Linklaters is to launch a litigation practice in the Netherlands with the hire of NautaDutilh partner Daniella Strik.
Strik is the first disputes partner to be based in the firm’s Amsterdam office. She will start work at the firm in February 2010.
Linklaters currently has seven partners in the Netherlands, focusing mainly on corporate and banking work.
Earlier this year, the Amsterdam practice lost its last remaining tax partner when Stef van Weeghel left to take up a role at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) (4 May 2009).
The firm’s global head of litigation Françoise Lefèvre said: “The market of public and private M&A has become increasingly litigious, with company disputes increasing both in number and in size. This has been especially marked in the last 18 months as a result of the credit crisis.”
Linklaters has boosted its global litigation practice with several recent partner hires, including Christa Band from Herbert Smith in August (3 August 2009).
In September Cuatrecasas litigation partner Francisco Malaga joined to head the firm’s Spanish disputes practice.