Class Actions and Group Actions

We are Stibbe Class Actions and Group Actions specialists

We have proven expertise in resolving class and group actions and the associated special challenges they create, even across multiple jurisdictions.

Class Actions and Group Actions

We have played a major role in some of the largest class actions and group actions in the Benelux, drawing on expertise from across the firm to deliver the most effective results for our clients.

Handling matters across a broad range of sectors including financial institutions, securities, funds, large industries and healthcare, our experts integrate regulatory knowledge with sector expertise to create strategically robust solutions.

As the rules for collective redress are constantly changing, we guide clients through every stage. When handling complex proceedings regarding private enforcement of cartel and competition law infringements, we work in close collaboration with lawyers in our EU competition law practice group. This cohesive structure provides the most cost-effective and efficient way of working.

Over the years our litigation practice group has successfully handled multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation, before the civil, administrative and criminal courts. In all cases, our objective is to resolve the class or group action as efficiently as possible, aiming to minimise its impact on the rest of the business.

Reinforcing our practical expertise, our partners also lecture on collective redress and hold various publications on class actions and group actions.


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