Bo Ra Hoebeke

Counsel, Amsterdam

“I specialise in large scale arbitrations as well as in Dutch enforcement and setting aside proceedings. I am committed to ensuring outstanding service to our clients in this dynamic practice and to assisting them in determining strategies that best fit their commercial objectives and their business, working seamlessly together with the clients’ team.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Published works

Overview

Since 2008 Bo Ra has focused mainly on arbitration and arbitration-related court proceedings, where she represents both national and international clients. Bo Ra also advises companies on their corporate structuring of foreign investments in light of the protection offered by investment treaties and focuses on Linklaters’ Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) related developments relevant to the arbitration practice.

Work highlights

Bo Ra has been involved in disputes under a wide variety of arbitration rules (including UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, CEPANI and NAI rules) and is regularly involved in high-profile arbitration-related court proceedings, including setting aside proceedings in relation to major investment arbitration cases.

  • a major Chinese social media company: advising in a multi-billion dollar arbitration against a US software company involving a joint venture dispute, and in related court proceedings.
  • Singaporean/Indonesian companies: advising in SIAC arbitration proceedings against a Philippines conglomerate involving a high-profile joint venture dispute in the infrastructure sector.
  • a major gas pipeline operator: advising in a dispute in relation to gas pipelines, in a multi-million-euro proceedings before the Netherlands Commercial Court.
  • Mauritius-based investors: advising in setting aside proceedings instituted by the Republic of India before Dutch courts in relation to an investment arbitral award regarding a dispute about the cancellation of a major telecommunications lease agreement.
  • A major oil corporation: advising in multiple setting aside proceedings, up to the level of the Supreme Court, initiated by the Republic of Ecuador against arbitral awards rendered in high-profile, multi-billion-dollar investment arbitration proceedings.
  • an American investor: advising in enforcement proceedings before Dutch courts against the Hellenic Republic of Greece in relation to an arbitral award rendered against Greece under the ICC Arbitration Rules.

Professional experience

Bo Ra joined Linklaters as a Managing Associate in 2019 after starting her career at another leading Dutch law firm in the Netherlands, where she also worked for 1,5 years at the finance & banking department.

Bo Ra is a member of the Arbitration Commission (Netherlands) of the International Chamber of Commerce and is the ITA Reporter for the Netherlands. She has authored various contributions to books and legal journals in the field of international arbitration and regularly speaks at international arbitration conferences and seminars.

Education and qualifications

Bo Ra holds three Master’s degrees in Law from Leiden University.

Bo Ra is fluent in Dutch and English.

Published works

Bo Ra Hoebeke and Juan Manuel Sánchez Pueyo, ‘The Impact of EU Law on Challenges, Recognition and Enforcement of International Commercial Awards’, Chapter in José Rafael Mata Dona and Nikos Lavranos (Eds.), International Arbitration and EU Law (Elgar Publishing 2021).

Bo Ra Hoebeke, ‘De procedurele kaders voor meerpartijenarbitrage’, in C.J.M. Klaassen, G.J. Meijer, C.L. Schleijpen (Eds.), Going Dutch - ADR in Nederland, in het bijzonder bij het NAI (Wolters Kluwer 2019).

Bo Ra Hoebeke, ‘Arbitragewet 2015: Le roi est mort, vive le roi!’, JBPR 2015/907, Sdu Jurisprudentie Burgerlijk Procesrecht), Issue 1, 2015.

Kirstin Schwedt, Gerard Meijer, Bo Ra Hoebeke, Guillaume Croisant, ‘Investment Protection in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement’, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 9 January 2021, available here

Vanessa Havard-Williams, Gerard Meijer and Bo Ra Hoebeke, ‘Climate Litigation: An overview of the Urgenda decision’, Linklaters ArbitrationLinks, 19 February 2020, available here

Bo Ra Hoebeke and Thomasina van Roosmalen, ‘The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration’, Linklaters ArbitrationLinks, 6 January 2020, available here

Podcasts/videos

“ESG: Where are we today? Existing regimes in Switzerland, Netherlands & France”, speaking at the podcast in the “Business and Human Rights” podcast series hosted by Linklaters (7 January 2021) (with the participation of Julia Grothaus, Jean-Charles Jais, Laurenz Uhl, Gerard Meijer), available here

“Business and Human Rights and Arbitration”, organization of a podcast in a the “Business and Human Rights” podcast series hosted by Linklaters (16 December 2020) (with the participation of Gerard Meijer, Juan Manuel Sanchez, Suleyman Wellings-Longmore), available here

Dutch Court of Appeal reinstates Yukos award”, speaking for the “2020 Year in Review” video series hosted by AIA-ArbIt-40 (15 December 2020) (with the participation of Georgios Fasfalis)

Webinars and other events:

“Enforcing investment arbitral awards in times of Covid-19” within the Linklaters Asia-focused client webinar entitled Foreign investment protection and remedies for investors in times of Covid-19 and beyond (November 2020) (with the participation of Matthew Weiniger QC, Ben Carroll, Jelita Pandjaitan, Gerard Meijer, Rebecca James)

“Workshop on emergency arbitrators, provisional measures and evidence in investment arbitration” organized by ICDR Y&I within the framework of Summer ELSA Law School on International Investment Law (20 August 2020) (moderator)

“The five questions you really wanted to ask about virtual hearings: An open conversation about the challenges of conducting remote proceedings”, organization of the webinar co-hosted by Linklaters and ArbitralWomen (16 June 2020) (with Jacqueline Chaplin and Airlie Goodman)

“Resolving Disputes in Uncertain Times: An Essential Guide to (International) Arbitration for In-House Counsel”, for a webinar hosted by the European Chamber of Commerce in (South) Korea, and co-organized by Linklaters and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) (4 June 2020) (with the participation of Sarah Martin)

Enforcing investment arbitral awards in times of COVID19”, within the Linklaters client webinar entitled Foreign investment protection and investor-state arbitration in times of Covid-19 (28 May 2020) (with the participation of Matthew Weiniger QC, Kirstin Schwedt, Christian Albanesi, Andrew Plump, Gerard Meijer)

“How to convert court litigation into arbitration: Moving disputes forward and fighting the backlog”, within the client webinar entitled Arbitration in times of crisis (22 April 2020) (hosted by Linklaters and Webber Wentzel) (with the participation of Matthew Weiniger QC, Roland Ziadé, Rupert Bellinghausen, Airlie Goodman, Gerard Meijer, Vlad Movshovich (Webber Wentzel))