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Reinout Vriesendorp

Professor of Insolvency Law

Prof.mr. R.D. Vriesendorp
+31 71 527 7235

Professor Reinout D. Vriesendorp is part-time Professor of Insolvency Law at the Institute of Private Law (Department of Company Law) and the Institute of Tax Law and Economics (Department of Business Studies) as of 1 January 2016.

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Professor of Insolvency Law

Reinout Vriesendorp is part-time Professor of Insolvency Law at the Institute of Private Law (Department of Company Law) and the Institute of Tax Law and Economics (Department of Business Studies) as of 1 January 2016. At the Department of Company Law he gives various courses at the bachelor's, master's and advanced master's levels. His research is at the crossroads of private law, company law and business studies, mainly focused on legal norms (ex ante) and judgements (ex post) of the behaviour of directors, supervisors and other stakeholders in enterprises in financial distress.

Lawyer (advocaat)

Apart from his part-time tenure as professor of Insolvency Law at Leiden University, Reinout Vriesendorp is partner at the Netherlands-based law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. His expertise is in the areas of restructuring, corporate litigation and insolvency law.

Other positions and activities

Professor Vriesendorp is one of the founders and current editors of the Tijdschrift voor Insolventierecht (Dutch Insolvency Law Review) and a member of the editorial board of the International Insolvency Review. He lectures in professional post-graduate programmes at Grotius Academy in cooperation with INSOLAD, the professional association of insolvency specialists in the Netherlands. Reinout Vriesendorp is also a member of various professional associations, national and international (INSOL International and INSOL Europe). He occasionally lectures as visiting professor at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Dutch debt restructuring monitoring committee and chairman of the first instance licensing body of the Royal Dutch Football Association.

In the past, Professor Vriesendorp annotated a number of landmark Dutch Supreme Court judgments in the field of insolvency law in Ars Aequi, the Dutch student law review. He was a member of the Dutch government's Committee on Insolvency Law, which drafted a proposal for an entirely revised Insolvency Act.  He was also substitute judge in the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam and, as such, a member of the Court of Discipline, the final Dutch disciplinary board of the Dutch Bar Association.

Previous activities and study

Prior to his appointment as Professor of Insolvency Law in Leiden, Reinout Vriesendorp was professor of Civil and Commercial Law at Tilburg University from 1992 to 2016. He lectured on a variety of subjects in the field of private law and commercial law to students in all phases of their law curriculum. Before that time he was also a lawyer at (the predecessors of) De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek in The Hague and New York from 1985 to 1992.

Professor Vriesendorp graduated in law from Groningen University on 18 December 1981 and defended his dissertation on Eigendomsvoorbehoud (Retention of title) in 1985 under the supervision of Professor Jan Lokin.

Professor of Insolvency Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Ondernemingsrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B2.32


Professor of Insolvency Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut Fiscale en Economische vakken
  • Bedrijfswetenschappen

Work address

Rapenburg 38
2300 RA Leiden
Room number 104



  • De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek Advocaat
  • Vereniging Conference on European Restructuring and Insolvency Law (CERIL) secretaris/penningmeester
  • Grotius Academie (Hoofd) docent
  • Diverse uitgevers Auteur
  • Raad voor Rechtsbijstand Begeleidingscommissie Schuldsaneringsmonitor
  • International Insolvency Review Member editorial board
  • Stichting Bob Wessels Insolvency Law Collection beheer bibliotheekcollectie van Bob Wessels (ondergebracht bij UBL KOG)
  • Stichting Insolventierecht secretaris bestuur
  • Rechterlijke macht Raadsheer Plaatsvervanger Hof Amsterdam
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