Timo Jansen is a specialist in the prevention and resolution of corporate and contractual disputes. His extensive experience includes pre-contractual liability, M&A, joint ventures, directors’ and shareholders’ liability and franchises. He acts in professional liability and fraud cases. His clients are mainly active in the insurance, retail and telecommunications sectors. He studied law at Universiteit Utrecht and completed the Law & Economics master’s programme. Thereafter he studied corporate litigation and advanced financial statement analysis in postgraduate specialisation courses at Grotius Academie and the Amsterdam Institute of Finance.
Could you outline some of the current challenges at the centre of commercial disputes in the Netherlands?
The Dutch administration of justice has struggled with the digitalisation of court proceedings. This year, an ambitious programme, Kwaliteit En Innovatie (Quality and Innovation), was aborted due to managerial problems following a €220m investment in information and communication technologies (ICT). On the other hand, the Dutch administration of justice has begun to accommodate international business concerns with the establishment of the Netherlands Commercial Court (NCC) which is expected to open in the first half of 2019. The NCC will offer a swift resolution of international commerical disputes by specialised judges, in English, for a slightly higher administration fee. In addition to the WCAM legislation – the Dutch act that allows for collective mass claims settlements to be declared binding – the NCC has further demonstrated the Dutch ambition to become an international hub for resolving commercial disputes.
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