Arbitration

Arbitration

Arbitration offers a bespoke way to resolve conflict, particularly when it comes to cross-border disputes. Parties are increasingly choosing arbitration, as it gives them the freedom to appoint specialised arbitrators and determine the place of arbitration and procedural rules themselves. Houthoff’s Arbitration Team has an international focus and is one of few in the Netherlands to devote all of its time and efforts to arbitration. The Arbitration Team assists multinationals, financial institutions, government bodies and state companies in large and complex commercial and investment arbitrations. The team also regularly litigates in arbitration-related proceedings before the regular courts on matters such as the enforcement and setting aside of arbitral awards. A number of our specialists are regularly appointed as arbitrators and secretaries.

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    Rated for its ‘outstanding, in-depth knowledge’ and ‘very quick response times’, Houthoff’s group often handles international corporate arbitration matters, including purchase agreement claims arising from international joint ventures. 
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: arbitration (2018 Edition)
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    First Tier firm.
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2016 Edition)
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    First Tier firm.
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2017 Edition)
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    "One of the few firms in the Netherlands with a truly international arbitration practice."
    Legal 500, Dispute resolution: arbitration (2017 Edition)
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    Houthoff Buruma ‘has become one of the main participants in this field’.
    Legal 500, Dispute resolution: arbitration (2017 Edition)
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    "The firm is amongst the top five firms in the Netherlands and competes effectively with the international firms that have a presence in the jurisdiction."
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2017 Edition)

Our expertise in arbitration

Arbitration often involves extremely sector-specific disputes. Therefore, the Arbitration Team works very closely with our specialists in areas such as financing, competition law and liability law. The team has successfully represented clients in many arbitrations under different regulations, including the UNCITRAL Rules, and at many arbitration institutes, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Under certain conditions, international investors that have suffered significant losses can receive protection under the various bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that have been signed by the Netherlands and other states. They engage our arbitration specialists as their go-to counsel for structuring their companies in a way that ensures BIT protection and/or the possibility to recover such loss through the medium of investment arbitration.

Our experts at Houthoff have extensive experience in drafting and negotiating arbitration clauses. We ensure that any arbitration process we engage in is preceded by clear agreements. Our clients rely on us to provide sound advice on the recognition of international arbitral awards, and assistance with their enforcement. The arbitration team has a successful track record in substantial setting-aside and enforcement proceedings.

As the familiar faces in the most complex and high-profile arbitration cases, we at Houthoff offer our clients the highest possible quality advice and a well-thought-out litigation strategy.
  • Representing an investor as defendant in setting aside proceedings initiated by Poland in relation to a Dutch arbitral award
  • Represented an investor in an investment arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules against Poland under a Dutch BIT
  • Representing an energy company in an arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • 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).

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Dirk Knottenbelt

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Marielle Koppenol-Laforce

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+31 10 217 25 25
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Isabella van den Nieuwendijk

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+31 10 217 25 42
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