Our commercial litigation practice focusses on proceedings in state courts to resolve national and international complex commercial disputes. This encompasses disputes arising out of contracts in a wide variety of sectors, such as construction, oil and gas, energy, distribution, transport, telecom, pharmaceuticals, financing and insurance. Many of these proceedings concern compensation of damages caused by breach of contract or tort or concern the conclusion, specific performance, rescission or nullification of contracts. Proceedings on the merits are frequently preceded by urgent relief proceedings (kort geding) and ex parte freezing orders (conservatoir beslag).
Our commercial litigation practice is ranked in band 5 of the Legal500 (2019) law firm and leading lawyers rankings for the Netherlands.
We have represented:
- a number of Gazprom group entities in three urgent relief proceedings against the Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz and relating to pre-judgment attachments to enforce a Swedish SCC arbitral award with an interest in excess of USD 2.6 billion
- a US trustee to collect more than USD 51 million in connection with an alleged international online currency exchange fraud
- InterLeaseInvest in urgent relief proceedings before the Amsterdam District Court and Court of Appeal regarding the enforcement of pledges over more than 2,500 railway carriages in Ukraine to collect an EBRD loan of more than USD 50 million
- an international association of airlines in a procedure before the Amsterdam District Court against more than 180 European travel agents, a Hungarian bankruptcy trustee and a Russia state owned bank regarding the distribution of about EUR 14 million following the bankruptcy of the Hungarian airliner Malèv
- the Russian Alfa-Bank in urgent relief proceedings before the Amsterdam District Court against a civil law notary and Luxembourg pledgors in connection with the collection of a debt under a credit facility of more than USD 53 million for the construction of a shopping mall in Moscow
- Solvers Group in a number of proceedings before the Amsterdam District Court and Court of Appeal against the Russian bank PSB in connection with control over Svyaznoy