Prof. mr. T.T. van Zanten

Thijs

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Thijs van Zanten is every inch a litigator. He advises on and litigates in a wide range of subjects, with a particular focus on more fundamental disputes in the field of insolvency law, business law, contract law and liability law, including directors’ and professional liability. Thijs has been admitted as a Dutch Supreme Court attorney. He therefore represents clients both in lower courts and in cassation proceedings and preliminary ruling proceedings before the Supreme Court, as well as in proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights and the Benelux Court of Justice.

Thijs is professor of Agreement and Security at Groningen University. He is also a permanent lecturer for the specialist programme of INSOLAD/Grotius Academy. In addition, he regularly provides (in-house) courses for lawyers on Supreme Court litigation and appeal procedural law. Thijs is a member of the Insolvency Law Advisory Committee of the Dutch Bar Association, of the INSOLAD Committee on preliminary questions to the Supreme Court.

Thijs regularly publishes on various subjects, particularly in the field of insolvency law and procedural law. He is the chairman of the editorial board of the Dutch insolvency law journal, Tijdschrift voor Insolventierecht, member of the editorial board of the leading Wessels Insolvency Law Series, Serie Wessels Insolventierecht, and editor of the article by article commentary on Dutch insolvency law (Tekst & Commentaar Insolventierecht). He also regularly provides case notes for the legal journal Jurisprudentie Onderneming & Recht (JOR). In 2010, he won the first Publication Prize awarded by the Dutch Association for Civil Law with his publication on the position of the pledgee of claims in insolvency proceedings. In 2012, Thijs obtained his doctorate from the University of Groningen, the subject of his thesis being the impact of insolvency law on agreements entered into by a debtor before a statutory insolvency procedure is declared applicable to him.

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    Dispute Resolution: Supreme Court Litigation
    Cliënt feedback: "very practical approach that makes him very accessible and gives him a clear view on what really matters."
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    Testamonial: "Thijs van Zanten has the rather unique profile of being both very intelligent and very practical. He is extremely responsive and has the ability to deliver first-class work within a very limited amount of time. He is the top of the list expert in the field of insolvency law Supreme Court litigation."

ADDITIONAL POSITIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • Professor of Agreement and Security at Groningen University
  • Chairman of the editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Insolventierecht (Journal for Insolvency Law)
  • Member of the editorial board of the Serie Wessels Insolventierecht (Wessels Insolvency Law Series)
  • Member of the Insolvency Law Advisory Committee of the Dutch Bar Association
  • Member of INSOLAD Committee on preliminary questions to the Supreme Court
  • Editor of the Dutch insolvency law journal Tekst & Commentaar Insolventierecht
  • Member of INSOLAD and INSOL Europe
  • Member of the Association of Civil Cassation Attorneys
  • Member of the Dutch Association for Procedural Law

EDUCATION

  • Specialist programme in civil cassation law practice, postgraduate programme at Leiden University (2014)
  • Doctoral thesis 'Executory contracts in insolvency law', Groningen University (2012)
  • Dutch Law, Utrecht University (2003)

REGISTER OF LEGAL PRACTICE AREAS

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

  • Civil procedural law (Law governing attachments and executions)
  • Supreme Court litigation (Civil)
  • Insolvency law (Bankruptcy, Suspension of payment)
  • Corporate law (Professional liability, Directors' and officers' liability)

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 Thijs van Zanten

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 mogeli...

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