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Brechje van der Velden

Senior Partner


van der Velden Brechje
Brechje van der Velden

Senior Partner


Brechje is the Senior Partner of the Amsterdam office. Her practice covers a wide range of commercial and financial dispute resolution. She specialises in banking, finance and securities litigation, class actions, collective settlements, restructuring and insolvency matters and directors' liability.

Brechje represents various financial institutions in consumer class actions involving financial products and negotiated the first collective settlement on unit linked life insurance policies. She regularly advises and publishes on collective settlements under the 2005 Act on the Collective Settlement of Mass Damages. Her clients include corporates and financial institutions and she publishes and lectures frequently. Brechje is a member of the Allen & Overy Litigation Steering Group, the Allen & Overy Amsterdam Financial Markets Regulation Team 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 2017 edition of Chambers Global describes Brechje’s ability “to reduce a highly complex legal matter to its basic elements" and to "think ahead to solutions”. Legal 500 described Brechje as "profoundly knowledgeable" and quotes that she "excels in the courtroom".

Experience highlights



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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

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