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Cross-Border Disputes Management

Our multi-lingual teams have experience in handling proceedings both for and against foreign entities, with in-depth knowledge of different cultural and legal backgrounds.

Acting on behalf of both local and foreign companies, governmental organisations and financial institutions, we tackle a myriad of questions such as immunity from jurisdiction and execution, the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements, and arbitral awards and cross-border injunctive relief.

We have essential experience in tackling complex matters regarding the international jurisdiction of Benelux courts and on the law applicable in such proceedings.

In addition to our practical experience and expertise, members of our litigation practice group regularly lecture on private international law and have published on this area of expertise in international legal journals and law reviews.

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Experience

  • 17.02.2014 NL law
    Stibbe advised Deloitte

    Experience - We represented Deloitte in a liability suit relating to the US class action "In re Royal Ahold NV Securities & ERISA Litigation". The plaintiff, a well-known association representing the interests of shareholders, initiated the proceedings in February 2012. Parallel class actions have been litigated before a court in Maryland, US.  

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  • 17.02.2014 NL law
    Stibbe advises Konami Digital Entertainment

    Experience -   Representing the world leader in trading card games in a major dispute concerning the counterfeiting certain products of Konami and the subsequent termination of an exclusive distributorship for Europe, Oceania and Latin America. After numerous summary proceedings, it was confirmed that Konami was entitled to terminate the distribution agreement. Advising Konami Digital Entertainment on the termination of the relationship with its exclusive distributor of Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards in, i.a., Europe and Latin America.     

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  • 17.02.2014 NL law
    Stibbe advises KLM and Martinair - CFI and EWD

    Experience -   Representing KLM and its subsidiary Martinair in antitrust damage litigation in the Amsterdam District Court, following on from the European Commission's finding of an antitrust infringement in the air cargo sector. This Amsterdam group action is run parallel to a similar action in London and to class actions in the United States. The claimants' action covers 11 jurisdictions.   

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  • 17.02.2014 NL law
    Stibbe advises Indover Bank

    Experience -   Representing the trustees of Indover Bank in a major dispute with Bank Indonesia. Indover Bank was a Dutch merchant bank and a 100% subsidiary of Bank Indonesia, the central bank of the Republic of Indonesia. Indover Bank was declared bankrupt in December 2008. In legal proceedings before the District Court of Amsterdam, the trustees refuse the validation of a claim from Bank Indonesia to the amount of EUR 43 million and have submitted a counterclaim of at least EUR 71 million. According to the trustees, Bank Indonesia breached a guarantee under which Bank Indonesia had obliged itself to enable Indover Bank to meet its obligations.  

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  • 22.01.2013 NL law
    Stibbe advised Bombardier Transportation

    Experience -   Successfully defended the global train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in a dispute with the Israeli insurance company Phoenix. The dispute related to two fire incidents that occurred in Israel in 2001,  involving trains supplied by Bombardier Transportation to the Israeli railway company. Phoenix, the railway company's insurer, claimed damages from Bombardier Transportation. Phoenix' claims were held unfounded and were therefore fully and finally dismissed by both the District Court and the Court of Appeal in The Hague, with a final decision of 22 January 2013.  

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  • 30.06.2012 NL law
    Stibbe advised ABN AMRO

    Experience -   Representing ABN AMRO in a major dispute with inter alia former group companies Fortis N.V. and Fortis SA/NV (renamed: Ageas). The multi-jurisdictional dispute concerned the redemption of hybrid securities for a total value of approximately EUR 2.5 billion. After several years of litigation, the dispute was settled for a settlement value of EUR 400 million in June 2012.  

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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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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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30.05.2017 EU law
The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU: A Survey of Developments in 10 Member States—the need to maintain safeguards

Short Reads - In 2013, the European Commission adopted a Recommendation on Collective Redress. It invited Member States to adopt a collective redress framework by July 2016 that would include the features mentioned in the Recommendation and then by July 2017, to report to the Commission about the extent to which they had done so. On the basis of the Member States’ report, the Commission will assess whether further actions by the EU is required.

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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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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 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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29.05.2017 NL law
Knowledge of a person's possible liability for the damage suffered is not sufficient for the short limitation period of five years to start running

Short Reads - The Dutch Supreme Court ruled that that a prejudiced person's knowledge of another person possibly being liable for the damage suffered is not sufficient certainty regarding the identity of the liable person for the short limitation period of five years to start running (Dutch Supreme Court, 31 March 2017, ECLI:NL:HR:2017:552).

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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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09.05.2017 NL law
European Court of Justice ruled: supervisory liability for defective breast implants up to national law

Short Reads - Civil liability of a so-called notified body for negligent fulfilling of its supervisory obligations under the directive on medical devices (93/42/EEC) is not excluded, the ECJ ruled in its judgment of 16 February 2017 in Elisabeth Schmitt (C-219/15). Conditions of such liability are governed by national law.

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