About Us

Board members

Mr. H.Th. Bouma

Work experience
Until 1 February 2015: Deputy judge at the Court of Appeal in The Hague.
1970 – 2010: Partner (since 1975) and attorney-at-law at Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn.
Specializing in corporate and insolvency law and advising government bodies and corporates.
Other functions
Chairman of the board of Stichting Spaardersbelangen (a claim foundation for the benefit of investors Aegon).
Member of the Disputes Committee dealing with disputes regarding the execution of a settlement agreement in respect of the Dexia case (share leasing).
Member of the board of Stichting OCA , a foundation that supports research in respect of class actions.
Member of the board of Stichting Belangen Rechtsbijstandsverzekerden DSB, a claim foundation that entered into a settlement agreement with consumer bank DSB Bank N.V.
Member of the board of Vereniging Achmea.
Chairman of the board of Stichting Continuïteit ASMI.

 

Dr A.G. Maurer

Work experience
Since 2017: Independent Arbitrator, Attorney at Law, and Managing Director of Anton Maurer International Legal Services, in Stuttgart, Germany, and in St. Moritz, Switzerland
1987 – 2016: Partner with Sigle Loose Schmidt-Diemitz & Partner, now: CMS Hasche Sigle, Stuttgart, Germany:
1983 – 1986: Associate with Sigle Loose Schmidt-Diemitz & Partner, Stuttgart, Germany
1984 – 1985: Foreign lawyer with Johnson & Swanson, Dallas, TX, U.S.A.
1979 – 1982: Junior Professor (wissenschaftlicher Assistent) at Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen, Germany
Other functions
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL), Plano, TX, USA (since 2008)
Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of IADC (since 2016)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Plano, TX, USA (since 1997)
Member of the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, Plano, TX, USA (2003 – 2016)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, Plano, TX, USA (1993 – 2016)
Chair of the Advisory Board of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, Plano, TX, USA (2008-2012)
Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Chicago, IL (2011-2014)
Chair of the International Committee of IADC (2007-2009)
Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of IADC

Supervisory board members

Professor J. Koelewijn

Jaap Koelewijn read general economics before going on to do a PhD on economic supervision of the banking industry at Amsterdam’s Free University. He subsequently worked in the financial services industry in various research capacities. At MeesPierson he was an asset manager and a securities analyst for the European financial sector, at IRIS (a Rabobank and Robeco joint venture) he became Head of Strategy and Deputy Director of Research, and at the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets he served as Head of Research. In addition to his professional expertise he is well-versed in leading teams of professionals and performing various managerial duties.

Jaap has operated as an independent adviser since 2000, his business being called Financieel Denkwerk. (Financial Brainwork) In his activities he marries his scientific experience with his in-depth knowledge of financial practice and supervision. His key areas of expertise include finance and investment and related laws and regulations, and integrity issues. He investigates and researches, provides well-founded opinions and works out solutions for his clients.

Jaap was appointed (part time, 0,2) Professor of Corporate Finance at Nyenrode Business University with effect from 15 April 2007. His area of expertise is corporate governance in general, with a particular focus on corporate governance at financial institutions. As of September 2012 he is appointed as managing professor (0,1) at the Post graduate School of Risk Management for Financial Institutions of the Free University.

Support

Lemstra Van der Korst N.V counsels the Foundation on various legal matters, including, but not limited to: (i) Investigating and establishing liability of the Volkswagen entities for harm or damage cause to the Aggrieved Parties; (ii) Entering into discussions with, and possibly preparing litigation against, the Volkswagen Entities on behalf of Aggrieved Parties; (iiI) Possibly entering into settlement discussions with such entities, and; (iv) Possibly following up such discussions with WCAM (collective settlement) proceedings.

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP finances the activities of the Foundation for the benefit of the Aggrieved Parties. In exchange, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP will collect a litigation funding fee of up to 18% of the net proceeds, plus expenses, all subject to Court approval, payable only if the Foundation obtains a recovery for Aggrieved Parties.

The Foundation also collaborates with consumer advocacy groups in the Netherlands and abroad.