Mijke has a vast experience acting as defence counsel in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, with a special focus on collective actions. Mijke also regularly litigates PE/fund structures, transaction related and shareholders’ disputes, including directors’ liability cases.

Mijke represents clients in the relevant Dutch courts, including the Enterprise Chamber and the NCC. Mijke publishes and lectures regularly on shareholder disputes and class actions. A list of her publications is available upon request. Mijke is a board member of the Vereniging Corporate Litigation (the corporate litigation society).

Recent matters that Mijke has worked on include representing:

  • PE / Fund litigation: acting as counsel to founding partners and cornerstone investors in litigation re controlling rights, removal of the management company, conflicts of interest and the position of the advisory board in a PE Fund
  • Airbus SE: acting as defence counsel for former CEO of Airbus SE in a Dutch class action (WAMCA) regarding shareholders’ claims about alleged failures to disclose bribery and corruption allegations and regulatory investigations in relation thereto
  • Heineken Holding: acting as defence counsel for Heineken Holding in a claim relating to bearer shares
  • acting as defence counsel for a group of dealers in a Dutch class action (WAMCA) against multiple claim vehicles relating to diesel emission devices in cars
  • Steinhoff International Holdings N.V. and HEMA: advising / litigating for groups of bondholders in litigation heavy international restructuring cases
  • representing a multilateral development bank in inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber
  • Dutch private enforcement actions in relation to cartels, including mass claims, against i.a. Deutsche Bahn and BASF.
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Contributions

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Memberships

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Dutch Bar Association
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Board member of the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association (Vereniging Corporate Litigation)
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Editor of the Dutch journal of Corporate Law Practise (Tijdschrift voor de Ondernemingsrechtpraktijk)
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Non-executive board member of Loyens & Loeff N.V.
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Qualifications

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Postdoc Enterprise & Liability, Grotius Academy of Nijmegen, 2009-2010 (with honours)
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Dutch law, University of Groningen, 2004

What others say

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Mijke Sinninghe Damsté represents clients in a range of matters, including cartel claims, product liability suits and shareholder disputes. Her succinct manner of counsel is highlighted by market commentators, one dubbing her "very calm and precise."
Chambers Europe & Global (2021)
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"Mijke Sinninghe Damsté has a broad practice, encompassing disputes related to cartel claims, restructuring litigation and trustee disputes. Her clients include multinational organisations and investors."
Chambers Global (2020)
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"Mijke Sinninghe Damsté specialises in corporate and securities litigation. She advised ZED+ on Enterprise Chambers inquiry proceedings initiated by shareholders. Sources describe as a lawyer who 'knows how to make the right points in litigation'."
Chambers Global (2019)
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"Mijke focuses on corporate and finance-related disputes, with particular expertise in securities law litigation. She successfully represented MLJM Holding in its resistance against summary proceedings brought by the co-founder of Bugaboo aiming to force the sale of its shares in Bugaboo. Sources praise her for being 'really time-efficient, intelligent, level-headed and a good litigator'."
Chambers Global (2018)
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"Mijke Sinninghe Damsté is smart and straight forward, client and service-oriented without being too familiar with clients."
Legal 500 (2022)
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"Mijke Sinninghe Damsté can summarise headlines and key issues in a concise and clear manner."
Legal 500 (2022)
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"Mijke Sinninghe Damsté understands what needs to be done, and she is very good to work with."
Legal 500 (2022)
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"The "very talented" Mijke Sinninghe Damsté moves up in the rankings on the back of positive feedback, with one interviewee enthusing: "She is thoughtful, sharp and excellent in handling big cases in a well-organised setting." She frequently assists clients with bankruptcy or restructuring proceedings, as well as representing defendants in class actions."
Chambers & Partners Global (2022)
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"She is thoughtful, sharp and excellent in handling big cases in a well-organised setting."
Chambers & Partners Europe (2022)
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