Chambers Europe 2019 about BarentsKrans: fast, flexible and reliable advice

Chambers Europe 2019, the guide that provides an overview of law firms and lawyers in Europe, has just been released. We are very proud to have received numerous honourable mentions once again. BarentsKrans has been ranked in six different practice areas. Ten of our lawyers have been recommended by name.

Chambers and Partners publish their rankings annually while comparing 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.

BarentsKrans has been recognised to be a ‘leading firm’ in the following practices of law for years: intellectual property, corporate/M&A, competition, dispute resolution, employment law and real estate.

We would  like to share our Chambers feedback with you.

Dispute Resolution (band 2)

Specialist disputes team noted for its expertise in Supreme Court litigation. Particular focus on plaintiff competition disputes, regularly acting for litigation bodies on multiparty proceedings in cartel damages claims. Also experienced handling international insolvency proceedings, contractual litigation and shareholder disputes.


One client says: “The BarentsKrans team uses resources efficiently,” and adds: “We have very good co-operation and no barrier in communication.” Sources additionally draw attention to the firm’s “hands-on mentality.”

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Employment (band  2)

Esteemed domestic firm that is a strong choice for Supreme Court litigation, primarily representing employers in both individual and collective disputes regarding dismissals, discrimination and transfer of undertakings. Has experience in standout cases relating to the employment law protection of workers from different EU states posted to the Netherlands. Advises on negotiations with works councils or unions as part of planned M&A transactions or restructuring processes. Also handles pensions litigation on behalf of Dutch employers and their pensions providers.


Clients say the team’s “knowledge is extremely up to date and they have a number of lawyers who are really top of the bill.” Others draw attention to the “swift, appropriate and thorough advice” that the department provides.

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Intellectual Property (Band 2)

Strong patent litigation team with experience in pharmaceuticals, technology and engineering. Strong choice for generic pharmaceutical clients. Also experienced in copyright, trade mark, licensing and advertising matters.


One client says: “The BarentsKrans team offers an outstanding performance in terms of knowledge and approach.” Another client adds: “The team is strong, enthusiastic and the quality of work is very high. They really dive into the case and strive to understand every detail.”

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Competition (Band 4)

Advises on cartel issues, investigations, dawn raids and damages litigation, regularly acting for claimants. Also noted for its expertise in merger control, public procurement, contentious antitrust proceedings and EU law. Collaborates closely with its well-respected disputes practice. Increasingly active on state aid matters. Clients consist of local government institutions as well as corporates from sectors including transport, energy and technology.


Clients admire the team’s “can-do mentality” and describe the lawyers as “very open and flexible.” Others highlight the team’s “combination of quality of advice, teamwork and efficiency,” further noting its “down-to-earth approach, dedication and availability.”

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Corporate / M&A ( Band 4)

Notable mid-market outfit with a healthy portfolio of Dutch private clients. Advises companies in the technology, leisure and drinks sectors on transactional mandates as well as corporate governance and restructuring matters. Also assists a number of significant local and pan-European private equity clients.


Clients appreciate the team’s “fast, flexible and reliable advice.” Sources also highlight the department’s “client-centric” approach.

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Real Estate (Band 5) 

Moves up the rankings owing to considerable praise for advice both to public and private sector clients on real estate transactions. Advises on contentious issues arising within the context of commercial lease agreements. Regularly handles land purchase, construction contract and project finance matters.


“The lawyers are very thorough, meet their deadlines and communicate transparently about the costs involved,” states one client. Other interviewees appreciate the lawyers’ “open and direct communication” with other parties to real estate transactions.