Albert Knigge

Albert Knigge

Advocaat | Managing Partner

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+31 20 605 65 62
+31 6 5184 5323

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Albert specialises in handling complex international disputes. He has considerable experience in advising financial institutions and companies in different sectors confronted with cross-border mass claims. Albert helps such clients manage the risks that these claims entail and find strategic solutions to minimise their impact on the business, taking into account the constant regulatory changes and developments concerning collective actions and mass claims. As head of the Competition Litigation Team, he is also involved in almost all of the seminal cartel damages cases currently before the Dutch courts. To that end, he works closely with the lawyers in our EU Competition practice group. 

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    "Sources describe him as a 'very skilled litigator'."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2018 edition)
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    Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2018 Edition)
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    "He acts on cross-border disputes with great experience as defence counsel to a number of financial institutions and international corporates."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2017 Edition)
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    Recommended
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2017 Edition)
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    Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: commercial litigation (2017 Edition)
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    "Sources say 'he is just one of the best litigators I have ever worked with. He has an extraordinary range of capabilities; his appreciation for the nuances of litigation has been incredibly helpful and he has been a great resource for us'."
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2016 Edition)
Albert is also a Supreme Court lawyer. He has numerous publications to his name, particularly on civil procedure and liability law, and he is an editor for the publication Burgerlijke Rechtsvordering (Civil Procedure). In addition, Albert is a board member of the Dutch Association for Procedural Law, and a member of the Dutch Association of Civil Cassation Litigators, the Dutch Commercial Law Association, the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association, the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law and the Dutch Association for Civil Law. Albert was appointed to Houthoff's Board of Directors on 1 April 2017.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE 

  • Ph.D. from the University of Groningen, thesis entitled ‘De effectieve toegang tot het civiele geding’ (‘Effective access to civil proceedings’).
  • Dutch Law and Notarial Law (University of Groningen)
  • Houthoff is advising a foreign bank on its defence against announced class actions for damages as a follow-on to several alleged cartels regarding InterBank Offering Rates.
  • Houthoff is representing a European oil company in its defence against third party cartel damages claims submitted by a bitumen purchaser claiming damages allegedly suffered as a result of the bitumen cartel.
  • Houthoff is representing a South Korean listed electronics manufacturer in its defence against several cartel damages claims submitted by major CRT purchasers regarding the manufacture of television screens and computer monitors.
  • Houthoff is 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 is representing an air cargo carrier in several proceedings in its defence against an accumulated number of 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 11 airlines for participating in an air cargo cartel with regard to surcharges for over a six year period.
  • Ballast Nedam wins court of appeal case against Max Bögl. Houthoff advised Ballast Nedam on an appeal case against Max Bögl, a former joint venture partner. The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal in cassation, lodged by Max Bögl. For Ballast Nedam this ruling means an elimination of a risk of over 9 million euros, without further financial impact.

    In 2013, the appeal court found in favour of Ballast Nedam and ordered Max Bögl to pay an amount of over 9 million euros to Ballast Nedam. This amount has been paid at the time and has been included in the Ballast Nedam financial statements.

    Ballast Nedam brought action in 2003 against its then joint venture partner Max Bögl for breach of contract in the tendering stage of three underground stations on the North-South Line.
  • Houthoff is representing Kemira in private enforcement proceedings initiated by the mass claim vehicle Cartel Damages Claims (CDC) as a follow-on to the sodium chlorate cartel.
  • Representing a global water chemistry company, in its defence against cartel damages claims submitted by the mass claim vehicle CDC claiming damages allegedly caused by the sodium chlorate cartel which the European Commission imposed fines for regarding allocating sales volumes and fixing prices for sodium chlorate.
  • Representing an Asian listed electronics manufacturer in its defence against several cartel damages claim, brought manufacturer of televisions and computer monitors. The plaintiff claimed damages allegedly caused by the CPT and CDT cartel.
  • Representing a European oil company in its defence against cartel damages claims submitted by a purchaser claiming damages allegedly cause by the bitumen cartel.
  • Defense counsel to Trafigura in class action litigation in the Netherlands against more than 100,000 claimants in Ivory Coast. The team successfully defended the company in proceedings at the Amsterdam District court against a mass claim submitted by a foundation representing thousands of plaintiffs and will continue to defend the company against one other class action.
  • Representing a former CFO of Fortis Bank N.V./SA in his defence against several prospectus claims, including a mass claim brought by the Dutch Shareholders Association (VEB).
  • Representing and providing litigation support to a housing corporation concerning a €2 billion settlement with a consortium of banks with respect to its derivative portfolio and subsequent litigation against banks, its former board and supervisory board and its former auditors. The team led by Albert Knigge also conducts sensitive and complex investigations into the liability of a number of foreign banks, all regarding the unwinding of the derivatives portfolio.