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GAR 100 - 5th Edition


06 March 2012

HaersolteHof has cornered a niche market – helping foreign law firms on arbitrations with a Dutch angle

People in Who’s Who:
Pending cases as counsel:
Value of pending counsel work:
US$5 billion
Treaty cases:
Current arbitrator appointments:
3 (of which 3 is as sole or chair)
No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:

Jacomijn van Haersolte-van Hof is the face of this Dutch arbitration boutique. In addition to teaching international arbitration at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and sitting on several International Law Association committees, she is also a GAR editorial board member.

After obtaining a PhD (on the UNCITRAL rules and the practice of the Iran-US Claims Tribunal), van Haersolte-van Hof worked for Loeff Claeys Verbeke and then De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, as well as various international tribunals, before joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Since striking out alone, she has divided her time between sitting as an arbitrator, and representing a variety of companies in arbitration and related litigation. Her practice focused initially on maritime law.

Who uses it?

Today, HaersolteHof has grown beyond its original scope to include post-merger disputes, energy matters, commodity sales, shipbuilding disputes and sovereign immunity issues. Van Haersolte-van Hof is often sought by foreign law firms to assist on arbitrations with a Dutch angle. She has also acted for and against states, representing Kenya and Indonesia, and acting against the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Recent events

In 2010, van Haersolte-van Hof was recruited to teach arbitration to Kazakh and Serb judges. She continued that work throughout 2011, aiding the Serbian judiciary in its preparations for accession to the European Union.



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