Bastiaan is a professor of corporate law at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and a corporate litigator, specialized in corporate law and corporate governance, including the variety of issues related to director and shareholder liability. His corporate litigation practice covers inquiry and squeeze-out proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber, as well as Supreme Court litigation.
Bastiaan obtained a law doctorate (PhD) from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam in September 2007 (cum laude) on a thesis called Judicial Review of Director Conduct - Under Dutch and Delaware Corporate Law (Deventer: Kluwer 2007). In 2010 he was awarded the Harry Honée PhD award, for the best corporate law thesis in the 2005-2008 period.
The thesis focuses on director standards of conduct, judicial standards of review (including the business judgment rule), and the difficulties inherent to judicial review of - entrepreneurial - director conduct; attention is paid to the Delaware system, as well as the Dutch right of inquiry and the Dutch director liability framework.
Bastiaan completed a five month secondment at the Delaware Supreme Court and Chancery Court in December 2008, co-authored the Preadviezen voor de Vereeniging 'Handelsrecht' in 2009 and gave his inaugural speech - on the Janus head of corporate law - in 2010. He regularly teaches and publishes on corporate law matters, is regular contributor of the Dutch Journal of Company Law (Ondernemingsrecht) and is member of various well-known institutions (e.g., the Dutch Corporate Litigation Association and the Dutch Commercial Law Association).
Bastiaan graduated from the Faculty of Law (Corporate Law and Private Law) and the Faculty of Arts (American Studies) of the University of Groningen in 2002 and 2003. He joined his current firm in 2002.
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