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Robbert Jan van der Weijden

Robbert Jan specialises in complex civil proceedings. He acts as counsel in all sorts of commercial disputes and class actions. Robbert Jan also has extensive expertise in matters on director’s liability, fraudulent conveyance and security rights. As an attorney, he has represented multinationals in various industries, (international) financial institutions, big four audit firms, claims organisations, bankruptcy trustees and executive directors.

Robbert Jan started his career in the legal profession in the commercial litigation and insolvency practice of Stibbe. Before that he was a researcher and lecturer at the Radboud Business Law Institute (OO&R) where he obtained a Ph.D degree with a thesis on fraudulent conveyance (“De faillissementspauliana”, published as volume 75 in Serie Onderneming en Recht, Kluwer 2012). Robbert Jan still publishes regularly on various private law and insolvency law topics, and is a member of the Advisory Committee for Insolvency Law of the Dutch Bar Association (NOvA). He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer.

Robbert Jan is a deputy judge in the Court of Appeal of Arnhem-Leeuwarden.

Recent work

  • Litigation for the bankruptcy trustees of a retailer in proceedings against the listed parent company and a bank consortium regarding the avoidance of security rights.
  • Representing a big four audit firm in a EUR 180 million class action about the approval of the annual accounts of a listed manufacturer in the automotive industry.
  • Defending a group of car dealers in a class action law suit under the Dutch WAMCA (Act on the Resolution of Mass Claims in Collective Action) against claims on behalf of an alleged group of over 200,000 car owners relating to diesel emissions.
  • Summary proceedings for the bankruptcy trustees of Amsterdam Trade Bank against a global tech company in relation to economic sanctions against Russia and penalty payments up to EUR 100 million
  • Mass damages claim for the creditors of a bankrupt group of Dutch-Belgian car repair companies against its shareholder/financier and former executive.
  • Litigation for Belgian bank KBC in a dispute regarding the liquidation of an investor’s securities portfolio.
  • Acting for a claims organisation that aims for compensation for agricultural companies that have suffered damages due to large-scale groundwater extraction.
  • Acting for global bioethanol producer regarding the seizure of its EUR 500 million production facility.
  • Litigation for a global material solutions company in relation to a product recall and damage claims concerning asbestos contamination of supplied products.


Professional background

  • Since 2019

    Ysquare | Attorney-at-law

  • 2013-2018

    Stibbe | Attorney-at-law

  • 2010-2012

    Stibbe | Research Associate

  • 2007-2012

    Radboud University | Assistant professor in civil law

Ancillary positions

  • Since 2020

    Court of Appeal Arnhem-Leeuwarden | Deputy Judge

  • Since 2020

    Dutch Bar Association | Advisory Committee for insolvency law

  • 2011-2020

    Member of Editorial Board Maandblad voor Vermogensrecht

  • Since 2009

    Lecturer INSOLAD/Grotius specialisation course Insolvency law and Grotius specialisation course Financing and Securities


  • 2018

    INSEAD | MBA Highlights programme

  • 2014

    INSOLAD – Erasmus University Rotterdam | Financial economics for insolvency lawyers

  • 2012

    Radboud University Nijmegen | Ph.D.

  • 2008

    INSOLAD – Grotius | Specialisation course Insolvency Law (cum laude)

  • 2006

    Radboud University Nijmegen | LL.M. (cum laude)