Corporate Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Trust is a key part of doing business. It lies at the heart of numerous ventures, partnerships and investments. How strong the bond of trust really is, however, often only becomes apparent in the face of difficulty. Differences of opinion start to surface, and the parties’ assumptions, premises and interests are revealed to be less closely aligned than they seemed in happier times. Expectations go unfulfilled. Decisions do not work out as expected. Information is withheld. Mistakes are made. Additional financing is required. You and your business partner become more demanding of each other. No matter how seasoned you are as a business owner, supervisor or investor, a breach of trust can still come as a shock. Distrust begins to creep in, until you reach a point when something needs to be done. This is where we can help.
We combine a thorough understanding of corporate and liability law with years of litigation experience. Instead of simply following our client’s position, we provide concrete advice for the specific situation. This goes beyond legal arguments alone: we are ‘Experts in the laws of business’. The skills that these disciplines require complement and reinforce each other. They allow us to protect your interests in whatever conflict you face, whether as a director, a supervisory director, a shareholder, an investor/stakeholder or a creditor, freeing you up to focus on your business once more.
Our first step is to sit down with our clients to find out what they truly want. Sometimes, the best solution is to settle the dispute. We handle negotiations regularly, and possess the necessary tools to ensure a constructive process and outcome. We draw on that expertise to achieve the best possible terms for our client. However, some problems can only be solved through litigation, for example if the dispute demands urgent action, has its basis in a question of legal principle or if parties simply cannot come to an understanding. Whether we are litigating or negotiating for you, we conduct ourselves with eloquence, maturity and professionalism. We carry the same tone over to our procedural documents, without losing sight of your story. If necessary, we go into legal proceedings with a hard stance: if you have right on your side, sometimes you need to do what it takes.
Director, shareholder, supervisory board member and accountant
Shareholders & disputes
It is not uncommon in business for shared ideas and interests to diverge, whether between shareholders and management or the supervisory board, or between individual shareholders. All of a sudden, expectations have shifted and the future is no longer as certain as it once seemed. Disputes can arise, causing deadlocks and delaying decision-making, whether about governance, investments, acquisition contracts or partnerships. These situations need to be resolved swiftly and expertly. We can help: we understand the need for urgent action and know the playing field.