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Matthias Haentjens

Professor of Financial Law

Prof.mr.drs. M. Haentjens
+31 71 527 8527

Since 1 August 2012, professor Dr M. Haentjens is affiliated with the Institute for Private Law as a (full) professor of Financial Law.

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Studies and career

Prior to joining Leiden Law School, Matthias Haentjens was an attorney with De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. In  this capacity, he handled cases both as a transaction lawyer and as a (supreme court) litigator.

Matthias studied Greek and Latin at the University of Amsterdam (BA cum laude), and obtained his Master degree in 2001. He became a teacher of classics, but subsequently obtained a Master degree in Law (cum laude) in 2003, also at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2007 and was a visiting scholar at Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Harvard Law School and New York University School of Law.


Matthias’ key publications include ‘The Law Applicable to Indirectly Held Securities’, a book on conflict of laws rules in the context of international securities transactions (published in 2006 with Boom), and his dissertation, ‘Harmonisation of Securities Law, Custody and Transfer of Securities in European Private Law’ (published in 2007 with Kluwer Law International). His inaugural address was entitled: ‘The Alchemist's Autonomy: A Private Law Principle in Banking and Finance’ (in Dutch, published with Boom). Recently, 2015 has seen the publication of the textbook ‘European Banking and Financial Law’ (published with Routledge and written together with P. De Gioia-Carabellese) and of the research handbook ‘Crisis Management in the Banking Sector’ (2015, M. Haentjens en B. Wessels eds., published with Edward Elgar).

Matthias is primarily interested in the way in which systems of law deal with international financial developments and its innovations. His fields of interests include international financial law, insolvency law, and private law (general). He assisted in the proceedings of the Unidroit Convention on Substantive Rules Regarding Intermediated Securities in Rome, and has published nationally and internationally on securities custody and transfer law, but also on other matters of (international) private law.


Professor Haentjens is responsible for the Financial Law master’s programme, which includes courses such as International Financial Transactions, Dutch and European Financial Law, and Anglo-American Financial Law. Also, he teaches the third-year course ‘Financial Law’, the advanced master course ‘International Property Law’ and various seminars.

Professor of Financial Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Financieel Recht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number C.205



  • European Banking Institute Academic Board Member (Secretary)
  • Stichting Vluchtelingenhulp Voorzitter
  • Stichting Oukha Bestuurslid
  • Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection Voorzitter
  • Rechtbank Amsterdam Rechter-plaatsvervanger
  • Uitgeverij Den Hollander Lid Redactie Tijdschrift voor Financieel Recht
  • Chinese Journal of Global Governance Lid adviesraad
  • Stichting Grotius Academie Lid dagelijks bestuur
  • Kluwer Lid Redactie Bedrijfsjuridische Berichten
  • Kluwer Vaste medewerker Groene Serie Bijzondere Overeenkomsten
  • Kluwer Vaste medewerker Tekst & Commentaar Ondernemingsrecht Effectenrecht

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