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Marielle Koppenol-Laforce

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Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, partner Dispute Resolution Practice Group, has been advising and litigating (including investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration (ICC, ICSID, NAI, UNCITRAL, DIAC)) in complex international contracts situations (ranging from construction contracts to shareholders agreements disputes) and insolvencies. Usually her litigation or arbitration in the Netherlands is a parallel to foreign proceedings for the same client. She is regularly involved in discovery under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for use in the Dutch proceedings. Before fully committing to international litigation and arbitration and coordination of worldwide law firms in connection therewith she has been involved in the finance practice, M&A and corporate practice.

On 1 February 2010 she was appointed a professor International Commercial Contracting at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She acts as coach of the yearly Leiden University William C. Vis Moot Court team (International arbitration and CISG). She is a member of the Dutch Standing Committee of Private International Law. In 1997 she got her PhD on the Hague Trust Convention at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is an International Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and member of the ABA, International section.

She regularly teaches post-academic courses on private international law, the Vienna Sales Convention, arbitration and international procedural law.  


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Marielle Koppenol-Laforce - Houthoff

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

Routinely handling standalone arbitration matters Houthoff‚Äôs ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô group has 'considerable experience in ICC arbitrations' and stands out for the 'accuracy and clarity of its legal advice'; it is also a key name for large-scale investment arbitration. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, whose 'advice is never wanting',¬†and Rob Meijer are representing the Russian government in efforts to secure the annulment of arbitration awards against the Russian Federation totalling $50bn, in favour of the claimants, three former shareholders of Yukos Oil. The group is headed by the ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Dirk Knottenbelt¬†and also includes counsel¬†Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk.

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Energy: regulatory

Within: Energy: regulatory

Kirsten Berger, who heads the Houthoff team, offers a blend of transactional and regulatory expertise including in the renewables and waste to energy sectors. The team's latest work includes advising clients on the regulatory regimes and subsidy issues around solar and wind farm projects and a price review arbitration. The practice advised Huntsman on a complaint made by Ducor to the Dutch energy regulator regarding the method used by Huntsman for the calculation of the tariffs it charged. Marielle Koppenol-Laforce and senior associate Marc van Beuge are other key contacts.

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