Albert Knigge

Albert Knigge

Advocaat | Managing Partner


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Heading Houthoff's Litigation Team, Albert has market-leading experience in a wide range of complex, multiparty cross-border disputes. He acts as defence counsel for corporate and financial institutions with a particular focus on class action litigation, mass claim settlements and follow-on civil litigation. He is admitted to the bar as Supreme Court lawyer.

He has numerous publications to his name, particularly on civil procedure and liability law. 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 Lawyers, 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.
  • “Clients praise Albert Knigge’s ‘very calming presence’ in litigation, adding that he ‘does a really good job negotiating with other parties.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2020 Edition)
  • “Knigge is ‘always a source of good, clear advice and common-sense practicality.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2019 Edition)
  • “A client notes that he is ‘very technical and precise in his legal assessments.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2019 Edition)
  • “The ‘experienced’ Albert Knigge ‘provides superb client care.’”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2019 Edition)
  • "Sources describe him as a 'very skilled litigator'."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2018 edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation (2018 Edition)
  • "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)
  • Recommended
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2017 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: commercial litigation (2017 Edition)

  • 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 defending a major European truck manufacturer against several cartel damages mass claims submitted by claim vehicles allegedly representing haulier companies.

  • Houthoff represented a former CFO of a Belgian bank/insurance company in his defence against several prospectus claims, including a mass claim brought by the Dutch Shareholders Association (VEB).
  • 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 advised Ballast Nedam on an appeal case against Max Bögl, a former joint venture partner. Ballast Nedam wins court of appeal case against Max Bögl. 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. Ballast Nedam brought action in 2003 against Max Bögl for breach of contract in the tendering stage of three underground stations on the North-South Line.
  • 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.
  • 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.