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Arbitration is the preferred method for resolving cross-border disputes 

The added value of arbitration quickly becomes apparent when conducting business in an interna-tional environment. The business of our clients benefits from the efficient and effective resolution of disputes. This is what our arbitration team delivers. 

NautaDutilh’s Benelux arbitration team is one of a kind

NautaDutilh’s arbitration team is unique as it benefits from being a stand-alone arbitration team with offices in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg supported by the largest dispute resolution group of all Benelux law firms (85+ lawyers). Therefore, the arbitration team can draw from the specific expertise that is available firm-wide, including on corporate law, construction law, financial law, insurance law, intellectual property/IT law, and Supreme Court litigation.

Consequently, NautaDutilh is the firm of choice in high-profile and high-value arbitration matters with a Benelux nexus.

Proven track record: experience that brings your dispute to a good end

NautaDutilh has a proven track record in high-value commercial arbitrations in various market sectors (including corporate, construction, intellectual property & energy matters) and investment treaty arbitrations.

Our team has an outstanding reputation and vast experience in handling high-value commercial and investment treaty arbitrations under all major arbitration rules (ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, LCIA, PCA, SIAC, NAI, CEPANI, etc.).Thanks to our thorough knowledge of Belgian, Dutch and Luxembourg arbitration law, as well as the applicable international treaties, regulations and rules, our clients promptly receive to the point, high-quality advice enabling an effective strategy.
Furthermore, we have an impressive track record in relation to court proceedings relating to arbitration. Our experience in this field is very broad, and involves several complex multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings and setting aside proceedings, including a strong cassation practice. Time after time, we have been the choice of top foreign law firms seeking a lead or co-counsel in the Netherlands.

Recent highlights of our Benelux arbitration team include representing and advising:

•    Moldova-based investors in enforcement proceedings in relation to an SCC arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan in an Energy Charter Treaty investment arbitration
•    several Ukrainian investors in two setting aside proceedings in relation to UNCITRAL arbitral awards rendered against the Russian Federation in investment arbitrations;
•    a Dutch energy company in an ICC arbitration against an Italian construction company in a dispute on delay and disruption in a large-scale construction project; and
•    a Dutch investor in an investment arbitration against the Czech Republic under the Netherlands-Czech Republic BIT.

What others say

Our team consistently ranks band 1 and 2 in the relevant guides and league tables and has been in-cluded in the Global Arbitration Review 100: The Guide to Specialist International Arbitration Practices 2018. This is what others say about our practice:

“The ‘strong, academic and practical’ practice at NautaDutilh routinely handles investor-state and corpo-rate arbitration matters. In an example of its strength in the former, [NautaDutilh] is acting for two foreign investors in securing attachments in the Netherlands and other jurisdictions pertaining to a $500m arbitral award rendered against Kazakhstan.”  Legal 500, 2019
 
“NautaDutilh is lauded for its ‘consistently high quality’ and for its ability to deliver ‘impeccable results within the shortest deadlines’.”  Legal 500, 2019

“NautaDutilh’s Dispute Resolution practice “[b]enefits from a strong reputation across the Benelux region to offer clients a seamless cross-border service” and is a “perfect combination of in-depth knowledge and hands-on solutions.”  Chambers, 2019

“Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, chairperson at Dutch commodities trader Louis Dreyfus Holding, says the firm represented one of their companies in a recent arbitration and the “NautaDutilh team exhibited high intelligence and deep knowledge in all legal matters related to the arbitration.” GAR 100, 2018

“The vice president of production at an oil company says the firm represented his company in a construction arbitration and were “alert and adaptive” in the hearing. He says the firm is distinguished by its “professionalism and team approach.” GAR 100, 2018

“Another client who used the firm in an ICC construction dispute says the firm “had good
knowledge of the construction business” and were “able to understand complex technical issues.” Rotterdam-based senior associate Tomas Vaal is described as a “young lion” who is strategic, smart and fluent and will leave no stone unturned to win a case. ”
GAR 100, 2018
 

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