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Marielle Koppenol-Laforce

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Marielle represents clients in large, complex international arbitrations and proceedings concerning issues such as investments. She is also specialised in the project management of construction contracts, international contracts (including for luxury yachts), the setting aside of arbitral awards, attachments, Article 843a DCCP proceedings (seizure of evidence prior to proceedings) and its US equivalent, ‘discovery’. Marielle is regularly involved in the international aspects of a case (international service, applicable law, jurisdiction and enforcement, including the EU regulations on these areas and the New York Convention regarding the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards). 

On 1 February 2010, she was appointed Professor of International Commercial Contracting at Leiden University, and she is the coach for Leiden University's Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition team (which deals with international arbitration and the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods). In addition, Marielle is a member of the National Committee for Private International Law, an International Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a member of the ABA's Section of International Law. She regularly publishes on the above subjects, and contributes to various subjects concerning private international law in Tekst & Commentaar and SDU Ondernemingsrecht

Netherlands: Dispute resolution


Within: Arbitration

β€˜One of the few firms in the Netherlands with a truly international arbitration practice’, Houthoff β€˜has become one of the main participants in this field’. In particular, β€˜straight-shooter’ Marielle Koppenol-Laforce β€˜thinks outside of the box’ and is β€˜a great team player’. Dirk Knottenbelt heads the practice. Isabelle van den Nieuwendijk and Thomas Stouten were promoted to counsel in January 2017.

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    Despite the implementation of Directive 2000/35/EC on combating late payment in commercial transactions in 2002, the European Commission (the β€œCommission”) concluded in 2008 that late payments were still widespread in the EU. It also turned out that public authorities in certain Member States were stipulating unjustifiably long contractual payment periods for transactions.
  • Amendment of the Collective Redundancy Notification Act

    On 1 March 2012 the Collective Redundancy Notification Act (Wet Melding Collective Outslug, "WACO") will be amended. What changes does this involve?
  • New Corporate Law Legislation

    In the field of corporate law, there are four (coming) Acts that attract attention, namely the introduction of the tenth book of the Dutch Civil Code, the amendment of the Marital Property Act and, to conclude, the coming entry into effect of the Management and Supervision Act and the Flexibilization of BV Act. Please find below a short explanation of each Act.
  • Shipping & Transport - Netherlands

    Attaching maritime assets in insolvency
    - AKD
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    - AKD
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    - AKD

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    - AKD
  • Forming a company in the Netherlands

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  • Leasing of commercial premises in the Netherlands

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  • Employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands

    The employment of foreign workers in the Netherlands regularly raises questions. What issues do you need to be aware of as an employer? A brief summary of the most important areas of attention will be dealt with in this article.
    - AKD