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Robert van Galen

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Robert van Galen, specialised in insolvency law with an emphasis on cross-border issues, has been involved in virtually all major cases in the Netherlands over the past 25 years, such as Barings, Fokker, GTS, KPNQwest, Lehman, Yukos and OSX. He heads the firm's Insolvency and restructuring Group. Robert is admitted to the bar of the Dutch Supreme Court and has been involved in several important cases decided by that court.
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He is the Dutch representative to UNCITRAL Working Group V and a fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy as well as the president of the Amsterdam lawyers society. Robert is former president of the European association of Insolvency Practitioners, INSOL Europe and the Dutch association of insolvency lawyers, INSOLAD.

Author of a substantial number of articles in legal journals and contributions to legal books, Robert co-wrote a report on cross-border insolvency law to the Netherlands Association for International Law (NVRI). He also authored a report on groups of companies for the Netherlands Association for Comparative and International Insolvency Law (NACIIL). He is member of the editing board of the Dutch leading magazine on corporate law. Robert became a partner in 1994 after having joined the firm in 1985. In 1984, he graduated from the University of Amsterdam.

What others say

Robert is consistently listed in major league tables. Chambers Europe 2022 listed Robert Band 1 in Restructuring/Insolvency. Clients say Robert Van Galen is "a veteran who has played a part on nearly all the big restructurings and insolvencies in the Dutch market over the last two decades"(The Legal500, 2022).

Chambers Europe ranked Robert as Band 1 in Restructuring & Insolvency in 2021. With clients calling him "super-knowledgeable and very much a guru in the area". Chambers describes him as "incredibly clever and very academic, as well as very calm under fire. The star of the Netherlands in this field" and as "the figurehead of the practice for many years, is a very strong technical insolvency lawyer and litigator who is a clear market leader". Legal500 names him one of the "leading individuals".

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