Mr. dr. M. Mussche



Maarten Mussche has been a practicing attorney since 2011 and joined Wijn & Stael in 2019. Maarten’s practice focuses on corporate law, with an emphasis on corporate & commercial litigation. He represents clients in litigation matters, covering a broad spectrum of issues, including shareholder disputes, director and supervisor liability proceedings, inquiry proceedings and commercial contract disputes. Maarten also counsels clients on corporate governance.

Critical in the Pursuit of the Client’s Interest

Maarten is a critical thinker who takes the time to examine a case as objectively as possible and to understand the facts as thoroughly as possible. This approach to work helps him identify the opportunities and risks. “Once the facts are on the table, you can connect the dots between them and persuasively present your client’s point of view to the other party or the judge. It’s important to understand that when you’re considering how to resolve a dispute, that it is not just legal arguments that clinch a case, but also the story behind the dispute.”

Scientific Activities

Maarten earned his PhD directors’ liability in 2011. He is a member of the editorial board of the Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht (Monthly Magazine for Corporate Law) and regularly publishes articles on corporate law matters.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Editor, Maandblad voor Ondernemingsrecht
  • Member, Association of Corporate Litigation
  • Member, Commercial Law Association

Academic Background

  • Business & Liability, specialist program, 2018, Grotius Academy
  • Thesis title, ‘Vertrouwen op informatie bij bestuurlijke taakvervulling’, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2011) [Reliance on Information in Fulfilling Administrative Duties]
  • Dutch Law (private law, business law and criminal law), 2006, University of Groningen
  • Semesters University of Wisconsin (Madison, USA) and Victoria University (Wellington, New Zealand)


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

  • Corporate law (Professional liability, Corporate law, Directors' and officers' liability, Associations and foundations)
  • Law of obligations

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.

Publications from Maarten Mussche

De feitelijke beleidsbepaler: with great power comes great responsibility

Rb. Limburg 28 april 2021, ECLI:NL:RBLIM:2021:3797
Een feitelijke beleidsbepaler is in faillissement aansprakelijk jegens de boedel als een statutaire bestuurder. Dat betekent dat hij of zij in ...

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