Alumnus Erik Koster

Erik Koster
  • 33 years
  • Corporate litigator at Loyens & Loeff
  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Study: International and European Law (doctoraal International and European Law)
  • Year of graduation: 2006
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Complex international disputes are an interesting challenge'

Alumni Erik Koster about the program:

Can you describe what your current position involves?

I am a corporate litigator, in other words, I litigate Dutch company law. Most of this takes place at an international level, for instance in relation to shareholder disputes or post-acquisition disputes. In addition to cases before Dutch courts, I am often involved inarbitral proceedings.

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Could you give an example of a recent project you participated in?

Recently, I was involved in an interesting case that crossed several ‘borders’: a Norwegian client with a Dutch subsidiary had a joint venture with a Chinese company, and this joint venture had a dispute with a Lebanese consultant about the allocation of a project in Saudi Arabia. Based on the consultancy agreement, the dispute was settled according to Swedish arbitration law. This resulted in a four-day hearing in Stockholm. In short: Norway, The Netherlands, China, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Sweden, all in one file. Contacts with clients from all over the world makes my job incredibly interesting.

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Is this your first position after graduation? If not, what did you do before?

I was sworn in as an attorney in September 2006, upon which I started working at Loyens & Loeff. Before that, during the last two years of my studies, I already worked for this company as a student employee. This was a perfect part-time job, since I was able to gain relevant legal experience. It also enabled me to better understand what working as a lawyer actually entails.

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During your studies, did you also participate in extracurricular activities? If yes, how did these activities contribute to your personal development?

I participated in such activities as study trips and symposia, and I volunteered as a mentor during the introduction week (now called TOP Week). I also visited in-house days of various companies. Although I never had a particular plan in mind, in hindsight I can say that it is indeed important to engage in such activities. You get the chance to meet interesting people, broaden your network, and practice your social and public speaking skills. These are essential skills for a lawyer.

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What is your ambition? Where do you see yourself in five or ten years’ time?

That is hard to say. The most logical step would be to become a shareholder/partner at Loyens & Loeff. That would be wonderful. However, this is far from easy since various factors are involved over which you have little control. If this does not work out, I will probably pursue a new challenge as a (company) lawyer.

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