Stijn Franken is a partner in our Dispute Resolution group. He specializes in product liability (Bison, DSM, GSK, Eli Lilly, Sanofi, Philips), new risks (Urgenda, Scheuten, Shell, TU Delft), insurance law (AIG, HDI, Amlin, Travelers, AXA, Allianz), as well as law of damages.
He successfully defended Dutch/UK insurers in a multi-billion euro US asbestos claim and British American Tobacco in the first-ever Dutch tobacco claim. Stijn is presently representing insurers (Aegon, Achmea) in mass claims pertaining to unit-linked life insurances and advising on the coverage of various large directors' liability claims (LyondellBasell Industries, Fortis, Imtech).
Stijn graduated in law from the University of Leiden in 1992 and obtained a master's degree from the University of London. He joined NautaDutilh in 1994 and became a partner in 2003. Stijn is lecturing insurance law at Leiden University, product liability law at Grotius Academy, a board member of various law associations (VASR, VvVW), and a member of the editorial staff of two legal journals (AV&S, Bb).
Chambers 2020 ('Star Individual'): He is highly praised by market commentators for his "absolutely excellent, Rolls-Royce service." He is noted for handling complex and high-profile insurance and reinsurance matters. An interviewee adds: "He's a wonderful insurance lawyer, just top-notch."
Chambers 2019 ('Star Individual'): Stijn receives excellent praise, with one market source commenting: "He is the perfect person for very difficult cases." He has broad expertise in both the insurance and reinsurance sectors, and significant activity in product liability, professional liability and D&O.
Chambers 2018 ('Star Individual'): Stijn "knows how to brighten difficult problems, responds quickly to requests, participates in reaching practical solutions, and has a lot of legal knowledge."
Chambers 2017 ('Star Individual'): Clients praise Stijn as "a very good, clever, intelligent lawyer who thinks strategically and is practical." He is a market leader in the field of product liability and life insurance law, assisting a range of companies from the pharmaceutical and financial sectors.