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Dirk-Jan Duynstee

Dirk-Jan Duynstee


Dirk-Jan Duynstee

Dirk-Jan Duynstee heads the Litigation Department of Clifford Chance in Amsterdam. Dirk-Jan specialises in corporate and securities litigation, including directors' liability, governance issues, public take-over disputes, shareholder disputes and squeeze out proceeding. Dirk-Jan also has vast experience in banking and finance litigation.

Dirk-Jan often acts before the Enterprise Chamber and is a member of our global risk leadership team.

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  • Representing various board of directors and supervisory boards in bankruptcy situations
  • Acting for financial institutions in proceedings relating to the duty of care issues and bankruptcy related matters
  • Assisting in the defence against a claim for in excess of EUR800 million brought by a social housing association in relation to derivatives transactions it entered into with a major global bank
  • Representing various shareholders in proceedings regarding private equity investments, disputes related to exits, information rights, (the meaning of) shareholders' agreements and directors' liability
  • Representing various financial institutions and hedge funds in public offer situations, governance disputed and squeeze-out proceedings
  • Advising private equity firms in relation to a disputes with fellow shareholders regarding an exit

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Utrecht (Law) 2000
  • VNU/AC Nielsen, management/sales functions 2003
  • Admitted as an advocaat in Netherlands 2003
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2003
  • Spigthoff 2006
  • Partner at Spigt Litigators (formerly Spigthoff) 2010
  • Grotius Academy (post academic Company & Liability) 2010
  • Rejoined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2012

Professional bodies

  • Dutch Association of Corporate Litigation
  • Dutch Association of Securities Law

Awards and citations

  • ‘Dirk Jan Duynstee is a good communicator who gets the job done.‘
    Legal 500 2020
  • The "super experienced" Dirk-Jan Duynstee "stays calm and fully in control, goes the extra mile."
    Chambers Europe 2020
  • Clients particularly value his experience handling Enterprise Chamber disputes and describe him as "technically very strong, and also a commercial and practical lawyer."
    Chambers Europe 2019
  • He draws praise from clients for being "very practical and good at understanding the commercial rationale" of disputes.
    Chambers Europe 2018
  • One client admires his "agile reactions during litigation, showing quick comprehension of the situation."
    Chambers Europe 2017