Corporate Litigation

Corporate Litigation

Houthoff is a well-established key player in litigation in the Netherlands and has an excellent track record in both national and cross-border dispute resolution.

Our Corporate Litigation team advises managing boards, joint ventures and shareholders on shareholder’s disputes, corporate and director's liability, and corporate governance matters. In addition, Houthoff represents targets, bidders, white knights, investment banks, major shareholders and other participants in takeover situations and other contested corporate matters.

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    First Tier firm.
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2017 Edition)
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    "An excellent law firm, and very thorough. Its lawyers stand out for their profound knowledge, experience and winner's attitude."
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2017 Edition)
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    "The team is "very efficient, forward-looking and client-friendly'."
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (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)
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    First Tier firm.
    Legal 500, Dispute resolution: commercial litigation (2017 Edition)
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    "'Highly sophisticated and efficient law firm’ Houthoff Buruma is regularly instructed in high-profile disputes, with a particular specialism in financial services and corporate litigation."
    Legal 500, Dispute resolution: commercial litigation (2017 Edition)
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    First Tier firm.
    Legal 500, Dispute resolution: mediation (2017 Edition)
  • recommendation people shaking hands
    First Tier firm.
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2016 Edition)
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    "The level of service has been excellent. The response time has been good, the lawyers have brilliant business acumen, and their approach has been thorough, in depth, to the point and aware of the risks involved."
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2016 Edition)
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    "A true world-class law firm; the people I have worked with are extremely talented lawyers, and by far the most client responsive."
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2016 Edition)
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    First Tier firm.
    Legal 500, Dispute resolution: mediation (2016 Edition)

The Corporate Litigation team is highly experienced in litigating before the Enterprise Chamber (Ondernemingskamer) of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal and regularly acts as counsel in preliminary relief proceedings. The team effectively manages risks and disputes through in-depth knowledge as well as strategic anticipation, and provides solutions both inside and outside the courtroom.

Houthoff is recognised as one of the leading firms handling corporate litigation matters at the Dutch Supreme Court level. We are one of the few firms with a Chambers Global Tier 1 listing for litigation in the Netherlands, and Houthoff has been involved in virtually all high-profile contested takeover and corporate governance matters in recent years.
  • Advised Vi Holding, the largest shareholder of aluminum multinational Vimetco N.V. on several proceedings in the Netherlands and the UK relating to a transaction with regard to a significant minority stake in Vimetco. Disputes arose with respect to certain obligations under this transaction, and also a third party initiated proceedings in both the UK and the Netherlands following it. In the Netherlands, one of the issues reached the Supreme Court, leading to a fundamental judgment on the interplay between attachment in The Netherlands and foreign proceedings.

     

    Click  here for the judgment of the Supreme Court. 

  • Advised Aurelius, through its investment vehicle Capricorn, in lodging several claims in the Netherlands, relating to, among others, (a) the voidance of several intercompany transactions of the Oi Group which have been to the detriment of the group's creditors and (b) to prevent the ailing Brazilian parent company from borrowing any more money from one its Dutch subsidiaries. Furthermore, Houthoff advised Aurelius investment vehicle Citadel in bankruptcy proceedings against a financing entity of the Oi group. This branch of the matter ended in a victory at the Supreme Court.

     

    Click here for the judgment of the Supreme Court.

  • Represented Swiss/Spanish Teka Group in inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber in Amsterdam. Teka is in dispute with a cluster of minority shareholders. In the action before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, they alleged that Teka has been mismanaged on a number of issues. The court of appeal denied all claims against Teka.
  • Represented Danube Logistics in a significant litigation matter in the Netherlands against several Dutch and Moldovan parties regarding Danube's acquisition of the Giurgiulesti International Free Port in Moldova, including its oil and cargo/container terminals. In this massive international litigation, on behalf of the Danube Logistics group of companies, Houthoff successfully lodged a claim in 2015 before the Amsterdam Court. Opposite parties launched an appeal.
  • Advising OSX Brasil S.A. (a Brazilian publicly listed oil and gas company) and the Dutch OSX group of companies on the restructuring of their consolidated debt of over US$ 2.5 billion, including representing the OSX companies in various litigation and restructuring matters in the Netherlands as well as coordinating litigation abroad. The team is also involved in the restructuring of OSX debt structures, more specifically related to OSX 3, the USD 450 million bond structure and recently OSX 2, the syndicated debt of USD 850 million.

    The OSX restructuring is currently the largest restructuring case in Latin America, with several billions of dollars at stake. An important part of the OSX group of companies is located in the Netherlands. The Dutch aspects of the matter, and thus the Dutch litigation, are crucial to the OSX global restructuring plan.
  • V&D was a landmark brand of high street located department stores (63 stores) in the Netherlands and was founded in 1887. Houthoff advised the company in a wide array of matters, including the restructuring of its debt, and representing the company in several high profile litigation matters related to real estate and labour law.
  • 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.
  • Assisting Elliott in inquiry proceedings at the Enterprise Chamber against the paints and chemical group AkzoNobel. Elliott is one of AkzoNobel’s largest shareholders, with an interest in AkzoNobel of more than 5%.

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Jan Willem de Groot

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 69 62
+31 6 1851 6628
Gerhard Gispen

Key Contact

Rotterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 21 06
+31 6 5314 0193
Alexander van der Voort Maarschalk

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 61 12
+31 6 5140 5058