Marielle Koppenol-Laforce – Partner
Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, partner Dispute Resolution Practice Group, has been advising and litigating (including investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration (ICC, ICSID, NAI, UNCITRAL, DIAC)) in complex international contracts situations (ranging from construction contracts to shareholders agreements disputes) and insolvencies. Usually her litigation or arbitration in the Netherlands is a parallel to foreign proceedings for the same client. She is regularly involved in discovery under 28 U.S.C. § 1782 for use in the Dutch proceedings. Before fully committing to international litigation and arbitration and coordination of worldwide law firms in connection therewith she has been involved in the finance practice, M&A and corporate practice.
On 1 February 2010 she was appointed a professor International Commercial Contracting at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is a member of the Dutch Standing Committee of Private International Law. In 1997 she got her PhD on the Hague Trust Convention at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is an International Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and member of the ABA, International section.
She regularly teaches post-academic courses on private international law, the Vienna Sales Convention, arbitration and international procedural law.
Thomas Stouten – Counsel
Thomas specialises both in litigation and in arbitrations under the auspices of, amongst others, the ICC, ICSID, TAMARA, DIAC, CEPANI and the NAI. He has extensive experience in complex disputes that often have an international dimension. In view of his international practice, Thomas has worked at Houthoff’s offices in London and New York.
He coaches Leiden University’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition team, and acts as an arbitrator during the competition. Thomas also regularly acts as a secretary in arbitrations. In addition, he lectures on national and international arbitration at institutes such as the T.M.C. Asser Institute, and publishes on arbitration in the Tijdschrift voor Arbitrage and Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht journals.
Thomas is recommended by the Legal 500 EMEA for his expertise in arbitration.
Matthew Brown – Foreign Associate
Matthew specialises in international arbitration, representing and advising clients in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of, among others, the ICC, DIAC, NAI and CEPANI. His practice includes commercial matters as well as investment arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL and ICSID. He coaches Leiden University’s team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition and has previously coached teams from Afghanistan and the Middle East. While in law school, his team reached the final 16 of the Willem C. Vis Moot, and Matthew received an honourable mention as Best Oralist.
Matthew is a member of Young ICCA, ICC YAF and NAI Jong Oranje. He has published on arbitration in the journal Transnational Dispute Management and serves on the editorial board of the Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration.
Suzanne Landheer – Professional Support Lawyer
Suzanne is involved in complex cross-border disputes, including aspects such as choosing the best forum and the setting aside of arbitration awards. She specialises in private international law and commercial contracts. Suzanne teaches at Leiden University. She is a member of the Dutch Association for Procedural Law and the Dutch Arbitration Association.