Mr. S.W. Holterman

Stefan

Partner

Stefan Holterman has been with Wijn & Stael since 2009 and is an attorney and partner. He focuses his practice on litigation of matters covering a broad spectrum of issues, including corporate, corporate governance, shareholder, acquisition and commercial disputes. He also counsels companies on the best legal structure for their business and executive and supervisory directors, shareholders and regulators on their legal position.

Engaged Strategist

A dedicated attorney, Stefan is an effective communicator with a pragmatic approach to every case. He takes the time to learn about his client’s interests before developing an effective strategy. Sometimes that may be a simple intervention, other times a more complex approach may be required. In either case, he always keeps his eye on the goal and is flexible when needed. “I enjoy my work because of the interaction with my clients and my drive to add value. I get very combative when a case is socially relevant or intrinsically unjust.”

Broad Expertise

Stefan is a seasoned attorney with extensive experience in litigating corporate disputes and conducting inquiry proceedings before the Commercial Division. Having worked in the business world for a period of time, he has a wealth of experience in litigating healthcare disputes.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Member, Association of Corporate Litigation
  • Member, Association of Financial Law
  • Member, AIJA - Association International des Jeunes Avocats
  • Member, Council of the Order of Lawyers of the Bar of Central Netherlands

Academic Background

  • Business and Corporate law, cum laude, 2016, Grotius Academy
  • Securities Law, specialist program, 2012, Grotius Academy
  • Corporate Law, cum laude, 2008, Radboud University Nijmegen

Representative Practice

  • Represented, together with Else Loes Pasma, the Bishops’ Conference in a dispute with the Catholic University Foundation (SKU) over the governance at the SKU. The issue involved the use of the Bishops’ Conferences statutory right of appointment and the relationship between the Bishops’ Conference and SKU. To get that right of appointment off the table, SKU initiated inquiry proceedings before the Commercial Division of the Amsterdam Appellate Court.
  • Successfully represented the board of Amelisweerd Golf Course in proceedings before the Commercial Division. The proceedings were initiated by approximately 120 members (depositary receipt holders) who requested that the Commercial Division order interim measures, which the Commercial Division rejected and refrained from ordering any other interim measures.
  • Successfully represented the board of in-home healthcare provider PrivaZorg in its dispute with the sole shareholder over the corporate governance structure within PrivaZorg. Obtained a freezing order in the summary proceedings, prohibiting the involuntary termination of PrivaZorg’s directors, and secured approval for implementation of the necessary governance changes during the subsequent inquiry proceedings.
  • Counseled a client during a merger process that was partly aimed at divesting a minority shareholder.
  • Litigated two different acquisition disputes, both on behalf of the seller. Defended against the allegation of violation of warranties during the first proceeding. Demanded payment of the contractually agreed earn-out payment on behalf of the seller during the second proceeding.
  • Counseled a media company on the creation of a new project, which was developed in a company. Negotiated the specific agreements in the shareholders’ agreement on behalf of the client in order to secure her position as a minority shareholder.

BAR REGISTER OF LEGAL PRACTICE AREAS

Stefan has registered the following principal (and secondary) legal practice areas in the Netherlands Bar’s register of legal practice areas (rechtsgebiedenregister):

  • Corporate law

Based on this registration, he is required to obtain ten training credits per calendar year in each registered principal legal practice area in accordance with the standards set by the Netherlands Bar.