Mr. L.D. Bruining (Leonore)
Leonore Bruining joined Van Oosten Advocaten in 2017. Leonore started her career as a lawyer in 1998 at Stibbe (Intellectual Property and Corporate M&A Group) and subsequently worked for Clifford Chance as of 2004 in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Amsterdam. In 2006, she also worked in the London office of Clifford Chance.
Leonore studied law at the University of Amsterdam and graduated cum laude in 1997. She furthermore graduated cum laude from Grotius Academy Corporate Litigation in 2005.
Leonore has many years of experience in civil litigation, in an international setting. She focusses on corporate and commercial dispute resolution, including shareholder disputes, takeover disputes, post takeover disputes, directors’ liability, compulsory buyout proceedings, disputes between joint venture parties, financing disputes, disputes over the duty of care of banks and disputes over commercial contracts in various sectors.
She handles proceedings before the Dutch Courts, including the Courts of Appeal and the Enterprise Court. She also has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation in major commercial and corporate disputes.
She regularly acted for private equity parties, for parties in the banking and finance sector, the oil and gas sector, shipbuilding, technical fabrics, water management, logistics, consumer electronics and parties in the retail sector.
Examples of Representations
- KTC, a Dutch listed company in the field of technical fabrics in proceedings regarding the bankruptcy of KTGT, another listed company in the field of fabrics. Shareholders of KTGT hold KTC liable for the bankruptcy of KTGT, based on inadequate performance of cooperation alliance agreements.
- NIBC in a dispute over an alleged tort claim in relation to the bankruptcy of the German formerly listed company Olympia Flexgroup by the majority shareholder of Olympia Flexgroup.
- Flinter group, a shipbuilding and operating company in a dispute against a Luxembourg investment vehicle on its undertaking to invest in a ship to be built in Thailand.
- Rabobank in proceedings against the insurer of Provimi on the bank’s duty of care towards Provimi in relation to fraud by an employee of Provimi, causing over EUR 27 mio of damages.
- The minority shareholders of Technomarket Domo (one of the largest consumer electronics companies in Eastern Europe) in summary proceedings in a dispute over the right to appoint board members and over its disagreement with a restructuring plan.
- MND, the largest Czech oil and gas company in a dispute with its Russian joint venture partners in relation to an alleged obligation to make further investments in an exploration project in Russia, before the Enterprise Court.
- Singapore based Sembcorp, the bidder in a takeover dispute over Cascal N.V., listed on the NY stock exchange, before the Enterprise Court.
- TNT in various proceedings (including proceedings before the Enterprise Court and arbitration) over a EUR 103 million international, cross-border dispute with the fund manager of a venture capital fund regarding its strategy in relation to additional funding.
- Barclays in proceedings before the Enterprise Court regarding the take-over battle regarding ABN AMRO.
- A leading listed geoscience and geotechnical company in a post-acquisition dispute with a seller of an international group of companies, mainly relating to impairment of capitalized R&D assets, settled in mediation.
- Citibank in indemnity proceedings regarding a EUR 200 million dispute between the receivers of Ceteco and Ceteco management for directors' liability.
- Gilde in a dispute with the management of one of its portfolio companies (Norit) over the proceeds of a divestment.
- Gilde requesting a Court order against the receivers of Landsbanki to transfer to Gilde, against market value, loan agreements between Landsbanki and certain portfolio companies of Gilde.
- CVC Capital Partners in respect of a claim brought by minority shareholders of Schuitema (including the Dutch association of shareholders), claiming that the bid price was unfair.
- A consortium that acquired VNU N.V. through a public bid, on the price to be set by the Enterprise Court for the mandatory transfer of the minority shares against the VEB (the Dutch association of shareholders).
- A UK private equity fund in a dispute on termination of negations in respect of a Dutch target company.
- Swissport in summary proceedings in respect of the release of an amount held in escrow.
- A consortium of banks on a restructuring plan against a listed company.
Publications and Lectures
- Chapter on compulsory buy-out and sell-out proceedings between 2008 – 2010 in "Geschriften vanwege de Vereniging Corporate Litigation, serie vanwege het Van der Heijden Instituut" (2011)
- Coauthor of “Ruimere octrooiering van computerprogramma’s: technicality of revolutie?”, ITer serie, (2000) and various other publication in the field of intellectual property
- Various lectures as a guest speaker on compulsory buy-out proceedings at the University of Amsterdam
- Client workshops on group actions
- Client presentations on director’s liability
- Civil litigation
- Private law