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BEZUIDENHOUTSEWEG 57, 2594 AC THE HAGUE, PO BOX 11756, 2502 AT THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
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Work +31 70 515 3000
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Fax +31 70 515 3100
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Web:
www.pelsrijcken.nl

Willem Heemskerk

Tel:
Work 31 70 5153 914
Email:
Web:
www.pelsrijcken.nl
Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV

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Dispute resolution

Position

Willem has been an attorney at Pels Rijcken for 25 years and is one of the most experienced litigators in the Netherlands. Having started as an attorney before the Dutch Supreme Court, Willem soon developed a general practice and has been involved in over 300 summary proceedings and almost as many proceedings on the merits. He handles complex civil disputes, which often concern issues of liability and compensation for damages. He also assists companies confronted with cartel damage claims (follow-on actions) in connection with decisions of the European Commission. Willem is considered a leading expert in procedural law and conveys this expertise in and outside of his work. As a Vice President of the Dutch State Advisory Committee on Procedural Law, he advises the Dutch government on legislation in this field. He is the author of the standard guide to Dutch procedural law Hugenholtz/Heemskerk “Hoofdlijnen van Nederlands burgerlijk procesrecht” (Headlines of Dutch Procedural Law) 2015 and author of the handbook on new procedural legislation “Kort begrip van KEI”, published in August 2016.


Netherlands

Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

The team at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn NV is ‘very responsive and very knowledgeable’ and is commended for its 'excellent' work. It is well known for acting for the Dutch state but has made a concerted effort to broaden its commercial litigation practice recently. The team is jointly led by Willem Heemskerk ('an excellent lawyer with the ability to really think a case through', who 'then adds the right solution') and Karlijn Teuben ('analytical and responsive'). The firm is representing Royal Dutch Shell in the ‘Ogoni-9’ case, which concerns allegations of the client's complicity in the trial and execution of environmental activists in the 1990s. Heemskerk is also acting for steel conglomerate ArcelorMittal in an action for cartel damages initiated by Deutsche Bahn. Bert-Jan Houtzagers and the ‘productiveHans van Wijk are also recommended.

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