Litigation and Arbitration

Large organisations are sometimes confronted with complex and sensitive disputes. We assist our clients in responding appropriately and in managing the impact on their business and reputation.

As one of the largest and leading litigation and arbitration practices in the Benelux, our integrated team helps clients solve business-critical disputes seamlessly and manages matters with the highest degree of efficiency. Our team of talented and diverse lawyers displays a unique full-service expertise and has a distinct footprint in both litigation and arbitration.

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Stibbe advises Sappi

We are very pleased Stibbe is advising Sappi Limited (Sappi) in relation to the contemplated sale and carve-out transaction involving Sappi’s graphic paper mills in Maastricht.

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Press release: ATB declared bankrupt, Toni van Hees and Job van Hooff appointed bankruptcy trustees

On 22 April 2022, Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V. ("ATB") filed for bankruptcy and was declared bankrupt by the Amsterdam District Court. The court appointed A. van Hees and J.E.P.A. van Hooff as bankruptcy trustees.

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Stibbe wins case before Supreme Court regarding transparent distribution of government land

Today, the Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking ruling on the sale of real estate by government entities such as municipalities.

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Stibbe wint zaak bij Hoge Raad over transparante verdeling overheidsgronden

Vandaag heeft de Hoge Raad een baanbrekende uitspraak gedaan over de verkoop van onroerende zaken door overheidslichamen zoals gemeenten. De Hoge Raad heeft bepaald dat anders dan voorheen overheden gronden op een transparante wijze moeten verkopen waarme

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We advise on and litigate in a wide variety of disputes, often in complex multi-party and multi-jurisdictional matters. 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.

We work together closely with other practice groups at Stibbe, such as public law, criminal law, EU and competition law, and corporate and finance law, providing clients with a unique combination of experts coming up with the best suitable strategy and argumentation. This truly showcases and ensures that our clients benefit from the advantages of a full-service, multi-specialist firm.

We have expertise in financial services litigation, construction disputes, restructuring and insolvency, insurance and reinsurance disputes, auditors' liability, and complex contractual disputes. We also assist our clients in corporate disputes such as securities litigation, shareholder and joint venture disputes, directors’ liability, M&A litigation, corporate governance disputes, and inquiry proceedings.

Furthermore, we play a major role in some of the largest class actions and group actions in the Benelux. Our Litigation group also specialises in defending clients against antitrust civil damage and follow-on damage claims.

In addition, we have extensive experience in all types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation and collaborative negotiation. Our priority is to partner with our clients to find the best out-of-court dispute resolution in order to avoid lawsuits. When litigation is unavoidable, we always suggest the most suitable procedural route.

Our arbitration team has a distinctive track record of handling large and complex cases, and represents clients in national and international arbitration across all sectors and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions, including ICC, LCIA, SCC, NAI and CEPANI, as well as ad hoc proceedings (also under the UNCITRAL Rules). Our team acts as counsel and as arbitrator.

We have won landmark cases at the highest level before the Belgium Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation/Hof van Cassatie) in criminal matters and before the Dutch Supreme Court (Hoge Raad der Nederlanden).

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Recognition & Awards

Belgium Firm of the Year

Benchmark Litigation Europe 2021

"The team combines expert knowledge with a pragmatic approach. They are very accessible and always deliver on time."

The Legal 500
2022
Dispute Resolution

"The team has in-depth theoretical knowledge and is well experienced with dispute resolution and committed to reach goals."

The Legal 500
2022
Dispute Resolution

"Strong presence in contractual and shareholder disputes, involving both litigation and arbitration."

Chambers Europe
2021
Dispute Resolution

"Highly sought after by financial institutions for advice on banking and securities litigation, as well as bankruptcy damages proceedings."

Chambers Europe
2021
Dispute Resolution

"Highly skilled corporate and commercial litigation team with particular expertise acting for clients on competition damages claims."

Chambers Europe
2021
Dispute Resolution

Clients value the firm for its commercially oriented approach, one underlining its "pragmatic and client-friendly advice", highlighting that the lawyers are "outstanding at looking several months and years ahead and understanding that many issues need to be decided from a strategic angle."

Chambers Europe
2021
Dispute Resolution

"The team is practical, strategic, sharp and efficient. The lawyers are easy to communicate with and responsive. They provide clear recommendations that demonstrate their deep knowledge of the law and local process. The lawyers have a good, thorough knowledge and are hands-on."

Chambers Europe
2021
Dispute Resolution

"Stibbe has an excellent team of highly skilled professionals. The team is pragmatic, commercial and has a very hands-on approach. They are responsive, thorough and efficient."

The Legal 500
2021
Dispute Resolution

"The team's work is highly solution-oriented and precise. They have the ability to explain complex legal matters in an understandable way."

The Legal 500
2021
Dispute Resolution