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    Dirk Knottenbelt

    Dirk Knottenbelt


    Dirk Knottenbelt heads the arbitration team of Houthoff Buruma and specialises in complex corporate and commercial arbitration, and litigation. A large part of his practice consists of international arbitration work and other dispute resolution procedures with cross-border aspects. His clients include a broad range of Dutch, American, and other international corporations. As counsel, Dirk has acted in national and international commercial and investment arbitrations under the auspices of the ICC, NAI, ICSID and other institutional sets of rules such as GAFTA, NZV, AVZ and FENEX. Dirk also acts as arbitrator in a number of ad hoc and institutional arbitrations and is a substitute judge in the Amsterdam Court of Appeal.

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    Recent Matters

    • Jan 2012

      Houthoff Buruma is representing an American client in Dutch court proceedings for the setting aside of an arbitral award.

    • Dec 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is representing a European multinational company in an ICC arbitration in Zürich against an Italian building company in a multimillion euro dispute.

    • Dec 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is representing one of the world's leading suppliers of luggage sorter systems, in an international arbitration in Amsterdam against a leading system integrator.

    • Nov 2011

      Advised Texaco on the sale of its  oil refinery in Rotterdam to BP.

    • Nov 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is representing two large European chemical companies in a NAI arbitration in Rotterdam against a chemical waste treatment facility.

    • Nov 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is representing a large Dutch waste management company in a commercial dispute in a NAI arbitration.

    • Oct 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented an American distributor in a multimillion Euro ICC arbitration in Geneva against a Brazilian beef producer regarding regarding a joint venture agreement.

    • May 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented a large American oil company in a NAI arbitration in Amsterdam in a matter relating to a claim arising from a Share Purchase Agreement.

    • Mar 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented the trustees in the bankruptcy of KPNQwest in a NAI arbitration in Rotterdam in defense of a claim for annulment of a € 150 million D&O policy.

    • Jan 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented one of Europe's largest energy suppliers in a high value NAI arbitration in Rotterdam regarding the supply of LNG.

    • Oct 2010

      Houthoff Buruma represented a Dutch investor in an ICSID arbitration in Paris under a Bilateral Investment Treaty against a state in relation to a $ 19 billion claim.

    • Sep 2010

      Houthoff Buruma represented the real estate division of one of the largest banks in the Netherlands in a NAI arbitration in Rotterdam regarding a real estate project in Poland.

    • Nov 2009

      Houthoff Buruma represented an international oil company in a NAI arbitration in Rotterdam in defence of a claim in a construction issue regarding the largest oils storage tank in the port of Rotterdam.

    • Aug 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised Chevron Benelux subsidiaries in reaching agreement for the sale of their fuels marketing business to Dutch company Delek Benelux B.V., a subsidiary of Israeli company Delek Petroleum.

    • May 2007

      Houthoff Buruma advised Chevron Corporation on the sale of its Netherlands manufacturing businesses and other assets (Netherlands based refinery, oil storage, pipelines and wind farm businesses) to BP. Value: USD 900 million.

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    Chambers Europe (2017 Edition)

    Dirk Knottenbelt is ranked in Tier1.

    Sources describe him as "very accurate, reliable and trustworthy, and he handles things with thoughtfulness," with others characterising him as a "smart, well-prepared litigator."

    Chambers Europe (2016 Edition)

    Dirk Knottenbelt is ranked in Tier 1.

    Legal 500 (2016 Edition)


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