Arbitration specialist Wouter de Clerck joins Legaltree

As from 1 April 2020 Wouter de Clerck will join the dispute resolution practice of Legaltree as partner. Wouter was previously employed with DLA Piper and before that with Houthoff. He specialises in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. According to Wouter, Legaltree’s ‘partners only’ approach is the perfect match for the type of cases he handles.

‘Legaltree has a reputable and flourishing dispute resolution practice, which I will be happy to add my experience to’, says Wouter. ‘With three experienced arbitration partners we will be able to serve our clients even better in complex disputes’.

‘Arbitration cases are often complex and intensive’, explains Wouter, ‘with matters coming to a climax at the hearing. In my view this requires a highly specialised team of lawyers, each member of which should know and have command of the case in detail. Personal partner attention is in Legaltree’s DNA, which means that it represents a perfect match with my own practice. Together with partners Max van Leyenhorst and Sander Oorthuys I will be able to team up quickly and efficiently. In addition, Legaltree can count on excellent backup in terms of file management and legal research, to be used as the case requires. Clients will experience this as pleasant, economical and efficient.‘

About Wouter de Clerck

Wouter started his career as a lawyer with Houthoff in 2006, following which he joined the arbitration practice group of DLA Piper in 2012. In his largely international practice he has clients in the energy, technology and mining sector. He is regularly involved in high-profile cases. Recently he represented Gazprom in a dispute with Ukrainian state-energy company Naftogaz regarding recognition and enforcement in the Netherlands of a USD 3bn Swedish arbitral award. Wouter regularly writes on subjects of arbitration law and of private international law and has been a guest lecturer at Leiden University and at Erasmus University Rotterdam. In Chambers Europe 2020 Wouter is recommended as Up and Coming in the Dispute Resolution category. His clients say: ‘He is able to keep a complex matter running flawlessly and to relentlessly pursue the success of the case.‘ In Legal500 2019 Wouter is recommended for international arbitration.

About Legaltree’s arbitration practice

Legaltree assists its clients in international arbitration and related proceedings before the national courts. Legaltree partners have wide experience in both commercial arbitration and in public law and semi-public law arbitration, including arbitration on the basis of investment treaties. They also regularly act as arbitrators themselves. Legaltree works together with a network of international friend-firms, which network is based on personal quality and long-term working relationships.