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Houthoff

Dispute Resolution

7 ranked lawyersBand 1NetherlandsEurope 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Highly regarded team offering a full breadth of disputes coverage and featuring several high-profile Supreme Court lawyers. Represents defendants in high-profile class actions. Sought after for commercial disputes, such as hostile takeovers, joint ventures and post-M&A disputes. Particularly esteemed for international arbitration cases, including the enforcement of arbitral awards. Acts alongside the firm's market-leading restructuring and insolvency team on contentious bankruptcy matters and collaborates with the firm's corporate investigations team on criminal law cases.

Strengths

Sources acknowledge the firm's prowess in cases of a cross-border scope, one saying that "they are prepared to explain how the law applies, and how the process is in the Netherlands and Europe, helping counsel from other jurisdictions to understand their views and adapt."

A client recognises the practice for its scope, saying that "the performance is always excellent, both in terms of legal advice as well as understanding of any risk."

Work highlights

Advised Petrobras on a high-stakes securities class action claim submitted by Stichting Petrobras Compensation Foundation following allegations of fraud at Petrobras.

Notable practitioners

Albert Knigge advises clients on competition follow-on damages claims and class action cases in the energy sector, often with a strong cross-border aspect. He is also recognised by commentators for his expertise in procedural law. A client reports: "He is very commercial and cuts quickly to the heart of relevant issues."

Bart van der Wiel is well-versed in Supreme Court litigation, often on behalf of financial institutions. He is also adroit in corporate litigation, including joint venture disputes, before the Supreme Court. Clients praise his commitment, one asserting that he "stands out as a Supreme Court litigator and really goes the necessary extra mile to win the case."

Dirk Knottenbelt represents a diverse clientele of energy companies and financial institutions in arbitration proceedings at various levels, including before the ICC and UNCITRAL. Clients commend him for his courtroom presence, saying that "his oral advocacy is very well structured, credible and convincing."

Jan Willem de Groot moves up in the rankings this year following glowing client feedback for his advocacy skills, with one saying that "he is creative and a very good pleader." He is well practised in corporate litigation, with a particular focus on post-M&A disputes. Clients also highlight his "strategic thinking and analytical skills."

Marielle Koppenol-Laforce acts for a varied clientele, including both international energy companies and foreign states, on high-stakes cross-border arbitral matters. Market commentators highlight her specialism in international arbitration proceedings involving investor states.

Rob Meijer is highly reputed among sources for his experience in contentious cases, one referring to his "longstanding reputation and track record of high performance." He is well placed to assist with disputes concerning arbitral awards and litigation involving foreign states.

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Overview

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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Location

Gustav Mahlerplein 50

Amsterdam

North Holland

Netherlands

1082 MA

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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Netherlands

Dispute Resolution


Albert Knigge
Band 2
Jan Willem de Groot
Band 3
Rob Meijer
Senior Statespeople

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel


Dirk Knottenbelt
Band 2
Marielle Koppenol-Laforce
Band 2

Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation


Bart van der Wiel
Band 1

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