Corporate Dispute resolution

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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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Inside Stibbe - The District Court Midden-Nederland ruled in favour of Westermeerwind B.V. on 19 June, in a case brought by organisations acting for the 'Westermeerwind Group'. The group had claimed that the 32 members of that group had the right to participate in the Windpark Westermeerwind at a much lower price than other participants, and with a different corporate structure.

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29.01.2019 NL law
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Short Reads - In two recent decisions, the Dutch Supreme Court has clarified the evidentiary power of signed documents. If the signatory unambiguously denies that the signature on the document is his or hers or claims that another party has tampered with the signature (for instance, through forgery or copying a signature from one document and pasting it in another), it is up to the party invoking the signed document to prove the signature's authenticity (ECLI:NL:HR:2019:572).

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Financial Services Disputes in the Netherlands

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01.05.2019 NL law
Arbitral award obligating Ecuador to prevent enforcement of USD 8.6 billion order does not violate public order

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29.01.2019 NL law
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