Cross-Border Disputes Management

We are Stibbe Cross-Border Disputes Management specialists

We work closely with our clients to create an effective dispute strategy with the most favourable outcome, regardless of the jurisdictions in which they are domiciled.

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 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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