Dispute Resolution

    Houthoff Buruma has one of the largest and most reputable dispute resolution practices in the Netherlands, and is one of the few Dutch law firms with a dedicated corporate and commercial Supreme Court litigation practice.

    Recent Matters

    • May 2017

      Representing a major European truck manufacturer in its defence against a number of (announced) cartel damages (mass) claims to be submitted by (associations of) haulier companies.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge , Rick Cornelissen
    • May 2017

      Representing a European oil company in its defence against (third party) cartel damages claims submitted by a bitumen purchaser claiming damages allegedly suffered from the bitumen cartel.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge , Rick Cornelissen
    • May 2017

      Representing a South Korean listed electronics manufacturer, in its defence against several cartel damages claims submitted by major CRT purchasers for the benefit of manufacturing television screens and computer monitors.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge , Rick Cornelissen
    • May 2017

      Representing an air cargo carrier in several proceedings in its defence against a number of (accumulated) cartel damages claims submitted by claim vehicles Equilib, EWD, and Stichting Cartel Compensation (SCC) as follow-on to the alleged air cargo cartel. In 2010 and 2017 the European Commission issued fines totalling almost EUR 800 million to eleven airlines for participating in an air cargo cartel with regard to surcharges for six years.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge , Rick Cornelissen
    • May 2017

      Representing Singapore Airlines Singapore Cargo in various Dutch private enforcement proceedings before the courts of Amsterdam initiated by claim vehicles Equilib, EWD and SCC following the EC Decisions in the air cargo case. The first action was initiated in 2010 and currently all the cases are still ongoing. In the past years, many procedural issues have been raised (such as regarding (i) a suspension till a final EU judgment has been given, (ii) the disclosure of the EU decision (which was rejected in March 2014), (iii) the disclosure of air waybills, iv) the assignment of claims and v) applicable law). More substantive issues are likely to be discussed in Q4 of 2017 or in the course 2018.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Weyer VerLoren van Themaat
    • Jul 2016

      Representing an alleged cartelist before the Dutch civil court in the defense of a billion Euro damages claim as a follow-on to the alleged cathode ray tubes cartels.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Rick Cornelissen
    • Jul 2015

      V&D was a landmark brand of high street located department stores (63 stores) in the Netherlands and was founded in 1887. Houthoff Buruma advised the company in a wide array of matters, including the restructuring of its debt, and representing the company in several high profile litigation matters related to real estate and labour law.

    • Apr 2015

      Houthoff Buruma is representing a Dutch pension fund in a more than € 1 billion claim against their former asset manager for inadequate covering of the interest risk of the pension fund.

    • Mar 2015

      In deviation of its judgment Vis q.q. / NMB from 1989, in JPR / Gunning q.q. the Supreme Court found that a bankruptcy trustee can revoke an electronic payment transaction if the payment order has not led to a credit entry in the bank account of the receiving party on the moment of the bankruptcy. The Supreme Court overruled its own old judgment prospectively: the new rule is only applicable to bankruptcies declared after the new judgment.

      Click here for the judgment of the Supreme Court.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Bart van der Wiel
    • Feb 2015

      Houthoff Buruma is the lead counsel to the private owner of the vast Dutch polder Duchess Hedwige (adjacent to the Belgian border in the southern part of the Province of Zeeland). Houthoff Buruma advises the owner and litigates against the Dutch Government regarding the planned project of the Dutch Government to submerge the privately-owned polder (more than 300 hectares of cultivated land) and turn it into estuarine nature. This submerging plan of the polder Hedwige is currently a major international political issue between both the Dutch and Belgian governments and the European Commission. Litigation against the State Zoning Plan Duchess Hedwige before the Dutch Council of State, as well as against the decision of the Dutch Government to expropriate 300 hectares of privately-owned land. An expropriation of this scale is unique in the Netherlands.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Jan Frans de Groot , Marloes Brans , Arjen de Snoo
    • Aug 2014

      Houthoff Buruma advised a Chinese producer regarding a European recall of inflatable whirlpools.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Jul 2014

      Houthoff Buruma is representing a Dutch pension fund in a more than € 200 million claim against their former asset manager. The case examined issues such as the global financial crisis and the impact it had on complex asset-backed securities, and was among a handful of high-profile claims stemming from the 2008 collapse. The parties settled in July 2014.

    • Jun 2014

      Representing all private owners of land in the eastern part of Oud-Beijerland (i.a. the large development companies Ballast Nedam, Bouwfonds Ontwikkeling, AM, Rotij) regarding the expropriation by the Province of Zuid-Holland, including several proceedings before the Dutch Supreme Court.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Jan Frans de Groot , Arjen de Snoo
    • Apr 2014

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented Bankswitch Ghana Limited as lead counsel in an UNCITRAL arbitration in the Permanent Court of Arbitration against the Republic of Ghana.

      A tribunal in The Hague has ordered Ghana to pay US$87 million to an IT company for cancelling a contract to design customs processing software.

      In an award issued on 11 April, an UNCITRAL tribunal chaired by Michael Hwang SC rejected Ghana’s argument that the contract was invalid because it had not been approved by the country’s parliament, as required by the Ghanaian Constitution.

      Bankswitch Ghana, an Accra-based IT services provider that at the time was 60 per cent Swiss-owned, signed a contract with the state in 2007 to set up an electronic platform for the processing and valuation of imported goods. But Ghana cancelled the contract in 2010, leading the company to bring a claim for 831 million Ghanaian cedis (US$300 million) plus interest under the contract’s arbitration clause in March 2011.

      The case was administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which selected Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Gary Born as co-arbitrator on Ghana’s behalf. Judge Stephen M Schwebel of the US was the claimant’s arbitrator.

      In its award, the tribunal upheld Bankswitch's argument that the international law principle of estoppel prevented Ghana from alleging that the contract was invalid. The panel held that where a state fails to comply with its own Constitution or municipal laws, it cannot rely on its own failure as a defence when sued for breach of a contract with a foreign investor.

      The tribunal found that there had been a clear representation by Ghana that the contract was valid; that Bankswitch’s reliance on that representation was reasonable; that Ghana’s claim regarding the invalidity of the contract would therefore lead to an unjust and inequitable result; and that the state’s representation caused Bankswitch to incur losses.

      However, the panel held that the damages should be discounted for reasons including the risks of emerging markets and of dealing with a government in relation to a customs system. It ordered Ghana to pay 197 million cedis (approximately US$87 million) plus interest. A decision on costs is pending.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marielle Koppenol-Laforce
    • Nov 2013

      Houthoff Buruma is representing the bankruptcy trustees of DSB Bank in a procedure against the Dutch Central Bank. The dispute concerns granting of a banking license, banking supervision and the downgrade of collateral.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Vincent Affourtit
    • Oct 2013

      Houthoff Buruma is representing housing corporation Servatius in a procedure against the former director and former members of the board regarding the 'Campus-project'. Servatius claims € 60 million.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Vincent Affourtit
    • Sep 2013

      Houthoff Buruma is advising relevant industry players in relation to health care aspects of Polyurethane (PUR) / Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) floor isolation.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Aug 2013

      Houthoff Buruma is advising on the worldwide product recall of dishwashing machines.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Jul 2013

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the alleged product liability concerning Apple Macbook Pro.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • May 2013

      Houthoff Buruma represented a European car manufacturer in a summary procedure against an unauthorized reseller which was selling its cars as second-hand even though the cars had a very limited odometer reading. The car manufacturer argued that this constitutes unfair competition because the unauthorized reseller could offer the cars at lower prices than authorized dealers who must comply with various quality standards. The unauthorized reseller argued that the cars could not be deemed “new” because they were already registered (have a registration plate). The court ruled in favour of the car manufacturer. According to the court, the registration of the car in itself does not cause a car to be “old”. Only if the car has a lower economic value due to use or wear, it can no longer be deemed “new”.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Walter van Overbeek
    • May 2013

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the derailment of a train transporting toxic materials in Wetteren, Belgium.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Apr 2013

      Providing litigation support for housing corporation in reaching agreement with a consortium of banks regarding the unwind of their derivative portfolio.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Mar 2013

      Representing one of the former members of the management board of Fortis against a securities class action relating to the 2008 nationalisation of Fortis.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Feb 2013

      Advising and representing trustees in the bankruptcy of a Dutch retail bank in a class settlement with representatives of costumers, concerning miss selling of financial contracts and products and the breach of a duty of care.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Jan 2013

      Houthoff Buruma assisted High Speed Alliance and Dutch National Railways in reaching a temporary replacement for the Fyra line to Brussels.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Michel Klijn , Vincent Affourtit
    • Jan 2013

      Providing litigation support in a € 200 million US-claim against Philips N.V. concerning the bankruptcy of its former joint venture with LG.Electronics.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Dec 2012

      Houthoff Buruma assisted a Dutch credit insurer in structuring the reinsurance of some of its risks.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marielle Koppenol-Laforce
    • Dec 2012

      Representing NIBC Bank in its defence against a class action suit relating to prospectus liability.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Nov 2012

      Houthoff Buruma assisted Allianz in reaching a settlement of an international (Canadian) litigation involving a Dutch insolvent insured party.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marielle Koppenol-Laforce
    • Nov 2012

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented De Telegraaf, the largest Dutch newspaper, in a landmark litigation before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against the Dutch State. On 22 November the Court ruled that the right for private life and freedom of expression concerning two journalists of De Telegraaf had been violated by the powers of surveillance used by the Dutch Secret Service and the Public Prosecution Service. This ground breaking ruling means that the Netherlands, and possibly other European member states, must amend its legislation in order to assure appropriate safeguards of the rights of journalists.

    • Nov 2012

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter concerning Radboud Hospital and NOG relating to the Miragelplombe claim.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Nov 2012

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented RTL in preliminary relief proceedings against an injunction claim sought to prohibit the broadcast of an episode of the Derek Ogilvie TV show 'Talking with the Dead'. On 7 November 2012, the court ruled that the TV show is not unlawful and that broadcast is therefore allowed. The court found that an entertainment TV show about a deceased person is not in itself unlawful: 'infotainment' is also protected under art. 10 ECHR. The court then balanced RTL's right to freedom of expression against claimant's right to privacy. In balancing these rights, the court took into consideration that RTL had acted in a careful manner producing the TV show and that claimant had deliberately sought the attention of other media prior to addressing his complaints to RTL.

    • Oct 2012

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the fire accident of a natural gas powered bus in Wassenaar.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Jul 2012

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the derailment of a train transporting lime for Xpedys that occurred in Amsterdam Muiderpoort in November 2008.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • May 2012

      Houthoff Buruma successfully challenged for a large international insurance company the capital tax that was levied in respect of the IPO connected with a number of investment funds valued at € 620 million. The unfavorable lower court judgement was quashed by the Supreme Court. The Amsterdam court subsequently put the insurance company fully in the right. It also ordered the Dutch Tax Authority to pay an unparalleled amount for damages and interest.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk
    • Apr 2012

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented NOS in proceedings before the Netherlands Press Council against a complaint issued by Nurten Albayrak, former director of the Central Organ for reception of Asylum seekers (COA). In these proceedings Albayrak argued that NOS had violated the Guidelines of the Press Council in its report on Albayrak's performance at COA. The Press Council dismissed almost all claims made by Albayrak. The  Press Council found inter alia that there was a sufficient factual basis for the anonymous accusations made, that Albayrak had been given sufficient opportunity to respond to these accusations and that the report was not biased.

    • Jan 2012

      Houthoff Buruma assisted Danish Polish Telecommunications Group (DPTG) through Wolff Theiss in Austria in its battle for enforcement of an Austrian arbitral award, which awarded in the first tranche already almost EUR 400 million against Telecommunikacja Polska S.A. (TPSA) in a dispute about the earnings from a telecom fiber network in Eastern Europe. Houthoff Buruma dealt with the enforcement proceedings and ancillary pauliana proceedings and attachments in the Netherlands, which were parallel to the setting aside proceedings in Austria and several enforcement proceedings in other European countries. The parties reached a settlement which was executed in the middle of January.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marielle Koppenol-Laforce
    • Jan 2012

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

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Jan 2012

      Litigating for Kia Motors against two groups of garages wanting to have access to the Kia service network. Kia Motors wants to decide itself with whom they do business. The question is whether competition law allows Kia Motors to close their network. In summary proceedings Kia Motors has won two times so far. This case has a highly innovative character and draws a lot of attention within the EU.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Walter van Overbeek
    • Dec 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is representing the directors of Landis in their defense against a € 165 million claim of the bankruptcy trustees of Landis, and in related Enterprise Chamber proceedings.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Menno Griffiths
    • Dec 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is litigating on behalf of a national gas supply company against major international gas suppliers regarding gas supply contracts.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marc van Beuge , Marc van Beuge
    • Dec 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is advising and litigating on behalf of Enecogen (a joint venture between Eneco and DONG) to obtain emissions allowances from The Netherlands' new entrants reserve (which is almost depleted) to cover the needs of its CCGT power plant.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marc van Beuge , Marc van Beuge
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Dec 2011

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented ING Bank in proceedings in which the Supreme Court has given clarity about the extent to which stock that is placed on display (showroom models) fall under the right of precedence ("bodemrecht") of the tax authorities.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Nov 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented the directors of Atag in their defense against a € 275 million claim of Atag’s bankruptcy trustees.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Menno Griffiths
    • Nov 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented the directors of Ceteco, a subsidiary of the former Dutch listed company Hagemeyer, in their defense against a € 200 million claim of Ceteco’s bankruptcy trustees.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Menno Griffiths
    • Nov 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented Rutger Schimmelpenninck, Jomed's bankruptcy trustee, in action against Jomed's directors and accountants.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Menno Griffiths
    • Nov 2011

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

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Nov 2011

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

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Oct 2011

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented directors and shareholders in proceedings regarding corporate conflict of interest rules. The Supreme Court quashed an unfavourable judgement for the directors and shareholders, thus elucidating the rules concerning the representation of a company in case of a conflict of interest.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk
    • Oct 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented a law firm in connection with a ruling regarding one of the few statements about the privilege of non-disclosure ("verschoningsrecht") of a tax consultant working at a law firm. The Dutch State as well as the former client of the law firm had appealed against the decision, but the appeal was repealed.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk
    • Aug 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented the municipality of Bergen in the summary proceedings concerning the construction of the Bergermeer Gas Storage. The President of the Council of State suspended all 44 acts related to the gas storage scheme including the National Zoning Plan and the Storage Scheme. The President based his decision on grounds of circumvention of irreversible consequences and nuisance. As a result of this suspension, the construction of the Bergermeer Gas Storage cannot be commenced. During the main proceedings, its risks for earthquakes and other safety and environmental issues will be discussed in depth. The appeal was lodged on behalf of the municipality of Bergen, the Underground Storage Foundation Bergermeer (Stichting Ondergrondse Opslag Bergermeer), a community association and a number of private individuals. The total investment of the gas storage amounts to EUR 2.2 billion.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Jan Frans de Groot
    • Jul 2011

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented a trust company in a D&O case. The court of appeal ruled that the trust company in a role of a director was liable for the unpaid capital tax of the company. The Supreme Court's judgement states that the civil courts have to assess also the size and the accuracy of the tax assessments for which the director is held liable.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk
    • May 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is advising the Dutch Salvation Army on various health care related proceeding.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marry de Gaay Fortman
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Apr 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented Rabobank in a procedure against former clients of Befra. Befra, in its capacity of managing partner, acted as the representative of various limited partnerships (“c.v.’s”) in which the clients had participated as limited partners. The c.v.’s had accounts with Rabobank. On behalf of the c.v.’s Befra instructed Rabobank to execute transactions in securities. Befra went bankrupt and its clients lost part of their investments. Befra’s clients claimed that Rabobank had been negligent towards them. According to Befra’s clients, Rabobank shouldn’t have dealt with Befra because it lacked the necessary permit to perform asset management for the clients. The District Court ruled in favour of the clients, but the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court decided that Rabobank had not acted negligently towards Befra’s clients in dealing with Befra and executing transactions in securities. Both Courts held that Befra did not perform asset management for its clients, but merely acted as a representative for the c.v.’s and as such did not need a permit. The team represented Rabobank before the District Court, the Court of Appeal as well as the Supreme Court.
      (Link to Supreme Court ruling: Rabobank c.s./Befra, Apr 2011)

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Bart van der Wiel , Rob Meijer
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Feb 2011

      Houthoff Buruma represented ING Bank in the landmark Supreme Court decision for the bankruptcy practice. The Supreme Court ruled that the pledgee is not entitled to the VAT that is due in case the trustee sells the pledged good under an agreement with the pledgee ("oneigenlijke lossing").

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk
    • Feb 2011

      Houthoff Buruma advised the municipality of Amsterdam with regards to the problems connected with the construction of the Amsterdam City Museum. The construction is behind schedule, there are claims arising and the contractor Midreth has asked for the suspension of payments.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Jan 2011

      Regularly advising leading companies such as Dutch Railways NS on high profile litigation cases.

    • Jan 2011

      Houthoff Buruma is acting for ING on various ongoing issues with respect to its foreign investments, including a major issue in Warsaw in which the other parties include Rodamco and Skanska.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • Nov 2010

      Houthoff Buruma represented Dutch company Mercis, to which Dick Bruna transferred his rights, in the dispute about Dick Bruna's character 'Nijntje' and the character 'Cathy' of the Japanese company Sanrio. The district court ruled that Cathy infringes the copyrights and trademark rights of Mercis and ordered Sanrio to stop within ten days with the trading of Cathy-products in the Benelux subject to a penalty of €25,000 for each infringement up to a maximum of €2 million. Sanrio was also ordered to pay the legal costs to the amount of €50,000 to Mercis.

    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Jul 2010

      Houthoff Buruma advised Ryanair on the litigation against online booking website Wegolo. On 28 juli 2010 The Court in Utrecht has ruled that Wegolo infringes Ryanair's copyright (non original writings) in the Ryanair flight data.

    • Jul 2010

      Litigating for Alfa Romeo Netherlands against a non-authorised reseller of new vehicles, which led to a new standard judgment of the Supreme Court, in favour of ARN.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Walter van Overbeek , Bart van der Wiel
    • Jun 2010

      Houthoff Buruma represented Vitesse in a procedure against the Province of Gelderland. The Supreme Court decided that the Province of Gelderland is liable for the damage that has been caused to Vitesse and its managers who were held in false conviction that the province will provide a substantial amount for the rescue of Vitesse in a way of a rent decrease for the Gelredome stadium in the 2001/2002 season.
      (Link to Supreme Court ruling)

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Bart van der Wiel , Rob Meijer
    • Jun 2010

      Houthoff Buruma is litigating on behalf of Heijmans, a major construction company, against the employer for an energy plant. 

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • May 2010

      Houthoff Buruma assisted the foundations Stichting Democratie en Media and the Stichting ter bevordering van de Christelijke Pers in Nederland in the inquiry procedure before the Court of Appeal’s Enterprise Division concerning PCM. This procedure took place at the request of the journalist trade unions NVJ and FNV Kiem and was related to PCM’s policy from 2004 to 2007. In that period Apax was the majority shareholder of PCM and the foundations were minority shareholder. On the basis of the report of the inquirers, the Enterprise Division established that in that period there had been mismanagement within PCM in some respects. The Enterprise Division leaves it to the present major shareholder of PCM, de Persgroep, to decide whether consequences should be attached to this conclusion.

    • Dec 2009

      Houthoff Buruma represented ABN AMRO as a plaintiff in a matter which is considered to be a highly principle case for banking and insolvency law, concerning voidance by a bankruptcy trustee - invoking the actio pauliana - of security rights for loans and credits for companies in distress. The matter has received great attention in Dutch legal media.
      (Link to Supreme Court ruling: ABN AMRO Bank/Van Dooren q.q, Dec 2009)

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Rob Meijer
    • 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.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Dirk Knottenbelt
    • Nov 2009

      Houthoff Buruma is litigating on behalf of a large real estate developer with regard to financing issues.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • Nov 2009

      Houthoff Buruma provided litigation support to a Dutch bank in the defense against an imminent collective misselling action regarding the financing of investment products.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Nov 2009

      Houthoff Buruma represented a Dutch bank in the defense against a collective action concerning a prospectus liability.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Nov 2009

      Houthoff Buruma acted on behalf of former directors of Ceteco, a subsidiary of the former Dutch listed company Hagemeyer, in the appeal proceedings with respect to a EUR 200 million claim issued by the trustees in the bankruptcy.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Nov 2009

      Houthoff Buruma represented De Telegraaf, Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ) and Genootschap van Hoofdredacteuren in summary proceedings (first instance and appeal) against the Dutch State. The parties required that the AIVD was prohibited to wiretape, follow and monitor single Telegraaf's journalists. They also demanded that the information obtained by the AIVD would not be handed over to the Public Prosecution Department. De Telegraaf, the NVJ and the Genootschap won in both instances.

    • Sep 2009

      Houthoff Buruma acted for an international contractor in litigation regarding a major urban infrastructure project.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • Aug 2009

      In a decision of 5 August 2009 the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal decided that an inquiry will be carried out regarding the policy and corporate governance of ASMI. ASMI shareholders Hermes and Fursa requested the inquiry in 2008, because they were not satisfied with the policy and strategy of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board, manifesting itself in underperforming front-end activities. Following a decision of the Enterprise Chamber earlier this year both shareholders continued intensive discussions with the ASMI board about the failing policy, but with no satisfying result. Therefore Hermes and Fursa persisted in their request to institute an investigation.

    • Jul 2009

      Houthoff Buruma acted in a dispute in the railway sector against the owner of railway infrastructure.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • Jun 2009

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the contamination of the fleet of cars in Vlissingen harbor in 2004 and 2009.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • May 2009

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the double deadly work accident at Thermphos in May 2009.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • May 2009

      Houthoff Buruma advised and acted for a construction consortium of two listed construction companies in litigation regarding a large redevelopment of The Hague railway station area.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • Apr 2009

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the Boeing crash at Schiphol International Airport in February 2009.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Jan 2009

      Houthoff Buruma represented the Association of Stockholders in the litigation regarding the claim for payment of arms length, reasonable dividend by KLM. The Association of Stockholders does not consider the current dividend (0,58) reasonable and proportionate given the financial position and the results of KLM. They hold an opinion that the same dividend per share as in the peer group of airlines is justified and they claim 5,64 euro per share which amounts in total to EUR 264 million.

    • Dec 2008

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the train derailing in Amsterdam Muiderpoort.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Dec 2008

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the mass insurance claim on behalf of Vathorst dwellers in 'sick building syndrome' matter in 2008.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Dec 2008

      Houthoff Buruma acted on behalf of one of the world's largest commercial real estate brokers in a multi million professional liability issue.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Nov 2008

      Houthoff Buruma represented Nuon Energy Sourcing in a number of appeal proceedings regarding the allocation of CO2 emission rights, as well as representing Nuon Business in litigation against EnerQ regarding MEP subsidies.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marry de Gaay Fortman
    • Oct 2008

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the train derailing in Rotterdam Barendrecht.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Sep 2008

      Houthoff Buruma represented Ryanair in a dispute regarding a claim against online airline ticket providers. Ryanair's complaint is that travel agents, such as the Dutch website Wegolo, place additional charges on top of the Ryanair ticket price and in doing so, they overcharge consumers. Furthermore, Ryanair accuses the online ticket providers of "screenscraping" (the extraction of data from Ryanair's website).

    • Jul 2008

      Houthoff Buruma represented Nuon before the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal which ruled that sustainable energy subsidies had wrongly been withheld from Dutch energy company Nuon. The subsidies had been withheld on the grounds of incompatible state aid. As a result of the decision, the withdrawal has to be reversed, meaning that Nuon is to receive EUR 7 million from EnerQ, the body granting the subsidy. During the proceedings EnerQ had already reversed the withdrawal of EUR 5 million. Value: EUR 12 million.

    • Jun 2008

      Houthoff Buruma acted on behalf of an investor with respect to a default and subsequent acceleration and enforcement of the financing arrangements and related security.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • May 2008

      Houthoff Buruma represented KNMP, the Royal Dutch association of pharmacists, in proceedings against the tariff decision of the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa). The KNMP wants a cost-effective tariff. The tariff has not been cost-effective for years because of the discounts on the prices of medicines pharmacists received. As a result of the recent policy of health insurance company to reimburse only the medicines of their preference, prices have fallen and no discounts are given anymore. Without a cost-effective tariff, the average pharmacy suffers a loss of EUR 500,-- a day. The Board of Appeal for Trading and Industry provided interim relief by suspending the clawback, een reduction on the tariff connected to the discounts. This yealds to an amount of EUR 180 million on a yearly basis, meaning EUR 90.000 per pharmacy.

    • Apr 2008

      Houthoff Buruma represented 3 hospitals in Rotterdam in a summary proceedings against Medisch Centrum Rijnmond-Zuid (MCRZ).

    • Dec 2007

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented 16 municipalities and two districts in a civil procedure in a case filed by the MKB, a Dutch organisation representing the interests of mid sized and small businesses in the Netherlands. The MKB opposed the 16 municipalities and the two districts co-operating regarding the procurement of temporary staff. The court ruled that the co-operation opposed by MKB leads to efficiency and improvement of quality, and further lies within the autonomy of the municipalities.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marry de Gaay Fortman
    • Nov 2007

      Houthoff Buruma successfully represented McDonald's in a matter against a franchiser. The rental agreement and franchise agreement of the franchiser was terminated by McDonald's due to the inability of the parties to come to a final agreement.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Marry de Gaay Fortman
    • Nov 2007

      Houthoff Buruma represented Koen Voskuil, a former Sp!ts-journalist, who in year 2000 was detained for eighteen days for refusing to reveal his sources. The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that his detention was unjust.

    • Nov 2007

      Houthoff Buruma represented Lyondell and Bayer in a major international arbitration against ABB.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Johan Rijlaarsdam
    • Nov 2007

      Houthoff Buruma represented the trustees in the bankruptcy of KPNQwest in a high profile arbitration regarding insurance coverage for the former D and O under a multilayer D and O policy.

    • Sep 2007

      Houthoff Buruma provided litigation support in Van der Hoop Bankiers N.V.'s bankruptcy, which was the first Dutch commercial bank that was declared bankrupt in 20 years.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Jul 2007

      Houthoff Buruma represented ABN AMRO in its appeal against the Dutch shareholders body (the VEB) and others, including the bank consortium made up of Royal Bank of Scotland, Banco Santander and Fortis in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands relating to their claim that ABN AMRO should not have agreed to sell LaSalle to Bank of America without the prior consent of ABN AMRO's shareholders.
      (Link to Supreme Court ruling)

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Peter von Schmidt auf Altenstadt
    • May 2007

      Houthoff Buruma represented Subaru in Amsterdam District Court and a successful appeal against a decision which allowed a company the use of the car manufacturer's logo if such use was unrelated to the car manufacturer, for example, to indicate that they are a specialist in cars of a certain brand.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Walter van Overbeek
    • Jan 2007

      Houthoff Buruma represented a European steel company by providing extensive litigation support in the takeover by an India steel company and representing the merged steel company in the following litigation against third parties.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Albert Knigge
    • Dec 2006

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the stairway calamity in the Municipality of Utrecht.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Nov 2006

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the derailing of RandstadRail in The Hague.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Nov 2006

      Houthoff Buruma represented a group of investors, including Commonwealth, Kempen & Co, Theodoor Gilissen, DSM Pensioenfonds, Veer Palthe Voûte, and Optimix, in the cumpref dispute with Unilever. The group of investors have reached a settlement in principle with Unilever. Value: EUR 325 million

    • Nov 2005

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the train disaster in Wijhe in 2005.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Nov 2005

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter relating to the fire disaster at Schiphol Airport in 2005.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • May 2004

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the fire disaster in Catshuis in 2004.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
    • Nov 2003

      Houthoff Buruma litigated in the matter regarding the collapsed scaffolding in Amercentrale power plant in 2003.

      Houthoff Buruma team included: Huib Lebbing
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    Knigge, Albert
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    Londonck Sluijk, Hans
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    Wiel, Bart van der
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