Chambers Europe 2017 rankings: splendid results for BarentsKrans again

“The firm is easy to work with and has a number of experienced, innovative and skilful litigators, who deliver cost-effective and practical results.”

Last month we published the stunning results that BarentsKrans achieved in the Chambers 2017 Global edition. Meanwhile, the Chambers Europe guide has also been published and we would, once again, like to share our Chambers feedback with you.

Chambers and Partners publishes her rankings annually and in doing so compares 53 jurisdictions across Europe, from Greenland and the United Kingdom to Russia. The most important areas of law are covered, including a.o. litigation and corporate/M&A. Chambers is one of the leading guidebooks within the international field of law. The annual rankings are based upon feedback from clients as well as peer reviews. This makes the rankings independent, trustworthy and therewith the more valuable.

Results Chambers Europe 2017

Consequently, we are extremely proud to have received numerous honourable mentions once again. BarentsKrans has been recognised to be a ‘leading firm’ in the following practices of law for years: intellectual property, corporate/M&A, competition & public procurement and litigation. This year the real estate team has also been recognised as being one of Europe’s top players for the first time. Additionally, eleven of our specialists are considered ‘leading individuals’ in their field of expertise, to know:

Employment Law

  • Rogier Duk, Senior Statesman
    Senior statesman Rogier is an employment law specialist who, sources agree, “remains one of the market’s leaders without any doubt.” Of late he successfully represented the works council of the Dutch Hospitals Association in a dispute regarding changes to its employment terms and conditions.
  • Max Keulaerds, Band 2 ranking in ‘Employment’
    Max receives extensive positive feedback from peers and clients that consider him to be “one of the best corporate litigators in employment.” One client says: “He is very smart, energetic and extremely skilled in all aspects of his work,” adding that “he brings a lot of extra value to the table and, at the same time, is down-to-earth and a pleasant person to work with.” He led the team’s representation of HTM in a dispute with its works council concerning the introduction of a new work schedule affecting hundreds of employees.
  • Peter Vas Nunes, Band 2 in ‘Employment’
    Peter is characterised by one source as “superb.” The same source adds: “He has a top-notch understanding of the law and is a fine litigator as well.” He possesses a particularly deep knowledge of discrimination matters and is praised by his clients as an “extremely qualified lawyer with an extensive knowledge of employment law.”


  • Michiel Martin, Band 3 ranking in ‘Corporate/M&A mid-market’ and Recognised Practitioner in ‘Private Equity’
    Michiel assists with M&A matters including investment fund structurings and LMA acquisition financings. Clients say: “He really tries to understand the purpose of his client’s aims. By doing so, he provides not only a solution that stands, but also a solution which fits with the personality of the client.” He assisted Infotheek with its purchase of the entire share capital of 4Launch and 4Launch Trading.
  • Nick Surber, Band 4 ranking in ‘Corporate/M&A mid-market’
    Nick handles a variety of M&A, financings and corporate law and is experienced in dealing with corporate structurings. Sources recognise his strength in the field and also note: “He’s a nice guy and very qualified.” He advised MSA Safety on its EUR190 million public bid for Latchways.


  • William Schonewille, Band 3 ranking in ‘Dispute Resolution’
    William advises financial institutions along with consumers and investors on major litigations, including class actions. He is called upon for his knowledge of securities and banking law. One source remarks: “In financial disputes, William Schonewille is very good, very bright and very quick.” He represented Stichting Elevator Cartel Claim in litigation linked to cartel activities.
  • Rieme-Jan Tjittes, Band 1 ranking in ‘Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation’
    Rieme-Jan handles highly complex litigation in the Dutch Supreme Court involving tort, company and contract law. Sources appreciate “his sharp legal mind and the fact that he can really get to the core of an issue very quickly. He is an excellent decision maker.” He acts for Dutch and foreign banks and blue-chips on contract, company, tort and damages law. He defended Stichting Belangenbehartiging Gedupeerde Beleggers Van den Berg against litigation initiated by ABN AMRO.
  • Martijn van Maanen, Band 4 ranking in ‘Dispute Resolution’
    Martijn acts on disputes concerning antitrust damages, market fraud and M&A disputes for executives, banks and corporates. Clients remark: “We were really impressed by the depth of his work and knowledge and his representation in court.” He acted for Claims Funding Europe on mass damages in cases valued collectively at EUR500 million, linked to the air cargo cartel.

Competition & Public Procurement

  • Joost Fanoy, Band 3 ranking in ‘Competition/European Law’
    Joost focuses on EU and Dutch competition law, where he is experienced in advising on cartel cases and also assists with merger control and joint venture filings. He recently acted for Kongsberg on public procurement litigation against Stema Survey, which alleged irregularities with the tender process for sonar equipment on Dutch research vessels. Clients describe him as “a sharp litigator with a deep knowledge of public procurement matters,” adding: “He clearly has a lot of knowledge and makes complex matters easy to understand.”

Intellectual Property

  • Jaap Bremer, Band 3 in ‘Trade Mark/Copyright’ en ‘Patent’
    Jaap has long-standing experience in several aspects of IP, including patent and trade mark litigation, and has recently advised clients on both contentious and non-contentious copyright and design matters. Clients say he “turns over every stone” and is “always thinking of new opportunities, organising meetings so all options are discussed. He was also willing to listen.”
  • Marleen van den Horst, Band 2 in ‘Patent’
    Marleen specialises in patent litigation and is known in the market for her work for large clients in the pharmacy and healthcare industries. She is well versed in multi-jurisdictional cases, such as representing Sun Pharmaceutical Industries in patent infringement proceedings against Novartis. Sources praise her “good understanding of biochemical technology.”

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An extensive overview of the Chambers Europe 2017 rankings for BarentsKrans can also be found on the website of Chambers and Partners.