NautaDutilh

NautaDutilh is an international law firm practising Dutch, Belgian and Luxembourg law. We have offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and Luxembourg, as well as in London and New York. With more than 400 lawyers, notaries and tax advisers, we are one of the largest law firms in the Benelux region.

Age is just a number. So we understand that when you are selecting a law firm, its founding date is not as important as its ability to deliver the goods on time, in tiptop shape and for the right price. But if a law firm has been doing just that for almost 300 years, that longevity really says something. It tells the story of NautaDutilh.

It means that we have been able to successfully tackle our clients' issues throughout the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries – eras marked by breathtaking technological progress and huge geopolitical and socio-economic shifts. It means that we know what it takes to adjust to an ever-changing world. And it means that our lawyers can stand on the shoulders of their predecessors, with confidence in their ability to face today's challenges and fulfil their clients' future needs.

What has kept us relevant ever since our founding in 1724 is adaptive thinking. Combining mental agility, flexibility and creativity, this subtle art is all about learning how to think instead of being taught what to think. Adaptive thinking is about being able to respond to your environment, digest information and apply different methods and perspectives so the best solution can emerge out of the different – often contrasting – ideas and insights. In other words: adaptive thinking allows us to deal with change, learn from new situations and think on our feet when solving problems.
We live and breathe all the key elements of adaptive thinking on a daily basis. It helps us to sharpen our learning edge, further open our mindset and create energy. That way, we can retain the best of the old, embrace the new and – together with our clients – keep on moving forward.

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The Corporate Governance Review

Edition 11

Corporate governance is a vital and all-encompassing topic, and the modern corporation is one of the most ingenious concepts ever devised. Most corporations aim to add value to society, and they very often do; some, however, are exploiting, polluting, poisoning and impoverishing us, which can create a depressed reputation for business. A lot depends on the commitment, direction and aims of a corporation's founders, shareholders, boards, management and employees. Do they show commitment to all stakeholders and to long-term shareholders, or mainly to short-term shareholders? There are many variations on the structure of corporations and boards within each country and between countries.

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