Matthias has extensive expertise in banking law, insolvency law, property law and private international law, consistently working at the forefront of developments in these areas. He is a member of the committees preparing the UNIDROIT instruments on Bank Insolvency and on Digital Assets, and was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Securities and Claims. He regularly lectures and publishes on developments in European law, Supreme Court litigation and the legal consequences of digitalisation.

Since 2012, Matthias is a full professor of Law at Leiden Law School, where he currently holds the chair for Civil Law. Matthias worked as a lawyer at De Brauw from 2007 until 2012. On 1 January 2023, he re-joined De Brauw in his role as of counsel.

Matthias is a renowned member of several international associations, including the International Insolvency Institute, the European Law Institute, and the European Banking Institute, of which he is Secretary of the Academic Board.


  • Profession

    Of Counsel

  • Languages

    Dutch, English, German, French

  • Education

    University of Amsterdam (Law (PhD) and Classics (MA))

    Visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law en Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)

    Visiting TPR professor at Ghent University

  • Additional positions

    Professor of Civil Law, Leiden University since 2012

    Executive Board Member of Grotius Academy since 2016

    Academic Board Member European Banking Institute since 2016

    Member of Supreme Court Bar Committee since 2020

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