Corporate Dispute resolution

We are Stibbe Corporate Dispute Resolution specialists

We view litigation as a last resort and our aim is to reduce our clients’ exposure to it through risk management and properly informed decisions, on long-term strategic issues.

Corporate Dispute Resolution

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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