Dirk leads Houthoff’s arbitration team and specialises in complex corporate law and commercial arbitrations and litigation. The majority of this work focuses on arbitration and other dispute settlement procedures with an international dimension. His clients are mostly Dutch, US and other international companies. Dirk represents clients in national and international commercial and investment arbitrations, under the auspices of the ICC, NAI, ICSID and other institutional rules, such as GAFTA, NZV, AVZ and FENEX. Dirk also acts as an arbitrator in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations, and as a deputy justice at the Dutch courts of appeal.
"Commentators praise him as an 'excellent litigator,' adding that he is 'smart and responsive."Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel (2018 edition)
Dirk Knottenbelt is ‘very pragmatic’.Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2018 Edition)
Dirk Knottenbelt is ranked in Tier 1.Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2017 Edition)
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, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2017 Edition)
Dirk Knottenbelt is ranked in Tier 1.Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2016 Edition)
RecommendedLegal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2016 Edition)
RecommendedLegal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2017 Edition)
Qualifications & Experience
- LL.M. Dutch Law (Leiden University)
- Several modules at the University of Edinburgh
The team is advising Vinci on its position in the GATE Terminal project in the Rotterdam port. The GATE Terminal is one of the world's largest LNG storage facilities.