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Virgil Appelman - BASE Advocaten

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Virgil Appelman is partner and one of the founders of BASE Advocaten. He specialises in corporate litigation as well as in commercial litigation and arbitration. His practice includes amongst others shareholders-, joint venture- and take-over disputes as well as directors' and supervisory directors' liability and inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam. Virgil also has broad experience in handling matters relating to the duty of care of financial institutions and a variety of (other) commercial disputes, for example arising out of continuing performance contracts (such as distribution- or agency agreements), cooperation-agreements, disputes regarding aborted negotiations, professional and contractual liability, and debt collection.

Virgil graduated from Leiden University in 1999 and also studied at the University of East-Anglia in Norwich in the U.K in 1998. Virgil started his career at NautaDutilh in 1999.

Virgil Appelman has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar's register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

Civil Procedural law
- Arbitration
- Litigation
- Attachment and execution law

Corporate law
- Companies
- Associations and foundations
- Agency and distribution
- Directors' liability

Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.


  • Corporate & Commercial Litigation


  • Partner


  • Dutch
  • English


  • Dutch law at the University of Leiden ( 1999 )
  • University of East Anglia in Norwich ( U.K )


  • Winner Dutch - Flemish Lawsuit Competitions (1998)
  • WinnerJunior Bar Lawsuit Competitions for Lawyers,  District of Rotterdam and Dordrecht (2000)
  • Member of the Corporate Litigation Association
  • Member of the Rotterdam Bar
  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA)

The Litigation firm

Solving your problem, so that you can continue with your business. That is what it is all about. It is our profession and our passion to make a business dispute or employment dispute manageable and to solve it. Sometimes we are able to do this by staying invisible by casebuilding the best file possible for and together with you behind the scenes. Being diplomatic where possible and aggressive where needed. And sometimes, full-on litigating is unavoidable. Because limits have been reached, because the other party remains unwilling to come to a constructive amicable solution, or because it may be important for your market reputation to draw a line.

Tailor-made service is key in the handling of each case. Because we are doing it together, lawyer and client. We invest in the mutual cooperation and we look in depth at your company and your market. BASE makes clear choices out of strength, because we only want to do what we are really good at and because you are simply counting on added-value. Therefor our practice focuses on Corporate & Commercial Litigation and Employment law.


Corporate & Commercial Litigation

At BASE Advocaten we practice the litigation- and dispute resolution practice at the highest level. We advise and assist domestic- and foreign clients in their vital business disputes. Disputes within the company, directors’ liability, shareholders disputes, disputes concerning commercial contracts, acting against (or for) financial institutions about duty of care-disputes and professional liability disputes. These are just some examples. Click below for further information.

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Employment law

BASE Advocaten provides topspecialists in Employment law. We act on behalf of employers (both domestic and foreign), individual directors/employees, and works councils. On a daily basis we advise and litigate on matters regarding (for example) the termination of employment, reorganizations, employment terms and conditions, disciplinary measures, employee participation and employer’s liability. Click below for further information.

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