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Dispute Resolution

Contract Litigation

Van Berings’ Dispute Resolution Team regularly handles high-stakes matters involving contracts of material significance to our business and trading clients.

We successfully litigate, settle, and try numerous domestic and international contract disputes in a variety of fields, including manufacturing, construction, real estate, IP licensing, and M&A.

Pre-litigation review and risk management assessment are a recurrent part of our advice, as sometimes, in conjunction with other Van Berings’ practice groups, we are asked to review contracts prior to contract negotiations or renewals in order to improve our Clients’ contractual rights.

Business Tort Litigation

Van Berings’ Dispute Resolution Team has significant experience in formulating, prosecuting, and defending these claims, including fraud-related claims, such as fraudulent conveyance and fraudulent inducement to contract, slander, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade libel, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, tortious interference with prospective business relations, conversion and prima facie tort.

Activist Litigation

Van Berings’ Dispute Resolution Team has extensive experience in resolving disputes for corporate control, both hostile and friendly.

We routinely assist our activist Clients in a range of matters, including enforcing shareholder rights to compel special and annual meetings, obtaining corporate records, obtaining shareholder lists, and challenging defensive manoeuvres, in shareholder rights plans, and by-laws including poison pills and advance notice requirements. We also represent shareholders in asserting derivative claims to challenge board conduct.

We also assist corporate clients and their boards to respond to claims by dissident shareholders seeking to enjoin mergers and tender offers, and to respond to unsolicited acquisition offers.

ADR and Arbitration

Van Berings’ Dispute Resolution Team routinely arbitrates claims both on the claimant and respondent side in some of the major commercial sectors and has been engaged in domestic as well as in international arbitration procedures being extensively familiar with its procedural and substantive elements.