Mr Dirk van den Berg > act Fort Advocaten > Amsterdam, Netherlands > Lawyer Profile

act Fort Advocaten

Work Department

Franchise / Real Estate




Dirk van den Berg specialises in real estate law, franchise law, commercial tenancy law and distribution law.

He advises a large number of businesses in the petrol stations sector, on contracts with oil companies and other subjects. He furthermore advises businesses, in particular in the retail sector, in the fields of commercial tenancy law and franchise. Dirk has broad litigation experience, in both preliminary relief proceedings and proceedings on the merits. He litigates when necessary, but also acts as a mediator and always considers the possibilities of a favourable settlement.

Between 2000 and 2018, Dirk was partner at a leading Dutch law firm. He has additional qualifications as a specialist in insolvency, leasing and mediation.


English, Dutch


Dirk van den Bert is member of the Landlord and Tenant Law Practitioners Association, member of the Association of Insolvency Lawyers (Insolad), member of the Association for Distribution, Franchise and Agency Law (DFA). He has a regular column in Pompshop, a trade magazine for the petrol station and carwash industry and is also annotator for trade publication ‘Jurisprudentie (voorheen Journaal) Huur & Verhuur’.

Lawyer Rankings

Netherlands > Real estate

act Fort Advocaten handles both contentious and non-contentious real estate matters, regarding both residential and commercial properties. It advises clients in the retail, hotel and leisure sectors on transactional work, disputes and litigation, and franchise-related issues. The team is headed up by Pieter Twaalfhoven , Jodit de Bruin , Katinka Verdurmen  and Dirk van den Berg .

Netherlands > Industry focus: retail

act Fort Advocaten advises on a range of matters relating to the retail industry, including franchising, insolvency, restructuring and real estate. It also handles M&A, corporate and employment law issues, as well as dispute resolution. Katinka Verdurmen acts for real estate developers, investors, franchisors and retailers, notably in commercial litigation and real estate work. She co-heads the team with Dirk van den Berg  and Jodit de Bruin.