Prof. dr. T.T. van Zanten

Thijs

Partner

Thijs van Zanten is a partner with the firm and heads the Supreme Court litigation section. He counsels and litigates disputes involving insolvency, corporate, contract and liability issues, as well as directors’ liability and professional liability. Thijs also represents clients in discovery, litigation and preliminary relief proceedings before the Supreme Court, and in proceedings at the European Union Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the Benelux Court of Justice.

Critical Thinker and Solution-Driven

Thijs is an optimistic and inquisitive attorney. An effective communicator, he questions everything, which usually leads to unexpected insights and getting a deadlocked case back on track. His pursuit of high-quality is reflected in the results he delivers for his clients. “I enjoy working with a team of motivated Supreme Court litigators pushing the boundaries of the law and achieving the best possible results for our clients.”

Expert in Insolvency Law

Thijs regularly publishes articles and gives lectures on insolvency law. He was awarded the first Publication Prize of the Association of Civil Law in 2010.

Professional Activities & Memberships

  • Professor of Contracts and Security at the University of Groningen
  • Editorial board chair, Tijdschrift voor Insolventierecht (insolvency law journal)
  • Editorial board member, Wessels Insolvency Law Series
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Insolvency Law of the Netherlands Bar Association
  • Regular lecturer, INSOLAD/Grotius specialist program
  • Member, INSOLAD Committee on Preliminary Questions
  • Editor, Text & Commentary on Insolvency Law
  • Fellow at INSOLAD and member of INSOL Europe
  • Member, VCCA - Dutch Association of Supreme Court Civil Litigation
  • Member, Dutch Association for Procedural Law

Academic Background

  • Supreme Court Civil Litigation Law, postgraduate legal program, 2014, Leiden University
  • PhD, ‘The Contract in Insolvency Law’, 2012, University of Groningen
  • Dutch Law, 2003, Utrecht University

Representative Practice

Please refer to the cases in the Supreme Court Litigation section.

Publications from Thijs van Zanten

Opnieuw naar het Hof van Justitie voor duidelijkheid over de positie van werknemers bij een pre-packaged doorstart (zaak Heiploeg)

In een recente bijdrage in het Tijdschrift voor Insolventierecht nemen Ida Lintel en Thijs van Zanten de prejudiciële verwijzing door de Hoge Raad in de zaak Heiploeg onder de loep. Eerder oordeelde ...

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De Tweede Kamer heeft de Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord (‘WHOA’) aangenomen

Op 26 mei 2020 heeft de Tweede Kamer de Wet Homologatie Onderhands Akkoord (‘WHOA’) aangenomen. Deze wet maakt het voor ondernemingen die levensvatbaar zijn maar een te hoge schuldenlast hebben mo...

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