Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: class actions

The addition of former De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek partner Daan Beenders as co-head of Van Doorne‘s dispute resolution group has further bolstered the firm’s growing class actions practice.

Dispute resolution: class actions in Netherlands

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman has a leading practice defending domestic and international class actions with a client base ranging from the automotive sector and financial institutions to aviation enterprises and technology companies. The team is jointly led by Arnold Croiset Van Uchelen, who focuses on corporates and securities litigation, and Brechje van der Velden, who is the go-to lawyer for class actions, climate litigation, and impact litigation, and regularly represents corporates and financial institutions in consumer class actions. Co-head Tim Sweerts is well-versed in high-stakes litigation, including representing clients in class actions both in court and through settlements.

Practice head(s):

Arnold Croiset van Uchelen; Brechje van der Velden; Tim Sweerts


‘Good understanding of case law, getting to the core of the arguments / disputes, very to the point and describing the core of the matter in few sentences. Very structured, tactical, and savvy.’

‘The team is very service-oriented, pleasant to work with, always on top of things and hard working. ’

‘Brechje van der Velden and her team are able to oversee the entire playing field. This makes the advice tailor-made, practical, to the point and relevant. Especially in complex matters they are able to operate on multiple levels at the same time. They also know how to switch internally between partner and associate level. Their position in the market ensures that they communicate quickly and effectively with other firms/parties. The team is very good in distinguishing between principle and secondary issues. ’

Key clients

Pon’s Automobielhandel








Work highlights

  • Representing Vattenfall in a class action brought under the new Dutch class action law on repayment of certain fees paid by customers with a large grid connection, amounting to an alleged claim of circa EUR 400 million.
  • Representing Citigroup in a high-profile and complex collective action brought by a Dutch foundation in relation to alleged damages suffered as a result of foreign exchange rate manipulation with an alleged nominal trading value over 5 trillion USD.
  • Representing Pon’s Automobielhandel as defendants in a second class action on “Dieselgate”, after winning the first class action, and advising on its overall strategy since 2015.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

The mass claims practice at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek is a leading force in major class actions in the Netherlands. The firm is active in a number of sectors such as data privacy and cybersecurity, technology, transportation, and finance. The team also handles class actions before the Supreme Court where they have defended social media and transportation companies. Competition follow-on mass claims is also a key area of the practice as well as damages class actions and data privacy infringements. The firm additionally has a strong record in pro bono class action cases with practice head and class actions authority Machteld De Monchy the driving force behind the practice’s pro bono work. Dennis Horeman is well versed in mass claims and frequently publishes on updates to class action laws in the Netherlands. Marieke Bredenoord-Spoek specialises in class actions and follow-on damages litigation.


Practice head(s):

Machteld de Monchy

Other key lawyers:

Dennis Horeman; Marieke Bredenoord-Spoek; Johan Valk;Remco Kloppenburg


‘Machteld de Monchy is an exceedingly sharp lawyer with an impressive ability to combine excellence on details with an equally excellent overall strategic view. She is also very resourceful and a pleasure to work with.’

‘What makes this practice unique is their strict and professional internal organisation, while maintaining highly informal and swift access to key partners Machteld de Monchy and Dennis Horeman. In general, great understanding of internal dynamics clients have to deal with in high impact class actions.’

‘A large team that has top notch experience with defending against the most complex collective action claim in the Netherlands. The team has in-depth knowledge of the law and they are able to think creatively and pragmatically about legal problems. ’

‘Machteld de Monchy and Marieke Bredenoord-Spoek are trailblazers in field of collective actions in the Netherlands. They are also empathetic and easy to work with. They spearheaded an initiative to establish a new association for dialogue and exchange about developments in the collective action field in the Netherlands across plaintiff and defence side firms, the academic world and the bench. ’

‘De Brauw has a reputed class action team, defending large companies in mass claims in the Netherlands. Due to their experience, they are amazing in their strategy advise and give practical and to-the-point guidance on next steps. Also, as this is a large team and they work closely with subject matter experts of other teams, the larger and more complex cases are in good hands with them.’

‘The team is a thought leader in class actions. They bring international insights and qualifications to the table which is rare for an independent law firm. The are at the forefront of new cases, including pro bono work in class actions that makes an impact. ’

‘Machteld de Monchy stands out. Fully committed to the client, a creative mind regarding strategy and internationally well regarded. She is building diverse teams and shaping the firms pro bono practice.’

‘This is the best class action team. Class actions require not only good lawyers but also an organization where lawyers allocate tasks appropriately and dozens of people work together as a team. It is this where De Brauw excels. The way they put together their team to deal with mass claims all across Europe is outstanding and unique.’

Key clients


British Airways

Bureau Clara Wichmann

NJCM and Defence for Children

DS Smith


J.P. Morgan




PACCAR and DAF Group



Robert Bosch GmbH


Schiphol Group

Shell and NAM



Work highlights

  • Representing PACCAR and DAF Group as lead counsel in around twenty jurisdictions in one of the most complex mass claims in Europe.
  • Representing Airbnb in several mass claims, including Supreme Court proceedings and a class action.
  • Representing TikTok in class actions brought by three claim organisations claiming billions of euros in damages


Houthoff is a go-to firm for defendants requiring representation in class actions and mass claims proceedings. The practice has wide-ranging knowledge across a large number of sectors such as finance, transport, aviation, and energy. The team has advised clients on diesel-related class actions, mass claims for cartel damages, securities collective actions, consumer class actions, and mass damages follow-on litigation. Expert in cross-border disputes and civil procedures Albert Knigge spearheads the class actions practice within the large dispute resolution group and is the leading lawyer on high-profile class actions for the firm. Working closely alongside Knigge, Rick Cornelissen focuses on follow-on cartel and abuse of dominance damages claims. In Rotterdam, Huib Lebbing acts as defence counsel in class action cases involving health and safety issues. Paul Sluijter is also key to the team and is specialised in international mass claims.

Practice head(s):

Albert Knigge

Other key lawyers:

Rick Cornelissen; Huib Lebbing; Paul Sluijter


‘They are extremely client focused, provide top notch product within very tight deadlines and are always available to discuss. Houthoff has a very large team ensuring that all workstreams are followed up appropriately and work is done by the appropriate level of experience. ’

‘Albert Knigge is one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with: extremely knowledgeable, always available and client focuse. He will not overpromise and is a very strong communicator. Rick Cornelissen is very pleasant to work with, and always willing to find a client focused solution.’

‘We are very content with Houthoff’s work in our class action. The team is highly experienced, responsive delivers high quality work and is pleasant to work with. ’

‘Albert Knigge truly is a trusted advisor. Albert stands out in quality and expertise in this space.’

‘In our class action, Houthoff did a great job getting to know about a complex case in a short time period with successful results. The collaboration was great (e.g. clear answers, good strategy, fast learners)’

‘Rick Cornelissen did a great job in the hearing providing clear views about our case and providing always good solutions to the different problems we faced.’

‘The advantage of Houthoff as an advocate for an insurer as a defendant in a collective procedure is the broad knowledge that this law firm has of insurance products and of the insurance market. The firm understands what is considered important in the boardroom and that collective proceedings are mainly about reputation and stakeholder management.’

‘Very professional litigation team with a client centric approach. The team consists of good litigators, applies a structured approach in preparing litigation and takes specific client requests into account with flexibility. ’

Key clients


Volvo Trucks / Renault Trucks

Stellantis N.V.

Audi AG

Nationale-Nederlanden Levensverzekering Maatschappij N.V. (Nationale-Nederlanden)


Singapore Airlines Limited,|Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd

Royal FloraHolland

Cargolux Airlines International

Ennatuurlijk B.V.

The Dutch State (Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sport)

Royal FloraHolland

Draad Nijmegen B.V., part of the multinational IRCE S.p.A. Group of steel welding companies

Work highlights

  • Representing Petrobras and its subsidiaries as defendants in a large international securities collective action.
  • Representing Volvo Trucks and Renault Trucks in multi-party cross-border litigation before the Dutch courts in relation to mass damages claims following on from the Commission’s claims of competition law infringements in the trucks sector.
  • Representing several car manufacturers, including Stellantis and Audi, as defendants in four class actions brought in the Diesel-matter.

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is unique within the Dutch landscape for representing the State of the Netherlands and other public authorities as well as multinational and international private companies in complex class actions and mass claims. The firm acts mainly as defence counsel for major class actions and is known for its Supreme Court litigation prowess. The team has actively been involved with class actions related to the alleged trucks cartel as well as follow-on proceedings and other cartel damage claims. Willem Heemskerk and Raimond Dufour co-lead the practice from The Hague. Heemskerk is well-known for his specialism in complex class action and group cation disputes, leading on cartel damage claims and follow-on group actions. Dufour focuses on international class actions and mass claims, assisting with the ‘Dieselgate’ class action.

Practice head(s):

Willem Heemskerk; Raimond Dufour


‘Great litigation practice. Great lawyers with the capability to discern what is of relevance in the specific case. ’

‘Willem Heemskerk and Raimond Dufour are excellent lawyers who always look for a pragmatic approach and solution in the best interest of their client. They understand the needs of the client and “live and breath” litigation. ’

‘Pels Rijcken is the best of the overseas firms I instruct – they provide clear, well-thought-through advice, are very strong on strategy and the team is a pleasure to work with. ’

‘Willem Heemskerk is an impressive senior leader – he exudes a calm image but knows when to fight. Raimond Dufour is impressively across every detail of a matter – he is thorough, considerate and very bright. ’

Key clients

Royal Dutch Shell

Mercedes-Benz Group AG


Porsche AG

BNP Paribas

Scandinavian Airlines



Work highlights

  • Representing both UBS AG and UBS Securities Japan Co. Ltd. defendants in a major class action following regulatory findings in, among others, the US and the UK in the ‘LIBOR fraud case’.
  • Representing Mercedes-Benz in more than 60 different cartel follow-on group proceedings, mostly initiated by claim vehicles with a constituency of thousands of truck owners, relating to the alleged Truck cartel.
  • Assisted the Dutch State with Supreme Court proceedings (a group action) relating to the expropriation of SNS Bank, after a judgment of the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal in which a compensation of more than EUR 1 billion was granted.


AKD‘s class actions practice is led by Patrick Haas who is an expert in international collective redress cases, regularly acts for class action funders, and represents a number of foundations in cross-border projects including mass claims relating to the emission scandal and truck cartel claims. The practice is notable for its collective redress expertise where it is one of the only full-service law firms in the Netherlands representing claimants. Jeffrey Kleywegt is key to these cases and has grown the practice’s capabilities considerably within this space. The firm is also experienced in handling WAMCA claims and infringements of data privacy and protection regulations.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Haas

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Kleywegt; Andre Reznitchenko


‘AKD’s collective action practice is market leading- they are involved in all of the interesting cases. They are extremely responsive, creative and client focused. They are a pleasure to work with. ’

‘The team benefits from the stewardship of Patrick Haas- he is just excellent. His corporate background brings different perspective to cases. The work they do often requires third arty funding and Patrick is very commercial and knows how to build, manage and run funded cases. He is exceptionally solution focused. You rarely get a “no” from Patrick. ’

‘Very dedicated team with a lot of knowledge and eager to be close to the ball. ’

Key clients

Stichting Truck Claim (funded by Fortress)

Stichting Car Claim (funded by Fortress)

Stichting Volkswagen Investor Claim (funded by Fortress)

Stichting Wirecard Investors Claim

TransAtlantis Funding Lux S.a.r.l. (an SPV of a US based hedge fund active in purchasing cartel damage claims)

Stichting Converium Securities Compensation

Stichting Data Bescherming Nederland

Work highlights

  • Representing Stichting Car Claim (SCC) in several landmark class action cases against various car manufacturers (VW Group, Renault, Stellantis, Daimler) for their role in the diesel emissions scandal.
  • Representing Stichting Data Bescherming Nederland (SDBN) in a substantial WAMCA claim against
  • Advising Stichting Wirecard Investors Claim (SWIC) on a group claim against EY on behalf of 16.000+ injured Wirecard investors, representing damages estimated at EUR 500+ million.

Birkway B.V.

Dispute resolution boutique Birkway B.V. handles a large number of mass claims and class actions and specialises in representing plaintiffs. The firm is known for its collaborative approach, often working together with other firms as co-counsel on complex cases such as the diesel emission scandal cases, and cases which require external knowledge from financial advisors and industry experts. Ianika Tzankova, Joost Edixhoven, Michiel van Eersel, and Quirijn Bongaerts all spearhead the practice. Tzankova is noted for her academic prowess in the field of international mass claims dispute resolution; she is highly involved as an academic and practitioner in collective settlements. Litigator Edixhoven focuses on mass tort litigation and collective actions, while Bongaerts is well-respected as an expert in class actions and collective redress.

Practice head(s):

Ianika Tzankova; Joost Edixhoven; Michiel van Eersel; Quirijn Bongaerts


‘Birkway has one of the most sophisticated corporate and commercial dispute resolution practices, standing out for its depth of experience. Their team is comprised of highly experienced and knowledgeable litigators who have a proven track record of success in representing clients. They are dedicated to providing unmatched representation and tirelessly work to protect their clients’ rights and meet their needs.’

‘Ianika Tzankova is an exceptional lawyer and a legal mastermind. She’s a trial strategist who always takes on cases with a high level of impact and complexity. Her practice is truly impressive, and she always puts in the work to ensure that her clients receive the best possible outcome. Her dedication to her work is truly unmatched. She has made remarkable contributions to the area of collective redress and is recognized as a pioneer in the field. ’

‘Quirijn Bongaerts is – with considerable distance – the best plaintiff side mass claim litigator in the Netherlands. Quirijn is knowledgeable and dares to test the legal limits of claims. He is very persuasive in court.’

Key clients

Stichting Steinhoff International Compensation Claims

Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice

Stichting NUON Claim

Stichting Wakkerpolis

Stichting Investor Loss Compensation

The Privacy Collective

Stichting Massaschade en Consument

Stichting Data Bescherming Nederland


Creditor representative committee in the bankruptcy of DSB Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Stichting Diesel Emissions Claims in five separate proceedings against the Volkswagen, Mercedes, Renault and Stellantis conglomerates, certain subsidiaries and related defendants for their responsibility for the diesel emissions.
  • Advised representative organisation Stichting Steinhoff International Compensation Claims on the development and implementation of a sophisticated global securities litigation strategy in relation to a mass claim against Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. and certain co-defendants
  • Representing Stichting Investor Loss Compensation in a securities class action against Airbus NV related to misinforming investors about the company’s exposure due to massive bribery and corruption.


Ysquare is a dispute resolution specialist firm comprised of leading litigation lawyers who are experienced in handling complex class actions and mass claims litigation for multinational and international clients. The practice has been active in representing defendants in diesel-related mass claims, mass investor claim settlements, and class actions related to healthcare and data protection. Margriet de Boer specialises in civil proceedings and is key to the class actions practice at the firm. Litigators Bregje Korthals Altes, Rufus Abeln, Robbert Jan van der Weijden, and Jan van Nass are also key to the practice.


Other key lawyers:

Margriet de Boer; Bregje Korthals Altes; Robbert Jan van der Weijden; Rufus Abeln; Jan van Nass


‘The YSquare litigation practice is comprised of fine people that are highly professional, technology driven, dynamic and effective. ’

‘The talented Margriet de Boer has showed excellent legal capabilities, as well strategic and tactical insights in this broad and complex case. With a strong client focus, great flexibility and quick responses.

‘Ysquare is a fantastique boutique, although the title “boutique” does not do them justice. They handle very large litigation cases, including class actions. They are all incredible experts in their field, coming from very renowned firms and having very long track records.’

Key clients


Waterland Private Equity


(Bankruptcy Trustees of) ATB Bank

MAD Atelier International B.V.


Steinhoff Recovery Foundation

TKH Group N.V.


Work highlights

  • Acting for a group of 70+ car dealers in defending against a class actions relating to diesel emissions.
  • Representing the Steinhoff Recovery Foundation in implementing the Steinhoff global settlement exceeding EUR 3.2bn in claim value
  • Representing Oracle in legal proceedings defending against a EUR 10bn claim.


Brinkhof mainly acts for international clients within the media and technology sectors, including large multinationals as defendants in numerous class actions. Practice head Jan Pot is noted for his ability to defend undertakings in follow-up damages class actions. Pepijn van Ginneken works alongside Pot and is knowledgeable on collective civil damages claims and cartel damage claims.

Practice head(s):

Jan Pot

Other key lawyers:

Pepijn van Ginneken


‘I highly recommend the dispute litigation team at Brinkhof to anyone looking for experienced, knowledgeable, and trustworthy legal representation. I have had the pleasure of working with the team on a variety of cases in this field, and have consistently been impressed with their work and dedication. They are a diverse, likeable, and down-to-earth group of lawyers who really take the time to understand our business and our goals, and develop customised strategies that are tailored to our specific needs. Another big strength is the team’s communication, which is always clear, timely, and responsive.

‘The lawyers in the team consistently distinguish themselves through their accessibility, commitment to excellence and deep knowledge of the law. Specific note goes to Jan Pot, who is a particularly great litigator. He is intelligent, strategic, persuasive and well-versed in the complexities of the law and the courtroom.

Key clients




AB Inbev



Work highlights

  • Representing a number of word-wide brewery groups (among them Heineken) and other large companies in international follow-on damages litigation resulting from the trucks cartel.
  • Representing online giant Google in a number of (collective) claim cases, which concern both follow-on as well as stand-alone claims.
  • Assisting Toshiba with all (collective) litigation in the Netherlands resulting from the screens cartel, which concerned allegations of fixing prices and restricting output of cathode ray tubes for TVs and computer screens.

bureau Brandeis

bureau Brandeis‘s class action practice specialises in representing plaintiffs and is active in the diesel scandal, privacy-related class actions, and truck cartel issues. It is also known for its expertise in climate change litigation. The practice is led by hedge fund activism specialist and plaintiff litigator Frank Peters, Louis Berger who has been key to ‘Dieselgate’ cases, and Hans Bousie who focuses on antitrust damages litigation.

Practice head(s):

Frank Peters; Louis Berger; Hans Bousie


‘bureau Brandeis is one of the few law firms which presents itself as a mostly claimant-oriented firm, not assisting banks and other financials. This in itself contributes to the firms’ credibility.’

‘Frank Peters has been at the forefront of shareholder activism and although his visibility as a shareholder representing litigator has become less, he has managed to put anti-greenwashing and other environment-related activist litigation on the radar. ’

‘The practice of bureau Brandeis specialises in class actions, which is a very important niche market that requires hard-core specialisation. The fact that they have chosen the claimants side despite it the lack of security with respect to success, profitability, reputation, turn-over and chances of winning by choosing this is of note. Bureau Brandeis is capable of pulling out the maximum of a class action case and – maybe even more importantly – show passion to win these hard cases. ’

‘Frank Peters is an absolute authority and front runner in class actions related to public interest. Apart from the fact that he is very skilled, he knows what it takes, has the capacity to innovate, is passionate, he challenges and at the same time he always is a gentleman.’

‘bureau Brandeis is incredibly thorough in their representation. They are knowledgeable about the legal matters they pursue and are responsive to client communications.’

‘Hans Bousie is great to work with, charming and very sharp. ’

‘Outstanding skills and experience regarding class actions in The Netherlands. Pro-active, result drive approach. Clear customer communication. ’

‘Louis Berger is very experienced lawyer with excellent experience and skills in (international) mass claim actions. Broad network. Very strong and pleasant communicator. ’

Key clients

Stichting Diesel Emissions Justice

Stichting Massaschade & Consument

Stichting Truck Cartel Recovery

unilegion Truck Claims Stichting

Stichting Equal Justice Equal Pay

Foundation The Privacy Collective

ClientEarth, Fossielvrij


Stichting Ukrainian Victims of War

Work highlights

  • Representing Stichting Diesel Emisions Justice in five ‘dieselgate’ cases.
  • Representing various claimants in truck cartel cases.
  • Representing claimants in several ESG class actions, relating to climate change (KLM) and equal pay.

Finch Dispute Resolution

Finch Dispute Resolution was recently founded in October 2022 and specialises in dispute resolution, including class actions. The Utrecht-based firm is known for handling international class actions acting for claimants within the healthcare, finance, and energy sectors. Koen Rutten leads the practice and is praised for his expertise in class actions where he has represented institutional investors in damage claims and individuals in truck cartel claims. Stefan Holterman, Maarten Mussche, and Dieuwertje de Leeuw are all well versed in commercial litigation and co-lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Koen Rutten; Stefan Holterman; Maarten Mussche; Dieuwertje de Leeuw


‘Finch specialises in corporate, commercial and financial litigation and some lawyers have a profound expertise in the field of class actions. Finch separates itself by combining a high quality work standard with a personal approach and human touch. ’

‘Koen Rutten is a skilled and experienced class action lawyer. Apart from his extensive expertise he is a sincere, passionate, charismatic and persuasive advocate. He sees the bigger picture and focusses on solutions. He is able to simplify complex legal arguments and is an accessible and a creative partner. I would recommend him without any reservation. ’

‘The Finch team is truly exceptional. A boutique firm with all the expertise and experience in collective redress that one could wish for. These unique characteristics give the team and Finch itself a strong strategic advantage. They have been involved in virtually all major cases in the Netherlands, enabling them to provide strategic advice at a level that sets them apart from regular dispute resolution firms. Their strategic capabilities and entrepreneurial mindset are a valuable addition to the Dutch legal profession.’

‘Koen Rutten – Koen is a strategic pioneer within class/group actions in the Netherlands. His wealth of experience enables him to strategically navigate the evolving landscape of collective redress. With the Finch team, he offers a unique proposition in the Netherlands, thanks to the depth of knowledge and expertise within a boutique firm. His strategic skills and entrepreneurship make Koen the ideal partner to collaborate with on these types of cases.’

‘Litigators by heart, fast, independent, down to earth, pragmatic, on the ball, respected among colleagues in the market and well connected, strategic thinkers, high level of integrity, experts in their fields, passionate about the law and litigation, they always have the their clients’ best interest in mind and, above all: Finch’s team are friendly, open, and very pleasant to work with. ’

‘I have worked for over 10 years with Koen Rutten. No matter what happens in a case, you know that Koen is there for you as his client. He really has your back. You feel with Koen that you can really trust him and his advise. His deep knowledge of Dutch law and collective actions & settlements make him an outstanding lawyer. His extensive experience with collective actions & settlements is unique and unparalleled. When you work with Koen, you know that you work with one of the best lawyers in his field.’

‘Koen Rutten – he’s a superstar. Practical, extremely knowledgeable, highly strategic, and knows how to get results for his clients. He’s my “go to” litigator in the Netherlands. ’

‘Koen Rutten is always good on the legal substance, but even better on strategy. And don’t underestimate his diplomatic skills! He is very strong in navigating complex matters in the best interest of his clients and also initiates things within the broader class action industry. Furthermore, he is responsive and a very nice guy to work with.

Key clients

Deminor Recovery SARL

Stichting Antitrust Action Truck Cartel

GoBaxter B.V.

Stichting Belangenbehartiging Gedupeerden ECP

SleeperCharger Holding


Work highlights

  • Represented institutional investors in a claim for damages of approximately EUR 700 million against Steinhoff, members of its board and the chairman of its supervisory board.
  • Acting for clients who bought trucks from truck manufacturers involved in a long-running cartel incurring record fines of around EUR 3 billion by the European Commission.
  • Acting for consumers duped by banks who had taken out Swiss Franc loans while the Swiss Franc appreciated against the euro leading to a loss in value and resulting in damages valued approximately at EUR 300 million.


Founded in February 2023 by practice head Damien Berkhout and Stefan Tuinenga, Lindenbaum is a dispute resolution boutique firm which is already well-known for its expertise in class actions and competition law. The team has been actively representing plaintiffs in numerous class actions such as data privacy-related claims as well as abuse of dominance claims. Other key matters include representing claimants in competition follow-on cases and trucks mass damages cases. Berkhout leads on the practice’s class action cases, assisted by Tuinenga who handles large antitrust and collective action claims.

Practice head(s):

Damiën Berkhout

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Tuinenga


‘Lindenbaum combines a wealth of legal knowledge with the skills to apply this knowledge in the best possible way for the client. They are lean, fast, flexible and will find the best solution for their clients. A true gem of a litigation firm in the Netherlands. ’

‘Damiën Berkhout is in all likelihood the best litigator for plaintiffs in the Netherlands. Mass actions and cartel damages can be safely trusted to him. He goes straight to the core of the case and always delivers. ’

‘Pioneers in Dutch class action environment.’

Key clients


Stichting Take Back Your Privacy

Stichting Vrij Platformwerk

Consumer Competition Claims Foundation

LTO and NVP / Dutch poultry farmers

Work highlights

  • Representing the Consumentenbond in a collective action against three large retailers, i.e.: (i) Albert Heijn, (ii) Jumbo and (iii) Plus.
  • Representing in coordination with the largest Dutch farmers’ organization LTO and the poultry farmers’ organization NVP, Dutch poultry farmers in a collective claim against the Dutch egg purchasing cartel.
  • Representing the foundation Stichting Vrij Platformwerk and management board members of this foundation in a class action by FNV and CNV – two labour unions – against the flexible work platform Temper.


NautaDutilh‘s dispute resolution practice is led by Freerk Vermeulen who is known for his Supreme Court litigation expertise and his knowledge of corporate, commercial, and climate change litigation. Frans Overkleeft is a go-to contact for dismissal claims and inquiry proceedings, while Paul Olden is well versed in securities litigation and collective settlements for mass claims. The team is adept at both class actions and collective actions, acting as defence counsel for its international client base. Philip Malanczuk is also noted and specialises in cartel damages.

Practice head(s):

Freerk Vermeulen

Other key lawyers:

Frans Overkleeft; Paul Olden; Philip Malanczuk


‘Nauta has excellent litigators, very experienced, good knowledge of the market and extremely good availability. ’

‘Philip Malanczuk is excellent. ’

Key clients


Royal Dutch Shell


Triodos Bank






Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel to petrochemicals company Braskem as defendant in a case before the Dutch courts that was brought by a group of Brazilian residents of Maceió over cracks and sinking ground near salt mines in that city.
  • Represented Prime Oil & Gas in a securities class action brought by a Dutch claim foundation against Petrobras and certain other defendants, securing a dismissal of claims.