Sven’s practice focuses on corporate law, governance, advisory, and litigation.

Sven was General Counsel and member of the Executive Committee of AkzoNobel NV from 2010 to 2018 where he was responsible for Legal, Intellectual Property, Compliance, and Legacy Management. Sven was with Unilever from 2003 to 2009 where he was Group Secretary of Unilever NV and Unilever PLC.

Sven has extensive experience in handling a wide range of corporate, regulatory, litigation and compliance matters, in almost all major jurisdictions in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. He brings a client’s perspective and is able to combine legal and business strategic angles with a practical hands-on and results-driven approach.

Sven is board member and General Secretary of the Dutch Association of Listed Companies VEUO, board member of European Issuers, and professor of International Company Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


  • Profession

    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands in 1998

  • Languages

    English, Dutch

  • Education

    University of Groningen (PhD)

  • Additional positions

    General Secretary of the VEUO

    Board member European Issuers

    Member of the Company Law Commission

    Professor of International Company Law at the Free University of Amsterdam

    Board member of the Grotius Academy

    Regularly publishes and speaks on matters of corporate law

    Former member of the Dutch Corporate Governance Committee

    Served on the Governing Body of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris

    Former member of the Supervisory Council of the Dutch Arbitration Institute NAI, where he still serves as arbitrator

    Former member of the board of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution CPR in New York

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