International Arbitration

In today’s globalised economy, international arbitration has become one of the most effective tools to resolve international business disputes. Rely on our multidisciplinary team to offer you tailor-made advice and guide you through the entire international arbitration process.

Tailor-made advice

Our wide range of legal expertise allows us to put together a team that is highly tailored to the needs of your business dispute, taking into account local and international laws, language prerequisites, and any required industry-specific expertise. You can be assured that, throughout the entire arbitration process, we will always keep your business interests in mind.

International focus

We are specialised in the resolution of disputes under the laws of our four home markets: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. To offer our international clients the best possible advice, we can also rely on our extensive global network through our offices in London, New York, Paris, Hong-Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, our dedicated region teams, and our network of top-tier local advisers.

Our international arbitration lawyers routinely act in (commercial or investment-treaty) international arbitration proceedings, either ad hoc or under the auspices of all major arbitral institutions (ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC, NAI, Swiss Chambers, Cepani, etc.).

Our track record

Many of our clients are internationally active companies, states or sovereign entities, or private or public investors with substantial and growing cross-border activity. They rely on us for all types of arbitration-related proceedings (injunctive relief, setting aside, enforcement) brought before the State courts of our four home jurisdictions (the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland). Our team has acted in many high-profile international arbitration cases, setting aside proceedings, and enforcement proceedings, and is praised by both peers and clients.

News - 16 July 2021 - Global

Loyens & Loeff’s International Arbitration team maintains its position in the GAR100 ranking

The Global Arbitration Review (GAR) has released its 2021 GAR100 rankings. Our International Arbitration team is very proud to maintain its position among the...
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Dutch court rules in climate case: Friends of the Earth Netherlands et al. v Royal Dutch Shell
News - 02 June 2021 - Netherlands

Friends of the Earth Netherlands et al. v Royal Dutch Shell

On 26 May 2021, the The Hague District Court ordered Royal Dutch Shell PLC, to cut carbon emissions by 45% by 2030, compared to 2019 levels.
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What others say about us

Legal 500

"Highly responsive, excellent knowledge of the industry." (2020)

Chambers & Partners

Strengths The team's practical style is highlighted by clients, one describing it as "very flexible and pragmatic." (2021)

Another client recommends the firm for its capability in multi-jurisdictional cases, reporting that the firm's lawyers are "familiar with cross-border litigation." (2021)

One client says: “The team is amazingly attentive, very thorough and creative.” (2019)

Sources also praise the team’s collaborative approach as well as their “strategic, out-of-the-box thinking.” (2019)

Clients note that they “feel very supported” by the firm, adding that the firm’s “dedication never drops.” (2019)

One client lauds the “real commercial understanding” that the team offers. (2019)


One client that is using the firm in a real estate dispute says the team in its Luxembourg office “is efficient, down to earth and flexible” and “provide knowledgeable, workable and clear answers in a timely manner.” Hoffeld is a “top litigator with vast experience in the real estate sector.”

Another client says the firm helped secure full payment of an ICSID award, with Hakim Boularbah and Sarah Compagnion “the best in Belgium”.