Fons Leijten

I am Fons Leijten
Mergers and Acquisitions specialist
Class Actions and Group Actions specialist
Corporate Dispute Resolution specialist
Litigation and Dispute Resolution specialist
Insolvency and Restructuring specialist
Public Takeovers specialist

Fons Leijten

Fons specialises in corporate litigation and advice, creating close partnerships with his clients in every case.

He is often engaged in matters before the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal and as counsel in international commercial arbitration and litigation. As a litigator his focus areas include disputes relating to corporate governance, public tender offers, mergers and acquisitions and directors’ liability.

His expertise also extends to corporate advisory work, corporate governance advice, mergers, demergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring.

Fons has a master’s in law from Amsterdam University and an LL.M from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

He is a member of the corporate law advisory committee of the Dutch Bar Association and the Royal Association of Dutch Civil Law Notaries. Fons is also editor for the Dutch Journal for Company Law (JOR) and the Legal Commentary on Dutch Company Legislation.

  • Languages: Dutch, English
  • Admitted to the Amsterdam Bar: 1984
  • Partner since: 1991

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Legislative proposal to protect trade secrets: update

Short Reads - On 5 July 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive came into effect (Directive 2016/943/EU). The directive intends to harmonise rules regarding the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) across all EU member states. As the directive is not directly applicable in the member states, each member state must enact national implementing legislation.

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07.08.2018 NL law
Boskalis v. Fugro: scope of a shareholder's right to put items on the agenda

Short Reads - Under Dutch law (section 114a of book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code), shareholders have the right to put items on the agenda of the general meeting. The question arises as to whether shareholders also have the right to force an (informal) vote in the general meeting on subjects which are not within their powers. A judgment of the Dutch Supreme Court of 20 April 2018 between Boskalis and Fugro focused on this question.

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07.08.2018 NL law
General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect

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07.08.2018 NL law
Dutch international taxation - current developments

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07.08.2018 NL law
Protection of listed companies against unsolicited takeovers, prevention of unwanted influences in the telecoms sector and protection of other vital sectors: latest developments

Short Reads - Following a recent series of (attempted) unsolicited takeovers by foreign bidders of Dutch listed companies, such as PostNL, Unilever and AkzoNobel, the protection of companies against unsolicited takeovers and the protection of vital sectors have received more attention in both the Netherlands and Europe.

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