Freerk Vermeulen is a partner in NautaDutilh’s litigation and arbitration department. Freerk heads NautaDutilh's Supreme Court litigation practice. He is fortunate to be engaged by clients and counsel for a variety of challenging cases, often defending sectoral interests. His practice covers the full spectrum of appellate litigation: it comprises appeal and cassation proceedings, preliminary references to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice and other international fora. Freerk is often engaged in complex litigation before the lower courts. The emphasis in his practice is on corporate & commercial litigation, financial law and arbitration. Freerk has a warm interest in cross-border cases with EU law and human rights dimensions. He is much involved in the field of climate change and related litigation.
Freerk has been involved in a great number of major cases before the Supreme Court. Recent examples include defending ABN AMRO in appeal and cassation in collective actions concerning price variation terms in financial products, Yukos (2011, 2012, 2013) in which Freerk represented the Dutch subsidiaries of Yukos Oil Company in a series of cassation proceedings associated with the expropriation of Yukos by the Russian Federation; representing Stichting Urgenda in the Dutch climate case against the Dutch State, representing ABN AMRO and Rabobank in cassation proceedings concerning interest rate swaps.
Freerk is founder of the Dutch Association of Supreme Court lawyers and the Dutch association of civil Supreme Court lawyers. He also serves as secretary general of the European Association of Supreme Court lawyers. Freerk frequently gives courses on procedural law, including courses on Supreme Court and appellate litigation and the interplay with the ECJ and the ECHR.
Freerk has a Chambers ranking and quotes an interviewee who says that "Freerk is an excellent Supreme Court litigator with an eye for detail and very thorough."
Freerk joined NautaDutilh as a partner in 2009. After graduating from Utrecht University in 2001, he spent eight years at another firm.