International Arbitration Guide

Describe the international arbitration governing bodies/structure in your jurisdiction.

Since 1899, The Netherlands is home to the Permanent Court of Arbitration, as venue for international arbitrations involving states and international organizations. As to arbitration of (international) commercial disputes: in 2015 the Dutch Arbitration Act was completely updated to provide for (cost)efficiency and flexibility. In addition, arbitration in accordance with the rules of ICC and the Netherlands Arbitration Institute NAI are popular means of dispute resolution in the Netherlands.

Describe any unique circumstances in your country that affect international arbitration (i.e., change in government, etc.).

A modern, brand new set of arbitration legislation; Excellent command of the English language by both arbitration counsel as well as arbitrators in general; NAI arbitration proceedings can be conducted in English.

Please provide a brief overview of your firms international arbitration capabilities (team members, experience as litigators in arbitration as well as experience as arbitrators).

Since its incorporation in 1997, De Metz has acted as litigators/arbitration counsel in many international cases, including (without limitation):

  • Various post M&A disputes re: warranties, earn-out and share call options;
  • Dispute between a contractor and one of its sub-contractors regarding the construction of an oil refinery in the port area of Rotterdam;
  • Dispute between an international investment bank and a real estate fund regarding unpaid fees for private placement services.

In which areas does your firm handle arbitration? (i.e., international investment, infrastructure, public works, energy, construction, etc.)

Amongst others, international investments, banking, investment funds, M&A, private equity and general contract law.

Which industries does your firm serve in this area (i.e., energy, insurance, public concessions, etc.)?

Amongst others, finance, private equity, construction, automotive industry, leisure industry.

Does your firm provide lawyer representation or certified arbitrator resources, or both? Please describe.

De Metz provides lawyer representation in several arbitral institutions such as ICC and NAI. Moreover, we represent clients and act as arbitration counsel in ad hoc cases.

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De Metz Advocaten
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The Netherlands
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