Bastiaan F. Assink (1977) is a professor of corporate law at Erasmus School of Law (Erasmus University Rotterdam), where he currently teaches Corporate Litigation (master), and lawyer at NautaDutilh NV based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In past years he also taught Corporate Law (bachelor), Capita Corporate Law (master) and Research Lab Corporate Law (master); he still teaches regularly to members of the bench and the bar on matters of corporate law and governance. Bastiaan co-heads the business law research programme 'Lex Mercatoria' of Erasmus School of Law.
Bastiaan acquired his law degree (corporate law and private law) at the University of Groningen in 2002, his arts degree (American studies) at the University of Groningen in 2003 and his doctorate (cum laude) at Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2007. He was awarded the Harry Honée PhD award in 2010, for the best corporate law PhD thesis in the 2005-2008 period. Bastiaan joined NautaDutilh in 2002, completed a five month secondment at the Delaware Supreme Court and Chancery Court in 2008, was appointed as professor in 2009 and was appointed as deputy-justice in the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeals in 2012. From 2008-2013, he ran a corporate law and governance blog at this URL; the first in its kind in the Netherlands.
Bastiaan is a prolific scholar whose research covers many facets of corporate law and governance, with an overarching focus on the interplay between facilitation and regulation of entrepreneurship through corporate law and governance (to promote sustainable creation of wealth and help prevent destruction of wealth).* In his research, he has a keen eye for influences from non-legal realms including economy and social psychology. Bastiaan's most recent book is a three volume, 3000+ page treatise on corporate law and governance published in 2013: the Compendium Ondernemingsrecht. As a lawyer, he is active in the field of corporate and commercial litigation, including proceedings before the Supreme Court. Both in research and litigation, Bastiaan aims at using his in-depth legal knowledge and experience to achieve results that are both sound and practical.
* An interplay that can be coined as the defining tension in corporate law and governance, hence the name of the website as it captures the essence of Bastiaan's research interest. See the Compendium Ondernemingsrecht, § 2.1 and § 154.