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Damien Berkhout

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Dispute resolution, Corporate


Damiën Berkhout is a dispute resolution specialist who ensures that his clients achieve the best possible results through litigation and negotiations.

He specializes in corporate litigation, directors' liability cases, shareholders’ disputes, class action claims, and complex employment law litigation. He has extensive experience in large commercial disputes and cross-border litigation. He advises a broad spectrum of clients, both listed and privately owned. He also represents supervisory and management board members.


Damiën regularly publishes articles on various topics, including corporate law, European law and employment law. He is a lecturer at various institutions such as the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam and the Dutch bar association training program (civil law program). In 2012 and 2013 Damiën practiced as a litigator at a top tier US law firm in New York.


Dutch and English


After graduating cum laude from the University of Amsterdam in Dutch law in 2006, Damiën received a postgraduate qualification (LL.M) from Columbia Law School in 2007, where he graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.


Commercial, corporate and M&a

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&a

'Commercially oriented and providing pragmatic advice', Buren has offices in  Amsterdam, The Hague, and Luxembourg, and a strong Asia-facing practice thanks to its offices in Beijing and Shanghai. Pieter van den Berg, Paul Deloo, and Tjeerd Aghina are the notable partners and senior associate Coen van der Mark is also recommended. The group advised Valeant Pharmaceuticals on the merger of Netherlands-based Valeant Europe into a Hungarian pharma company. Recent arrivals include Jan Holthuis, who specialises in Chinese law, and Damien Berkhout who joined from Stibbe.

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Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: Commercial litigation

The ‚Äėpatient and understanding‚Äô team at¬†Buren¬†has developed its cross-border capability, especially in Asia, where it has strengthened its client base. Co-practice heads Damien Berkhout, who was a new arrival from¬†Stibbe, and Philip W M ter Burg are defending Cathay Airways and Latham Airlines in several proceedings involving civil law antitrust follow-on damage claims, arising from EU Commission fines for cartel activity.¬†Marc Velden van der and Jan Holthuis are also recommended.¬† Nippon Suisan and BDO are other clients. Evert Jan van Drongelen is now with the Netherlands Public Prosecution Service.

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