With the strongest legal market in the region, the Dutch elite firms differ from their Belgian neighbours in that they have largely resisted the overtures of the top international firms. But for how long? Micha Kat reports
This spring a series of strange phone calls were made between the top partners of the Netherlands’ elite law firms. The source of all this activity were unusually strong rumours that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer would close its Amsterdam branch. Journalists were called by lawyers, lawyers called lawyers and clients started asking questions. The rumours persisted and Freshfields had to do something.
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