Litigation and Dispute Resolution

We are Stibbe Litigation and Dispute Resolution specialists

Key to every case we handle is effectiveness – in our team structure, our approach, and the overall strategy. Everything is tailored to achieve the best results in the most efficient way possible.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Many organisations are confronted with significant, often complex disputes. We assist our clients in responding appropriately, reducing negative impact on their business and reputation.

We have a special focus on cross-border litigation, acting for and against foreign entities, tailoring our legal assistance towards commercially and strategically sensible solutions. Furthermore, we advise and litigate in a wide variety of disputes including, but not limited to, corporate disputes, contractual disputes, tort law disputes, disputes in the banking and finance sector, insolvency-related disputes, disputes involving allegations of fraud and other corporate crimes, antitrust disputes and product liability disputes.

Our litigation lawyers are sensitive to each client’s individual concerns in various trades and sectors. They handle complex matters for multinationals, financial institutions, institutional investors, and national and international governmental organisations.

We assist and represent our clients in every phase of the proceedings before the courts within the Benelux and regarding international arbitration. We also act before Belgium’s Supreme Court (Hof van Cassatie/Cour de cassation), Netherlands Supreme Court (Hoge Raad), Luxembourg’s Supreme Court, the European Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights.

On the menu to the right you will see a list of the specialisms we offer. With one of the largest and leading litigation practices in the Benelux, our integrated teams manage our clients' cases with a high degree of efficiency.

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Experience

Market recognition

Chambers Award 2018

Belgium Law Firm of the Year

Excellent litigation team with extensive expertise in white-collar crime and class actions.

Chambers Europe 2018, Dispute resolution chapter
Who's Who Legal Awards 2018

Belgium Law Firm of the Year

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