Eelco Meerdink


Office location
Direct number
+31 20 577 1779
Direct fax
+31 20 577 1775
Mobile number
+31 6 5325 6945


Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in 2000
Partner since
Litigation & arbitration, insurance, commercial contracts , mediation
Dutch, English
University of Utrecht, University College London and Columbia Law School

Eelco Meerdink is a member of De Brauw’s managing committee and head of the Litigation practice. He specialises in international and national arbitration and in complex commercial litigation. He has particular experience in acting for corporate clients and financial institutions in insurance matters, in the oil, gas and electricity industry, in professional liability cases and in disputes on complex construction projects. He also regularly advises clients on contractual issues in these areas.

He has represented multinational corporations in both ad hoc arbitration and institutional arbitrations administered by the world’s leading arbitration institutes. In international litigation and arbitration he regularly works with other international law firms.

Recent work includes:

  • representing group companies of Yukos Oil, formerly Russia’s largest oil company, in proceedings about the preservation and recovery of assets following the illegitimate expropriation of Yukos Oil by the Russian Federation
  • acting for a gas supplier in a multi billion euro UNCITRAL arbitration regarding the price review mechanism in a long-term gas supply contract
  • representing corporate clients and financial institutions in proceedings on the liability for professional services and in high value disputes relating to coverage under insurance contracts (D&O, FI, E&O)
  • acting for electricity production and distribution companies in commercial arbitrations
  • several arbitrations with regard to the construction of the Betuweroute, the rail link from the Rotterdam harbor to Germany
  • representing owners and engineering companies in several disputes regarding contracts for the design and construction of chemical plants and petrochemical facilities
  • handling arbitration related court proceedings, including Supreme Court litigation, in particular regarding the setting aside of arbitral awards.

‘He has a critical eye, giving problems their proper weight and gaining an objective perspective of what will be profitable for the client.’ - Chambers Europe