Dispute Resolution

Litigation

Geschillen zijn aan de orde van de dag. Zeker in de (internationaal) competitieve markt waarin de meeste cliënten van Houthoff opereren. Een geschil kan een bedrijfsvoering lamleggen. Daarom is ons ervaren Procesrechtteam van 80 advocaten altijd gericht op de oplossing van een geschil en het voorkomen van verrassingen. Het strategisch belang voor de cliënt verliezen onze advocaten daarbij nooit uit het oog.

Waar geschikt kan worden, onderhandelen onze procesrechtadvocaten de beste schikkingsvoorwaarden uit. Waar geprocedeerd moet worden, bijten onze specialisten zich erin vast. Zowel in nationale en internationale mediationprocedures en arbitrages als in procedures bij de Ondernemingskamer, de Hoge Raad en het Hof van Justitie van de Europese Unie.

  • “Leading arbitration team in the Netherlands, active both on investor-state and commercial arbitration matters. Successful in the world’s most high-value complex disputes matters.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2020 Edition)
  • “Ability to think outside the box in very complex and high-stakes matters.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2020 Edition)
  • “The team consists of lawyers with different capabilities/areas of expertise which makes the team well equipped to handle a variety of cases.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2020 Edition)
  • “A well balanced team with outstanding arbitration skills. The really know when to push through and when to settle. Compared to other firms the Houthoff team combines outstanding legal knowledge with practical business skills.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2020 Edition)
  • “Houthoff has a large and outstanding arbitration team that is capable of handling high-end and large-scale arbitrations. They have extensive experience with ICC and other international arbitrations.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2020 Edition)
  • “This practice is unique because Houthoff helped us eventually win the case and as client of Houthoff, I feel very delighted to be working with such a professional, responsible and talented team of lawyers. They are always patient and work with great passion and efficiency.”
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2020 Edition)
  • “The team is very experienced in a wide range of disputes and provides commercial and user-friendly advice.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial litigation (2020 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial litigation (2020 Edition)
  • “The team is very quick to respond, friendly, easy to talk to. They team is efficient and very hard-working.”
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial litigation (2020 Edition)
  • 'Lydia is a young, brilliant lawyer – a rising star. Very knowledgeable and does not miss any details. Remains focused until the end.'

    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution (2020 edition)
  • “Sources praise the firm for being ‘very proactive and creative’ and ‘always very well prepared in supporting us.’”
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2020 Edition)
  • “Clients highlight the team’s international capabilities, noting that they are ‘very good at dealing with cross-border work’ and have ‘very good knowledge of international financing and documentation, and are very good at adapting to different litigation systems.’”
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2020 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Global & Europe, Dispute Resolution (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Chambers Global, Dispute Resolution (2020 Edition)
  • “One client says: ‘The team is excellent and the quality of work is outstanding,’ and adds that the lawyers are ‘very technical, objective and clear and deliver high-quality services.’”  
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2019 Edition)
  • “Sparring partners who have a lot of trial experience and the ability to assess risks.”
    Chambers Europe, Dispute Resolution (2019 Edition)
  • “The ‘consistently excellent, very responsive’ team at Houthoff is, according to one client, ‘in a class of its own’ and its lawyers are ‘tactically astute, intellectually great, and very commercial in their approach.’”    
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial litigation (2019 Edition)
  • “Houthoff’s ‘exceptional’ group has 'considerable experience in ICC arbitrations’ and stands out for the ‘accuracy and clarity of its legal advice’; it is also a key name for large-scale investment arbitration.” 
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (2019 Edition)
  • First Tier firm
    Legal 500, Dispute Resolution: Commercial litigation (2019 Edition)

Onze procesrechtadvocaten staan nationale en internationale ondernemingen, overheden en vrije beroepsbeoefenaars bij. Houthoff heeft een bijzondere positie verworven op het gebied van complexe geschillen waarbij een veelheid aan partijen en/of jurisdicties zijn betrokken. Ons Procesrechtteam deinst daarbij niet terug voor vragen die partijen en de rechter naar onontgonnen gebied leiden.

Onze procesrechtspecialisten werken geïntegreerd samen met onze (sector)experts op het gebied van onder meer financieringen, M&A, milieurecht en verzekeringen en hebben een strategische en resultaatgerichte benadering van geschillen. Zij zijn erkend om hun successen en hebben niet voor niets al jaren achtereen topnoteringen in juridische gidsen als Legal 500 en Chambers Global. Wij kunnen onze procesrechtteams opschalen naar iedere gewenste grootte en meerdere omvangrijke (internationale) procedures tegelijkertijd voeren. Zonder op kwaliteit in te boeten.

  • 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).
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is representing Singapore Airlines Singapore Cargo in various Dutch private enforcement proceedings before the Amsterdam courts. These proceedings were initiated by claim vehicles Equilib, EWD and Stichting Cartel Compensation (SCC) following the EC's decisions in the air cargo case. The first action was initiated in 2010 and all the cases are ongoing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Represented Goodyear Dunlop in litigation resulting from a series of incidents.
  • 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%.
  • Houthoff represented Nationale Nederlanden (NN) in proceedings that were brought by the foundation Vereniging Woekerpolis.nl in relation to investment-linked insurance offered by NN. The court ruled that generally speaking NN had provided sufficient information on costs and premiums.
  • Houthoff is the lead counsel to the private owner of the vast Dutch polder Duchess Hedwige (adjacent to the Belgian border in the southern part of the Province of Zeeland). Houthoff advises the owner and litigates against the Dutch Government regarding the planned project of the Dutch Government to submerge the privately-owned polder (more than 300 hectares of cultivated land) and turn it into estuarine nature.
  • Assisting Petróleo Brasileiro - Petrobras and its subsidiaries, as well as former directors, in respect of a Dutch class action threatened by the Dutch foundation named Stichting Petrobras Compensation Foundation representing non-US investors in securities issued by Petróleo Brasileiro - Petrobras and Petrobras Global Finance B.V.
Albert Knigge

Key Contact

Amsterdam
Advocaat | Managing Partner
+31 20 605 65 62
+31 6 5184 5323
Hans Londonck Sluijk

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Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 61 16
+31 6 2248 1560
Bart van der Wiel

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Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 61 11
+31 6 2025 0758
Jan Willem de Groot

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Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 69 62
+31 6 1851 6628
Rob Meijer

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Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 61 08
+31 6 5149 4309
Dirk Knottenbelt

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Rotterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 24 72
+31 6 5155 9271
Marielle Koppenol-Laforce

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Rotterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 25 25
+31 6 5152 1024

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Rotterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 10 217 29 35
+31 6 1486 1531
Rick Cornelissen

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Amsterdam
Advocaat | Partner
+31 20 605 65 30
+31 6 5184 5353