Chris de Bres

Partner / Attorney

Bulevar Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot 20
Kralendijk, Bonaire
Caribbean Netherlands
+(599) 717 69 44
Den Haag
Bezuidenhoutseweg 10
Malietoren, 18th Floor
2594 AV The Hague
The Netherlands
+(31) 70 218 9400


Chris specializes in corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. He also has extensive experience in corporate inquiry proceedings (enquete-procedures). Chris is involved in litigious matters in both the Dutch Caribbean and  the Netherlands. His clients include companies in the energy, telecommunications and financial sectors. Clients appreciate Chris because of his strong litigation skills, extensive knowledge and keen intelligence.

He started his career in 2000 as an attorney at Clifford Chance in Amsterdam. He switched to Lexence Amsterdam in 2004 were he became a partner and head of the litigation department in 2007. Chris joined HBN Law & Tax as a partner in 2011.

Chris has written articles for a variety of Dutch legal publications. In addition, he has lectured corporate law for the Dutch Bar training program, for the University of Curaçao and for the Center for Postgraduate Education of the Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Chris obtained his Masters’ degree at the University of Groningen (cum laude) and a postgraduate degree in Corporate Litigation at the Grotius Academy (cum laude). He speaks Dutch and English.

Chris has registered corporate law, contract law and civil litigation as his principal legal practices in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas. Based on this registration he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in these legal practice areas in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.

Credentials and publications


University: Groningen, The Netherlands


  • Dutch
  • English