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Corporate &
Commercial Litigation

Prevention is better than cure. That’s why act FORT likes to advise managing directors, shareholders, depositary receipt holders and investors at an early stage about the best joint approach. But sometimes that ship has sailed and a conflict is imminent. act FORT then makes every effort to put its client in a stronger position where possible.

We settle where possible, but litigate when necessary.

Court proceedings are sometimes unavoidable, but many issues can be solved outside the courtroom. This saves time and money, and often avoids reputational damage. Over the years, our corporate & commercial litigation specialists have advised and litigated in the fields of contractual disputes, abuse of a controlling interest, deadlocks in decision-making, mismanagement, conflicts of interest, good/bad leavership, or simply deceit and fraud, and other harmful behaviour.

Such proceedings are brought before the Enterprise Court and the ordinary civil courts. act FORT also regularly institutes class actions for interest groups on behalf of their members and represents them in arbitration and binding advice proceedings.

 How can we help you?

  Shareholders’ agreements and breach of agreement ●  Share issues and refinancing  ●  Entering into or terminating legal cooperation  ●  Withholding of information  ●  Entanglements of interests  ●  Disadvantaging of minority shareholders  ●  Directors’ and officers’ liability  ●  Issue and withdrawal of depositary receipts; depositary receipt holders  ●  Collective interests  ●  Group liability (Comfort Letters)  ●  Discharge from liability  ●  Financial settlement and profit appropriation  ●  Disputes between shareholders  ●  Disputes with investors  ●  Impasse in the decision-making by the general meeting or the management board  ●  Wrongful dividend payments  ●  Appointment and removal from office of managing directors and supervisory directors  ●  Takeover battles between stakeholders  ●  Quarrels within partnerships  ●  Breach of acquisition agreements  ●  Buy-out or squeeze-out of shareholders  ●  Annulment of decisions  ●  Dilution of shareholdings  ●  Valuation disputes  ●  Mismanagement

Ranking in The Legal 500

act Fort Advocaten is ranked ‘Leading Firm’ in category Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021. We received wonderful reviews from our clients:

Good knowledge; quick reply“.

Good understanding of our business; they think several steps ahead in the process“.

Very approachable, quick delivery, thorough and pleasant to work with“.

Berth Brouwer and Katinka Verdurmen are both excellent lawyers, approachable, fast, down-to-earth, thorough, knowledgeable, an eye for the business, everything you want your lawyer to be and on top of that. very nice people“.

Our specialists in corporate & commercial litigation