Marielle Koppenol-Laforce

Marielle Koppenol-Laforce

Advocaat | Partner


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Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, partner Dispute Resolution Practice Group, has been advising and litigating (including investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration (ICC, ICSID, NAI, UNCITRAL, DIAC)) in complex international contracts situations (ranging from construction contracts to shareholders agreements disputes) and insolvencies. Usually her litigation or arbitration in the Netherlands is a parallel to foreign proceedings for the same client. She is regularly involved in discovery under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for use in the Dutch proceedings. Before fully committing to international litigation and arbitration and coordination of worldwide law firms in connection therewith she has been involved in the finance practice, M&A and corporate practice.

  • “She is described as ‘absolutely focused, energetic and devoted to her clients.’”
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel - Netherlands (2019 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2019 Edition)
  • Leading Individual
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2019 Edition)
  • "She basically knows everything on international arbitration law and she is a brilliant scholar in the team."
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Counsel (2018 edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2018 Edition)
  • "Clients highly recommend the ‘very hands-on’ Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, who has ‘fantastic analytical skills’." 
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2018 Edition)
  • Recommended
    Legal 500, Energy: regulatory (2018 Edition)
  • "‘Straight-shooter’ Marielle Koppenol-Laforce ‘thinks outside of the box’ and is ‘a great team player'."
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2017 Edition)

On 1 February 2010 she was appointed a professor International Commercial Contracting at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She acts as coach of the yearly Leiden University William C. Vis Moot Court team (International arbitration and CISG). She is a member of the Dutch Standing Committee of Private International Law. In 1997 she got her PhD on the Hague Trust Convention at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is an International Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and member of the ABA, International section.

She regularly teaches post-academic courses on private international law, the Vienna Sales Convention, arbitration and international procedural law. 


  • Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Received a Ph.D. from Erasmus University Rotterdam for a thesis on the Hague Trust Convention
  • Representing as lead counsel a Ghanaian company in arbitration against the Republic of Ghana, in which a sum of around USD 80 million was awarded.
  • Acting as Petrobras Dutch counsel in connection with Claim Foundations claiming compensation on behalf of investors for the fraud issues at the parent company in Brazil.
  • Counsel in foreign arbitral proceedings under the DIAC Arbitration Rules concerning a dispute about a service contract on behalf of a foreign company.
  • Representing a foreign state in setting aside proceedings in relation to a Dutch arbitral award for a very serious amount which has recently been won in the District Court.
  • Representing a foreign company in the annulment of a DIAC arbitral award (still pending).