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Albert Knigge

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Albert specialises in handling complex international disputes. He has considerable experience in advising financial institutions and companies in different sectors confronted with cross-border mass claims. Albert helps such clients manage the risks that these claims entail and find strategic solutions to minimise their impact on the business, taking into account the constant regulatory changes and developments concerning collective actions and mass claims. As head of the Competition Litigation Team, he is also involved in almost all of the seminal cartel damages cases currently before the Dutch courts. To that end, he works closely with the lawyers in our EU Competition practice group.

Albert is also a Supreme Court lawyer. He has numerous publications to his name, particularly on civil procedure and liability law, and he is an editor for the publication Burgerlijke Rechtsvordering (Civil Procedure). In addition, Albert is a board member of the Dutch Association for Procedural Law, and a member of the Dutch Association of Civil Cassation Litigators, the Dutch Commercial Law Association, the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association, the Royal Netherlands Society of International Law and the Dutch Association for Civil Law. Albert was appointed to Houthoff's Board of Directors on 1 April 2017.

Netherlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

The ‘very good’ team at Houthoff handles a broad range of contentious matters, including restructuring and corporate litigation. Co-head Bart van der Wiel (‘outstanding in Supreme Court litigation’, and ‘very pleasant to work with’) and Jan Willem de Groot are representing Aurelius Capital Management in bankruptcy proceedings brought against a financing entity of Brazilian telecoms company Oi. Co-head Albert Knigge is acting for Trafigura in class action litigation brought by a number of Dutch and foreign parties regarding allegations of exposure to chemical waste disposed of in Ivory Coast. The team’s client base includes Vestia, ING and Petrobras. Rob Meijer is also noted.

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