Introduction

Corporate Governance

Corporate governance continues to be the subject of considerable debate and reform in the Netherlands. The Dutch corporate governance code by the Tabaksblat Committee and new legislation on company law have a considerable impact on corporate governance of Dutch companies. Several partners of our firm have been heavily involved in the discussion on the reform of corporate governance.

Measures against hostile takeovers, independence of (supervisory) directors, remuneration, conflicts of interest, disclosure, anticipated European legislative “fall out” from Sarbanes-Oxley, Dutch corporate governance initiatives and shareholder activism, are some of the corporate governance topics which affect large corporations.

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We advise many national and international clients on corporate governance. We regularly update our clients on these developments through corporate newsletters, seminars and by advising them individually on the impact of the new rules on their companies. Following the publication of the final corporate governance code, we published a tool kit to assist our clients in the implementation.