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Dispute settlement

Deputy Justice for the Court of Appeal in The Hague, since 1987. As of 2006 I have been a member of the three-judge Trade section (company law and insolvency law) of the Civil Law chambers.

Member of the Joint Board of Appeal of the three European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs; ESMA, EBA and EIOPA respectively)

Since 1980 I have also acted as an arbitrator.
Matters for arbitration frequently concern (international) contracts, including the interpretation of contracts and general terms and conditions, post merger or post acquisition issues, insurance matters, collective retirement of persons entitled to a pension, disputes between partners in partnership or following liquidation, disagreements between insolvency office holder and shareholders.Sectors include: shipbuilding, financial services, the printing and publishing industry, building and construction, automatic kitchen machinery, professional services, production of military equipment and the chemical industry.

I am not connected to an arbitration institution. I act, on request, as an ad hoc arbitrator, sometimes as a a sole arbitrator, but more often as the arbitrator chosen by the representatives of the parties to chair the committee. When necessary, and in consultation with the parties, I draft the applicable procedural rules, preferably based on the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. In my experience parties require an arbitral award that is decided both carefully and with all due speed. When the procedural rules allow, I prefer to implement the policy: arbitral award ready within 20 days of the submission of the final written documents, examination of witnesses or oral hearing and treatment of the case.

For further information please contact me.