Chambers Europe 2020 about BarentsKrans: hyper-intelligent & down to earth

Chambers Europe 2020, 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 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)

‘Impressive litigation team with particular strength representing clients in the Supreme Court. Advises claimants and defendants on cartel follow-on litigation, contractual disputes and bankruptcy cases. Experienced assisting with disputes pertaining to financial products, shareholder disagreements and class actions. Also acts for clients on white-collar crime matters.’


‘Clients are “very enthusiastic about their approach,” being particularly impressed by “how pragmatic they are – they really speed the processes up.”‘

Ranked Lawyers:

  • Martijn van Maanen (Band 3)
    ‘regularly acts for claimants on class actions, including cartel damages claims. Appreciative clients describe him as “smart and pragmatic,” adding that he has “good insight into what it takes for a claimant’s case to succeed.” Van Maanen also advises on bankruptcy cases.’
  • William Schonewille (Band 3)
    ‘for being “a very able and well-organised litigator with considerable experience in financial and consumer cases.” His practice focuses on financial disputes, frequently representing clients in class actions.’
  • Rieme-Jan Tjittes (Band 1)
    ‘highly regarded Supreme Court litigator, acting for private corporations as well as state bodies. Clients highlight that it is “very easy talking to him, even for people who aren’t lawyers,” adding that he is “very pragmatic and practical.”‘

Employment (band  3)

‘Strong team noted for its expertise in Supreme Court litigation, primarily representing employers in 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 employee integration matters following M&A transactions. Also handles pensions litigation for international employers. Clients include significant players in the transport industry.’


‘One satisfied client highlights the team as “being hyper-intelligent, down to earth and practical yet capable of in-depth analysis where needed.”‘

Ranked Lawyers:

  • Max Keulaerds (Band 2)
    ‘is especially adept at contentious employment matters, including litigation in the banking, electronics and transportation industries. He advises on matters related to industrial actions and dismissals. Keulaerds is an “extremely smart and down-to-earth lawyer, who stands out for his passion for his work and his energy,” according to one happy client.’
  • ‘Laurens de Graaf (Up & Coming)
    ‘”highly knowledgeable, very proactive, responsive and client-focused practitioner who has a pragmatic approach.” Clients also praise him for providing “very clear and practical advice.” He often deals with termination proceedings following industrial action, as well as the employment aspects of M&A transactions.’

Intellectual Property: Patent (Band 3) & General- Mostly Trade Mark/Copyright (Band 4)

‘Respected team acting for both multinational and domestic clients from the telecommunications, food and life sciences industries, with particular expertise representing generic pharmaceutical clients. Experienced in copyright, trade mark, licensing and advertising matters. Frequently acts on litigation before both domestic courts and the Benelux Court of Justice. Active on patent defence cases.’


‘Clients appreciate that the team “always stays calm and offers good solutions,” adding that “the lawyers really dive into what we’re doing and understanding our business.”‘

Ranked Lawyers

    • Marleen van den Horst (Band 3)
      ‘praised by clients for maintaining a “really good oversight” of cases. Her practice centres on contentious patent cases, where she frequently represents multinational pharmaceutical clients.’
    • Jaap Bremer (Band 3)
      ‘”down-to-earth straight-shooter” who is “very solid and personable.” He acts on cases relating to both trade mark and patent disputes.’

Competition (Band 4)

‘Frequently acts for claimants on cartel and abuse of dominance follow-on damages litigation, often working alongside the firm’s well-respected disputes practice. Also represents clients in antitrust investigations and dawn raids. Has experience advising public sector clients on state aid matters. Assists with merger clearance and distribution issues.’


‘Market sources particularly highlight the firm’s experience in private damages litigation.’

Ranked Lawyers

  • Joost Fanoy (Band 3)
    ‘is commended by clients who report that he always goes the extra step for us, is very hands on and is somebody who can explain complicated issues.” Fanoy offers particular expertise for claimants in follow-on damages litigation, relating to both abuse of dominance and cartels.’

Corporate / M&A (Band 4)

‘Notable mid-market outfit with a healthy portfolio of Dutch private clients. Advises companies in the technology, leisure and waste sectors on sales, acquisitions and mergers. Also acts for private equity clients on investments into Dutch companies.StrengthsClients appreciate the “high level of partner involvement.”‘

Ranked Lawyers

    • Michiel Martin (Band 3)
      ‘has a strong presence in the Dutch market representing domestic clients in cross-border transactions. He is active on transactions in the packaging, logistics and fitness sectors.’

Real Estate (Band 5) 

‘Notable team known for advising public and private sector clients on real estate transactions. Also assists with contentious issues arising within the context of commercial lease agreements. Regularly handles land purchase, construction contract and project finance matters.’

Ranked Lawyers

  • Jeffrey Koenecke (Band 3)
    ‘is well regarded by peers and has significant experience in this field, frequently acting for clients on the acquisition of residential properties.’