Professor Emeritus Company Law
Steef Bartman has been connected to the Company Law Department, Institute for Private Law since 2003 as a professor of Company Law at Leiden University. He is attorney of law at Bartman Company Law, Baambrugge, the Netherlands.
Steef Bartman studied Law at the University of Amsterdam. In 1989, he was awarded his doctorate with a thesis on piercing the corporate veil, comparing Dutch and German statutory law and case law. Steef has written numerous articles on corporate law. In 1992, he started working as an attorney in Amsterdam. In September 2003 he was appointed professor of Company Law at Leiden University. After having been a partner and of counsel with several big law firms he started his own law firm in 2015, named Bartman Company Law.
Steef Bartman is the initiator and co-author of a widely used book, titled ‘Van het concern’ (‘About the Corporate Group’), which contains an elaborate survey of group company law in the Netherlands. He is also the initiator and main editor of the journal European Company Law (ECL) and the related CECL Book Series (www.cecl.eu). He frequently lectures on recent developments in Dutch corporate law, not just for Leiden law students, but also for practicing lawyers and judges in training. Steef is a well-known commentator of judicial awards published in several leading Dutch periodicals, such as JOR, Ondernemingsrecht and Ars Aequi.
Steef is considered an expert on veil piercing, group finance matters ( inter alia parent guarantees, 403 statements, ultra vires and conflicts of interest) and related directors liability. Furthermore, he specializes in corporate disputes, such as squeeze-out and inquiry proceedings, bankruptcy scenarios and takeover disputes. Steef Bartman is frequently asked to opine by means of an expert letter or affidavit in legal proceedings on his field of expertise.