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Selmer Bergsma

Senior Associate

  • Profession
    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 2012
  • Expertise
    Arbitration, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Languages
    Dutch, English, German
  • Education
    University of Groningen, University of Wisconsin–Madison


Selmer specialises in litigation and arbitration. He has extensive experience in handling a broad range of commercial disputes, including in contractual, corporate and M&A, and intellectual property matters. He is driven in this practice by his thorough understanding of both the legal and the commercial issues at stake.


In 2018, Selmer was seconded to Slaughter and May, as well as to De Brauw’s London office. Before joining De Brauw’s litigation team, he was part of De Brauw’s Corporate and M&A team in Amsterdam. Selmer was also seconded to the Dutch National Think Tank in 2012.


Selmer is recognised by various legal rankings as an expert in his field. Client feedback in Legal500 states: “Selmer Bergsma shows great insight into our specific industry sector and has a pragmatic approach to the situation at hand”.

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