Mr. K. Rutten

Koen

Partner

Koen Rutten has been with Wijn & Stael as attorney and partner since 2006. His practice covers corporate law disputes, liability proceedings and corporate governance issues, thereby represents the interests of companies, shareholders, directors and supervisory directors. He is also involved in takeover disputes, inquiry proceedings and (international) arbitrations. Koen counsels and represents clients in litigation matters involving the Financial Oversight Act and the liability of financial institutions and regulators.

Tenacious and Passionate

Koen is a tenacious and passionate attorney with boundless energy and creativity to achieve the best possible result for his clients. What drives him to do what he does? “I love the art of litigation: it is my passion to put up a razor-sharp argument based on all relevant facts and circumstances and to use this to persuade the court that my client is right.”

Expert in Mass Tort Lawsuits

Koen has specific experience with litigating mass tort lawsuits. He has repeatedly represented the interests of investors and other injured parties with - sometimes unprecedented - success.

Recommendations

  • Chambers 2020 - Dispute Resolution
  • Legal 500 - 2020: Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation
  • Nominated for best litigator of 2020

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Regular contributor, Tijdschrift voor de Ondernemingsrechtpraktijk (TOP), magazine for corporate attorneys
  • Active participant, Lawyers for Lawyers
  • Member, Association of Corporate Litigation
  • Member, Association of Securities Law
  • Member, Association of Civil Law

Academic Background

  • Corporate Litigation, specialist program, 2005, Grotius Academy
  • Dutch Law, 2001, Utrecht University

Register of Legal Practice Areas

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

  • Corporate Law

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

Representative Practice

  • Represents, together with Deminor, a large number of shareholders of the stock exchange fund Steinhoff in litigation against Steinhoff and its former directors and supervisory director.
  • Represented, together with Deminor, a large group of shareholders of Ageas (formerly Fortis) in litigation before the Amsterdam Appellate Court. The litigation resulted in the declaration on the binding nature of the € 1.3 billion settlement based on the Collective Damages in Class Actions Act (WAMCA).
  • Represents a number of Estro directors in litigation before the Commercial Division.
  • Represents the interests of a group of truck buyers in litigation against the truck cartel.
  • Successfully represented Stichting Belangenbehartiging gedupeerde beleggers Van den Berg in proceedings against ABN AMRO regarding breach of its special duty of care.
  • Represented DSB Bank’s subordinated deposit holders against De Nederlandsche Bank and DSB Bank trustees in proceedings relating to the interpretation of the deposit guarantee plan.

BAR REGISTER OF LEGAL PRACTICE AREAS

Koen 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.

Publications from Koen Rutten

Two years of WAMCA, a quantitative analysis

this article can be downloaded here.Since 1 January 2020, it has been possible for claimants in the Netherlands to recover damages in collective actions under the Dutch Act on Collective Damages Claim...

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Kifid ziet over het hoofd dat consument wel degelijk schade lijdt

Op 25 januari 2022 heeft de Geschillencommissie van het Kifid een uitspraak gedaan in een geschil tussen een consument, die zich liet bijstaan door de Stichting Geldbelangen, en ABN AMRO over (onder m...

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Representativeness: a like is not enough

Background
On 29 December 2021, the District Court of Amsterdam (the "Court") issued a judgment in the class action that The Privacy Collective ("TPC") had initiated against software companies Or...

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Chronicle of class actions and settlements 2017

As was the case in previous years, in 2017 various aspects relating to the class action received considerable attention in the press, literature, and case law. The press not only remarked on “high p...

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