Chambers Global 2018 rankings: excellent results for BarentsKrans

Chambers Global 2018, the guide that provides a worldwide overview of international practice areas, has just been released. BarentsKrans received several honourable mentions. This year the most noticeable mention is the Corporate / M&A practice group’s first ranking within the Mid-Markets category. Like last year, the Intellectual Property team has been rewarded with a splendid Band 2 ranking. The same top ranking was received by the corporate litigation, financial litigation and supreme court litigation teams in the area of dispute resolution. An additional honourable mention is that also this year Marleen van den Horst, head of the IP & Technology Practice Group is ranked in Band 2.

Feedback from clients and peers

The yearly Chambers ranking lists are based upon feedback received from clients as well as peer reviews. Chambers is one of the leading guidebooks within the international field of advocacy.

What does Chambers say?

Chambers Global says the following about BarentsKrans lawyers:

Michiel Martin focuses on M&A, venture capital, joint ventures, buyins and buyouts and corporate restructuring. His recent work highlights include assisting the Dutch branch of Canon with the sale of six business centres to Saphin. Clients enthuse that “he understands the commercial process well and has a lot of relevant experience.”

Nick Surber specialises in M&A, corporate law and setting up corporate structures. According to clients, he is a “very responsive and practical corporate lawyer who knows when to involve other subject matter experts.” He recently advised Stanley Black & Decker and its subsidiary on the acquisition of all shares in Totaal Beveiligingen and Totaal Beveiligingen Dienstverlening.

Marleen Van den Horst represents established pharmaceutical and hi-tech industry clients in patent litigation across all sectors. She recently advised Fortimedix on the launch of surgical products and the prospective acquisition of a US patent portfolio. Clients praise her “outstanding knowledge, good commercial awareness and customer focus.”

Jaap Bremer‘s practice covers patent and trade mark litigation. His patent litigation expertise includes pharmaceutical, mechanical and software patents. His recent work highlights include representing Unilin in patent validity and infringement proceedings for its European Patent 341 concerning floor panel systems. Sources admire his “high expertise paired with responsiveness, creativity and pragmatism,” and appreciate that he “always has the client’s interests in mind.”

William Schonewille focuses on class action disputes in the financial litigation sphere, with particular expertise in banking and securities law. He recently represented a number of subordinated bondholders in relation to SNS Bank in EUR150 million compensation proceedings following the bank’s expropriation and nationalisation. He is described by one source as someone who is “very on top of the details” and “has a good litigation spirit,” while his good “understanding of the merits of financial products” also proves useful to clients in contentious matters relating to that field.

Martijn van Maanen specialises in directors’ liability, M&A and antitrust disputes, as well as fraud matters. Commentators regard him as a “really sharp litigator” who has “a very good reputation.” He continued to defend Bank Indonesia on ongoing EUR140 million proceedings initiated by the bankruptcy trustees of the Dutch Indover Bank and represent Bank Indonesia’s counterclaim as a creditor in the bankruptcy.

Overview Chambers Global 2018 rankings

An extensive overview of this year’s rankings can be found here.