Ruud Hermans


Office location
Direct number
+31 20 577 1947
Direct fax
+31 20 577 1775
Mobile number
+31 6 5369 9355

Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in 1984
Partner since
Corporate and securities litigation, commercial litigation, Supreme Court litigation, arbitration, restructuring/insolvency
Dutch, English, German
University of Leiden (Law and Physics), PhD from Nijmegen University

Ruud specialises in complex litigation and restructuring and insolvency. He is a trusted advisor of boards of listed companies  in crisis situations  and he has advised several multinational companies on restructuring-related issues.

Ruud heads De Brauw’s corporate litigation practice, and his litigation work includes corporate litigation, securities litigation, commercial litigation, Supreme Court litigation and arbitration. Ruud is a member of the Supreme Court Bar, and he has more than 30 years’ experience in complex multi-party and cross-border litigation.

Ruud regularly represents multinational companies in inquiry proceedings before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. These proceedings are often used to settle corporate governance disputes and takeover battles. In these proceedings, Ruud works closely with De Brauw’s Corporate and M&A practices as well as international law firms.

Ruud served on De Brauw´s managing committee as head of the litigation practice from 2001 to 2005. He regularly publishes on procedural law, corporate litigation, and insolvency. He is listed as a leading individual for dispute resolution, Supreme Court  litigation and restructuring/insolvency in the Chambers Guides.

Ruud’s recent work includes representing and advising:

  • a Dutch listed company in financial difficulties in the aftermath of a fraud
  • a Dutch industrial group with subsidiaries in several countries on a restructuring through Chapter 11 proceedings
  • an international listed company in a multi-billion dollar hostile takeover dispute
  • a Dutch listed company in a shareholder claim after a drop in share price caused by adverse publicity
  • a Dutch financial institution before the Dutch Supreme Court in a mass litigation dispute

'A natural choice for referrals in case of a conflict of interest.' - Chambers Europe