Akin Gump Lands WilmerHale International Practice Group Leader

Sept. 20, 2021, 6:28 PM

Naboth van den Broek, former co-chair of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr’s international group, has jumped to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a partner.

Van den Broek, who advises governments and companies on international policy and regulatory issues, works out of Akin Gump’s London, Washington, and Geneva offices.

He is a “major addition” to the firm, Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith said in a firm statement. “He joins us at a great time, as our trade practice, which is the largest and deepest in the world, is seeing unprecedented demand from clients and is the busiest it has ever been,” she said.

Van den Broek has handled complex, treaty-based international dispute settlement and arbitration matters under World Trade Organization and International Centre for Settlement of Investor Disputes rules, as well as in European Union and U.S. tribunals. He also focuses on free trade agreements and other treaty negotiations, and investigations.

Akin Gump’s international trade practice includes more than 70 lawyers and other professionals spread out between nine offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Much of their work centers on the proper corporate responses to fast-paced regulatory changes taking place in a range of countries.

“We are at a crossroads in terms of the challenges that companies and governments face today,” said van den Broek in the statement. “I am looking forward to leveraging the firm’s global platform to help clients as they face these issues and try to navigate them.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Sam Skolnik in Washington at sskolnik@bloomberglaw.com

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