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Brechje van der Velden

Senior Partner


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Brechje van der Velden

Senior Partner


Brechje is the Senior Partner of the Amsterdam office and has over 25 years of experience in litigation and restructuring matters. Her practice covers a wide range of commercial and financial dispute resolution and restructuring.

She specializes in class actions and impact litigation, banking and finance litigation, restructuring and insolvency matters. Brechje represents various companies and financial institutions in (the threat of) consumer class actions involving financial products or ESG related litigation. Brechje is a member of the global Executive Committee of Allen & Overy and a member of the Allen & Overy Global Class Action Team.

Brechje joined Loeff Claeys Verbeke, the firm that merged into Allen & Overy in 2000, in 1996. Prior to specialising in dispute resolution, she worked in the Amsterdam mergers & acquisitions practice.

The 2022 edition of Chambers Global describes Brechje as "an excellent litigator" and quotes that she "is a very credible and focused lawyer who truly understands the court's questions and immediately sees through the opponents' manoeuvres"'. Legal 500 described Brechje as "fantastic" and quotes that she is an "outstanding litigator".

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Experience highlights



Apollolaan 15
1077 AB Amsterdam

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Admitted as advocaat, Netherlands, 1996

Exempt european lawyer, England and Wales, 2011

Listed in the register of legal practice areas of the Dutch Bar Association for Burgerlijk procesrecht (Litigation)


Degree, Law, Leiden University, 1996

Published work

  • Non-US Class Actions by Allen & Overy in: Jonathan N. Eisenberg (ed.), Litigation secutities class actions, LexisNexis 2016.
  • Rondom het nieuws - Activeren: een nieuwe gedragsnorm voor levensverzekeraars, in Tijdschrift voor Financieel Recht, 4 april 2015, Brechje van der Velden
  • Non-US Class Actions by Allen & Overy in: Jonathan N. Eisenberg (ed.), Litigation secutities class actions, LexisNexis 2015.
  • Grenzen van collectieve afdoening in zicht, in TOP mei 2014, 38, Brechje van der Velden en Anouk Raaijmakers.
  • Dillema’s van de bank in insolventiesituaties, artikel in de IFR bundel Aansprakelijkheid in de financiële sector,  september 2013, Brechje van der Velden, Sigrid Jansen
  • Breuk in vertrouwen te lijmen? [discussion table headed by Brechje van der Velden with Paul Medendorp, Jan Maarten Slagter en Theodor Kockelkoren]. In: Management Scope nr 10/2011
  • Juridische afwikkeling van massaschade nu (bijna) perfect, in: Tijdschrift voor de Ondernemingrechtpraktijk, September 2011
  • Massaclaims zijn te vermijden, in: Management Scope, nr. 08-09, 2011
  • Bestuurderspensioenfondsen in de vuurlinie, in: het Pensioenmagazine, January 2011, together with Bas Jennen
  • Shell-shocked? Het internationale debuut van de Wet Collectieve Afwikkeling Massaschade, in Tijdschrift voor de Ondernemingrechtpraktijk, November 2009, together with Arnold Croiset van Uchelen
  • Meer internationaal toezicht helpt niet, in: NRC, 3 April 2009, together with Hendrik Jan Biemond
  • Minister gokt op de financiële sector, Tijdschrift voor financieel recht, July 2008, together with Bas Jennen