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.
“Dirk Knottenbelt is praised by clients for his ‘strong commercial awareness, excellent service level and strategic approach.’”Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel - Netherlands (2019 Edition)
“Dirk Knottenbelt is ‘excellent.’”Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2019 Edition)
"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)
RecommendedLegal 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)
RecommendedLegal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2017 Edition)
Qualifications & Experience
- LL.M. Dutch Law (Leiden University)
- Several modules at the University of Edinburgh
Houthoff advised Telia Company, together with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, in connection with the divestment of its holding in Kcell and the dissolution of its Fintur partnership with Turkcell. Telia Company and Fintur Holdings B.V., which is jointly owned by Telia Company and Turkcell, have agreed to sell their 75% stake in the leading Kazakhstani telecommunications operator Kcell JSC to the telecom operator Kazakhtelecom JSC for USD 446 million. Telia Company has also signed an agreement to acquire Turkcell's 41.45% stake in Fintur, which will make it Fintur's sole shareholder.