Reinier Russell

Reinier is always looking for practical legal solutions that remain effective for a long period of time

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Reinier Russell has been managing partner of Russell Advocaten since 1999. A business owner himself, he knows how to combine legal knowledge with the requirements of entrepreneurs. That makes him the ideal advisor of entrepreneurs. As a lawyer he is always looking for practical legal solutions that remain effective for a long period of time. He is also an experienced boardroom advisor and mediates conflicts between managers, shareholders, supervisory directors and works council. In addition to advising and litigating for business owners, Reinier also supervises mediations. Reinier Russell’s client base includes international ICT-businesses, importers of high-end fashion and hotels.

And besides…
Reinier is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms. In addition to being a lawyer, Reinier is Honorary Consul of Brazil in Amsterdam and participates in the management of numerous charitable organizations.

Specialisms

  • Corporate law
  • Executive advice (boardroom counselling)
  • Franchise, distribution and agency agreements
  • Employment law and dismissal
  • Real estate

Reinier W.L. Russell, LL.M. has registered the following legal areas in the register of legal areas of the Netherlands Bar:

  • General practice
  • Corporate law

According to the standards of the Netherlands Bar the registration obliges me to obtain ten training credits per year in each of the registered legal areas.

Specialist memberships

  • Dutch Bar Association
  • Trade Law Association
  • Dutch Association for Litigation Law
  • Chair EMEA Executive Committee, International Society of Primerus Law Firms (2018-2020)
  • Board of Directors, International Society of Primerus Law Firms (2014-2015, 2021-)
  • Chairman Practice Group International Outside Corporate Counsel, International Society of Primerus Law Firms (2012)

Training

  • 2001 mediation training (NMI)
  • 1990 LL.M. in Civil Law (VU University Amsterdam)
  • 1990 M.S.L. (VU University Amsterdam)

Social commitment

  • Honorary Consul of Brazil (1994 – )
  • Chairman Corps Consulaire Nederland (2004 – 2007, 2016 – )
  • Secretary of the Corps Consulaire à Amsterdam (1996 – )
  • Co-founder and lecturer of the post-graduate training programme Governing Charitable Funds (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Member of the advisory commission of the post-graduate training programme Governing Charitable Funds (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Chairman Stichting Network Young Philanthropic Professionals (2011 – )
  • EMEA Chair Primerus Worldwide Lawyers (www.primerus.com) (2018 – 2020)
  • Chairman Advisory Board of Foundation Bradutch: Dutch-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Amsterdam (2015 – )
  • Board member of Holland America Friendship Foundation (2005 – )
  • Advisory Board member of MoWIC (www.mowic.org) (2000 – )
  • Advisory Board member of the Foundation Friends of the Ignatius Gymnasium
  • Secretary of the Roman Catholic Foundation for the Promotion of Welfare work (1993 – )

Honours

  • Knight of the National Order of the Southern Cross (Brazil) (2011)
  • Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau (Netherlands) (2018)
  • Honorary member of Netherlands Consular Association (2008)
  • Honorary member of Belgian Consular Union (BCU) (2016)
  • Honorary Member of the  “Maurits van Nassau” Cultural Institute (1996)
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Publications by Reinier Russell

Reinier Russell regularly writes about current legal developments. Below is an overview of his blogs, newsletters, books and articles.

  • Franchise, distribution and agency
  • Contracts

Beware of vague wording in franchise agreements

24 June 2021

It is important to use clear and unambiguous language in agreements. This has once again been demonstrated by a recent judgement of the Supreme Court. Because of ambiguities in franchise agreements, franchisees of Albert Heijn may have lost millions.

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  • Works Council
  • Corporate law

Management and Supervision of Legal Entities Act: What are the changes?

23 June 2021

On 10 November 2020, the Dutch Senate adopted the bill on the management and supervision of legal entities. This affects all associations and foundations, but, above all, nonprofit organizations. As an officer of a sports club, are you now more likely to be liable? Do you have to meet additional requirements when you are a member of the supervisory board of a school?

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  • Art

New rules restitution policy also apply to old cases

30 March 2021

The Dutch restitution policy returns to its original principles and is rightly becoming more generous. Cases that have already been settled can also be resubmitted. What will change in the policy?

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  • Corporate law

250-day cooling-off period for listed companies

30 March 2021

Management Boards of listed companies get a new tool to protect the company against unwanted shareholder activism or an impending (hostile) takeover. The possibility of invoking a 250-day cooling-off period is introduced. What does this cooling-off period entail exactly?

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  • Retail
  • Real estate and rent

Tenant and landlord must share pain of lockdown

30 March 2021

When is a tenant entitled to rent reduction? How are the consequences of the coronavirus crisis shared between landlord and tenant?

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  • Fashion and luxury
  • Contracts

Distribution & Agency in the Netherlands

25 February 2021

The expert lawyers of Russell Advocaten contributed the chapter on the Netherlands to the Lexology Guide Distribution & Agency. Lexology is the most comprehensive source of international legal updates, analysis and insights for law firms and in-house counsel.

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  • Expats
  • Corporate law

Abrindo uma Empresa na Holanda

17 February 2021

A Russell Advocaten trata de tudo o que é necessário para a abertura de um negócio na Holanda.

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  • Expats
  • Corporate law

Doing business in the Netherlands

17 February 2021

Take a sneak preview of everything Russell Advocaten can offer you in the process and view our latest brochure: Doing business in the Netherlands.

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