Corporate Dispute resolution

We are Stibbe Corporate Dispute Resolution specialists

We view litigation as a last resort and our aim is to reduce our clients’ exposure to it through risk management and properly informed decisions, on long-term strategic issues.

Corporate Dispute Resolution

Working in an international environment, our litigators have a strong sense of the cultural and legal difference between markets and how to channel that knowledge into creating the most effective solutions.

Our specialists enjoy the challenge of the most demanding and innovative projects and bringing them to a positive conclusion. As a result, we have a strong track record with a significant number of landmark cases and cross-border corporate litigation.

Working in partnership with our clients, we handle securities litigation, shareholders’ and joint-venture related disputes, directors’ liability, M&A litigation, corporate governance disputes and inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber in the Netherlands.

Notably, many of our corporate litigators have experience as corporate transaction lawyers, providing a sound understanding of the mechanisms of a transaction, and in turn, creating more effective solutions.

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Articles - Lawyers occasionally wonder how the law ended up as it is. We had that experience after the Dutch Supreme Court’s decision of 1 July 2022 (Rabobank/Ten Berge q.q.; ECLI:NL:HR:2022:984), regarding the possibility or impossibility of pledging a claim. The Supreme Court decided that claims that have been made non-transferable under property law in a contractual agreement between a creditor and a debtor, cannot be pledged either.

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Short Reads - Earlier this year, the District Court in The Hague ruled that the Dutch State is liable vis-à-vis the victims and surviving relatives of a 1992 plane crash in Faro, Portugal. The State was found liable because it is responsible for the information provided by the Dutch Aviation Safety Board (a government agency) to the victims and surviving relatives. This information, on the causes of the crash was deemed by the court to be incorrect and incomplete.

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Limitation in case of a deliberately hidden claim

Short Reads - Dutch law provides for an extension of the limitation period in relation to claims that were “deliberately hidden” from the creditor (article 3:321 (f) Dutch Civil Code). The extension also applies if the debtor deliberately hid the fact that the claim had become due and payable (upon fulfilment of a certain condition, for example). It is, however, unclear what kind of conduct qualifies as deliberate hiding. 

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