In late 2011 the firm welcomed a US of counsel
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 7 (of which 3 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
This Rotterdam firm was born in 2008 when Van Mens & Wisselink’s arbitration group broke away.
The practice is led by Shawn Conway, who in the 1990s was lead counsel for the claimant in both of the Eco Swiss v Benetton arbitrations, as well as in the 10 resulting court actions – including the European Court of Justice’s landmark decision on the role of EU competition law in commercial arbitration. Conway’s career includes periods working for Steptoe & Johnson in DC and for Trenité van Doorn.
Who uses it?
The seven-lawyer firm has built its name serving clients in the energy, construction, engineering, transport, manufacturing and information technology industries, with a particular focus on the contentious side. The firm is popular with some of the global Dutch corporate names.
Conway’s work in the Eco Swiss v Bennetton case resulted in positive arbitral awards and a favourable ruling from the ECJ on how arbitrators must approach issues of EU law.
It’s recently been kept busy by disputes arising out of the Middle East. The past two years have seen awards and positive settlements in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, resolving claims worth tens of millions.
In late 2011, US lawyer Lisa Bench Nieuwveld joined the firm as of counsel after a year in New York. She began her career at Van Mens & Wisselink, where she forged ties with the Conway team. Bench also worked for two years at Benelux firm NautaDutilh in Rotterdam, where her clients included Yukos Capital in enforcement proceedings against Russia’s Rosneft.
Conway was asked to join the JAMS list of international arbitrators for the Netherlands. He is also now sitting on six cases as arbitrator in the Netherlands and abroad.
Younger partner Nathan O’Malley, who was already sitting as a sole arbitrator in several matters, became a party-appointed arbitrator in a matter under the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) Rules. He also authored a book, Rules of Evidence in International Arbitration, which will be out soon.