AkzoNobel N.V. bij in onder meer een enquêteprocedure aanhangig gemaakt door activistische aandeelhouder Elliot in verband met drie ongevraagde overnamevoorstellen van PPG Industries. De Ondernemingskamer geeft enkele belangrijke gezichtspunten voor het bestuur en de RvC van doelvennootschappen in geval van een ongevraagd overnamevoorstel.

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