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Corporate Governance Lawyers

Corporate Governance is a hot issue at present. Good governance is extremely important for every business and institution. It involves knowledge and expertise, the quality of management and entrepreneur, independence and transparency, under the supervision of an independent body. The accounting scandals in the United States but also in Europe have contributed to a rapid codification of this concept.
In 2002, the Tabaksblat Committee in the Netherlands laid down the rules and conditions for good corporate governance in a Code. These rules focus, for example, on the remuneration of board members, the position of shareholders and the structure and functioning of the board (possibly a one-tier board comprising both executive and supervisory directors). The Tabaksblat Code is only applicable to listed companies. In practice, however, after the introduction of the Code there was quickly a knock-on effect for non-listed companies too. That very same year CMS, in cooperation with a large family firm, drew up a code for non-listed companies, particularly family firms. Many sectors have meanwhile followed this lead and are developing sector-specific codes. These include the insurance sector, pension funds and the health care sector.
CMS can advise companies on the legal components of good corporate governance. In addition, our multidisciplinary teams of lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers can assist you with the implementation of the relevant code in the legal structure.

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Martijn van der Bie
Part­ner
Civil law notary
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Martijn van der Bie practices corporate law and his main areas of expertise are in the field of mergers and acquisitions, listings, restructuring, corporate governance, joint ventures, private ...
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Erik Vorst
Part­ner
Civil law notary
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Erik Vorst is a civil law notary and member of our corporate practice. He has broad expertise and extensive experience in the areas of joint ventures, private equity, group structures, mergers and ...
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Aukje Haan
Part­ner
Attorney-at-law
Netherlands, Utrecht
Aukje Haan is specialized in advising and litigating in corporate law disputes. She also advises and litigates on issues around the Enterprise Division of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (corporate ...
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Gieneke van Nierop
Deputy civil law notary
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Gieneke van Nierop works as a deputy civil law notary in our Corporate Practice Group. Her knowledge and experience focus particularly on company law and the law of artificial persons. Her areas of...
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Tom van Duuren
Civil law notary
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Dr. Tom van Duuren is a civil-law notary and has over 30 years of experience in international corporate, finance and real estate transactions and has earned a reputation of providing pragmatic and...
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Marcellina Rietvelt
Attorney-at-law
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Marcellina Rietvelt is a professional support lawyer for the Corporate/M&A group in the CMS Amsterdam office. She specialises in company law and focusses on energy projects and mergers and...