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Buren, Damien Berkhout, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS

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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.


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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.



Within: Employment

The team at Buren is headed by Suzan van de Kam, who acted for Coty on the Dutch employment aspects of its €13bn acquisition of certain beauty brands from Procter & Gamble. She also advised Medux, Sime Darby Group and Marsh on reorganisations. Jan Holthuis, who has a particular focus on China-related matters, was part of a team that assisted Damen Shipyards with the employment aspects of its China operation; Joost Quant and Damiën Berkhout are also recommended.

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