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Jop van der Kraan

Jop has worked as a lawyer in The Netherlands and as a foreign lawyer in Singapore. He has over ten years of experience in advising mainly international clients and representing them in litigation and international arbitration.

Jop specialises in complex contractual and corporate disputes. He assisted clients in a broad variety of disputes, such as disputes related to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial contracts, shareholders, directors and insolvency. Jop has significant experience in the energy, infrastructure and food and beverage sector.

Before joining Ysquare, Jop was working as a Managing Associate in the international litigation and arbitration practice of Linklaters.

Jop is an editor at Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht, an academic magazine on corporate law, has (guest) lectured at several universities and regularly published on corporate and commercial law related matters.

Jop holds two masters and obtained his PhD in 2020. His research focuses on the liability of holding companies within group structures using the group exemption of article 2:403 DCC. This research includes an extensive study of (parent) guarantees, joint and several liability and the position of creditors.

Recent work

  • Advising in Dutch shareholder litigation following the announcement of accounting irregularities
  • Advising and representing an multinational energy company in international arbitrational proceedings on a shareholders dispute
  • Several multinationals: advising and representing in both arbitration and litigation on disputes with board members
  • Representing an infrastructure multinational company in international arbitration proceedings
  • Representing a multinational food and beverage in a shareholders dispute


Professional background

  • Since 2024

    Ysquare | Attorney-at-law

  • 2021-2024

    Linklaters | Attorney-at-law (Managing Associate)

  • 2015-2021

    Loyens & Loeff | Attorney-at-law (Senior Associate)

  • 2011-2015

    Banning | Attorney-at-law (Associate)

Ancillary positions

  • Since 2015

    Editorial board Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht (MvO)

  • 2016-2020

    Lecturer Corporate Law at Nyenrode Business University


  • 2020

    Leiden University | PhD

  • 2011

    Radboud University | Master’s Degree Notary Law

  • 2011

    Radboud University | Master’s Degree Dutch Law


  • VHI-serie nr. 171 - Wolters Kluwer - Application and legal nature of the group exemption of Article 2:403 DCC (“Toepassing en rechtskarakter van de groepsvrijstelling van artikel 2:403 BW”), June 2020
  • Jurisprudentie in Nederland - Sdu Uitgevers- JIN 2019/179 – Restrictions in a 403-declaration, effect under the law of obligations (“Beperkingen in 403-verklaring, verbintenisrechtelijke werking”), December 2019
  • Tijdschrift Ondernemingsrechtpraktijk - Sdu Uitgevers- TOP 2018/165 The group exemption of art. 2:403 DCC, Recent developments and points of interest (“De groepsvrijstelling van art. 2:403 BW, enkele actualiteiten en aandachtspunten”), April 2018
  • Juridische Berichten voor het Notariaat - Sdu Uitgevers- JBN 2018/03 - Allowing and granting opposition filed by creditors on the basis of Article 2:404 DCC (“Het toelaten en het toekennen van schuldeisersverzet op grond van artikel 2:404 BW”), January 2018
  • Ars Aequi - Stichting Ars Aequi Juridische Uitgeverij - AA20170921 – The possibility to terminate any remaining liability arising from a 403 declaration; Interpretation of Article 2:404 DCC by the Supreme Court and critical analysis thereof (“De mogelijkheid om de overblijvende aansprakelijkheid voortvloeiend uit een 403-verklaring te beëindigen; Uitleg van wetsartikel 2:404 BW door de Hoge Raad en kritische beschouwing daarbij”), November 2017
  • Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht - Boom Juridische Uitgevers - MvO 2016, Afl. 3-4 – The considerations and options when drafting an arbitration clause (“De overwegingen en keuzemogelijkheden bij het opstellen van een arbitrageclausule”), May 2017
  • Weekblad voor Privaatrecht, Notariaat en Registratie - Sdu Uitgevers - WPNR 2017 (7146) – A 403 declaration as a remedy for late annual accounts? (“Een 403-verklaring als redmiddel voor een te late jaarrekening?”), April 2017