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Amsterdam, 2 May 2023

The assignment-model as an alternative to a WAMCA claim

By Damiën Berkhout

On 28 April 2023 Damiën Berkhout was a panelist at the Global Class Actions and Mass Torts Conference. He spoke on a panel dealing with “Assignments of claims – a favourable model in some European jurisdictions.”

Damiën discussed under what conditions the assignment model can be used to litigate mass tort claims, and commented that the model will continue to exist even now that the WAMCA and Directive 2020/1828 provide for opt-out class action opportunities in The Netherlands. He outlined the ways in which the assignment model can be a more effective way to resolve certain disputes, compared to the WAMCA- or mandate-model.

During the conference, Damiën had a lively conversation with the audience and his co-panelists, Anja Meier Hoffman (Hengeler Mueller – Dr. Anja Meier-Hoffmann), Giorgio Efferni (Giorgio Afferni – Delex Law Firm) and the chair of the panel, professor Geraint Howells (Geraint Howells (

The Global Class Actions and Mass Torts Conference is a yearly, leading class action conference with class action practitioners from all over the world. For more about the conference, visit the website Perfect Law LTD – Perfect Law

If you want to learn more about assignments of claims, do not hesitate to contact the experts at Lindenbaum.

Damiën Berkhout

Damiën Berkhout

Partner, dispute resolution expert


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