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Europe 2022
Netherlands Dispute Resolution
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6 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Houthoff

Where settlement is an option, Houthoff's litigators negotiate the best settlement conditions. Where litigation is unavoidable, Houthoff's specialists commit themselves to the process with energy and enthusiasm - in national and international mediation procedures and arbitrations, and proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber, the Dutch Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice.

Houthoff's litigators represent national and international companies, government bodies and independent professionals. Houthoff has gained a unique position when it comes to complex disputes involving a multitude of parties and jurisdictions. Their Dispute Resolution Team doesn't shy away from questions that lead parties and the court into uncharted territories.

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Dispute Resolution - Netherlands
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What the team is known for

Houthoff is one of the leading firms in the Netherlands for defending clients in class actions and damages claims. The law firm also handles a number of high-value commercial disputes, including post-M&A and joint venture litigation, as well as shareholder disputes. The team boasts a number of lawyers with notable experience handling contentious matters before the Supreme Court. Houthoff further assists clients with enforcement proceedings, real estate disputes, financial litigation, insurance litigation and liability issues in bankruptcy cases. Additionally the firm handles a number of cross-border arbitrations involving expropriation and arbitral award issues. The lawyers often act on cases under the NAI, ICC and ICSID rules.

Work Highlights

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  • Defended Volvo Trucks/Renault Trucks in cartel damages cases following two European Commission investigations.

Notable Practitioners

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Rob Meijer
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Rob Meijer
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Senior Statespeople

Rob Meijer has notable experience advising clients on the enforcement of arbitral awards and on commercial disputes. He also stands out for his ability to handle cases before the court of cassation.

Albert Knigge
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Albert Knigge
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Albert Knigge enters the top band of the rankings this year on the back of positive feedback, with one interviewee enthusing that he is "good at coming up with solutions and good at listening," and going on to add: "I am very happy to rely on Albert Knigge's advice and feel that I am in safe hands." Albert Knigge has market-leading expertise in defending clients in class actions and follow-on damages claims.

Bart van der Wiel
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Bart van der Wiel
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Bart van der Wiel remains one of the leading Supreme Court lawyers in the Netherlands. A client enthuses: "Bart van der Wiel is one of the great minds in the Dutch legal world, and easy to work with," and expands that he "knows how to explain complex legal issues in laymen's language." He represents clients in energy, financial and commercial disputes.

Dirk Knottenbelt
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Dirk Knottenbelt
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Dirk Knottenbelt assists clients with the enforcement and annulment of high-value arbitral awards. He represents states and corporate clients in investment arbitration, as well as acting on arbitrations under the ICC and UNCITRAL rules. One client describes him as "calm, confident and very convincing," while another appreciates that he "knows how to present a case convincingly."

Jan Willem de Groot
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Jan Willem de Groot
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Band 3

Jan Willem de Groot has a strong focus on corporate disputes, particularly post-M&A litigation and joint venture cases. He also assists clients with shareholder disputes and the enforcement of awards. One interviewee reports that he is "creative, very dedicated to the client and the client's interest, and highly responsive and proactive."

Ranked Lawyers at
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Dispute Resolution

Rob Meijer
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Rob Meijer
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Senior Statespeople
Albert Knigge
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Albert Knigge
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Band 1
Jan Willem de Groot
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Jan Willem de Groot
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Band 3
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel

Dirk Knottenbelt
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Dirk Knottenbelt
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Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation

Rob Meijer
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Rob Meijer
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Senior Statespeople
Bart van der Wiel
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Bart van der Wiel
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Band 1